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Nearly 500 to face coup trial in Turkey

All Round View (Istanbul): Nearly 500 people arrested in the crackdown following the failed July 15, 2016 coup in Turkey will go on trial today. They are accused of conspiring to oust the government from an air base seen as the plotters’ hub. A total of 486 suspects will go

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Australia disrupts terror plot to bring down airplane: Prime Minister

All Round View (Sydney): Australian authorities said Sunday they had stopped an allegedly Islamist-inspired “terrorist plot” to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive, after four people were arrested in raids in Sydney. “I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt

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Five Pakistani companies make it Forbes Best Under A Billion list in 2017 ranking

All Round View (Washington): Five Pakistani companies made it to the Forbes Best Under A Billion list 2017 and are among the 200 Public Companies that were deemed to have reliable growth engines, with China having the maximum number of companies. Forbes issue this list annually with less than $1

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Unknown gunmen attack Kenya deputy president’s home

All Round View (Nairobi): Unknown gunmen attacked the home of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday seriously injuring a policeman, less than two weeks before the country votes in high-stakes polls, two security sources told AFP. Ruto was not home during the attack. An officer from the elite police

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Numbers game: PML-N in comfortable position for grabbing PM slot

All Round View (Islamabad): Enjoying the support of 213 members of National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and allies were in comfortable position for grabbing Prime Minister’s slot. The nominee of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was in comfortable position to be elected as Prime Minister

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PML-N nominates Shahbaz Sharif as next PM; and Shahid Khaqan for interim period

All Round View (Islamabad): The Parliamentary Party of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Saturday nominated Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif as the candidate for the prime ministerial slot after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. During the meeting held at Punjab House here, former Premier Nawaz Sharif put forward the proposal

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UN chief urges leaders to refrain from ‘provocative actions’ as Jerusalem tensions escalate

All Round View (United Nations): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, concerned by the potential risk of escalating violence over the situation in and around al-Aqsa msoque in Jerusalem, has urged all political, religious and community leaders to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.

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PM leaves for home after official visit to Maldives

All Round View (Male, Maldives): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday left here for Islamabad after a three-day official visit to Maldives. The Prime Minister was seen off by President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the First Lady and other high official at the airport. The Prime Minister was

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Iran to Anchor China’s Global One Belt, One Road Ambitions

All Round View (Islamabad): Tehran will be a key player in Beijing’s multi billion-dollar One Belt, One Road initiative to resurrect the ancient Silk Road with massive international land and sea trade and transit investments. Ground transportation infrastructure flanking Iran’s east and west border as a result of Chinese investment,

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Nisar vows to stand with Nawaz Sharif through thick and thin

All Round View (Islamabad): Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said he would remain steadfast with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif whatever verdict the Supreme Court announced in the Panama Papers case. Addressing a press conference here, he said last evening he had decided to leave politics, resign

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Muslim world needs to prevent brain drain to the West. Erdogan

All Round View (Ankara): The Muslim world has been losing intelligent students to the West as part of brain drains, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 26, stressing that they should find ways to prevent the emigration from happening. “We need to carry measures that will prevent this brain

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France to nationalise STX shipyard if Italy snubs ownership deal

All Round View (Paris): The French state said on Wednesday it would nationalise the STX France shipyard if Italy does not accept its offer to split STX’s capital equally, putting down a marker on the limits of economic liberalism under new president Emmanuel Macron. The threat raises the stakes in

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Doha appreciates Iran for opening airspace to Qatari planes

All Round View (Doha): Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah appreciated Tehran for helping his country during the era of sanctions imposed by the Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on Doha and allowing the Qatari planes to use Iran’s airspace. “We thank Iran for opening its

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Pakistani defence industrial base better than ours: Indian Army Vice Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand

All Round View (New Delhi): Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand, Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), said the ordnance factories have not been able to keep pace with changing technology while “there is no competition whatsoever” and it is “an unsuccessful method of supporting our defence requirements”. “I would even go

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Success in Afghanistan unattainable without Pak cooperation: US Gen Dunford

All Round View (Washington): US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that cooperation from Pakistan was absolutely essential for the United States to be successful in Afghanistan, but warned against putting a timeline for any exit strategy that would undermine support from Islamabad. Gen Dunford made

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Purchase of Russia’s Su-30 jets on Iran’s defense ministry’s agenda – Minister

All Round View (Moscow): The Iranian Defense Ministry is considering purchase of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Saturday. “The purchase of Su-30 fighters is on the agenda of the defense ministry,” Dehghan said, as quoted by the Tasnim news agency. Moscow and

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Situation ‘worsening’ for Rohingya Muslims & other minorities in Myanmar: UN rights expert

All Round View (United Nations): A United Nations rights experts has issued a strongly worded statement accusing the Myanmar government of policies reminiscent of the previous military government, and of presiding over a worsening security and human rights situation.

