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In pictures: Muslims celebrate Ramazan across the globe

In pictures: Muslims celebrate Ramazan across the globe - The Express Tribune

Muslim world prepares for sehr, iftar


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Saudi Arabia and Women's Rights

Saudi Arabia Said To Detain Women's Rights Advocates Who Challenged Driving Ban

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained at least five prominent human-rights activists, including women who for years campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, according to people with knowledge of the arrests.


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Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

Saturday May 19, 2018 BAGHDAD: The final results of Iraq's elections confirmed Saturday a breakthrough for nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr, who was in the lead, ahead of internationally favoured prime minister Haider al-Abadi. But the possibilities for alliances to form a coalition government remain wide open.


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EU fights back to neutralize US sanctions against Iran

EU fights back to neutralize US sanctions against Iran

The European Commission said Friday it is planning to shield EU-based companies that continue to trade with Iran despite Trump's decision to quit an international nuclear agreement and reintroduce sanctions.


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Muslim world condemns Israel's barbarity in OIC

Jerusalem move: Muslim world condemns Israel's barbarity in OIC - The Express Tribune

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he would raise the violence in Gaza at the United Nations General Assembly, after dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli security forces this week.


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Caretaker govt

Caretaker govt: PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah to meet again on Tuesday - Pakistan - Dunya News

The PM was due to leave for Istanbul due to which a brief meeting was held today, told Shah. ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah will meet again on Tuesday after they failed to reach on consensus over caretaker PM in today's (Friday) meeting.


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Pakistan expecting $2 billion from China

Pakistan expecting $2 billion from China

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of rising current account deficit that swelled to $14.035 billion in the first 10 months and resulting into slashing down of foreign currency reserves with every passing week, Pakistan is looking towards China as the last available option with expectations of receiving $01 to $02 billion on account of safe deposits before June 30, 2018, The News has learnt.


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Pakistan's current account deficit widens to record high

Pakistan's current account deficit widens to record high - The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Pakistan's current account deficit has widened 50% to a record high of $14.03 billion in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year 2018, reported the central bank on Friday. The deficit stood at $9.35 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal year, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).


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NAB does not believe in vindictive actions

NAB does not believe in vindictive actions, says Javed Iqbal - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairperson Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal said that the bureau is following a policy of zero-tolerance and accountability of all against the corrupt elements. "NAB does not believe in vindictive actions," he said speaking at a cheque distribution ceremony among the victims of Model Housing Enclave at NAB Headquarters Lahore.


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NAB & Hamza; the clean water scam

NAB grills Hamza Shehbaz for two hours in clean water scam - The Express Tribune

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz central leader MNA Hamza Shehbaz Sharif on Friday appeared before an investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau Lahore (NAB) to give his sworn statement in the Saaf Paani Project scam. NAB had summoned him last week after investigating four arrested persons in the case.


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Cuban passenger jet with 104 people on board crashes

Cubana passenger jet with 104 people on board crashes shortly after take-off - The Express Tribune

HAVANA: A Cuban state airways plane with 104 passengers crashed shortly after taking off from Havana Friday, leaving a wreck of smoldering fuselage, as the country's president warned many people were feared dead. The Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed into a field close to a wooded area near Havana's Jose Marti airport, sending a thick column of acrid smoke into the air.


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Pakistani student among 10 killed in Texas high school

Pakistani student among 10 killed as gunman opens fire in Texas high school

Saturday May 19, 2018 SANTA FE: Ten people, mostly students, were killed when a teenage classmate armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire in a Texas high school on Friday, the latest deadly school shooting to hit the United States after the Florida massacre earlier this year.


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Attack on FC Quetta centre

Five suicide bombers killed as brazen attack on FC Quetta centre foiled - The Express Tribune

Quetta was saved from a major disaster after security forces foiled a major terrorist attack on Thursday night, killing all five suicide bombers who tried to storm a Frontier Corps (FC) compound in the city.


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Very sad. one dead, 11 injured in Nowshera suicide blast

At least one dead, 11 injured in Nowshera suicide blast - The Express Tribune

NOWSHERA: At least one person was killed and 11 others injured in a suicide attack on a security forces convoy on Thursday in Nowshera's Kachehri Chowk area, confirmed a senior police official. The suicide bomber was reportedly the only one killed. Five Frontier Corps (FC) officials and six civilians are among the injured, Nowshera police informed.


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Diamonds are forever


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US Russia nuclear war???


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NA committee summons NAB chief

NA committee summons NAB chief over money laundering allegations against Nawaz

Tuesday May 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD: National Assembly's standing committee for Law and Justice on Tuesday summoned the NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in the money laundering probe against Nawaz Sharif. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief was ordered to appear before the committee on May 16 to, in person, brief on the probe into allegations of money laundering against the deposed prime minister.


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Punjab Assembly session adjourned amid opposition's protes

Punjab Assembly session adjourned amid opposition's protest over Nawaz statement

Tuesday May 15, 2018 LAHORE: Members of the treasury and opposition in the Punjab Assembly faced off each other on Tuesday over a recent controversial statement by former premier Nawaz Sharif pertaining to 2008 Mumbai attacks. The opposition continued protesting in the assembly for the second day on Tuesday.


