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Nawaz Sharif remains critical, platelets drop again: Physician

PTI Lahore Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s health condition remains critical as his platelet count has dropped again, a day after it rose to 51,000, his personal physician said on Saturday. Sharif, 69, was admitted to the Services Hospital on Monday night from Pakistan’s anti-graft body’s custody after his platelets dropped to a critical low level of 2,000. On …

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Landmine kills nine children in Afghanistan

AFP Kunduz (Afghanistan) A landmine explosion killed nine children in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday, an official said, amid an increase in civilian casualties in the long-running and brutal war.  The blast happened in volatile Darqad district of Takhar province, when the children stepped on a mine that had been planted on a road in a Taliban-controlled village.  “At 8.30am (0400 …

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Sikh pilgrims from India to visit Kartarpur without passport: Pak PM

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced that Sikh pilgrims from India would only need a valid ID and not a passport to travel to Kartarpur and are not required to register 10 days in advance to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, in a goodwill gesture ahead of Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary.  In a tweet on …

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China warns it won’t tolerate dissent in Hong Kong

Beijing: China warned Friday it would not tolerate any challenge to Hong Kong’s governing system, as it laid out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its leader is chosen or removed after months of pro-democracy protests. The unrest in the semi-autonomous city was an important topic at a major, four-day meeting of the Communist Party chaired …

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Sharply divided House approves Democrats’ impeachment rules

Washington: Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House, as the chamber’s first vote on the investigation highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened. By 232-196, lawmakers on Thursday approved the procedures they’ll follow as weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses evolve into public committee hearings and — almost …

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Trump backs “fantastic” Boris over “bad” Corbyn ahead of UK polls

London: US President Donald Trump ruffled a few feathers in the UK with an intervention on the country’s upcoming General Election by backing his “friend” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and categorising Opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn as “so bad” for Britain. In an interview with LBC Radio with host and far-right Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage on the …

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China rolls out nationwide 5G telecom services

5G is the next generation cellular technology with download speeds stated to be 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks Beijing: China’s three major state-run telecom operators have unveiled their superfast 5G network across the country, as the Communist giant aims at becoming the global leader in next generation telecom technology surpassing the US and other …

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UK Parliament suspends MP Keith Vaz

London: The UK Parliament on Thursday suspended one of Britain’s longest-serving Indian-origin MPs Keith Vaz for six months after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes. MPs approved the suspension after the Parliament Standards Committee concluded in its report that the 62-year-old Goan-origin Labour Party MP for Leicester East had “disregarded” the law when …

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Pak violated its obligations in Jadhav’s case: ICJ Prez tells UNGA

United Nations: Pakistan violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the arrest and detention of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abduylqawi Yusuf told the UN General Assembly here. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial …

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Envoy’s visit to Arunachal in ‘support for Indian sovereignty’: US

Washington: The US has said that the visit of its envoy to India to Arunachal Pradesh highlighted America’s “support for Indian sovereignty”, a remark that could rile China, which claims most of the northeastern state as its own. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Monday visited the border town of Tawang in the state to participate in the Tawang …

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