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Judge video scandal: FIA conducts raid at PML-N leader Nasir Butt’s residence

RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday night conducted a raid at a Rawalpindi house owned by Nasir Butt — a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader who is the central figure in the controversy surrounding leaked videos of accountability judge Arshad Malik. Nasir Butt had fled to London before the videos surfaced, said FIA's cybercrime wing sources. The sources,...

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India open to ‘no veto’, for now, to become UNSC member

New Delhi: To win permanent membership of the UN Security Council, India has offered to forgo veto power initially as a bargaining chip to get the reform process moving. "The issue of veto is important, but we should not allow it to have a veto over the process of Council reform itself," India's Permanent Representative at the UN, Syed Akbaruddin,...

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Nineteen killed in fire at Guatemala children’s shelter: firefighters

GUATEMALA CITY: At least 19 people were killed in a fire on Wednesday in a Guatemalan home for abused children, a spokesman for firefighters said. The Virgen de Asuncion home is in the municipality of San Jose Pinula, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of the capital Guatemala City and houses children of up to 18 years old. Oscar Franco,...

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Army chief Qamar Bajwa meets Emir of Qatar

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). "Matters related to regional security and defence cooperation were discussed. The Emir thanked COAS for visiting Qatar which strengthens the bondage between two brotherly countries and Armed Forces," the...

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Comprehensive strategy be prepared to curb character assassination through social media: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said that a comprehensive strategy should be prepared within three days to curb character assassination through social media. He directed Ministry of Interior officials to evolve such a system in consultation with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), so that there should not be a curb on freedom of expression and at...

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100-day cleanliness campaign was successful: Karachi Mayor

KARACHI: Mayor Karachi on Wednesday claimed that he had fulfilled his promised of cleaning the city while reality looks a lot different. Streets of Karachi with sewerage water appear no less than Venice. Piles of garbage on roads and corners too reflect the images of mountains in Norway and Switzerland. It appears as if Waseem Akhtar has been daydreaming. His...

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Indian claims of ‘Pakistani schoolboys’ involved in Uri attack dismissed by NIA

SRINAGAR/MUZAFFARABAD: India's National Investigation Agency on Wednesday released two 'Pakistani schoolboys', who were arrested last year for their alleged involvement in Uri attack, after nearly six months of investigations. The two school-goers, identified as Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed, have been given clean chit by the NIA and handed over to the Indian army's 16 Corps to send them...

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Over 30 dead as gunmen dressed as doctors raid Kabul hospital

KABUL: Gunmen dressed as doctors stormed Afghanistan´s largest military hospital Wednesday, killing more than 30 people in a six-hour attack claimed by the Islamic State group (Daesh) as it makes inroads into the war-battered country. Around 50 others were wounded in the assault on the Sardar Daud Khan hospital, with explosions and gunfire rattling Kabul´s diplomatic district as dense clouds...

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Five hardcore terrorists executed in district jail Kohat

RAWALPINDI: Five hardcore terrorists were executed at district jail Kohat on Wednesday who were tried by the military courts, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. These terrorists include Shoukat Ali s/o Abdul Jabbar, Imdad Ullah s/o Abdul Wajid, Sabir Shah s/o Syed Ahmed Shah, Khandan s/o Dost Muhammad Khan and Anwar Ali s/o Fazal Ghani, the statement added.

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Prominent businessmen including former KCCI president join PSP

KARACHI: A number of prominent businessmen including former Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president joined the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) on Wednesday. In a press conference PSP chief Mustafa Kamal welcomed former KCCI president Saeed Shafiq and another businessman Mubashir Imam into the party. He also welcomed Dr Zubair Mirza, a surgeon, into the party. The former city...

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Bali won’t cover up statues for Saudi king

Denpasar (Indonesia): Indonesia's Hindu resort island of Bali on Wednesday defended a decision not to cover up any of its ubiquitous statues of deities and semi-naked women during a visit by the Saudi king. King Salman and a 1,000-strong entourage are enjoying a week-long holiday in Bali after a state visit to Jakarta, during the first trip by a Saudi...

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10 militants killed during Swabi operation

SWABI: At least 10 more terrorists were killed by security forces and police during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa late Tuesday night. The raid, which is part of a fresh countrywide crackdown on terrorists dubbed Radd-ul-Fasaad, has eliminated 15 terrorists in different areas of the district in the last two days. “Security forces received a tip-off...

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Bayern run riot again to crush dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate

LONDON: For an hour Arsenal were at least salvaging some pride against Bayern Munich, then the ceiling came crashing down as they exited the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday with a matching pair of 5-1 defeats against the merciless Bundesliga giants. A second-half capitulation after captain Laurent Koscielny was sent off resulted in Arsenal conceding five goals for the...

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Elgar 128* leads South Africa’s revival

An unbeaten hundred from Dean Elgar rescued South Africa from a grim start to take the honours on day one of the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday. It was the opener's seventh Test century, and one of the most important, in a patient innings after South Africa were in early trouble at 22 for three in Dunedin. By...

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Pacquiao-Khan fight off

A potentially money-spinning bout between Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Britain's Amir Khan has collapsed, The Los Angeles Times reported. Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum told the newspaper that the proposed $38 million fight staged by the United Arab Emirates in April had proven to be "pie in the sky." "When they contacted me, I told them it was...

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Lawmakers to quiz Merkel over role in ‘dieselgate scandal’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces Wednesday a grilling by lawmakers investigating if her government shielded Volkswagen from regulators despite knowing the auto giant was carrying out emissions cheating. The parliamentary committee was launched after VW -- Europe's largest carmaker with 12 brands ranging from luxury Porsche to lower-end Skoda -- admitted in September 2015 to fitting some 11 million diesel...

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China asks North Korea to stop missile tests, tells U.S. and South to seek talks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on North Korea on Wednesday to stop nuclear and missile tests and for the United States and South Korea to stop joint military drills that the isolated North regards as preparation for war. North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday in response to the military exercises. Wang said those tests and the drills...

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