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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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US ready to resume North Korea talks, seeks denuclearisation by 2021

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited North Korea’s foreign minister to meet in New York next...

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North Korea’s Kim agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks

SEOUL: North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, in a new gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear program. After a summit in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the North was also willing to close...

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Philippines typhoon toll hits 81, expected to rise

MANILA: The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 81 and could hit triple digits as searchers dig through a landslide where dozens are presumed dead, authorities said Wednesday. Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the nation’s agricultural north and smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and heavy rains. Since then...

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Finance Minister Asad Umar presents amendment for federal budget

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday,  Finance Minister Asad Umar presented proposed amendments for the federal budget 2018-19 in the National Assembly. Various lawmakers from different political parties, prime minister Imran Khan, ministers attended the NA session today. As he began his speech, Asad Umar recalled that fiscal deficit had increased from 4.1 per cent at the start of the last government's tenure...

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Massive clean-up In Hong Kong after Typhoon chaos

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods in a trail of destruction that left dozens dead in the Philippines and millions evacuated in southern China. The death toll in the Philippines, where the north of the main island of Luzon was mauled by fierce winds and rain, reached...

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Floodwaters rise as killer storm stalks southeastern US

Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead and billions of dollars in damage. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence slowly crawled over South and North Carolina, dumping heavy rains on already flood-swollen river...

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Murad Ali shah puts forth budget recommendations for Sindh’s fiscal year

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday presented recommendations for budget of current fiscal year following the provincial cabinet's approval. Earlier today, the Sindh chief minister constituted a three-member committee to probe the use of provincial government's luxury vehicles. The committee comprises three provincial ministers, including minister for excise and taxation. Addressing the cabinet meeting, Shah said, "Only...

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Reports say US to impose tariffs on $200 bn over Chinese goods

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 per cent. Trump has already imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel...

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Palestinian teen martyred by Israeli army: ministry

A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli forces last month during protests and clashes along the Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave said. Saheeb Abu Kashef, 16, died late on Saturday after being shot on August 3 east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, according to the ministry. An Israeli military spokesman has...

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Foreign Minister Qureshi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discusses bilateral ties

SATURDAY: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on a one-day official visit today where he met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace, Qureshi was received by his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. The latter noted that establishing peace was as important for Pakistan as Afghanistan. "Our challenges are similar and we have to...

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South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine

South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North. The $700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years. It represented a "leap forward in...

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European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Europe´s top rights court ruled Thursday that Britain´s programme of mass surveillance, revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden as part of his sensational leaks on US spying, violated people´s right to privacy. Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, said the interception of journalistic material...

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US voices concern on China’s Muslim crackdown in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Tuesday expressed deep concern over China’s “worsening crackdown” on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region, as the Trump administration considered sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses. Discussions have gained momentum within the US government over possible economic penalties in response to reports of mass detentions of...

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Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

UNITED NATIONS: World hunger rose in 2017 for a third consecutive year, fuelled by conflict and climate change, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, jeopardizing a global goal to end the scourge by 2030. Major U.N. agencies said in an annual report Tuesday that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 million in 2017 from...

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Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Seventeen years later, more than 1,100 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center have yet to be identified. But in a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains, with technological progress on its side. Day in, day out, they repeat the same protocol dozens of times. At first, they examine...

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