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Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Saudi Arabia signs deals worth $20 bn with Pakistan

Riyadh: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday signed with Pakistan eight agreements worth $20 billion, the media reported. One of the agreements is about Saudi Arabia’s Aramco-run refinery in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, one of the world’s largest refineries, at a value of $10 billion, Xinhua reported citing the Al Arabiya TV. “Pakistan

Amazon leads $700mn investment in electric truck startup

San Francisco: US online retail giant Amazon is leading a $700-million funding round for electric truck startup Rivian Automotive, Rivian has said. The latest funds will help produce its first all-electric vehicles — the R1T pickup truck and the seven-seat R1S SUV, which were revealed in the November Los Angeles Auto Show, Xinhua news agency reported.

Surfer critical after shark attack in Byron Bay

Canberra: A surfer was in critical condition after he was attacked by a shark at a popular beach in New South Wales state. Emergency services were deployed to the Byron Bay after the 41-year-old surfer was attacked early Sunday morning, reports Xinhua news agency. The victim suffered leg injuries but managed to return to shore on


Australia signs contract to build 12 submarines

Canberra: The Australian government on Monday announced the signing of a A$50 billion ($35 billion) agreement with the French Naval Group for the construction of its new fleet of 12 Attack class submarines. In a “defining moment for the country”, the submarines “will help protect Australia’s security and prosperity for decades to come and also deepen

Australia probing role of China-based hackers behind Parliament attack

Sydney: Australian security agencies are reportedly probing the role of China-sponsored cyber criminals behind last week’s security breach of Parliament’s computing network. According to a report in ABC News on Sunday, it took less than an hour after the the first report of the cyber attack for suspicion to fall on China. The Chinese Embassy in

World leaders discuss future of global economy at Dubai summit

Dubai: The World Government Summit in Dubai, attended by more than 4,000 delegates from 140 countries representing the business, cultural and political sectors, featured speeches and discussions on peace, development and the present and future of the global economy. The conference, organised annually by the government of the United Arab Emirates, included key international figures such

Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third language in courts

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has added Hindi as the third official language to be spoken in the city’s courts, alongside Arabic and English. According to the ADJD, this step was aimed at helping foreigners to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration