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Fresh Gaza protests after Palestinian pay cut

GAZA CITY: Fresh protests against civil service pay cuts broke out in Gaza on Saturday, as pressure builds on Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to tackle the crisis. The decision this week by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to slash the salaries of civil servants in the Gaza Strip has sparked …

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Iranian ships arrive on training, goodwill visit

KARACHI: Two ships of the Iranian Navy, Naghdi and Tonb, arrived here on Saturday on a goodwill and training visit. The visit is aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration and enhancing interoperability between the two navies through tabletop discussions and exercise at sea. During their stay in Karachi, the officers and …

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Trump renews vow to destroy IS and save ‘civilisation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his vow to destroy the militant Islamic State group and “protect civilisation” during a White House press conference on Wednesday. Speaking after talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Trump predicted that the campaign against IS in Syria and Iraq will be “a shorter fight than …

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Unusual mix of candidates to replace outgoing auditor general

ISLAMABAD: The office of the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) has proposed an unusual mix of four names, consisting of serving and retired officers, to fill the constitutional post which is due to fall vacant later this month with the retirement of incumbent AGP Rana Assad Amin. Auditor General of …

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How Britain’s retreat from EU is reminiscent of its exit from India 70 years ago

That the castles and museums of the United Kingdom are filled with the treasures of its former colonies is a fact well known to all. Upon entering Windsor Castle one sees the crown (among various others) of the kingdom of Togo. Also on display are other things from other kings: …

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SC irked by need for ‘foreign experts’ in Orange Line case

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court judge hearing the Orange Line Metro Train case regretted on Tuesday the national tendency to expect foreign experts to show us the way. “It is a sad and painful aspect of the matter that we wait for some magician from outside to come and change the …

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Ousted South Korean leader ‘behind bars’ after arrest on bribery charges

SEOUL: Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye was behind bars in the Seoul Detention Centre on Friday after her arrest, on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that has brought low some of the country’s business and political elite. In a dramatic fall from power, Park, 65, became South …

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Ivanka Trump takes unpaid job as White House adviser

WASHINGTON DC: First daughter Ivanka Trump is about to take on another title as an unpaid adviser to her father President Donald Trump, the White House announced on Wednesday. Ivanka, whose husband Jared Kushner also works as a senior aide to the president, will not receive a salary for her …

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Hawaii judge extends order blocking Trump travel ban

LOS ANGELES: The US federal judge who put on hold President Trump’s revised travel ban extended his order blocking implementation of the controversial measure. Hawaii-based US District Judge Derrick Watson said on Wednesday he had turned his original temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction. The Justice Department is expected …

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Indian PM Modi to visit Washington this year

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and said he looked forward to playing host to a visit by Modi to Washington later this year. The White House said Trump spoke with Modi to congratulate him on the outcome of recent …

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