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Trump says he’ll declare emergency on U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move Democrats vowed to challenge as an unconstitutional attempt to fund his promised border wall without approval from Congress. “I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have an invasion of...

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Unless trade deficit not addressed, economic matters can’t be resolved: Asad Umar

LAHORE: On Monday, Finance Minister Asad Umar said that economic matters cannot be resolved till the trade deficit is reduced. The finance minister while addressing a ceremony of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Lahore, said  “There is a need for reforms in the energy sector. There needs to be independence to produce electricity and there is...

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Work on 900km Pak-Afghan border fence completed: ISPR

GHULAM KHAN: The army has said that work on a 900-kilometre-long portion of fence along the Pak-Afghan border has been completed. Briefing journalists and anchorpersons on Sunday at Ghulam Khan, a border village in North Waziristan tribal district, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said work on about 1,200km chunk — the most sensitive portion out...

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Pakistan thrashes South Africa in 4th ODI, levels series

JOHANNESBURG: On Sunday, Pakistan defeated South Africa in 4th One Day International (ODI) leveling the series by 2-2. The crushing defeat South Africa suffered by 9 wickets. Bowling first, Pakistan bowled out the proteas on 164, 9 overs to spare in assigned 50 overs. Usman Shninwari was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets, coming near to grab a...

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Sarfaraz Ahmed suspended for 4 International matches: ICC

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC), on Sunday suspended Pakistan's Cricket Team Captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed over breaching its anti-racism code of conduct, Newsone reported. The suspension is for 4 International Matches, which automatically will make him miss 2 One Day Internationals (ODI) and two T20s. During the second ODI in Durban, the Pakistani skipper aimed a comment at Phehlukwayo which was...

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Shoaib Malik leading Pakistan as no Sarfaraz in 4th ODI against Proteas

JOHANNESBURG: A Pakistan team with no Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to field against South Africa in the fourth one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik is captaining Pakistan in the Pink ODI at the Wanderers, as the tourists look to level series to set up a thrilling final encounter. Mohammad Rizwan...

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Round of U.S.-Taliban talks ends with progress on draft peace deal: Taliban officials

Taliban negotiators and United States officials meeting in Qatar on Saturday finalised clauses to be included in a draft agreement to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, according to Taliban sources. Details provided by the sources to Reuters include apparent concessions from both sides, with foreign forces to be withdrawn from the country in 18 months from the future signing of...

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Indian Republic Day: Kashmiris observing black day

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Indian Republic Day, on Saturday, as Black Day in protest against India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The Joint Resistance Leadership has asked the Kashmiri people to observe complete shutdown on Indian Republic Day, the 26th January, to mark the day as Black...

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Mullah Baradar appointed new head of Taliban office in Doha

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have appointed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the movement as the new head of their political office in Doha, where talks have been held since Monday with US officials seeking to end 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan. "The esteemed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been appointed ... chief of the political office," Taliban spokesman...

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UN expert to lead international inquiry into Khashoggi murder

GENEVA: The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions told Reuters on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents...

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Taliban spokesman says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

KABUL: Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, according to the insurgents, as the two sides pursue a potential deal to bring an end to Afghanistan´s 17-year conflict. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to AFP that "discussions are still ongoing". "We will talk in detail later when we reach agreement," the spokesman...

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PM Imran’s visit: Qatar agrees to include Pakistani rice in its tender documents

ISLAMABAD: During the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Qatar, the Qatari Government has agreed to include Pakistan origin rice in the tender documents of the Central Tendering Committee which falls directly under the purview of Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce. The lifting of the ban is expected to provide an additional US $40-50 million of rice exports...

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FBI says ‘can’t pay informants’ during government shutdown

WASHINGTON: FBI agents complained Monday that the month-old US government shutdown is preventing them from paying informants, buying drugs undercover in narcotics busts, and even renewing their own security clearances. Investigations and prosecutions are suffering from the lack of money to travel to interview witnesses or funds to pay translators, agents are saying, according to Tom O'Connor, president of the...

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Turkey planning international investigation into Jamal Khashoggi case

ANKARA: Turkey is planning to launch an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take further steps in the coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by state-owned media. Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and began writing for the Washington Post...

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UAE to sign US$3 billion support package today promised for Pakistan

ABU DHABI: On Tuesday, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates will sign a US$3 billion support package, as pledged by Abu Dhabi to boost the liquidity and foreign exchange reserves of the cash-starved country. According to the package, which would be signed in a ceremony scheduled in Abu Dhabi, the UAE will deposit $3 billion in the State Bank of...

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Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100

KABUL: A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months. Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in...

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Total lunar eclipse leaves skywatchers in awe

Thousands of skywatchers across Europe, Africa and the Americas battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of an unusual set of circumstances resulting in a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon. The full Moon appears bigger than normal because it is closer to the Earth — about 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away — which earns it the...

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