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Pak economic indicators improving, says Sharif

Islamabad, Apr 2 (PTI) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today assured the World Bank that Pakistan’s economy is improving and the security forces have “broken the back” of terrorists who have inflicted huge financial losses on the country. Sharif said the government has set the priorities such as energy, education, economy and eliminating extremism. “Pakistan’s macro-economic situation is improving, inflation is ...

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World-power foreign ministers press for Iran deal

World-power foreign ministers were due today to make a final push to get Iran to agree to curtail its nuclear programme days before a looming deadline to agree the outlines of a deal. On Saturday officials expressed guarded optimism that after 18 months of tortuous negotiations and two missed deadlines a breakthrough might be in sight for a deal ending ...

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Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring “Black girls rock!” at the annual awards show of the same name. The first lady was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event, which honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle. Obama told ...

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US shares credible information with Pak on Lakhvi: official

The US has said it shared “credible evidence” with Pakistan on LeT operations commander Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi’s involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, days after it reminded the country its commitment to bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice. “The US has provided credible evidence (on Lakhvi) to Pakistan,” a senior US official said. The official ...

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India, Japan have strong cultural, religious ties: Rajnath

Friendship between India and Japan has a long history rooted in spiritual affinity and strong cultural and religious ties, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. Inaugurating an exhibition on Indian Buddhist Art at the National Museum of Tokyo, Singh said such display would help in reaffirming the civilisational ties between the two friendly countries which have endured into modern ...

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21 dead, 26 missing after Myanmar ferry sinks: police

A passenger ferry carrying more than 200 people has sunk off the coast of western Myanmar leaving at least 21 dead and 26 missing, police said today. The “Aung Takon” went down yesterday after leaving the town of Kyaukphyu on its way to Sittwe in western Rakhine state. “We have got 21 dead bodies, 2 men and 19 women. About ...

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Pak hangs 2 more prisoners

Pakistan today executed two more prisoners, convicted by anti-terrorism courts, taking to 27 the number of executions carried out since the country resumed the death sentence in December. Akhtar and Sajid, who had been found guilty in separate offences of murder, were sent to gallows in central jail Faisalabad this morning. Akhtar was sentenced to death in 2001 by anti-terrorism ...

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Lakhvi’s detention declared void by Islamabad High Court

The detention orders of LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, were on Friday declared void by the Islamabad High Court. Justice Noorul Haq accepted 55-year-old Lakhvi’s appeal filed against his third time detention orders and ordered his immediate release, Dawn reported. The High Court had earlier reserved its decision over the application. Lakhvi and ...

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Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuke signs

A Japanese town that was evacuated after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has decided to remove street signs trumpeting the benefits of atomic power, an official said today. Deserted Futaba town, which plays host to the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, is set to earmark cash to remove huge signboards erected in 1988 and 1991, a town official told ...

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‘Indian woman saw attacker approach her, begged for mercy’

The Indian woman IT professional, who was stabbed to death in a Sydney suburb, is believed to have seen her attacker approach and begged for mercy in her final moments, even as the police were investigating if the assault was related to the sex attacks here last year. Prabha Arun Kumar, 41, was stabbed to death in Parramatta Park in ...

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