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Quaidabad Blast: Two martyred, 5 critically injured

KARACHI: On Friday night, at least two persons were martyred and 10 injured Friday as a powerful explosion hit the Quaidabad area of Karachi, police authorities said. The police further disclosed the identity of one of the deceased as Pappu son of Mushtaq; while the injured include Rasheed Rafique,Mushtaq Bilal, Haq Nawaz, Siddiq Dawood, Arsalan Tariq, Allah Ditta, Qamar Abbas,...

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Pakistan beat New Zealand by two runs in Twenty20 thriller

Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. New Zealand needed six off the last delivery to tie the match but experienced batsman Ross Taylor managed just a boundary as New Zealand --...

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Afghan army helicopter crash leaves 25 dead

HERAT: An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing all those on board, officials said. The aircraft crashed due to "bad weather" in Anar Dara district, which borders Iran, Farah provincial governor spokesman Nasir Mehri said. The Taliban claimed its militants brought it down. Among the dead were the deputy army corps commander for...

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Aasia Bibi's departure

Aasia acquitted by top court, orders prompt release

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over alleged blasphemy, and ordered her immediate release, declaring her 'not guilty'. A three-judge special bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel heard Bibi's 2014 appeal against her conviction...

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German Nurse admits to killing 100 patients

OLDENBURG: Former nurse Niels Hoegel, admitted Tuesday to killing 100 patients in his care, on the first day of his trial in the biggest serial killing case in Germanys post-war history. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade in prison on a life term for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so...

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Asian markets mostly down, trade war fears back in headlines

Asian markets mostly fell Tuesday with Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks sinking following a report that the White House is preparing to impose tariffs on all its Chinese imports, throwing the trade war back into the spotlight. The story added to skittishness across trading floors, where investors are already fretting over a number of issues including geopolitical tensions, rising US...

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during Gaza protests: medics

GAZA: Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 25 including two medics on Monday during Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip’s beachfront border with Israel, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Witnesses said dozens of protesters in the northern Gaza Strip burned tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind Israel’s frontier fence and that troops fired live...

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Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 189 passengers and crew

JAKARTA: A brand new Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday, officials said, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta. The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the Java Sea. Video...

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Synagogue gunman kills 11 in America’s worst anti-Semitic attack

PITTSBURGH: A gunman faces 29 federal charges of violent crimes after he opened fire during a baby-naming ceremony at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring six in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent US history. The shooter — identified as a 46-year-old local resident named Robert Bowers — reportedly yelled "All...

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Kashmiris observing black day today against illegal Indian occupation for 71 years

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, Kashmiris living on both sides of Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day today to condemn the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir State by Indian forces. Today marks the 71 anniversary of Indian occupation in Kashmir valley. It was on 27th October 1947 when Indian troops landed in Srinager in sheer violation...

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Indian troops martyr two more youth in IoK

ISLAMABAD: Indian troops in another act of state terrorism martyred two more youth in the Baramulla district in occupied Kashmir on Friday, taking the number of martyred youth to 10 since Wednesday. The troops killed the youth during a search operation at Pazalpora in the Sopore area of the district. Earlier, an Indian soldier, Brijesh Kumar, was critically injured in...

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De Niro, Biden bring bomb alerts to 10, manhunt intensifies

Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro and former US vice president Joe Biden were the latest targets in a spree of 10 devices and pipe bombs sent to opponents of Donald Trump, but a nationwide manhunt revealed no major public leads Thursday. Hundreds of officers from the FBI, US Secret Service and dozens of other agencies are searching round the clock...

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Murder of Khashoggi ‘premeditated’: Saudi prosecutor

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was "premeditated" based on information supplied by Turkey, state media reported. "Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated," the public prosecutor said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. "The public prosecution continues...

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Turkey shares ‘evidence’ with CIA chief Gina Haspel over Jamal Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: Turkish intelligence has shared "all the evidence" over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday. CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate. Video images and audio...

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Explosive devices sent to Obama, Clintons as CNN evacuated over suspicious package

WASHINGTON: Police intercepted suspected explosive devices sent to former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the CNN bureau in New York that apparently targeted figures disparaged by right-wing critics two weeks before U.S. congressional elections. With the country deeply polarized under President Donald Trump, the packages brought a new level of tension to political contests...

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US announces to revoke visas of suspects involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

United States (US) President Donald Trump described the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a botched operation and a “bad original concept” as his administration took its first, careful steps toward punishing the Saudis by moving to revoke the visas of the suspects. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said the entire operation was a fiasco. “They...

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Parts of Khashoggi’s body found at Saudi consul general’s home: Reports

Parts of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body have been found at the residence of Saudi consul general in Istanbul, foreign media outlets reported Tuesday citing sources and Turkish politicians. Dogu Perincek, leader of Turkey's Rodina party, claimed in an interview that body parts were discovered in a well at the home of Saudi consul general, Turkish newspaper Haberler reported. Another report in...

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