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Nawaz & Mumbai


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Why do Bollywood actresses prefer to marry outside the industry?

Why do Bollywood actresses prefer to marry outside the industry? - The Express Tribune

MUMBAI: It's not only Sonam Kapoor who has chosen to marry outside the film industry. There are many in tinsel town that purposely do so. But why do actors seek life partners outside entertainment, ever thought of that? What will Meghan's life be like after the Royal wedding?


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Pakistan recover after losing early wickets

Pakistan recover after losing early wickets in chase of 160 against Ireland

Tuesday May 15, 2018 DUBLIN: Pakistan recovered after losing three early wickets before lunch chasing a target of 160 in their one-off Test against Ireland at Malahide on Tuesday. Ireland, made to follow on, scented a dramatic victory in their debut men's Test as they reduced Pakistan to 14 for three inside five overs.


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PM issues restores Rao Tehseen as DG Radio

PM issues orders to restore Rao Tehseen as DG Radio: sources

Tuesday May 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday ordered to restore Rao Tehseen as the director general radio, sources informed Geo News. He is currently a grade 21 officer in the Information Group.


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Imran Khan forms committee for South Punjab province

Imran Khan forms committee for South Punjab province - Pakistan - Dunya News

The committee will also be authorized to seek help from the experts ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday formed a committee pertaining to formation of South Punjab province. The six-member committee headed by former prime minister Balakh Sher Mazari was formed after the approval of Imran Khan.


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Justice Khosa takes oath as acting CJP

Justice Khosa takes oath as acting CJP - PakObserver

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has taken oath as Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan in a simple but dignified ceremony. The oath was administered by Justice Gulzar Ahmed at Supreme Court building on Monday. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa will act as Chief Justice of Pakistan during the period, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Chief Justice ...


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One Belt One Road


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Fears of further bloodshed at Gaza border protesting new US embassy

Fears of further bloodshed at Gaza border after dozens killed protesting new US embassy

There are fears of more loss of life after 55 Palestinians were shot dead and 2,400 injured when Israeli troops opened fire on protesters near the Gaza border. Monday's protests intensified as the new US embassy was inaugurated in Jerusalem, marking the deadliest day in the region since the 2014 cross-border war.


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Royal wedding

Where to get your royal fix ahead of the royal wedding of the year

With just days to go until he was meant to be walking his daughter down the aisle, reports have emerged Thomas Markle now won't be attending Meghan's wedding. TMZ is reporting the fallout of him staging photographs with paparazzi has proved too much, saying he was hospitalised for a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out in order to attend the wedding.


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Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats

Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats

In an effort to save half a million lives each year, the World Health Organization on Monday urged developing nations to follow the lead of affluent countries and eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from their food supplies.


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Why This Man's Blood Helped Save Millions of Babies

Why This Man's Blood Helped Save Millions of Babies

A man in Australia helped save the lives of more than 2 million babies by donating his "special" blood, which was used to make a medication that can prevent life-threatening problems in newborns. But why exactly is this man's blood special, and how does the medication work to save babies?


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Say hello to Google One

Say hello to Google One

Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price of its 2 TB plan from $19.99/month to $9.99/month (and dropping the $9.99/month 1 TB plan). It's also rebranding its storage service as 'Google One.'


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Religion A Large Presence As U.S. Embassy Opens In Jerusalem

Religion A Large Presence As U.S. Embassy Opens In Jerusalem

The religious leader invited to give the opening prayer at the dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem is an evangelical Christian who once said that Judaism, along with Mormonism, Islam and Hinduism, is one of the religions "that lead people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell."


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The U.S. Has 169 Volcanoes That Could Erupt

It's Not Just Hawaii: The U.S. Has 169 Volcanoes That Could Erupt

Volcanoes are full of tricks. They can build to a major eruption in a crescendo of shudders and spatters or explode with almost no warning. They can lie in wait under a magnificent snowcap, the centerpiece of a landscape of beauty that they could obliterate tomorrow, or in 10,000 years, or never again.


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Melania Trump Hospitalized for Kidney Surgery

Melania Trump Hospitalized for Kidney Surgical Procedure

The first lady is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week.


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Police forcing me to testify against Rao Awnar: witness

Police forcing me to testify against Rao Awnar: witness - Daily Times

KARACHI: Shahzad Jahangir, the prime witness in Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case on Monday accused Sindh Police of "forcing" him to testify against former SSP Rao Anwar. The development came as an anti-terrorism court was hearing the case where police presented 11 suspects, including Anwar, DSP Qamar Ahmed Shaikh, Allahyar, Iqbal and Arshad.


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Shaukat Hussain appointed SECP chairman

Shaukat Hussain appointed SECP chairman

ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Saturday appointed Shaukat Hussain as chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) with immediate effect. According to Finance Division, the appointment of Shaukat Hussain came under Section 6 of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997 (XLII of 1997).


