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Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban


May 1, 2019

Afghanistan’s usually bustling capital Kabul slowed to a crawl Tuesday amid massive security for a high-stakes peace summit that has previously been a target for insurgent attacks. Police flooded the city and authorities blocked off key roads around the venue of the so-called “loya jirga” — where some 3,000 tribal elders, religious figures, and politicians from across Afghanistan are gathering …

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Iran arrests 32 over support for cleric’s alleged killer


May 1, 2019

Iran has arrested 32 people who had expressed support online for a man accused of murdering a cleric, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday. Behrouz Hajilouyi allegedly shot Mostafa Ghasemi on Saturday outside the seminary where the Shia cleric worked in the western Hamedan province. He had confessed to the crime in a now-deleted post on his Instagram account, Fars news agency reported. …

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Trump seeks to declare Muslim Brotherhood terrorists


May 1, 2019

President Donald Trump is seeking to blacklist the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, a far-reaching step that would place the United States firmly on the side of its authoritarian allies in the Middle East. “The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way …

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Rioting breaks out in Venezuela amid ‘attempted coup’


May 1, 2019

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido claimed on Tuesday that troops had joined his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whose government vowed to put down what it called an attempted coup by the US-backed opposition leader. An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaido to demonstrate growing military support disintegrated into rioting as palls of black smoke rose over eastern …

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Row erupts over Congress leader’s dual citizenship


May 1, 2019

NEW DELHI: India’s government has asked Rahul Gandhi, the president of the main opposition Congress party, to respond to a complaint by a lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party accusing him of holding dual British citizenship against Indian law. Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics for much of its history since independence from …

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Indian troops use locals as shields in held Kashmir encounters


May 1, 2019

PINGLAN (India-held Kashmir): Hundreds of Indian soldiers descended on the picturesque village of Pinglan, which is surrounded by apple and apricot orchards, just before midnight on February 17. By the time they left 18 hours later, one civilian, three fighters and five members of the Indian security forces were dead, a row of houses was reduced to rubble, an unexploded …

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State of play: Is videogame development on the rise in Pakistan?


May 1, 2019

Videogames stand as one of the most influential and largest consumed mediums present — with an approximate target market of over 2.3 billion gamers worldwide. It accounted for a global revenue of over $137.9 billion in 2018, up by 13.3% from the previous year. According to unpublished IGDA Pakistan (International Game Developers Association) estimates, upto $25 million in revenue is earned locally across the …

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China may lift its hold leading to ban on JeM chief


May 1, 2019

ISLAMABAD: China on Tuesday hinted at ‘progress’ on designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar by the United Nations’ 1267 Sanctions Committee, as the United States called for resolving the contentious matter. Senior Pakistani officials disclosed to Dawn that China could lift its technical hold leading to Azhar’s designation, while developments in this regard are likely to be shared by the Foreign …

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Accountability court accepts NAB plea to close inquiry against Chaudhry brothers


May 1, 2019

An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday accepted the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea to close an 19-year-old inquiry against Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain due to lack of evidence. Both brothers had been accused of causing losses to the state exchequer by influencing Lahore Development Authority (LDA) officials to exempt more than …

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