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Palestinian leader Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian officials

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week, a Palestinian official said on Sunday. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalized again briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday, the official…

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Karachi’s heat takes its toll on cricketers

Pakistani international cricketers are in Karachi for the Ramazan Day and Night tournament and the sweltering heat has taken its toll on them.  “There is a difference between the heat of Karachi and Punjab,” says fast bowler Muhammad Irfan. “Hence I use wet towels on my body to ensure it does not get too heated.”…

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Nawaz ignores NAB’s summon for a second time, does not appear before court

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not appear before NAB on Sunday for a second time. Nawaz Sharif was summoned by the accountability court for proceedings of the Raiwind road construction case.  The former prime minister is accused of using his influence to alter the design of the Raiwind road that leads to Jati Umra….

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EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might be facing sanctions by the United States for doing business with Iran, said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday. Le Maire referred to EU rules going back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene…

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Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan to delay honeymoon

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will delay heading off for their honeymoon, instead attending a birthday party for his father Prince Charles just days after marrying in a ground-breaking ceremony that blended the modern with the traditional. After a day that saw the couple exchange vows in a medieval chapel at Windsor Castle under the…

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For the first time, PTI fully prepared to contest elections, says Imran

PTI chief Imran Khan said that his party was fully prepared for the first time to contest elections.  Imran was speaking to attendees at an event in Islamabad where Asad Umar unveiled the PTI’s 100-day plan if it formed the government. “Pakistan is being run by the law of the jungle,” he said. “The powerful…

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Bin Qasim power plant gets fixed but Karachi continues to brave load shedding

According to the K-Electric, the Bin Qasim power plant’s technical issues have been resolved but Karachi continues to brave the load shedding crisis.  “We get less business in the month of Ramazan,” said one tailor. “Load shedding has made matters worse for us now.” Another person said that previously there was almost no load shedding…

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PTI’s 100-day plan focuses on creating job opportunities, widening tax net

Asad Umar presented PTI’s 100-day plan on Sunday, promising the party’s government would create employment opportunities, widen the tax net and produce electricity at low costs for the public.  “We are one of the youngest populations around the globe,” he said. “Unfortunately though, we are not able to create jobs at the rate young people…

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Trump Jr. met Gulf princes’ emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help

Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The meeting was first reported by the New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by an attorney representing Trump Jr. The meeting was a chance for the envoy to…

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Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app

For its updated news application, Google is doubling down on the use of artificial intelligence as part of an effort to weed our disinformation and help users get viewpoints beyond their own “filter bubble.” Google chief Sundar Pichai, who unveiled the updated Google News earlier this month, said the app now “surfaces the news you…

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I’m happy people are talking about my chemistry with Ranbir, says Alia Bhatt

I’m happy that people are talking about my chemistry with Ranbir because we are doing a film that comes out next year, said Alia Bhatt. “And all these people who are talking about our chemistry better come and watch the film,” she told Mumbai Mirror in an interview. Rumours are rife that Alia and Ranbir…

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US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing

Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday.                  The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic…

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More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother’s wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday. Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding,…

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Three Palestinians wounded in Monday protests die: Gaza ministry

Three Palestinians have died from their wounds days after being shot by Israeli troops during protests in the Gaza Strip, the territory’s health ministry said Saturday. Their deaths bring to 62 the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire on Monday, when thousands of Palestinians protested as the US officially moved its embassy from…

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Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juve after 656 games

Talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a tearful farewell to Juventus after 17 seasons at the club when he played his last match for them in a 2-1 win over relegated Verona on Saturday. The Turin side, who clinched their seventh consecutive Serie A title a week ago, were leading 2-0 when Buffon was substituted in…

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Ramazan recipe: Chicken Fritters

Chicken fritters is one of the easiest dish to make and can be enjoyed with ketchup and mayonnaise. Here is how you can prepare this simple yet mouthwatering snack for your loved ones. Ingredients: Two tablespoons cooking oil 500 grams boneless chicken One teaspoon grounded cumin Half teaspoon salt One chopped onion Two chopped green…

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India court jails ex-diplomat for spying for Pakistan

An Indian diplomat convicted of passing state secrets to Pakistan’s intelligence services has been jailed for three years, her lawyer said Sunday. Madhuri Gupta was found guilty in a New Delhi court on Friday of “spying and wrongful communication of information” while posted to the Indian embassy in Islamabad. Gupta, 61, was arrested in 2010…

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Gates mocks Trump for not knowing difference between HIV, HPV

Bill Gates is not a huge fan of Donald Trump, and at a recent event hosted by his foundation, he made that clear as he revealed details about his interactions with the US president. The billionaire Microsoft founder drew laughter from the crowd when he said that at two meetings, Trump needed help distinguishing the…

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Sabika Sheikh’s body to reach Karachi on Tuesday or Wednesday: father

  The body of Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh will reach Karachi by Tuesday or Wednesday, according to her father. “God willing, by Tuesday or Wednesday by daughter will be with me,” said Sabika’s father while speaking to media. “At the moment her body is in the Muslim Community Center there. By Sunday it will arrive…

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Azhar, Fakhar, Usman take Pakistan to 321/9 against Leicestershire

Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Usman Salahuddin scored half centuries on the first day of the tour match between Pakistan and Leicestershire at Leicester. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first in the tour game. They were 321/9 at stumps on day one. Azhar Ali made 73 runs from 127 balls with 13…

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Muniba Mazari walks with robotic support for the first time in 10 years

Motivational speaker and Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador for UN Women Muniba Mazari walked on her feet with the help of robotic support for the first time in 10 years. She tweeted pictures and a video of her standing and walking. In 2007, Mazari, then 21 years old, suffered a car accident that gave her multiple injuries….

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