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From Bouazizi to Khashoggi

When the young Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself alight in protest against the municipal authorities in Sidi Bouzid confiscating his fruit cart from which he made living in 2010, he did not know that by doing so he would ignite the Arab Spring revolutions that brought down several regimes, …

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NAB appeal: SC issues notices to Nawaz, Maryam, adjourns hearing till Nov 6

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued notices to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz as it heard a petition filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging suspension of the accused’s prison terms in the Avenfield properties reference.NAB had filed the …

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US-led airstrikes killed 3,222 civilians in Syria since 2014: Monitoring group

DAMASCUS (Web Desk) A so-called monitoring group says more than 3,200 civilians have lost their lives ever since the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group launched its aerial bombardment campaign in the conflict-plagued Arab country more than four years ago.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said …

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World Polio Day: Pakistan renews pledge to become polio-free country

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday articulated his resolution to wipe out the polio virus from Pakistan, for a better and safer Pakistan.Pakistan is amongst the only three countries in the world, including Afghanistan and Nigeria, that is still under the influence of widespread polio. The World …

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Pakistan face Australia with Twenty20 top ranking at stake

ABU DHABI (Web Desk) Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident his team can defend their world number one ranking in a stern challenge from Australia in a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Sarfraz led Pakistan to a tri-series triumph by beating Australia in the final at Harare …

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Indian court eases firecracker ban as pollution soars

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching dangerous levels.The Supreme Court, which last year banned firecrackers for the Diwali festival, rejected a new call for a ban …

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New US-led sanctions target Iran-Taliban ties

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The US Treasury and allies in the Gulf took aim at Iran’s support for the Taliban on Tuesday with new sanctions against nine individuals from both countries.The Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) said the sanctions aimed to “expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors …

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Mass infant grave at Irish Catholic home to be excavated

DUBLIN (Web Desk) Ireland’s government on Tuesday approved the full excavation of a mass grave of infant and children’s remains on the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers.Significant quantities of baby remains were discovered in an apparent makeshift crypt in the town of Tuam in western Ireland …

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ECC approves sale of three JF-17 to Nigeria for $184.3 Million

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has permitted the issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee for the sale of three JF-17 aircraft to Nigerian Air Force at a total amount of $184.3 million, in order to help the diminishing foreign exchange reserves.The Ministry of …

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Women demand compensation over Japan university discrimination

TOKYO (Web Desk) A group of women is demanding compensation from a Japanese medical university that admitted routinely altering the scores of female applicants to keep them out, lawyers said Wednesday.More than 20 former applicants are demanding Tokyo Medical University make amends for the scandal, which led to the discovery …

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