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Radical group wins Sharia deal, now tasked with disarming local Taliban

MINGORA: Hundreds of residents in Pakistan's violent Swat Valley on Tuesday welcomed a pro-Taliban cleric dispatched by the government to convince militants to stop fighting in exchange for the imposition of Islamic law and suspension of a military offensive in the former tourist haven. Sufi Muhammad arrived in a caravan of some 300 vehicles in…

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February 17, 2009

 

PPP issues show cause notice to Aitzaz Ahsan

KARACHI: Member of the PPP's Central Executive Committee, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, has been issued a show cause notice for taking active part in the lawyers’ movement and going against the policy of his party. According to the notice it was alleged that Aitzaz had issued several statements against the policy of his party and took…

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February 17, 2009

 

Gilani praises Sharia deal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has praised the peace deal with Taliban sympathizers that would impose Islamic law in parts of the volatile northwest. Gilani said the deal is in line with his government's policy of “dialogue, development and deterrence.” But NATO is concerned about the deal, and the possibility that extremists…

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February 17, 2009

 

Celebrities flock to opening of new Armani store

NEW YORK: Giorgio Armani is known for dressing some of the world's biggest celebrities. In return, many of them showed up to support him on the opening night of his new four story glass store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Victoria Beckham dazzled in a short gold one-shouldered mini dress while fans across…

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February 17, 2009

 

Qaeda member turns self in to Saudi authorities

RIYADH: An Al-Qaeda member and former Guantanamo prisoner turned himself in to Saudi authorities a week after his name was published on a list of 85 men wanted by the government for militant activities, the official Saudi news agency SPA said on Tuesday. The man was identified as by interior ministry officials as Mohamed Atiq…

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February 17, 2009

 

Former Pakistan FM says Islamabad serious about Mumbai attack probe

NEW DELHI: Pakistan was serious about the investigations into Mumbai attacks, former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said on Tuesday (February 17). Islamabad acknowledged for the first time last week that the November attack in the Indian financial capital was launched from and partly planned in Pakistan. “Though I am in the opposition but I…

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February 17, 2009

 

Court allows 6 more ICL cricketers to play Pakistan domestic cricket

KARACHI: A court is allowing six more Pakistani cricketers competing in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL) to play domestic cricket. The players affected by the ruling are Arshad Khan, brothers Humayun Farhat and Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Nazir and Riaz Afridi. Lawyer Zahid Ebrahim said Tuesday the players were cleared by the Sindh…

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February 17, 2009

 

UNHCR team approaches Baloch nawab for help in Solecki release

KARACHI: A team from the UNHCR has approached one of the most influential tribal leaders of Balochistan for help to secure the release of kidnapped staffer John Solecki. The team is understood to be speaking with Nawab Khair Baksh Marri at his Karachi residence, SAMAA's Arbab Chandio reported. John Solecki was kidnapped from Quetta on…

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February 17, 2009

 

ICC sees World Cup plans 1-year behind schedule

NEW DELHI: Preparations for the 2011 World Cup are a year behind schedule, according to International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who told organizers on Tuesday they needed to catch up. After discussing World Cup plans with officials from its four host nations, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Lorgat said the organizers must…

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February 17, 2009

 

Indian Mujahideen terrorists to be charged today

NEW DELHI: Even as the chargesheet in the 26/11 terror attack promises to be an eye opener, the Mumbai police chargesheet against the Indian Mujahideen is ready to be filed. The group claimed responsibility for a series of terror attacks in major cities right through 2008. What will be of interest is the Pakistan links…

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February 17, 2009

 

Petraeus in Uzbekistan to secure new supply route for coalition forces in Afghanistan

ALMATY: The U.S. embassy in Uzbekistan says the commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East and Central Asia is visiting the Central Asian nation to hold talks with the country's president, Islam Karimov. General David Petraeus' visit to Uzbekistan Tuesday comes amid mounting U.S. efforts to secure a new northern route to supply forces…

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February 17, 2009

 

Iranian police kill drug smuggler: State tv

TEHRAN: Iranian police have killed 1 drug trafficker and seized 1,284 kg of narcotics near the Afghan border, state television reported on Tuesday. The clash took place near the eastern city of Taybad, the English-language Press TV said on its web site, adding police also confiscated arms and ammunition. Iran's eastern border with Afghanistan and…

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February 17, 2009

 

US to send special envoy for Japanese-hosted donor conference for Pakistan: Hillary

TOKYO: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on Tuesday that she will send a special U.S. envoy to a Japanese-hosted donors conference for Pakistan. In Tokyo on her first trip abroad as America's top diplomat, Clinton also stressed U.S. commitment to Japan's security, signed a military deal to advance that and underscored the importance…

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February 17, 2009

 

Japan finance minister Nakagawa resigns

TOKYO: Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said on Tuesday he would resign, following criticism of his behavior at a weekend G7 news conference in Rome. Nakagawa, who denied being drunk at the news conference, said he intended to resign after the government's budget is passed by the lower house of parliament. REUTERS

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February 17, 2009

 

Cambodians gather at court to witness 'Killing Fields' trial

PHNOM PENH: Hundreds of Cambodians and foreign media gathered at a court on the outskirts of the capital to witness the start of the much-awaited Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday (February 17). The first to take the stand is Duch, the ex-commandant of the notorious S-21 prison, who has been charged with war crimes, torture…

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February 17, 2009

 

UK court hears of 'plot' to blow up jets

LONDON: Eight men plotted to detonate homemade bombs disguised as soft drinks on seven transatlantic flights from Heathrow to America and Canada, a court has heard. Prosecutor Peter Wright QC said the London-based cell intended to cause civilian deaths on an “unprecedented scale” and strike a blow that “would reverberate across the globe”. Two ringleaders…

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February 17, 2009

 

UCLA researchers ‘locate bin Laden’

A group of UCLA scientists thinks it may have answered a question that has baffled the most powerful military machine on Earth: where is Osama bin Laden? “In informal conversations in the Geography Department at UCLA, we began to ask ourselves if the biogeographic theories we use every day – theories that predict how plants…

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February 17, 2009

 

Clinton pledges 'balance and harmony' in US foreign policy

TOKYO: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Tuesday to push for more “balance and harmony” in conducting US foreign policy, after visiting a Japanese shrine on the first full day of her Asian tour. Alluding to the preceding Bush administration's stress on military power, Clinton told a gathering at the US embassy in Tokyo…

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February 17, 2009

 

Arsenal striker Eduardo describes comeback at Cardiff as “best day”

LONDON: Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva is calling his victorious return to club football “the best day of my life.” He scored two goals against Cardiff in the FA Cup Monday night, nearly a year after his leg and ankle were broken in a tackle. He scored the first goal in Arsenal's 4-0 win over…

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February 17, 2009

 

Pope Benedict XVI on Mideast tour

AMMAN, Jordan: A Jordanian Catholic church leader says Pope Benedict XVI will visit an Amman mosque during his Mideast tour in the second week of May. The pope will arrive in Jordan on May 8 as part of an eight-day tour which will include Israel and the West Bank. Father Rifat Bader, the spokesman and…

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February 17, 2009

 

Justin Timberlake rocks out with new collection

NEW YORK CITY: Justin Timberlake's clothing line, William Rast, rocked the runway in Bryant Park on Tuesday (February 16). Showcasing an abundance of leather, studs and stonewash the show was attended by Paris Hilton and Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, among others. The brand, which Timberlake created along with his childhood friend Trace Ayala and designers…

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February 17, 2009

 
 
 
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