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FB to use postal method to curb foreign meddlers

Menlo Park: Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the US presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they

Maldives SC delays reinstating members

Male (Maldives): The Supreme Court of the Maldives has delayed its order reinstating 12 pro-opposition lawmakers ahead of a key parliamentary sitting, the latest political turmoil to roil the island nation. Opposition lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof said the government may call for important votes at a parliamentary sitting today to extend a state of emergency or dismiss two Supreme Court judges who have been arrested on allegations of corruption. President Yameen

Oz minister's FB gun image receives brickbats

Sydney: A conservative Australian politician who posted a photo of himself on Facebook holding a gun in a jibe at environmentalists was reported to police and slammed today as insensitive after a mass US school shooting. George Christensen put up the image on Saturday showing him in a shooting stance with the comment “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”. He claimed it was a tongue-in-cheek reference

Imran Khan gets married for third time

Lahore: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time with his ‘spiritual guide’, his party has confirmed, ending weeks of speculation. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said the 65-year old party chief married Bushra Maneka, a “respected Pir” (faith healer) in Pakpattan, in a simple ceremony in Lahore yesterday. The ceremony was held at the residence of Bushra’s brother and PTI Central Executive Committee member Mufti

Hidden details in Picasso painting uncovered

Washington: Scientists have uncovered details of a landscape hidden underneath the visible surface of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s painting that depicts a crouching and cloaked woman, painted in white, blues, greys and greens. The 1902 oil painting “La Misereuse accroupie” (The Crouching Woman) is a major work from the Picasso’s Blue Period. The painting is owned by the the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada, and the knowledge of

Huge fire at Tibet's revered temple sparks fears of its future

Beijing: A major fire broke out at one of Tibet’s holiest Buddhist temples, Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the capital Lhasa with a history of more than 1,300 years. There were no reports of any casualties, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, without specifying the damage caused by the fire to the temple. The fire started at 6.40 pm yesterday but was soon brought under control, it said.