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Pakistan a 'dear country' to all Saudis says Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman

Islamabad: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) expressed his ecstasy over the appointment of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan saying that the kingdom was waiting for a leadership like his to strengthen Saudi-Pakistan relations and optimise the economic future of crisis-hit Pakistan. Addressing a reception at Imran Khan’s house, MBS said Pakistan was a "dear country" to all Saudis and that the two countries "have walked together in tough and good times", Dawn news reported. "We believe that Pakistan is going to be a very, very important country in the coming future and we want to be sure we...
18/02/2019

Pulwama attack: Four India soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The encounter occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday.A civilian was also killed in the shootout as Indian troops launched a search operation in the area. Police say two militants who were trapped in the village, have been killed in the operation.Heavy firing has been heard, and Indian security officials are appealing to villagers to stay indoors. Police told BBC Urdu that when they fired "warning shots" at the house in Pinglena village...

2019 Apple Watch Series 5 could bring back a discontinued design feature

While detailing information that could appear in Apple’s upcoming 2019 iPhone XI, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also shed some light on what is expected from the 2019 Apple Watch Series 5. As per a report by MacRumors, Kuo has claimed that Apple could reintroduce the high-end ceramic version with the next iteration of the Apple Watch. As per the report, Kuo has detailed features that could possibly arrive in the 2019 versions of the iPhones, AirPods, iPads and MacBooks. Regarding, the Apple Watch, he made only a brief mention stating that there would be a new ceramic casing added and...

18/02/2019

Kashmiri Muslims evicted, threatened after deadly attack on Indian forces

SRINAGAR: India has warned against rising communal tensions across the country as some Kashmiris living outside their state said they faced property evictions while others were attacked on social media after a suicide bomber killed 44 policemen in the region.The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday, claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad and carried out by a 20-year-old Kashmiri man, was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed area, which is claimed in full by both the nuclear-armed neighbors.As the bodies of the paramilitary policemen who died in the attack were returned to families...
18/02/2019

Russia pioneering return of ‘Daesh children’

MOSCOW: As the end nears for the Daesh enclave in Syria and the fate of militants’ family members becomes a prescient issue, Russia can be seen as a pioneer in systematically returning children of extremist fighters home.A potential homecoming of the many foreign women who have gone to live in the Daesh “caliphate” and their children, many of whom were born there, has been a subject of debate in Russia, with some security chiefs seeing them as potential threats.Earlier this month, 27 children, from four to 13 years old, were flown from Iraq to the Moscow region.Clutching stuffed toys and...
18/02/2019

Anthony Weiner leaves prison for halfway house in Brooklyn

Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after serving about 15 months for sending explicit messages to a minor.Weiner has been transferred to a halfway house in Brooklyn where he will remain under supervision for the rest of his sentence, prison records show.The 54-year-old was sentenced to 21 months in jail in September 2017.He had pleaded guilty to exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina.Weiner, who is scheduled to be released on 14 May, was once a rising Democratic star. He quit Congress in 2011 after a graphic image sent from his...

18/02/2019

Blockcerts: KAUST 1st Middle East university to issue blockchain diplomas

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Learning Machine Technologies at the end of 2018 become the first institution in the Middle East to issue Blockcerts, blockchain-anchored credentials, according to Unlock Blockchain. Digital diplomas were issued to all KAUST students graduating in December 2018 using the Learning Machine Issuing System. The diplomas were anchored to the blockchain using Blockcerts, the global open standard for portable, secure, and digital records that can be verified as official for a lifetime without cost. Blockcerts were developed jointly by MIT Media Lab and Learning Machine. Jason Roos, CIO of KAUST, explained: “It...
18/02/2019

Wake up to the waves or stare at the skyline – your Mandarin choice!

A spectacular undeterred sea view of the Arabian Gulf on one side and a completely uninterrupted view of the Dubai skyline on the other. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira seems to have got its location spot on with the brand’s first foray into the Middle East region. “For us – as Mandarin – a significant portion of our guests come from the Middle East. Actually having a base and a presence in key Middle Eastern destinations is valuable, not only in terms of the guests that come here, but also setting out a positioning for the brand in the Middle East –...
18/02/2019

"Can't Say No To Pakistan," Saudi Crown Prince Told Imran Khan

Islamabad: On his first visit to Pakistan after becoming Crown Prince of Saudi, Mohammad bin Salman asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to consider him the ambassador of Pakistan in his country when asked to extend help to Pak labourers in Saudi."We can't say no to Pakistan," Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MBS, told Imran Khan when he asked him to extend help to the 2.5 million Pak labourers who undergo hardships while working in Saudi Arabia. Mr Salman said he will do everything he can to deliver that.Imran Khan had put forward a request to the crown prince to...

Twitter considering clarification feature for bad tweets

Twitter might be a great platform to share one’s thoughts instantaneously. However, the instant nature of the service often results in tweets one does not really intend to put out in the open. Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company is mulling a feature which would allow users to clarify their bad tweets. The CEO made these comments during the Goldman Sachs' Internet and Technology Conference in San Francisco, explaining the ‘clarification’ feature would allow users to add additional context for old tweets, Mashable reports. It is to be noted that there won’t be any option to edit...
18/02/2019

New Samsung Galaxy S10+ details reveal prohibitive pricing

We're just a few days away from Samsung big reveal and a disturbing piece of information has just emerged online. It appears that the top-tier Galaxy S10 model will cost more than we imagined, and if you're not ready to sell your kidney, at least you're going to have to save quite a lot of money to afford one.Of course, most new flagship smartphone cost around $1,000, but going beyond this amount becomes a gamble that most companies can't win. Apple is probably an exception, as some of its iPhones cost more than $1,000, but Android smartphones, even flagships, have...

Lawmakers slam Facebook, recommend stiffer regulation

British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the UK, and called for greater oversight of social media companies. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation. The parliamentary committee that prepared the report says social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to better control harmful or illegal content. The report called out Facebook in particular, saying that the site’s structure seems to be designed to “conceal knowledge of and responsibility for specific...