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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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Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

A man casts his vote at a polling station during a nationwide election for new mayors, in Maracaibo, Venezuela December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government was on course to sweep Venezuela’s nationwide mayoral elections on Sunday, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening his hand ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign,…

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Only ballot to decide nation’s destiny: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said each person in the society must realize that the nation’s destiny would be decided through ballot only. Addressing a ceremony held to mark National Voters’ Day here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said young generation should be raised on the fact that sanctity of vote should be protected….

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Putin will seek new term as Russia president

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in March elections, a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Putin, who has run Russia both as president and prime minister for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token…

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Trump shuns warnings, vows to move embassy to Jerusalem

Washington: President Donald Trump faced down warnings of widespread Middle East unrest and untold damage to the peace process Tuesday, telling anxious Arab leaders he still intends to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Amid a frantic round of telephone diplomacy, Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that the deeply controversial…

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U.S., foreign officials warn Trump not to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON: The possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has stirred opposition from U.S. and foreign officials who fear it could unleash violence, reported Reuters. Such a decision, which U.S. officials have said has not been finalized, would violate decades of U.S. policy not to take a stance on the…

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Shireen Mazari condemns daughter for controversial video message

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Shireen Mazari has strongly condemned the language of her daughter Imaan Mazari against the country’s armed forces in a social media video message. Ms Mazari’s statement came a day after Imaan Hazari posted the controversial video on Twitter. However, her account was suspended by Twitter over violation of its…

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SAARC needs to be turned into an effective platform: President Mamnoon

KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain here on Wednesday called for turning the platform of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) effective through strong regional connectivity and people to people contact. Addressing a conference on Peace in South Asia, organized by Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA), he said the region home to around 1.7 billion,…

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Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know

Harare: Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party’s senior ranks. Analysts say it appears to be the climax of a power struggle between liberation-era figures loyal to ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and forces faithful to First Lady Grace…

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Afghan president phones PM to condole assassination of Pakistani diplomatic official

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Wednesday made a phone call to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to express condolences on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, on the assassination of Nayyer Iqbal Rana, a diplomatic official serving at Pakistan’s Consulate General in Jalalabad. The prime minister conveyed to the Afghan president that…

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Nishan-e-Imtiaz conferred on Naval chief

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday conferred upon Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), one of the highest Military honours of the country, during an impressive ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The military award has been conferred upon the Naval Chief in recognition of his long meritorious services, exceptionally commendable performance and…

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Obama slams ‘politics of division’ on return to campaign trail

NEWS DESK: Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Thursday, railing against the “politics of division” after keeping a low profile and avoiding direct confrontation with his White House successor since leaving office, reported Reuters. Speaking at a rally in New Jersey to support the Democratic Party candidate for governor, the 56-year-old former president…

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Erdogan steps up US row with ambassador boycott

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed that Turkish officials would boycott the US ambassador to Ankara, stepping up one of the worst rows in decades between the two NATO allies. Erdogan said Turkey no longer regarded ambassador John Bass as the US representative to Turkey after American missions in the country stopped issuing visas….

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President forced to walk 3 kilometers

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was forced to walk for several kilometers in scorching heat this week after his motorcade got stuck in a major traffic jam in the capital city, CNN reported. In an almost unimaginable scenario for most world leaders — accustomed to traveling on wide open streets secured by police —Widodo and his…

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Saudi king, Putin eye energy, arms deals on landmark Russia visit

On a landmark visit to Russia, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and President Vladimir Putin were set on Thursday to clinch a host of multi-billion-dollar energy and defence deals despite discord over the Syrian war. The first official trip to Russia by a Saudi monarch will also see the leaders of the world’s largest energy exporters…

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