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Tokyo sees first November snow in more than 50 years

Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years

Trains delayed, traffic disrupted, residents put on heavy coats and boots after surprised November snowfall TOKYO (Japan) – Tokyo, the capital of Japan, was smashed by first November snowfall in 54 years. The last time snow fell in November in Tokyo was in 1962. Cold air mass passing over the city pushed temperature down 10 degrees Celsius overnight — from an ... Read More »

Brightest supermoon in 70 years dazzles skygazers

Moonrise over the London, as see from Waterloo Bridge on Nov. 13, 2016. Photo: Owen Llewellyn

The moon was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 will light up the sky, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. Skygazers were making for high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches in an attempt to get the best views. Picnics were being organised all over the ... Read More »

Alibaba smashes sales records on China’s ‘Singles Day’

Alibaba’s Singles Day smashes sales record in 15 hours

Alibaba’s Singles Day has smashed all records once again Alibaba has beaten its sales record for its annual China’s Singles Day event. The company said sales this year had reached 121bn yuan ($18bn; £14bn), a rise of 32% on last year’s sales which were worth $14.3bn. Singles Day is the world’s largest shopping holiday, and this year’s Alibaba number alone ... Read More »

Donald Trump elected US President in biggest political upset

Donald Trump elected US President in biggest political upset

Donald Trump’s victory brings to an end eight years of Democratic Party rule of the White House Americans have elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The Republican Party candidate defeated the Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton. The result is a shock to most political experts, polls and journalists as most major polling groups were ... Read More »

Hurricane Matthew one month on: More than 600,000 children in Haiti still in need of aid

Hurricane Matthew one month on: More than 600,000 children in Haiti still in need of aid

UNICEF ramps up water, sanitation, health, education and protection services PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Haiti) – One month after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, nearly 600,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance, stalked by disease, hunger, and malnutrition, UNICEF said. “One month after the hurricane, life for more than half a million children in Haiti is still far from back to normal,” said Marc ... Read More »

World’s largest marine park to be created in Antarctic Ocean

World's largest marine park to be created in Antarctic Ocean

World’s largest marine park will be created in the Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal The European Union and 24 countries have reached a landmark international agreement to create the world’s largest marine park in the Southern Ocean, providing protection to 1.5 million square kilometers (0.6 million square miles) of the Ross Sea around Antarctica. The area, which is ... Read More »

Two-thirds of wildlife may be gone by 2020: WWF

Two-thirds of wildlife may be gone by 2020: WWF

Wildlife populations have dropped by almost 60% in 40 years, WWF warns The latest report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London said that the global wildlife population declined by nearly 60 percent over the past four decades, largely because of human activity. The five main drivers of wildlife decline are habitat loss, overconsumption, pollution, invasive ... Read More »

Urdu Scholars attend International Congress on Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi at Pakistan House in Ankara

Urdu Scholars attend International Congress on Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi at Pakistan House in Ankara

ANKARA (Turkey) – Urdu writers, poets, and scholars attended International Congress on Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi at Pakistan House in Ankara, Turkey. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood hosted a scholars evening at Pakistan House for participants of the International Urdu Congress, held in Antalya from 13-16 October in connection with centenary birthday celebrations of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi. The guests included ... Read More »

Investing in 10-year-old girls can unlock billions for national economies

UNFPA annual State of the World Population Report 2016

UNFPA urges countries to focus on scaling up interventions to reach more girls, particularly those who are poorest and most vulnerable. ISLAMABAD –  By investing in the health, education and empowerment of its 10-year-old girls today, Pakistan has the potential to receive high individual returns, transforming not only the lives of individuals but the whole economy. These girls, who complete secondary school, can earn ... Read More »

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