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June 19, 2018 12:00 AM Iraq says US strike killed 20 in east Syria

BEIRUT: An Iraqi paramilitary force key to the battle against the Islamic State group on Monday accused the US-led coalition of killing more than 20 of its fighters in an air raid in eastern Syria. The bombing raid hit Al-Hari, a town controlled by regional militias fighting in Syria’s complex seven-year war alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces 1

June 18, 2018 10:12 AM Supreme Court takes up non-issuance of CNICs to transgenders

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will take up a complaint of transgender community regarding ‘non-issuance’ of computerized national identity cards (CNICs). Yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered the Punjab chief secretary and Akhuwat Foundation chairperson Amjad Saqib to appear before the court in person. A press release issued by the top court

June 16, 2018 12:00 AM Saudi TV drama extolling ‘modern past’ draws awe and ire

RIYADH: A Saudi television drama that glorifies a period before the rise of religious fundamentalism has evoked nostalgia about the kingdom´s "modern past" -- and fury from arch-conservatives sidelined in a much-publicised liberalisation drive. "Al-Assouf", set in the 1970s and aired on satellite broadcaster MBC during the holy fasting month of Ramadan 3

June 16, 2018 12:00 AM Ukraine official denied access to hunger-striker in Russian jail

KIEV: Kiev protested to Moscow on Friday after a Ukrainian rights official was barred from visiting hunger-striking filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in a Russian prison amid growing concerns for his life. The 41-year-old director has refused food since May 14 to demand Moscow release all Ukrainian political prisoners, timing his high-profile protest to coincide 3

June 16, 2018 12:00 AM US expected to retreat from main UN rights forum: activists

GENEVA: Talks with the United States over how to reform the main UN rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A US source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent 1

June 14, 2018 6:57 PM We have to strive for Pakistan where rule of law is supreme: COAS Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa we have to strive for a Pakistan where rule of law is supreme. The Army Chief visited National Defence University Thursday, Inter Services Public Relations said. While addressing the participants of National Security and War Course, General Bajwa congratulated them on successful completion 4

June 12, 2018 12:00 AM Qatar takes UAE to UN human rights court over boycott

LONDON: The government of Qatar said Monday it was taking the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations´ International Court of Justice over what it described as human right violations. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017, severing diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny, wealthy state, accusing it of supporting 3

June 10, 2018 12:00 AM MoU signed for robotics education

LAHORE: Time Dimensions Middle East & Africa (TDMEA) a leading UAE-based technology firm with exclusive regional rights to South Korean robotic education brand, RoboTami a signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding with Association for Academic Quality (AFAQ) and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) to promote and provide robotics and artificial intelligence 1

June 9, 2018 12:57 PM Taliban agree to three-day unprecedented Eid ceasefire with Afghan forces

The Taliban on Saturday announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion, with a three-day halt in hostilities against the country's security forces that was greeted with relief by war-weary Afghans. But the group warned the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, did not extend 1

June 9, 2018 12:00 AM Al-Quds Day observed across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: International Day of Al-Quds was observed across Pakistan on Friday with mass rallies held to condemn Zionists’ atrocities against innocent people of Palestine. In the rallies the protesters also strongly condemned US decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recent spate of killings of Palestinians by the Zionist Regime 1