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This is the most popular emoji in the world

NEW YORK: Except the romantic French who prefer ‘heart’ emoji, people worldwide love the ‘grin’ emoji the most, reveals new research that looked at 427 million messages from nearly four million smartphone users in 212 countries. ‘Grin’ is the most popular emoji, comprising 15.4 % of the total symbols in the study, …

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Study finds how stress raises heart disease and stroke risk

LONDON: People with heightened activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain linked to stress, may be at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, scientists said on Thursday in research that could lead to new ways to treat stress-related heart problems. Publishing their work in The Lancet medical journal, …

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Azhar Ali aims low as Pakistan risk crashing out of 2019 World Cup

BRISBANE: Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali said on Thursday that the visitors need to perform in the upcoming five-match series against Australia keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan currently languish eighth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings with 89 points, just two points ahead of West Indies. The …

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Watch Mahira, SRK groove to garba in latest Raees song

As Raees‘ release date inches closer, we are being treated to more and more of Mahira Khan and SRK much to our eternal gratitude. Mahira, SRK’s cracking chemistry in latest Raees song will blow you away After getting hearts racing in Zaalima , SRK and Mahira do garba with their eyes …

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Aid watchdog defends UK funding of Benazir Income Support Programme

LONDON: Recent media reports criticizing a DFID-funded scheme in Pakistan, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), prompted a lawmaker from the ruling Conservative party to question in parliament the merits of cash transfer programs. Cash transfer programs funded by the British government are cost-effective ways to alleviate global poverty, an aid watchdog …

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China’s anti-Teslas: cheap models drive electric car boom

NUBEIJING: More electric cars are sold in China than in the rest of the world combined, but are mainly locally-branded models that are cheaper and have a shorter range than those offered by foreign automakers such as Tesla and Nissan. The Chinese-branded electric vehicle (EV) market is propped up by huge …

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McGregor was offered $15m for crossover fight, says Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather said he has offered Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Conor McGregor $15 million and a percentage of pay-per-view sales for a crossover boxing bout. Mayweather, who retired in September of 2015 after accumulating a perfect 49-0 record, told ESPN he would require a guaranteed $100 million to make …

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Alphabet drops dream of drones providing internet

SAN FRANCISCO: Google parent company Alphabet on Wednesday confirmed that it is opting for balloons instead of drones in its quest to deliver internet service from the sky. Alphabet, which not only owns Google but also Google X, which is devoted to creating world-changing new technologies, told AFP that it gave …

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Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth’s core

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth’s inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet’s deepest secrets. Consensus has long been that the centre of the planet is composed of about 85 percent iron and 10 percent nickel, with sulphur, oxygen …

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