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Unicode 10 is officially released with 56 new emoji including hijabi emoji

Unicode has officially announced Unicode standard 10 today, adding about 8 thousand new characters to a total character bank of 136,690 characters. A beta version of the release was made available in March earlier this year, it is only now that the update has been made available to the public. …

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Chinese universities teach how to go viral online

SHANGHAI: A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone. Jiang Mengna is majoring in “modelling and etiquette” at Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College near Shanghai, aspiring …

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Shanghai Electric Power Company Limited still has its eyes on acquiring K-Electric

In a deal estimated at $1.77 billion, the Shanghai Electric Power Company Limited is set to acquire a controlling stake in K-Electric from the Abraaj Group which is based in Dubai. The reaffirmation comes at a time when doubts had been poured on the deal by many people owing to …

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Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals on Facebook

BANGKOK: A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand´s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism. A Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old on ten …

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Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees

JERUSALEM: As a boy, Ramzi Aburedwan found himself caught up in the first Palestinian uprising, a well-known photo at the time showing him holding stones to throw at Israeli soldiers. He has since become a respected musician and composer, who gives back to children from Palestinian refugee camps, like himself. …

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London terror: police arrest another attack suspect

London police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in east London in connection to the lethal attack on London Bridge and are searching his home. Two men are now in custody on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act. They have not been identified or charged. All others who had been …

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UAE threatens Qatar sympathisers with jail

The United Arab Emirates warned on Wednesday that anyone showing sympathy with Qatar over sanctions imposed by its Gulf neighbours could face up to 15 years in prison. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday and gave its citizens 14 days to leave, …

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Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis

President Donald Trump injected the United States into a volatile crisis among America’s Mideast allies, siding Tuesday with Saudi Arabia and other countries against Qatar in a dispute that threatens to disrupt efforts to defeat the militant Islamic State (IS) group and counter Iran. In a series of early-morning tweets, …

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Two Chinese nationals assaulted in Islamabad after business deal turns sour

A Chinese citizen in Islamabad appealed to the government for support on Tuesday after he was allegedly assaulted on Sunday when a business deal struck with a Pakistani man turned sour. Liu Xiao Long sent an application to the Interior Ministry claiming he entered into a partnership with a Ishtiaq …

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Modi seeks to repair Russia ties on Europe tour

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to repair India’s drifting partnership with Russia when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, amid wariness over Moscow’s renewed interest in New Delhi’s backyard, analysts say. The two leaders will look to stem a decline in trade between the once robust …

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