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Saudi crown prince arrives in China

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist's brutal murder. Mohammed is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his two-day trip to the Chinese capital following visits to Pakistan and India. The tour has allowed him...

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Rosberg edges Hamilton for Japan pole

Suzuka (Japan): Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix for a third successive year on Saturday, piling more pressure on world champion Lewis Hamilton. The German, who has a 23-point lead over Hamilton in the Formula One championship with five races to go, will start alongside his British foe on the front row as the two...

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Ruthless Ronaldo hits four, France and Dutch run riot

PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the opening four minutes on the way to a four-goal haul as European champions Portugal smashed Andorra 6-0 in World Cup qualifying on Friday, while France recovered from a goal down to thrash Bulgaria. The Real Madrid superstar was making his first appearance for Portugal since he was stretchered off injured and in tears...

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CTD arrests facilitator of terrorists in Mardan

MARDAN: Counter Terrorism Department arrested a facilitator of terrorists in district Mardan on Saturday morning. He was assisting terrorists in carrying out terrorist activities in Mardan.

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Two militants kill themselves after Turkish police call to surrender

ANKARA: Two militants detonated explosives, killing themselves in a remote area near the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Saturday after police called on them to surrender, CNN Turk and other broadcasters reported. The militants, believed to be a male and female, were suspected of being linked to the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) group and were believed to have been in...

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Russian forces say kill six militants, including IS fighter

MOSCOW: Russian security forces on Friday killed six militants in the republic of Ingushetia, including one fighter from Islamic State who had been planning terrorist attacks, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said. Special forces of the FSB security police laid siege to a private house in Ingushetia's capital Nazran, NAK said in a statement. The FSB officers persuaded them to...

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Turkey warns against Shiite militias in Mosul operation

ISTANBUL: Turkey's foreign minister has warned against the inclusion of Shiite militias in a possible operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, saying it could fan sectarian divisions. Speaking in Ankara Friday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said their remaining after the offensive would only compound the region's problems in the long term. "The greatest danger for...

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Indian director removes Fawad Khan from MS Dhoni biopic

In what was termed by director Neeraj Pandey as a measure to prevent extremist reaction, Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s scenes in the upcoming biopic of MS Dhoni were cut. According to reports, Fawad Khan was supposed to play the role of Virat Kohli in ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ Following the Uri attack, Pakistani artistes working in India have been...

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Colombian President Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a surprise after Colombians voted "No" to an agreement he signed with Marxist rebels to end 52 years of war. Santos has promised to revive a peace plan even though Colombians, in a referendum on Sunday, narrowly rejected the accord. Many voters reckoned it was...

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Twin blast hits Jaffar Express near Machh, 4 killed

QUETTA: At least four passengers were killed and 12 others sustained injuries when twin blasts hit Jaffer Express heading to Rawalpindi on Friday. Two consecutive bombs rigged to the railway track in Quetta blew up Friday morning when Rawalpindi-bound Jaffer Express was passing through near Machh. Security personnel including FC arrived in the spot and cordoned off the blast site....

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Nadal eases into quarters during rain-hit day at China Open

Second seed Rafael Nadal survived a late fightback from Adrian Mannarino as he beat the French qualifier 6-1 7-6(6) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open during a rain-hit day in Beijing. The 30-year-old got off to a quick start, winning nine of the first 11 games. However, Mannarino rallied back to force the second set into...

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Security Council backs Portugal’s Guterres as UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: The Security Council on Thursday unanimously backed Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal who was the UN s refugee chief for a decade, to be the next secretary-general. The 15 council members adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice to be the world s new diplomat-in-chief and requesting that the General Assembly endorse him....

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Rangers kill one gang-war suspect in Lyari

KARACHI: Rangers conducted an operation in the city's restive Lyari area and killed one gang-war suspect. According to Rangers spokesperson, an exchange of fire took place between the law enforcement agencies and a suspect in Lyari's Sangoleen area during a search operation. A man identified as Younis Baloch, was gunned down by Rangers while two of his supporters managed to...

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Our position on Kashmir hasn’t changed: US

WASHINGTON: Briefing the newsmen in Washington on Thursday State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that United States position on Kashmir has not changed. John Kirby further said that the US wants to see the tensions that exist between Pakistan and India right now be brought down. He also said that we want to see a meaningful dialogue between the two...

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Planet in star system nearest our Sun ‘may have oceans’

PARIS: A rocky planet discovered in the "habitable" zone of the star nearest our Sun may be covered with oceans, researchers at France's CNRS research institute said Thursday. A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an "ocean planet" similar to Earth. Scientists announced Proxima...

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Assad offers rebels amnesty if they surrender Aleppo

BEIRUT: Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria's largest city and recapture full control of the country. The offer of amnesty follows two weeks of the heaviest bombardment of the five-and-a-half-year civil war, which has killed...

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Death row inmate exonerated after 19 years

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court nullified a ruling made previously in a murder case that exonerated a death row inmate on Thursday after spending 19 years behind bars. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rhetorically remarked after the verdict was given that who was to be held responsible for the 19 years that Mazhar Hussain lost of his life for being incarcerated. He said...

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