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Pakistan has potential to defeat Australia: Azhar Ali

Test captain Azhar Ali says Pakistan has the ability to win and perform well in Australia during their upcoming two-match Test series. Addressing a press conference in Brisbane ahead of the first Test, Ali said the team has the potential to perform well and in fact even win against the kangaroos. “The playing XI will be announced tomorrow,” Ali said....

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Trump to meet Modi at massive Indian-American gathering in Houston

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a massive gathering of Indian-Americans in Houston, the White House said Sunday, in a symbolic show of the bond between the two leaders and countries. The September 22 rally - dubbed, with a touch of Texan twang, "Howdy, Modi!" - will mark a rare joint appearance between a US...

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US subcommittee to meet post UNGA session on Kashmir: Congressman Sherman

CALIFORNIA: Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia Brad Sherman on Saturday said the hearing on the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir will take place after the United Nations General Assembly session. Speaking to a private news channel, the Congressman said, “We are waiting by then [after Congress reconvenes] so that we can get high-level participation of from high-level state...

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Taliban land in Russia days after US President Trump says talks ‘dead’

A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived in Russia on Friday, a representative of the Afghan insurgent group told a foreign news agency, just days after United States President Donald Trump declared that he had ended peace talks with the group. According to a report published by the Russian state news agency Tass, the Qatar-based spokesman of Taliban, Suhail Shaheen,...

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50 killed in train derailment in southeast DR Congo

LUBUMBASHI: Fifty people were killed early Thursday when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. "Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured," he wrote. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered...

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Trump declares TTP chief as global terrorist

WASHINGTON: A day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after suspected terrorists and their financiers and supporters. The list of 11 men the administration has termed as "global terrorists" includes Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud — who was named the leader...

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Trump fires ‘hyper-hawk’ US national security chief John Bolton

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the firing of hawkish national security advisor John Bolton, a move widely seen as boosting the president´s push to negotiate with US foes in Afghanistan, North Korea and other trouble spots. Trump, who said he had disagreed "strongly" with Bolton on policy, announced via Twitter: "I asked John for his resignation, which was...

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At least 31 pilgrims died in Karbala shrine stampede

BAGHDAD: At least 31 pilgrims died on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in Iraq's Karbala where they were marking the holy day of Ashura, the Iraqi health ministry said. Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr said the toll could rise even further, as another 100 people were injured including 10 in critical condition. It is the deadliest stampede in...

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Pakistan-India tensions ‘less heated’ now”: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the relationship between Pakistan and India is ‘less heated’ than it was two weeks ago and once again offered to mediate between the two countries. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said, "India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think [it] is a little...

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Trump cancelled planned Taliban peace talks over Kabul attack

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he had called off a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan's leader, abruptly slamming the door on a year of diplomacy to end America´s longest war. In a Saturday evening bombshell, Trump said that he had planned unprecedented, albeit separate, talks with the two sides Sunday in Camp David, the presidential retreat...

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India loses contact with moon lander in huge setback for space program

BANGALORE: India´s space program suffered a huge setback Saturday after it lost contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to comfort glum scientists and a stunned nation from the lunar program´s command centre in Banglalore, saying India was "proud" and clasping the visibly...

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Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

HARARE: Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe with an iron fist from 1980 to 2017, has died aged 95, the country´s president announced Friday. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony of Rhodesia of white minority rule, Mugabe used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe until he was finally ousted by his previously...

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Amnesty International India launches #LetKashmirSpeak campaign aiming to end blackout

BANGALORE: Global rights group Amnesty International on Thursday launched an urgent global campaign to end the communications blackout imposed on Indian occupied Kashmir by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The #LetKashmirSpeak campaign aimed to emphasise the human cost of the draconian communication blackout in occupied Kashmir that was termed as an outright assault on the civil liberties...

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400 MN Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed in privacy failure

WASHINGTON: Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases — including 133 million US accounts, more than 50 million in Vietnam and 18 million in Britain, according to technology...

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PM Khan withdraws GIDC ordinance, orders AG to move SC for urgent hearing

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan withdrew on Wednesday the Ordinance related to the amnesty in Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC), according to a statement released from the PM’s Office. The statement read that the premier made the move in the interest of transparency and good governance. The premier has also directed the Attorney General to move an application for an...

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British PM Boris Johnson loses majority after Brexit vote

Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the prospect of a snap election on Tuesday after he suffered a major parliamentary defeat over his Brexit strategy that could delay Britain's exit from the European Union. Just six weeks after taking office, the Conservative leader was hit by a huge rebellion among his own MPs that leaves him without a working majority in...

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Light rain expected in Karachi as city faces power outages, traffic jams

KARACHI: Light rain is expected to continue in different areas of Karachi on Tuesday as the city reels from the impact of a heavy downpour it witnessed yesterday. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast light spells of rain in the provincial capital throughout the day. However, the city is unlikely to see another heavy spell of rain till later in...

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