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Gold’s lustre lures Turkish savers

ISTANBUL (AFP) – From the outside, it looks like any other automatic bank machine on the streets of Istanbul. But rather than notes, this one distributes small pieces of gold. Gold is hugely prized in Turkey not just for ornamentation or investment by banks but …

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Turkey issues fatwa urging Muslims with tattoos to repent

ANKARA: Turkey’s top religious body on Friday urged Muslims unable to remove their tattoos to beg God for forgiveness, the latest intervention in a growing controversy over body art in the country. The religious authorities in officially secular Turkey frown on tattoos, even though they …

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Umbrellas banned as China’s XI arrives in Macau

MACAU (AFP) – President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas — the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong. The two-day trip to …

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“9zeros” a Magazine for the billionaire

By Nina Furey Harrods is a corner shop, the Queen is a Nan in social housing, Bill Gates is a retired software engineer and “9zeros” Magazine is a charity free sheet. 9zeros Magazine is unique, exclusive, and individually crafted for a global billionaire readership.  It is translated …

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Kate shows off her batting skills

Christchurch: Cricket and high fashion may seem strange bedfellows, but Prince William’s wife Kate combined both with aplomb on Monday in New Zealand when she showed off her batting skills in heels. The duchess and duke of Cambridge faced off in a light-hearted match during …

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Pakistan’s gaming industry breaks culture barriers

LAHORE (AFP) – It’s a city better known for its history and culture, but a new generation of mobile game developers is bringing a slice of Silicon Valley to Pakistan’s Lahore. With open plan offices, mixed gender teams, gourmet catering and an emphasis on a …

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Microsoft to unveil ‘new generation’ Xbox in May

Microsoft is expected to unveil in May a successor to Xbox 360 videogame consoles that have been evolving into hubs for home entertainment in the digital age. Microsoft sent out invitations Wednesday to a May 21 event at its main campus in Redmond, Washington at …

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Nuclear energy vs global challenges

PARK CITY – A documentary that lends a pulpit to former opponents of nuclear energy who have made a 180-degree turn has made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “Pandora s Promise” and produced by Anglo-American director Robert Stone, was presented …

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Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet

LOS ANGELES: Microsoft on Monday unveiled its first tablet computer, the Surface, as the technology titan steps in with its own hardware to take on Apple’s market-ruling iPads. Chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger — complete with ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range …

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Sony sees return to profit

TOKYO: Sony Corp predicted a return to profit this year as it looks to halve the losses in its TV business that pushed the Japanese consumer electronics giant to a record loss of $5.74 billion in the year just ended. Sony shares, valued at around …

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