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Pakistan SC to vet ‘evidence’ against Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan SC to vet ‘evidence’ against Nawaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Supreme Court, hearing the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif and his family, said that it would decide whether to disqualify the PM or send the matter to an accountability court after examining all the “leaked” material. Sharif ‘s counsel Khwaja Harris began arguments objecting the findings…

US seeks to smooth trade relations with China in talks

US seeks to smooth trade relations with China in talks

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WASHINGTON: After riding a wave of anti-trade feeling to the White House, the Trump administration is taking a more traditional approach to resolving issues with China: a formal structure of talks that makes gradual, sometimes glacial progress. Expectations among trade experts are restrained that the first round of talks will…

MH370 search data unveils fishing hotspots, ancient geological movements

MH370 search data unveils fishing hotspots, ancient geological movements

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SYDNEY: Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents. The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water…

UNHCR chief urges Myanmar to grant Rohingya citizenship

UNHCR chief urges Myanmar to grant Rohingya citizenship

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BANGKOK: The head of the UN refugee agency urged Myanmar to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority in the Asian country where sectarian violence has displaced tens of thousands since 2012. On his first official visit to Southeast Asia, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi this…

Indonesia’s president signs decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia’s president signs decree to ban radical groups

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JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia’s president has signed a decree giving the government the power to ban radical organizations, in a move aimed at outlawing groups behind an apparent rise in the political clout of hard-line Islam. The measure announced by the country’s top security minister follows months of sectarian tensions in…

UK leader Theresa May vows to win ‘battle of ideas’

UK leader Theresa May vows to win ‘battle of ideas’

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she has to win a “battle of ideas” in Parliament and the country after losing her majority in last month’s election. In a speech both conciliatory and defiant, May urged her political opponents to contribute their “views and ideas” to help shape…

How a Microsoft font may bring down Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif govt

How a Microsoft font may bring down Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif govt

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NEW DELHI: The undoing of Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif government might be a Microsoft Word font the PM’s daughter Maryam used while allegedly forging documents she submitted to a team investigating illegal offshore properties flagged in the Panama Papers, the country’s. Pakistan’s Twitterati is having a field day with that bit…

UN veteran is South Korea’s first female foreign minister

UN veteran is South Korea’s first female foreign minister

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SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-In appointed a United Nations veteran as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Kang Kyung-Hwa, 62, served as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs before becoming a senior policy advisor…

Australia’s military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia’s military suspends air operations over Syria

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SYDNEY: Australia’s military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential “targets”, and halted a military…

Theresa May condemns ‘sickening’ terror attack on Muslims

Theresa May condemns ‘sickening’ terror attack on Muslims

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the lone wolf terror attack near a London mosque was “every bit as sickening” as the recent ones to hit the country. She was speaking after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee in the aftermath of a terror attack in…

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