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Pakistan aims to sell national airline before election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will try to privatize its national airline before general elections due this year, privatization minister Daniyal Aziz said, as the ruling party seeks to restart sales of state-run businesses, reported Reuters. Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA)(PIA), hemorrhaging money and losing market share to Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates, has been hit by…

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Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s exiled president, takes questions after the election results were declared. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images NEWS DESK: The dramatic election in Catalonia on Thursday was supposed to draw a line under months of tension and division across the Spanish region over its future status. Instead it has opened a potentially damaging new division…

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Honduran president declared winner of disputed poll

NEWS DESK: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared on Sunday the winner of a heavily disputed presidential election held three weeks ago, despite mounting protests and opposition claims of fraud, reported AFP. Electoral authorities made the announcement the day that Hernandez’s leftist opponent, Salvador Nasralla, departed for the United States to highlight what he…

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Three Indian TV channels call Gujarat state polls in favor of PM Modi’s party

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, India, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party won an assembly election in western Gujarat state on Monday, three news…

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Modi accuses Pakistan and Congress of collusion; Islamabad says ‘don’t drag us’

NEWS DESK: As absurd as that may sound, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused its opposition party Indian National Congress of colluding with Pakistan to defeat his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat polls. Naturally, Pakistan had to respond. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, requested that Pakistan should not to…

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Trump’s eldest son questioned in Congress about Russia

FILE PHOTO: Then U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) welcomes his son Donald Trump Jr. to the stage at one of the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs’ breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declined to discuss with lawmakers on…

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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe, reported Reuters. “I would just say…

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Timely amendment can avoid delay in general election: Saad Rafique

  LAHORE: Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Saturday that next general election could be delayed if constitutional amendment regarding delimitation of constituencies was not made on time. Talking to media here at Jati Umrah, he opined that constitutional amendment was inevitable with changes/modification in the assembly seats/constituencies due to new census. He…

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Iceland’s prime minister, named in Panama Papers controversy, wins re-election

NEWS DESK: Iceland’s conservative prime minister won a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he could form a viable coalition, reported AFP. Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, was accused named last year in the “Panama Papers” worldwide tax-evasion leaks. He has also been accused of wrongdoing during…

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Catalan crisis: Carles Puigdemont ‘welcome’ to run in poll

NEWS DESK: The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections, reported BBC. The central government in Madrid has ordered that fresh elections for the regional parliament of Catalonia should take place in December. It stripped Catalonia of its autonomy after the Catalan parliament voted…

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Twitter to label election ads after U.S. regulatory threat

SAN FRANCISCO :  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Tuesday it would add labels to election-related advertisements and say who is behind each of them, after a threat of regulation from the United States over the lack of disclosure for political spending on social media. Twitter, acting a month after Facebook Inc (FB.O) launched a similar…

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Catalonia’s leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA: Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing, reported Reuters. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special…

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PTI using CM House for electioneering in NA-4: Ameer Muqam

PESHAWAR: Advisor to the Prime Minister Engineer Ameer Muqam Sunday alleged that PTI Chairman was using Chief Minister House as a source of electioneering for NA-4 bye-election Peshawar but people would reject them. Addressing a public meeting here at Nasir Pur, Ameer Muqam said despite using government resources the PTI candidate would not win the…

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Only masses entitled to oust someone from power, says defiant Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif Tuesday reiterated that he was ousted not on the basis of corruption by Supreme Court, but on the grounds of his UAE iqama. He said he was disqualified in the Panama Papers case just for not taking salary from his son as nothing could be found against…

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Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament

Berlin, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election on Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the hard-right AfD party winning its first seats in parliament. Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 percent of the vote with her…

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Palestine’s Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections: statement

CAIRO: Palestine’s Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to implement a deal to end their long-running feud, the group said in a statement on Sunday, reported Reuters. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Western-backed Palestine Authority, controlled by Fatah, fought…

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All set for political showdown in NA-120

As electioneering reached its climax on Saturday, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finalized arrangements to hold bye-election in NA-120 Lahore-III on Sunday. Candidates of three major political parties – PML-N, PTI and PPP – are in fray for the National Assembly seat that was vacated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due to his disqualification….

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Watch: Imran Khan’s video message for NA-120 voters

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has released special message for NA-120 voters, a day before bye-elections in the National Assembly constituency in Lahore.

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Dr Yasmin contesting election against the whole state: Imran

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that the party’s candidate for NA-120 by-election, Dr Yasmin Rashid, was up against the whole state along with Kulsoom Nawaz. Addressing a press conference, Khan slammed Inspector-General Punjab for not taking any action when PTI’s female workers were allegedly pushed by PML-N representatives in the…

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LHC dismisses plea against Najam Sethi

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a petition challenging the election of Najam Sethi as Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after declaring it non-maintainable. The single bench comprising Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh heard the petition filed by Nasir Iqbal. During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that Najam Sethi was already serving…

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This man, contesting elections for past 29 years, admits he wants to commit ‘mid-level corruption’

NEWS DESK: This man, Nawab Amber Shahzada, has been contesting elections for the past 29 years. According to him, he wants to commit ‘mid-level corruption’. Check out his views by watching this video: Disclaimer: This is parody by Samaa reporter Shahid Hussain.

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