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India steps up troops movement along border

BAREKA: Following reports of Pakistan moving its army near the border, India has stepped up vigilance on its western borders. Tension between India and Pakistan has risen sharply after last month's militant attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 179 people. Amid stepped up vigilance on either side of the border, both countries…

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December 30, 2008

 

Sindh Govt devises heavy-duty security plan for Muharram-ul-Hram

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has devised a heavy-duty security plan for Muharram-ul-Haram in the city. Six towns have been indentified as volatile under the security plan. Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Liyari Town, Kaemari Town, Orangi Town and Baldia Town are said to be sensitive spots during Ashura. Around 1,025 Majalis and processions will take…

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December 30, 2008

 

Pakistan suspends NATO supplies to fight militants

JAMRUD: Pakistan suspended supplies going to foreign forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday as security forces launched an offensive against militants in the Khyber Pass region, a government official said. Militants have launched a string of attacks in recent months aimed at choking off supplies trucked to foreign forces in landlocked Afghanistan through northwest Pakistan from…

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December 30, 2008

 

Pakistan-India relations have taken 'positive' turn: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday said there was a “positive” development in its relations with India during the last 48 hours, and reiterated its stance to cooperate on joint investigation into the Mumbai incident. “Pakistan considers the development with India in the last 48 hours as 'positive and welcoming,'” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in…

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December 30, 2008

 

Paris Hilton touches down under for New Year's

MELBOURNE: Touching down in Melbourne, Australia, Paris Hilton flew into a media frenzy with her younger sister, Nicky, for a whirlwind visit down under. Paris Hilton said, “Here to relax…will definitely do some shopping yes, we're having a huge New Year's Eve party.” Not wasting any time, the hotel chain heiress was mobbed by fans…

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December 30, 2008

 

Gulf leaders summit ends, leaders divided over Gaza

MUSCAT: Gulf Arab heads of state were divided at the end of their summit in Oman on Tuesday (December 30) over how to address the conflict between Israel and Hamas, even though they were united in calling for an end to Israeli raids on Gaza. Qatar, one of the six U.S. allies in the Gulf…

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December 30, 2008

 

Mubarak calls on Israel to end its attacks on Gaza

RAFAH/AL-ARISH AND CAIRO: Egypt's President on Tuesday (December 30) called on Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza and said that Egypt would not open border crossings completely because that would facilitate Israel's plan to divide Gaza from the Occupied West Bank. President Hosni Mubarak said that while Egypt cannot open the borders entirely, they…

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December 30, 2008

 

Rice urges Mukherjee, Zardari to exercise restraint

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s decision to redeploy troops from the Afghan to the Indian border appears to have alarmed Washington, forcing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to telephone President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee. ‘She has made it part of her conversations to note that tensions are already high, that neither side should…

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December 30, 2008

 

Gilani rejects reports of 'deal' with Taliban

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday rejected the impression that a silent agreement has been reached between the government and local Taliban. It was believed that the government asked the Taliban “not to create trouble” if the armed forces were pulled out from tribal areas and deployed on the Pakistan-India border in view…

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December 30, 2008

 

Zardari's spokesperson rejects CNN-IBN report to replace Gilani baseless

ISLAMABAD: A Presidential spokesperson on Monday rejected the report run by an Indian channel as “malicious and baseless” claiming that President Asif Ali Zardari may replace Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, while transferring all presidential powers to the prime minister. The spokesperson said that in a democracy all decisions are taken by the parliament…

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December 30, 2008

 

Pakistan wants peace with neighbours: Zardari

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that Pakistan wants peace and stability in the region and wants to promote friendly ties with all its neighbours including India. The President was talking to the visiting Special Envoy and Vice Foreign Minister of China, Mr. He Yafei, who called on him here and exchanged views…

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December 30, 2008

 

Bangladesh elects Sheikh Hasina as new Prime Minister

DHAKA: Bangladesh's former prime minister Sheikh Hasina won a massive parliamentary majority in the country's first polls in seven years, officials said on Tuesday, but a rival party complained of irregularities. Analysts said it was unclear if the losers would accept the results or take their supporters onto the streets to protest, despite comments from…

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December 30, 2008

 

Saleem Raza is new SBP governor

Saleem Raza is appointed as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan by President Asif Ali Zardari at a time when the central bank will be required to play a major role in implementing International Monetary Fund’s conditions attached to a $7.6 billion bailout package. Mr Raza, 62, will take over on Jan 2, replacing…

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December 30, 2008

 

2008, a year of great sporting achievements for Africa

LOME, TOGO/ ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA/ UNKNOWN LOCATIONS AND ALGIERS, ALGERIA/IFRANE, ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO/ ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR/ KIKUYU, KENYA/ACCRA, GHANA/ KHARTOUM, SUDAN AND ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST: The 2008 Beijing summer Olympics were the year's biggest sports event and we got up close with the men and women who represented the continent as they prepared for the games….

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December 30, 2008

 

African countries weather global financial crisis, food, fuel price hikes

EMBU AND NAIROBI, KENYA/ DAKAR, SENEGAL/ ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST/ BOUCAN CANOT, REUNION/ HEGLIG OIL FIELDS AND JUBA, SUDAN/ ACCRA, GHANA/ TIMIA AND KOLKOLI, NIGER/ KASSELA, MALI/ BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI/ LAGOS, NIGERIA/ ILAKAKA, MADAGASCAR/ MUKONO AND KAMPALA: It was a year of protests. Starting in February, people in several African cities demonstrated against high food prices. It…

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December 30, 2008

 

Indian govt steps up security for Dhoni after death threats

RANCHI: Security around Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been increased after his family expressed concerns about the levels of protection provided by the Jharkhand state government. Indian media on Tuesday (December 30) said Dhoni's security had recently been stepped up after he received death threats from Maoists and now the state authorities…

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December 30, 2008

 

Sehwag backs India's tour cancellation of Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Virender Sehwag is backing the government's decision to cancel the tour of Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Monday (December 29), Sehwag said he was not disappointed with the decision. “It's the government's decision and we respect it. If the government…

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December 29, 2008

 

Kallis completes 250 Test wickets mark

MELBOURNE: South African all rounder Jacques Kallis completed 250 wickets in Test cricket. He became the first cricketer that scored 9,000 runs and secured 250 wickets in Test cricket. Jacques Kallis took the wicket of Brett Lee on day four of the second cricket Test in Melbourne.

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December 29, 2008

 

Newly appointed SBP Governor meets Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said the government is fully committed to the economic well-being of people through infrastructure development and expanding economic opportunities. The Prime Minister was talking to newly appointed Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Saleem Raza, who called on him here at the PM House. The Prime…

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December 29, 2008

 

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar to step down as Governor SBP

KARACHI: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has informed the Government of her decision to step down as the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan effective January 01, 2009, on completion of her three-year term, the SBP Chief Spokesperson disclosed on Monday. She took over as Governor SBP on January 2, 2006. The SBP Governor had often indicated her…

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December 29, 2008

 

Iran ready to sign gas deal with Pakistan without India

TEHRAN: Iran will sign a deal with Pakistan to sell gas to the neighbouring country, even if India, a third party to the deal, walked out, student news agency ISNA reported Iran's oil minister as saying on Monday. India stayed away from talks in Tehran on a proposed $7 billion pipeline in September, saying it…

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December 29, 2008

 
 
 
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