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Pakistanis among 15,000 expats facing deportation from Canada

Canada: Canada’s attempts to send up to 1,000 foreigners who are here illegally back to their home countries are being stymied by nations refusing to take them back, officials said Monday. International and domestic laws in most countries require governments to allow their own citizens entry. “But some countries are refusing to provide travel documents…

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Mistaken Trump: New Zealand PM tries to clear misunderstanding

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week. Trudeau was supposedly making the introductions as Ardern attended her first major forum since taking office last month when Trump mixed-up the 37-year-old with…

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US mom details brutality at hands of Taliban faction

New York – A US mother held hostage by Taliban-linked militants for five years has detailed the violence and sexual assault she endured in captivity, and said her young son was also beaten. “This was an intolerable situation for a child to be in,” Caitlan Coleman Boyle, 31, told ABC News in a television interview…

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Canadian minister assures to speed up visa processing for Pakistani students, businessmen

ISLAMABAD: Canadian Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Ahmed Hussain has assured to speed up visa processing for Pakistani students and businessmen for enhancing the people-to-people contact. High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan hosted a dinner in honour of the Canadian minister at the Pakistan House Ottawa, where he briefed the latter about Visa difficulties being faced…

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Canada to welcome nearly one million immigrants in next 3 years

Ottawa: Canada will boost immigration to one million over the next three years with a plan that “will guarantee” the country’s future prosperity, its immigration minister announced Wednesday. The number of immigrants will be increased to at least 310,000 next year, and continue growing to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020, said Immigration Minister…

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This country has the world’s most powerful passport

SINGAPORE: Tiny Singapore now has the world’s most powerful passport, according to a new ranking, with its citizens able to travel to the greatest number of countries visa free. Passport Index, which keeps track of how useable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans. That means…

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Canada’s Quebec province to ban niqab in public sector

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec: Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province, reported Reuters. While the law, which takes effect by July 1, 2018, does not specify which face coverings…

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Canadian hostage says Taliban murdered his baby, raped wife

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family’s years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late Friday with his American wife, Caitlan…

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US-Canadian couple rescued by Pakistan Army reaches Canada

ISLAMABAD: The US-Canadian couple rescued by Pakistan Army has reached Canada with their three children, Samaa reported. Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were rescued by the military from Kurram Agency on Friday. Boyle thanked the Almighty upon his return to the return. Speaking on the occasion, the Canadian stated that…

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Canada hails family’s release from Taliban captivity

TORONTO: Canada voiced relief Thursday at the release of a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in Taliban captivity. The kidnapped couple were taken hostage in Afghanistan while backpacking in Central Asia in 2012. “We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife…

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Video: Sufi Festival in London

Families from Canada, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, France and United Kingdom attended a Sufi Festival organized by Sindh’s Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department in London.

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Uber says it will pull out of Canada’s Quebec province

TORONTO: Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it will stop operating in the Canadian province of Quebec next month, pulling out to avoid following tough new regulations announced last week, reported Reuters. Uber is withdrawing from Canada’s second-most populous province as it also battles a decision to strip the company of its license…

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Here are all the countries that have banned Uber

NEWS DESK: Uber is one of the world’s most popular apps, but it’s not without controversy. Transport for London announced on Friday that the ride hailing app’s private hire licence will not be renewed after 30 September, as Uber “demonstrate[s] a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and…

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Facebook opens AI lab in Canada

Facebook opened its first artificial intelligence lab in Canada on Friday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to praise the impact of such cutting-edge research. “Creativity is the driving force behind our prosperity, not just in Montreal but across Canada,” Trudeau told a crowd of McGill University students gathered for the launch. Joelle Pineau, a…

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Canadian judge suspended for wearing Trump hat

OTTAWA, CANADA: A Canadian judge was suspended for 30 days without pay Tuesday for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap in court the day after Donald Trump’s election, reported AFP. Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel, 69, ‘breached the standards of judicial conduct’, according to a judicial conduct review panel. The panel met last month…

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Football: 41 cities bidding for 2026 World Cup games

Forty-one cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States have submitted bids to serve as host cities for the 2026 World Cup, officials said Thursday. The joint North American bid is seen as the favorite for 2026, with only one other bid — Morocco — so far in the running for the tournament. The list…

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Money can actually buy you happiness: research

NEWS DESK: Money can buy you happiness, it would appear. Or, at least, money can buy you extra free time and that may make you happier, according to a new study, reported Times of India. The research suggests that, instead of engaging in ‘retail therapy’ in an attempt to feel better, people with enough money…

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Grown on rooftop, vegetable, fruits available on sale in Canada

MONTREAL: A Montreal supermarket on began selling organic fruits and vegetables grown on its roof, a first in Canada. The vegetable garden covers more than 2,300 square meters (24,750 feet) of an IGA supermarket in a Montreal suburb. About 30 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables will be on sale until colder weather sets in,…

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Tens of thousands of Canadians flee huge forest fires

NEWS DESK: Almost 40,000 Canadians have fled their homes under threat of huge wild fires, with British Columbia facing its largest emergency evacuation ever, officials said Monday. AFP reported that Canada scrambled thousands of firefighters and hundreds of aircraft from across the country to tackle raging infernos in the western province, and had even drafted…

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Canadian High Commission calls on COAS: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood called on Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday at the General Headquarters (GHQ). According to a statement by the ISPR, the army chief and Canadian High Commissioner exchanged thoughts on matters of mutual interest and regional security. “The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts…

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Overseas Pakistani workers remit US $19.3 bln in FY17

KARACHI: The Overseas Pakistani workers remitted US$ 19,303.58 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) (July to June), compared with US$ 19,916.76 million received during the same period in the preceding year, a State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) statement said here on Monday. It said that during June 2017, the inflow of workers’ remittances…

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