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China urges U.S. not to allow Taiwan delegation at Trump's inauguration
Beijing [China], Jan. 19 : China has urged the United States to not allow any Taiwanese delegation to attend the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and also opposed any official contact between the two sides. Read Full Story

Stop blaming Pak, review fragmented approach to Taliban peace talks: Aziz tells Kabul
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 19 : Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has asked Afghanistan to stop blaming Pakistan for the deteriorating security situation in the country and advised them to instead review their 'fragmented' approach to peace talks with the Taliban militant group. Read Full Story

Panamagate: SC asks PM Sharif's son to explain USD 1.9 million in earnings
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 19 : The Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) has directed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz to explain how he earned USD 1.9 million which he remitted to his father as a gift in 2011. Read Full Story

U.S. education secretary nominee says states should determine school gun policies
Washington [USA], Jan. 19 : Betsy DeVos, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary nominee, has said it should be up to the states to decide whether guns are allowed in schools. Read Full Story

Alibaba's Jack Ma meets PM Sharif to discuss investment in Pakistan
Davos [Switzerland], Jan. 19 : Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma, in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos, has said that his company has a lot of interest in investing in the country. Read Full Story

Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump
New York [USA], Jan. 19 : Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has received a unique gift. Read Full Story

At Security Council, top UN political official outlines status of resolution on Iran's nuclear programme
New York, Jan 19 : Briefing the United Nations Security Council on its resolution 2231, which endorsed a plan of action on Iran's nuclear programme, the top UN political official called on the international community for continued support and contribution to the implementation of the agreement. Read Full Story

Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo
New York, Jan 19 : Amid an overall scale-up in relief operations in Syria, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za'tari, approved on Wednesday $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Aleppo. Read Full Story

Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger - UN agencies report
New York, Jan 19 : While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded - UN weather agency
New York, Jan 19 : The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported on Wednesday, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice. Read Full Story

Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as 'direct attack' on peace process
New York, Jan 19 : United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack earlier on Wednesday perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured. Read Full Story

UN forum wraps up in South Africa with a call for better data to improve people's lives
New York, Jan 19 : The first-ever United Nations World Data Forum concluded on Wednesday with the launch of a global plan that outlines a vision and a "to-do" list for better data to improve people's lives, including through new ideas, solutions and strengthened collaboration in the field of statistics. Read Full Story

Following Chelsea Manning's commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers
New York, Jan 19 : Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert on Wednesday called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences. Read Full Story

Check Out! These education apps might help you score better
New Delhi , Jan. 19 : The examinations are getting yet more competitive and students are fighting to secure the top position with only minuscule difference of decimals. Read Full Story

9 to 9 job? Here are best lifestyles to keep in mind
New Delhi , Jan. 19 : Making tiny changes in our day-to-day functions will go a long way in maintaining the mental and physical wellbeing, especially if we work for more than 12 hours a day. Read Full Story

Organic recipes for winter to keep you light and healthy!
New Delhi , Jan. 19 : Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home, so went the quote by renowned British Poet and Author, Edith Sitwell. Read Full Story

What! Ed Sheeran is ready to be a dad
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 19 : Ed Sheeran recently sat down with Beats 1's Zane Lowe for an in-depth interview, where the singer-songwriter revealed he is ready for some mini versions of himself to bring into the world! Read Full Story

United States, Cuba sign search and rescue agreement
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 19 : The United States and Cuba have signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime and aeronautical search and rescue. Read Full Story

Tomas Berdych pulls out of Davis Cup tie against Australia
Johannesburg [South Africa], Jan. 19 : World No. 10 Tomas Berdych has pulled out of Czech Republic's first-round Davis Cup tie in Australia on March 3-5. Read Full Story

Alibaba's Jack Ma meets Sharif, expresses interest for investment in Pakistan
Davos [Switzerland], Jan. 19 : Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma, in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos, has said that his company has a lot of interest in investing in the country. Read Full Story

