Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! 5 things you didn’t know about the Duchess

Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! 5 things you didn’t know about the Duchess

Every day is an opportunity to celebrate Kate Middleton, be it for her otherworldly charm, gorgeous hair or the ability to make brooches look fierce. January 9, however, was an official occasion to fete Kate: her 36th birthday. To mark the occasion, here are five things – as compiled from...

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Case against Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers spotlights her activist family

Case against Palestinian teen who slapped Israeli soldiers spotlights her activist family

Israel’s hard-charging prosecution of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers has trained a spotlight on her activist family and its role in what Palestinians call “popular resistance”, the near-weekly protests against Israeli occupation staged in several West Bank villages. The case of Ahed Tamimi has come to...

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Chakwal by-elections: ECP sets up control room

Chakwal by-elections: ECP sets up control room

ISLAMABAD: The apex poll body has established a control room for receiving preliminary results of the Chakwal by-elections. The by-elections for PP-20 Chakwal-I will be held on January 9, Tuesday. The control room, established by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) at Room 107, would work from 8am to 6pm under...

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Top judge takes notice of traffic blockades for VVIPs movement

Top judge takes notice of traffic blockades for VVIPs movement

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday took notice of the blockade of public roads for movement of VVIPs nationwide and called for reports from authorities concerned in this regard. The top judge also showed his dismay at the deplorable condition of public schools in Karachi. He also summoned medical superintendents...

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National Bank hit by city’s first bank heist of 2018

National Bank hit by city’s first bank heist of 2018

KARACHI: Employees at the Golimar branch of the National Bank of Pakistan received a nasty shock on Monday morning when they arrived at work at 8:30am and found that over two dozen lockers were broken into and their contents stolen. Dozens of customers were deprived of millions of rupees worth of...

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Senior Afghan politician says Taliban leadership not in Pakistan

Senior Afghan politician says Taliban leadership not in Pakistan

A senior Afghan politician has said that the Taliban leadership is based in Afghanistan and that the group is willing to negotiate peace. The statement of Hamid Gailani, the chairman of Mahaz-e-Milli party, which is contrary to the official Afghan narrative, drew a strong rebuke from the country’s top spy...

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‘Pointing fingers at each other’ not conducive to global fight on terror: Chinese FO

‘Pointing fingers at each other’ not conducive to global fight on terror: Chinese FO

In the wake of increasing pressure from the United States on Pakistan for allegedly providing safe havens to militant outfits, China on Monday opposed the idea of linking terrorism to a certain nation as well as placing responsibility on a certain country, according to Radio Pakistan. In his recent tweet,...

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NA panel wants traffic laws revised

NA panel wants traffic laws revised

ISLAMABAD: Days after the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Khalid Shamim Wynne died in a road accident, the parliamentary panel on Monday called for revising road safety rules and laws. The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Communications met at the National Transport Research Centre (NTRC) office...

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Terrorist safe havens: CIA chief joins chorus against Pakistan

Terrorist safe havens: CIA chief joins chorus against Pakistan

In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan is providing safe havens to terror outfits on its soil, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Mike Pompeo doubled down on those claims in an interview to CBS. The CIA chief said that they would “protect” the US if Pakistan fails...

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Australia complete England’s Ashes misery with innings victory

Australia complete England’s Ashes misery with innings victory

SYDNEY: Australia romped to an innings and 123-run victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth Test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic. England captain Joe Root raced from...

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Tahirul Qadri threatens to ‘topple’ PML-N govt, calls for nationwide agitation from Jan 17

Tahirul Qadri threatens to ‘topple’ PML-N govt, calls for nationwide agitation from Jan 17

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on Monday — making good on an earlier threat — called for a nationwide movement starting January 17 with an eye on ousting the PLM-N government. Addressing a press conference in Lahore following a meeting with key opposition leaders, Qadri regretted that Punjab...

