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Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

Bitcoin futures rocket past $18,000; Asian shares boom

SYDNEY: The craze for cryptocurrencies entered a new chapter on Monday as bitcoin futures rocketed by one-fifth of their value at a hotly anticipated launch, while Asian shares climbed amid optimism about global growth. The most-traded contract on the Chicago-based CBOE Global Markets exchange XBTc1 opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, before leaping […]

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, PHOTO: REUTERS     DOHA: Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion (6.8-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister […]

US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

        DENPASAR:  A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island’s main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with […]

Do not drag us into your electoral debate, Pakistan tells India

Do not drag us into your electoral debate, Pakistan tells India

Islamabad, on Monday, rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that Pakistan was trying to influence the assembly elections in Gujarat, describing it as “utterly baseless and irresponsible”. In a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate. He added that electoral victories should be won […]

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests.

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests.

BUCHAREST: More than 10,000 people Sunday braved biting cold to stage protests across Romania to denounce the left-wing government for backtracking on efforts to fight corruption. The demonstrators want the withdrawal of proposed legislation that would overhaul Romania’s justice system and reduce the powers of the respected anti-corruption directorate, the DNA. Critics say the changes would […]

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘makes peace possible’: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country’s capital “makes peace possible”, after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories as well as demonstrations across the Islamic world. The […]

South Korea’s Moon seeks to ‘normalise’ ties with China in first state visit

South Korea’s Moon seeks to ‘normalise’ ties with China in first state visit

Agencies: South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said on Monday, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system deployment. Seoul and Washington decided to install the powerful US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the South […]

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Agencies: Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,” the culture and […]

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct ‘should be heard’, says Nikki Haley

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct ‘should be heard’, says Nikki Haley

Desk Report: Women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday, in an apparent divergence from the White House line. Trump ─ who was infamously caught on tape boasting about groping women ─ has faced more than a dozen allegations of […]

How Sonam Kapoor is dealing with Bollywood’s gender pay gap

How Sonam Kapoor is dealing with Bollywood’s gender pay gap

Desk Report Sonam Kapoor was offered an exciting project recently, but the pay was poor. Here’s what she did As the debate about the gender pay gap in film industries rages on, Sonam Kapoor is having her say through her actions. Times of India reports that Sonam Kapoor was offered a film but the pay was […]

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on X-MAS DAY

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet wife, mother on X-MAS DAY

Asghar Ali Mubarak ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan expressed its readiness to arrange a meeting of detained Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, with his mother and wife. Pakistan says Indian attempts to convince the international community of its version of counter terrorism have failed miserably. To question raised by senior Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak in weekly news […]

WWE Clash of Champions Loss to Jinder Mahal Wouldn’t Hurt Bulletproof AJ Styles

AJ Styles won the WWE Championship in shocking fashion on SmackDown Live in November, and after spending much of his reign turning back the Singh Brothers, all signs point to Styles retaining the title come December 17’s Clash of Champions. Jinder Mahal seemingly rid himself of his henchmen Tuesday on SmackDown, but the possibility of a new […]

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