Seven siblings perish in UAE house fire

Dubai: Seven brothers and sisters aged between five and 13 died of smoke inhalation in a house fire in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, police said. Hundreds of fires are reported each year across the UAE, despite attempts by authorities to curb such incidents, but casualties are rarely reported. Police in the eastern emirate of Fujairah said the mother awoke at dawn to the smell of a fire in her house. “When rescue teams arrived at the house, the seven children were found dead: three sons and four daughters…

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Army Chief says Indian aggression, misadventure will always get most befitting response

RAWALPINDI: Appreciating effective and a responsible response of Pakistani troops to Indian unethical targeting and high morale of troops and civilians, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has asserted that Indian aggression or any misadventure shall always get a most befitting response. Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday visited the Line of Control and Working Boundary in Khuiratta/Ratta Aryan sectors. Local Commanders briefed the Army Chief about Indian ceasefire violations specifically targeting civil population across the LoC and Working Boundary, said military’s media wing,…

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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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Single father from Mexico who’d been in US 20 years deported after Ice ‘check-in’

Juan Carlos Fomperosa García planned to celebrate his son’s 17th birthday on Thursday. But first, he had to go in for a meeting around 9am with immigration officials in Phoenix for what he believed was to discuss his request for asylum. “He walked in. An hour later, they brought me a bag with his stuff and that was it,” said Yennifer Sanchez, Fomperosa García’s 23-year-old daughter.

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Mexicans fear Trump deportation plan will lead to refugee camps along border

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could begin popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration’s plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the US illegally through this country. Previous US policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as “OTMs” – Other Than Mexicans – were flown back to their homelands.

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What are your worst dating experiences?

Awoman who tried to let a man down gently after just one date was left surprised by his response: a request for his money back. Lucy Brown, 38, from London, had arranged to meet someone through an online dating app for the second time in her life. Following an evening spent in the pub, she realised she was not interested, letting the man she’d been out with know via text message. He replied to say that he was “devastated”. He also asked for a “contribution for the drinks I spent…

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China urges Trump: be our friend, not our enemy

China has urged Donald Trump to be its friend not its enemy, amid fears the tycoon’s inauguration could set the world’s two largest economies on a calamitous collision course. Since his shock election last November Trump has repeatedly put Beijing’s nose out of joint, challenging it over the militarisation of the South China Sea, alleged currency manipulation and North Korea and threatening to up-end relations by offering greater political recognition to Taiwan. The billionaire has also handed jobs to several stridently anti-China voices including one academic who has described its…

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