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India approves death penalty for child rapists

MUMBAI: India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years amid outrage in the country after a string of horrific cases of sexual violence. In the emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet passed an executive order, or ordinance, to amend…

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US-China trade tension dominates IMF gathering

Trade tensions between the United States and China, which threaten to spill over into the global economy, are dominating a gathering of world finance officials even as the Group of 20 avoided the topic on Friday. Official after official has called for disputes to be resolved through dialogue rather than unilateral tariffs, and warned about…

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Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Gazans used catapults and sling-shots to launch stones at Israeli forces, and some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence,…

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PM Abbasi meeting Nawaz Sharif in London today

LONDON: Prime Minister Abbasi and Nawaz Sharif will meet today (Saturday) to discuss important party matters.  According to details, Nawaz Sharif has arrived at Hussain Nawaz’s office in London to meet the prime minister. Prime Minister Abbasi is expected to brief Nawaz on the government’s agenda till May 31. Both leaders are also expected to…

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Saad Rafique eyes foreign investment for Pakistan Railways

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that foreign investment would have to be secured to increase Pakistan Railways’ revenue.  “We have no control over pensions and salaries,” he said. “Every year pensions and salaries of employees are increased.” The federal minister was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of new coaches into the Khyber…

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Dog gets police honours for safeguarding three-year-old child

SYDNEY: A deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child. Emergency services began a search on foot and from the air for Aurora Friday after the young girl wandered off into bushland on a rural property…

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Allama Iqbal being remembered on 80th death anniversary

The 80th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed on Saturday. Allama Iqbal, through his revolutionary thinking, had given the Muslims of the subcontinent the concept of a separate state, where they can live in accordance with their religion and customs. In his message on this occasion, Speaker…

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Natalie Portman not to accept $2m prize in protest against Netanyahu policies

JERUSALEM: Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest against the policies of Israel’s prime minister. “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech…

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The beauty of our institution is that it will not accept pressure: CJ

LAHORE: “Why is there talk of martial law? The country is running democratically and according to the rule of law, ” says Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. In his address at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the chief justice said that the 17 judges of the Supreme Court would not remain in office if a coup took place. He…

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Amir Khan returns to the ring after two years to face Lo Greco today

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan will return to the ring after a hiatus of two years when he takes on Phil Lo Greco at The Echo Arena today (Saturday).  With a new trainer in his camp, the 31-year-old boxer vows to put up an electrifying performance. “You are going to expect to see an electrifying Amir Khan,”…

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Cartoon: Sabir Nazar on Nadeem Afzal Chan joining ranks with PTI

Sabir Nazar’s take on pace of defections from the Pakistan People’s Party

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Body of teenager found in Ghotki

GHOTKI: Body of a teenage girl was found in Ghotki on Friday night. The body of the 13-year-old woman was recovered from a village named Mitthu Bhutto, which is located in Ghotki suburbs. The initial investigation by the police concluded that the girl was strangulated to death. The body was shifted to a hospital for…

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Missing five-year-old still not found

KARACHI: A five-year-old girl, who went missing from North Karachi in March, has not been recovered yet. The family members said that the child went to buy things with her sisters but did not return on 15th March. They further said that the missing girl’s sisters claimed that a woman took the child with her….

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Will not be blackmailed by K-Electric: power minister

ISLAMABAD: Awais Leghari has said that the federal government will not be blackmailed be K-Electric. “Will not supply gas nor be blackmailed by the power distribution company,” the power minister said while speaking to media. He said that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah should end electricity theft from interior Sindh. Leghari went on to…

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Armed men ‘raid’ HRCP editor’s house after annual report published

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has condemned the “burglary-style” raid on the house of the editor of its recently released annual State of Human Rights report. In a press statement released on April 20, Friday, the HRCP said two armed men broke into the house of its editor Maryam Hasan on April 19 and…

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Australia in no hurry to appoint coach, team leadership

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) will not be hurried into making a decision on their new coach and captain and vice-captain for their one-day side until the team for their tour of England is named, board chairman David Peever said on Friday. CA are looking for a new coach for the men’s team after Darren Lehmann stepped…

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Swedish electronic music DJ Avicii found dead at age 28

MUSCAT: Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, known for his electronic music, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, Oman, his U.S. publicist said. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was 28. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in…

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#MeToo: Three more women accuse Ali Zafar of harassment

KARACHI: A day after a leading Pakistani actress Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, three more women came forward against the popular singer and actor. They levelled the allegations on Twitter, in what is thought to be the first #MeToo moment in Pakistan. @itsmeeshashafi you’re not alone. Please read this. #metoo @merabichrayaar @HaadeaP…

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Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country’s first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power, reported AFP. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 — assumed…

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Mexico court blocks sales of Frida Kahlo Barbie

A Mexican court has barred sales of a controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll in the painter’s home country, ruling her family owned the sole rights to her image, lawyers said Thursday, reported AFP. The Frida Kahlo doll, launched in March by US toy giant Mattel, has drawn criticism for putting a painter known for defying…

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US State Deptt spokesperson says loves Urdu language

US State Department spokesperson Helena White says she loves Urdu language and is desirous of learning Urdu poetry. The United States is a friend of Pakistan, said the spokesperson while talking to an Indian journalist in New Delhi. “My appointment is aimed at directly conveying the message to the South-Asian people,” she said. Helena White…

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