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Man mutilates wife in Lodhran

Staff Report LODHRAN: A man chopped off his wife's nose, lips and fingers in district Lodhran Friday. The couple, Mohammad Sadiq and Waziran Bibi were residents of Hussainabad, Lodhran. Mohammad Sadiq cut off his wive's nose, lips and fingers in a household feud and escaped. Waziran Bibi was taken to the hospital in a critical…

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Merkel ally steps down over Afghan deaths

BERLIN: A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel resigned from the cabinet on Friday amid allegations of a cover-up of an air strike that killed civilians in Afghanistan when he was defence minister. Franz Josef Jung, 60, said he would quit as labour minister after a barrage of calls to face up to his…

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Pushing alternative crops in Afghan opium fight

NAD ALI: When the fields are lush again in spring, will farmers be growing opium poppy or wheat? “This year we want to reach a minimum reduction of at least 50 percent,” said Gulab Mangal, Governor of Helmand, Afghanistan's main opium-growing province and the most violent front in the Afghan war. “There is a very…

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IAEA votes to rebuke Iran over nuclear cover-up

VIENNA: U.N. nuclear watchdog governors voted overwhelmingly on Friday to censure Iran for building a uranium enrichment plant in secret, and Iran said the “hasty and undue” rebuke would damage its cooperation with the agency. The resolution was the first by the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran in almost…

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Asif, Aamer bring Pakistan right back

Skilful, rousing bowling from Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif evoked New Zealand's famous second-innings collapses against Pakistan, and almost accounted for the 97-run first-innings deficit. Pakistan held all the momentum after a dramatic fourth day, which featured swing, reverse-swing, cutters, first two wickets for no run, the last six for 53, a direct-hit run-out, drama…

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PPP contacts Sindh nationalist parties

Staff Report KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has started contacting nationalists parties of Sindh after the ruling party's relations with their ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) seemed to be getting tense. According to sources, Interior Minister Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has contacted Chairman Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mohaz Basheer Qureshi whereas Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali…

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Ban on pillion-riding lifted in Karachi for Eid

Staff Report KARACHI: The ban on pillion-riding has been lifted from Karachi, said sources Friday. The decision will be implemented at 12:00 am Friday and will remain functional for three days. The ban has been lifted to facilitate the citizens of the city. The notification of the decision has been issued. SAMAA

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Pak Army suspicious of terrorism on Eid

On News Beat with Meher Bokhari LAHORE: According to reports, there can be terrorist activties during Eid also, said the ISPR Director General Athar Abbas on News Beat Friday. He said that the necessary steps are being taken with the cooperation of police and other agencies to prevent such activities. On another note, he said…

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Dementia big threat for elderly in poorer nations

LONDON: Dementia is the biggest cause of disability in old people in poorer countries and the problem and its costs for society will grow rapidly as populations age, doctors said on Friday. British researchers studied 15,000 elderly people in seven low- and middle-income countries and found that, contrary to previous expert opinion, dementia, not blindness,…

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WHO probes reports of mutating swine flu virus

GENEVA: Chinese medical personnel prepare swine flu medicine at a hospital in Hefei in eastern China's Anhui province on November 25. The World Health Organisation said Thursday that it is investigating reports of mutations in the swine flu virus, after half-a-dozen countries recorded cases in which the virus was transforming. The World Health Organisation said…

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Police official kills man for pillion-riding

Staff Report KARACHI: A police official shot a young man dead for pillion-riding at Ranchore Line, Karachi on Friday. Garden Police officials Constable Shehzad and Akhtar Nawaz were stationed at Ranchore Line Chowk when motor-cycle driver Arif Baloch and his friend were directed to stop by them. But Constable Akhtar Nawaz opened fire, due to…

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19 terrorists killed in S Waziristan operation

I. South Waziristan – Operation Rah-e-Nijat. Details of operation of last 24 hours are as follows:- a. Jandola Sector (1) Security forces cleared village Bangi Wal near Ahmed Wam, village Kunj Mela, Raghazai and cleared 30 houses in village Haidri Kuch and 50 houses at Kot Raghazai. (2) Security forces recovered huge cache of arms…

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Commonwealth summit to start today

PORT OF SPAIN: World leaders began arriving on Thursday in Trinidad, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in Port-of-Spain on Friday which is expected to focus primarily on climate change. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, on a state visit to her country's former colony, also arrived to attend CHOGM. Trinidad's prime…

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SAMAA VIDEO – Weapons confiscated in Landi Kotal

SAMAA takes you to Landi Kotal where two trucks full of weapons were confiscated by the security officials, Shams Momand reports. (November 27, 2009).

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SAMAA VIDEO – Why Lashkar-e Tayyaba is in the limelight

SAMAA tells you how and why Lashkar-e Tayyaba came into the limelight of terrorism, Rana Jahangir Siddique reports. (November 27, 2009).

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SAMAA VIDEO – Sale of BBQ equipment in Karachi

SAMAA explores how the sales of BBQ equipment increases the few days before Bakr- Eid, Nazish Ayaz reports. (November 27, 2009).

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SAMAA VIDEO – ATM machine robbed in Malir, Karachi

SAMAA takes you to Malir 15, Karachi where an ATM machine of a private bank was robbed of Rs 2.7 million. Kashif Farooqui reports. (November 27, 2009).

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Preps for sending pandas to Australia

YA’AN: Two giant pandas due to travel to Australia went through their final health checks in China on Thursday. “Wang Wang” and “Fu Ni” are due to fly to Adelaide Zoo in Australia on Friday. They will be the only giant pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia. The…

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War is not the answer with Pakistan: P Chidambaram

Staff Report NEW DELHI: We cannot have a war with Pakistan on every issue, said the Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram in an interview with an Indian newspaper Friday. “War is not the answer to any problem in the 21st century,” said the minister. “Pakistan and India are neighbours and there cannot be a war…

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NRO beneficiaries should follow Saeed Mehdi's footsteps: Sharif

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: All NRO beneficiaries should follow the footsteps of Saeed Mehdi said the PML-N Chairman Nawaz Sharif while talking to the media Friday. Punjab chief minister's advisor and former bureaucrat Saeed Mehdi resigned after his name was published among NRO beneficiaries. Mehdi was alleged to be involved in corruption as a chairman of…

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India didn't cooperate on Mumbai attacks: Pak

ISLAMABAD: On the anniversary of coordinated bloody attacks on targets in the Indian city of Mumbai, the Pakistani foreign ministry said on Thursday that India “fell prey” to the attackers' wishes by not cooperating more with Pakistan in the investigation into the incidents. Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Bassit said that Pakistan condemned the Mumbai attacks,…

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