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Bangladesh train derailment over canal kills five, injures 100

DHAKA: A passenger train derailed in Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 100, and there could be more casualties inside two carriages that fell into a canal, a police officer said. The train was crossing a bridge on its way to the capital, Dhaka, from the eastern city of Sylhet when it went off...

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Easter Sunday bombings kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka churches, hotels

COLOMBO: Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and wounded at least 450, police officials said, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces...

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Indian chief justice accused of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: A former female staff member of the Supreme Court of India has accused Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment and terminating her when she refused his advances, Scroll reported. The 35-year-old woman who used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday alleging...

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Pakistan World Cup 2019 squad meets PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan met Pakistan’s squad which will represent the country in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The meeting which took place in the PM Office was also attended by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, coach Mickey Arthur and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Following the meeting, Naeem ul Haque special assistant to the prime...

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Indian Minister after much embarrassment admits no causalities in Balakot strike

RAWALPINDI: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that no Pakistani soldier and citizen died in Balakot airspace violation by India, contradicting earlier claims of 300 casualties. Indian media quoted Swaraj as saying, "we had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike, our...

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IoK dominates as India’s mega vote enters second round

Voters cast ballots in restive Indian-occupied Kashmir Thursday, where authorities deployed tens of thousands of security forces as the second round of the country´s enormous national election kicked off. Troops, paramilitaries and police have poured into Srinagar, one of 95 constituencies taking part in the latest vote. IoK surged into Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s campaign after a February suicide bomb...

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Tax Amnesty scheme once again deferred as few ministers not satisfied

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday deferred the approval of the much-awaited tax amnesty scheme after some of the ministers opposed it, expressed their reservations and sought further clarification. To deliberate on the issue in detail, Prime Minister Imran Khan convened a special meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday. Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said he wanted to know...

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PM Imran to visit China from April 25 to 28: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China from April 25 to 28. "On the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting China from April 25 to 28 to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. The forum will be inaugurated by President Xi Jinping on April 26,"...

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Kartarpur Corridor: Neighbors talk as tensions flare amidst Indian Elections

LAHORE: Pakistan and India are currently holding a meeting at the designated zero point to discuss the plan for the Kartarpur corridor project. According to sources, technical experts and foreign office officials from both sides are participating in the talks. During the talks, the installation of a border fence and road design will be discussed, sources added. The talks between the...

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First 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels uncovered

TEL AVIV: Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants. While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to...

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Nepal plane hits parked helicopter while taking off, killing three

KATHMANDU: A small plane operated by a private airline in Nepal hit a parked helicopter on Sunday while preparing to take off in a mountainous area near Mount Everest, killing three people including a co-pilot, an airport official said. The Twin Otter aircraft crashed into the helicopter at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, known as the gateway to the world’s...

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Facebook Inc said it restored services on Sunday after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. “Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for...

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Setback for Ruling Party: Congress accuses BJP government over money laundering scam

New-Delhi: On Saturday, Indian National Congress (INC) leader Kapil Sibal alleged that the current BJP-led government was involved in a money laundering scam during the 2016 demonetisation drive, Hindustan Times reported. Sibal, speaking a press conference that was blanked out by Indian media channels, said there was a “sting operation” during which old currency notes were exchanged post-demonetisation for a...

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BJP president vows to throw illegal immigrants into Bay of Bengal

NEW DELHI: The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw them into the Bay of Bengal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah referred to such illegal immigrants as “termites”, a description he also...

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Taliban Shadow governor of Helmand killed in Afghan airstrike

According to Afghan Media report, Sharafuddin Taqi, a senior leader of the Afghan Taliban and their shadow governor for the southern Helmand province, was killed in an airstrike on Saturday. Taqi succumbed to injuries, said the report which he sustained in an airstrike conducted in Musa Qala district on April 1. The provincial government's media office in a statement confirmed...

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Will not step down; Prog with IMF soon to be completed: Asad Umar

WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Asad Umar said late Thursday the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would soon be completed for Pakistan. Addressing an event at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, Umar noted that the basic reforms have already been implemented before the conditions of the IMF programme. The finance minister, however, trashed the rumours of his resignation, saying he...

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Julian Assange arrested by UK police and removed from Ecuador embassy

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Officers executed a warrant for the 47-year-old’s arrest on Thursday morning after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum. Mr Assange took refuge in the Knightsbridge embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault allegations. Those accusations have...

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