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Indian officials storm offices of Amnesty International to stop occupied Kashmir coverage

Indian officials on Friday raided the offices of renowned human rights group Amnesty International on trumped up charges of foreign funding from the United Kingdom that violate local law, according to a report published by the Qatar-based news publication al-Jazeera. It is widely believed that the investigation into the funding sources of the respected human rights group is a pressure...

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Abu Bakr- Al Baghdadi body buried at sea: US military

WASHINGTON: The body of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea by the US military after he killed himself during the weekend raid on his Syrian hideout, a Pentagon source revealed on Monday. No details were given on where or when the body was disposed of, but it paralleled the 2011 sea burial of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after...

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State of emergency declared in California as it engulfs in wildfire

Thousands of firefighters battled into the early hours Monday, losing ground to the huge blaze burning through the famed Sonoma wine region in northern California. California's governor declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as the wind-driven Kincade Fire spread to more than 34,000 acres (14,000 hectares), forcing residents to flee. In Los Angeles, meanwhile the local fire department issued mandatory...

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EU approves Brexit extension up to January 31

EU member states on Monday agreed to postpone Britain's divorce from the bloc for up to three months until January 31, with possible off-ramps beforehand. "The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020," the president of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted. https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1188748108764721152 EU member states will wait for...

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Daesh head Baghdadi believed dead post US strike in Syria

NEAR BARISHA, SYRIA: Daesh supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man, was believed on Sunday to have been killed in a US special operation in northwestern Syria. The elusive chief of Daesh was thought to be dead after a US military raid in the Idlib region, US media reported early on Sunday. The White House announced President Donald...

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Mixed fate for BJP in India state polls as job losses bite

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalists won a hard-fought battle in two Indian state elections Thursday, but with reduced majorities as a grinding economic slowdown weighed on voters. Officials counted tens of millions of ballots in western Maharashtra state, which is home to the financial hub of Mumbai, and in Haryana in the north, bordering New Delhi. In...

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Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after deal

President Donald Trump ended sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday, drawing a line under American involvement in "blood-stained" Syria, as Turkish and Russian troops seized territory previously held by US troops and their beleaguered Kurdish allies. "Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand," Trump said in a White House speech that formalised the ceding of power in northern Syria...

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Govt to allow JUI-F to hold Azadi March within limits of law: Spokesperson

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday decided to allow Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to hold the Azadi March later this month as long as it remains within the limits of the constitution and the law, a government spokesman said. Prime Minister Imran Khan was presiding over a meeting of the committee that the government had set up to persuade the JUI-F to...

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Pakistan women T20I lineup for Bangladesh series announced

KARACHI: The women selection committee on Wednesday announced the Pakistan team for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh in Lahore from Saturday. Bangladesh will play three T20I matches and two ODIs in their tour of Lahore, the series kicks off with the opening T20I at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on October 26. According to chief selector Urooj Mumtaz, the team was...

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Boris Johnson denied new Brexit deal vote

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a potentially perilous ratification of his Brexit divorce deal in the British parliament after the speaker refused to allow a vote on it on Monday. With just 10 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on October 31, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain’s politicians argue...

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Misbah announces Pakistan squad for Australia series, replaces Sarfraz with Rizwan

LAHORE: Misbah-ul-Haq, Chief Selector and Head Coach of Pakistan cricket team, on Monday announced the squad for the upcoming tour of the team to Australia. T20 squad: Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Muhhamad Amir, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, and Wahab Riaz....

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IMF, World Bank assured to continue supporting Pakistan’s economy: govt

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank provided assurances of their continued support to Pakistan's economy in meetings with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, a press statement issued by the government on Monday said. According to the press release, issued by the Finance Division, Sheikh, along with a delegation — including...

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Afghan mourns as 69 killed in mosque explosions

Police and local people searched on Saturday for more bodies in the rubble of a mosque in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province after bomb blasts in which at least 69 people were killed during Friday prayers. The explosives were placed inside the mosque in Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council, said the mosque, with capacity...

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Brexit in balance as British MPs hold historic vote

LONDON: British MPs gather Saturday for a historic vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal — a decision that could see the UK leave the EU this month or plunge the country into fresh uncertainty. The House of Commons is holding its first Saturday sitting since the 1982 Falklands War to debate the terms of a divorce agreement Johnson...

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Sarfaraz Ahmed looses captaincy of T20 and Test format

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday decided to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test and T20 captain of the national team. Azhar Ali has been appointed national cricket team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam has been named captain of the No 1 ranked T20I side until next year’s ICC T20...

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British PM Boris Johnson agrees ‘great’ new Brexit deal with EU

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain and the European Union had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson said in a tweet. “Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other...

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35 dead as bus carrying foreigners crashes in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" near the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency....

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