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Margalla Hills, Islamabad, Pakistan

The Margalla Hills — additionally called the Margalla Mountain Range and basically known as Margalla, is a slope run part of the lesser Himalayas found north of Islamabad, Pakistan. Margalla Range has a zone of 12,605 hectares. The slopes are a piece of Murree slopes. It is a reach with

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Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya

All Round View (Rome): A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya’s long-running crisis angered Italian officials on Monday, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome. Earlier, France confirmed reports that it would host talks on Tuesday between Fayez al-Serraj, head of Libya’s

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Trump threatens ‘serious consequences’ on Iran unless US citizens are released

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions and serious consequences on Iran if they do not release American citizens “unjustly” imprisoned there. Mr Trump urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran, and demanded that Tehran release

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Pakistan Imports Towed Howitzer, Grenade Launchers From S. Korean Hanwha For Possible trials

All Round View (Islamabad): South Korea’s firm Hanwha Corporation has reportedly exported a towed howitzer and grenade launchers to Pakistan early this year, Pakistan Exim Trade Info’s database shows. Pakistan Army’s Inspectorate of Armaments imported a single KH179 155 mm towed howitzer and two 40 mm auto grenade launchers (AGL)

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Is Nepal going to be an Indian province?

All Round View (Islamabad): “Apparently the Mahalangur Range separates China and Nepal but factually the two countries share very close linguistic, cultural, marital, and ethnic ties” :rofl: Mount Everest has ever been a passion to mountaineers in spite of the fact that almost 300 of the striving mountaineers lost their

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Rawal Lake, Islamabad, Pakistan

Rawal Lake in Pakistan is a simulated store that gives the water needs to the urban communities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Korang River alongside some other little streams originating from Margalla Hills have been set to frame this fake lake which covers a zone of 8.8 km². Korang River is

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India, Japan target maritime security pact during Shinzo Abe’s September visit

All Round View (New Delhi): India and Japan hope to put in place a maritime security pact when PM Shinzo Abe visits mid-September for the annual summit amid China’s growing aggression in East and South China Seas besides Indian Ocean Region — a common concern for both New Delhi and

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Nation rendering sacrifices in war against terrorism: Qayyum

All Round View (Islamabad): Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum Monday said Pakistani nation had been rendering sacrifices in on-going war against terrorism. Pakistan was paying heavy price in this war and lost many lives of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and general public as

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Erdogan discusses regional situation with King Salman

All Round View (Jeddah): King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. The talks addressed bilateral relations as well as the developments in the region in addition to the efforts being exerted to counter terrorism. The meeting was attended by a

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Russia is no longer America’s ‘single’ biggest threat – top US general

All Round View (Washington): The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff no longer believes Russia can be “singled out” regarding Washington’s perceived national security threats. North Korea, Iran, and China also top the list of challenges. During confirmation hearings for his current post as Chairman of the Joint

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Panjpeer Rocks, Islamabad, Pakistan

The place is called PunjPeer and is an amazing rock formation stretching over a large area. The rocks are located in Kahuta district. It takes about two and a half hours (from Islamabad) to reach the place, followed by a hike of about 40-45 minutes. If you have the stamina,

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UN agency lauds new project to register undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan

All Round View (United Nations): A new pilot project in Pakistan to register undocumented Afghan refugees, who up to now have been without identity papers and living in fear of being arrested or deported would allow up to one million people to have legal status, the United Nations refugee agency

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Three Yemeni displaced families killed in airstrike: UN rights wing

All Round View (United Nations): Three displaced families have been killed when their makeshift shelter was hit in an airstrike in Yemen’s Taiz governorate earlier this week, the United Nations human rights wing said Friday.

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Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen: UN

All Round View (United Nations): Yemen is facing the world’s largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency has warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day, the majority of them children and the elderly. “The cholera outbreak is far from being over, Fadela Chaib, spokesperson for the UN World

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UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem’s Old City

All Round View (United Nations): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.

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Pak-China artists to promote cultural diversity around CPEC route

All Round View (Islamabad): Pak-China artists Cultural Caravan would preserve, promote the cultural and artistic expressions of the diverse communities around the Silk Route/China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “The cultural caravan would pass through Athushi, Thumshuk, Shulay, Shefu, Akto and Tashgul in China and camp at important nodal cities along

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UN chief congratulates Sri Lanka on setting up office of missing persons

All Round View (United Nations): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), “an important step for all Sri Lankans who are still looking for the truth about their loved ones.” “The United Nations stands ready to support this

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