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Kansas shooting: Accused is
Kansas, Feb 26 : While the Kansas bar shooting incident in which an Indian engineer was shot dead and two others were injured is considered to be a hate crime, a long time neighbour of the accused said he was a "drunken mess" after his father died, media reports said. Read Full Story

Juan Mata keen to extend Man U contract
London [U.K], Feb.26 : Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, who will be out of contract at the end of 2017-18 season, has expressed his desire to stay at the Old Trafford club beyond that. Read Full Story

Pakistan launches terror crackdown: Four killed, 600 arrested in Punjab
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 26 : Following the crackdown launched by the Counter Terrorism Department of the Punjab Police and the Punjab Rangers in different parts of Layyah and Rawalpindi districts in Pakistan, around 600 suspects have been taken into custody. Read Full Story

Pakistan-Afghanistan begin negotiation mechanism to address terror concerns
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 26 : Pakistan has said that it has begun a negotiation mechanism with Afghanistan which will enable both nations to address each other's concerns over terrorism. Read Full Story

Kurds to offer seized territory to recapture Mosul from ISIS
London [U.K.], Feb. 26 : In a renewed push for independence from Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdish leaders are likely to offer territory seized by their forces in a bid to recapture Mosul from ISIS terrorists. Read Full Story

Kansas shooting: JK Rowling trains guns on Trump, says "language has consequences"
New Delhi , Feb. 26 : JK Rowling has never been one to mince words, especially when it comes to Donald Trump, and with the Kansas shooting grabbing eyeballs across the globe with an Indian engineer shot to death by a white man which is being touted as a hate crime, the legendary author has once again lashed out at the United States President over the tragic development. Read Full Story

Lahore Literary Festival cut down to single day due to security issues
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 26 : Plans for Lahore Literary Festival 2017 did not go as well as expected. Read Full Story

Gay Afghans can be deported to their country, only if they 'pretend to be straight'
London [United Kingdom], Feb. 26 : Under new British Government guidelines for handling asylum applications, gay Afghans can be deported to their country, but, they will have to pretend that they are straight, as homosexuality is illegal in Afghanistan. Read Full Story

Donald Trump used to live tweet 'Oscars,' but won't watch it this year!
New Delhi (India), Feb. 26 : Since the time Donald Trump has taken over as the U.S. President, Hollywood has been quite vocal about displeasure over his policies and decisions. Read Full Story

Want to stay fit? Interactive health apps may inspire you
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 26 : Good news for those who want to lose weight without hitting gym or consulting a dietitian! Read Full Story

Keep your body moving to enjoy golden years of life
London [UK], Feb. 26 : Ask your grandparents to stay fit and keep their body moving even in old age, as a study warns people over 70, suffering from back pain, are at 13 percent increased risk of dying from any cause. Read Full Story

Live in green neighbourhood to cut depression, anxiety
Washington D.C. [US], Feb. 26 : Your neighbourhood is linked to your mental well-being. Read Full Story

Train your brain everyday to keep negative emotions at bay
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 26 : Does recalling an unpleasant interaction with our boss make you demotivated? Read Full Story

Did you know? Here're some interesting Oscars facts
London [UK], Feb. 26 : Date, time, place, nominations and winners- these are some points each and every person knows about the 89th Annual Academy Awards Read Full Story

Politics at Oscars? Debate British stars
London [UK], Feb. 26 : Looks like, Oscars this year, has turned into a platform to slam the U.S President Donald Trump and his political moves. Read Full Story

Will Oscar 2017 go all political this year?
New York [USA], Feb. 26 : Keeping the trend, set by Meryl Streep at the Golden Globe Award 2017, in mind, expecting a 'political' wave at the 89th Annual Academy Awards is inevitable. Read Full Story

Worst of the worsts: 'Hillary's America,' 'Batman v Superman' top Razzies
New York [USA], Feb. 26 : Before the world gets to know about the best of best films of 2016 in the 89th Annual Academy Awards, here's list of the worst of the worsts; or perhaps best of the worsts. Read Full Story

'Oscar' nominee Mahershala Ali, wife Amatus Sami-Karim welcome their first child!
New Delhi , Feb. 26 : Looks like Mahershala Ali, nominated for Oscar 2017 in the 'Actor in a supporting role' category for 'Moonlight,' has already won his most expensive reward. Read Full Story

Donald Trump's protest against 'fake media' continues, to not attend WHCA Dinner
New Delhi , Feb. 26 : U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner this year, scheduled to be held on April 29. Read Full Story

Donald Trump's media war threatens journalists globally, warns CPJ
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 26 : The Trump administration should 'act as a champion of press freedom', rather than prosecute a war with mainstream US media that could 'send a signal to other countries that it is OK to verbally abuse journalists and undermine their credibility', a senior member of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Saturday. Read Full Story

