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15 km long concrete wall planned around Red-Zone

ISLAMABAD: Owing to the wave of security threats the Federal Government has directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to construct a 15 kilometres long concrete wall around the Red-Zone in the Federal Capital. The three-feet high boundary wall will cover many important buildings including the Parliament House, Presidency, Prime Minister Secretariat, Pakistan Secretariat, Supreme Court, Parliament…

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October 13, 2008

 

Japan to resolve dispute with North Korea

TOKYO: Japan pledged on Sunday to try to resolve an emotive dispute with North Korea over citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, after Washington took the secretive communist state off its terrorist blacklist. The United States, seeking to revive faltering talks on denuclearisation by North Korea, removed it from the list after Pyongyang agreed to…

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October 12, 2008

 

Maulana Fazlullah calls for Shura session

SWAT: Ameer Tehreek-e-Taliban Maulana Fazlullah has called for a session of the Shura in the wake of the first round of peace talks held with the Peace Jirga at an undisclosed venue. Details of the talks have not been disclosed yet. Members of the Peace Jirga also met with the security officials in Mingora and…

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October 12, 2008

 

PSF irked at Jehangir Khans statement

ISLAMABAD: With reference to Jehangirs Khan's statement published in the press, it may be stated that Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) holds Jehangir Khan in very high esteem and respects his views, a PSF spokesperson said Saturday. PSF Secretary Wing Commander Shamsul Haq said, “Certainly, as a squash legend Jehangirs Khan's achievements have always been a…

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October 12, 2008

 

Israeli Jews, Arabs clash for forth straight night

ACRE: Rioters clashed for a fourth straight night on Saturday in northern Israel, police said, raising tensions in a city once a rare bastion of peaceful relations between Arabs and Jews. Police fired water cannons to disperse stone-throwing rioters in Acre, a former Crusader stronghold, arresting 32 from both sides on a day when three…

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October 12, 2008

 

Britain to launch biggest bank rescue

LONDON: Britain will launch its biggest retail bank rescue on Monday when the four largest, HBOS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and Barclays, ask for a combined 35 billion pound ($60.5 billion) lifeline, the Sunday Times reported. The unprecedented move would make the government the biggest shareholder in at least two banks, HBOS and…

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October 12, 2008

 

G7 plan endorsed to stem credit crunch

WASHINGTON: Finance leaders from the International Monetary Fund's 185 member countries on Saturday endorsed a plan by major economies to chart a course out of the credit crisis, hoping the broader support will calm markets. Egyptian Finance Minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali, who chairs the IMF's policy-steering committee, said the fact that 185 countries, including emerging and…

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October 12, 2008

 

England 5-1 vs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifier

LONDON: England made it three wins out of three in their World Cup qualifying campaign with a fine second-half display against Kazakhstan. After a poor first half Rio Ferdinand, captain in the absence of the injured John Terry, nodded in a corner, before Alexandr Kuchma headed into his own net. Zhambyl Kukeyev fired one back…

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October 12, 2008

 

New PCB boss unhappy with coach Lawson

KARACHI: Pakistan's new cricket boss has turned the heat on the team's Australian coach Geoff Lawson, saying he favoured having a home-grown player in charge. Ejaz Butt, who took over as chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week, said there were plenty of former Pakistan players capable of coaching the national side. “I…

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October 12, 2008

 

North Korea to resume disablement after nuclear deal

SEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday it would resume work to take apart its plutonium-producing nuclear plant in response to a U.S. decision to remove it from a terrorism blacklist and salvage a faltering nuclear deal. The impoverished and destitute North has longed to be delisted so it can better tap into international finance, see…

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October 12, 2008

 

Australia guarantees bank deposits to combat crisis

CANBERRA: Australia will guarantee all bank deposits for three years and guarantee wholesale funding to Australian banks in an attempt to combat the global credit crisis, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday. Australian will also make an extra A$4 billion ($2.6 billion) available for mortgage-backed securities to help maintain liquidity for non-bank lenders,…

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October 11, 2008

 

Indian woman kills commits “sati”

RAIPUR: An elderly woman in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh jumped into her husband's funeral pyre, killing herself in an outlawed custom, police said on Sunday. Lalmati Verma, 71, immolated herself on Saturday after mourners had left the cremation site, said police officer B.R. Mandawi in Kasdol, 125 km (78 mile) from state capital…

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October 11, 2008

 

Afghan, NATO-led forces kill 65 Taliban

KANDAHAR: Afghan and NATO-led forces killed 65 Taliban militants overnight near the provincial capital of the southern province of Helmand, the provincial governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi said on Sunday. The leader of the group of Taliban militants, Mullah Qudratullah, was also among the dead, he said, but there were no casualties among Afghan and NATO…

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October 11, 2008

 

Tribals raze Taliban houses as Khadizai death toll rises over 100

KOHAT: Angry Pakistani tribals traded fire with Taliban and demolished their houses in a northwestern tribal region after a car suicide attack killed at least a 100 people, residents and officials said on Saturday. Television channels put the death toll at as high as 70. The bomber drove his explosive-laden car into the middle of…

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October 11, 2008

 

Taliban suicide jailbreak thwarted in Kabul

KABUL: Afghan security officials said on Saturday they had thwarted a mass break-out by Taliban prisoners who had bribed three Afghan policemen to smuggle bomb-making equipment into a Kabul jail. The three officers had provided Taliban inmates with four boxes of explosives, a pistol, ten cell phone batteries and 30 phone chargers hidden inside drinking…

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October 11, 2008

 

Afghan president reshuffles cabinet

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai reshuffled his cabinet on Saturday, moving the education minister to take over the Interior Ministry which administers the police force and which has been criticised for corruption. As the war against the Taliban enters its eighth year, violence in Afghanistan has reached record levels and Western allies have pointed to…

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October 11, 2008

 

Austrian far right leader Joerg Haider dies in car crash

VIENNA: Austrian populist far-right leader Joerg Haider was killed in a car accident on Saturday, two weeks after staging a major comeback in a national election. Haider, 58, who led the right into a coalition government from 2000 to 2006, polarised his nation and drew condemnation across Europe and beyond with his blunt anti-foreigner statements…

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October 11, 2008

 

Suu Kyi appeals to Myanmar junta against her detention: party

YANGON: Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has appealed to the ruling junta against her detention, her party's spokesman said Saturday. The appeal was sent by the opposition National League for Democracy party to military leaders in the administrative capital Naypyidaw in an attempt to secure her release from house arrest at her…

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October 11, 2008

 

Jankovic downs Dementieva to reach Kremlin Cup final

MOSCOW: World number one Jelena Jankovic overcame a dreadful start to power past holder Elena Dementieva 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the Kremlin Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The Russian third seed blew Jankovic off the court in the first set but the Serb, making her debut in Moscow, returned the favour by taking 12 of the…

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October 11, 2008

 

Ranatunga urges ICC to end double standards policy

TORONTO: President Sri Lankan Cricket Board, Arjuna Ranatunga urged International Cricket Council (ICC) to form a policy to end double standards of players to save Pakistan cricket which is suffering due to cancellation of foreign teams' tours . “It is a sad situation Pakistan cricket is going through as teams have refused to visit the…

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October 11, 2008

 

President for ending loadshedding on war footing

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said power and energy was most critical for economic development of the country and directed swift measures to end load shedding and power shortages on war footing. During a detailed presentation on “International Competitive Bidding for New IPP and Rental Power Projects on Fast Track” the President asked the…

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October 11, 2008

 
 
 
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