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US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

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WASHINGTON: The US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered crews…

Operation Khyber-4 completed, cleansing of terrorist hideouts underway: DG ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Gen Asif Ghafoor Monday said Operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley had been completed and now sanitization of the area was underway. “Operation Khyber-4 was launched…

Total solar eclipse completes path across America

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CHARLESTON: The Great American Eclipse completed its journey across the United States Monday, with the path of totality stretching coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. Totality began over Oregon at about 1716 GMT and…

Total solar eclipse begins on US West Coast

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MADRAS: Sky-gazers on the US West Coast cheered and applauded Monday as the Moon moved directly in front of the Sun — a rare total solar eclipse that will stretch across the country for the first time in nearly a century. Totality, which…

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Stocks mixed in low eclipse volume, metals mine peaks

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NEW YORK: A gauge of world stock indexes edged up after touching a 5-1/2-week low on Monday as geopolitical uncertainty kept gains in check but metals prices dazzled, helped in part by Chinese demand. Zinc rose to its highest in a decade,…

Quake hits Italian island, buildings collapse

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ROME: An earthquake measuring 3.6 magnitude hit the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, officials said, causing several buildings to collapse. Residents and tourists on the island ran out on to the streets.…

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Dar chairs meeting to review external account position

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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, chaired a meeting at the Ministry of Finance on Monday to review the external account position, including the current account, trade account, exports, imports, remittances and…

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US-South joint drills begin amid North Korea tensions

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SEOUL: Seoul and Washington began annual war games on Monday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-In warning the nuclear-armed North not to use them as an excuse to perpetuate the “vicious cycle” of tensions. Tens of thousands of South…

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Partial phase of US solar eclipse begins

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MADRAS/CHARLESTON: The Sun started to vanish behind the Moon as the partial phase of the so-called Great American Eclipse began Monday, with millions of eager sky-gazers soon to witness “totality” across the nation for the first time in…

US Navy orders ‘operational pause’ after deadly collision

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WASHINGTON: The US Navy on Monday ordered a worldwide “operational pause” to reassess its fleet after a destroyer collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving 10 sailors missing and five injured. The dramatic pre-dawn accident sent water…

US-led strikes killed 27 civilians Sunday in Syria’s Raqa

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BEIRUT: US-led coalition strikes on Sunday killed 27 civilians in part of Syria’s Raqa city held by the Islamic State group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The Britain-based monitor said on Monday that seven children…

PML-N Govt believes in people’s socio-economic uplift apolitically: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N government at federal level firmly believed in the socio-economic uplift of people across the country, regardless of any political consideration.…

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Foreign secretary calls on Chinese state councilor

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua Monday called on Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the start of her three-day visit to China. The foreign secretary during the meeting, reaffirmed that friendship with China is the…

Dar challenges top court’s verdict on Panama Papers

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Ishaq Dar Monday challenged the Supreme Court verdict against him in Panama Papers case. The finance minister filed review petition through his counsel Shahid Hamid demanding the court to…

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RECORDER REPORT: PSX close of day

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KARACHI: BRINDEX-30 closed on the lower side on Monday at 22,692.10 points with a negative change of -674.81 and volume of 104,876,200 shares. High and Low were 23,408.25 and 22,484.61 respectively. Of 30 companies traded, 1 were up, 29…

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India says China stand-off will end ‘soon’

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NEW DELHI: India’s home minister said Monday he believed a border stand-off with China would end soon, after new footage emerged showing border guards from both countries fighting on a disputed patch of land in the Himalayas. Indian and…

Turkey-Iran operation against Kurd rebels always possible: Erdogan

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ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a joint operation with Iran against Kurdish militants was “always on the agenda”, a week after Tehran’s top armed forces commander visited Ankara for rare talks. Turkey has…

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RECORDER REPORT: PSX, BRIndex-30 update

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KARACHI: Monday 21, August 2017 until 14:40, BRIndex 30 was at 22,527.70 with a negative change of -839.21 and volume of 83,094,400 shares. High and low were 23,408.25 and 22,484.61 respectively. Total volume traded in the market was 122…

PML-N government to continue socio-economic uplift of South Punjab: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said socio-economic development of South Punjab was priority of the government and the PML-N government would continue to undertake uplift projects in the area. Talking to a delegation…

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US destroyer in collision off Singapore, rescue efforts launched

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SINGAPORE: A rescue operation is under way after a US destroyer was damaged in a collision with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the US Navy said, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months. Guided-missile…

Sunday, Aug 20

No network of terrorism exists in Pakistan: Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said Pakistan was among few countries where graph of terrorism had come down and no network of terrorists existed in the country. Addressing a press conference here, he…

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

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NEW DELHI: The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, officials said. At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India…

Mattis: US reached decision on Afghan strategy after ‘rigorous’ debate

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AMMAN: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed Sunday that the Trump administration had decided on a new strategy for Afghanistan after “rigorous” debate, but said President Donald Trump would be the one to announce it. Mattis refused to…

Iran’s top priority to protect nuclear deal from US: Rouhani

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TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday the top foreign policy priority for his new government was to protect the nuclear deal from being torn up by the United States. “The most important job of our foreign minister is first to…

Saturday, Aug 19

Pakistan has important stake in peace, stability in Afghanistan: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday said that Pakistan had an important stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan as Pakistan had suffered the most due to conflict in that country. In a meeting with US CENTCOM…

Ukrainian PM facilitates Pakistani counterpart Abbasi

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman felicitated his Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on assuming the office of the prime minister. “I would like to offer you my most sincere congratulations upon your…

COAS in Karachi attends funeral of Dr Ruth Pfau

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Saturday reached Karachi to attend state funeral of Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau. A statement said issued by ISPR here.

Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them

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KOTOURA: Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills on Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, that would fly over their homes. As sirens blared from…

Friday, Aug 18

Interior minister directs steps against drug sale in educational institutions

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Prof Ahsan Iqbal Friday directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad to take result oriented steps against drug sale in educational institutions of the federal capital. The minister said the drug…

NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

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MIAMI: NASA on Friday launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared…

NA suspends regular business to discuss the Elections Bill 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday suspended the regular business and discussed the Elections Bill, 2017. Following a motion passed by the House to suspend the regular business, PPPP lawmaker Syed Naveed Qamar opened the debate and…

13 dead, 100 injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

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BARCELONA: Drivers have ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 13 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. In the first incident, a white van…

Thursday, Aug 17

North Korea tells UN chief nuclear program not up for negotiation

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UNITED NATIONS: North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will never be up for negotiation as long as the US government’s “hostile policy and nuclear threat continue,” Pyongyang’s deputy UN ambassador told United Nations Secretary-General…

IS-held Raqa ‘worst place’ in Syria: UN

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GENEVA: Territory still controlled by the Islamic State group in Raqa is “the worst place” in Syria, the UN said Thursday, as fresh reports emerged of more civilians killed by US-led coalition air strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human…

Democratic continuity, political stability vital to economic progress: Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Prof Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said democratic continuity and political stability were vital to economic progress and now was the time that in Pakistan geoeconomics should take over geopolitics. Speaking at the…

Saudi king orders Qatar border be reopened to pilgrims: state media

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the border with Qatar be reopened to allow pilgrims to carry out their annual pilgrimage to Mecca, official state media said in Riyadh. The decision came after the kingdom received an envoy…