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Khashoggi murder: US hits 17 Saudis with sanctions

The United States on Thursday placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The sanctions were declared after Riyadh s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exculpated the prince. "The Saudi officials we are...

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US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned: reports

Nikki Haley resigned as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, media reports indicated. It is also being reported that President Trump has accepted the resignation. She served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, the first woman and Indian-American to serve as governor in that state and the second Indian-American governor after Bobby Jindal, who...

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Indian schoolgirls beaten with sticks for protesting against sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four Indian schoolgirls aged between 12 and 16 were taken to hospital after being beaten with sticks by a group of boys, along with the boys’ mothers and neighbours, who had harassed them earlier in the day, authorities said. The assault happened on Saturday outside a government-run boarding school in the eastern state of Bihar, police told Reuters,...

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PSX remains bearish as KSE-100 plunges over two-year lowest 1300 Points

KARACHI: The Pakistan stock exchange (PSX) on Monday continued on its downward spiral as the KSE-100 dipped over lowest 1,300 points till June 2016, during trading. KSE-100, the benchmark index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange decreased by 1,328.06 points or 3.39% to 37,898.29 points. Panic selling was witnessed in retail names on reported margin selling while index heavy MSCI scripts...

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Ex-Interpol chief under probe for bribery, China ministry says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday. On Sunday, Interpol, the France-based global police coordination body, said that Meng had resigned as its president. Earlier on Sunday, China said it was investigating Meng, who is also a vice minister for public security...

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Mirwaiz, other Kashmiri leaders put under house arrest on eve of LG polls in IOK

Web Desk: The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest In occupied Kashmir on the eve of local bodies and panchayat election drama being enacted in the territory from tomorrow. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued from his residence in Srinagar, today, termed the elections as mockery of democracy. He said that huge deployment...

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Taliban kill at least 10 policemen in central Afghanistan clashes

KABUL: At least 10 policemen were killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said on Sunday, amid fighting to wrest control of arterial highways a day after Taliban fighters blew up bridges. The Taliban set fire to a government building in Wardak’s Sayeed Abad district and killed the district police chief along with...

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Pakistan Stock Exchange fell to a recorded decline of 1,772 points

ISLAMABAD : On Saturday,  Pakistan Stock Exchange recorded a free fall during the outgoing week where share values reached almost nine-month low mark with recorded a decline of 1,772 points. The reasons for such a fall is because of rising interest rates, worries on economic scenario, International Monetary Fund (IMF) strong words for the country’s economy and intense political temperature....

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CNG prices might increase to Rs104/kg across country

KARACHI: According to media reports, the owners of filling stations have decided to increase the price of CNG. The All Pakistan CNG Stations Owners Association is contemplating over keeping the price of gas at Rs98 per kilogramme. According to a head of the association. However, the price might go up to Rs100 per kilogramme in interior Sindh, Sources said the...

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Doping code breach: PCB suspends opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad

LAHORE: PCB has suspended opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-doping rules, a press release said on Friday. According to a press release Shehzad has banned for four months. The ban will be effective from July 10, 2018. The PCB states that Shahzad was charged with two anti-doping violations for the presence of a prohibited substance...

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US indicts seven Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department Thursday indicted seven agents of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency as part of a joint crackdown with Western allies on a series of major hacking plots attributed to Moscow. The indictments were announced as Dutch security services said they had thwarted a cyber attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW — expelling four...

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OGRA increases gas prices by 143pc

Web Desk: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Thursday has increased gas prices by almost 143 percent for domestic consumers and an increase of 40 percent in commercial sector. According to the notification, Gas price for power generation companies was hiked by 57 per cent, whereas for rest of the industries went up by 40 per cent. For...

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Wife of Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged with 17 money laundering offences on Thursday, as anti-graft agents investigate billions of dollars missing from state coffers. Rosmah Mansor, criticized for her extravagant lifestyle as first lady of Malaysia, and Najib, are at the center of a wide-ranging graft probe launched after Prime Minster Mahathir Mohamad’s...

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National Assembly passes Finance Supplementary Bill 2018

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the National Assembly passed the Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Bill 2018 with a majority. Finance Minister Asad Umar tabled the supplementary finance bill as NA Speaker Asad Qaiser chaired a session of the National Assembly. The government on Wednesday re-imposed a ban on non-filers of tax returns from purchasing property and vehicles. Prior, Finance Minister Asad Umar put...

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Indonesia clamps down on looting as quake-tsunami toll tops 1,200

More than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi, Indonesia said Tuesday, as police pledged to clamp down on looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaos. There were reports of officers firing warning shots and tear gas to ward off people ransacking shops in Palu, a coastal city ravaged by a...

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7 killed in a suicide blast at election rally in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, At least seven people were killed and 25 others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through an election rally in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, a local official said. A suicide bomber blew himself up at an election campaign rally in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Tuesday and More casualties were likely, Sohrab Qaderi,...

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Money Laundering Probe: Turkey orders arrest of 417 suspects

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 417 suspects in a money laundering investigation over the transfer of some 2.5 billion lira ($419 million) to bank accounts abroad, official said on Tuesday. Istanbul police teams launched simultaneous raids across a series of provinces and detained many people, also carrying out searches of properties, the broadcaster said. Police and judicial authorities...

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