North Korea lashes out: China 'dancing to tune of U.S.'
New York [USA], Feb. 26 : In a rare public spat between two Communist neighbours, North Korea has lashed out at China, without actually naming, accusing it of 'dancing to the tune of the U.S.' over its decision not to import any more coal from the country. Read Full Story

Former U.S. labor secy Tom Perez to lead DNC against Trump
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 26 : The former labor secretary of U.S.A., Tom Perez, is the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His victory in Atlanta on Saturday saw him make history as the first Latino to lead the task of rebuilding the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Read Full Story

French President Hollande weighs in on Trump's Paris remark
Paris [France], Feb. 26 : Reproaching U.S. President Donald Trump after he commented on the dangers of terrorism in Paris, President of France Francois Hollande on Saturday reminded the former of the cardinal rule of diplomacy of not showing 'the least disapproval with respect to an ally', as reported by the New York Times. Read Full Story

Suicide attacks kill many in Syrian city of Homs
New York [USA], Feb. 26 : At least 32 people were killed and 24 others injured after several suicide attacks targetted two security centers in the central Syrian city of Homs, according to state media citing the city's Gov. Talal Barazi. Read Full Story

Driver shot after car hits three people in German city of Heidelberg
Berlin [Germany], Feb. 26 : The driver, who manned the car that drove into the central square of the German city of Heidelberg, hitting three people outside a bakery, was shot after a brief standoff by the police. Read Full Story

China hotel fire kills 10
Beijing, Feb 25 : A hotel fire in China's Jiangxi Province killed at least 10 people on Saturday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Pak Interior Minister says media role in countering terrorism important
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.25 : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said that the media can play a most crucial role in disseminating redible information to counter terrorism. Read Full Story

Donald Trump blames media for ignoring his fiscal progress, hints at big tax cuts
New Delhi , Feb. 25: President Donald Trump again escalated his attack against the media, saying the large sections of it had ignored the lowering of national debt in the first month of his tenure in office. He also hinted at going in for big tax and regulation cuts as his administration prepares its first budget proposal. Read Full Story

Pakistan to host ECO Summit from March 1
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.25 : Pakistan will host the ECO Summit here on March 1, said the Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday. Read Full Story

Interpol says won't issue red warrant against MQM founder Altaf Hussain
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.25 : Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against Muttahida Qami Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state. Read Full Story

Oscars 2017: Syrian cinematographer barred from entering U.S.
London [UK], Feb. 25 : In a shocking incident, the cinematographer behind Netflix's "The White Helmets," Khaled Khateeb, nominated for the documentary short award, has been denied entry to the U.S. for Sunday's Academy Awards by the immigration authorities. Read Full Story

Trump administration rejects DHS intelligence report on travel ban
New York [USA], Feb. 25 : Trump administration officials have downplayed an intelligence report by the Homeland Security Department (DHS) that contradicts the White House's main argument for implementing a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Read Full Story

Study reveals new risk factors for anxiety disorders
Berlin [Germany], Feb 25 : People experiencing anxiety disorders, we have got some bad news for you. Read Full Story

10 dead in fire at luxury hotel in China
Nanchang (Jiangxi) [China], Feb. 25 : 10 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a luxury hotel Saturday morning in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. Read Full Story

Pakistan allows export of Sikh holy water
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 25 : The well at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan has been made functional and the government has allowed its holy water to be exported. Read Full Story

Delegation CPIFA meets Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs
Islamabad, Feb 25 : A delegation of Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), led by Ambassador Lu Shumin, called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, at the Foreign Office. Read Full Story

Mexico warns US against imposing unilateral tax on imports for border wall funding
Washington, Feb 25 : Mexico has warned the United States (US) that it may respond in kind if US goes ahead with its unilateral plans to impose a tax on Mexican imports for funding the border wall, media reported on Saturday. Read Full Story

Japan to aid 'face recognition systems' at airports in Pakistan
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 25 : The Japanese government will provide a grant of Rs 453 million to Pakistan for installing a 'face recognition system' at major international airports in the country. Read Full Story

Pak PM lifts ban on gas connections in constituencies of party members
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 25 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lifted a ban on gas connections for 55 constituencies, consisting of influential politicians and union ministers from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) party, including his son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, while others wait for the waiver. Read Full Story

Centre's attitude toward Kashmiri's a bigger threat than Pakistan: NC
Jammu , Feb. 25 : The National Conference (NC) on Saturday stood firmly behind its Chief Farooq Abdullah, after he came under fire for saying that Kashmiri youth are picking up arms to fight for their freedom, saying that he was only voicing what the young people wanted, adding that the Centre was the real culprit here for the burgeoning crisis in the Valley. Read Full Story

