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Finance Minister Asad Umar presents amendment for federal budget

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday,  Finance Minister Asad Umar presented proposed amendments for the federal budget 2018-19 in the National Assembly. Various lawmakers from different political parties, prime minister Imran Khan, ministers attended the NA session today. As he began his speech, Asad Umar recalled that fiscal deficit had increased from 4.1 per cent at the start of the last government's tenure...

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U.S. says more sanctions await if Turkey does not free pastor

WASHINGTON - The United States warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, as relations between the two countries took a further turn for the worse. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assured President Donald Trump at a Cabinet meeting that sanctions were ready to be put in place if Brunson...

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Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL  Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan’s intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, officials said. Staff and officials at the center took shelter in a protected area of the compound as gunfire came from a half-finished building near the site. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the attackers were firing rocket-propelled...

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Pak, India military ‘felicitate’ each other on ‘National Day’

RAWALPINDI: The director-generals operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India "felicitated each other on Independence Day" through a hotline contact made on Thursday. According to press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), they expressed general satisfaction over the situation along the LOC and WB since their communication on 29 May 2018 for reinvigorating ceasefire agreement. However, DGMO Pakistan raised concern over...

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Scores killed in Kabul blast as Afghanistan reels from attacks

KABUL: A suicide blast in Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers, and policemen over recent days. The explosion, targeting an educational centre in the west of the Afghan capital, tore through a large tent set up as a classroom in the courtyard, killing dozens...

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At least 32 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

KABUL: At least 32 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan´s war-weary capital. "We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre," police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. The spokesmen for the interior ministry and...

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Kashmir observes Black Day on Indian Independence, 70 plus years of oppression

Web Desk: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing India’s Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey message to the international community that India continues to illegally occupy their homeland. The Black Day is being marked by a complete strike in the occupied territory, Kashmir Media Service reported. The strike was called by...

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Donald Trump lashes out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, calls her ‘that dog’

President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!” Trump tweeted a barrage of insults on Tuesday morning as Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all and releasing secret audio recordings. Her book paints a...

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Google celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day

Google search engine has unveiled its new doodle on 71st Independence Day of Pakistan to honour the people of Pakistan. Google often pay its homage on different occasions to countries and worldwide prominent personalities by releasing specifically designed doodle, and this not the first time the company commemorates Pakistan on it's historical day. Previous year, it released a doodle celebrating the...

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Iran’s problems ‘internal, not just sanctions’: Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the country´s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. "Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal," he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account. "Not that...

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Narendra Modi confident of bigger win in 2019 elections

MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party...

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Fight between Afghan forces and Taliban for Ghazni city amid misreports who has the edge

GHAZNI: The fight for the embattled eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday after Kabul vowed the city was firmly under government control. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices and in control of several police checkpoints,...

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Dismissing ‘apartheid’: Arab Israelis rally against Jewish nation-state law

TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of Arab Israelis and their supporters chanted against "apartheid" and for "equality" on Saturday in central Tel Aviv at a rally protesting a law that declares Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. Israeli Jews also joined the demonstration, the second since last Saturday, when thousands from Israel's Druze minority took to the streets...

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At least four people killed in Canada shooting: police

TORONTO: At least four people were killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, police said on Friday. The Fredericton police said in a post on Twitter the incident was ongoing and there were multiple fatalities. The police urged people to stay inside and lock doors. In 2014, another mass shooting in New Brunswick led to...

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Pakistan supports Saudia Arabia over its stance against Canada intervening in ‘internal affairs’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan categorically stated it supports Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Canada. “Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday. “Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and...

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At least 29 children killed in strike on Yemen bus

An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike. The coalition said it had carried out what it called "legitimate military action" in the area targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on southern...

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Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Extremists fired rockets into Israel and the latter's military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp...

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