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Blood, sweat and tears in biotech - the Theranos story

Blood, sweat and tears in biotech - the Theranos story

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup John Carreyrou Knopf (2018) Few scandals have so gripped both the health-care and technology industries as the seismic rise and fall of blood-testing company Theranos. In Bad Blood, acclaimed investigative journalist John Carreyrou, who broke the story in 2015, presents comprehensive evidence of the fraud perpetrated by Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes.


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Ghana fights malarial chemical resistance with new spray

Ghana fights malarial chemical resistance with new spray

Bismark Owusu moves food and bowls from a bedroom and covers clothes and furniture with a large sheet before mixing a mosquito-killing chemical with water in his spray pack. He then puts on head-to-toe safety gear, straps the pack to his back and methodically sprays the walls, windows and corners of the room.


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WHO praises Pak action against polio

WHO praises Pak action against polio

LAHORE - The World Health Organization (WHO) has appreciated government steps for polio eradication. Addressing a seminar on "Poliomyelitis- the Endgame Strategy", at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday, WHO Team Lead for Polio Eradication in Punjab, Dr Raul Bonifacio said that in the last stage of polio eradication, Pakistan has made tremendous progress towards poliovirus transmission interruption and eradication.


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Marvel to introduce Muslim teenage superhero Miss

Marvel to introduce Muslim teenage superhero Miss Marvel to MCU

Tuesday May 15, 2018 Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige had recently dropped the hint that there will more to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the fourth Avengers film hits the cinema. In a recent interview with BBC , Feige dropped hints, the MCU could introduce the teenage-superhero Miss Marvel and her alter-ego Kamala Khan.


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Sonam Kapoor, Mahira Khan rub shoulders at Cannes

Sonam Kapoor, Mahira Khan rub shoulders at Cannes and we can't stop swooning! - The Express Tribune

Art has a unifying power, and proving it at the 71st Cannes Film Festival where Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan shared a warm moment of greeting each other and displayed bonhomie on Monday.


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Squash champion Faiza vows to deliver in Asian Games

Squash champion Faiza vows to deliver in Asian Games

ISLAMABAD-Female squash champion Faiza Zafar has said that her recent title win in PSA event will help her and national team to perform well in Asian Games.


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Pakistan qualified for the final of Street Child World Cup 2018

Pakistan squeeze into Street Child World Cup 2018 final

Moscow - Pakistan have qualified for the final of the Street Child World Cup 2018 in Russia, making history as they beat Indonesia in a nail-biting semi-final on Monday. The boys in green outclassed Indonesia 5-4 on penalties to secure their place in the final, where they will face Uzbekistan for the trophy.


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Huawei P20 Lite Review

Huawei P20 Lite Review

While Huawei's sub-brand Honor has been quite active in India, the company hasn't launched phones under its own name as frequently. The Huawei P20 Lite is one of the two new smartphones launched by the Chinese giant in India, the other being the P20 Pro ( Review).


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Currency Rate In Pakistan - on 15 May 2018

Today Currency Rate In Pakistan - Rates On 15 May 2018 - UrduPoint

Today's currency rate in Pakistan according to international currencies as of 15th May 2018. The price of 1 USD to PKR buying is 117.50 Rs selling of US Dollar is 117.80 Rs, GBP to PKR buying is 158.40 Rs, selling is 160.15 Rs. Euro to PKR buying is 140.00 Rs., selling is 141.20 Rs.


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Kim Jong-un will never give up nuclear weapons

North Korean defector says Kim Jong-un has foul temper and will never give up nuclear weapons

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is misleading the world with his talk of denuclearisation, according to one of the highest ranking officials ever to defect from his secretive regime.


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US defence attaché involved in road accident leaves Pakistan

US defence attaché involved in deadly Islamabad road accident leaves Pakistan - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Two days after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said it will not let the US attaché who killed a Pakistani youth in a car accident last month leave Pakistan at any cost, the interior ministry allowed Col Joseph Emanuel Hall to fly abroad on Monday evening.


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Political leaders fail to commit to education reform

Political leaders fail to commit to education reform - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The senior leadership of all political parties failed to show up in a conference held where they were required to make commitments regarding the quality and provision of education to all Pakistani children.


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Gaza: Trump's embassy move costs dozens of lives

Tuesday briefing: Outrage as Trump's embassy move costs dozens of lives

Hello, it's Warren Murray with the news to start your day. Hello, it's Warren Murray with the news to start your day. There has been a chorus of international condemnation after direct and deadly consequences flowed from Donald Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.


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India threatens to take Sharif's controversial statement to ICJ

India threatens to take Sharif's controversial statement to ICJ

5 seconds ago BY Monitoring Report ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif's controversial statement on 2008 Mumbai attacks have been making rounds in the media. Following that, India had threatened to take the former prime minister to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) leaving Pakistan alarmed, a local English newspaper reported.


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NSC statement based on misunderstanding: Nawaz

'Worrisome, frightening' NSC statement based on misunderstanding: Nawaz

Tuesday May 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected Monday's statement of the National Security Council (NSC) which had condemned the former premier's controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The NSC, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, had termed Nawaz's statement "incorrect and misleading".


