Google’s Messages app gets Spam protection and Verified SMS feature

BGR | 2019-12-13

Google Messages is the default app for handling SMS/MMS in the Android ecosystem. It’s simple, lightweight, and supports new messaging protocols like RCS (Rich Communication Services). With the latest update, it can even protect your smartphone from spam text messages and show users more details of...

Facebook’s plan to merge with WhatsApp, Instagram may not work out

Indian Express | 2019-12-13

US antitrust enforcers are considering going to court to stop Facebook Inc’s plan to merge technology systems so that users can communicate across the company’s apps, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Federal Trade Commission is studying whether to seek a court order to block the...

World Bank to finance Khyber Pass Economic Corridor project with a loan of $406.6 million

Dawn | 2019-12-13

The World Bank will provide $406.6 million for the Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) project which will promote economic development and uplift areas adjoining the expressway and falling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad on Friday, according to a...

US stocks move higher as hopes build that trade deal is near

Artesia Daily Press | 2019-12-13

NEW YORK (AP) — After months of waiting, markets had a muted reaction to news Friday that the US and China had reached an initial deal on trade. The agreement to a “Phase 1” deal means that the US won’t impose new tariffs on Chinese goods that had been set to kick in this weekend. President...

Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

Wtop | 2019-12-13

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term results from a big federal study suggest. Although the risk is very small, doctors say a new generation...

Millionaires are happier than the average person, but it's not because of how much leisure ...

Business Insider | 2019-12-13

Daniel Pockett/Getty Images Millionaires are happier than the typical person, but it's not because they're rich, according to Dawn Teh for Forge . It's because they devote more of their leisure time to active activities, such as exercising, than passive activities, such as watching Netflix, she...

Former world No. 1 Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open

The Times of India | 2019-12-06

Paris, Dec 6 (AFP) Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced on Friday that she will retire from tennis after next month's Australian Open. The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne last year in her third major final. "I've accomplished everything I could...

Roger Federer coin proves too popular for Swiss mint’s webshop

Indian Express | 2019-12-04

A commemorative silver coin depicting tennis champion Roger Federer is proving so popular that it’s crippling the website of Switzerland’s mint. Advertising The coin, with a face value of 20 francs ($20), is the first by the federal mint with a living person on it. Featuring the 38-year-old Swiss...

Guardiola denies Man City break clause

BE Soccer | 2019-12-13

Pep Guardiola has denied reports that he has a break clause in his Manchester City contract that would allow him to leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season. The Catalan signed a deal last year keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, but reports had suggested that it...

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Unesco removes 'racist' Belgian carnival from heritage list

The Guardian | 2019-12-13

Carnival of Aalst included parade float caricaturing Orthodox Jews Unesco has removed an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list...

Pregnant schoolgirls no longer banned from school in Sierra Leone

The Independent | 2019-12-13

The government of Sierra Leone has been ordered to lift a policy banning pregnant students from attending schools, as a court rules it as unlawful. The...

Iraq's top cleric condemns protester killings and calls for gun controls

Gulf Daily News | 2019-12-13

Baghdad: Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned recent killings of anti-government protesters and urged full state control over the use of weapons...

EU says talks on future UK relationship will be complex and tough,

Canada Dot Com | 2019-12-13

BRUSSELS — EU leaders welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election triumph on Friday as a chance to put three years of Brexit frustration behind...

One dead and 11 injured in German apartment block blast

Belfast Telegraph | 2019-12-13

One person has died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in eastern Germany, authorities said. The blast occurred in the apartment of a...

Italian court orders Facebook to reopen neo-fascist party’s page

The Independent | 2019-12-13

An Italian judge has ordered Facebook to reopen an account run by the neo-fascist party CasaPound and pay the group €15,000 (£12,500) in legal...

Thai Opposition Leader Asks Supporters to Mobilise in Bangkok on Saturday

Voa News | 2019-12-13

Thai opposition party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called on supporters to mobilize in Bangkok on Saturday, days after the national election body called...

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The Real News Network | 2019-12-14

All Is Not Lost for Labour

British activist Tariq Ali argues that Labour’s strategy was deeply flawed, but turmoil will...