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Apple and Google to review Saudi App

Apple and Google have been accused of aiding the enforcement of ‘gender apartheid’ in Saudi Arabia. They are hosting a controversial app called Absher that allows men to track women under their…

Airbus scraps the A380

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world's largest passenger…

MBS to visit India and Pakistan

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to announce investments in energy and infrastructure during a visit to India and Pakistan in coming days as part of his efforts to wean the…

Ethics inquiry against Trudeau

Canada’s parliamentary ethics commissioner said that he would look into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured his former attorney general to call off a criminal case…

Facebook steps up fact checking

The social media giant is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world’s largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May,…

Russia to disconnect from Internet

Russia is considering a plan to temporarily disconnect from the Internet. The exercise follows aspiration of building an autonomous Internet infrastructure and to see how the country’s cyber defense…

Nigeria’s economy stagnates

Promises by Nigerian presidential candidates to fix an economy that vies with South Africa’s to be the continent’s largest could be unfulfilled unless the country is weaned off its oil dependence.…

13th IMF bailout for Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met IMF chief Christine Lagarde to discuss conditions of a bailout package for Pakistan. It has to deal with current account deficit and IMF reform demands which…

US and South Korea – Deal on Military costs

South Korea and the United States have struck a new deal that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military deployed on its soil, overcoming earlier negotiations that had…

Assam: The political battleground of the northeast

Assam is a state in Northeast India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Assam covers an area of 78,438 km2. The state is bordered by Bhutan and the…

Thailand’s new PM?

The royal family has been deeply connected to Thailand’s leadership for decades, often shaping it from behind the scenes. However, senior members of the palace have remained out of formal political…

Orban’s new tax break

In a bid to counter a falling population and labour shortages without accepting immigrants, prime minister Viktor Orban announced that Hungarian women who have four children or more will be exempt…

Another US shutdown?

Talks between Republicans and Democrats were deadlocked just days before a deadline to avoid a second US government shutdown this year, as politicians argued over proposed limits to the country’s…

New UN report on Khashoggi murder

The U.N. human rights expert leading an independent inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Thursday that Saudi Arabia had “seriously curtailed and undermined” Turkey’s attempts to…

New START to go?

Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces…

Australia’s Parliament hacked?

The Australian Parliament said that hackers had tried to break into its computer network, which includes lawmakers’ email archives, but there were no visible indications that data had been stolen.…

12000 Chinese blood plasma contaminated

National Health Commission in China has warned hospitals to suspend use of 12,299 50ml bottles of plasma after it was found to be contaminated with HIV. The samples were taken from China’s second-…

Trump’s finance and foreign relations to be investigated

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced on Wednesday that a committee would investigate "beyond Russia" whether personal interest was at the core of Presidents Donald…

New oil fields in South Africa discovered

French oil and gas major Total said it had made a significant gas condensate discovery after drilling its Brulpadda prospects on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, offshore South Africa. South…

May’s new tour of Brussels

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels to meet European Union leaders on Thursday, February 7th, as she seeks a way to avoid a no-deal Brexit in 50 days' time. On June 23rd,…