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N. Korean leader’s slain half-brother was a CIA informant: WSJ


June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON: Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal cited an unnamed “person knowledgeable about the matter” for the report, and said many details of Kim Jong Nam’s relationship with …

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Russian police drop charges against investigative journalist


June 12, 2019

MOSCOW: Russian police said on Tuesday they would drop drug charges against an investigative journalist and free him from house arrest, in a rare climbdown by law enforcement following a public outcry. Ivan Golunov, a 36-year-old reporter with independent media outlet Meduza, was arrested last week on charges supporters said were trumped up to punish him for his investigative work. …

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Modi’s plane to not fly over Pakistan en route to Bishkek: Indian ministry


June 12, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly through Pakistani airspace on his way to Bishkek, where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14, despite the permission granted by the Pakistani government for doing so. The Indian premier will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital, the …

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Modi’s plane to not fly over Pakistan en route to Bishkek: Indian ministry


June 12, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly through Pakistani airspace on his way to Bishkek, where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14, despite the permission granted by the Pakistani government for doing so. The Indian premier will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital, the …

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Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport wounds 26: Saudi-led coalition


June 12, 2019

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday which wounded 26 people. The Western-backed alliance that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said the early morning attack proved Tehran’s support for what it called cross-border terrorism. A coalition statement …

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Uber picks Melbourne as first international test site for flying taxi service


June 12, 2019

Uber Technologies said it will use Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, as the first international test site for the group’s planned flying taxi service. The United States ride sharing firm had previously chosen Dubai as the first test site outside the US for its UberAIR service but reopened its request for proposals last month after launch delays in the Middle Eastern …

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Egypt, Jordan, Morocco to attend ‘deal of century’ conference


June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON: Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have informed the Trump administration they will attend a US-led conference in Bahrain this month on proposals for boosting the Palestinian economy as part of a coming US peace plan, US officials said on Tuesday. Egypt and Jordan’s participation is considered especially important since historically they have been key players in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and …

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Private schools’ tuition fee to increase by 5% annually, SC rules


June 12, 2019

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that annual increase in the tuition fee of private schools will be five per cent, upholding a Sindh High Court (SHC) order that was passed earlier. The top court also withdrew an order from last year — passed by former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar — for private schools to reduce their tuition fee …

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Health levy not proposed despite cabinet decision


June 12, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Health advocates were shocked to learn on Tuesday that despite a decision of the federal cabinet to impose “health levy” on cigarettes and fizzy drinks, it was not included in the proposed budget for 2019-20. “Though the levy was approved by the federal cabinet and Prime Minister Imran Khan is categorical about it, on Tuesday during a meeting held …

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Budget 2019-20: Defence budget to grow nominally next year


June 12, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Defence budget is proposed to grow nominally in the next financial year by 4.74 per cent as compared to the outgoing year, but its share in the total outlay and the gross domestic product (GDP) is set to decline, according to the budget documents laid before the National Assembly on Tuesday. The government has proposed to allocate Rs1.15 trillion …

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