Three more nations reach World Cup finals

Germany, Belgium and Switzerland became the latest teams to book their passage to the World Cup finals in Brazil next year while England look set to join them after debutant Andros Townsend inspired a 4-1 win over Montenegro at Wembley Friday.

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Immunity runs out: Accountability court reopens graft cases against Zardari

ISLAMABAD:  Just as the chief graft buster assumed charge on Friday, an accountability court in Islamabad reopened five references against former president Asif Ali Zardari and summoned him before the court on October 14. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigators informally briefed NAB Chairman Maj (retd) Chaudhry Qamar Zaman on the status of pending cases on Friday, according to an official. ...

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No relief: Power tariff goes up by 30%

ISLAMABAD:  Last week the government had retracted a sharp increase in power tariff on the Supreme Court orders – but only to get it restored through the power regulator a week later. On Friday, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) reissued the notification of the nearly 30% increase in electricity prices with no big changes. According to the notification, ...

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UN SC approves misson to oversee destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Security Council formally approved a first ever joint UN mission with the Nobel Peace Prize winning global chemical weapons watchdog to oversee the destruction of Syria’s stockpiles and production facilities of chemical weapons, UN announced on Thursday. The Security Council endorsed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s plan to deploy as many as 100 UN and Organisation for ...

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2013 Peace Prize: No Nobel – but three cheers for Malala

OSLO:  In the end, Malala Yousafzai’s own words proved prophetic. “I have not done that much to win the Nobel Peace Prize,” she had said 48 hours before the prize was announced. She did not win – much to people’s disappointment – even though she was named a ‘favourite’ and was declared a front-runner candidate for the coveted award. As ...

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VIDEO: McAfee: Addict, coder, runaway

The software genius with the playboy image, John McAfee, speaks to Leo Kelion about his life and why he fled from the police in Belize.

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LoC skirmishes: ‘Provocative’ Indian charges anger Kayani

NEW DELHI / ISLAMABAD:  Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani finally broke his silence on sporadic skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) amid a flurry of allegations by the Indian military brass. General Kayani – who will retire by the end of next month – said on Friday that the Indian allegations against Pakistan ...

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Victory for same-sex couples in NJ

A New Jersey judge rejected the state’s appeal to halt same-sex marriages on Thursday, clearing the way for couples to marry later this month.

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US elephant kills veteran zookeeper

An elephant named Patience with a history of aggression has killed a veteran zookeeper, the zoo in the US state of Missouri says.

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Detained Saudi blogger ‘hopeful’

As a campaign for Saudi women to defy the driving ban in their country heats up, one of the country’s leading female bloggers was detained in Riyadh on Thursday after a woman she was with did just that.

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