China defends CPEC, says project not aimed at India
Beijing [China], Jan. 19 : China has defended the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the project isn't aimed at India and Beijing is committed to developg friendly and cooperative relations by respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours. Read Full Story

Pak army fully prepared to respond to any threat, says General Bajwa
Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Jan. 19 : Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that their army is fully prepared and capable to respond to all types of threat from across the border. Read Full Story

CPEC moving ahead at fast pace, says Nawaz Sharif
Davos [Switzerland], Jan. 19 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are being completed at a faster speed and this project is being witnessed as economic game changer in the region. Read Full Story

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets PM Modi
New Delhi , Jan.19 : British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Read Full Story

UAE envoy appreciates Pak Army's role in fight against terrorism
Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Jan. 19 : Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Pakistan Essa Abdullah Albasha Alnoaimi met Chief of Army Staff, General QamarJaved Bajwa on Wednesday and appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism and militancy. Read Full Story

Amid outpour of sympathy, UN emergency responders aid bombed Nigerian camp
New York, Jan 18 : United Nations humanitarian helicopter and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others. Read Full Story

Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency
New York, Jan 18 : Highlighting the plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa arriving in Yemen - which itself has seen more than 2.1 million people internally displaced due to ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis - the United Nations migration agency has called for additional support for the vulnerable. Read Full Story

Iran and India have largely converging interest in stability and prosperity: Vice President
New Delhi, Jan 18 : Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that in the world of tomorrow, they (Iran and India) would need to use the tools of modernity - economic, technological and political - creatively and they have a largely converging interest in an area of stability and prosperity. Read Full Story

Andy Murray advances to Australian Open third round
Melbourne, Jan 18 : UK Tennis star Andy Murray has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open by beating Russian Andrey Rublev. Read Full Story

Red Hat brings the 'Power' of open source to Sri Lanka
New Delhi , Jan. 18 : Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, hosted a half-day technology event in Colombo at Hotel Cinnamon Lakeside on Wednesday. Under the theme of 'Power of Participation', the event discussed how enterprises can transform and innovate by learning, networking, and collaborating via open source technology. Read Full Story

UK employers place Birmingham in graduate recruitment top six
New Delhi, Jan 18 : The University of Birmingham is among the six UK universities most frequently targeted by Britain's top employers looking for graduate recruits, according to a newly published report. Read Full Story

Indian Embassy in Germany launches Videsh Niti series, terrorism first theme of discussion
Berlin [Germany], Jan.18 : As part of its expanding outreach programme, the Embassy of India in Berlin, Germany, today launched a foreign policy discussion scheme Videsh Niti series. Read Full Story

Horror thriller 'Wish Upon' starring Joey King gets June release
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Broad Green Pictures recently set a June 30 domestic release date for its horror-thriller 'Wish Upon' that stars Joey King. Read Full Story

Afghanistan: At least six ISIS militants killed by security forces
Kabul, Jan 18 : At least six ISIS militants were killed by Afghan security officers during an anti-terror operation, local Khaama Press reported. Read Full Story

Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull resigning
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment Thomas Tull is reportedly leaving the media company under pressure from its Chinese owner. Read Full Story

Ex-US President George H.W. Bush hospitalised in Houston
Washington [United States], Jan.18 :Former United States President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to a hospital in Houston Texas, after falling ill. Read Full Story

President Barack Obama celebrates Michelle Obama's birthday in sweet throwback
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : President Barack Obama recently took to social media in a sweet throwback picture to wish his wife Michelle Obama as she turned 53. Read Full Story

ABC announces Shonda Rhimes' next drama project
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Television producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes recently has her newest drama project announced to go on air next season. Read Full Story

Former Apprentice participant files defamation suit against Trump
Washington, Jan 18 : Summer Zarvos, a former participant in the American reality show Apprentice, has filed a defamation suit against US President-elect Donald Trump, after the later failed to retract his words, media reports said. Read Full Story

Nigeria: Military accidentally drops bomb on refugees, kills at least 52
Abuja, Jan 18 : An error by the Nigerian military turned fatal as they accidentally dropped a bomb on a refugee camp in Rann, killing at least 52 people and injuring hundreds, reports said. Read Full Story

