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Pakistan’s Parliament First in the World to Go 100% Solar

Pakistan’s parliament has become the first national assembly in the world to be powered entirely by solar energy. The legislative body, known as the Majlis-e-Shoora, is in the capital city of Islamabad. Construction on the project began last year with funding provided by the Chinese government as “an act of friendship,” the Independent ...

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GHQ help needed for census, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The Natio­nal Assembly was informed on Friday that the government could not go ahead with the planned census until the General Headquarters assured it of elaborate security and administrative arrangements required for the 18-day exercise. Parliamentary Secretary for Finance and Revenue Affairs Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan, who was responding ...

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US kept nukes on Okinawa: Pentagon

The Pentagon has revealed that the United States had held nuclear weapons on Okinawa, Japan during the Cold War. According to a Department of Defense website, the Pentagon has declassified “the fact that US nuclear weapons were deployed on Okinawa prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan on May 15, 1972.” ...

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Up to 5,000 Daesh terrorists wandering in Europe: Europol

Up to 5,000 trained members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are at large in Europe, the European Union’s criminal intelligence agency says. Europol Director Rob Wainwright said on Friday that between 3,000 and 5,000 Daesh militants have slipped back into Europe after completing their training in the Middle East. ...

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Germany boosts arms sales amid Mideast conflicts

Germany increased its arms exports last year despite an earlier pledge to rein in the amount of weapons sales as deadly conflicts heighten in the Middle East, government figures show. Germany exported arms worth approximately eight billion euros (8.9 billion dollars) in 2015, double the rate recorded in 2014, the ...

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Bahrainis hold fresh mass rallies

Bahrainis have staged fresh protests across the tiny Persian Gulf island amid a wave of rallies held to mark the anniversary of the 2011 popular revolution.  A march was held in the village of Abu Saiba just outside the capital Manama, demanding the release of top Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman and other political activists. Clashes broke ...

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Kurdish TAK says carried out Ankara blast

A Turkey-based militant group has claimed responsibility for a car bombing in the capital Ankara that killed 28 people, mostly soldiers, on Wednesday.     The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), in a statement posted on its website, said it carried out the attack in response to the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “This ...

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