Car makers drive longest period of manufacturing growth in UK since 1994

Britain’s car factories are helping drive the country’s manufacturing production to its longest period of growth in more than 20 years, according to government figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said cars made for export and a bumper month for pharmaceutical firms helped output grow for the sixth month in a row in October – the longest unbroken period of manufacturing growth since 1994. A growth rate of 0.1% in manufacturing production in October pushed the annual rate of expansion to 3.9% and confirmed the manufacturing sector’s status as one of…

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‘We’re in uncharted territory’: Oscars on edge after Harvey Weinstein scandal

“Suicide always remains a secret, the unknown bit beyond all reasons and explanations,” says Maria Schrader, the German actor best known in Britain for her role as ruthless, wicked but captivating Stasi agent Lenora Rauch in Channel 4’s spy drama Deutschland 83. She is talking about the subject of the Oscar-nominated film she has directed, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe. The Viennese Jewish writer fled his homeland in 1934 with the rise of Hitler to London, Bath, New York and ultimately Petrópolis, a mountain town 40-odd miles north of Rio de Janeiro that…

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Apple fixes HomeKit bug that allowed remote unlocking of users’ doors

Apple has been forced to fix a security hole within its HomeKit smart home system that could have allowed hackers to unlock users’ smart locks or other devices. The bug within iOS 11.2 permitted unauthorized remote control of HomeKit-enabled devices. Such devices include smart lights, plugs, and other gadgets, but also includes smart locks and garage door openers. An Apple spokesperson said: “The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.”…

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Bitcoin ends dramatic week with 20% slump followed by recovery

Bitcoin rounded off a week of frenzied investor speculation with a day of whipsaw trading that knocked nearly 20% off its value at one point but still left the cryptocurrency changing hands at more than $15,000. The currency, which was likened to Dante’s Inferno by one senior banker this week, rocketed to a new high of $16,660 overnight before slumping to $13,482 by midday on Friday. As the London markets were closing, bitcoin had recovered some of its losses to trade at $15,350 – having started the week at $10,875 and the year…

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Muslims worldwide hold ‘Day of Rage’ over Trump’s Jerusalem move

JERUSALEM: Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the U.S. move. As Friday prayers ended at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, worshippers made their way toward the walled Old City gates, chanting “Jerusalem is ours,…

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Japan’s crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

TOKYO: Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito’s legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday signed off on an April 30, 2019 date for the octogenarian Akihito’s retirement – the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries. Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23, has spent much of his nearly three decades on the throne trying to…

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Sindh CM meets Mayor of London

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Friday met Mayor of London Sadiq Khan here at the Chief Minister House. According to a spokesman for the Chief Minister House, they agreed on the exchange of trade-delegations. The Sindh chief minister, exchanging views with the Mayor, said that Sindh has numerous opportunities of investment. The investment can be done in renewable energy, food processing, textile, agriculture and many other sectors. He said that Sindh and London can work together on the rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage, up-gradation of irrigation system etc….

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CM Sindh recalls college days at DJ Sc College pedestrian bridge opening

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah disclosed on Friday that he had lost concentration in his studies and enjoyed considerable freedom during his college education days when his father got arrested during the then-martial law regime in the country. Talking at the inauguration of the newly-built pedestrian bridge that connects two buildings of DJ Sindh Government Science College where he had studied, Sindh CM recalled the days when he used to get Intermediate-level education at his alma mater. The pedestrian bridge has been built to safeguard movement of…

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