Afghanistan: At least 37 Taliban militants killed in joint operations
Kabul, Jan 18 : At least 37 Taliban insurgents, including eight top leaders, have been killed in joint operations by the Afghan army, local Khaama Press reported. Read Full Story

Keep calm! That person cursing aloud may be honest
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Usually, whenever people hear someone cursing out loud in public, the first thing that comes to their mind is that may be he/she is a rude or obnoxious. However, a new study finds that people who frequently curse are may be more honest. Read Full Story

Matt Damon compares his 'The Great Wall' to 'Game of Thrones'
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Academy Award-winner Matt Damon draws parallels between his upcoming film 'The Great Wall' and popular TV show 'Game of Thrones'. Read Full Story

Meet the new moth named after Donald Trump
Washington [USA], Jan. 18 : To encourage the conservation in the fragile areas, scientists have named a new moth as 'Neopalpa donaldtrumpi' in the honour of U.S President-elect Donald Trump. Read Full Story

Zahara Jolie-Pitt's biological mother wants to reconnect after 12 years
London [UK], Jan. 18 : The biological mother of Zahara Jolie-Pitt, who Angelina Jolie adopted in Ethiopia in 2005, is now asking to be in contact with her daughter. Read Full Story

U.S. makes additional USD500 million grant to support Green Climate Fund
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 18 : The United States has made an additional USD500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Read Full Story

Ryan Reynolds could be hinting Pierce Brosnan's role in 'Deadpool 2'
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Judging from Ryan Reynolds' most recent social media post, it is highly likely that James Bond is soon sharing screen space with Wolverine and Deadpool. Read Full Story

Bella Hadid 'hurt and pissed' about The Weeknd dating Sel Go
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 18 : Bella Hadid, who split from The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye not long ago, has hurt feelings after finding out that the singer is currently dating Selena Gomez. Read Full Story

Pakistan: Fire erupts in college, no casualty
Wana,Pakistan,Jan 18 : A fire had erupted at Government College Wana in Pakistan on Wednesday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Modest economic growth not an indication of revived global demand - UN report
New York, Jan 18 : A modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18 should be seen as more of an indication of economic stabilization than a signal of a robust and sustained revival of global demand, a new United Nations economic report has found. Read Full Story

Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor
New York, Jan 18 : The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh). Read Full Story

At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle Eas
New York, Jan 18 : Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East on Tuesday told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations. Read Full Story

Donor 'consortium' needed to bolster Haiti's long-term recovery and eradicate cholera, UN adviser says
New York, Jan 18 : A senior United Nations adviser called on Tuesday for a new "consortium" of donors committed to improving Haiti's water supply and sanitation services to help finally eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moise. Read Full Story

At Cape Town Forum, UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps
New York, Jan 18 : With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women and only 13 per cent of countries having a dedicated gender statistics budget, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum on Tuesday explored ways to close these data gaps. Read Full Story

One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UN agency finds
New York, Jan 18 : More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. Read Full Story

Addicted to smoking? Blame James Bond for it
London [UK], Jan. 18 : After getting you addicted to vodka Martinis, James Bond could now be blamed for turning you into a smoker! Read Full Story

Mahira Khan 'feels bad' on not being able to promote 'Raees'
Karachi [Pakistan], Jan. 18 : Following the ban on Pakistani artists in India, actress Mahira Khan recently expressed her displeasure on not being able to promote her debut Bollywood film 'Raees'. Read Full Story

Valtteri Bottas replaces Rosberg as Hamilton's new Mercedes teammate
London [UK], Jan. 18 : Valtteri Bottas has replaced Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes for the forthcoming Formula One season. Read Full Story

One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO
Paris [France], Jan. 18 : More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. Read Full Story

More than 100 killed after military jet bombs refugee camp in Nigeria
London [United Kingdom], Jan. 18 : More than 100 people have been killed after a Nigerian military jet mistakenly bombed a refugee camp in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. Read Full Story

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