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August 14, 2017 3:58 PM Venezuela's Maduro seeks to capitalize on Trump's military threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Latin America tamping down concern over his boss's threat of possible military action in Venezuela, the country's leader Nicolas Maduro sought to capitalize on local outrage by holding an "anti-imperialist" protest on Monday. The march started with a late morning rally and was expected 1

August 14, 2017 7:42 AM 70 years of independence for Pakistan, zero years of independence for its women

Seventy years of independence today. I’m sitting here, trying to sum up what that means for me. There are too many things that encompass this day. There are too many ways to go about it. It’s 1947. Your grandfather is fighting for his life on a train that has no food. He is holding your father tight in his arms. Your great grandmother is leaving behind 11

August 14, 2017 1:42 AM The story-tellers beyond the wall

LAHORE - The walled city of Lahore is illuminated with lights and national flags strewn along the narrow streets ahead of Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day celebrations. Stalls are set up where children are buying flags, and among all the rest, hidden in the chaos, there are story-tellers. Muhammad Ashraf, 40, is a flute-player in Roop Band Qalandri

August 13, 2017 9:52 PM Reasons to be proud of Pakistan

As soon as the month of August commences, the countdown begins to the day that holds great significance for us, the day we attained an independent country of our own, and everyone is engulfed in a sea of varied emotions. Those who were present at the time of the creation feel nostalgia at all that they lost and left behind as well as feel a sense of freedom 1

August 13, 2017 5:28 AM Bhagat Singh to Jawaharlal Nehru, here's what our leaders experienced in British jails

A peek into the life of Indian prisoners in British jails before Independence. For the generation that was born during and after the 1990s, prisons and jails just don't represent the same thing that they did 70 years ago. The idea of imprisonment is still quite terrifying, and yet, we don't have to think about enduring the horrible conditions and atrocities 1

August 12, 2017 1:49 AM PM replaces Ishaq Dar as head of ECC

ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Friday reconstituted the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as its chair, replacing Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as its head. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Dar as chairman of the ECC, the top economic decision-making body of the country 2

August 12, 2017 12:06 AM Will India and Pakistan ever grow up?

India and Pakistan have been celebrating their independence from the British and separation from each other for 70 years. Farewells are never easy. The stronger and older the bonds, the more violent and painful is the separation. Not surprisingly, the partition of the Subcontinent 70 years ago had been so overwhelming in its nature and impact that it took generations 5

August 11, 2017 9:51 PM Family bonds survive Pakistan-India split, but for how long?

NEW DELHI: I was 9 the first time I traveled on an airplane, in 1986. We were headed to Pakistan, a country that was foreign yet held a part of us. For my younger brothers, the flight from New Delhi to Lahore meant little glasses of fizzy drinks and an endless supply of individually wrapped chocolates. My own grandmother, whom I call ammi, was thinking 12

August 11, 2017 1:08 PM Dar no longer ECC chairman as PM takes over

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday reconstituted the cabinet’s most powerful body – the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) – and decided to become its chairman, which will squeeze the space for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the new set-up. It is for the first time in the past 10 years when a prime minister has decided to be the ECC chairman 2

August 11, 2017 5:20 AM Ancient sites turned refugee camps post India-Pakistan Partition

NEW DELHI: The Partition of India-Pakistan sparked one of the greatest mass migrations in modern history, with millions seeking sanctuary from the violence inside ancient tombs and forts – transforming them into sprawling refugee camps. More than 15 million people were displaced following India’s independence from Britain in 1947, with Muslims embarking 7