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Internet may crash worldwide in next 36 hours

People across the world may experience ‘digital isolation’ over the next two days because internet services could crash globally due to maintenance work. According to reports by TechWorm and The Quint, the main domain servers and related infrastructure will be temporarily powered down by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), located in Los Angeles, over the next 36 hours. The reason is that they need to change the cryptographic key that protects the Domain Name System (DNS) – which is what…

‘Sanju’ winning hearts all over the world!

MUMBAI: Sanjay Dutt's biopic 'Sanju' has left not only the country in awe but garnered immense love from people around the world as well, especially Dubai. The movie has won the hearts so much in Dubai that the theatres here will remain open for 24 hours due to high demand for the film. The Official account of Filmfare shared a picture of lead-actor Ranbir Kapoor along with Director Rajkumar Hirani with a caption that read, "#Sanju is winning hearts all over the world! Theatres in Dubai remain open for 24 hours due…

Who needs football? Cricket has billion-plus fans, survey finds

The football World Cup may be attracting viewers across the planet but cricket has a huge audience too, with a fanbase of more than a billion people, a major new survey says. The report, conducted by Nielsen Sports for the International Cricket Council, put the number of fans at 1.039 billion — mostly male, living in South Asia, and with an average age of 34. However, 39 percent are female, the survey says, adding that the venerable, five-day Test format remains popular, attracting interest from 70 percent of fans.…

Pakistani civilians ranked 4th in holding world’s firearms

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistanis are among the top five nations’ in the list of 25 top-ranked countries and territories holding world’s firearms, according to the new study. There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 percent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, says the survey report released Small Arms Survey. Interestingly, Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world's firearms. Of…

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

GENEVA: A record 68.5 million people have been displaced from their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to a report by the UN refugee agency. The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced…

‘Shadow banks’ continue to expand worldwide

MEXICO: Growth in global bond, real estate and money market funds continued to swell the world’s“shadow banking” sector, a watchdog that coordinates financial regulation for the G20 big economies said on Monday. The Financial Stability Board said its “narrow” measure of shadow banking activities that could pose a threat to stability, rose 7.6 percent to $45.2 trillion in 2016, the latest year for which figures have been collated. It represents 13 percent of total financial system assets in the 29 jurisdictions…

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ soars to $745 million worldwide

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday. The North American take has hit $365 million in its first 10 days as of Sunday with the studio projecting another $32 million on Christmas Day on Monday - making it the third highest domestic release in 2017 following “Beauty and the Beast” with $504 million and “Wonder Woman” at $412 million. “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” has totaled $380.3 million in international box office. It…

Palestinians, Muslims worldwide hold ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the US move. As Friday prayers ended at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, worshippers made their way toward the walled Old City…

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

PARIS: Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 -- some 800,000 cases -- were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was as high as a third, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a leading medical journal. Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined was almost twice as common among women than men, they found. And of the two…

Global smartphones sales soar as 373 million phones shipped in last three months: report

SAN FRANCISCO: The global smartphones market has momentum going into the year-end holiday shopping season, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by International Data Corporation (IDC). An estimated 373.1 million smartphones were shipped worldwide during the third quarter of this year in a 2.7 percent rise from the same period in 2016, IDC said in a statement. While IDC analysts considered the growth low, they saw it as a sign "the industry still has momentum." "Collectively, the industry continues to…