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  • Dar’s guarantor challenges AC’s order for seizure of property

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    ISLAMABAD: The guarantor of finance minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, in assets beyond means case, Ahmed Ali Qaddoosi, has challenged the Accountability Court’s (AC) verdict of seizure of his property in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday. Dar’s guarantor has submitted to the high court that there is no element of dishonesty in absence of Dar from the Accountability

  • Relief given in Imran case, says Iftikhar Ch

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    LAHORE: Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said relief has been given in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s case. He said that Nawaz and Imran cases were same but one was given relief. The former chief justice expressed these views while addressing a reception held in his honour in the Mugalpura area here on Sunday. He said that the same situation

  • WHO certifies Gabon as polio-free

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    LIBREVILLE: The World Health Organization has declared Gabon a "polio-free country", given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country. According to a WHO statement obtained by AFP on Saturday, the UN health agency nonetheless recommended taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease

  • Yao formally appointed envoy to Pakistan

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    BEIJING: President Xi Jinping formally appointed a seasoned diplomat Yao Jing as Chinese ambassador to Pakistan. The appointment was made upon approval from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, according to a statement by the national legislature. Yao Jing will soon present his diplomatic credentials to President of Pakistan in Islamabad

  • Florida man jailed for 15 years for vandalising mosque

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.,A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney´s spokesman said on Wednesday. Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief to a place of worship in a case considered a felony hate crime

  • Canadian-Iranian jailed for sanctions violations

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    WASHINGTON: A Canadian-Iranian man was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison for violating US sanctions against Iran. Between 2014 and 2016, Ali Soofi, 63, "conspired to export military items from the United States to Iran, both directly and through transshipment to intermediary countries, without a license," according to prosecutors. Soofi "sought

  • Billionaire founder of Canada drug firm in ‘suspicious’ death

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    OTTAWA: Canada´s global pharmaceutical giant Apotex has confirmed the death of its billionaire founder Barry Sherman, after police reported two “suspicious” deaths at the couple´s upscale Toronto home. Police did not identify the victims, who were found on Friday, but Canadian media named them as Sherman and his wife Honey, prominent Canadians whose

  • Toll rises to three dead after Indonesia quake

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    JAKARTA: At least three people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia´s main island of Java, an official said Saturday. The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor was felt across the island including

  • Macron criticised for celebrating 40th birthday in royal style

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM

    PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday celebrated his birthday at the iconic chateau of King Francois I, a choice denounced by critics as an example of how he is "cut off from the people". Macron, who turns 40 on Thursday, is spending the weekend with his wife Brigitte and extended family at the chateau of Chambord in France’s Loire Valley

  • Schiphol knifeman was ‘confused’: Dutch police

    December 17, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    THE HAGUE: A knife-wielding man who was shot and wounded by Dutch military police after bursting into their office at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport was "confused" a spokesman said on Saturday, adding that it was not terror related. The incident on Friday triggered panic on the airport’s vast plaza, which is criss-crossed by thousands of people every day making