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West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

Agencies RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:  Palestinians in the occupied West Bank voted Saturday in municipal elections that underscored deep rifts between president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party and rival Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. Their failure to reconcile is seen as a major obstacle to any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The West Bank and Gaza […]

Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements

Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements

Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 3,000 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the third such declaration in eleven days since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. Trump has signaled he could be more accommodating toward such projects than his predecessor Barack Obama. A statement from the Israeli Defence Ministry, which administers lands […]

Bank heist in Karachi, Rs. 2 million looted

Bank heist in Karachi, Rs. 2 million looted

KARACHI: A private bank near Punjab Chowrangi in Defence was robbed early Thursday, police said. According to the police, five to six robbers were involved in the heist where more than Rs. 2 million were looted. This is the first bank heist of 2017. Last year, 12 bank robberies and dacoities were reported, of which ten were […]

World Bank pauses dam arbitration to ‘protect Indus Waters Treaty’

World Bank pauses dam arbitration to ‘protect Indus Waters Treaty’

The World Bank (WB) on Monday announced a pause in arbitration between Islamabad and New Delhi on the matter of the two dams being constructed by India, calling on both countries “to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements”. In the aftermath of rising cross-border tensions following the Uri army base attack and an alleged […]