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Continue to speak the truth, says Nawaz

Will continue to speak the truth, says Nawaz after stirring new row - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Facing a volley of criticism for his statements in an English daily, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that he will continue to speak the truth and he considers it as his national and moral duty to do so.


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India-Pakistan Peace

What Will India-Pakistan Peace Take?

Last week, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)­ published a report claiming that Pakistan's military is seeking rapprochement with India. Given Pakistan and India's complicated relationship and the domestic and international pressures that have always undermined the spirit of such initiatives, one should be careful about drawing any conclusions about a likely reconciliation between these historic foes.


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Mahira Khan at Cannes Film Festival

Mahira Khan on representing Pakistan at Cannes Film Festival

Farooq Ahmed, Musharaf Hai, Mahira Khan and Salar Farooqui at the press conference for Cannes Film Festival.Karachi: News of Mahira Khan attending the 71st Cannes Film Festival has been doing the rounds since it was announced in October last year,...


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Gujrat Warriors crowned Super Kabaddi League champions

Gujrat Warriors crowned Super Kabaddi League champions

Thursday May 10, 2018 LAHORE: Gujrat Warriors beat Faisalabad Sherdils to be crowned champions of Pakistan's inaugural Super Kabaddi League on Thursday. Gujrat Warriors, who qualified for the final after beating Kashmir Jaanbaaz in the semifinal last night, outclassed Faisalabad Sherdils by 38-26 to win the tournament.


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DIRBS, PTA system to block stolen/smuggled mobile phones

PTA just launched DIRBS, its system to block stolen/smuggled mobile phones

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ( PTA) launched on Thursday the Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking Regulation System (DIRBS) to block stolen, smuggled and duplicate mobile phones in Pakistan, as reported by Dawn. The new system uses the distinct IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of each device, along with other parameters, to help in identifying, monitoring and regulating such devices.


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Mahathir sworn in as world's oldest leader

Malaysia's Mahathir sworn in as world's oldest leader after shock poll win

Thursday May 10, 2018 KUALA LUMPUR: Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was Thursday sworn in as the world´s oldest elected leader after a stunning election win that swept Malaysia´s establishment from power after more than six decades.


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Report five hours before flight from new Islamabad airport

PIA asks passengers to report five hours before flight from new Islamabad airport - The Express Tribune

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) made a special announcement on Thursday and asked passengers to report to Islamabad International Airport (IIA) five hours before their international flight departure. The announcement by the national carrier stated that the announcement was being made in light of "the traffic congestion due to strict security checks", further stating their topmost priority was their customers' convenience.


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Punjab announces summer vacations from May 17

Punjab announces summer vacations from May 17

Thursday May 10, 2018 LAHORE: The Government of Punjab has announced summer vacations in the province from May 17, the provincial education minister said Thursday. Educational institutes will reopen on August 10, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood said, while speaking to newsmen here.


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All Pakistan Open Golf Championship to kick off on Thursday

All Pakistan Open Golf Championship to kick off on Thursday - The Express Tribune

KARACHI : Pakistan's top golfer Shabbir Iqbal will be seen in action as the Chevron-DHA Karachi Cup All Pakistan Open Golf Championship begins at Defence Authority Country and Golf Club on Thursday. Along with Iqbal the defending champion Waheed Baloch, Muhammad Munir, Matloob Qureshi, Taimur Amin will also be featuring in the championship sponsored by Chevron Pakistan Lubricants.


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Shoaib Malik to call time on his career after 2020 World T20

Shoaib Malik to call time on his career after 2020 World T20 - Daily Times

LAHORE: Shoaib Mailk will be back at the Caribbean Premier League in 2018, but with a different team. Having played for the Barbados Tridents for the last five years he will line up for the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2018 tournament. While Malik has his sights firmly set on CPL he has longer term ...


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Google Assistant Sparks Ethics Questions

Human-Sounding Google Assistant Sparks Ethics Questions

The new Google digital assistant converses so naturally it may seem like a real person. The unveiling of the natural-sounding robo-assistant by the tech giant this week wowed some observers, but left others fretting over the ethics of how the human-seeming software might be used.


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SBP issues Electronic Fund Transfer regulations

SBP issues Electronic Fund Transfer regulations to protect consumers, ensure transperency - Daily Times

Karachi: State bank of Pakistan on Wednesday issued Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) regulations to promote EFTs in the country, ensure consumer protection and payment transparency by standardizing EFT and setting uniform regulations, policy and procedures, applicable to Authorized Financial Institutions AFIs, Payment System Operators /Payment Service Providers operating in the country.


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US blocks UN sanctions on Khurasani

US blocks UN sanctions on Khurasani -

The United States is believed to have blocked a Pakistani request with the UN Security Council's sanctions committee for listing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) leader Abdul Wali, commonly known as Umer Khalid Khurasani.


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Fake degrees in PIA

24 active PIA pilots have fake degrees, CAA informs SC - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) was informed on Thursday by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that 24 active pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have fake degrees. A CAA representative further informed the apex court that 12 out of the 24 pilots have stay orders from the court and added that the verification process of 1,972 PIA employees and their degrees has been completed.


