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Car bombs kill 43 in Turkey near Syrian border

REYHANLI – Twin car bombs killed 43 people and wounded many more in a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Saturday and the government said it suspected Syrian involvement. The bombing increased fears that Syria’s civil war was dragging in neighboring states despite renewed diplomatic moves towards ending two years of fighting in which more than 70,000 people have been ... Read More »

5 parties boycott elections in Karachi

KARACHI: Four religious parties, the Jamaat-i-Islami, Sunni Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan and the Sunni Ittehad Council, and Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) pulled out their candidates from the electoral race in Karachi, while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement also partially boycotted polling in a few constituencies citing allegations of poll irregularities and rigging on Saturday. Even parties like the PPP, PTI, PML-N and ... Read More »

PTI ready for role as opposition party

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) may be down after Punjab ignored its call for ‘change’ on Saturday, but it is not out. “Overall the PTI has emerged as the second largest national party, capable of playing the role of a strong, active opposition in the National Assembly and independently forming the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Asad Omar, a central ... Read More »

Nawaz sharif call meeting of party leaders in Raiwand

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif has called a meeting of party leaders in Raiwind as unofficial officials reflected a PML-N majority in the country’s historic general elections held on May 11. The meeting is expected to discuss questions pertaining to government formation and the possibilities of striking alliances with other political parties. Earlier on Saturday, the ... Read More »

Blast on Peshawar’s Charsadda road injurs 5

PESHAWAR: A blast near a school, which was designated as a polling station, on Peshawar’s Charsadda road injured 12 persons on elections day. Rescue and security forces rushed to the site on incident. Moreover another blast was reported near a mosque on Kohat road in Sheikh Muhammaddi Badaber area in the suburbs of Peshawar. A suicide bomber blew himself pre-maturely ... Read More »

Strong earthquake strikes Iran

TEHRAN: A strong earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hit southern Iran early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with local media reporting of damaged villages and several injuries. The epicentre of the quake was measured at 85 kilometres (52 miles) southeast of the southern town of Minab at 0208 GMT , the USGS said in a statement. It was at a ... Read More »

ANP candidate attacked in Karachi blast; 10 killed, 37 hurt

KARACHI: At least three persons were killed while 15 others injured in a blast that occurred near Dawood Chowrangi, Quaidabad area of the city,United News reports on Saturday. According to police, ANP leader Amanullah Mehsud, candidate PS 128, was attacked in the balst. He remained safe in the blast. Tension prevailed in the area after the blast. Read More »

Nations agree to new chemical ban, export controls

GENEVA  — U.N. officials and delegates say more than 120 nations agreed to tighter controls on several chemicals and hazardous waste, including a gradual ban on a flame retardant and some new export requirements for other substances. But they say an effort to rein in use of construction material Chrysotile asbestos and a powerful herbicide, Paraquat, fell short at a two-week summit of delegates to ... Read More »

Germany: Chancellor Merkel on visit to Afghanistan

KABUL — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel made a surprise visit Friday to northern Afghanistan to visit her troops less than two weeks after insurgents killed a German special forces soldier and wounded a second, a military spokesman said. Germany is the only NATO nation that has so far committed troops to Afghanistan after the coalition completes its scheduled pullout of combat forces next year. The ... Read More »

Woman rescued after 17 days trapped in rubble of Bangladesh factory

DHAKA — A seamstress buried in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building for 17 days was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against a scene of unimaginable horror, where the death toll shot past 1,000. Reshma survived, in remarkably good shape, by eating dried food that was in her area and drinking spare amounts of water with her. She ... Read More »

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