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Google honours Pakistan with Independence Day doodle

Pakistan turns a year older today and to commemorate the big day, Google is gifting us a doodle! Illustrated in the Doodle artwork is the fortified eastern entrance of Pakistan’s historic Khojak Tunnel, one of the nation’s oldest and longest underpasses. Construction on this iconic landmark began in 1888 to extend the area’s railway through the Khojak pass of the...

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Facebook going through ‘philosophical shift’: Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told US senators on Tuesday that the company was attempting to change in light of recent criticism, as he attempted to forestall any strict legislation aimed at the world’s largest social network. The 33-year-old internet mogul was grilled in a joint hearing of the US Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees on a...

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Eight-year-old girl burnt alive after rape

CHICHAWATNI: After Zainab another eight-year-old 'Noor Fatima' was burnt alive after being raped in Muhammadabad village near Chichawatni, NewsOne reported on Tuesday. According to details, minor girl went to buy some sweet from a shop but did not return home. Her family found her in unconscious condition after three hours search having burn wounds on 90 percent of her body. Noor...

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Blast kills at least 6 in Afghanistan’s Herat province

A blast from explosives placed on a motorbike killed at least six people, including four children, and wounded nine other children in Herat province in western Afghanistan, a government official said. The explosion happened near a mosque in Shindand district, said Jilani Farhad, a spokesperson for Herat’s governor said. Reuters

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Israeli jets target Hamas positions in Gaza

Israeli fighter jets targeted a Hamas "military target" in northern Gaza on Monday, the army said. Palestinian security sources in Gaza said the Israeli strikes hit a base in Jabalia belonging to Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas´s armed wing, and farmland near Beit Lahia, causing damages but no injuries. Israel has faced mounting questions over its use of live fire after...

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Israel defence minister says ‘no innocent people’ in Gaza as 30 Palestinians martyred

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday there were “no innocent people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after days of protests and clashes left 30 unarmed Palestinians martyred, including a journalist. “There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” Lieberman told Israel’s public radio. “Everyone’s connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying...

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‘Big price to pay’ after ‘mindless’ Syria chemical attack: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday said there will be a "big price to pay" after what he called a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria, allegedly involving chlorine gas. Trump also called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an "animal." "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay," Trump said in a pair of...

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Daesh Commander killed in Afghan Air Strike

KABUL: Afghanistan forces killed a Daesh commander in an air strike, one year after he defected from the Taliban and established a new Daesh foothold within the country, security officials said. Qari Hekmat was killed in a drone strike on Thursday afternoon in the Darz Aab district of Afghanistan’s northern Jawzjan province, said Hanif Rezaee, spokesman for the Afghan National...

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Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli troops dies: ministry

A Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces during clashes along the Gaza border has died, the health ministry in the Strip said Saturday. Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was hit during clashes Friday, the ministry said. An AFP photograph taken after he was wounded showed Murtaja wearing a press vest as he received treatment. The...

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Trump to host UAE Crown Prince, calls for Gulf unity

The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would host the United Arab Emirates´ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, but did not specify a date. The news comes after Washington said Trump would host Qatar´s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on April 10 in an effort to end a diplomatic spat that has riven America´s Gulf...

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SBP bans virtual currencies in Pakistan

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan on Friday has banned all virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Litcoin, Pakcoin, DasCoin, Pay Diamond in Pakistan. In a statement SPB said virtual currencies provide high degree of anonymity and potentially can be used for facilitating illegal activities. These are neither recognized as a legal tender nor SBP has authorized or licensed any individual or...

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Salman Khan to spend one more night in jail, as court reserves verdict on bail appeal

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will have to spend another night in jail as a court reserved its verdict on the actor's bail appeal on Friday. Reserving its verdict, the court adjourned the Bollywood actor's bail hearing till Saturday. A Jodhpur court had convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, serving him 5 years jail, while other...

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Weightlifter Talha grabs first bronze medal for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games

Web desk: Pakistan's weightlifter Talha Talib won the first bronze medal for country in 62 kilogram category in the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Thursday. Talha also established a new record at the Commonwealth Games by lifting 132kg in snatch. Malaysia's Muhamad Aznl Bidin grabbed gold medal while Papua New Guinea's More Baru won the silver medal in the category....

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Remembering Ghulam Farid Sabri: A trendsetter for many Qawwals following him

Ghulam Farid Sabri was born in 1930 a major qawwali singer, and a leading member of the Sabri Brothers, which ruled qawwali  for three decades starting from 1970's era. He received the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1978. He was also a Sufi mystic connected to the Chishti Order. Ghulam Fareed Sabri first public performance was at the annual Urs festival of the Sufi saint...

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Court serves Salman Khan 5 years sentence in’blackbuck’ poaching case, other actors released

A Jodhpur court has convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case,serving him 5 years jail, while other actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari have been  released. Salman Khan was accused of killing two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during...

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Babar Azam claims top position in T20I batsman rankings, Shadab 2nd-ranked bowler

Web Desk: Another achievement for Pakistan as top seed Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one batting ranking while spin sensation Shadab Khan has vaulted into second position for the first time in his career in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings. Babar, who captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, was in stellar form when he scored...

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Pakistan invites England cricket team to tour country after 13 years

Pakistan has invited the England cricket team to tour the country for the first time since 2005, after a successful visit by the West Indies amid improved security boosted hopes of an international revival. A visit by a major Test-playing nation such as England would be hugely significant, in terms of both cricket as well as Pakistan s wider security...

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