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Mexico illegal fuel pipeline blast kills 73

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico - At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast. Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred...

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

Kabul: Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version...

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Sarfraz Ahmed faces tough questions over second test tactics, about team composition

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces some searching questions to answer for the second test against Australia over his bowling attack and batting lineup after Tim Paine’s side produced a battling draw in the first Test in Dubai. Usman Khawaja defied pre-match predictions and a poor return on turning pitches in Asia to score a battling 141 and anchor his side’s...

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Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ for Saudi Arabia if Khashoggi was killed

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said in a CBS interview on Saturday that there would be “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump said he did not want to block military sales to Saudi Arabia, one option that has rattled US. defense contractors,...

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Remembering an icon: 70th Birth anniversary of legendary Sir Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

KARACHI: The 70th birth anniversary of the pride of Pakistan and the magical voice of the sub-continent, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, is being observed on Saturday (October 13). He is popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, meaning “The King of Kings of Qawwali”. The legend Qawwal, born in Faisalabad on October 13, 1948 to a classical family of singers, embarked on...

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US envoy for Afghan peace Khalilzad meets Taliban officials in Qatar: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: The US envoy for Afghanistan peace efforts met with Taliban representatives in Qatar on Friday as President Donald Trump’s administration pushed to find a way to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal, citing a person familiar with the gathering, said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, met with Taliban officials...

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Pakistan must disclose debts to avail bail out package: IMF

BALI: According to media reports, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) asked Pakistan to disclose its debts with absolute transparency to receive a bailout package. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, a day earlier said she met with Finance Minister Asad Umar, State Bank Governor Tariq Bajwa and members of their economic team whorequested financial assistanceto help address Pakistans economic challenges. Ahead...

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Dollars see a bit fall by Rs1.40 in inter-bank market

KARACHI: Following a unprecedented increase increase in the greenback’s price in the past week, the rupee on Friday made a recovery against the dollar in the inter-bank market. The Dollar was trading at Rs132.40 today, down Rs1.40, according to sources in the inter- bank. The decrease comes soon after the international lender asked Pakistan to disclose its debts with absolute...

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Naya Pakistan Housing Programme: NADRA releases registration forms

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday,  National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Thursday released registration forms on its website for Prime Minister Imran Khan's “Naya Pakistan Housing Programme”. On Wednesday, PM Imran launched the 'Naya Pakistan Housing Project' under which five million affordable houses will be provided for under-privileged classes during the next five years. Initially, the project will be launched in...

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U.S. officials ask Saudi crown prince about missing journalist: White House

WASHINGTON: Two White House officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to request information about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the White House said on Wednesday. National security adviser John Bolton and White House aide Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, spoke to the crown prince on Tuesday. “Secretary of State Mike...

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Dubai Test: Australia to chase 462 runs as Pakistan declare innings

DUBAI: Pakistan declared their second innings for 181 for six and set a target of 462 for Australia to win on day four of the first Test in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost two wickets but still built a formidable 435-run lead over Australia. They went to the interval at 155 for five in their second innings, with Asad Shafiq on...

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US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned: reports

Nikki Haley resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, media reports indicated. It is also being reported that President Trump has accepted the resignation. She served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, the first woman and Indian-American to serve as governor in that state and the second Indian-American governor after Bobby Jindal, who...

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Indian schoolgirls beaten with sticks for protesting against sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four Indian schoolgirls aged between 12 and 16 were taken to hospital after being beaten with sticks by a group of boys, along with the boys’ mothers and neighbours, who had harassed them earlier in the day, authorities said. The assault happened on Saturday outside a government-run boarding school in the eastern state of Bihar, police told Reuters,...

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PSX remains bearish as KSE-100 plunges over two-year lowest 1300 Points

KARACHI: The Pakistan stock exchange (PSX) on Monday continued on its downward spiral as the KSE-100 dipped over lowest 1,300 points till June 2016, during trading. KSE-100, the benchmark index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange decreased by 1,328.06 points or 3.39% to 37,898.29 points. Panic selling was witnessed in retail names on reported margin selling while index heavy MSCI scripts...

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Ex-Interpol chief under probe for bribery, China ministry says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday. On Sunday, Interpol, the France-based global police coordination body, said that Meng had resigned as its president. Earlier on Sunday, China said it was investigating Meng, who is also a vice minister for public security...

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Mirwaiz, other Kashmiri leaders put under house arrest on eve of LG polls in IOK

Web Desk: The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest In occupied Kashmir on the eve of local bodies and panchayat election drama being enacted in the territory from tomorrow. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued from his residence in Srinagar, today, termed the elections as mockery of democracy. He said that huge deployment...

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Taliban kill at least 10 policemen in central Afghanistan clashes

KABUL: At least 10 policemen were killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said on Sunday, amid fighting to wrest control of arterial highways a day after Taliban fighters blew up bridges. The Taliban set fire to a government building in Wardak’s Sayeed Abad district and killed the district police chief along with...

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