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Kabul wedding blast claims 63 lives, 182 injured

KABUL: At least 63 people were killed and 182 wounded in a blast at a Kabul wedding late Saturday. The explosion came just as the US and the Taliban are widely expected to sign off on a deal that would see American troops begin to depart Afghanistan in return for various security assurances from the insurgents. "#Kabul #Afghanistan explosion in...

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PM Khan calls for establishment of framework to combat corruption

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday urged members of the Shanghai Organisation Council (SCO) to establish a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white-collar crime. Addressing a session of SCO’s Council Head of the States meeting in Bishkek, the PM said Pakistan provides the vital connectivity between the Middle East and China and Central and South Asia. He said,...

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Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman: shipping firms

DUBAI: Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said Thursday, sending oil prices as much as four percent higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, carrying a cargo of petrochemical feed-stock, was ablaze in...

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Have to put national interests above politics: Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Wednesday have to put national interest above politics and the government has a message for the public of decreasing its expenditures. Speaking in a press conference post unveiling of the federal budget for the fiscal year 2019-20, the Adviser to PM said country's...

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Shipwrecked: 65 Rohingyas found on Thai island

BANGKOK: Thai officials said they discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees on Tuesday who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand. The passengers — 28 men, 31 women and five children — were stranded on Rawi island in Tarutao National Park in Thailand’s southern Satun province after the boat suffered engine trouble, a park official said. The chief of Tarutao...

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Important to understand fundamental flaws of our economy: Shaikh

Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Monday it is important for us to understand the fundamental flaws in our economy while realizing Pakistan's considerable indebtedness. Addressing the press conference presenting the Pakistan Economic Survey report on the economy for fiscal 2018-19 prior to the presentation of the federal budget for...

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Iran urges Europe to normalise economic ties with it or face consequences

LONDON: Iran said Sunday Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and called on the region's leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite US sanctions or face consequences. President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sweeping sanctions. Trump condemned the...

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US, Russia trade charges after near naval collision

WASHINGTON: Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous manoeuvres after their naval ships came close to a collision in the East China Sea. Russia's Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser suddenly cut across the course of its Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine ship, passing in front of it at a distance of just 50...

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British PM Theresa May quits as party leader, starting succession race

British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European...

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Trump administration suspends US educational programs for migrant children

The Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a “tremendous strain” on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them. The agency that houses migrant children — the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) — asked...

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COAS, Politicians urges people to help the poor on Eidul Fitr

As the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced the sighting of the moon for the month of Shawwal, messages from civil and military leaders began flown in with a general consensus on helping the poor and less-privileged during the festivities of Eidul Fitr. Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, tweeted Eid...

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President Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan on June 27th

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's relationship with its neighbour and mend ties that are often characterised by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. In his message to mark Eidul Fitr, Ghani said he agreed to visit Prime Minister Imran Khan after the two leaders met last...

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Sudanese forces storm protest camp, 13 people dead

KHARTOUM: Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday morning and at least 13 people were reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Footage shared on social media and verified by Reuters showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in...

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Donald Trump lashes London mayor Sadiq Khan as he lands in UK for state visit

LONDON: US President Donald Trump arrived on his state visit to Britain on Monday in combative mood, following up his weekend interventions over Brexit with a broadside against London's "loser" mayor. The president's plane had not even touched down when he tweeted that Sadiq Khan, who has been highly critical of the red-carpet welcome laid on for Trump, had done...

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Accountability to continue without discrimination: NAB Chairman

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said on Monday that the process of accountability will continue without any discrimination. According to an official press statement, Javed Iqbal said that NAB is an impartial institution. The NAB chairman said that corruption is on the rise and mega corruption cases will remain the focus as it will lead to...

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Khalilzad commences 2-week-long peace mission with Islamabad visit

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived Islamabad on Sunday to commence a two-week peace mission that will take him to Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in efforts to end the long-running Afghan war. In Kabul, the US State Department said Khalilzad would consult with the Afghan government and other Afghans. He is also...

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Iran focused summit: OIC supports Palestinians, condemns attack on Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: The 14th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday threw its support behind Palestinians ahead of a US-led peace plan suspected to be skewed in favour of Israel, as regional allies rallied around Saudi Arabia over tensions with Iran. Gulf and Arab leaders at the OIC talks, the third and final Iran-focused summit in the holy...

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