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London parrot does online shopping by mimicking owner

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:49 am

LONDON: A pet parrot managed to place an online shopping order by mimicking its owner on a voice-controlled smart speaker, a British newspaper reported. Buddy the parrot ordered a £10 ($13.50, 11.50 euro) set of gift boxes via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system, The Sun reported. The mystery order triggered an inquest in Corienne Pretorius’s house more »
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Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases in Australia

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:48 am

SYDNEY: The spread of a flesh-eating bacterial condition in Australia sparked calls Thursday for more government-funded research into the disease, which is normally limited to developing countries. Buruli ulcer, a leprosy-like disease that rots flesh, is usually found in parts of Africa and was named after the Ugandan village where it was discovered. It was more »
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Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:47 am

KUALA LAMPUR: Eleven Indonesian pirates have been jailed for 16 years each for attempting to hijack an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia, an official said Thursday. The pirates tried to hijack the Thai-flagged tanker, which was carrying seven million ringgit ($1.7 million) worth of diesel, off the coast of Terengganu state on peninsular more »
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Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear program

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:45 am

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump announced sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program. Trump stopped short of going after North Korea’s biggest trading partner, China, and praised more »
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Indonesia seeks bigger share of global halal tourism

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:44 am

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is looking to boost the country’s image as a halal tourism destination for Muslims from around the world. The drive is part of the government’s efforts to boost state coffers and meet its 5.2 percent growth target this year. President Joko Widodo promised 7 percent economic growth rate on the campaign more »
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UK rejects calls to engage with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:31 am

LONDON: The UK government has rejected calls to engage with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, claiming the group “did not do enough to demonstrate political moderation or a commitment to democratic values when in power in Egypt.” The remarks were part of a government response to a Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) report, issued last November, more »
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North Korea’s Kim says will make “deranged” Trump pay dearly for UN speech

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:30 am

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted US President Donald Trump as “mentally deranged” on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang’s weapons programs. Tensions have risen as North Korea has resisted intense international pressure to halt its more »
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Mexico shocked by news: Girl trapped in rubble didn’t exist

News Room : September 22, 2017 6:29 am

MEXICO CITY: Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. Rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and more »
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