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Pakistan Trade Expo in Toronto

Pakistan Trade Expo to take place in Toronto - The Express Tribune

KARACHI: In an effort to boost exports to Canada, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has planned to host the fourth edition of the Pakistan Trade Expo 2018 in Toronto in October this year. "We will host this expo after conducting research in Canada about potential demand for our products.


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Sindh budget to be announced today

Sindh budget to be announced today - The Express Tribune

KARACHI: The Sindh government will present its deficit budget with a total outlay of Rs1.14 trillion for fiscal year 2018-19 today (Thursday). Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of the finance department, will present the budget at around 3pm.


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Chief Justice directed the removal of checks posts in Peshawar

CJP orders removal of check posts in Peshawar - The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday directed the removal of checks posts and obstacles from the roads in Peshawar within 48 hours. Heading a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, also comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, the CJP passed the order while hearing an application of senior lawyer Khurshid Khan.


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Israel bombarding Syrians

Israeli military: Iran's Quds force fires 20 rockets from Syria at Golan posts, some were intercepted

A barrage of 20 rockets was fired Wednesday night from Syria towards Israeli military outposts in the Golan Heights. No injuries were reported. Several rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The Israeli army is attributing the attack to members of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.


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Dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria

Syrian state media says dozens of Israeli rockets fired into Syria - The Express Tribune

BEIRUT/JERSUSALEM: Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.


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Mahathir, 92, back as Malaysia's prime minister

Mahathir, 92, back as Malaysia's prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad has never lost an election campaign. He maintained that record and created another one on Thursday when, at 92, he was set to be sworn in as the world's oldest elected leader.


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Nawaz to react to NAB's 'money-laundering probe' in press conference today

Nawaz to react to NAB's 'money-laundering probe' in press conference today

Thursday May 10, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that he will hold a special press conference at the Punjab House today over the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) controversial new probe against him.


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Zindagi Trust students meet Army Chief

Zindagi Trust Students Meet Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa - UrduPoint

A group of students from different public schools managed by Zindagi Trust, an organization striving to make holistic, quality education accessible to average Pakistani child met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Wednesday.


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ASF seizes 200 heroin capsules at Islamabad Airport

ASF seizes 200 heroin capsules at Islamabad International Airport

ISLAMABAD - As many as 200 heroin-filled capsules and a packet of heroin was seized from a passenger by Airport Security Force (ASF) at the New Islamabad Airport. The drug mule, identified as Shahbaz Arif, was travelling to Saudi Arabia via Dubai on Emirates flight number EK613.


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AIOU postgraduate exams begin from May 14

AIOU postgraduate exams begin from May 14

ISLAMABAD - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced that it will conduct final exams of its postgraduate programs simultaneously from May 14 across the country, says a press release issued by the varsity here on Saturday. The programs include BS (Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Environmental Sciences and Accounting), PGD, MA/M.Sc, MS/M.Phil and PhD in different disciplines.


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Suleman Khan, new head of IB

IB finally gets head as PM Abbasi appoints Suleman Khan

ISLAMABA - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has appointed Dr Suleman Khan as new director general (DG) of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), a civil spy agency. The appointment was made after more than a month the slot fell vacant following the retirement of Aftan Sultan. A notification in this regard has been issued Monday evening.


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A Trip To Shah Allah Ditta

A Trip To Shah Allah Ditta

Shah Allah Ditta is a several centuries old village on the Khanpur end of Margalla hills, right after sector D-12. This ancient village lies on the old road that connected Punjab with Mansehra and old silk route further north. Local people called it Gernaili road (Sher Shah's road) road that means it was likely there around ...


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Equal Rights

'I Want Women To Have Rights Like Men,' Says Lawyer In Pakistan's Swat Valley

The woman in the brown burqa stood at the gate of court complex as men in suits shouldered past. With one hand, she clutched her son, and in the other, a piece of paper scrawled with a name. The district police officer gave it to her when she complained about her husband's abuse.


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Pakistan's first national water policy

Pakistan's first national water policy - historic or mere electioneering?

In April, the chief ministers of Pakistan's four provinces approved the country's first national water policy - after over a decade of wrangling and consultations. With a large and growing population, and some of the least amount of water per person in the world, Pakistan already faced huge challenges - made worse by climate change, population growth, climate change, abysmal mismanagement of water and disputes between provinces and with neighbouring countries.


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Chinese firms seek partners in Pakistan

Chinese firms seek partners in Pakistan - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Chinese companies, led by Director, Division of Asian Affairs, Department of Commerce of Shandong province, Jia Jiqing, has expressed interest in manufacturing aluminium products, solar products, automobiles and agricultural machinery in Pakistan.


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Raazi' banned from releasing in Pakistan

'Raazi' banned from releasing in Pakistan - The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal-starrer Raazi will not be releasing in Pakistan. Due to its controversial content, no distributor has agreed to purchase the film. While the Meghan Gulzar-helmed project is slated to release in India on May 11, this news comes as a major disappointment for Bollywood fans on our side of the border.


