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July 25, 2018 9:27 AM Clashes, violence mar polling in various constituencies; at least 2 killed

Deadly clashes and violence between activists of rival political parties were witnessed in several areas as millions of Pakistanis went to polls on Wednesday amid tight security. A clash erupted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district between workers of the Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), with one activist of the latter 8

July 22, 2018 2:47 AM 31-member team of mountaineers summit K2

GILGIT: After struggling for two months, a 31-member team of mountaineers has ascended K2, the world’s second highest and most dangerous peak. The team members were: Jianjonh Li and Changjuan He (China), Noel Hanna (Ireland), Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Imtiaz Sadpara, Fida Ali and Ali Musa (Pak­istan), Yoshiharu Nakamura and Naoko Watanabe (Japan), Gangaamaa 5

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Canada target Costa Rica in CONCACAF race to 2022

TORONTO: Canada have Costa Rica in their crosshairs as they begin their drive towards the 2022 World Cup but coach John Herdman says that with the right preparation they should eventually target regional heavyweights Mexico and the United States. With the buzz from the Russia World Cup still in the air, Canada was out of the starting blocks quickly by unveiling 5

July 18, 2018 8:53 AM Pakistan backs UN response to Indian allegations against Kashmir report

The first-ever UN report on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in Kashmir released last month focuses mainly on India-held Kashmir (IHK), and accuses Indian troops of being responsible for an estimated 145 unlawful killings, far surpassing the 20 people estimated to have been killed by militant groups during that period. It also speaks 3

July 17, 2018 12:00 AM ‘US pullout from Iran deal will hurt ME’

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday the US withdrawal from world powers’ 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran would have negative consequences for Middle East stability. Aoun, a Maronite Christian politician, is a political ally of Lebanon’s Iran-backed group Hizbullah. The United States, which classifies Hizbullah as a terrorist organisation 2

July 13, 2018 12:00 AM Former deputy Iranian PM dies aged 86

TEHRAN: A former Iranian deputy prime minister who spent years in jail on charges of spying for the US died on Thursday at the age of 86, state media reported. Abbas Amir-Entezam, regarded as a liberal, had spent decades in jail after being found guilty of espionage and treason shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Amir-Entezam, who was in poor health 3

July 11, 2018 12:00 AM India’s top court reviews homosexuality ban

NEW DELHI: India’s top court began reviewing on Tuesday petitions against a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in the latest chapter of a legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and more liberal Indians. Section 377 of the penal code, a relic from 1860s British legislation, bans gay acts as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" 1

July 9, 2018 12:00 AM US, Afghan forces clear IS from eastern district

DEH BALA, Afghanistan: US and Afghan Special Forces are completing an operation to clear Islamic State fighters from a remote district in Nangarhar, the eastern province where they have their main stronghold in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday. The operation in Deh Bala, on the border with Pakistan, began at the end of April and was largely complete 6

July 8, 2018 2:13 AM Three killed in Srinagar on Wani anniversary

SRINAGAR: Indian troops shot dead three stone-throwing protesters, including a teenage girl, in India-held Kashmir on Saturday as tensions rose ahead of the death anniversary of a popular freedom fighter. Witnesses said soldiers opened fire in the southern district of Kulgam after hundreds of people angry at an army search operation for suspected militants 4

July 8, 2018 12:00 AM Political parties coin catchy slogans to woo voters

PESHAWAR: “Bacha khani pakar da,” Imran khani pakar da,” “Na Bacha khani pakar da, na Imran khani pakar da, Musalamani pakar da,” are the three popular Pashto slogans that the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) have coined to woo the voters. Though the big banners and posters displayed on main roads