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US says terrorist attacks decreased in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US State Department on Thursday has issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017. According to the report, due to effective operation by Pakistan Army, the militant outfits such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban were weakened in the past few years. The United States Department of State has stated that they acknowledge the efforts made by Pakistan...

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Israel approves Jewish “nation-state” law; leaving Arabs at fumes

JERUSALEM: Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The “nation-state” law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Some Arab...

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Turkey ends 2-year state of emergency imposed after the failed 2016 coup: State Media

ISTANBUL: Turkey´s state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup came to an end on Thursday, but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency on July 20, 2016, five days after warplanes bombed Ankara and bloody clashes broke out in Istanbul in...

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Google pays homage to Pakistan’s legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan

Google has paid homage to our legendary singer Mehdi Hasan on his birthday, who would have turned 91 if had been alive; though he still lives within us, today, through a doodle as the clock ticked 12 at midnight. Google often commemorates personalities of prominence around the world by changing its doodle on its home page, before him other Pakistani...

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IHC issues notices to NAB on Sharif’s plea against Avenfield case verdict

ISLAMABAD:  On Tuesday, the Islamabad High Court issued separate notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Nawaz Sharif's plea to transfer the remaining corruption cases against him to another judge as well as on the Sharif family's appeals against the Avenfield verdict. The court, however dismissed Nawaz Sharif's plea seeking a stay over further proceedings until the IHC decides the...

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US arrests Russian agent for conspiring to influence US politics

A 29-year-old Russian woman has been arrested for conspiring to influence US politics by cultivating ties with political groups including the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun rights lobby. Mariia Butina, whose name is sometimes spelled Maria, was arrested in Washington on Sunday and appeared in court on Monday, the Justice Department said. Butina was charged with conspiring to act...

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Israel and Gaza militants agree to end fierce flare-up of fighting

GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER  - Israel and Gaza militant groups agreed a ceasefire on Saturday, a Palestinian official said, after Israel launched dozens of air strikes against the Palestinian enclave’s ruling Hamas group and gunmen fired more than 100 rockets across the border. But several hours after the announcement, the Israeli military said Palestinians fired two mortar bombs towards Israel and that...

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Guilty sharifs to be granted Class-B facility in Adiala jail

RAWALPINDI: The Accountability court will hold a trial regarding the Flagship Investment and Al Aziza Steel Mills references against PML-N Supremo Nawaz Sharif and others in Adiala Jail, notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice Earlier, Father and daughter duo left London for Lahore for facing their jail sentence, awarded to them in Avenfield Reference case and were...

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Four killed, MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani’s rally targetted in Bannu

BANNU: At least four people were killed and 31 injured in an explosion near an election rally of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in Haved area of Bannu, Newsone reported Friday morning. Earlier reports had stated that the explosion targetted the convoy of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl’s Akram Khan Durrani, who is contesting on an MMA ticket from NA-35 (Bannu). The RPO informed...

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Indian troops martyr one more youth in IoK’s district Kupwara

SRI NAGAR: A 20-year-old youth was martyred while another injured in Indian forces firing at Trehgam area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday. Locals of Trehgam told GNS that Indian army  opened fire after some youth pelted stones at their vehicles. Two youth suffered injuries one of them namely Khalid Gafar (20) son of Abdul Gafar Malik suffered grave...

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NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will try on Thursday to move beyond US President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defence spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions. On a trip that will also take Trump to Britain and to Helsinki...

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ANP leader Haroon Bilour laid to rest in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The slain leader of Awami National Party Haroon Bilour was laid to rest today, as the latter fell prey to latest terror onslaught, last night in Peshawar. His funeral prayer was offered at Wazir Bagh, where a huge crowed assembled to pay last farewell to Haroon Bilour, who embraced martyrdom in an apparent suicide attack while attending a corner...

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Rao Anwar granted bail in Naqeebullah murder case

KARACHI: The Anti-terrorism court in Karachi has granted Former SSP Rao Anwar bail in the Naqeebullah murder case, Newsone reported on Tuesday. The ATC directed former SSP to pay Rs1 million in bail bonds. The former SSP was presented at the ATC court amid high security. The court had reserved its verdict on July 05 on Rao Anwar’s bail plea. The...

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Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet. Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of office in parliament under...

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British foreign secretary quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

LONDON: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union, the second resignation in a day, leaving the British leader’s Brexit plans in crisis. After a day when the eurosceptic foreign secretary cancelled meetings for crisis talks at his official residence in central London, Johnson decided to walk from his job...

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Japan races to find survivors of floods that killed nearly 100

MIHARA: Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed widespread floods and landslides that killed nearly 100, with dozens missing. Rain tapered off across the western region battered by last week’s downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86°F), fuelling fears of...

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Burhan Wani’s anniversary observed across world

Srinagar: Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control and all across the world observed the second martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, today, with the reaffirmation of their pledge to continue the freedom struggle till the martyrs’ mission was duly accomplished. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), complete shutdown, marked by curfew and other...

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