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South Asian leaders urged to improve trade and regional connectivity

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Experts urge the South Asian policymakers to prioritize dialogue over bilateral disputes between the states LAHORE – Enhancing people-to-people contact and institutional collaborations especially among the universities of Asian states is the best way forward to the much-needed inter-regional as well as intra-regional connectivity, according to the speakers at a policy dialogue held in Lahore. Speakers at the international conference ... Read More »

Plane with 77 aboard including a Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia

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Among the passengers were players from Brazilian football team Chapocoense, heading to a regional tournament final. A plane carrying 77 people, including Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say. Police officials said that seven passengers had initially survived but one later died in hospital. Medellin’s airport confirmed that ... Read More »

Fidel Castro, revolutionary icon and legendary Cuban leader, dies at 90

Fidel Castro, revolutionary icon and legendary Cuban leader, dies at 90

Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary who defied United States for more than 50 years, dies at 90 Fidel Castro, the revolutionary icon, one of the world’s best-known leaders and Cuba’s ex-president, has died aged 90. The announcement quoting Raul Castro, his brother and current president, was made on Cuban state television. Fidel Castro became a towering international figure and most emblematic world ... Read More »

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 »

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