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Rare calm in Idlib after ceasefire deal


March 7, 2020

  IDLIB: Syria’s war-ravaged northwest woke up to relative calm on Friday, its skies free of warplanes for the first day in months, following a Russian-Turkish ceasefire deal. The agreement raised hopes of an end to one of the bloodiest phases in the nine-year conflict but residents in Idlib were sceptical this deal would last longer than previous ones. The …

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21 people test positive for coronavirus aboard cruise ship off San Francisco


March 7, 2020

Twenty-one people tested positive for coronavirus on Friday aboard a ship that was denied entry to San Francisco Bay after a number of passengers and crew developed flu-like symptoms on the vessel, which had been linked to infections from an earlier voyage. Vice President Mike Pence, recently appointed as the US government’s point man on the coronavirus outbreak, said the …

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Taliban could ‘possibly’ seize power after US leaves, warns Trump


March 7, 2020

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday said the Taliban could “possibly” overrun the Afghan government after the United States withdraws from the country, leaving the US-backed authorities to fend for themselves. “Countries have to take care of themselves,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “You can only hold someone’s hand for so long.” Asked if the Taliban could eventually …

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India situation ‘grim and morose’: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh


March 7, 2020

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said India’s situation is “very grim and morose”, warning that “wilfully stoked communal tensions, gross economic mismanagement and an external health shock are threatening to derail India’s progress and standing”. In a strongly-worded op-ed published in The Hindu on Friday, Singh maintained that currently India was facing threats from “the trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown …

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Saudi detains three royals, including King Salman’s brother, nephew over ‘coup plot’: reports


March 7, 2020

Saudi authorities have detained three princes including King Salman’s brother and nephew on charges of plotting a coup, the US media reported Friday, signalling a further consolidation of power by the kingdom’s de facto ruler. The detentions cast aside the last vestiges of potential opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and come as the kingdom limits access to Islam’s …

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Heavy rain, snowfall lash parts of Balochistan


March 7, 2020

QUETTA: Winter is not quite done with Balochistan as on Friday a fresh spell of torrential rain and snowfall hit several parts of the province, turning the weather cold and disrupting normal life. The new spell of rains and snowfall sta­­r­ted in the morning and continued throughout the day in the provincial capital Quetta and other areas including Ziarat, Kan …

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Sindh holds centre responsible for wheat crisis


March 7, 2020

QUETTA: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has held the federal government responsible for the recent wheat crisis in the country, saying that wrong agriculture policies of the federal government caused the crisis. He was addressing a press conference at Jattak House during his daylong visit to Quetta on Friday. The president of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s Balochistan chapter, …

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Three held over cop’s death during Tiktok video recording


March 7, 2020

GUJRAT: A constable died on Friday from a bullet fired from his own pistol allegedly by accident by a woman while she was recording a Tiktok video. Police claimed that three suspects, including two students of the University of Gujrat (UoG), had been arrested in the case. City’s A Division police Constable Hassan Shahzad of Bhagowal village was found shot …

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‘Opponents of Aurat Azadi March oblivious to suffering of women


March 7, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Civil society and Aurat Azadi March organisers on Friday rejected what they called religious and rightwing political parties’ propaganda and threats against the march and reiterated to continue their struggle for basic rights. At a joint press conference, the speakers called on the local administration to take measures to ensure it was held peacefully without any interference from rightwing …

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Murad calls for ‘national action plan’ to control locust swarms


March 7, 2020

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said that his government had spent Rs 696.19 million to control the locust swarm but the threat was so serious that there was a dire need to devise a “National Action Plan” to control the situation. This he said while participating in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting on locust swarm …

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