NI Tourist Board faces review

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announces a review to examine whether the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is “fit for purpose”.

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Desperation in typhoon-scarred Tacloban

The evidence of Haiyan’s power is everywhere: Destroyed buildings, bloated corpses of dogs on the ground, body bags containing human remains.

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The changing chessboard of Kashmir

The peace process initiated between India and Pakistan in 2004 held the promise of a meaningful forward movement on Kashmir. The global mood post-9/11, the will of the leadership at the helm in both countries and the cessation of violence in the valley delineated the contours of a workable strategy, underlined by a two-pronged process of engagement between India and ...

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‘Intensity’ floors ‘flair’ in Dubai

KARACHI:  After the toss in the first match of the Twenty20 series, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez had claimed that his team would play with flair, whereas his rival Faf du Plessis said that the buzz word for his team is intensity. As it turned out, South Africa was too intense and overwhelming for the flair of Hafeez and his men. ...

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Most beautiful bank buildings

It should be no surprise that the world’s financial behemoths also own or inhabit some of the best real estate.

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500 children taken to A&E drunk

Five hundred children ended up in A&E departments in Northern Ireland last year because they were drunk.

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Actor took own life after bankruptcy

An actor who appeared in the James Bond film Casino Royale and EastEnders killed himself after he was declared bankrupt, an inquest hears

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Martyrs and the law

On its face, it seems absurd to seriously consider the claims by some in Pakistan that the terrorists besieging the country are martyrs, while the nation’s soldiers are traitors. However, the definition of this term goes to the root of the national narrative, and the subsequent public debate, perhaps, shows how disjointed that narrative has become. If the state were ...

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Orphanage: Water for one day

As Typhoon Haiyan raged across the Philippines, staff at one orphanage kept its dozens of children safe. Now they are battling to find food and water, but supplies are running out.

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New invisibility cloak technology

Cloaking technology is popular science fiction trope, but real scientists have been researching and developing new ways to make cloaking objects a reality for years.

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Volkswagen recalls 2.6 million cars

German carmaker Volkswagen announces a recall of about 2.6 million cars worldwide, including 640,000 in China, a crucial growth market.

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Lawrence vs Rivers: Hollywood’s latest feud

Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, is a woman many young fans look up to. With her endearing sense of humour, along with her strong views and opinions about issues close to her heart, Lawrence has become the darling of Hollywood. Weight is an issue Lawrence, along with pretty much all of ...

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