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Malala expresses desire to work for Indian girls

DAVOS: Impressed with ‘overwhelming love and support’ from the Indians, young education activist Malala Yousafzai has said she wants to visit the country and work with the girls there. She came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012, Malala continued campaigning on the world stage and in 2014 became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. In an interview here with news agency PTI, Malala said she is very excited about expanding her Gulmakai Network to India, where she would…

America First does not mean America alone: President Trump

DAVOS: United States President Donald Trump told the world’s business elite that America First does not mean America alone, and that the US is open for business and more competitive than ever. “I believe in America. As President of the United States, I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their countries first,” he said while addressing the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. “America First does not mean America alone.” Trump said he is here to represent the…

Data doom: 5 steps from Davos to digital dystopia

Intelligent robots and all-knowing online networks threaten to drag humanity into a "totalitarian" nightmare of mind control, mass unemployment and children hooked on smartphones, experts warned at this week's Davos summit. Online retailers and social networks collect so much data about us that they can watch us, control us and will transform us entirely, said Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli author of bestselling books about technology and anthropology.  "This will be decided by the people who own the data. They…

Trump says Palestinians ‘disrespected’ US, aid on hold

DAVOS: President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Palestinians of disrespecting the United States and threatened to withhold aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars until they accede to US-brokered talks. In a significant sharpening of his rhetoric against the leadership in Ramallah, Trump said the Palestinians had "disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them." "We give them hundreds of millions," Trump said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos,…

Trump says talks with UK will lead to tremendous rise in trade

DAVOS: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that discussions underway between the U.S. and Britain would lead to a “tremendous increase” in trade between the two countries. Speaking to reporters shortly after a meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump also said Britain and the US were “on the same wave length in every respect”. May said the special relationship between the two countries continued and that a trip by Trump to the UK was under discussion.

Women should never listen to anyone who tells them how to dress: Malala

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said that women should never listen to anyone who tells them how to dress or how to act or walk or talk. “It should not be the decision of anyone else to tell women how to dress, how to speak, how to act, how to walk or how to talk. As long it’s the women’s decision, as long as it’s her choice, it is okay. There is no standard that defines women to dress like this way or talk this way," she said during a session of the World Economic Forum…

Trump takes ‘America First’ mantra to sceptical Davos elite

WASHINGTON: The world's political and business elite headed Thursday into a compelling encounter with President Donald Trump as the United States bids to carve out a competitive edge in trade, taxes and currency rates. Trump, who has made "America First" the touchstone of his year-old administration, touched down in the Swiss city of Zurich aboard Air Force One en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Other government leaders and business tycoons in Davos are agog at the tempestuous course of US policy under…

Swiss marchers protest against Trump in Davos

ZURICH/DAVOS: Anti-capitalists marched through Swiss cities on Tuesday to protest a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and broke through a security cordon in Davos. Leftists organizers called for the protests under the mottos “Trump Not Welcome” and “Smash WEF!” Trump is due to speak on Friday at the WEF in the Alpine town of Davos, an annual meeting of global business and political leaders where protests have been banned. About 20 demonstrators broke through security to…

Abbasi in Switzerland to represent Pakistan at World Economic Forum

ZURICH, Switzerland: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in Zurich to participate in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum being held in Davos. The prime minister will participate in a number of important events and hold bilateral meetings with key world leaders and Chairpersons and CEOs of fifteen leading multinational organizations from the US, Europe, China and Japan. He will interact with heads of states and governments in a special session of the Informal Group of World Economic Leaders. He…

Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland: The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year’s Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue. High in the Swiss alps on Monday, on the eve of the opening sessions, many of the roughly 3,000 delegates struggled to reach the ski resort. Part of the main train line into Davos had been buried in snow over the weekend, forcing people onto buses, and helicopters were disrupted by poor visibility. Some…