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Crown Prince KSA, MBS lands in Pakistan, PM Khan and COAS Bajwa receive guest

Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with his Cabinet members, arrived at Nur Khan airbase to receive the Saudi crown prince. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa also reached the air base. Chief of the Armed Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also reached Nur Khan Airbase to welcome the crown prince for what is being dubbed a 'historic occasion'. When Saudi...

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SA beat Pakistan by six runs in T20 thriller

CAPE TOWN: South Africa beat Pakistan by six runs in first Twenty20 International played at Cape Town here on Friday. Batting first South Africa scored 192 runs for the loss of six wickets in allotted 50 overs. af Du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks helped the Proteas score 192. In the last five overs, Pakistan conceded 50 runs and took five...

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Facebook likely to face two more state probes on privacy issues: Bloomberg

Facebook Inc could be subjected to at least two more state probes in the United States on the alleged mishandling of user data, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The report, which cited people familiar with the matter, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his Illinois counterpart Kwame Raoul have joined forces with Connecticut to focus on investigating existing allegations. The...

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Donald Trump ‘serious’ about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman

US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taliban told AFP on Friday, outlining the “Islamic system” comprising “all Afghans” that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace deal. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spoke to AFP via WhatsApp a day after the US said talks with the militants are “on the right path”,...

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Canada’s Trudeau set for ugly election amid cries of ‘traitor’

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept to power on a wave of optimism in 2015, is set for an ugly reelection campaign this October, judging by exchanges with voters in public town halls this month where he was grilled on topics ranging from immigration to housing affordability. Opinion polls show his centre-left Liberals are barely ahead of their...

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Senate’s Opposition critical over Hajj Policy 2019

ISLAMABAD: The opposition in the Senate, on Friday took jibe over the Hajj policy issued by Federal Government for the year 2019---- excluding subsidy from the yearly pilgrimage for Muslims thus increasing overall expenditure. A day earlier, headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal cabinet issued Hajj Policy, increasing expenses by 63 percent. Expenses for Hajj will be divided...

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2nd T20I: WI women beat Pakistan in super over, clinch T20I series 2-0

KARACHI: West Indies women beat Pakistan in Super Over in the second T20 international to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Friday. The tourists scored 18 runs in an over to put Pakistani batters under immense pressure. Pakistan came into bat and lost both the wickets scoring just a run. Bismah scored 31 runs including two boundaries while...

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Rupee devaluation and Saudi Price hike reason for expensive Hajj Policy, says Ali Muhammad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan on Friday responded to the opposition’s call to attention notice regarding an exorbitant increase in Hajj expenses this year and said that 70% of the expenditure is incurred in Saudi Arabia and the government has no control over it. Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan moved a call to attention notice over the...

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Indian tyranny continues, two youth martyred in IoK’s Pulwama district

SRINAGAR: Indian forces in a fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir on Friday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth identified as Shahid Ahmad Baba and Inayat Ahmad were killed by troops during a cordon and search operation in the Baba Mohalla of Drabgam village in the district. The troops also razed...

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Over 20 dead in US polar vortex, frostbite amputations feared

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low minus 49 Celsius that paralysed the US Midwest and were blamed for at least 21 deaths. Warmer-than-normal weather was on the way, but that offered little comfort to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly enduring cold that caused frostbite in minutes and made being outside potentially...

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Biryani gets an entire festival, Governor Sindh makes official announcement

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Thursday announced a “biryani festival” will be held in the metropolis annually. Addressing a lunch organised by the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP), the Sindh governor accepted a request to host a biryani festival and said, “We will be hosting a biryani festival soon and it will become an annual tradition.” Ismail vowed...

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US, China hail major ‘progress’ in trade talks

The United States and China said their trade war negotiations resulted in major progress as the clock ticks on a March deadline to avert a massive escalation of tariffs that could bruise the global economy. US President Donald Trump hailed "tremendous progress" and welcomed a "beautiful" letter from his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who said he hoped for further cooperation....

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Superhero creator Stan Lee honored in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES: Comic book giant Stan Lee, who dreamed up such pop culture icons as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Panther and countless others, has been honored in Hollywood by hundreds of fans and celebrities. Lee, who died in November at age 95, saw his ink-on-paper, pulp comic characters grow into movie money-makers. He famously made cameo appearances...

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Facebook: from Harvard dorm to global phenomenon

Key dates in the history of Facebook, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in February: 2004 JANUARY: Mark Zuckerberg, a 19-year-old computer whiz at Harvard University, begins working out of his dormitory room on an online network aimed initially at connecting Harvard students. FEBRUARY: Thefacebook.com is launched by Zuckerberg and three Harvard roommates and classmates: Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin and...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z offer lifetime concert tickets for fans who go vegan

Music superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z are offering fans a chance to win free tickets for life to their concerts in exchange for adopting a vegan diet for a month. The “Lemonade” singer announced the contest to her 123 million Instagram followers late on Wednesday in support of the Greenprint Project, which encourages people to reduce their environmental footprint by eating...

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PCB Chairman terms Sarfaraz’s ban by ICC ‘nonsense’

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has lashed out at the International Cricket Council’s decision to charge and ban Sarfraz Ahmed, saying that the governing body’s “bureaucratic process overruled common sense”. On Sunday, Sarfraz was banned for four matches by the ICC for breaching its Anti-Racism code, after the skipper was heard making a racist remark to South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during...

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Government slashes fuel prices; petrol goes down by Rs0.59 paisa

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday announced to reduce prices of petroleum products for the month of February. The new price for petrol would now be Rs90.38 per litre. The price of diesel has maintained with Rs106.68 per litre. Similarly, the new rate for light diesel oil would be Rs75.03 per litre after its price was reduced by Rs0.25 paisas,...

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