Frozen by shutdown, US warns of ‘catastrophic’ default

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama demanded an end Thursday to a three-day government shutdown he decried as a reckless “farce,” piling pressure on Republicans to climb down first on a budget impasse. The US Treasury meanwhile warned of “catastrophic” consequences if there is no deal within weeks to raise the country’s debt ceiling, and the IMF’s chief said navigating a way out ...

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‘Digital baby’ screen for sperm donors

A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of “virtual babies” is set to launch in the US by December.

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IMF condition: FBR raises sales tax on two dozen goods

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) increased the sales tax on two dozen goods by two per cent in an effort to increase revenue collection, Express News reported on Friday. The goods include biscuits, chocolates, auto parts, air conditioners, refrigerators and gas heaters among others. The sales tax was increased to fulfill a key condition of the International Monetary Fund’s ...

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‘Students face living-cost crisis’

Students in England face a cost-of living-crisis as loans and grants fail to keep pace with rents and bills, suggest figures from the National Union of Students.

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Kayani may be retained in powerful security role after retirement

ISLAMABAD: One of Pakistan’s most powerful men, General Ashfaq Kayani, is likely to stay head of the military with a new title when he steps down as army chief next month, government and security sources said, taking over some of the duties of his successor. The expected move comes at a time when violence is on the rise in Pakistan, tension ...

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VIDEO: Miliband defends energy bill freeze

Labour leader Ed Miliband says his party’s plan to freeze energy bills would “benefit 1.5 million businesses” and that suppliers “can stomach this”.

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Mother who starved son is jailed

A woman who let her four-year-old son starve to death and left his body in a cot for nearly two years is jailed for 15 years.

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Italy mourns migrants killed in shipwreck

“Today is a day of tears,” Pope Francis said Friday in reference to a shipwreck off the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa a day earlier, in which at least 110 people died.

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LoC violation: Indian shelling injures four

KASHMIR: Four people were injured because of Indian shelling on the Line of Control on Friday, Express News reported. The recent ceasefire violation occurred in the Kotli area. Armed engagement is reportedly taking place even after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan have met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session and have promised new ...

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PSNI advised no Adams prosecution

The police say they recommended to the PPS there should be no prosecution about evidence given by Gerry Adams in a recent trial of his brother for rape.

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