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Russian woman charged with attempted meddling in upcoming U.S. midterms


October 19, 2018

  ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — A Russian woman who works for an oligarch close to Russian President Vladamir Putin has been charged with attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterm election. The charges, filed Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia, accuse Elena A. Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg with using social media platforms to create thousands of social media and e-mail …

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FDI dips 42pc as Chinese investment declines


October 19, 2018

KARACHI: Foreign direct investment (FDI) declined by 42 per cent during the first quarter of current fiscal year compared to the same period last year falling short of even half billion mark. Central bank’s data revealed that FDI during July-September FY19 clocked in at $439.5 million compared to $765m last year. Pakistan desperately requires foreign exchange inflows to cap the …

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LSM shrinks 3.33pc in August


October 19, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The large-scale manufacturing (LSM) index ente­r­ed negative growth of 3.33 per cent year-on-year in August, data shared by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics revealed on Thursday. The decline in big industrial production in August has caused fears that economic growth in the country may slow down. July posted a meagre increase of 0.5pc YoY. In 2017-18, the LSM posted …

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SECP chairman resigns


October 19, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Shaukat Hussain tendered his resignation on Thursday. The SECP notified that the Ministry of Finance has already forwarded a summary to the prime minister for the appointment of the new chairman. Currently there are only three commissioners at the SECP, whereas two commissioners are yet to be appointed the ministry. Uncertainties, …

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Oil falls below $79 as rising US stockpiles weigh


October 19, 2018

LONDON: Oil fell more than $1 a barrel to below $79 on Thursday as the fourth weekly increase in US crude inventories suggested ample supply, while Saudi-US tension and falling Iranian exports lent support. US crude inventories rose 6.5 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday, the fourth straight weekly increase and almost three times what …

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Top-ranked Halep withdraws from WTA Finals with back injury


October 19, 2018

SINGAPORE: World number one Simona Halep pulled out of next week’s WTA Finals due to a lower back injury on Thursday, handing first alternate Kiki Bertens a spot at the season-ending eight-woman event in Singapore for the first time. The French Open champion pulled out of last month’s China Open after just 31 minutes, and withdrew from this week’s Kremlin …

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Afghan elections: what to expect?


October 19, 2018

Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces. The polls come amid a particularly vicious campaignby the Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) group, which have been staging near-daily attacks. Besides the security challenges, there have also been concerns over the transparency of …

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Kandahar governor, police and intelligence chiefs killed in insider attack


October 19, 2018

The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference on Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, however, a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to Nato. Kandahar’s deputy provincial governor Agha Lala Dastageri said …

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20 men jailed for sexual abuse of teenage girls in northern England


October 19, 2018

Twenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen girls in a northern England town, in what a judge called a “vile and wicked” campaign of exploitation. The men in the town of Huddersfield were found guilty in three trials this year, but the verdicts could not be reported until a judge lifted reporting restrictions on …

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Turkey widens Khashoggi search, denies giving US tapes


October 19, 2018

Turkey on Friday widened the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate, searching a forest in the city. Ankara also denied giving any audio recording to US officials from the investigation about Khashoggi, a former royal insider who moved to the United States after becoming a critic of the current House of Saud leadership. …

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