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Teacher, 3 students electrocuted in Pakistan school

PESHAWAR A teacher and three students were electrocuted to death on Tuesday during the morning assembly at a school in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. The accident occurred when the students were hoisting the national flag during their morning assembly when when the iron pipe came in contact with an electric wire resulting …

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Pakistan govt, Opposition agree for parliamentary probe into vote rigging charges

ISLAMABAD Pakistan government and the Opposition on Tuesday unanimously agreed to form a parliamentary committee to investigate allegations of rigging in the July 25 general elections in which the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party. Major political parties like the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) …

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Moon landing: South Korean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks

PYONGYANG South Korea’s president and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between his hosts and the United States. Kim and Moon embraced at …

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Damning UN report details Rohingya genocide, calls for prosecuting top Myanmar army generals

UNITED NATIONS Myanmar’s powerful army should be removed from politics, UN investigators said Tuesday in the final version of a damning report reiterating calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. A brutal military crackdown last year forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee …

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Russian military plane with 15 onboard shot down over Syria, Moscow blames Israel

MOSCOW Russia on Tuesday accused Israel of indirectly causing a Russian military plane to be shot down near Syria’s Mediterranean coast, and threatened to retaliate against Israel for what it described as a hostile act. Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russian service personnel on board, …

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Opposition walks out during Pakistan President’s maiden address

ISLAMABAD Lawmakers from opposition parties walked out of the assembly during newly-elected Pakistan President Arif Alvi’s maiden address. The session began with a protest from opposition senators, which was overruled by Speaker of the National Assembly, Asad Qaiser, following which opposition lawmakers walked out as the president began his speech. According to the …

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WATCH | In first parliament speech, Pakistan president Alvi pledges support to Kashmir ’cause’

ISLAMABAD Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India on the basis of “mutual co-existence”, new President Arif Alvi said Monday but raked up the Kashmir issue in his first address to the joint session of Parliament, saying Kashmiris have a right to “self-determination”. Alvi pledged support for the people of Kashmir and said that Pakistan will make efforts at every level to resolve the issue …

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Pakistan Army chief Bajwa in China for talks with top leadership

BEIJING Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa is in China for talks with the top Chinese leadership and defence officials amid reports that the new government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to renegotiate some of the projects under the multi-billion CPEC. His visit comes days after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s trip …

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