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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on removing hurdles

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on removing hurdles - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed that institutional mechanism between the two countries is to be strengthened, and holding the 7th Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority Meeting by the Afghan side is the need of the hour. The agreement was reached during a meeting between a high-ranking Afghan Ministerial delegation, which called on Commerce Secretary Mohammad Younus Dagha on Tuesday.


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England team for first Test against Pakistan

Pick your England team for first Test against Pakistan

Without a win in Test cricket all winter, England begin their summer with countless questions over the make-up of their team. Is it time for the selectors to look beyond Alastair Cook? What about the other opener's spot? Does James Vince deserve another chance? Where should Joe Root bat?


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Pakistan passes landmark transgender rights law

Pakistan passes landmark transgender rights law

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan's parliament has passed a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing discrimination by both employers and private business owners, a move hailed by activists as "historic" for the conservative South Asian country. Members of parliament voted to pass the wide-ranging Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday.


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World War 3

World War 3: Pakistan's Defence Minister accuses world of IGNORING India's ARMS RACE

PAKISTAN'S Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan has accused the international community of ignoring the arms race instigated by India, while continuing to sell the country a huge number of weapons, in a sign of growing tensions between the long-term foes.


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Walmart announces 77% stake in India's Flipkart

Walmart announces 77% stake in India's Flipkart

CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on Walmart's new stake in Indian e-commerce site Flipkate. Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya weighs in.


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Super Kabaddi League

Gwadar, Karachi score wins in Super Kabaddi League

LAHORE - Gwadar, Karachi, Kashmir and Multan continued their winning ways in Pakistan Super Kabaddi League by notching up victories against their respective rivals here at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Monday.


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COAS commends Sindh Rangers

COAS commends Sindh Rangers for bringing peace to Karachi

COAS received briefing over the security situation in the entire province


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Bahria Town Karachi prices plummet 20 percent post-SC verdict

Bahria Town Karachi prices plummet 20 percent post-SC verdict: Report

KARACHI: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court verdict against Bahria Town Karachi, industry stakeholders seem to have divergent opinions of its impact on the sale and purchase of properties and prices. A report in Dawn on Tuesday stated that sources believe real estate prices in Bahria had walloped down by 10 to 20 percent followed by adjournment in fresh deals between buyers and sellers.


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Tycoon abducted in Karachi

Construction tycoon abducted from Karachi - The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Construction tycoon Latif Sorathia was abducted by unidentified suspects on Tuesday. CCTV footage showed the noted builder being kidnapped by two, one sporting a police uniform. Police said an FIR of the incident had been registered following a complaint by Sorathia's son.


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PPP welcomes new leaders

Political notables from Punjab and KP join Pakistan Peoples Party

ISLAMABAD: Several prominent politicians from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa called on President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Zardari House Islamabad and announced joining the PPP.


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Respect the vote

'Respect the vote' means respect Pakistanis, says Nawaz

Sunday May 06, 2018 MANSEHRA: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said his party's 'respect the vote' campaign demands respect for the people of Pakistan. "Our call to respect the vote demands respect for the people of Pakistan.


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Khawaja Asif speeks about 2008 elections

Zardari sought PML-N's help for strengthening him in PPP after 2008 polls: Asif

Tuesday May 08, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan's former minister of foreign affairs, claimed Monday that the chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari, had sought help from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to strengthen his position in his own political party after the general elections of 2008.


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Financial irregularities in Peshawar BRT

JI, ANP, others demand probe into financial irregularities in Peshawar BRT

PTI leader Shaukat Yousafzai says project to be completed just before General Elections 2018 PESHAWAR: Future of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, commonly known as Peshawar Metro Bus, is in the doldrums after a leading figure of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) pointed out financial and technical anomalies in the project and demanded a detailed probe into the alleged financial irregularities.


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BBC and Bilawal together

Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party - Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, HARDtalk - BBC World Service

Can Bilawal Bhutto restore confidence in Pakistani politics?


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Nawaz Sharif's comeback

Can Nawaz Sharif Make a Return to the Top in Pakistan?

On Monday, the Lahore High Court barred all Pakistani TV channels from airing any speeches of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party's leadership, which allegedly targeted the country's top judiciary. The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court of Pakistan's historic verdict recently that banned Nawaz Sharif, the founder of the PML-N, and the former prime minister of Pakistan, from politics for life.


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Nawaz - Imran

Like Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan on a sticky wicket over allegations against Pak army

Pakistani politics is changing very fast but very few can predict who will be the next Prime Minister when elections are held a few weeks from now. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan is confident that he is the one.


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Disqualification to be challenged in assembly

Decision to disqualify me should be challenged in assembly: Nawaz Sharif

"This law, this decision [to disqualify] would have to be taken to the assembly and changed," ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif said while speaking to a gathering in Mansehra on Sunday. "For that, I will need your vote," he said, reminding the audience that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), which raised slogans for a new Pakistan, had done nothing for the province.


