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Death toll rises to 250 in 8.1 magnitude earthquake

ISLAMABAD: The Death toll in the deadly earthquake climbed to 250 while hundreds were injured in an earthquake measuring 8.1 at Richter Scale hit Pakistan here on Monday. Reportedly, several buildings collapsed in various areas of the country s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the quake hit the country at about 2:09 p.m. local...

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Modi calls Nawaz, expresses grief over deaths in earthquake

ISLAMABAD: India Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi contacted Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and expressed grief over deaths of Pakistani people in deadly earthquake. According to sources in PM House, Indian PM expressed grief over deaths and offered aid for Pakistan earthquake victims. Earlier, Nawaz Sharif has directed all the federal civil, military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and...

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Syrian rebels to Russia, “Stop bombing us”

LONDON/BEIRUT: An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar al-Assad. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday the Russian air force, which has been bombing insurgents in Syria since Sept. 30,...

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Industrial output grows 4.11% in two months

ISLAMABAD: The country's large scale manufacturing sector has witnessed growth of 4.11 percent during the first two months of current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period last year. According to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the Quantum Index Numbers of large scale manufacturing industries was recorded at 118.97 points during July-August (2015-16) against 114.28 points during same...

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Massive earthquake shakes South Asia, 24 killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 24 people, including 12 schoolgirls, seven people in the eastern province of Nangarhar, two in Nuristan province in the northeast and three in eastern Kunar province, officials said. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250...

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Reese Witherspoon ‘Ready’ for ‘Legally Blonde 3’

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon wants to get back to playing one of her most popular characters Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde”. The 39-year-old actress said although she is not the one to decide about the project, she would love to see everyone’s favourite Gemini vegetarian as president. “I think it would be cool. I think we’re ready to...

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Early morning is actually the worst time to drink coffee

Is coffee no longer giving you an energy boost in the morning? Here's why. Every so often, science disproves the thinking behind a deeply embedded habit we have. The latest: drinking coffee in the morning. It turns out, the morning is actually one of the worst times of the day to drink coffee, according to YouTube science channel ASAP Science....

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Modi meets Geeta in India, announces Rs10 million for Edhi Foundation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Geeta upon her arrival in New Delhi on Monday and announced Rs10 million for Edhi Foundation, which took care of her during her prolonged stay in Pakistan. “Welcome back home, Geeta. It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today… All of India will...

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Saudi prince held in record Beirut airport drug bust

BEIRUT: A Saudi prince and four others were detained on Monday in Lebanon in the largest drug bust in the history of the Beirut airport, a security source said. Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four others were detained by airport security while allegedly “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine,” a...

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