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Analysis: Nawaz Sharif is dishonest today. Can he never repent?

Nawaz Sharif stepped down as prime minister last year after the top court ousted him over dishonesty. The court said he did not declare a particular source of income. Under Article 62, some disqualifications span five years. Friday’s ruling clarified, however, that Mr Sharif will never again be able to hold public office. The ousted…

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Analysis: What does the future hold for Nawaz Sharif?

  Nawaz Sharif resigned in July last year as prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him over an undeclared source of income. Friday’s ruling has addressed an ambiguity on whether his disqualification was valid forever or for a specific period of time. Given that Nawaz Sharif can never contest elections in Pakistan again in…

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Analysis: Jibran Nasir’s top 5 ways to disrupt

SAMAA TV asked lawyer and provocateur Jibran Nasir what he has learnt from taking part in protests across Pakistan. Every protest has a trajectory. It takes a course. When are they effective and what makes them fizzle out? This is what he told us: 1. You don’t need a political party to protest I know…

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ICC drop Perera doping case over botched analysis

DUBAI: Cricket’s world body has withdrawn a doping case against Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kusal Perera and expressed regret after admitting that the analysis of his sample was botched. The International Cricket Council said it was seeking an urgent explanation from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Qatar laboratory which tested Perera’s sample. Perera, 25, is…

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Analysis – Facebook's ad warning sounds a note of caution for Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO; Facebook Inc's investors and other proponents of the social network like to say that it captures one of the greatest concentrations of human attention on the planet and thus offers a boundless opportunity for advertisers.But Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman on Wednesday cast doubt on those assertions by suggesting that there may…

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Analysis: Default or not, Asia a hostage to U.S. debt

SEOUL/BEIJING: Unless the U.S. Congress settles a political showdown to raise the country's debt ceiling in coming weeks, it will be left on the edge of an unprecedented default. But America's main creditors in Asia may be the least of its worries.The creditors – China, Japan and other Asian governments – have a hoard of…

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Analysis – Nigeria's property boom: only for the brave

ABUJA: On one of the most exclusive streets in Nigeria's capital sits a crumbling mansion with an unwelcoming message painted at its entrance: “BEWARE! THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE”.The warning refers to a popular property scam. In the most elaborate version, robbers break into your house while you are away, change the locks, and…

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Analysis: Doctors worry as heart drug research loses steam

AMSTERDAM: The hunt for new heart drugs is losing momentum as resources are switched to other areas, notably cancer research, where investors get a better bang for their buck.Cardiologists fear the fight against heart disease could stall as a result, following major advances in recent decades marked by the advent of drugs to fight cholesterol,…

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Analysis – Iran's supreme leader does not rule supreme

DUBAI: U.S. President Barack Obama has twice written to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei believing that he, not the president, holds ultimate power in the Islamic Republic and the key to unlocking the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme.But the surprise emergence of President Hassan Rouhani, a close associate of Khamenei who advocates moderation, has…

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China bird flu analysis finds more virus threats lurking

LONDON: A deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry and into people, and there are other bird flu viruses circulating that could follow the same path, scientists have found. The study – an analysis of the evolutionary history of the H7N9 bird flu that has so far…

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Analysis: In Obamacare rate debate, price gets political

NEW YORK: With the October 1 date for enrollment in the health insurance exchanges being created by Obamacare less than two months away, a war of numbers has been escalating.Health insurance will cost way less. Or it will cost way more. It depends who you ask.Residents of states that have embraced President Barack Obama's healthcare…

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Analysis: Obama's climate agenda may face setbacks in federal court

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's plan to use federal agencies, and the Environmental Protection Agency in particular, to drive his second-term climate change agenda might be in peril if he cannot fill vacant seats on the federal court that has jurisdiction over major national regulations, legal experts say.Obama is the first full-term president in more than…

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Analysis: J&J's answer to Botox may escalate war on wrinkles

NEW YORK: Johnson & Johnson may soon cause frown lines at Allergan Inc, maker of Botox.J&J expects to seek U.S. approval next year for an anti-wrinkle drug that could break Botox's near monopoly, an 85 percent market share. The J&J product could be available in the United States in 2015 and overseas a few years…

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Analysis: Antibiotics crisis prompts rethink on risks, rewards

LONDON: Thirty years ago, when the world faced the terrifying prospect of an untreatable disease known as AIDS, big drugmakers scented an opportunity and raced to develop new medicines.Today, as the world confronts another crisis, this time one of antibiotic resistance, the industry is doing the opposite. It is cutting research in a field that…

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Analysis: The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere

SAN FRANCISCO: Dire warnings from Washington about a “cyber Pearl Harbor” envision a single surprise strike from a formidable enemy that could destroy power plants nationwide, disable the financial system or cripple the U.S. government.But those on the front lines say it isn't all about protecting U.S. government and corporate networks from a single sudden…

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Analysis: Amazon, Google on collision course in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: When Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos got word of a project at Google Inc to scan and digitize product catalogs a decade ago, the seeds of a burgeoning rivalry were planted.The news was a “wake-up” call to Bezos, an early investor in Google. He saw it as a warning that the Web search…

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Analysis: Romney can still win, but it won't be easy

WASHINGTON: The last few weeks have been ugly for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.A flat Republican convention, a fumbled response to unrest in the Middle East, reports of discord within his campaign and a secretly taped video of Romney deriding 47 percent of U.S. voters have left his team reeling – and has many Republicans…

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Analysis: Can Israel surprise Iran? Maybe not, but could still strike

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cancellation of a security cabinet session on Iran following a media leak last week laid bare a conundrum long troubling Israeli strategists: could they count on any element of surprise in a war on their arch-foe?Possibly not. Years of public speculation, much of it stoked by official statements in Israel…

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Motor racing-Canadian Grand Prix team by team analysis

MONTREAL: Team by team analysis of Sunday's Canadian Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):-RED BULL (Sebastian Vettel 4, Mark Webber 7)Vettel started on pole for the second year in a row but was passed by Hamilton after his first stop and then had to make a late second stop, which at least got…

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ANALYSIS-Cricket-Myopic board, aloof captain preside over India's decline

NEW DEHLI: For a month, a nation of 1.2 billion cricket crazy fans woke up at an ungodly hour, crawled out of the blanket's warmth and switched on their televisions hoping to watch India's favourite sons winning their first test series in Australia.With captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his Indian team hurtling from one humiliation…

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Analysis – Iran war buys West time but raises tension

LONDON: A backseat passenger on a motorcycle weaving through the crush of Tehran's morning traffic reaches out and places a small magnetic device on the door of a silver-grey Peugeot 405.When the directional bomb explodes seconds later, blasting through the sedan's door and instantly killing nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old father of one, the…

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