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China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi

BEIJING: China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust”, ahead of a meeting this week between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could unnerve Islamabad. China and Pakistan like to call each other “all weather friends” and their traditional…

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Former South Korea president Park jailed for 24 years

A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates. Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that…

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign three MoUs to enhance multiple cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Sri Lanka Friday signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of youth development and training of diplomats and civil servants. The MoUs were signed at the Prime Minister’s House during the visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is here on a three-day visit. Both…

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Sri Lanka endorses CPEC, says President Maithripala Sirisena

KARACHI: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that his country is pleased over Pakistan’s economic progress and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. He said this on Wednesday during a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair upon his arrival at VVIP lounge of Jinnah International Airport Karachi, said an official statement issued by the Governor…

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Maulana Fazal elected President as MMA revived

KARACHI: Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and other leaders of religious parties on Tuesday formally announced restoration of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in Karachi. With revival of the religious parties’ alliance, the JUI-F chief was elected as its President and Liaquat Baloch of Jamaat-e-Islami as General Secretary. Talking to media, Maulana Fazal said all the…

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Ashraf Ghani invites PM Abbasi to initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue

KABUL: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Saturday extended an official invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit Afghanistan. The Afghan president hosted a Pakistani delegation led by National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua at Dilkusha palace to discuss Kabul peace process. In a tweet, Mr. Ghani said the invitation to Pakistani PM…

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PML-N calls meeting to elect party’s permanent president

ISLAMABAD: The ruling PML-N has convened a meeting of its general council to choose the permanent president of the party. The meeting will take place in Islamabad on Tuesday. According to a statement issued here on Monday, the party said Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and interim president Shahbaz Sharif will attend the meeting….

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Nations fostering cultural heritage remain successful: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said the nations promoting their cultural heritage remained successful in all fields of life. Speaking at the closing ceremony of Abdul Majeed Parveen Raqam Youth Calligraphy Competition, he said severing ties with heritage leads to lagging behind among comity of nations. The president said the exhibition of different forms of calligraphy…

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Shahbaz Sharif inches closer to power

Lahore: The brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif took a small step closer to the premiership Tuesday after he was named head of the ruling party before a general election due this year. The promotion of Shahbaz Sharif comes after the Supreme Court last year toppled his elder brother Nawaz following corruption allegations, then…

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Zuma quits, ending scandal-plagued term as South African president

JOHANNESBURG: Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power, reported Reuters. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him…

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President Mamnoon takes up Pakistani prisoner’s repatriation with Indonesian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Friday took up with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodothe the issue of Zulfiqar Ali, a Pakistani citizen imprisoned in Indonesian jail. During his meeting with Indonesian president at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president asked the dignitary to consider the matter on humanitarian grounds, said a President House press release. In response, the Indonesian…

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Conflicts, wars benefit none; democracy best way to serve people: Widodo

ISLAMABAD: President of Indonesia Joko Widodo Friday said the conflicts and wars would benefit no one as people become its major victims and called for unity to maintain peace and stability in the region. “Conflicts and wars will benefit no one. I repeat, conflicts and wars will benefit no one. The people, mainly women and children…

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Oprah Winfrey not interested in becoming president

ATLANTA: Before her iconic Golden Globes speech sparked a new presidential push on social media, Oprah Winfrey declared that she’s not interested in a White House bid, reported Associated Press. The billionaire media mogul says in a newly published interview that she’s aware of the clamoring among Democrats and liberals looking to counter President Donald…

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PM to take up Zulfiqar Ali’s repatriation with Indonesian President: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would take up the matter of Pakistani prisoner in Indonesia with the country’s President on his visit to Islamabad.  “We will request for repatriation in view of terminal illness of the  prisoner,” Foreign Minister Asif said in a Twitter statement. Zulfiqar Ali, a Pakistani…

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National narrative ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ a right step to end terrorism: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said the national counter-terrorism narrative would help eradicate terrorism and prove instrumental in reforming the people who lost their path due to negative propaganda of aberrant elements. Addressing the launch of national counter-terrorism narrative ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, he said the decree prepared by religious scholars and Wafaqul…

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Doctors want President Trump’s head examined

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump is “in excellent health,” White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday, reported CNN. But it’s not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals. Jackson received an urgent letter from dozens of doctors and health professionals Thursday urging him to…

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Trump blasts immigration ruling, calls U.S. court system ‘broken and unfair’

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as “broken and unfair” after a judge blocked his administration’s move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, reported Reuters. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco ruled late on Tuesday that…

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Iranian ex-President Ahmadinejad arrested: Report

TEHRAN: The Iranian government has reportedly arrested former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting unrest and demonstrations through his statements. Authorities are now seeking to place Ahmadinejad under house arrest with Khamenei’s approval, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper added, citing “reliable sources in Tehran”. UK-based newspaper Daily Mail has also run a similar report. During a visit…

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Pakistani lawmakers hit back at Donald Trump

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers from government and opposition parties spoke in one voice against US President Donald Trump’s vicious tweet against Pakistan.  Minutes after Trump’s tweet, Asad Umar, Nafisa Shah, Jan Achakzai, Shafqat Mahmood, Ali Raza Abidi, Shireen Mazari, Sherry Rehman and other politicians took to popular social media platforms to voice their anger at the US…

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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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Senators urge Muslim countries to take united stand against Trump decision on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Senators from both sides of the divide on Monday strongly rejected President Trump’s decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting the United States embassy to that city from Tel Aviv and called upon the Muslim countries to take a united stand on the issue, which had hurt their religious sentiments. They also…

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