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UN urges India, Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree. The two countries have been locked in a diplomatic clash following a suicide attack on February 14 in occupied Kashmir that killed 40 Indian security personnel. In this regard,...

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‘Last piece’ by missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi published

WASHINGTON: Two weeks after he disappeared, The Washington Post on Wednesday published what it said appears to be Jamal Khashoggi’s final column, in which the missing Saudi journalist writes of the importance of a free press in the Arab world. Such a forum is currently lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and US resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate...

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Mike Pompeo says Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe

Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from the enquiry into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Pompeo said after talks in Riyadh: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold...

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Pompeo arrives in Riyadh to discuss missing journalist with Saudi king

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for talks with King Salman on missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, will also meet the Saudi crown prince, a US official said. After talks with the king earlier in the day on what happened to Khashoggi after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Pompeo...

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Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case, Turkey to search consulate

ANKARA/WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on Oct. 2. A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, following delays last week when...

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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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