Clock of immunity: Zardari to stay in country, reorganise party, says Khosa

KARACHI:  Outgoing president Asif Ali Zardari will continue to stay in Pakistan after stepping down from office next week and will supervise the re-organisation of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Punjab’s former governor Latif Khosa said, quashing rumours that his party’s leader would be settling abroad. “Soon after his retirement, the president will rein in the party leadership while living ...

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Merkel faces poll rival in TV debate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and centre-left election rival Peer Steinbrueck are to take part in their only televised debate ahead of key elections.

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Legal perspective: Syria gas evidence must be sound

There are three options for using force against a sovereign state. First, the 1945 United Nations Charter prohibits the use of force against a sovereign state but the Security Council can authorise a strike after all peaceful means are exhausted. The Security Council can do this only if it has determined that there is a threat to peace, breach of ...

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Firefight in Mand: Frontier Corps repels attack, kill 7 militants

QUETTA:  The Frontier Corps (FC) on Saturday claimed it had killed seven militants and wounded 11 others in a firefight in Mand area, close to the Iranian border. “The FC convoy came under militant attack in the Mand area. The FC retaliated, leaving seven dead and eleven injured, all militants involved in the attack,” an FC statement said. The terse  ...

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Nationwide: Walk held in Attock

ATTOCK:  A walk was organised by the National Highway and Motorway Police Attock region on Saturday to mark the World Road Safety Day. The walk, led by North-One Region SSP Hassan Abbas and other police officials, saw participation from a large number of students, citizens and Motorway police personnel. SSP Abbas said on the occasion that by following road safety ...

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Six-week ordeal ends: Police rescue kidnapped Palestinian student

HYDERABAD:  Police claim to have rescued a Palestinian student of an engineering university who was kidnapped six weeks ago. “We’ve rescued Muhammad Jameel and arrested five suspects,” SSP Hyderabad Fida Hussain Mastoi told a news conference on Saturday. Muhammad Jameel, a final year biotechnology student at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, was abducted by armed men on July 17 ...

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Road Safety Day: Awareness walk held to highlight road safety

ISLAMABAD:  A number of students, civic-minded residents and police officials participated in a walk to show their commitment to improving road safety in the federal capital on Saturday. The walk was organised by the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) in collaboration with partners. The participants, including students from Roots and the Angelique schools, walked around two kilometres from the China Chowk ...

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Traffic (in)discipline: Habitual violators taking time to mend their ways

ISLAMABAD:  Achieving traffic discipline in the capital city may not sound like such a far-fetched dream if people were to cooperate with the traffic police, but whereas they can be fined for violations, it is the uniformed drivers who pose more of a challenge. Recently, on the interior ministry’s directions, the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) launched an awareness campaign coupled ...

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Obama turns to Congress on Syria

US President Barack Obama formally asks Congress to authorise military action against Syria over alleged chemical weapons attacks.

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Global fluctuation: Oil prices raised by up to Rs5.89

ISLAMABAD:  The government on Saturday raised oil prices by up to Rs5.89 per litre following fluctuation in global oil prices. Effective today (Sunday) onwards, the price of petrol now stands at Rs109.13 per litre, up from Rs104.50 – a Rs4.63 increase. The price of kerosene – which is used in cooking stoves in remote areas where Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) ...

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Back in Wali Bagh: Asfandyar unveils plans to reorganise ANP

CHARSADDA:  Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan unveiled plans on Saturday to reorganise his party at the grassroots level following its drubbing in the May 11 elections. The ANP, which ruled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in coalition with the Pakistan Peoples Party for five years, lost to Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the province. “Our party performed poorly in the general ...

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Attack on Suez Canal ship ‘foiled’

Egyptian officials say they have foiled an attack on a container ship which was aimed at disrupting shipping in the strategic Suez Canal.

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$52.6b ‘black budget’: US spies see Pakistan as ‘intractable target’

WASHINGTON:  Pakistan is described in detail as an ‘intractable target’ in a 178-page budget summary for the US National Intelligence Programme, The Washington Post disclosed on Friday. Claiming to have obtained what it described as the .6 billion ‘black budget’ for fiscal 2013 from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper said the document details the successes, failures and objectives ...

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U.S. beefs up security measures

U.S. authorities are tightening up domestic security measures ahead of a possible U.S. military attack on Syria.

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