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‘Lured into marrying British Pakistanis, forced to shoot first night videos’: Pakistani brides allege ‘marriage racket’

MIRPUR (PAKISTAN) Scores of young Pakistani girls have revealed their horrific tale as to how they were lured into marrying British-Pakistani nationals, who later blackmailed them by shooting videos of their first wedding night. According to The Nation, victims spilt the beans about such marriage scams being run in areas like Pakistan’s …

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In glistening new airport, Pakistan sees ticket to reviving the country’s prestige

FATEH JHANG (PAKISTAN) It gleams, it glistens, it positively glows. The new Pakistan International Airport cost more than double the original budget, and its construction was repeatedly stalled for years amid rumors of financial irregularities. It was built miles away from anything, including the capital Islamabad, with no public transport …

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Iran President Rouhani criticizes ban on Telegram messaging app

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticized the ban imposed on popular messaging app Telegram by the conservative-run judiciary, saying the move was “the opposite of democracy”. Iran blocked Telegram – widely used by Iranians, the state media, politicians and companies – earlier this week to protect national security, state …

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Hafiz Saeed moves Pakistan court against withdrawal of his security

LAHORE Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, challenging a provincial government’s decision to withdraw his security. The provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan last month had withdrawn policemen deployed for the security of the Jamaat-ud Dawa chief after the Supreme Court directed inspector-generals of …

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HRW urges Dubai to ‘clarify’ status of runaway princess

BEIRUT Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged Dubai authorities to reveal the whereabouts of a princess and daughter of the ruler, saying her case could constitute “enforced disappearance”. In a March video, 32-year-old Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoumannounced she was fleeing the emirate because of mistreatment and restrictions imposed …

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Iranian tanker disaster probe ends in split verdict: State TV

DUBAI A committee investigating a collision between an Iranian tanker and a Chinese freighter has come to diverging conclusions over the causes of the worst oil ship disaster in decades, Iran’s state television reported on Saturday. The Panama-registered Sanchi, run by Iran’s top oil shipping operator NITC, collided with the …

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US scolds China over ‘Orwellian’ airline demands

WASHINGTON The United States on Saturday scolded China for attempting to impose “political correctness” on American carriers by asking them to classify Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese territories. A sternly worded White House statement excoriated Beijing for the demands, which it termed “Orwellian nonsense.” “President Donald J. Trump …

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Catalan secessionists again back absent ex-leader for president

BERLIN Pro-independence Catalan politicians aim to nominate former leader Carles Puigdemont to head their regional government, in defiance of Spain and despite his self-imposed exile in Germany, a spokesman said on Saturday. After meeting Puigdemont in Berlin, where he is currently waiting for Germany to rule on a Spanish request …

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