Afghan envoy hopeful on partial reopening of Pak-Afghan routes today
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De Villiers helps Proteas thrash Kiwis by 159 runs in Wellington ODI
Wellington [New Zealand], Feb. 25 : Batting heroics from star batsman AB de Villiers and a clinical performance from the bowlers helped South Africa thrash New Zealand by 159 runs in the third ODI of the five-match series here at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday. Read Full Story

Interpol refuses to issue red warrant against MQM founder
Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 25 : Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state. Read Full Story

Golf with Trump was 'not political endorsement', insists McIlroy
New Delhi , Feb. 25 : World No. 3 Rory McIlroy has responded to the criticism which he has been facing following his round of golf with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it was no political endorsement. Read Full Story

Kansas shooting: Gunman questioned Indian men about their visas before firing
Olathe, Kansas [USA], Feb. 25 : It has emerged that before shooting the two Indian engineers- Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani- in a Kansas bar, the shooter held a brief conversation with them inquiring about their visas. Read Full Story

Several trapped as fire breaks out at luxury hotel in China
Nanchang (Jiangxi) [China], Feb. 25 : Several people are feared trapped as fire broke out in a luxury hotel Saturday morning in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. Read Full Story

Slain Indian engineer wife seeks answer on rising hate crimes from US Govt
Houston, Feb 25 : : The wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian engineer who was shot dead in a US bar has sought answers from the US Government to what she perceived was a spread in American hate crimes. Read Full Story

Huge fire in China's luxury hotel, several feared trapped
Beijing, Feb 25 : : Several people were feared trapped as a major fire broke out in a multi-storey luxury hotel in east China's Jiangxi Province on Saturday, state-run news agency Xinhua said. Read Full Story

Syria: At least 60 people killed by suicide bombers
Al Bab, Feb 25 : At least 60 people, including civilians and soldiers, were killed in two separate incidents following the detonation of car bombs by suicide bombers near Al Bab area of Syria, reports said. Read Full Story

China backs Pak's military operation Raddul Fasaad
Beijing [China], Feb. 25 : China has seconded the recently launch military operation Raddul Fasaad by Pakistan as a counter-terrorism measure, after a series of bloody terrorist assaults across the country. Read Full Story

Kansas shooting: FBI probing into 'hate crime' angle
London [U.K.], Feb. 25 : With reports emerging of the gunman harassing the two Indian engineers before opening fire at a Kansas bar killing one man, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is probing whether the shooting could be a possible hate crime. Read Full Story

Trump lists CNN, NY Times as fake news
Washington, Feb 25 : US President Donald Trump's fight with the American media continues as he yet again slammed CNN and NY Times as 'Fake News' while they two media outlets along with some others were blocked from attending a White House press briefing. Read Full Story

UNESCO meeting lays groundwork for reviving, protecting Iraq's cultural heritage
New York, Feb 25 : As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq's rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country's archaeological, religious and cultural sites for future generations. Read Full Story

Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti
New York, Feb 25 : United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 March if they intend to make voluntary financial contributions to the implementation of the new UN plan to counter cholera in Haiti, his spokesman said on Friday. Read Full Story

UN envoy and Church leaders in DR Congo condemn attacks against Catholic facilities
New York, Feb 25 : The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO have called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country. Read Full Story

Donors pledge $670 million at UN-backed conference to support aid operations in Lake Chad region
New York, Feb 25 :Giving voice to people affected by conflict and crises in Africa's Lake Chad Basin, a global United Nations-supported humanitarian conference in Oslo on Friday generated more than $670 million in pledges that will help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four counties where millions are in need of aid. Read Full Story

UN reports more than 300 migrant deaths on Mediterranean crossing in first two months of 2017
New York, Feb 25 : An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency said on Friday. Read Full Story

Pak Prez warns delay in Kashmir dispute could spell disaster
Muzaffarabad [Pakistan], Feb. 25 : Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has warned that delay in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute could 'spell disaster for regional peace'. Read Full Story

Bernie Sanders tears into Trump for attacking media
New York [U.S.], Feb. 25 : Donald Trump has admitted that he "likes" Bernie Sanders, however, the feeling is clearly not mutual as the Senator lashed out at the President for his repeated attacks on the media saying that the former did not understand the core of democracy, Read Full Story

White House refuses to correlate Kansas shooting with Trump's rhetoric
New York [U.S.], Feb. 25 : Following the backlash over the murder of an Indian engineer in Kansas, which is being touted as a hate crime, the White House has attempted to downplay notions that there was any correlation between the incident and President Donald Trump's stance on immigrants. Read Full Story

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