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Facebook to double office presence in London

Facebook said on Monday it would double its presence in London, acquiring nearly 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space across two buildings in King’s Cross - enough for more than 6,000 workstations. The social network did not say how many jobs it would add in the British capital, where it expects to employ 2,300 people by the end of this year. It added 800 jobs in London last year. Steve Hatch, managing director for Northern Europe, said Facebook had developed many of its significant products -…

Palestinians condemn UAE, Bahrain presence in cycle race in Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinians have expressed outrage at teams from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for taking part in the opening legs of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Israel over the weekend, which they say undermined Arab solidarity with their cause. The presence of the Gulf states’ teams in the top cycling race — which has now moved on to its home territory in Italy — broke a boycott of Israel in place since the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948. In an unusually barbed statement to a fellow…

Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

TOKYO: Japan’s Fujitsu said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector. The sale, if realized, would leave just three Japanese electronics makers - Sony, Sharp Corp and Kyocera Corp - in a global market dominated by Apple, Samsung and cheaper Chinese rivals. The potential deal calls for Tokyo-based Polaris Capital to take a majority stake in Fujitsu’s mobile phone unit, which is…

Pakistan to take steps to mitigate threat of Daesh’s presence in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said it would take all necessary measures, including effective border control and management, to mitigate the threat emanating from presence of Daesh in Afghanistan.     “There are swathes of ungoverned territories in Afghanistan and Daesh and other terrorist outfits are gaining grounds there,” he said in his weekly news briefing in Islamabad. The spokesman rejected insinuations of Indian External Affairs Minister against Pakistan and said our sacrifices…