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Aishwarya Rai will pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar in ‘Fanney Khan’

Aishwarya Rai will pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar in ‘Fanney Khan’

Aishwarya Rai’s got her hands full with multiple projects but her most interesting one has to be Fanney Khan. Not only is the film tackling body-shaming, but it’s also going to be paying tribute to India’s legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. According to DNA India, a source revealed that Ash “plays a popular...

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Three-day moot on robotic urological surgery begins at SIUT

Three-day moot on robotic urological surgery begins at SIUT

KARACHI: A three-day international conference on robotic surgery in the field of urology began at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Monday in which surgeons and experts from the country and abroad turned out in a good number. Organisers said a number of eminent surgeons from the...

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Investigation report sought in 16-year-old girl’s murder case in Karachi’s Malir

Investigation report sought in 16-year-old girl’s murder case in Karachi’s Malir

KARACHI: A judicial magistrate directed on Monday an investigating officer to file an investigation report in a case pertaining to the murder of a teenage girl by Tuesday. Police had booked the 18-year-old girl with her fiancé for allegedly killing her 16-year-old sister during what the police claimed a staged robbery...

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Bilawal slams PML-N action against NGOs, vows to support public welfare activities

Bilawal slams PML-N action against NGOs, vows to support public welfare activities

SUKKUR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday said that whenever his party came to power, it promoted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private sector but the federal government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) discouraged NGOs across the country by restraining many of them from continuing with their activities....

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Protests in Thar end after alleged killers of trader brothers arrested

Protests in Thar end after alleged killers of trader brothers arrested

MITHI: Three suspects, believed to be killers of two brothers in Mithi on Friday, were arrested in a coordinated action involving the police of Tharparkar and its neighbouring districts, sources in the police department claimed on Monday. They said the arrests were made late on Sunday night but senior police...

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Three testify in online blasphemy case in ATC

Three testify in online blasphemy case in ATC

ISLAMABAD: An anti terrorism court (ATC) on Monday recorded the statements of three witnesses in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. The witnesses who testified before ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand included the complainant Ehtesham Ahmed, as well as Romaan Ahmed and Ammar Yasir. The...

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Dealers oppose proposed law to ban sale of loose cigarettes

Dealers oppose proposed law to ban sale of loose cigarettes

ISLAMABAD: Stakeholders in the tobacco industry have started opposing the Ministry of National Health Services’ (NHS) move for trying to keep children from smoking by making cigarettes less affordable for them. In developed countries, the sale of individual cigarettes is not allowed to ensure that children do not buy them...

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Prayer leaders’ stipend to cost govt Rs3.25bn annually

Prayer leaders’ stipend to cost govt Rs3.25bn annually

PESHAWAR: In a move, which will cost the government around Rs3.25 billion annually, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Monday approved Rs10,000 monthly stipend for prayer leaders of main mosques in the province. The decision will take effect next month. The cabinet met here with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the...

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England cannot hide truth of Aussie hammering, says Boycott

England cannot hide truth of Aussie hammering, says Boycott

LONDON: Batting great Geoffrey Boycott labelled England ‘false’ for attempting to play down the gulf in class with Australia as a post-mortem began following their chastening 4-0 Ashes defeat. The home side ruthlessly finished off England in Sydney on Monday to record their fourth comprehensive win of a one-sided series...

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Unregistered Afghans ask govt not to expel them

Unregistered Afghans ask govt not to expel them

PESHAWAR: Rejecting the one-month deadline set by the federal government for their return, the undocumented Afghan refugees have asked Pakistan not to expel them until the expiry of an old agreement, which allows them to stay in the country by the end of 2018. Afghan Refugees Executive Council chief Abdul...

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Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear before accountability court in Islamabad

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar appear before accountability court in Islamabad

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at an accountability court in Islamabad with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Muhammad Safdar early on Tuesday morning for a hearing pertaining to corruption references against the Sharif family. During today’s hearing, five prosecution witnesses are expected to appear before the...

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