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Pakistan hopes to ‘repair’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed hopes Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in ending the war in Afghanistan. Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when...

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World Hepatitis Day being observed today

KARACHI: With the theme “Prevent Hepatitis: It’s up to you,” the World Hepatitis Day 2016 is being marked here on Thursday (today) to create public awareness about the disease and prevent a possible outbreak. To mark the day, walks, seminars, workshops, scientific sessions and medical camps will be arranged. As per statistics, hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people world-wide,...

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At least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan capital: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several days between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir...

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‘Explosion’ in Germany near migration office

A suitcase exploded outside a migrant reception centre in southern Germany Wednesday, police said, adding there was “no indication” there was a bomb inside. No one was hurt. The blast occurred about 200 metres (yards) from the centre in the Bavarian town of Zirndorf, where police were on the scene. “There is no indication at the moment that a bomb...

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Two Muslim women beaten over beef rumour in India

MADHYA PRADESH: Two Muslim women were severely tortured by a mob led by cow vigilantes at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. In a mobile phone video recorded by one of the many spectators Mandsaur, around 350 km from state capital Bhopal, policemen are seen making half-hearted attempts to control the crowd, Indian media reported. The police were...

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Two attackers killed, one hostage dead in French church attack

PARIS: Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday before being shot dead by French police. There were no immediate details on the identity or motives of the two assailants but the investigation was handed to the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor's office. A police source...

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Ibn-e-Safi remembered on his death anniversary

KARACHI: Renowned prolific fiction writer, novelist and poet of Urdu Ibn-e-Safi was remembered on his death anniversary on Tuesday (today). His real name was Asrar Ahmad while, Ibn-e-Safi was his pen name. Ibn-e-Safi was born on July 26, 1928 in the town ‘Nara’ of district Allahabad, India. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aligarh Muslim University. In 1948,...

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Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

ANTANANARIVO: A fire during a house-warming party in central Madagascar on Saturday night killed 38 people including 16 children as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said Monday. The victims were trapped inside the house in Ambalavato village of Ikalamavony district in the rural centre of the Indian Ocean island. The party-goers, including several relatives of the house...

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Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT: Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians had been killed in multiple air strikes on the town of rebel-held Atareb in Aleppo province. The group said...

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Two dead, 14-16 wounded in shooting at Florida nightclub: Police

FLORIDA: At least two people were killed and 14 to 16 wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida early on Monday, police said. The shooting took place in the parking lot of Club Blu just after 12:30 a.m. ET and police found "several victims suffering from gunshot wounds," the Fort Myers Police Department said in a...

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Salman Khan acquitted in blackbuck poaching case

MUMBAI: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 18-year-old blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases. Salman had appealed before the Jodhpur bench of the high court challenging a lower court verdict handing him a one and five-years term in the two separate cases of poaching. The hearing was completed in the last week of May...

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PPP leadership decides to extension of Rangers’ stay in Sindh

DUBAI: The Rangers are here to stay in Karachi. The decision came during a top Pakistan People’s Party leadership meeting held on Sunday in Dubai. Former president and co-chairperson Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari gave approval for the long overdue decision of extension of the Rangers’ stay in Sindh, sources said. The meeting in Dubai was jointly chaired...

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Sindh schools reopen after summer vacations today

KARACHI: Academic activities resume in Sindh as educational institutions across the province reopened on Monday (today) after summer vacations. Sindh Government had announced holidays from May 25 till July 24. Low attendance witnessed in majority of the schools across the province on the opening day.

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Russian balloonist sets world record for circumnavigation

RUSSIAN adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has landed safely in a field on a private property in West Australia on Saturday after setting a world record for circumnavigating the world solo in a hot air balloon. The 64-year-old Konyukhov emerged from the balloon’s gondola after more than 11 days aloft expressing his appreciation for the smell of the earth, and “how wonderful...

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Facebook accused of censoring posts on Indian held Kashmir

SAN FRANCISCO: Academics and activists accused Facebook Friday of censoring posts about Indian-administered Kashmir as a curfew in the region extended into its 14th day following unrest that has left 48 protesters dead. Facebook users posting on the violence in Kashmir in Britain, the US, India and Pakistan told AFP their posts had been removed or their profiles permanently deleted...

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Connected, self-drive cars pose serious new security challenges

DETROIT: In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and Internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber attacks. Auto industry chiefs, security experts and government officials warned at an auto industry conference here Friday that hackers can threaten to do everything against cars that they...

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Two Earthlike exoplanets might have evidence to support life

PARIS: Astronomers may have taken one step closer to discovering exoplanets with conditions favorable to life, after the May discovery of two rocky exoplanets without wispy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres. The two exoplanets are located just 40 light years away, orbiting an ultracool red dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 in the constellation Aquarius. These planets are some of the first examples that scientists...

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