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Pakistan hands over 252 Afghan nationals as goodwill gesture

Migrants from Afghanistan make their way to buses to travel to a different shelter, from a temporary registration centre in the village of Schwarzenborn, northeast of Frankfurt, Germany October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

KHYBER AGENCY: 252 Afghan nationals were returned home as a goodwill gesture by Pakistan, as the Pak-Afghan border remained closed on the ninth day after a recent wave of terrorism hit the country. These Afghans who were returned on Friday spent around a week under the open sky as the …

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Iran holds second round of Hajj talks with Saudi Arabia


TEHRAN: An Iranian delegation, which is currently in Saudi Arabia for talks on the potential resumption of Hajj pilgrimages by Iranians, has held a second meeting with Saudi Arabian Pilgrimage Minister Mohammed Bentin. The delegation met with the Saudi minister at the Pilgrimage Ministry in Jeddah for a second time …

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Authorities escalating process of sending Afghan refugees back


ISLAMABAD: Authorities concerned today escalated process of sending Afghan refugees back to their country after initiation of Operation Radd-ul-Fassad aimed at uprooting terrorism from Pakistan for once and all. According to details, the law enforcement agencies had kicked off countrywide operation against illegal and unregistered Afghan refugees as a result …

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Family protests against Sindh health minister as four-year-old dies


KARACHI: Family of a four-year-old boy who died due to alleged medical negligence staged a protest outside Press Club in Karachi. The child Deedar finally succumbed to death on Friday night after fighting for his life for over six months. The family alleged that Deedar’s death occurred due to medical …

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CNN, NY Times, BuzzFeed barred from White House briefings


WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The White House excluded several major US news organisations, including some it has criticised, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary on Friday. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session …

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Iraq: 60,000 troops taking part in anti-Daesh ops in W. Mosul


NINEVEH: Sixty thousand soldiers are participating in an Iraqi army offensive aimed at capturing the Daesh terrorist group’s last redoubts in western Mosul, according to an Iraqi military source. On Sunday, the Iraqi army began a wide-ranging military operation to purge remaining Daesh militants from the city’s western districts. “A …

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Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport


LOUISVILLE, KY: (Web Desk) A son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported late on Friday. Muhammad Ali Jr, 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US …

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22 women complete training at PAF Academy


ISLAMABAD: A batch of 22 women and 39 men successfully completed their basic airborne training at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy, Risalpur, on Friday. Two women from PAF, three from Pakistan Navy and 17 from Pakistan Army participated in the course and completed their training. An award ceremony, conducted …

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No immunity for PM under Article 66, PTI tells SC


ISLAMABAD: In a written rebuttal submitted to the Supreme Court which closed hearing in the Panama Papers case on Thursday, senior counsel Naeem Bokhari has argued that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cannot claim immunity under Article 66 of the Constitution in respect of his speech on the floor of the …

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Palestine: 18 months for Israeli soldier who killed Palestinian


JERUSALEM: Palestinians have accused an Israeli military court of letting a soldier off too lightly — after it sentenced him to 18 months behind bars for fatally shooting an already-injured Palestinian man last year — while the Israeli right has called for the soldier’s immediate pardon. Soldier Elor Azaria, 18, …

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