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Finance Minister Asad Umar presents amendment for federal budget

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday,  Finance Minister Asad Umar presented proposed amendments for the federal budget 2018-19 in the National Assembly. Various lawmakers from different political parties, prime minister Imran Khan, ministers attended the NA session today. As he began his speech, Asad Umar recalled that fiscal deficit had increased from 4.1 per cent at the start of the last government's tenure...

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Messi’s Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

SAINT PETERSBURG: Lionel Messi´s Argentina face their World Cup day of destiny on Tuesday, needing a win to have any chance of progressing to the last 16 after VAR chaos in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo´s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host nation Russia and Uruguay in the next stage but technology...

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World reaction to Tayyip Erdogan´s election victory

Paris: Turkey´s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in an election that will give him five more years in office with sweeping new powers. Here are some of the first reactions on Monday from foreign governments: - Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s great political...

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France arrests 10 ultra-right suspects over plot to attack Muslims

PARIS: Ten people with links to the radical far-right have been arrested by anti-terrorist police in France over an alleged plot to attack Muslims, judicial sources said Sunday. The arrests were made late Saturday in operations across France, including the Mediterranean island of Corsica, the sources told AFP. The suspects had an "ill-defined plan to commit a violent act targeting...

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Test for Erdogan: Voting begins in Turkey for President, Parliament

ISTANBUL: Turks began voting today for a new president and parliament in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. Voting started at 8am local time (1000 PST) and ends at 5pm (1900 PST). Nearly 60 million Turks...

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UN says Trump separation of migrant children with parents ‘may amount to torture’

The United Nations has issued a damning condemnation of Donald Trump's policy that saw migrant children separated from their parents at the border, suggesting it "may amount to torture". In a statement issued by the UN's Human Rights Council, experts said the president's recent executive order, ostensibly to halt the controversial separations, failed to resolve the problem and "may lead to indefinite detention...

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UN slams Trump over child detentions

GENEVA: The United Nations (UN) on Friday acknowledged Washington’s decision to stop separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border but insisted that detaining children with their parents was not the solution. "Children should never be detained for reasons related to their or their parents’ migration status," UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. "It is never in...

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One woman, three youths martyred in IoK: KMS

SRINAGAR: Dozens injured, four martyred in  occupied Kashmir on Friday, as Indian forces once again opened nondiscriminatory firing in Anantnag district The Indian troops opened fire on a house during a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara area of the district, Kashmir Media service reported. The firing resulted in the killing of the owner of the house Muhammad Yousuf Rather and critically...

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Saudi Arabia: a year of change with a new crown prince

RIYADH: Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia a year ago, shaking up the ultra-conservative oil power. Here is a rundown of developments: In a royal decree issued on June 21, 2017, King Salman ousts his nephew as crown prince and installs his 31-year-old son, Mohammed, as his heir. Widely known as MBS, Prince Mohammed retains his role...

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Donald Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump, addressing what his administration has characterized as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed an executive order on Wednesday to keep families who illegally cross the US southern border together as they await immigration proceedings. "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have...

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Governor’s rule imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Governor’s rule has been imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) after Indian President Ram Nath Kovind approved its imposition with immediate effect. According to media reports, IOK Governor NN Vohra had on Tuesday evening written to the president after concluding consultations with all major political parties in the occupied territory following the collapse of the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party...

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China accuses Trump of ‘blackmail’ after new tariffs threat

BEIJING: Beijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of "blackmail" and warned it would retaliate in kind after the US president threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods, pushing the world’s two biggest economies closer to a trade war. Trump said on Monday he had asked the US Trade Representative to target $200 billion worth of imports for a 10...

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Modi’s BJP ends alliance with PDP in IoK

Web Desk: In a major political turn of events ahead of 2019 general elections, the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) government crashed on Tuesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called off its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). "We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in IoK, hence we are...

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Trumps wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump boasted Monday of the US commercial space industry´s deep wallet and enterprising spirit, and vowed US dominance in exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as any future space race. "America will always be the first in space," Trump said during a speech at the White House. "We don´t want China and Russia and other...

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India calls off Ramazan ceasefire, to resume military operations in IoK

NEW DELHI: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Sunday to end its Ramazan ceasefire in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Indian home ministry posted on social media that it has decided against extending the ceasefire. The Government of India decides not to extend the suspension of operations in J&K announced in the beginning of Ramazan.— HMO India (@HMOIndia) June...

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Yemeni forces backed by Saudi-led coalition troops ‘capture Hudaydah airport’

Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition say they have captured the airport of the main port city of Hudaydah from Houthi rebels. The military said engineers were now checking the surrounding area for mines. The Houthis have not acknowledged losing the airport. There has been no fighting in the city centre or port, seen as a lifeline for millions...

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Indian atrocities in IoK claims one life in post Eid prayers protest

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, a youth was killed in Indian held Kashmir, while twenty others sustained pellet injuries during post Eid prayer clashes in Janglat Mandi area of main town Anantnag. According to Kashmir Media,  several youths took out a rally, while chanting  pro-freedom slogans,  located at several hundred metres away from each other, who were intercepted by police near Janglat...

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