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China shunned Australia’s minister during recent visit: diplomat

SYDNEY: China rejected a request for a senior bilateral meeting during a recent visit by Australia’s trade minister, a high-ranking diplomat said on Thursday, as relations between the two major trading partners fray. Frances Adamson, secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), told a parliamentary committee that Trade Minister Steven Ciobo met with the mayor of Shanghai during his visit in mid-May, after an attempt to meet with his ministerial counterpart was rebuffed. “We indicated to the…

Deloitte hit by cyber attack, says ‘very few’ clients affected

LONDON: Global accountancy firm Deloitte said on Monday it had been hit in a cyber attack that had compromised the data of a small number of its clients, but gave few details about how its systems had been breached. Attackers had accessed data from the company’s email platform, the company said in statement, confirming a report by the Guardian newspaper. Deloitte, one of the “big four” accountants, said it had mobilized a team of cyber-security experts to review its systems and to discover what information had been put…

North Korea says Trump has declared war on his country

NEW YORK: North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that US President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the country’s air space. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make…

Targeted killing in Karachi ‘drastically’ reduced, says CM Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said targeted killing had 'drastically' reduced in Karachi following 'targeted’ operation against criminal elements in the city, ARY News reported Tuesday. He was presiding over a law and order meeting at Sindh Secretariat today. The CM said, “We will fight terrorist activities with gallantry.” Shah said terrorists had Karachi on their hit-list. We will foil ulterior motives of militants, he added. The CM also expressed heartfelt grief over deaths of people at Karachi airport…

Situation is now under control: ASF

KARACHI: A spokesperson of Airport Security Force (ASF) has said security forces have brought the situation at ASF Academy under control, ARY News reported Tuesday. He was speaking to media in the academy that came under attack.  ASF spokesman Colonel Tahir Ali said two terrorists arrived on a motorbike and started aerial firing, prompting panic in the locality. They came through Lady Hostel gate near Pehlwan Goth. Col. Ali said no casualties took place in the incident. He said security forces had begun search operation…

Apple says now sold well over 800 million mobile devices

SANS FRANCISCO: Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, opening the iPhone maker's annual developers' conference on Monday, said the iPhone maker has sold more than 800 million mobile devices. Some 130 million customers bought their first Apple mobile device in the past 12 months, Cook said. Developers converged on the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco to watch Cook and his lieutenants outline the latest tweaks and features new to its Macintosh computer and iOS mobile operating software. On Monday, Apple…