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35 dead as bus carrying foreigners crashes in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" near the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency....

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India adamant that Modi did not seek US mediation over Kashmir issue

NEW-Delhi: India denied the United States of America President Donald Trump's remarks that Prime Minister Modi asked Washington to mediate for the occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said in a statement: "We have seen @POTUS's remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir...

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Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Iranian authorities said on Monday that security agencies had arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after dismantling a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy ring in a case announced last month. The agencies “successfully dismantled a [CIA] spy network on July 18,” the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, told...

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Banks requested to submit lists of ‘Benami Accounts’ within 15 days: FBR Head

ISLAMABAD: Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi has sought the cooperation of banks in identifying the benami accounts. In a statement today, he said we want the banks to seek details of benami accounts of their account holders. He said the FBR does not want to directly contact the account holders in order to keep intact the confidence of the people on...

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All 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe: Iranian TV

DUBAI: The crew of the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are all safe, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province told state TV on Sunday. “All 23 crew members aboard the ship are safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port,” Allahmorad Afifipour said. Britain has denounced Iran’s seizure...

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Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday (Jul 19) they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules" as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain, however, said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of "serious consequences" if the issue was not resolved quickly. The...

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Tom Cruise ascends to the skies yet again in Top Gun 2 trailer

Top Gun roared back on Thursday when Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con to show the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel to his military action movie. Top Gun: Maverick, due for release in June 2020, sees the return of Cruise’s cocky fighter pilot more than 30 years after the original movie launched his career as a global...

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Legendary Mehdi Hassan seventh death anniversary being observed

Seven death anniversary of legendary singer Mehdi Hassan is being observed on Tuesday. Born in Rajasthan in 1927 Mehdi Hassan belonged to traditional family of musicians. He got his early music education from his father and uncle and began performing at a very young age. In 1957, Mehdi Hassan started professional singing from Radio Pakistan primarily as a thumri singer....

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Inazamam-ul-Haq steps down as chief selector

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team selector, Inzamam-ul Haq on Wednesday announced that he is stepping down from his post in a press conference here at Gaddafi stadium.   The legendary batsmen said that he does not seek an extension from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and thanked the other staff members for supporting him. Inzamam was lashed by critics as his...

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To curtail “Dollarisation” and inflationary pressure SBP hikes interest rate

ISLAMABAD: The State Bank of Pakistan on Tuesday has announced its monetary policy, raising the interest rate by 100 basis pointst-- to 13.5 percent. The move follows the agreement with the International Monetary Fund over a $6 billion loan package that comes with tough conditions aimed at cutting Pakistan's substantial fiscal and current account deficits and bolstering its shrinking currency...

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FM Qureshi urges citizens to pay taxes so Pakistan can prosper

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday tweeted about the country’s drive to increase its tax base. FM Qureshi said in the post, “no nation can prosper under the burden of debt. The only way out is by increasing our tax base and documenting the economy.” The foreign minister urged every Pakistani to play their part, pay taxes...

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Service charges removed from pre-paid cellular scratch cards

Mobile phone service providers have started the implementation of a Supreme Court (SC) order to remove service/maintenance charges on pre-paid cellular scratch cards, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesperson Khurram Mehran said on Monday. On a scratch card of Rs100, a user will now receive a balance of Rs88.9 instead of Rs76.94. In a earlier hearing this year, the apex court...

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Floods, landslides leave people dead across Nepal, India

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 43 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the Himalayan border in India, officials said on Sunday. At least 24 others are missing in Nepal, either swept by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since delayed monsoon rains began pounding the region Friday,...

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Traders across country observe strike against surge in sales tax and inflation

KARACHI/RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: Traders all across the country have shut down their businesses on Saturday in a bid to protest against the inflation and increase in sales tax. All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran (APAT, last week had called for the strike from July 13 against the federal government in several cities of the country for a hike in sales tax in the federal budget....

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Suicide bomber kills five at wedding party in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL: A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district. Khogyani said 40 wounded men...

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England makes into final of World Cup after 27 years by thrashing Aussies

BIRMINGHAM: England beat Australia in second Semi- final to make their place into World Cup final after the wait of 27 years. Last time they made into finals playing against Imran Khan led Pakistan team in 1992 where they suffered defeat. Eoin Morgan´s side ended Australia´s bid to retain the World Cup in ruthless fashion at Edgbaston, dismissing their old...

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World Cup Semi-Final: England restricts Australia to 223 runs

BIRMINGHAM: Host England, on Thursday, restricted Australia to 223 runs in the second semi-final here at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Steve Smith, with 83 runs, and Alex Carey, with 46 runs remained the only top scorers on the Kangaroo side. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid both dismissed three Englishmen while Jofra Archer and Mark Wood got two and one wicket respectively. Australia,...

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