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And now for something completely different: Chinese robot news readers

WUZHEN, China: Chinese news readers may have some new competition - artificially intelligent robot anchors that can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading out reports. The AI anchor, developed by state news agency Xinhua and tech firm Sogou, was on display at the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, drawing in curious passers-by.  The anchor, modeled on real-life Chinese news reader Qiu Hao and sporting a black suit and red tie, is part of a major push by China to…

Disney tells a different ‘Nutcracker’ story on the big screen

LOS ANGELES: “The Nutcracker,” the beloved holiday season tale of toys that come to life, moves from the ballet stage to the big screen in an action-adventure story being released by the Walt Disney Co on Friday. In Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Mackenzie Foy stars as 14-year-old Clara, a girl who is fascinated by engineering and is trying to figure out how to unlock a Christmas gift left behind by her recently deceased mother. Clara soon finds herself in a beautiful but troubled parallel universe…

PML-N workers create chaos in different parts of Punjab; several policemen injured

LAHORE: Furious workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday created chaos in different parts of Punjab in protest against arrest of supreme leader of their party Nawaz Sharif who is returning from London after about a month's stay there. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined eight million pounds in the Avenfield Reference case by an accountability court, which awarded seven years jail to Maryam besides a fine of two million pounds. Maryam's husband Safdar is already in jail for…

Murad urges center to delink disputed claims of different entities from gas supply to KE

KARACHI: In a reply to the letter of Federal Energy Minister Awais Leghari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday said the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) has a claim of about Rs18 billion against various federal government entities operating in Karachi, which should be delinked from the additional gas supply to the K-Electric (KE). The CM expressed remorse over non-payment of dues by the federal government entities despite several notices. The Sindh chief minister, referring to Awais…

Shraddha Kapoor’s Diwali message wins hearts

The Hindu community is celebrating Diwali -- the Festival of Lights -- today across the globe with traditional zeal. The Hindu community  traditionally buys fire crackers to celebrate this occasion along with lighting lamps. Bursting crackers sometimes ends up in serious injuries plus it also spreads pollution. So, the young and beautiful Indian actress Shraddha Kapoor took the responsibility to spread awareness among people in this regard and requested them to abstain from bursting crackers. Diwali is coming…