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Senior Taliban commander among 29 others killed in Helmand drone strike

Senior Taliban commander among 29 others killed in Helmand drone strike

PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban commander and two of his deputy commanders were among 27 others killed in a joint operation by Afghan and US Special Forces at the Sargardan Chowk in Orgon Bazaar of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday night, Afghan officials confirmed on Sunday.“Mullah Muhammad Rahim Akhand alias Maulvi Manan, who was in charge of […]

Finland’s ‘ode’ to a new era in libraries

Finland’s ‘ode’ to a new era in libraries

HELSINKI (AFP) – What do you give the world’s most literate country for its 100th birthday? For Finland’s politicians and public, the answer was simple: a vast, state-of-the-art library, a new “living room for the nation”.Twenty years in the planning, Helsinki’s central library officially opens on December 5 at the end of a year of […]

Saudi crown prince arrives in Algeria

Saudi crown prince arrives in Algeria

ALGERS: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Algeria on Sunday from Mauritania, resuming a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina.Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received the prince in the capital Algiers, the state news agency APS said.Before the summit, the heir to the throne of the world’s top oil exporter had visited the […]

SC seeks replies from provinces on patwari system

SC seeks replies from provinces on patwari system

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Sunday issued notices to all provincial governments in a suo motu case pertaining to the functioning of patwarkhanas in urban areas.A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the matter at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry.As proceedings commenced, Justice Nisar remarked that no serious efforts had been made for […]

Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was sidelined during the official “family photo” of world leaders and other dignitaries at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, standing at the far edge of the group portrait and ignored.Prince Mohammed s presence at the international summit has been contentious […]

Suu Kyi to be stripped of freedom of Paris award: mayor’s office

Suu Kyi to be stripped of freedom of Paris award: mayor’s office

PARIS:Paris city will strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary freedom of the French capital over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, a mayor’s spokesperson said Friday.Mayor Anne Hidalgo decided to revoke the honour because of the “multiple violations of human rights recorded in Myanmar and the violence […]

Money-laundering: PM Imran calls for new law

Money-laundering: PM Imran calls for new law

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for a new legislation to be finalised within a week’s time to effectively deal with offences related to money laundering and further strengthen existing laws to effectively check hawala, hundi and other illegal/corrupt practices that are negatively impacting the economy.The decision was taken during a high level meeting at […]

Trump-Putin: A rapprochement unrealized

Trump-Putin: A rapprochement unrealized

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump’s cancellation of weekend talks with his Russian counterpart is the latest in a series of collapsed efforts towards rapprochement.After having promised during his 2016 electoral campaign to mend ties with Russia, the US president faced several global disputes that made a thaw difficult.At the same time, the US special counsel’s […]

Argentina’s Macri says accusations against Saudi crown prince may be discussed at G20

Argentina’s Macri says accusations against Saudi crown prince may be discussed at G20

BUENOS AIRES:Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Thursday that accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of war crimes and torture may be discussed during the G20 summit, which starts on Friday. Saudi crown prince arrives in Buenos Aires for G20 “Regarding the crown prince, who is attending this summit, Saudi Arabia is a […]

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL:Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan Tuesday, NATO said, taking the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12.NATO’s Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the soldiers, but said they had been killed when an improvised explosive […]

Blast kills 22 near north China chemical plant: official

Blast kills 22 near north China chemical plant: official

BEIJING (AFP) – An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China region that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said.The incident near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co. in Zhangjiakou, a city some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Beijing, […]

Prince Harry joins the circus in Zambian youth project

Prince Harry joins the circus in Zambian youth project

LUSAKA: Clowns on stilts and trampoline artists entertained Britain’s Prince Harry on Tuesday when he visited a youth circus in Zambia which is supported by one of Queen Elizabeth’s charities.Harry spent the last of his two days in Zambia visiting World War Two veterans in the capital Lusaka before heading to Circus Zambia, a project that […]