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Arrangements made to open trade route with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Arrangements to open a trade route in Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan Agency, situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan, have been completed and sources said that this route will be opened soon after Eid. The government has also decided to establish a large industrial town in North....

Trump admin mulls over strict approach towards Pakistan

Drone strikes may be expanded; aid may be redirected or withheld. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach towards Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants allegedly launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters.

Security guard murdered over â personal enmityâ

A 28-year-old security guard of an apartment building in Garden area, was found dead with his throat slit inside his apartment near the Government High School in Patel Para on Tuesday. The guard was identified as Tariq Shah by SHO Jamshed Quarters police station; the SHO said Shah hailed from Kohat and had come to Karachi for work.

Avoid meat, eggs!

NEW DELHI: Pregnant women in India are being advised to stay away from meat, eggs and lust -- drawing derision from health experts who slammed the tips on Tuesday as completely unscientific. The recommendations are contained in a booklet compiled by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy.

Indian migrant recounts decades stranded in Gulf

G nanaprakasham Rajamarian was short on cash. Two years into his job at a construction site in Saudi Arabia, his sponsor demanded money to renew his work permit or to get back his passport to return home. But Rajamarian, who had left his home in the coastal district of Kanyakumari in south India in 1994, didn’t have the money to buy his freedom.

Minister for steps to promote breastfeeding

LAHORE. Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir has said for better growth of infants, prevention from diseases and overcoming infant mortality rate, breastfeeding will be promoted in Punjab. He said for this purpose, necessary amendments would be introduced in the breastfeeding act.

Stamp fever in HK for handover tribute

HONG KONG: Enthusiasts in Hong Kong snapped up stamps issued to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain on Tuesday with a design paying tribute to the Chinese military. The first stamp, released ahead of the July 1 anniversary, depicts marching troops from China’s People’s....

Iraqi army encircles IS in Mosul

ERBIL, Iraq: Iraq’s army said it encircled Islamic State’s stronghold in the Old City of Mosul on Tuesday after taking over an area to the north of the territory. The army’s 9’th armoured division seized al-Shifaa district alongside the western bank of the Tigris river, a military statement said.

Govt reply sought in advisersâ case

LAHORE. The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Tuesday sought reply from the federal government on a contempt petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly misleading the court about number of advisers. A local resident Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi had filed a petition against appointment of advisers to the PM.

ETPB approves Rs2.1b budget

LAHORE. Members of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Tuesday approved Rs 2.15 billion surplus budget for the year 2017-18. Chairing a meeting of the board members at his residence, ETPB Chairman Siddiq-ul-Farooq said an amount of Rs 1 billion has been allocated for rehabilitation and development....

Good news-bad news for B.C. residents in annual cancer report

From left, the Canadian Cancer Society's Cheryl Swallow, vice-president of finance; interim executive director Faye Wightman; and Sandra Kruecki, VP of cancer control, were all smiles after $1.5 million was raised from their 21st annual Daffodil Ball on June 20 in Vancouver.

World briefs

MYANMAR A court in Myanmar sentenced a self-styled exorcist to death yesterday for killing three children during a ritual he carried out after telling their parents their offspring were possessed by evil spirits. More on p14. JAPAN Tokyo’s giant Tsukiji fish market, popular with tourists, won’t be....

Macau Matters | Improving financial literacy

Generally, I am appalled at the low levels of financial literacy of many people. Moreover, levels of financial literacy do not seem to vary too much with education level or age. I know many experienced people who take little interest in their financial situation and who put very little effort into managing their finances.

Brexit | Key leaders in UK economy argue for cooperative talks

T wo of the most senior figures in Britain’s economy argued yesterday for cooperative, not adversarial, talks over the country’s exit from the European Union, calling for a deal that benefits both sides rather than erecting barriers that will hurt everyone.

The Buzz | Carrie Lam for national education against ‘independence ideas’

Hong Kong’s future chief executive, Carrie Lam, has vowed to pay close attention to the rise of independence ideas, promising strict law enforcement and stepped up national education from as early as kindergarten. Lam told the state media that she would take such advocacy seriously.

In this part of the Midwest, the problem isn’t China. It’s too many jobs.

With the U.S. unemployment rate at a 16-year-low of 4.3 percent, employers across the country are dealing with a dearth of potential hires. Economists say that talent shortages are growing constraints on the country’s economic expansion, especially as millions of baby boomers enter retirement.

‘It is too risky’: Marijuana group says PNC Bank to close its accounts amid fears of a DOJ crackdown

One of the nation’s leading marijuana legalization groups says PNC Bank has notified it that it will close the organization’s 22-year-old accounts, a sign of growing concerns in the financial industry that the Trump administration will crack down on the marijuana industry in states that have legalized it.

State Department issues unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and UAE over Qatar rift

The State Department issued an unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday over a diplomatic rift with fellow U.S. ally Qatar, and suggested that the Saudis may have provoked a crisis and drawn in the United States on false pretenses.

VENEZUELA OPPOSITION - Venezuelan opposition to step up protests

Venezuela's MUD opposition alliance said Tuesday that it does not recognize the administration of President Nicolas Maduro as legitimate, calling for "permanent protest" against the leftist head of state and his plan to convene a constitutional convention.

Child emotional abuse in NI ‘has more than trebled’

Reports of children being emotionally abused have more than trebled in Northern Ireland in seven years according to new NSPCC figures. The charity’s annual report ‘How Safe Are Our Children’ found that since 2009/10 the number of contacts to the NSPCC helpline from people concerned about emotional abuse has risen from 28 to 100 in Northern Ireland....

Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks from his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats plan to slow the Senate’s work, force votes and make late-night speeches in an effort to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation....

Amid shortage, Wayne County schools drafting custodians, cafeteria workers as bus drivers

(file photo) Robert Richardson GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — School systems are searching for solutions to ongoing bus driver shortages, and Wayne County is simply telling some new hires they have to train to take the wheel. The Wayne County Board of Education recently approved a requirement for new....

Science Says: DNA shows early spread of cats in human world

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them.

The Latest: Judge blocks state from OK’ing some pot permits

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over the licensing of marijuana businesses necessary for existing medical dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 (all times local, PDT): 4 p.m. Recreational sales of marijuana in Nevada may not begin next month after all.

Brussels train station blast being treated as terror attack

A Belgian Army soldier stands outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square.

Venezuela, US spar at OAS meeting in Mexico

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez looks back during the 2017 General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Rodriguez walked out of the meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country's political crisis as a....

Senators call meeting with Ivanka Trump a 'good start'

After a rare appearance on by first daughter Ivanka Trump on Tuesday, senators emerged from their closed-door get-together calling it “a great start” and a “first step” in paving the way ahead for legislation that will help Americans receive paid family leave and affordable child care.

Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction

is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. Besides the built-in tipping option announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money in other ways too.

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

A woman chocking on tear gas, is aided by a fellow anti-government demonstrator during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 19, 2017. Nearly 70 people have died, hundreds more have been injured and thousands have been detained in months of almost daily protests demanding....

London 'still one of world's most expensive... London remains one of the world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees despite the...

London remains one of the world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees despite the weakening of the pound over the last year, according to a global index. Other UK cities such as Aberdeen, Birmingham and Glasgow have also tumbled down the rankings in Mercer's 2017 Cost of Living Survey.

China, South Korea eye for improvement of ties

Beijing, June 21 (IANS) China and South Korea voiced willingness to improve bilateral relations during a strategic dialogue between foreign ministries, media reports said. China hoped South Korea would show political will and resolution, honour its commitment, and work together with China to....
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