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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Europe witnesses worst winter in 30 years

VIENNA, Austria: This week, heavy snowfall from the worst winter in over 30 years battered parts of Europe, causing fatal avalanches, major traffic and power disruptions and leaving more than 21 people dead across the continent. On Friday, several parts of Europe were brought to a standstill as extreme winter storms dumped up to two metres of snowfall

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Two children per family enough: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Terming the burgeoning population a ticking time bomb, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday suggested that two children per family would help control it. The suggestion from the top judge came during the hearing of a suo motu case pertaining to unchecked population growth. The chief justice directed the government, civil

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM French FM visits Iraq holy city in first, pledges loan

NAJAF, Iraq: France´s top diplomat Jean-Yves Le Drian met with a leading cleric in Iraq´s Najaf on Tuesday, the first time a French foreign minister has visited the holy city. The visit to the revered southern city capped Le Drian´s packed two-day trip to Iraq, during which he announced new support for the country´s reconstruction efforts. France would 1

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Germany arrests German-Afghan army adviser for ‘spying for Iran’

BERLIN: Germany on Tuesday detained a German-Afghan man on suspicion he was spying for Iran while working for the German army as a linguistic and cultural adviser. The 50-year-old identified as Abdul Hamid S. was arrested in western Germany, federal prosecutors said in a statement. “The accused was a language evaluator and cultural issues adviser of the German 1

January 15, 2019 12:11 PM PM Imran expresses gratitude to donors of Shaukat Khanum

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday expressed his gratitude to all the donors for their help in achieving the financial targets of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) for the year 2018. On his twitter account, he expressed his confidence that the people would continue their support in the mission to save lives of the poor cancer 2

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 7.2-kanal of overseas Pakistani encroached in Jhang

JHANG: Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab chapter’s commissioner has directed the Jhang district collector/deputy commissioner to take immediate action against the revenue and municipality officials over their alleged involvement in encroaching the urban land of an overseas Pakistani. Ali Aftab Sial, an overseas Pakistani and a USA citizen

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM AB de Villiers to play in Lahore after 11 years

LAHORE: The charismatic and flamboyant former South Africa captain AB de Villiers have confirmed that he will feature in Lahore Qalandars’ back-to-back matches at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in March. De Villiers’s only previous visit to Lahore was in 2007 as such he will be visiting Lahore after almost 11 years. Lahore Qalandars, who are hoping

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 Qatar rejects normalising ties with ‘criminal’ Assad

DOHA: Qatar’s foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal. "Normalisation (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalisation of a person involved in war crimes, and this should not be acceptable