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New stakeholders: IP gas pipeline could be extended to China

ISLAMABAD:  Setting aside fierce US opposition to the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, in a strategic move, the pipeline may be stretched and connected to western China as Islamabad and Beijing have made it part of the planned economic corridor. Earlier, India was actively involved in the pipeline project, but withdrew following a civil nuclear energy agreement with the US. ...

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Afghan parties gear up for 2014 presidential elections

ISLAMABAD:  Election fervour is gaining momentum in Afghanistan with its third presidential elections just eight months away. Political parties have intensified their search for suitable candidates and some have started nominating them to get a head start for campaigning. Some prominent political personalities will also formally announce their candidacy in the coming days. According to the country’s Independent Election Commission ...

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Peer calls for school abuse inquiry

An independent inquiry into allegations of abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey School should be held, a senior Liberal Democrat peer has said.

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Censorship and fear

With the state busily disintegrating on various fronts, we were promised — by this third time try of Nawaz Sharif to govern as an effective and wisdom-endowed prime minister — that there would be an allout assault on terrorism, an activity that has somewhat grudgingly been acknowledged, by the so-called pillars of state, as the foremost barrier to normal progress ...

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Exclusive club admits women

For almost 200 years Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron has had a strict men-only policy, meaning even its patron, Queen Elizabeth II, was denied entry.

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Rehabilitation programme: Mishal Centre releases 60 former militants

GULIBAGH:  Sixty former militants were released from Mishal Centre, the army-run rehabilitation centre in Gulibagh, Swat following the completion of their training. A certificate distribution ceremony was held on Friday for the rehabilitated ex-militants at Mishal centre with Malakand Division Commissioner Afsar Ali invited as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Ali said he was pleased to distribute certificates to ...

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What to avoid when you’re expecting

Pregnant women face a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to food and drink, as in other areas of life. Working out where to draw the line is not always easy.

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PCB issues notice to Rashid Latif

KARACHI:  The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday issued a notice to former captain Rashid Latif, seeking evidence to support his media statement regarding Indian bookmaker Annu Bhatt. Latif had recently claimed that Bhatt, named in leg-spinner Danish Kaneria’s case by the England and Wales Cricket Board, was the PCB’s guest when India and England toured Pakistan in 2005 and 2006 ...

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Muslims And Jews Celebrate

To all of our Muslim and Jewish readers for whom important religious holidays fall today and tomorrow, happy Eid and happy Rosh Hashana!

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Health scare: Dengue count at a staggering 81

MINGORA:  District Health Officer of Swat Dr Abdul Khaliq on Friday informed the number of dengue patients has reached a staggering 81. Of these, 45 have been admitted to Saidu Teaching Hospital and are being treated in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, said Dr Khaliq while speaking at a dengue awareness seminar at Saidu Medical College. Participants from ...

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Emerging Teams Cup: Hammad steers Pakistan U23 into final against India

KARACHI:  Captain Hammad Azam led from the front to help Pakistan U23 overcome Sri Lanka U23 in a thrilling one-wicket win in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup semi-final in Singapore, confirming a place in the final against India U23 tomorrow. Hammad scored an unbeaten half-century to take his side from tatters as they achieved the 231-run target. The run-chase was ...

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Let’s put the muse back in museums

They’re beacons of the cultured world, flogged to travelers like their vacations depend on them — but their connection to humanity has gone AWOL.

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Deadly attack: ANP leader among two gunned down by opponents

KATLANG:  Two people, including Awami National Party (ANP) leader Gul Hameed Khattak, were gunned down in Katlang area of Mardan district on Friday, while another activist was also injured in the firing. Jabar police official Shafi Rahman said former nazim of Sawal Dher union council and ANP president of PK-29 Gul Hameed was returning from a funeral in Katlang along ...

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