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Man who ‘died’ eight years ago is contesting the election from Thatta’s PS-78

Nothing will stop some people from contesting the elections, not even death. One candidate has risen from the grave to contest the general elections in Thatta. Zakir Hussain was declared dead eight years ago but today he is contesting the election from Thatta’s PS-78. According to his death certificate, which was issued on December 10,…

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At least 18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire

BEIJING: A fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring another five in a suspected arson case, police and state media said. The blaze took place after midnight in a three-storey building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, and was put out shortly before 1:00 am local time,…

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Girl, 7, found murdered in Dir after going missing

By Zahid Jan DIR: A seven-year-old girl was found murdered near the Afghan border in Dir on Monday, police said. The girl has been missing since Sunday. Pir Shahab Ali Shah, a senior police officer, said that the girl was reported missing after vanishing from her home on Sunday at 10pm. “Her body was discovered…

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Four Palestinians dead in Gaza blast

GAZA: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, reported Reuters. The group said in a statement that it was “mourning its fighters who were martyred during preparations”. It usually employs those terms to refer to casualties caused by…

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Military plane crashes near Algiers, scores feared dead: media, witness

ALGIERS: An Algerian military plane crashed near an airport outside the capital Algiers, killing several people on Wednesday, local media and a witness said, reported Reuters. More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane when it came down near Boufarik airport, local channel Ennahar TV reported. There was no immediate confirmation from authorities….

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Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Gazans buried their dead on Saturday with calls for “revenge” a day after a mass protest led to clashes that saw Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in the bloodiest day since a 2014 war, reported AFP The angry funeral scenes came as the United States blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and…

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At least 14 dead in attack on Yemen counter-terrorism base

ADEN: At least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when Islamist car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said, reported Reuters. Islamic State, in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility…

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77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

NEWS DESK: Heavy Syrian bombardment killed at least 77 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Monday, a monitor said, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault, reported AFP. The escalation came as pro-government forces were also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a…

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Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board dead, says airline

NEWS DESK: Sixty-six people have been killed in a passenger plane crash in Iran, airline company officials say, reported BBC. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down in the Zagros mountains of central Iran. The Red Crescent has deployed a search and rescue team to the…

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71 dead, no survivors in Russian passenger plane crash

Stepanovskoye, Russia: A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed near Moscow on Sunday minutes after taking off, killing everyone on board in one of the country’s worst ever aviation disasters. Investigators said the Antonov An-148 plane crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow at 2:48 pm (1128 GMT) after taking off from…

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Two dead, over 200 injured in Taiwan quake

TAIPEI: A 6.4-magnitude quake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency. Five…

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Indian actor found dead

Indian actor Sidhu Pillai was found dead in Goa according to leading Malayalam portal. It is also being reported that Sidhu’s mother identified his body on Monday and later handed over. The final rites of the actor will be performed in his home town Thrissur, reports reveal further. According to unconfirmed reports, the reason of…

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Death toll in Thatta boat accident mounts to 17

KARACHI: At least 17 people were killed and more than 20 are still missing after two passenger boats collided in the sea off Thatta in southern Pakistan, officials said Thursday. The boats, carrying more than 60 people in total, were ferrying passengers to visit a popular Sufi Muslim shrine in the Sindh province when they…

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Death toll in Thatta boat capsize mounts to 16

THATTA: The death toll from a capsized boat off Mirpur Sakro coast rose to 16 while 47 people were rescued by divers.  At least fifty people, including women and children, drowned on Thursday when their boat capsized in Arabian Sea in Thatta district of Sindh. The incident occurred near Mirpur Sakro area in the coastal…

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Italian celebrity chef Carluccio dead at 80

LONDON: Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio, whose television programmes and books were credited with turning British households on to Italian cooking, died on Wednesday aged 80. The London-based Carluccio was known for his namesake restaurant chain and his nurturing of the “Naked” chef Jamie Oliver, who became an even greater television star. “It is…

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Man ‘wakes up’ in the middle of his open casket funeral

NEWS DESK: The family of a young Peruvian man who died after undergoing a root canal operation have spoken of their distress when the man appeared to be breathing at his own funeral, reported The Independent. Watson Franklin Mandujano Doroteo, of the Peruvian city of Tingo María, was inside his coffin when some relatives noticed…

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Dead baby ‘moves’ minutes before burial

Tension prevailed at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital, the third biggest government hospital in Telangana, India, on Sunday after a premature baby declared dead by a team of doctors allegedly showed movements minutes before the burial, reported Times of India. The shocked parents and relatives rushed the baby back to MGM Hospital and pulled…

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Low-caste pregnant woman attacked in India over dead cow

An angry mob in India attacked a low-caste pregnant woman and her family for refusing to clear away a cow carcass because of a weeks-long strike against such work, police said Monday. Sangita Ranawasia, who is five months’ pregnant and from India’s lowest Dalit caste, was recovering in hospital after she and seven family members…

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Argentina’s last polar bear ‘Arturo’ dies at 31: zoo

Buenos Aires: Argentina’s last polar bear, Arturo, has died aged 31, officials at the controversial zoo where he lived said Monday. Arturo was the latest of more than 60 animals to die over recent months at the zoo in the western city of Mendoza. Other animals were struck down by infections blamed on poor conditions…

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Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI: Unknown gunmen riding motorbikes opened fire on a car in Karachi on Wednesday, killing famed Sufi singer Amjad Sabri, officials and family said. The deadly attack took place in Liaquatabad area of the city. According to eyewitnesses , Amjad Sabri was left critically wounded after the attack. He was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital,…

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Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile’s beaches

SANTIAGO, Chile: Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months. Last year, scientists were shocked when more than 300 whales turned up dead on remote bays of the southern coast. It was the first in a series of grim finds….

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