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‘Puppy dog eyes’ developed to manipulate humans

A new study published on Monday has discovered why humans cannot resist “puppy dog eyes.” According to the report printed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, domestic dogs have evolved to use their eyebrow muscles more flexibly than their wild counterparts. This makes their eyes appear bigger and more closely resemble human infants, triggering a nurturing response ... Read More »

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit North Korea

China’s state media announced on Monday that President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week. The Xinhua news agency reported that Xi’s visit on Thursday and Friday came at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. State broadcaster CCTV said the two leaders will meet during the two-day trip. Xi’s visit will be ... Read More »

India-US trade tensions threaten the ties that bind

The US is already mired in a deepening trade conflict with China, the world’s most populous nation. Now it appears to be on course for one with the world’s second most populous — India. While the US-China trade conflict dominated headlines for the last year, trade tensions between New Delhi and Washington have been quietly simmering in the background. They ... Read More »

World population to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 — UN

The UN’s “World Population Prospects” report released on Monday predicts that the world’s population will grow by nearly 2 billion people over the next 26 years. Although the world’s population is getting older and growing at a slower pace, it is still expected to increase, as a few countries will experience a surge in population. The report predicts that by ... Read More »

Civilians in Syria’s Idlib caught between front lines

Idlib is the last refuge for many Syrians. Around 3 million people live here. Hundreds of thousands more Syrians are trapped on the country’s border with Turkey in the nearby town of Atmeh. Since the end of April, the Syrian military has led an offensive to expel the rebels from Idlib. Russia, a close ally of President Bashar Assad’s regime, ... Read More »

Germany, France and Spain sign deal on European fighter jet

Germany, France and Spain signed a deal for a next-generation European fighter plane. The framework was agreed between the defense ministers of each nation with French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, just north of the French capital. The arrangement will include a joint air combat system that could also control drones and ... Read More »

EU warns against blaming Iran for oil tanker attacks

Top EU diplomats meeting in Luxembourg on Monday said they were still seeking information about who may have launched attacks against two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. The gathering comes amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran. It also follows Tehran’s announcement that it plans to breach a 2015 nuclear deal struck with international powers. Where does ... Read More »

US says new photos show Iran attacked tankers

The US Department of Defense announced that it was releasing several new photos that it said prove Iranian forces were behind the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Tehran has consistently denied involvement. According to the Pentagon, the photos were taken from a Navy helicopter and show some of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards removing a mine from ... Read More »

Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi dies in court

Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s former president, died Monday after collapsing during a session in court, state television reported. The 67-year-old was the country’s first democratically elected president and a member of Egypt’s most powerful Islamist group, the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was on trial for espionage and had just addressed the court when he blacked out, reports said. He was ... Read More »

First Bangladeshi expat gets UAE permanent residency ‘Golden Visa’

As the company celebrates 38 years in the country. Mohammed Mahtabur Rahman, Chairman and Managing Director of Al Haramain Group of Companies, Chairman of NRB Bank Ltd and President of Bangladesh Business Council in Dubai, has become the first Bangladeshi expat to be awarded the UAE permanent residency ‘Golden Visa’. Also read: Indian tycoons among first to get UAE Golden ... Read More »

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