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    Ex-Pakistani general in Riyadh to head Saudi-led bloc

    Retired Pakistani army general Raheel Sharif, 60, has departed for Saudi Arabia to take charge as the commander-in-chief of a Saudi-led military bloc.

    West Asia
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    China warns India against ‘playing Dalai Lama card’, calls it unwise

    India will pay "dearly" if it continues the "petty game" of playing the Dalai Lama card, Chinese media warned on Friday, dismissing as "absurd" New Delhi's reaction to Beijing.

    South Asia
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    Pakistan, Iran work to heal Saudi alliance rift

    Iran’s Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday met Pak army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for the second time in over a month in an apparent effort by the two sides.

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    Rouhani, rival to run in Iran's presidential election; Ahmadinejad barred

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi were both approved to run in May's presidential election by a government vetting bodywhile former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified.

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    Russia warns US against unilateral strike on North Korea

    Russia on Monday warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.

    World
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    Growing risk of mass starvation deaths in Africa, Yemen: UN

    The United Nations warned on Tuesday of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.

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    Erdogan: 'Sick man' Europe collapsing'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blasted at “crazy” European leaders for alleged opposing Turkey’s upcoming referendum on expanding his powers, saying Ankara will reconsider its bid for membership in the Europe

    World
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    Syria strikes add to list of 21st century US military forays

    The Trump administration opened a new military front Thursday when it ordered dozens of cruise missiles against a Syrian air base, adding to a growing list of recent U.S. military forays.

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    Is The Idea Of Romantic India Dead?

    Yogi Adityanath’s unanticipated rise to the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh is a huge leap of the Hindutava wave that had so far been arriving steadily but slowly in Ind

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    Flying While Muslim

    Muslims have been getting kicked off flights at an increasingly alarming rate in the last few months. The justification for removing Muslims from flights has varied from case to case, but many seem to be based solely.

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    The Carpets of Turkey

    The Grand Bazaar is the heart of old Istanbul. It is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, with more than 3,000 shops, store-houses, stalls, workshops — many in old Ottoman hans (hostels).

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    In the moment of his political triumph, Modi has chosen to defeat India

    The elevation of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is an odious and ominous development. It is an odious choice because the BJP has picked someone who is widely regarded as the single most divisive.

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    Afghan Star: Rap, stilettos and a musical revolution

    Smokey-eyed Zulala Hashemi, standing tall in four-inch gold heels, wants to sing for women. The 18-year-old has become the first girl to reach the final of popular television music talent show Afghan Star.

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    The fragility of women’s rights: How female guilds wielded power long ago

    Today is International Women’s Day. The first was held in 1911, after activists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz pushed for day that would bring attention to women’s rights especially the vote and women’s working conditions.

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    Indian director Karan Johar becomes father of twins through surrogacy

    Karan Johar has become a single father of twins - a baby boy and girl - who were born through surrogacy and the filmmaker says he is "enormously blessed" to be a parent.

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    Oscars 2017: The Salesman Director Delivers Powerful Statement Against Trump

    The Salesman's director Asghar Farhadi announced in January that he would not be attending the Academy Awards in the wake of Donald Trump's Muslim ban, which prevented people from Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya.

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    Tech-savvy toddlers are sleeping less than before

    While the Internet boom is inevitable and so is the need for new gadgets, children of tech-savvy parents are learning to use them even before they can say their first word.

    Lifestyle
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    Azerbaijan, home of centenarians

    What about the life span, then the average life expectancy in the country has steadily increased and now it is 74 years (71 for men and 76 for women), according to official statistics.

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    A Persian pop-up in Delhi introduces the city to a new (yet familiar) cuisine

    Only children from the 1990s will remember Anaida’s Indi-pop hits, such as Oova Oova, Oonchi Neechi and my personal favourite, Hoo Halla Hoo. Since then, the singer has undergone a metamorphosis .

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    Nike unveils Pro Hijab for Muslim athletes

    The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it.

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    YouTube unveils India mobile app for spotty Internet signals

    A beta version of the app has been released in the Google Play Store in India, and will be released in other emerging markets later, company executives said in an interview.

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    3D food printer unveiled in US

    According to the engineers, the 3D pizza printing machine, called ‘Chef 3D’, is tailored to meet the customers' needs, taking into consideration their health specifications and food preferences.

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    CIA was hacking iPhones one year after launch: WikiLeaks

    The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

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    Researchers find security flaw in WhatsApp

    A computer security firm on Wednesday revealed a flaw that could let hackers break into WhatsApp or Telegram messaging accounts using the very encryption intended to protect messages

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    In China and Pakistan’s coal romance, where’s the love for the climate?

    If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed.

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    Over 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO

    Over 300 million people are living with depression, the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to the latest estimates from the WHO released ahead of World Health Day. 

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    Wastewater key to solving global water crisis: UN

    Recycling the world’s wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report on Wednesday.

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    Abu Dhabi to Build World's Largest Solar Power Plant

    Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility aims to close a financing package for a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) solar power plant, which will be the world's largest, in April, a senior official at the utility said.

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    Indian woman kills husband for not being 'handsome'

    The 22-year old woman, who tied the knot about a week ago, attacked her husband fatally following a quarrel. She smashed his head with a grinding stone, which led to his death.

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    Chinese engineer marries female robot

    Artificial intelligence has started gaining momentum – so much so that a Chinese engineer ‘married’ a robot he created after he was unable to find a human spouse.

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    12-year-old becomes India’s ‘youngest dad’

    A 12-year-old boy has fathered a child with a 16-year-old girl in Kerala, NDTV said on Friday, adding that paternity tests showed the eight standard student could be India’s youngest dad.

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    Indian farmer wins train in legal fight

    An Indian farmer’s battle for proper compensation for land seized to build a railway reached an unexpected conclusion this week when a court awarded him a train.

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