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Huawei in British spotlight over use of US firm’s software

LONDON: Huawei Technologies is facing increased scrutiny in Britain because it is using an aging software component sold by a firm based in the United States, one of the countries where lawmakers allege its equipment could facilitate Chinese spying. The fact that the British misgivings stem in part from Huawei’s relationship with a U.S. company shows how trade wars and heightened national security concerns are making it harder for technology firms and governments to safeguard products and communication networks. A…

India sends extradition request to UK for fugitive billionaire

NEW DELHI: India has asked Britain to extradite billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi, one of the main accused in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB). Modi’s whereabouts have been unknown since PNB in January said that two jewelry groups headed by Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, defrauded the bank for years by raising foreign credit using fake guarantees. The international police agency Interpol last month issued a request to find and arrest Modi. But on Thursday, India’s foreign affairs…

Facebook still evasive over Cambridge Analytica and fake news

LONDON: Facebook continues to be evasive in its answers to a British parliamentary committee examining a scandal over misuse of the social media company’s data by Cambridge Analytica, the committee’s chair said on Friday. Britain’s digital and media (DCMS) committee is examining fake news, and what the consultancy, employed by Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign, did with the Facebook data, which was improperly obtained. Cambridge Analytica said it deleted the data when asked and did not use it in Trump’s…

Man charged in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters

A man accused of sending letters promoting “Punish a Muslim Day” and urging people around Britain to commit violent acts was charged on Thursday with 14 offenses including soliciting to murder, British counter-terrorism police said. David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, was scheduled to appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday on charges that included causing distress or anxiety and attempting to endanger human life or create a serious risk to human health, police said in a statement. The letters,…

Pakistani-origin bus driver in UK shoots Bollywood-like movie using smartphone

LONDON: A Pakistani-British citizen, who is a bus driver by profession, now proudly holds the title of an award-winning feature film director. What’s more Impressive is that the whole movie was shot on his smartphone with zero budget! Asif Raja who drives buses in Huddersfield and is a local radio presenter shot a Bollywood-esque romantic thriller using a smartphone. The film was shot in a period of three months. His movie is called Ehsaas (which in Urdu means ‘perceptiveness’) and was shot at locations including…

UK’s Red Arrows presents stunning air show at Karachi’s sea view

KARACHI: The United Kingdom (UK)’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic team – commonly known as Red Arrows – is performing an air show at Sea View beach here to celebrate 70-year ties with Pakistan. The air show is open to the public. The Red Arrows are one of the most famous aerobatics display teams in the world, besides being pride of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The British team comprises more than 120 personnel, including pilots, engineers, and essential support staff. They are known for their combination of close…

UN toughens sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue. The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China's willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally. The resolution imposed a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as…

Prime Minister strongly condemns London terror attack

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London, causing the loss of precious lives and leaving many others injured. In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack on Sunday, the Prime Minister said we stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom in this sad moment. He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. The Foreign Office spokesperson, in another statement, said that the people and…

Manchester bombing: Britain to deploy ‘Armed Forces’ to prevent future attacks

LONDON: Soldiers were being deployed to key sites in Britain on Wednesday to prevent attacks after the terror threat level was raised to its highest level following a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children. Prime Minister Theresa May announced late on Tuesday that the threat level was now considered "critical", meaning an attack may be imminent. Police had earlier named British-born Salman Abedi, 22, as the perpetrator of the bombing at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a…

UK speaker opposes Trump address to parliament

LONDON: The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons said Monday he was "strongly opposed" to allowing Donald Trump to address members of parliament during the US president's state visit later this year. John Bercow said such a speech was "not an automatic right, it is an earned honour" -- and one he would object to following Trump's ban on refugees and travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries. "Before the imposition of the migrant ban I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in…