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Oil, gas reserves not found in Karachi’s coast: PM’s aide on petroleum

ISLAMABAD: Oil and gas reserves have not been found in offshore drilling off Karachi coast, Special Assistant to PM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar said on Saturday. Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Italy’s ENI and a couple other companies had been involved in...

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Turkish parliament to decide on extending emergency rule by three months – PM

ANKARA: Turkey's parliament will this week debate and then vote on extending emergency rule by a further three months, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a speech to his ruling AK Party deputies on Tuesday. Emergency rule, imposed in Turkey following the attempted coup on July 15, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit...

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Chinese to invest $85 million in PSX

KARACHI: The Chinese consortium that acquired stake in PSX (Pakistan Stock Exchange) will invest $85 million, a source with close knowledge about the deal told China Daily. This is the first time for a Chinese buyer to acquire shares of a foreign stock exchange. An announcement from Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) stated, “This investment will help broadening economic and financial collaboration...

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Yasra’s wedding, An extraordinary affair

A new year comes forth with new fodder for the ‘wired’ generation sitting behind computer screens going “ALL CAPS” on a keyboard and tapping away at Smartphone screens. This year’s first celebrity “scandal” does not seem like one to begin with but if the crème de la crème of the social media hemisphere has decided upon making it one then...

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Trump team issues veiled threat to Pakistan

NEW DELHI: In an apparent reference to Pakistan, a member of United States President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday said the incoming president was not going to tolerate dual role from India’s neighbour. Trump’s transition team official Shalab Kumar said both Washington and New Delhi will share good defence cooperation in fight against terrorism. “You need to have a...

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World’s first human head transplant to take place in UK

Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero is firm on his promise to deliver the first human head transplant to the world. He says a Chinese man will be the first patient in 2017, and now all he needs is approval and funding. Other experts are highly skeptical. Last year, Dr. Sergio Canavero created quite the ruckus (to put it mildly) when...

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Israeli police question PM Netanyahu over corruption allegations

Israeli police are questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption allegations, local media reported after police cars arrived at his residence Monday. The police team did not speak to journalists, but Israeli media said they are looking into suspicions that Netanyahu inappropriately accepted expensive gifts from two businessmen. The reports said the initial questioning, which began Monday evening, could last...

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Sadiq calls on Mirza, offers condolences on demise of his mother

KARACHI: Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Monday visited Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza at his residence here and offered condolences on demise of his mother. Speaking to media, Ayaz Sadiq said Asif Ali Zardari had him met with Mirza some 20 years ago, adding, "Today it was not the occasion or else I would have asked Fahmida Mirza for...

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Samsung launches water-resistant Galaxy A3 and A5

Samsung to kick-off the New Year with two budgeted water resistant phones. Both models will be a part of the successful mid-range Galaxy A devices. The Galaxy A5 will comprise of a larger display screen of the two models with a 5.2-inch screen while both the phones will be water and dust resistant, the A5 will be shipped along with...

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Blast in Baghdad’s Sadr City kills at least 32

BAGHDAD: At least 32 people were killed by a car bomb in a busy square in Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City district on Monday, while Islamic State attacks on military positions north of the capital killed 32 pro-government fighters, sources said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which also wounded more than 40 people, but Islamic State...

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Doctor Strange Confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok

Although it’s not entirely a surprise given the end-credits sequence of his own recent solo film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is now confirmed to play a part in Marvel Studios‘ upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. In a preview of what the company has to offer in 2017, Disney‘s official fan club D23 highlights the Taika Waititi film with the following description. “Thor:...

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Iran denies receiving Saudi invite for hajj talks

TEHRAN: Iran has denied receiving any invitation from Saudi Arabia for talks on the hajj, after a row between the arch-foes saw its pilgrims stay at home last year. The Al-Hayat daily reported on Friday that Saudi pilgrims minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, to work out the details of the 2017 hajj....

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Three killed in car bomb attack on peacekeepers’ Somali HQ

MOGADISHU: At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker set off a car bomb at a checkpoint outside the main base of an African Union peacekeeping force in the Somali capital on Monday, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamist al Shabaab militants, who want to topple the Western-backed government, have carried out similar attacks...

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Misbah-ul-Haq to captain Pakistan in Sydney

SYDNEY: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Monday he will lead the side in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, dismissing suggestions he is about to retire. Misbah, 42, raised the possibility following his team´s abject innings defeat in the second Melbourne Test last week to lose the series, when he said he would contemplate his future and may even retire...

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Ali Zafar releases official anthem for PSL 2017

Renowned singer and actor Ali Zafar release Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017’s official anthem titled ‘Ab Khel Jamay Ga'. The anthem, titled ‘Ab Khel Jamay Ga’ is Ali Zafar’s second consecutive foray into PSL. He also sang the official theme song 'Ab Khel Kay Dikha' for the inaugural edition of PSL last year. In a statement released by Ali Zafar,...

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BCCI president Anurag Thakur removed from post by Indian Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: India´s Supreme Court ordered the dismissal Monday of the president of the country´s powerful cricket board over the failure to enact a series of recommended reforms. In a shock ruling, a panel of judges said that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and the organisation´s number two Ajay Shirke had to stand down...

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Iraq forces have retaken over 60% of east Mosul: commander

Basakhra (Iraq): Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in mid-October, a top commander said Sunday. "From east Mosul... more than 60 percent" has been recaptured from IS, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, a top commander in Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told AFP. He...

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