Rival ends Zimbabwe election challenge to Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, said late Friday that “with deep regret and sadness” he has withdrawn a court case challenging President Robert Mugabe’s re-election on July 31.

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U.S. doctors see American jailed in Cuba

Alan Gross, a U.S. State Department contractor jailed in Cuba, received his first visit by American doctors, according to his lawyer.

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Nine in every 10 Pakistanis are anxious: survey

KARACHI:  Whether it’s the law and order situation or the incessant rise in fuel prices, tensions are high and nerves are shot in Pakistan. Nine in every ten Pakistanis are anxious and “very nervous” about some issue or another, which is the largest proportion across the globe, according to a recent survey published by JWT titled “AnxietyIndex study – Global ...

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Breach of decorum: Upper house witnesses rare verbal brawl

ISLAMABAD:  Upper house of parliament Friday witnessed a breach in its years-long tradition of nonviolence after opposition and treasury benches went into a serious verbal brawl. The scene turned ugly to the point that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) walked out of the house protesting “disrespect shown to its senior member Senator Mian Raza Rabbani by the members from opposition.” It ...

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Contract end nears: HEC chief’s extension now improbable

ISLAMABAD:  With a decision looming over the appointment of a new chief of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), chances of the outgoing head Javaid Laghari getting an extension have almost evaporated. A proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister Secretariat to give additional charge of HEC chief to Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, sources ...

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Lucrative post: PM picks Nasir Khosa for World Bank job

ISLAMABAD:  The government has decided in principle to nominate senior civil servant Nasir Khosa as an executive director of the World Bank (WB), The Express Tribune learnt on Friday. Khosa, who is currently serving as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will replace Raja Azeemul Haq, son-in-law of former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Haq resigned from the post ...

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U.N.: 82 child soldiers saved in DR Congo

Scores of child soldiers, some of them as young as eight years old, have been rescued from an armed group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. mission in the African nation said.

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‘Rigging’ in PP-150: PTI to set up hunger strike camp

LAHORE:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab chapter president Ejaz Chaudhary has said a hunger strike camp will be set up on Saturday in front of the Punjab Assembly to protest against rigging in by-elections by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). “We have proof of rigging by the office bearers of PML-N to grab the PP-150 seat in the city,” Chaudhary told ...

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Islamabad standoff: Supreme Court questions role of electronic media

ISLAMABAD:  The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the role of the local administration and the electronic media in the Islamabad standoff case. The apex court was hearing the case related to the Jinnah Avenue episode in which a gunman, Sikandar, along with his wife and two kids, had kept Islamabad police occupied for hours on Aug 15. A three-judge bench ...

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Misuse of funds: Gilani used cars to entice voters

ISLAMABAD:  A fresh audit report has implicated former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in a case involving the misuse of taxpayers’ money through the purchase of vehicles worth Rs190 million for distribution among his party’s voters. The audit, covering the financial year 2011-12, was tabled by the federal government in the National Assembly. It showed that former premier Gilani had ...

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