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US decides to sell 160 MRAPs to Pakistan in programme worth $198 million

US decides to sell 160 MRAPs to Pakistan in programme worth $198 million

US State Department has decided to approve a possible sale of 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) for around $198 million, a defense security cooperation releasesaid on Friday. According to the State Department determination, Pakistan will buy 160 Navistar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) for an estimated cost of $198 …

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Political aspirations: Bilawal pledges to take back Kashmir from India

Political aspiratiBilawal pledges to take back Kashmir from India

Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari vowed to take back all of Kashmir from India and not leave behind a single inch of it because it “belongs only to Pakistan”. Bilawal was speaking to party workers at the residence of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Multan. …

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Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. The hostages, including Turkey’s consul-general, diplomats’ children and Special Forces soldiers, were brought …

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US Senate: $10 mn bounty on journalists’ murderers

US Senate $10 mn bounty on journalists' murderers

The US Senate has unanimously approved a bill providing up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of people involved in executing two American journalists murdered by militants. “One way we can honour the memories of James Foley and Steven Sotloff is to bring their evil …

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18 IS militants killed fighting Syria Kurds: Monitor

18 IS militants killed fighting Syria Kuronitor

At least 18 militants from the Islamic State group were killed in overnight clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria near a strategic border, a monitoring group said Saturday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 18 militants, reportedly including one of Chinese nationality, were killed in fighting …

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Scotland rejects independence from UK

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After Scottish voters rejected independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, as official results showed on Friday, by a margin of almost 10 percentage points, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced more powers for England, Wales as well as Northern Ireland. According to the final results, 55.3% voted against …

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Saudi beheads Pakistani man for heroin smuggling attempt

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Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani who attempted to smuggle heroin into the kingdom, the interior ministry said, adding to the more than 50 people executed this year. “Sanaullah Mohammed Amir was executed in Qatif governorate in Eastern Province today because he tried to smuggle a large quantity of …

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Syria’s Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas: US

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US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year. “We believe there is evidence of Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use it – despite it not being …

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Japan pledges grant for improvement in health, education

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The Japanese government has pledged $171,920 (approximately Rs17 million) worth of financial support for the improvement of health and education facilities in the capital’s outskirts and Khyber Agency in the tribal areas. An agreement in this regard is to be signed between the Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Inomata and representatives …

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Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India – CNN

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will struggle to recruit members in the world’s second-most populous nation and he praised Indian Muslims for their commitment to fight for the country. Al Qaeda announced the formation of its first wing dedicated to waging jihad in South Asia earlier …

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