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Britain lays out Brexit blueprint

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May’s government published its blueprint for Brexit on Thursday after winning a first parliamentary vote on a bill that would empower her to start pulling Britain out of the EU. London is aiming for a “new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union ...

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Pakistan needs political will to try Hafiz Saeed: India

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s demand for concrete evidence against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, saying Islamabad has everything needed to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai carnage. Foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying that India would not go by the claims ...

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Medical group urges protection for doctors, patients after US travel ban

The largest US physician group urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday to protect international doctors and seriously ill patients from an executive order that suspends travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the American Medical Association warned that the order created ...

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Armed man holding Istanbul hospital staff hostage: reports

An armed man is holding a number of doctors and other staff hostage at a hospital in Istanbul, according to Turkish media reports. The Hurriyet newspaper said Wednesday the gunman is believed to be a patient at the psychiatric unit of Istanbul’s Cerrahpasa hospital. It said police have been dispatched ...

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‘The world is protesting Trump’s immigaration ban, why aren’t we’, PTI asks in NA

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Tuesday presented a resolution in the National Assembly (NA) against American President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The resolution, presented by Dr Arif Alvi, Sheerin Mazari and Asad Umer and backed by other opposition parties, called for Pakistan to officially raise the ...

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India’s defence budget hiked 10pc to INR 2.74 trillion

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced a more than 10 per cent increase in the country’s defence budget for upcoming fiscal year, The Times of India reported. India’s defence budget was increased to 2.74 trillion Indian rupees (INR) ─ excluding pensions ─ compared to previous fiscal year’s (2016-17) ...

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Trump’s executive order on immigration: Is it legal?

US President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting refugee arrivals and blocking immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations marked perhaps the most contentious moment of his provocative new tenure. The declaration triggered an international uproar as more than 100 immigrants, refugees, and even legal permanent US residents were ensnared in ...

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App-based cabs to keep running in Islamabad?

ISLAMABAD: As the Punjab and Sindh governments moved to clamp down on popular ride-sharing services Uber and Careem, rumours began circulating in the federal capital that the app-based cab services might be shut down. However, the companies themselves remain hopeful that all issues with the government will be ironed out ...

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Israeli Jews born in travel ban countries exempted, says US embassy

JERUSALEM: Israeli Jews born in the seven countries included under US President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions will not be banned from America, the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv said on Tuesday. The executive order signed on Friday banned nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries from the Middle East and Africa ...

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Student charged with murder in Quebec mosque attack

QUEBEC CITY: A Canadian political science student known to have nationalist sympathies was charged on Monday with six counts of murder over a shooting spree at a Quebec mosque — one of the worst attacks ever to target Muslims in a western country. Eight people were also wounded in the ...

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