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Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed at least 11 people travelling in a truck in the southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said on Monday. Ahmad Sadeq Essa, a deputy army spokesman in Kandahar, said that around 35 other civilians were wounded in the explosion. Yousof Younosi, a provincial council member in Kandahar, said that women and children were among those...

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New Trump travel order expected in coming days, Pence says

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump plans to finalize a new order limiting travel to the United States in the coming days, his vice president said on Wednesday, after federal courts blocked the administration's earlier travel ban. A White House source had previously said the new order was likely to be announced on Wednesday. More than two dozen lawsuits were filed...

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PSL finalists to have 4 foreign players each: Najam Sethi

Both the teams playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final will have four foreign players each, PSL chairman Najam Sethi announced on social media Wednesday. “I can confirm that each finalist team will field four foreign players from pool of platinum, diamond and gold players who have agreed,” he posted on Twitter. I can confirm that each Finalist team...

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Both sides in Aleppo committed war crimes; Syria bombed convoy : U.N.

GENEVA: Both sides in the battle for Aleppo committed war crimes, including Syrian government aircraft that "deliberately" bombed and strafed a humanitarian convoy, killing 14 aid workers and halting relief operations, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. Syrian and Russian forces conducted "daily air strikes" on rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on December 22, killing hundreds and destroying...

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Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq: U.S.-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in Islamic State's hands, trapping the militants in a shrinking area within the city, a general and residents said. The army's 9th Armored Division was within a kilometer of Mosul's Syria Gate, the city's northwestern entrance, a general...

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Rawalpindi: COAS meets Turkish CGS, discusses regional security

RAWALPINDI: Turkish Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. Matters related to regional security were discussed. Army Chief emphasized the need to further enhance the existing military cooperation between the two brotherly Armed Forces. He said that enhanced Pakistan-Turkey cooperation will have positive impact on regional...

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At least one dead, 35 wounded in Kabul attacks

KABUL: At least one person was killed and 35 wounded on Wednesday in Taliban attacks on different parts of the Afghan capital of Kabul, the ministry of public health said. A ministry spokesman said one person was killed in an attack on an office of the main intelligence agency on the city's eastern outskirts, while at least 35 people were...

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New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list: officials

US President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary US travel ban, officials said Tuesday, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. Four officials told The Associated Press that the decision followed pressure from the Pentagon and State...

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PM Nawaz elected as ECO chairman

The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit has begun in Islamabad on Wednesday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif elected as Chairman of ECO. The summit is focusing on enhanced economic cooperation and regional connectivity. All the ten member states including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan besides a special representative from China are participating in the summit....

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Foreign players pull out of PSL final in Lahore

Three English players of the Quetta Gladiators — Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright —announced on Wednesday that they will not be participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final to be played in Lahore on March 5. Luke Wright said in a tweet that he has a "young family" and for him the game was not "worth the...

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Gladiators qualifies for PSL 17 final

Sharjah: Quetta Gladiators pulled off a nerve-racking last-over win over Peshawar Zalmi by just one run in the first play-off in Sharjah to qualify for the Pakistan Super League final. Defending a 201-run target, Quetta's spinner Mohammad Nawaz took three wickets off the last three balls to send a packed 19,000 stadium into a frenzy. Peshawar were cruising along nicely...

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PM opens ECO summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday opened a key economic summit aimed at improving trade ties amid unprecedented security. Islamabad is hosting the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organisation summit to finalise a plan for expanding trade and prosperity among member nations. Turkey, Iran and Pakistan founded the organisation in 1985. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

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ECO summit kicks off in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit begun in Islamabad today [Wednesday]. The summit is focusing on enhanced economic cooperation and regional connectivity. All the ten member states including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan besides a special representative from China are participating in the summit. Most of the heads of state and government, including...

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Offline AI revolution to turn smartphones into ‘superphones’

BARCELONA: The smartphone revolution is poised to go onto the next level—with "superphones" equipped with artificial intelligence now on the horizon. By learning their owners´ habits, these new phones will be able to carry out tasks even when they´re offline. During a first phase only high-end smartphones will use the technology, like the new models unveiled by China´s Huawei at...

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Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Ofra (Palestinian Territories): Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them. The homes in the Ofra settlement -- a symbol of Jewish settler defiance to international concerns -- were found to have been built on private Palestinian land and ordered razed by March 5....

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Radd-ul-Fasaad to consolidate gains of previous operations: ISPR chief

DG Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor has said Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is aimed at countering the ‘mischievous’ elements whether they existed within the country or outside. Talking to a news channel on Tuesday, Ghafoor said all the previous military operations – including the Operation Zarb-e-Azb – had succeeded in achieving their goals. “The previous operations were primarily aimed at...

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Palestinian government: No voting in May in Hamas-run Gaza

BETHLEHEM, West Bank: The Palestinian government in the West Bank has announced that upcoming municipal elections will not take place in the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says Hamas has "refused to hold elections" in Gaza on May 13. The vote will only be held in the West Bank, where the...

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