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July 8, 2018 12:00 AM Pope says walls, occupation and fundamentalism hamper ME peace

Saturday and said building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism would not resolve conflict in the region. Francis also repeated his view that the "status quo" of the contested city of al-Quds should be respected, and backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. He also voiced concern that Christians will disappear

July 7, 2018 12:00 AM Qatar discussed Russian arms deal: Emir Tamim

PARIS: The leader of Qatar said on Friday that he had discussed buying an advanced air defence system from Russia with President Vladimir Putin, but that no decision had been taken. News that Qatar might be on the verge of buying the S-400 missile system has alarmed the gas-rich Gulf state´s neighbour Saudi Arabia, which is reportedly lobbying hard to try to stop the acquisition 3

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan drawn in Group D of Asiad soccer

LAHORE: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday announced the pools of the Asian Games Football and Pakistan had been drawn in Pool D. The 24 regional teams have been drawn in six pools of four teams each and on Pool D Pakistan are drawn with Japan, Nepal and Vietnam. The defending champions South Korea that won the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang 2

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM SECP registers 773 new firms in June

KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered 773 new companies, showing a growth of 28 percent in June compared to the corresponding month of the last financial year. This brings the total number of registered companies to 87,622, a statement said on Thursday. The massive increase is the result of the SECP’s various reform 1

July 1, 2018 2:05 AM Pakistan made high-level political commitment to end terror financing: US

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has made a high-level political commitment to combating terrorism financing, says the US State Department while urging Islamabad to meet its obligations. On Friday, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on a ‘grey list’ of countries that failed to prevent terrorists from collecting funds within their 1

June 28, 2018 12:00 AM Nine killed in twin bomb attack in Afrin

BEIRUT: At least nine people were killed Wednesday in twin bomb attacks in Afrin, a flashpoint town in northwestern Syria held by Ankara-backed rebels, a monitor said. Turkish forces and their rebel allies seized Afrin in March from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which pledged an insurgency to take back the town. On Wednesday, twin bombings

June 26, 2018 6:26 PM Survey terms India most dangerous country for women

A recent survey carried out by Thomson Reuters Foundation has mentioned India as the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence. The survey comprising 550 experts on women's issues has cited widespread sexual violence, retrograde cultural practices, and trafficking, as the reasons behind India becoming the world's

June 26, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan likely to avoid being placed on FATF’s blacklist

KARACHI: Pakistan is unlikely to be placed on the blacklist of the global financial watchdog as the country has made enough progress to meet international anti-money laundering and terror financing standards, a brokerage said on Monday. “Since a comprehensive action plan has already been submitted, we believe that chances of Pakistan to be placed on the blacklist 1

June 26, 2018 12:00 AM JI greets Erdogan on election victory

LAHORE: JI has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election in presidential election. In their message to the Turkish president, JI ameer Senator Sirajul Haq, secretary-general Liaquat Baloch and naib ameer Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said the grand victory of Erdogan proved the Turkish people’s deep love for Islam as system and their

June 24, 2018 12:00 AM Iraq says it killed 45 IS militants in Syria strike

BAGHDAD: Iraq said Saturday it had killed 45 jihadists from the Islamic State group, including senior members, in an air strike in eastern Syria, the second such operation in less than a month. Iraqi F-16 fighter jets carried out a “successful strike targeting a meeting of Daesh (IS) leaders” on Friday in the Hajin region, in the eastern Syrian province