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Convicted people will not be allowed media space: Pak govt

PTI Islamabad The Pakistan government has decided that media should not be allowed to promote the narrative of convicted or under-trial persons, in a move that aims to curtail the space given by the press to jailed politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. A Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the Pakistan …

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UN nuclear watchdog holds special meeting on Iran

IANS Vienna The UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday held a special meeting on Iran after the Islamic Republic announced its second breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers. It prompted criticism from the Iranian president, who said the focus should be firmly on US policies. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors held talks in Vienna …

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All-Afghan conference for peace

Kabul: All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan’s warring sides ended Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country’s future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington’s Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said he is hoping for a final agreement by September …

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Trump launches unprecedented tirade against UK PM

Washington/London: In rare public disdain for a British Prime Minister, US President Donald Trump assailed premier Theresa May for the “mess” she created over her handling of the crucial Brexit negotiations with the EU and even welcomed her impending departure from office. The US President’s digital tirade against the British PM came hours after Downing Street reiterated the UK’s ambassador …

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Sri Lankan ex-police chief and former defence secretary gets bail

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundera were granted bail on Tuesday by a local court, which ruled that there was no basis for their arrests. Both Fernando and Jayasundera were arrested last week after Attorney General Dappula de Livera instructed the authorities to charge them for their failure to prevent the Easter …

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Hong Kong leader says extradition bill ‘is dead’

Beijing: China on Tuesday reacted guardedly to Hong Kong’s embattled pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam’s declaration that the highly controversial plan to allow the extradition of Hongkongers to the mainland “is dead”, saying it has “nothing more to add” to its endorsement of her June 15 announcement to suspend it. The Chinese government has backed Lam’s move on June 15 to …

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EU ‘strongly urges’ Iran to stop nuclear enrichment

Brussels: The European Union said Monday it was “extremely concerned” by Iranian plans to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal, calling on Tehran to reverse course. Iran said Sunday it would breach the cap “in a few hours” and on Monday announced it had passed 4.5 per cent enrichment — well above the 3.7 per …

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Conservatives win Greek snap general elections

Athens: The conservative New Democracy party was the clear winner in the snap general elections in Greece, signaling an end to the rule of the left-wing Syriza coalition that has helmed the government since 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged this Sunday his defeat and congratulated the winner, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, reports Efe news. In a telephone …

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BA faces 229 million pounds fine over breach of customers’ data

London: Britain’s data regulator said Monday it wants to fine British Airways 183 million pounds over a data breach that compromised information on half a million customers — the biggest to date under new, tougher data regulations. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website …

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China accuses US of ‘bullying tactics’

Beijing: China on Monday accused the US of creating a major global crisis with its “bullying tactics” as it regretted Iran’s decision to resume uranium enrichment beyond the 2015 nuclear deal limits, calling on all the parties to exercise restraint to avoid escalation of the crisis. Iran on Sunday announced to boost the enrichment of the uranium beyond the limits …

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