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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Ivory Coast ex-strongman Gbagbo in shock ICC acquittal

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Judges ordered the immediate release of the 73-year-old deposed strongman, the first head of state to stand trial at the troubled ICC, and his former 11

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM LTU Karachi collects Rs587bln in first half of 2018/19

KARACHI: The Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) Karachi has collected Rs587 billion during the first half (July–December) of the current fiscal year, amid flat growth in sales tax collection, sources said on Tuesday. The unit – the biggest revenue collecting arm of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) – posted only two percent growth in the collection of Inland 35

January 15, 2019 1:26 PM PM Imran Khan appoints Nadeem Afzal Chan as his spokesperson

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Nadeem Afzal Gondal commonly known as Nadeem Afzal Chan as his spokesman with immediate effect. Prime Minister Office has issued notification of his appointment here on January 15, 2019. According to the notification, “The Prime Minister has been pleased to appoint Mr Nadeem Afzal Gondal as Spokesman 27

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 32

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 12

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia's crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder while seeking to shore up strategic ties with Riyadh. The top US diplomat, on an extensive Middle East tour, held talks with King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pompeo walked 13

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM CJP Nisar to open ‘free legal clinic’ after retirement

LAHORE: Chief Justice (CJ) Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday said he would open a free legal clinic once he steps down from his post. Justice Nisar interacted with a group of journalists in Lahore, where he shared his future plans following his retirement on January 18. The CJP said that he wants to open a legal clinic to dispense free legal services to those 12

January 13, 2019 6:53 AM APS survivor becomes first Pakistani to receive 'Points of Light Award' in UK

Ahmad Nawaz, a survivor of terrorist attack on Army Public School Peshawar, has been given "Points of Light Award" from 10 Downing Street, the headquarters of the government in United Kingdom, to honor his services aimed at encourage people to unite and fight extremism through anti-radicalization talks. "It’s an honour to be recognised by the Prime Minister 12

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Aussies stun India in 1st ODI despite Sharma’s ton

SYDNEY: Australia fended off an explosive century from Rohit Sharma to post a morale-boosting 34-run victory over India in the first one-day international in Sydney on Saturday. The Australians made 288 for five off their 50 overs after winning the toss and restricted India to 254 for nine. Sharma blasted 133 off 129 balls in a scintillating effort to keep India 14

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Iran, Iraq power into Asian Cup knockout phase

ABU DHABI: Iran sank Vietnam and Iraq beat Yemen as the neighbours and arch-rivals powered into the Asian Cup round of 16 on Saturday ahead of their highly anticipated group decider next week. Sardar Azmoun struck both goals in Iran’s 2-0 win in Abu Dhabi, while teenager Mohanad Ali’s early solo strike kick-started Iraq’s 3-0 victory in Sharjah. Iran and Iraq will meet in Dubai 10