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Trump hosts first iftar dinner at White House

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramazan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump, who has frequently engaged in inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric, defied recent custom by not holding a similar event during his first year in office. Hundreds of millions of devout Muslims observe the holy fasting month of …

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ECP declares E-voting impossible for overseas Pakistanis in general elections

Islamabad: Overseas Pakistanis once again stand deprived of exercising their right to vote as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared electronic voting impossible in general elections 2018. A three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took up for hearing the case pertaining to the right of vote to overseas …

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US Secretary of State calls Gen Bajwa to discuss political reconciliation in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken by phone with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the process of political reconciliation in Afghanistan and other issues. A statement released on Thursday by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Gen Bajwa discussed ways to advance US-Pakistan bilateral relations, the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of …

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Wrong-way driver charged with DWI after nearly hitting other cars on I-45

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A wrong-way driver has been charged after several near-misses with other drivers on the North Freeway overnight. Elizabeth Nichols, 22, is in custody. Cell phone video captures the moment drivers were heard hitting their brakes as Nichols, who police say was driving a red Kia at 60 miles per hour north in the southbound lanes, headed …

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Police: Passenger at Bush Airport claims to have bomb in his bag

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The bomb squad is investigating a suspicious bag in the south ticketing area of Terminal D at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Airport spokesman Bill Begley, at about 9:40 a.m. someone found an unattended bag in the south ticketing area. An explosives sniffing dog was brought in to check the bag. Houston police say the bomb squad was …

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I didn’t defend Swara Bhaskar on anti-Pak comment, but on ‘inappropriate’ film scene: Sonam Kapoor

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, after stating that her friend Swara Bhaskar gets trolled because she holds an opinion of her own, has clarified that her defence was not for comments that actress Swara made against Pakistan, rather for the overtly sexual scene in ‘Veere Di Wedding’ that she was highly criticised for. The ‘Neerja’ starlet taking to Twitter asserted …

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Trump-Kim summit venue named: Singapore´s Capella Hotel

WASHINGTON: The much-vaunted summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un will take place on Singapore´s resort island of Sentosa, the White House said Tuesday. “The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” …

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British High Commission ‘very concerned’ about reports of journalist Gul Bukhari’s abduction

The British High Commission in Pakistan on Wednesday expressed concern over the abduction of journalist and activist Gul Bukhari, saying it is reaching out to her for consular assistance. Bukhari, who is a dual British-Pakistani citizen, was abducted by unknown persons in Lahore on Tuesday night. Early on Wednesday, her family confirmed she was home and “fine”. “We are very concerned …

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NAB orders inquiry against Nawaz, Abbasi for misuse of power

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved an inquiry against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his predecessor Nawaz Sharif over misuse of powers to award a LNG terminal contract in violation of the relevant laws, ARY News reported.  The Bureau’s executive board, presided over by NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, gave the go-ahead to the inquiry …

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