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US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

KABUL (AFP) – US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Sunday he hoped the Taliban and Afghan government would strike a peace deal within five months — even as the militants inflict record high casualties on security forces.Back in Kabul after a second round of regional meetings that are believed to have included the Taliban, Afghan-born Khalilzad […]

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

KABUL: The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan […]

Defying the odds: Stock market sell-off a blessing in disguise for value hunters

Defying the odds: Stock market sell-off a blessing in disguise for value hunters

KARACHI: Since its inception in 1968, the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) became the world’s first and most tracked global equity index to benchmark the relative attractiveness of various equity markets round the globe.MSCI has many indices and sub-indices but the most famous ones are Frontier Market (FM) and Emerging Market (EM) indices which are actively […]

IMF sets stricter conditions for bailout package

IMF sets stricter conditions for bailout package

ISLAMABAD: As talks enter the final phase, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has set even stricter conditions for Pakistan to implement in exchange for a bailout package – much needed for economic revival. Some of the major conditions include imposition of more taxes worth Rs150 billion, further reduction in the rupee value as well as a […]

Over Rs226m released under PSDP for food security, research

Over Rs226m released under PSDP for food security, research

(Web Desk) – The federal government has released an amount of 226.230 million rupees under Public Sector Development Programme for food security and research.In order to promote the agriculture and livestock sectors in erstwhile tribal areas, the government in its federal PSDP had allocated an amount of Rs254.743 million for the up-gradation of Arid Zone […]

By-polls for two Senate seats of Punjab will be held today

By-polls for two Senate seats of Punjab will be held today

ISLAMABAD  – By-election for two seats of Senate from Punjab, including one general and one reserved seat for women, will be held today (Thursday).The seats had fallen vacant due to de-notification of Haroon Khan and Saadia Abbasi as senators in light of a Supreme Court verdict.According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the polling will […]

150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida as global alarm grows

150 killed in battle for Yemen’s Hodeida as global alarm grows

HODEIDA (AFP) – At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as Britain s top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire.Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from […]

Priyanka, Nick wedding pictures’ rights sold for $2.5 million

Priyanka, Nick wedding pictures’ rights sold for $2.5 million

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra is gearing up to marry beau Nick Jonas next month. While the bride has been having the time of her life with an elaborate bridal shower, a bachelorette in Amsterdam followed by a slumber party, the Levels singer has just kicked off his share of fun with a bachelor party. Parineeti Chopra wants $5m […]

Myanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but UN warns against rushing

Myanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but UN warns against rushing

YANGON/COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH:Myanmar officials said on Sunday the country was ready to receive more than 2,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh on Nov. 15, the first group from 5,000 people to be moved under a deal between the neighbours struck last month.But more than 20 individuals on a list of potential returnees submitted by Bangladesh have […]

Disney plans new ‘Star Wars’ prequel series for streaming service

Disney plans new ‘Star Wars’ prequel series for streaming service

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new “Star Wars” prequel series is on its way, this time for Walt Disney Co’s planned Disney+ streaming service, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.The live action series will be a prequel to the 2016 movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and will star Diego Luna, Iger […]

Kardashians, Lady Gaga and Cher fear for homes as wildfire engulfs Malibu

Kardashians, Lady Gaga and Cher fear for homes as wildfire engulfs Malibu

LOS ANGELES: Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga were among thousands fleeing their homes on Friday as a fast-moving wildfire engulfed Malibu and nearby celebrity neighborhoods. Kardashian, who on Thursday evacuated the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West, tweeted on Friday that she “heard the flames have hit our property… but now are more […]

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