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FBR mulling to replace GST with VAT

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided in principle to move towards replacing the existing General Sales Tax (GST) with Value Added Tax (VAT) across the board for all sectors under the World Bank-funded loan conditions. Under the proposed reform plan on which the implementation was so far deferred till the establishment of Pakistan Revenue Authority (PRA) and...

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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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Trump letter to Erdogan shatters diplomatic norms, alludes to Turkish president as ‘the devil’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” The October 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria, clearing...

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Modi vows to stop water flowing into Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that New Delhi will stop water from Indian rivers that had been flowing to Pakistan and give it to Indian farmers, reported Indian news publication The Hindu. “This water belongs to farmers of Haryana, Rajasthan, and the country, and we will get it,” he said during an election rally at Charkhi Dagri...

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85 civilians killed, 373 injured in Afghan election violence: UN

KABUL: Hundreds of people were killed or wounded in violence related to Afghanistan´s recent presidential election season as the Taliban sought to undermine the democratic process, a UN agency said Tuesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that 85 people were killed and another 373 wounded in election violence during the period from June 8 to September...

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Trump set to impose sanctions on Turkey for its incursion into Syria

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over Nato-ally Turkey. Using the US military to stop the Turkish offensive on US-allied Kurdish fighters was never an option, defence officials have said, and...

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Typhoon leaves 19 dead as Japan launches major rescue

Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan on Sunday to rescue people stranded in flooded homes as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to at least 19 with more than a dozen missing. Public broadcaster NHK said 14 rivers across the nation had flooded, some spilling out in more than one spot. The casualty toll was compiled...

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Iran welcomes Pakistan’s effort to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed efforts for mediation with Saudi Arabia ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to the country. "We've always been open to discussing anything with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is our neighbor. We're going to be here together permanently," Zarif said in an interview with TRT World. "We don't have any choice but...

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PM Imran assures Turkish President Erdogan of Pakistan’s full support against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assured President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Pakistan's full support to Turkey. The prime minister telephoned the Turkish leader and told him that his country stands in full support and solidarity with Turkey and understands its concerns relating to terrorism. "As a country which has lost more than 70,000 lives due to terrorism and...

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Stabilisation efforts bearing fruit: SBP Governor

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir on Wednesday said that reforms introduced to address macro-economic challenges have started to bear fruit and an improvement in external sector has become visible. He made these remarks during an interactive session with the members of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI). Baqir added that macroeconomic stability...

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White House rules out cooperation in Trump impeachment probe

WASHINGTON: A defiant White House declared war Tuesday against the impeachment investigation of Donald Trump, blasting the process as partisan, illegitimate and unconstitutional and saying neither the president nor his administration will cooperate. In a fiery letter, the White House threw down the gauntlet to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of three congressional panels leading the inquiry, challenging...

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Australian squad for T20 series with Pakistan, Sri Lanka announced

SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner completed their return from the wilderness Tuesday when Australia recalled them to a 14-man T20 squad to play Sri Lanka and Pakistan with a firm eye on next year's World Cup. The star batsmen were both banned for a year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal but have returned to Australia's Test, one-day...

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Security recruits targeted by suicide bomb in Afghanistan

KABUL/JALALABAD: A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, local government sources said. The bomb detonated in a rickshaw-like vehicle, Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for provincial governor of Nangarhar, said. Casualties included recruits and civilians, including a child, local...

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