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US ready to resume North Korea talks, seeks denuclearisation by 2021

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited North Korea’s foreign minister to meet in New York next...

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Netflix announces ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ live-action series

Netflix has announced it will be producing a live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The streaming giant announced the news via Twitter along with concept art by John Staub. The concept art depicts the protagonist Aang with Appa, his six-legged flying bison who Aang and his friends ride as they travel around the world on their...

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Philippines typhoon toll hits 81, expected to rise

MANILA: The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 81 and could hit triple digits as searchers dig through a landslide where dozens are presumed dead, authorities said Wednesday. Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the nation’s agricultural north and smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and heavy rains. Since then...

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No official word as yet on opening of Kartarpur border: FO Dr Faisal

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Wednesday said there has been no official communication between Pakistan and India over the opening of Kartarpur border. Earlier this week, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in an interview with BBC Urdu had said, “Pakistan will soon open the Kartarpur border for Sikh pilgrims, and allow them to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without having to obtain...

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PM Imran performs Umrah ahead of meeting with Saudi king

KARACHI/MAKKAH/MADINA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday performed Umrah a day after his arrival here in Saudi Arabia — his first official visit to the Kingdom after assuming office — and prayed for Pakistan's prosperity. The doors to Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine at Mecca's Grand Mosque were opened especially for the Pakistani premier, who offered nafal prayers at the sacred place. PM Imran,...

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CJP Saqib Nisar takes suo motu notice over Amal’s death

KARACHI: On Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took notice  of 10-year-old Amal’s death, who was hit by a stray bullet during a police encounter in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony area. The bullet that hit Amal was from an AK-47 and was fired by a policeman attempting to kill a bandit, who had robbed the 10-year-old's family a few...

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Phone services partially suspended in Karachi

KARACHI: On Wednesday, phones services were partially suspended close to the Ashura procession routes in Karachi. The main 8 muharram procession in the metropolis will begin from Nishtar Park. The Sindh home secretary said on Tuesday, that Mobile phone services will remain partially suspended in the city from 8th to 10th Muharram on account of security issues till 12 midnight. The...

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Tears, a sword and a mishit: A look at five great India-Pakistan cricket encounters

Sparks generally fly when India take on Pakistan at cricket and Wednesday's Asia Cup clash in Dubai will be an emotionally charged fixture as always. AFP Sport looks at five of the most memorable previous encounters, the first since Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in June 2017. - Dark day - On the same...

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Grand maestro Ustad Amanat Ali Khan remembered on his 44th death anniversary

LAHORE: The 44th death anniversary of legendary classical singer Ustad Amanat Ali Khan was observed in Lahore and other cities of country. Amanat Ali Khan was born in 1932 in Sham Chaurasi, Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Soon after independence, he moved to Pakistan. The ‘ghazals’ sung by him aired by Radio Pakistan Lahore Station had become quite popular among the public. The...

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PM Imran Khan arrives in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday arrived in Madina on his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia. Upon arrival, the Pakistan premier was received by Governor of Madina Faisal bin Salman, Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Siddique and other officials. PM Khan is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister...

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PIA air-hostess Fareeha Mukhtar gone missing in Canada

LAHORE: According to Newsone, the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) air- hostess has gone missing in Canada. The details reveal that air hostess of national flag career Fareeha Mukhtar---  who does not posses a good record in the past as well, was later suspended after she went missing. She is also accused of carrying heavy amount of foreign currency  and expensive...

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Cake will be submitted for Oscar consideration: Sources

According to sources, arguably one of the best Pakistani movies of recent times, Cake may find itself in the running for an Oscar. The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has selected Cake to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards.   Set in...

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China vows to retaliate as Trump targets $200bn in goods

China on Tuesday vowed to retaliate against the United States and warned of “uncertainty” in trade talks after President Donald Trump targeted another $200 billion in Chinese imports with tariffs starting next week. Trump ratcheted up pressure on Beijing as the new round of levies will bring the amount of goods hit by duties to roughly half of Chinese exports...

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Syria accidentally downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Syria accidentally downed a Russian military aircraft with a crew of 15 onboard when its air defences went into action against an alleged Israeli missile strike, the Russian army said on Tuesday. The incident, which happened late Monday, was the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015. The Russian Ilyushin...

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Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday with possibly his hardest mission to date brokering some kind of compromise to keep North Korea's talks with Washington from imploding and pushing ahead with his own plans to expand economic cooperation and bring a stable peace to the Korean Peninsula. Kim...

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UN probe says Myanmar army should be removed from politics

YANGON: Myanmar’s powerful army should be removed from politics, UN investigators said Tuesday in the final version of a damning report reiterating calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. A brutal military crackdown last year forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border to Bangladesh. Demands have mounted for those who...

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Sarfraz Ahmed, Rohit Sharma promise blockbuster India-Pakistan clash

Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Rohit Sharma played down the hype surrounding the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in Dubai on Wednesday, insisting that the Asia Cup is much more than a contest between the arch-rivals. But despite their claims, millions of fans across the border and elsewhere in the world will be watching the Group A clash, with a sold-out 25,000-crowd...

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