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Maldives fights off travel alerts; tourists stay away

Posted by on 14/02/2018
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Maldives fights off travel alerts; tourists stay away

Maldives fights off travel alerts; tourists stay away

China, India, US and Britain issue travel warnings MALE: Tourists have been cancelling hundreds of hotel bookings in Maldives every day since the imposition of a state of emergency last week, tour operators say, despite government assurances things are normal in the resort islands, far from the capital. China, India, the United States and Britain […]

India says Pakistan ‘will pay’ for Kashmir ‘misadventure’

Posted by on 13/02/2018
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India says Pakistan ‘will pay’ for Kashmir ‘misadventure’

India says Pakistan ‘will pay’ for Kashmir ‘misadventure’

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: India has warned Pakistan that it would pay for a deadly militant attack on an Indian army camp in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, the latest violence in the disputed region to stoke tension between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan responded by saying it was “fully committed and capable of defending itself […]

Pakistan lays ‘moral compass’ Jahangir to rest

Posted by on 13/02/2018
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Pakistan lays ‘moral compass’ Jahangir to rest

Pakistan lays ‘moral compass’ Jahangir to rest

LAHORE: Pakistan bid farewell to its top rights advocate Asma Jahangir yesterday, with thousands cramming into a major cricket ground under tight security to grieve the diminutive woman described by many as the country’s “moral compass”. Sobbing lawyers dressed in black blazers, leading politicians, intellectuals and activists joined more than 3,000 citizens flooding Lahore’s Gaddafi […]

India Prime Minister inaugurates summit and Hindu temple in UAE

Posted by on 12/02/2018
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India Prime Minister inaugurates summit and Hindu temple in UAE

India Prime Minister inaugurates summit and Hindu temple in UAE

DUBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi capped a whirlwind visit to the UAE on Sunday, giving a keynote address as guest of honor at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Modi praised the United Arab Emirates, home to 3.3 million Indian nationals, for having “harnessed technology” and “managing to create a unique economic miracle that […]

Pakistan warns India against any cross-border raid

Posted by on 12/02/2018
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Pakistan warns India against any cross-border raid

Pakistan warns India against any cross-border raid

Pakistani Taleban confirm deputy killed by drone, appoints new one PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taleban confirmed yesterday that their deputy leader was killed in a suspected US drone strike last week and said they had appointed a new deputy in his place. A pair of suspected US missile strikes killed the militant leader, Khalid Mehsud, also […]

Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Posted by on 12/02/2018
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Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

MURID KHOSO: Reclining comfortably on a bed outside his mud home, 75-year-old farmer Mohammad Khoso watches life go by. His family is now the centre of everyone’s envy in the southern Pakistani village of Murid Khoso – they have electricity. “Now I can eat fish and not worry about bones getting stuck in my throat,” […]

Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Relentless airstrikes pummel Islamist militant groups KABUL: Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated with US and Afghan officials tipping 2018 to be a “game-changer” as relentless airstrikes pummel Islamist militant groups-but others warn the 16-year war has simply become a more violent stalemate. A traditional easing in fighting during the freezing winter months has been absent […]

Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

LAHORE: Leading Pakistani human rights advocate Asma Jahangir has died, her family said Sunday, in a major blow to the country’s embattled rights community. She was 66. The lawyer and former UN special rapporteur died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister. “Unfortunately we have lost her,” Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist and […]

10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

  SRINAGAR: The death toll from a militant attack on an army base in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir climbed to 10, police said, as a siege at the compound stretched into a second day. A firefight erupted Saturday when an unknown number of heavily-armed militants stormed the base in Jammu, the second-largest city in […]

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Posted by on 10/02/2018
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Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

RAMALLAH: Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank where he held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour. The visit, which came weeks after Modi hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was seen as an Indian effort to balance its […]

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

Posted by on 10/02/2018
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Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return home and be killed. Islamabad has increasingly put Afghan refugees in the crosshairs in recent weeks, claiming that militants hide in Pakistani camps and calling for all refugees to be repatriated […]

Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

Posted by on 08/02/2018
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Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday executed four Pakistani men convicted of raping and murdering a woman and raping her teenage son, the interior ministry said. The men were also convicted of stealing jewelry and cash after entering the woman’s home in Riyadh and raping and strangling her, according to a ministry statement cited by the official […]