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The Great War’s end: a grandmother remembers

NEW YORK: Jubilant New Yorkers took to the streets when the Great War ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, my late grandmother’s ninth birthday. The gritty Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood where she lived celebrated mightily, but a grim legacy of the war went on to take an even deadlier toll. “People filled the streets. It was so exciting, even though I wasn’t exactly sure what was happening,” Marie Starace recalled years later. “They were laughing, crying, and singing. Some men fired guns…

Protest of Utility Stores Corporation workers ends after successful talks

ISLAMABAD: The protesting employees of Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan (USCP) have announced to call off their sit-in in Islamabad after holding successful negotiations with the government. "Utility stores won't be privatized, yearly adhoc relief will be given to the employees of the corporation along with salary of month of November," said President, CBA Union, Arif Shah. Mr Shah further said that the PTI government has given green signal to enhance bailout package for Utility Stores Corporation from Rs.…

Facebook signs agreement to end discriminatory ad targeting

Facebook Inc has signed an agreement with the state of Washington to stop third-party advertisers in the United States from excluding protected groups from seeing their ads, the Washington State Attorney General said on Tuesday. Facebook confirmed the agreement with the state and said the announcement is part of a long process to ensure that tools used to target ads on the social network are safe, civil, and fair. “We’ve removed thousands of categories related to potentially sensitive personal attributes — like race,…

France, Germany push for deal to end migration row

BRUSSELS: The leaders of France and Germany said Sunday they were prepared to side-step anti-migrant EU members and do deals with individual countries on how to respond to a migrant influx that has caused deep splits in the bloc. The talks among 16 of the European Union's 28 leaders began after Italy's new populist government turned away another ship packed with migrants. The meeting, which began amid a flurry of mutual fingerpointing by France and Italy, is seen as crucial for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who…

Karachi’s cricket deadlock about to end with PSL final

The nine-year wait is about to over. The terrorists who put Pakistan cricket in a deadlock have been defeated as hundreds of fans, fighting the heat and near-suffocating security blanket marched towards the stadium. It is like a big festival for the nearly 20-million people of the metropolis. The city is buzzing, with hoardings welcoming the players and the Pakistan Super League final. Much before the gates were opened at 12 noon, fans had started to walk towards the designated points for the shuttle, which carried…

US Democrats accept compromise to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Monday reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill to end days of partisan bickering that forced hundreds of thousands of government employees to stay home without pay. The impasse, the first of its kind since 2013, cast a huge shadow over the first anniversary on Saturday of President Donald Trump's inauguration. The Senate was poised to pass the compromise, but the shutdown will only end formally once the House of Representatives…

‘Taj Mahal is dying’

AGRA, India: Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she - like thousands of other visitors - was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowing due to pollution. Building restoration at India's most popular tourist attraction is now into its fourth year, with work yet to even begin on its imposing dome. "It's disappointing not to get a perfect frame of this immaculate structure," Mahuwakar, a…

US resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

WASHINGTON: US immigration authorities said on Saturday that it will resume accepting requests under a program that shields young people brought to the United States illegally from deportation after a court order blocked a government decision to end the program. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website that people who previously received a grant of protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may apply for a renewal under the terms in place before it was rescinded in…

Only negotiated peace can end Afghan war, Pakistan tells UN

ISLAMABAD/ NEW YORK: Reiterating Pakistan's view, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Saturday said only a negotiated peace could end the long war in Afghanistan and restore stability to the region. "Sixteen years of war, waged by the world’s most powerful forces against an insurgency of irregulars, has not yielded a military solution," she said while speaking at the UN Security Council debate on Afghanistan. She told the 15-member council that neither Kabul, the Coalition nor the Afghan Taliban can…

UN urges Saudi Arabian coalition to end ‘catastrophic’ Yemen aid blockade

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Tuesday demanded the Saudi Arabia-led coalition lift a blockade that has prevented aid deliveries from reaching Yemen where some seven million people are at risk of famine. "The blockade of ports, airports, of land routes has had a tremendously negative impact on a situation that is already catastrophic," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "All parties to the conflict must allow and facilitate safe, rapid, unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, through all ports…