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  • Bashir Bilour's son among 13 killed in suicide blast

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    PESHAWAR: Thirteen people have reportedly been killed and 35 have been injured in a blast at a corner meeting of Awami National Party (ANP) in Peshawar on Tuesday night. Barrister Haroon Bilour, son of Bashir Bilour, former federal minister for railways and candidate of 78 has also been killed in the blast. According to the police, the blast took place in Yaka Toot where the corner meeting of ...

  • Avenfield verdict: 10 years in jail for Nawaz, 7 for Maryam

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    The Accountability Court on Friday announced 10 years imprisonment to Nawaz Sharif and fined him eight million pounds in the Avenfield reference case. The judge Muhammad Bashir announced sentence of seven years imprisonment to Maryam Nawaz beside one year imprisonment for forging documents. Maryam was also fined 2 million pounds. The court ordered Capt (R) Safdar to one year imprisonment. Maryam ...

  • Begum Kalsoom still in critical condition

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    LAHORE– The state of health of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz is still critical at Harley Street Clinic in London. According to media reports, the doctors have termed next 24 hours very crucial due to congealment of blood in lungs and the constant unconsciousness of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz. Begum Kalsoom Nawaz has been on ventilator since Thursday evening when she collapsed due to cardiac arrest and went ...

  • Clashes between police and protesters escalate across Kasur

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    KASUR: The protests in Kasur continued on second day of seven-year-old girl Zanaib's murder.  Zainab was raped and murdered after being abducted six days ago. Her dead body was found at garbage dump site. Two people were killed during protests yesterday because of firing by Punjab police.  Huge number of protesters blocked traffic at Steel Bagh and other entrance points of city. ...

  • At least 20 killed in Kabul attack

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    At least 20 people were killed and wounded in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. Officials said the bomber blew himself up after approaching a group of security personnel who had been conducting an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol sales in an area of Kabul not far from the US embassy.

  • Suicide blast in Baleli area of Quetta injures six

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    Multiple people were reportedly injured in a suicide blast on a check post in Baleli area of Quetta. According to media reports, six people including two FC personnel were injured while the two attackers were killed. The injured have been shifted to CMH Quetta for medical treatment. The security forces have cordoned off the area. In December just over a week before Christmas, at least ...

  • Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

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    US President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes. In declaring the emergency, Trump ordered the release of federal assistance to bolster the local response to the wildfires in Southern California, the White House said in a statement.

  • Three dead in California shooting

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    US Authorities said on Tuesday they had killed a gunmen after he shot dead three people and injured two children at a rural Northern California school. Authorities said multiple shots were fired at Rancho Tehama Elementary School around 8 am and there were multiple victims, reported local media. “Multiple shots were fired in Rancho Tehama , with multiple victims. I am told the ...

  • MQM, PSP join forces

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    Leaders of two rival parties in Sindh Wednesday announced an eventual merger in the build-up to the general elections of 2018. In a joint-presser at Karachi Press Club, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr Farooq Sattar announced a "political coalition under one name, one party and one manifesto" with Mustafa Kamal's Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).  "We are starting our ...

  • Death toll reaches to 26 in Texas church shooting: US media

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman dressed in black tactical gear massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a white-steepled church in Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States. The lone suspect, also wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a Ruger assault rifle, fired into the First Baptist Church in ...

  • Turkish passenger plane makes emergency landing in Ukraine: police

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    A passenger plane flying from Moscow to Turkey made an emergency landing at Odessa airport in southern Ukraine on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in one of its lavatories, a local police official said in a post on Facebook. “The discovery forced the crew to take the decision to carry out an emergency landing at the nearest airport, which turned out to be Odessa ...

  • PIA 'forgets' two coffins at NYC airport

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    Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has ‘left’ two coffins in New York City that were to be transferred to Karachi. According to a report published by a private media outlet, the national carrier ‘forgot’ two coffins at New York City port as the flight departed for Karachi. Spokesperson of the national airline claimed that the mistake was on part of a ...

  • Seven killed as Israel destroys tunnel dug under Gaza border

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    Seven Palestinian militants were killed on Monday when Israel blew up what it said was a tunnel being dug underneath the Gaza Strip border. Hamas said Israel had made a “futile attempt to sabotage efforts to repair Palestinian unity”, a reference to the reconciliation agreement it reached with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, earlier this month. However, ...

  • Bahrain court sentences 10 men on terrorism charges

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    A Bahraini court sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting attacks, the Bahraini Public Prosecution said on Tuesday. The men were accused of receiving training in military camps in Iran and Iraq in the use of arms and bombs to carry out terrorist attacks in Bahrain, the prosecution said in a statement. Bahrain, a small ...

