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Saudi Arabia set to launch entertainment city

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it has delayed by three days the launch of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. King Salman had been scheduled on Wednesday to launch construction of the 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh,…

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China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

BEIJING – China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme…

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Thirsty to thriving? Parched Pakistani port aims to become a new Dubai

GWADAR, Pakistan: For over a decade, Pakistani officials have dreamed of transforming the small but strategically located fishing port of Gwadar into a duty-free port and free economic zone – Pakistan’s answer to Dubai. The aim is for Gwadar – located on the Arabian Sea near Iran and the mouth of the Persian Gulf –…

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Flickr agrees to be acquired by SmugMug

Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers. “Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your…

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Three killed in Jaranwala clash

By Yousuf Cheema FAISALABAD: At least three people, including two women, were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in a clash between two groups in Faisalabad on Tuesday. The death toll is feared to go up as some of the injured are in critical condition. The deadly clash took place at Rodala village…

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At least 18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire

BEIJING: A fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring another five in a suspected arson case, police and state media said. The blaze took place after midnight in a three-storey building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, and was put out shortly before 1:00 am local time,…

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George H.W. Bush hospitalized days after wife’s death: office

WASHINGTON: Former president George H.W. Bush was being treated for a blood infection on Monday, hours after laying his wife Barbara to rest, his office said. A statement stressed that Bush, 93, was responding to treatment. He was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital early Sunday, just a day after bidding a final farewell to his…

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Van plows into Toronto crowd, killing nine

TORONTO: A man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police said. The incident took place in broad daylight around 10 miles (16 kilometers) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said…

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G7 toughens Russia stance but Iran deal in the balance

TORONTO: Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven vowed to defend their “democracy” against attacks from Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Monday in a show of solidarity from the world’s richest industrialized economies. Canada’s Chrystia Freeland, host of the Toronto talks, said Russia must pay a price for undermining Western elections, using nerve agent in an…

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Some lobbies not happy with CPEC: Ahsan Iqbal

KARACHI: Pakistan will become a hub of economic development with the help of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday. Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day CPEC summit, being hosted by Dawn Media Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Development at Bagh-i-Jinnah, he said the present era…

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Khawaja Asif, SCO FMs meet President Xi at Great Hall

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, along with foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries, met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall on Monday. Besides Khawaja Asif, those who met President Xi, included Sushma Swaraj of India, Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan, Erlan Abdyldayev of Kyrgyzstan, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Sirodjidin Aslov…

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Admiral Zafar Abbasi attends naval summit in Iran

KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmud Abbasi arrived in Iran on Monday represent Pakistan in the 6th Indian Ocean Naval Symposium. The four-day symposium is taking place in Iranian capital Tehran from April 22 to 25. “Panels from representative countries will exchange views on issues about maritime security in the Indian ocean,”…

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Afghan star Rashid Khan picked for world XI T20 match

London: Afghanistan’s mesmerising leg spinner Rashid Khan will play for a World XI in the one-off Twenty20 clash with West Indies at Lord’s to raise funds for stadiums damaged by last year’s hurricanes in the Caribbean. The 19-year-old — who is ranked number one in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 bowling rankings — said…

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Polio worker injured in Quetta knife attack

QUETTA: A polio worker was injured in a knife attack in Quetta on Monday, police said. The victim identified as Shazia was on her way to Nawan Killi to administer anti-polio vaccine to children when unidentified men riding a motorcycle attacked her with knives. The assailants escaped from the scene after the attack. The lady…

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Economic zones under CPEC to provide worldwide investment opportunities: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said multibillion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will not only contribute to the development of Pakistan but also to the entire region. He was addressing a Seminar titled ‘the CPEC Summit ‘ organized jointly by the Ministry of Planning and Development and a private media outlet in…

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Will make Karachi New York, vows Shehbaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday pledged to extend all-out support for the development of Karachi. In his second visit to the city in a week, Shahbaz Sharif vowed to make Karachi “the New York of South Asia” if his party was elected to power in the upcoming polls….

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Apple offers battery replacement

Apple Inc said component failure in a limited number of MacBook Pros has caused built-in battery to expand, adding, it will offer worldwide free replacement for such batteries. Apple said the flaw, reported in some 13-inch Macbook Pros without touch bars, is not a safety issue. The affected units were manufactured between October 2016 and…

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IMF unveils new corruption policy for member states

Washington: The International Monetary Fund will systematically address corruption and its impact on economic growth with all its member countries under new guidelines launched on Sunday. The new policy also tackles how rich countries contribute to corruption in the developing world by failing to prevent bribery and money laundering or by allowing anonymous corporate ownership. “We…

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Trump travel ban on Muslim-majority countries faces Supreme Court showdown

WASHINGTON: The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. The case represents a test of the limits of presidential power. Trump’s policy, announced in September,…

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Bangladesh arrests female cricketer with illegal drugs

Chittagong: One of Bangladesh’s top female cricketers could be jailed for life after being caught with 14,000 methamphetamine pills, police said Sunday. Nazreen Khan Mukta, who plays first-grade cricket in the Dhaka Premier League, was returning from a match in the southeastern city of Cox’s Bazar when police stopped and searched the team bus at…

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Five militants killed, 29 facilitators arrested in Dera Bugti: minister

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said five militants of an outlawed group were killed and 29 suspected facilitators arrested in an operation by Frontier Corps (FC) in hilly areas of Bamboo Top in Dera Bugti. Addressing a press conference along with Commissioner Dera Bugti Javed Nabi Khosa and senior FC officers on Saturday,…

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