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NAB clarifies

NAB clarifies verification order on alleged money laundering to India by Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has clarified its May 08 orders to verify the media reports that claims Nawaz Sharif laundered $4.9 billion to India. According to the NAB statement issued here Wednesday, the accountability bureau issued May 08 press release to verify media report published in Urdu daily Ausaf titled "When would the money laundered be brought back?"


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Oil prices went high amid Trump withdrawal

Cramer: Trump's Iran deal announcement showed just how 'stupid' this market is

The stock market's reaction to news that President Donald Trump would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal showed just how irrational this market is, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday. "There are some markets where it pays to be smart, to really think things through," he said. "This market is not one of them.


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President Trump announces decision on Iran nuclear deal


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Trump's Iran deal exit

How Trump's Iran deal exit could hit aviation, oil and car industries | Rob Davies

Billions of dollars of deals signed by international companies with Iran are under threat after the US president, Donald Trump, announced he was pulling out of a "rotten" nuclear deal with Tehran.


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South Punjab, PTI Press Conference


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Imran promises new province South Punjab

Imran promises new province as PML-N South Punjab defectors join PTI

Wednesday May 09, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) lawmakers from South Punjab, who recently parted ways with the ruling party, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday. The announcement came as MNA Khusro Bakhtiar, who heads a group of national and provincial lawmakers, held a press conference alongside PTI chief Imran Khan.


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Harassment a scientific misconduct

Harassment should count as scientific misconduct

In the past year, allegations of egregious sexual harassment and even assault have emerged across the spectrum of science. Nature has already run several stories on the topic just this quarter. When I talk to senior scientists, many view harassment as an injustice that happens somewhere else, not in their field or at their institution.


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Deadly dust storms

Deadly dust storms, insect diseases and Nature's new editor

Deadly dust storms hit India Severe dust storms occurring in the lead up to the monsoon season have killed more than 100 people in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the past week. Most deaths occurred when buildings collapsed in unusually intense winds that approached speeds of 130 kilometres an hour.


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Congo fever terror

Another patient dies of Congo fever in Multan, death toll rises to three

May 6, 2018 BY Staff Report MULTAN: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever, commonly referred to as Congo fever has claimed another life in Multan district of Punjab. The Congo fever had claimed two lives in Multan, earlier this month.


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Microwaving Your Food In Plastic Containers?

Microwaving Your Food In Plastic Containers? It May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Obesity and Infertility

Have you been microwaving your food in plastic containers, here's why you should rethink. According to scientists, doing so could up your risk of infertility, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. The scientists also say that heating plastic containers in the microwave releases 95 percent of all chemicals.


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Meghan humble Hollywood beginnings

Inside Meghan Markle's humble Hollywood beginnings

LOS ANGELES - Meghan Markle 's road to royalty ran through Hollywood. The American actress set to marry Prince Harry May 19 spent her formative years in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood, a more working-class place than its famous name suggests.


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Hollywood, Hollywood

After Saba Qamar, Imran Abbas all set to work in Hollywood

Famed Pakistani actor Imran Abbas has his eyes set on the skies as he recently bagged his first-ever Hollywood project. The news was confirmed by the actor himself as he opened up about signing a British feature film to a local newspaper website.


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Alia Bhatt...

Alia Bhatt states acting does not come naturally to her

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt said in an interview to reporters that she believes acting is a "challenge" and added that she is "not naturally gifted" in the art. The 25 year old said that although she tries to not let the pressure of her profession get to her rather she tries to go with the flow when its time to perform.


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Uniform auction scandal

Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna served legal notice over Rustom uniform auction

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have been served a legal notice by the armed forces personnel for auctioning the navy officer uniform from Rustom. A letter directed to the actors states that their actions towards the suit is disrespectful.


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Italian footballer Davide Astori's death

Doctors want more time to determine cause of Italian footballer Davide Astori's death

MILAN: Doctors who carried out the autopsy on the body of Italian footballer Davide Astori have asked for another 30 days before giving a verdict, it was reported on Tuesday. The Italy international and Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room in the north-eastern city of Udine on March 4 ahead of a Serie A match against Udinese.


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Ireland playing soon

'Something that has been a dream for a long time is finally going to happen'

Excitement is building ahead of Ireland's inaugural Test match this Friday.


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2020 World T20

Malik sets sight on 2020 World T20 - The Express Tribune

MUMBAI: Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has set his sights on playing at least until the 2020 World Twenty20 and the 36-year-old is aware that he will have to perform consistently to achieve that goal. The former Pakistan captain retired from test cricket at the end of 2015, three tests after earning a shock return to the side after a gap of five years.


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PCB forms policy regarding leagues

PCB forms policy regarding participation of players in leagues

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Wednesday enforced a policy regarding participation of players besides making regulations for holding private leagues in the country. These drastic decisions were taken at a meeting which was formed to discuss various matters.


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Google Assistant's new features

How do the Google Assistant's new features compare to Amazon Alexa's?

Google announced a bunch of updates for its Assistant yesterday at I/O, including new ways to interact with Assistant and new voices. The announcements will likely improve the experience of using Assistant, but how do the features stack up against Amazon's Alexa?