  • Blast in Afghan capital causes numerous casualties

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    A blast in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday caused numerous casualties, Reuters witnesses and Afghan officials said. A Reuters television team saw at least eight people who appeared to have been killed, besides several wounded at the explosion site in the city’s Wazir Akbar Khan area. A public health official said three dead bodies and 10 wounded had been taken to city hospitals.

  • Putin opens monument to Stalin's victims, dissidents cry foul

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    President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a monument to the victims of Stalinist purges on Monday, but Soviet-era dissidents accused him of cynicism at a time when they say authorities are riding roughshod over civil freedoms. “The Wall of Grief” occupies a space on the edge of Moscow’s busy 10-lane ring road and depicts a mass of faceless victims, many of whom were sent to prison ...

  • Catalan leaders to be tried for rebellion, says Spain state prosecutor

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    Spain's state prosecutor said on Monday that he would seek charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement against members of Catalonia's ousted secessionist government, pushing the crisis over the region's independence declaration into an uncertain new phase. Chief prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza said he would ask judges for preventive measures against the politicians and the governing ...

  • Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high: UN

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    The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal gas that drives global warming, in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that a drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. “Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 ...

  • Taliban kill 22 Afghan police in multiple attacks

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    Taliban insurgents, some wearing night-vision goggles, killed 22 Afghan policemen in separate attacks on checkpoints over the weekend in the latest blow to the country's beleaguered security forces. Militants wearing the goggles launched a pre-dawn assault on a police post in Khan Abad district in the northern province of Kunduz on Sunday and killed 13 officers, said provincial police chief Abdul ...

  • Unity march in heart of 'independent' Catalonia draws thousands

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    Defenders of Spanish unity massed in the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday, waving national and European flags and chanting “Viva Espana” two days after regional lawmakers voted to sever the region from Spain. Protesters flocked in their tens of thousands through Barcelona's streets, in a sea of red-and-yellow Spanish flags, brandishing placards reading “De ...

  • India starts trade route to Afghanistan via Iran

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    India on Sunday shipped its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through Iran's strategic Chahbahar Port, launching a trade route bypassing longtime rival Pakistan. The shipment, an Indian gift for Afghanistan, was sent from the western seaport of Kandla. It will be taken by trucks to Afghanistan from the Iranian port. The new trade route follows an air freight corridor introduced ...

  • Pakistan welcomes end of isolation from international cricket

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    Even Pakistan’s prime minister did not believe it could happen but when Sri Lanka visit the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday for a T20 match, the hosts will celebrate the end of eight years of isolation from international cricket. Less than a year ago, none of this appeared possible for a nation that had largely been shunned by international teams since 2009 due to security risks. That year ...

  • Afghan deputy governor of Kunar province 'abducted' in Peshawar

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    The Deputy Governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province Qazi Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi has been kidnapped by Unidentified gunmen in Peshawar, Afghan officials said on Saturday. Deputy Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Zardasht Shams said the governor was kidnapped from the busy Dabgari Garden area of Peshawar, where he was scheduled to meet a doctor. Police ...

  • US wants Pakistan to act quickly to show support in countering militants

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    The United States wants Pakistan to move quickly to show good faith in supporting efforts to counter militants operating in Afghanistan and in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the senior US diplomat for South Asia said on Friday. Speaking after accompanying US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a visit to the region, including Pakistan, Alice Wells said Washington looked forward to ...

  • 'Death to blasphemers' increasing as political rallying cry in Pakistan

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    Three police officers stand daily guard at the tomb of student Mashal Khan to prevent religious hardliners from fulfilling threats to blow up the grave of the 23-year-old beaten to death over rumours he blasphemed against Islam. His grieving family, now also under police protection, say they have little hope the shocking campus killing will prompt a re-examination of blasphemy laws that carry a ...

  • Football clubs could face high price for stars' tax affairs

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    Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP. Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue. The new legislation places the onus firmly ...

  • Hopes fade for 8 Russians missing in Arctic helicopter accident

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    Hopes of finding survivors from a Russian helicopter which disappeared off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago faded on Friday as Norwegian rescuers searched in vain for a second day in ice-cold waters. Eight Russian men - five crew and three passengers - were listed as missing by Norway’s rescue coordination center, while the location of the Russian-made Mil Mi-8 aircraft remained ...

  • Indian quadcop shot down

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    Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters. Wreckage held, says ISPR 

  • ANP workers killed in Balochistan mine blast

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    A government official Friday said a bomb struck a vehicle carrying the local leader of a political party in Balochistan, killing him and his brother. Abdul Salam Achakzai, a deputy commissioner, said the attack took place in the town of Harnai, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Quetta. He identified the slain leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) as Abdur Razzaq. “The ...