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Bangladesh activist arrested

DHAKA: Bangladesh police arrested a 25-year-old social media activist as he tried to leave the country on charges that he defamed Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, authorities said yesterday. Immigration…

Philippines investigates firms over deadly fire

MANILA: The Philippines said yesterday it would investigate whether safety regulations were ignored at an office where a fire killed 37 call centre employees and vowed to impose sanctions if…

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on terror cooperation

Three nations eye $57 billion economic corridor   BEIJING: Ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing yesterday where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of…

Bahrain beat Yemen 1-0 in Gulf tourney

KUWAIT: Bahrain yesterday beat Yemen in the second round of competitions in Group B of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait. Bahraini players, in the first half of…

Chelsea close on United after Brighton win

LONDON: Alvaro Morata struck his 10th goal of the Premier League campaign as Chelsea secured a 2-0 victory over Brighton that moved Antonio Conte’s side to within one point of…

Windies batsmen blamed for another series loss to NZ

CHRISTCHURCH: The West Indies were again left searching for ways to handle New Zealand’s bowlers after crumbling to a 66-run defeat in the third one-day international in Christchurch yesterday. The…

Batsman Warner enjoys late Christmas gift on Boxing Day

Broad breaks wicket drought MELBOURNE: Opening batsman David Warner enjoyed a gift-wrapped century after being reprieved on 99 as Australia emerged on top at the close of a meandering first…

India to become fifth largest economy in 2018: Report

NEW DELHI: India is set to overtake the United Kingdom and France to become the world’s fifth largest economy next year, a report said yesterday. Currently ranked seventh, India will…

Decoding the enigma of bitcoin mining

A boy asked his dad to buy him 1 bitcoin as a present for his birthday. Dad: “What? You mean $15,554 for a birthday present? $14,354 is a lot of…

Friendly ‘robocop’ set to help police in Hungary

‘It grabs the attention more if a robot is talking’ SZOLNOK, Hungary: A talkative little robot has been enlisted by police in Hungary to help bring an electric jolt to…

France to probe Lactalis baby milk salmonella scare

The group has now recalled all of its production PARIS: French prosecutors have opened a probe into salmonella contamination and a major international recall of baby milk produced by dairy…

Tattooed and proud: Chinese women peel away stigmas

Once the mark of criminals or sex workers, for centuries tattoos have been stigmatized in China but the growing influence of celebrity culture is changing all that-particularly for women. Nowhere…