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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Eight, including bride-to-be, killed in house fire

RAWALPINDI: Eight people, including five young women and a bride-to-be, were killed when a fire broke out in a house at around 12.30pm where mehndi celebrations were on. The deceased also included three children who were asphyxiated by smoke on the first floor. The unfortunate incident occurred in a Satellite Town house on the Sixth Road. As per reports

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM US, Russia meet on disputed nuclear treaty in Geneva

GENEVA: US and Russian diplomats were meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fate of a major nuclear missile control treaty that Washington has threatened to ditch over alleged violations by Moscow. The discussions come amid widespread concern over the fate of the bilateral treaty, after US President Donald Trump said in October his country would pull out of the deal unless 1

January 15, 2019 4:21 PM Opposition forms committee for joint line of action on public issues

ISLAMABAD: Main opposition parties on Tuesday constituted a committee to prepare a joint line of action for raising issues of public importance. The decision was taken in a meeting of opposition parties, including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), Awami National Party (ANP) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) here at the Parliament 1

January 15, 2019 1:43 AM US officials due today for talks on Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials — special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis — are expected in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks aimed at ensuring the success of a US-backed peace initiative for Afghanistan. The US Department of State announced last week that Mr Khalilzad is visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan 1

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Pakistani diplomat visits Xinjiang

BEIJING: Diplomats from Pakistan and other regional countries visited Xinjiang region last week, and got highly impressed by the recent measures taken by the Chinese government for ensuring peace and prosperity for their people. The regional government of the region has invited diplomatic envoys and representatives from Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Italian ex-militant extradited, jailed

ROME: Former communist militant Cesare Battisti, wanted in Italy for four murders in the 1970s, arrived in Rome on Monday after an international police squad tracked him down and arrested him in Bolivia. Jailed in 1979 for belonging to an armed revolutionary group outlawed in Italy, Battisti escaped from prison two years later, and has spent nearly four decades

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Paris Opera drops star dancer after homophobic rant

PARIS: The Paris Opera Ballet has dropped controversial Ukrainian-born dance star Sergei Polunin from a production of "Swan Lake" after he made a homophobic and sexist rant on social media. The mercurial "bad boy of ballet", who was compared to Rudolf Nureyev earlier in his career, blasted gay dancers in an Instagram post last month in which he urged

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Polish mayor dies of stab wounds

GDANSK, Poland: The centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event. "Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him," Doctor Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, told Polish media. Anti-violence rallies are being planned

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Pakistan Citrus Week in Jeddah

ISLAMABAD: The Commercial Section of the Consulate of Pakistan Jeddah is starting its citrus promotional campaign from January 16 to 23, 2019, a statement received here from Jeddah said. It will include in store promotion and display of citrus at Manuel super store. Besides displaying the products, the tasting campaign will also be held for the visitors

January 14, 2019 12:14 PM Sharif family woman takes a shot at PTI

After Maryam Nawaz another Sharif Family woman appears to be readying to enter the world of politics. Zainab Suleman, daughter-in-law of Shahbaz Sharif, has started commenting on political issues on social media in tweets targeting rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Quoting from a newspaper column she taunted: “Fiaz ul Hassan Chauhan will face off Miftah 3