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China's Alibaba Group acquires Daraz

China's Alibaba Group acquires Daraz - The Express Tribune

KARACHI: Alibaba Group has bought the entire share capital of Rocket Internet's Daraz Group, Rocket Internet said on Tuesday, without disclosing financial details of the transaction. Daraz, founded in 2012, operates online marketplaces in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The unit will continue to operate under the same brand following the sale to Alibaba, Rocket said.


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Israel alert over Iran

Israel Golan alert over Iran 'activity'

The Israeli military says it has detected "irregular Iranian activity" in Syria and has told authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to open and prepare bomb shelters. The military said its troops were "on high alert for an attack". "Any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response," spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.


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Earthquake jolts


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Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul

Suicide bombers, gunmen attack Kabul police stations - Daily Times

KABUL: Suicide bombers and gunmen launched apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations Wednesday, killing at least five people, with security forces still searching for several assailants as the city braces for more violence. A series of loud explosions rocked the Afghan capital in the late morning and were quickly followed by volleys of ...


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Houthis fire missiles at Saudi capital

Houthis in Yemen fire missiles at Saudi capital

Wednesday May 09, 2018 RIYADH/DUBAI: Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital on Wednesday--an attack Saudi authorities said they intercepted in the skies over the city.


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Eight brands of bottled water unsafe for consumption

PCRWR declares eight brands of bottled water unsafe for consumption

9 hours ago BY Monitoring Report ISLAMABAD: A research carried out by Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on Tuesday stated eight brands of bottled water unsafe for human consumption, reported a local media house. The PCRWR results are publicised after quarterly reviewing the quality of bottled/mineral water brands.


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Lack of healthcare, educational facilities in Sindh

People decry lack of healthcare, educational facilities in Sindh: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that during his recent visit to Sindh, several people decried that there were no good hospitals, educational institutions and any infrastructure in the province. "If an opportunity is accorded to us, Sindh and other provinces will also be developed like Punjab.


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Judicial commission on APS Peshawar

CJP Nisar orders formation of judicial commission on APS Peshawar tragedy

Wednesday May 09, 2018 PESHAWAR: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar Wednesday ordered formation of a judicial commission on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar tragedy, which shocked the nation in December 2014. The hearing of the case was held at Supreme Court Peshawar Registry, during which the chief justice ordered the formation of a commission.


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TV channel must telecast Azan five times: IHC

Every TV channel must telecast Azan five times: IHC

ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court Tuesday directed that every television channel will be bound to telecast five times Azan, saying no one would be allowed to ridicule the Islamic teachings. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued these directions while hearing a petition against the violation of the code of conduct for morning shows and Ramazan transmission by some TV channels.


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SHC to ban political rallies

Petition moved in SHC to ban political rallies on 12th

4 hours ago BY Staff Report KARACHI: A petition was filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday requesting the court to put a ban on political rallies in the metropolitan on May 12.


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Stay alert

Anchors failing to maintain Ramazan sanctity risk life ban: IHC - The Express Tribune

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) said on Wednesday that anchorpersons indulging in antics not befitting the sanctity of Ramazan risked being banned for life. Justice Siddiqui made the remarks while hearing a code-of-conduct petition for morning shows and Ramazan broadcasts.


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Senate panel wants to squeeze salaried class

Senate panel wants to squeeze salaried class, protect MPs - The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The Senate's finance panel recommended the government to increase income tax rates for individuals by up to 100% to deny Rs20 billion in benefits the prime minister offered, but remained firm in protecting the business interests of parliamentarians.


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Second earthquake jolts parts of K-P, Punjab

Second earthquake jolts parts of K-P, Punjab - The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab on Wednesday. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the quake's epicenter was along Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region. The tremors came hours after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of K-P early Wednesday morning, spreading fear among residents.


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Trump's decision to scrap Iran nuclear deal

Pakistan concerned over Trump's decision to scrap Iran nuclear deal - The Express Tribune

Hours after President Donald Trump announced pulling the United States out of an international agreement aimed at stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, Pakistan expressed on Wednesday its serious concerns over the move. Trump on Tuesday said he was reimposing economic sanctions on Tehran and pulling his country out of the deal, achieved through months-long negotiations.


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South Punjab province, a promise

Imran promises new province as PML-N South Punjab defectors join PTI

Wednesday May 09, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) lawmakers from South Punjab, who recently parted ways with the ruling party, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday. The announcement came as MNA Khusro Bakhtiar, who heads a group of national and provincial lawmakers, held a press conference alongside PTI chief Imran Khan.


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Don't give premature judgments

PM Abbasi lashes out at NAB over inquiry into allegation that Nawaz sent $4.9bn to India

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday strongly criticised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for launching a probe against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, involving alleged money laundering of $4.9 billion to India.


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NAB rething

NAB gives govt a reason to cry foul

Prime Minister Abbasi calls for parliamentary inquiry into allegations of money laundering against Sharif, says it amounts to 'pre-poll rigging' Tells lawmakers they still have time to amend NAB laws, says prerequisites of justice should be met in all matters PPP and PTI lawmakers oppose summoning of NAB chairman in


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