International

Syria evacuations resume after deadly bombing

RASHIDIN, Syria (AFP) - The evacuation of four besieged Syrian towns resumed Wednesday, with tight security in place for those leaving government-held areas after a weekend bombing against evacuees killed dozens including nearly 70 children. A large convoy of buses set out from the government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya in Syria’s Idlib province, carrying 3,000 people to the rebel-held transit point of Rashidin near Aleppo city, an AFP correspondent at the point said. At the same time, 11 buses carrying around 300 people left rebel-held Zabadani, Serghaya and Jabal Sharqi in Damascus province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…
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International

Four dead in Greek army helicopter crash

ATHENS (AFP) - Four Greek army officers were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a hilly area in the centre of the country, military authorities said. A female sergeant major on board the military aircraft was injured but is expected to recover. The dead include a major general, a colonel, a major and a lieutanant, the military high command said in a statement. The Huey UH-1H helicopter had left early Wednesday from Larissa, in the centre of the country, heading north toward Kozani, army spokesman Colonel Nikolaos Fanios earlier told AFP. State television ERT said the helicopter likely…
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International

Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump election win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States. Between November 2016 and March, Mexico’s refugee agency, COMAR, received 5,421 asylum applications, up from 2,148 over the same period in 2015 and 2016. The number of detentions along the southwestern border has fallen about 4 percent over the same five-month period, as Trump’s tough immigration proposals sent a chill through migrant communities.…
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International

No one can defeat Kashmiri leadership, says Ghulam Nabi Faiz

Prominent Kashmiri leader Ghulam Nabi Faiz has said that Kashmiri leadership has now become united and no one can defeat them. While talking to Dunya News correspondent Moviz Asad Siddiqui in New York, he asserted that the anthem of Kashmiris is not ‘Vande Matram’ but ‘freedom’. “India has martyred more than one lac people in occupied Kashmir. The atrocities committed by the Indian army in the valley cannot be explained,” said Ghulam Nabi Faiz. Talking about the re-polling he said, “On April 13, re-polling was held in the Budgam district which is the biggest constituency. The Hurriyet leadership boycotted the…
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International

Bus crash kills 44 in northern India: official

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A bus has swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine in a Himalayan region of northern India, killing at least 44 people, an official said Wednesday. The bus with 56 passengers on board plunged into a river in northern Himachal Pradesh state around 115 kilometres (70 miles) from the capital Shimla. "A preliminary report shows that a private bus fell into a gorge and has killed more than 40 people. The latest report given to me shows 44 people have been killed," Rohan Chand Thakur, district commissioner of Shimla, told AFP. Police…
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Pakistan

Panama case decision can either strengthen or weaken the country: Khursheed Shah

– Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah has on Wednesday said that decision of Panama case can either strengthen or weaken Pakistan. Khursheed Shah, commenting on much awaited decision, said my vision is very clear keeping the past in mind, but it is possible that some miracle happens regarding the verdict. Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed said that Pakistan is in process of rebuilding and noose around corruption is tightened. Sheikh Rasheed said that this decision will be remembered for centuries as the corrupt will be punished, and people along with rule of law will emerge victorious. It…
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Pakistan

Rs 290.706 million for daily wagers’ salaries approved

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has approved immediate release of Rs. million worth of supplementary grant to Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) for payment of salaries to Daily Wage Employees (including both teaching and non-teaching staffers) in Educational Institutions under Federal Directorate of Education. The Finance Minister accorded the approval taking compassionate view of the fact that the salaries were long due and the employees were facing serious economic difficulties. It may be added that the Finance Minister in a meeting with the Minister for CADD, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry recently had detailed discussion in the matter and assured…
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Pakistan

COAS meets Iranian ambassador Honardoost, discusses regional security

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday has met Iranian ambassador Mehdi Honardoost. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), both leaders exchanged views over security situation in the region and mutual cooperation. COAS said that Pakistan gives importance to its historic relations with Iran and wants to strengthen these ties. A discussion over joint threats including terrorism was also held during the meeting. Earlier, United States National Security Advisor H. R McMaster met COAS at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and discussed PAK-US relations, defence cooperation and regional security matters. It was the first visit by…
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Pakistan

Lahore: Banners posted in favour of PM ahead of Panamagate verdict

- As Supreme Court (SC) looks all set to announce detailed judgement in Panama Leaks Case against the ruling family, banners in favour of incumbent prime minister have been posted in various areas of Lahore. According to details, these banners with ‘Quaid Tera Aik Ishara, Hazir Hazir Lahu Hamara’ written on them can be seen. There are pictures of Khawaja Saad Rafique, MPA Yasin Sohal and MPA Mian Naseer on these banners.
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Pakistan

Grab my collar if 6500MW electricity not added to system by December: Kh Asif

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Wednesday has claimed that 6500 megawatt power will be added to electricity system by the end of this year. Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly (NA), Khawaja Asif said that currently the country is facing power shortfall of 5200 megawatt however, the electricity supply situation will gradually start improving from tomorrow. He added that the ongoing severe power crisis will be overcome in the next eight to ten days after which there will be no unannounced load shedding from the 1st of next month.…
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