Blue diamond soars to world record $57.6 million at Christie’s

Courtesy The News International GENEVA: The “Oppenheimer Blue”, a large and rare diamond, sold for 56.837 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) at auction on Wednesday, setting a world record for any gem after a dramatic see-saw bidding process, Christie’s in Geneva said. “It’s the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction,” Christie’s spokeswoman Alexandra Kindermann…

British celebrities back remaining in EU in letter to newspaper

Courtesy The News International British actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Helena Bonham Carter are among more than 250 celebrities from the arts world who have signed a letter urging Britons to vote to remain in the European Union. Some of Britain’s best-known artists, musicians and writers are also signatories to the letter…

Cancer on the rise among children in underprivileged areas of Pakistan

Courtesy The News International Karachi: An increasing number of cancer cases are being reported among children from low-income localities of Pakistan, as per a study conducted by paediatric oncologists at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Karachi, which cites adverse environmental conditions, unhygienic living conditions, consumption of unsafe drinking water and malnourishment as possible…