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US stocks struggle as Black Friday shopping begins NEW YORK: US stocks struggled near the flat line Friday with retailers in focus as shopping kicks into high gear after the Thanksgiving Day holiday.Investors shrugged off a steep plunge in Chinese stocks, sparked after authorities opened investigations into several brokerages.Forty-five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 17,766.26, down 47.13 points (0.26 percent) as Disney suffered from falling ESPN subscribers.The broad-based S&P 500 edged down 2.07 (0.1 percent) to 2,086.80, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.34 (0.01 percent) to 5,116.48.Stocks closed nearly flat on Wednesday despite mostly positive economic data, as investors appeared cautious ahead of the long holiday weekend.Thin trading volumes were expected Friday in a shortened session following market closures on Thanksgiving. The markets close early at 1800 GMT and no economic indicators are on the agenda."With nothing in the way of earnings or economic data to digest, traders will await Black ...

Nigeria Shia Muslim march suicide attack kills 21 DAKASOYE: At least 21 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, organisers said. "We lost 21 people and several others have been injured," Muhammad Turi, from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, told reporters at the scene. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Arrangements finalized for 3rd phase LB polls on December 5 LAHORE: Polling for third and final phase of local body elections in 12 districts of Punjab will be held amid strict security on December 5.The districts include Sialkot, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Multan, Khushab, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Jhang, Ranjanpur, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan and Layyah.The Election Commission of Pakistan has given final touch to necessary administrative and security measures for free, fair and transparent polling process.Some 16,986,946 (male 9,447,933, female 7,539,013) voters will exercise their right to ...

Dar chairs meeting to ensure gas supply for industrial,domestic sectors ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Friday reviewed the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for ensuring sufficient gas supply for industrial and domestic sectors on a continued basis.Minister for Petroleum, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was also present on the occasion,said a statement issued by Ministry of Finance.Officials of Ministry of P&NR briefed the meeting regarding the ongoing gas and petroleum exploration projects ...

No current MP behind foreign national's appointment in NADRA: Interior Ministry ISLAMABAD: No current parliamentarian is behind the illegal recommendation or appointment of a foreign national in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), said a spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior."No case of illegal appointment of a foreign national recommended by a current parliamentarian has occurred," the spokesperson said, clarifying the statement of Interior Minister on the floor of the House on Thursday.Regarding the role of some parliamentarians in appointment of foreigners in NADRA, the minister ...

Zarb-e-Azb to continue till elimination of terrorism: Mamnoon ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said that operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue till complete elimination of terrorism hoping that progress and prosperity is destiny of Pakistan.Addressing the Convocation 2015 of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) at Convention Centre here, the President said that despondency and hopelessness would end by adopting realism.The President stated that the students should assimilate and make part of their lives the knowledge that they have acquired from their elders and teachers."Training ...


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