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DHAKA : Police in Bangladesh have detained at least 300 suspects for attacking and vandalizing Hindu temples in various parts of the country following unrest triggered by the reported desecration of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, during a Hindu religious ritual last week, law enforcement sources said Monday. Violence erupted across Bangladesh after a photo was widely circulated on social media Wednesday showing the Quran placed on the knee of a Hindu deity during celebrations for the Durga Puja festival in the east-central district of Comilla. Angry mobs attacked Hindu temples and clashed with police in various areas amid…

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Facebook Inc (FB.O) plans to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse – an online world where people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been talking up metaverse since July and the buzzy word, first coined in a dystopian novel three decades earlier, has been referenced by other tech firms such as Microsoft. “No one company will own and operate the metaverse,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post. “Bringing…

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BEIJING: China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages and wobbles in the property sector, highlighting the challenge facing policymakers as they seek to prop up a faltering recovery while reining in the real estate sector. Gross domestic product expanded 4.9% from a year ago, missing forecasts, as attempts by Beijing to curb lending to the property sector exacerbated the fallout from electricity shortages which sent factory output back to levels last seen in early 2020, when heavy COVID-19 curbs were in place. The world’s second-largest economy had staged…

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Netherland won the toss and chose to bat first against Ireland on Monday, in the third match of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The match is going to take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Pieter Seelaar-led Netherlands were defeated by Scotland in the first practice match by a margin of 31 runs. However, the Dutch side made a comeback by beating Oman in their second practice match on October 14. Netherlands have been dominating Ireland in the T20s. In the 2014 World T20, they have won seven out of ten meetings with the Netherlands, with one…

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Part of a stand at NEC Nijmegen’s ground collapsed as visiting Vitesse Arnhem supporters celebrated their 1-0 victory on Sunday, but no injuries were reported according to local media. The lower section of the stand buckled as away fans jumped up and down in unison in front of the players after the final whistle. “There are no injuries to my knowledge,” Nijmegen president Wilco van Schaik told Dutch public broadcaster NOS. “I’m speechless. There are all sorts of things that go through your mind.” City major Hubert Bruls, who was at the game, said he was “very shocked by what…

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BEIJING: The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the past year, provoking anger in Taipei. China sent around 150 aircraft into the zone over a four-day period beginning on Oct. 1 in a further heightening of tension between Beijing and Taipei that has sparked concern internationally. The U.S. military said the Arleigh…

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said a paradigm shift in approach of the nations was needed to rise above mutual conflicts and instead save mankind by addressing the challenges of hunger and food security. Addressing at the launch of collaboration between COMSTECH (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation) and UK-Pakistan academic network Sawie, he said amid the problems of growing population and climate change, the world needed to “rethink and lessen its footprint on global resources”. The event held in connection with the World Food Day themed ‘Our actions, our future’ here at the COMSTECH…

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LAHORE: The First Chief Minister Punjab 5-a-Side National Women Hockey Championship will get under way under the auspices of the Sports Board Punjab, here from Friday at National Hockey Stadium. The teams of Islamabad, Sindh (W), Balochistan and two teams of Punjab have reached to participate in the competition. Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan will be chief guest at the trophy unveiling ceremony of the event prior to the start of the matches on the opening day. Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Fuad Hashim Rabbani, Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh and the players…

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Afghan Taliban leaders said they would do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wanting to return home, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that both sides discussed how to prevent another “migrant wave”. Turkey hosts some four million migrants, mostly Syrians, and has come under renewed pressure after the takeover of Afghanistan by the Islamist Taliban in August prompted a mass exodus. It has said it will not tolerate a fresh wave. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with an iron hand from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by U.S.-led forces. NATO…

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The G20 finance ministers have endorsed a historic plan that will see multinational corporations’ profits reallocated and a global minimum tax implemented. The agreement, which was reached in July at the G7 summit in London and aimed at combating tax evasion, established a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15%. “Membership endorsed the final political agreement to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy and establish a more stable and fairer international tax system,” said a statement released after the fourth meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Washington on Wednesday. Last week,…

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