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Iraqi journos with Asharq al-Awsat face arrest over false Karbala report

An Iraqi court has issued arrest warrants for two correspondents with the Saudi-owned daily, Asharq al-Awsat, for publishing a fallacious report about unintended pregnancies in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala during Arba’een mourning rituals. A senior source in Iraq’s judiciary said on Wednesday that the warrants were issued against Hamza Mustafa ...

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EU officials call for halting Turkey accession talks

EU parliamentarians have called on the European Union to halt Turkey membership negotiations over Ankara’s post-coup crackdown. “Our message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen immediately,” said Manfred Weber, the head of the center-right European People’s Party, which is the European Parliament’s largest faction. Moreover, Gianni ...

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Syria militants get anti-aircraft missiles: Report

A report says members of a foreign-sponsored militant group in Syria have received a considerable amount of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, a possible indication that the US has eased restrictions on the supply of weapons to the anti-Damascus militants. In a video published by the a pro-militant television network on Sunday, ...

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‘20pc of country’s wood is burnt to roast tobacco’

ISLAMABAD: Around 20pc of total wood production in Pakistan which makes for about 2.5 million tonnes, is burnt for tobacco roasting, which leads to deforestation and causes pollution, according to the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). In a presentation, available with Dawn, CADD has claimed that tobacco industries contribute ...

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Firefighters battle flames in Qayyarah oilfields: Pictures

See pictures of courageous Iraqi firefighters battling to extinguish burning oil wells set on fire by retreating Daesh terrorists. In the pictures taken on Sunday, the firefighters wearing red helmets can be seen desperately pumping water on the wells close to the small Iraqi town of Qayyarah, located some 60 kilometers ...

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Economic ties with Pakistan beneficial for US: report

WASHINGTON: The US State Depart­ment has said in a report that America’s economic partnership with Pakistan directly benefits the United States by creating well-paying jobs at home. The report noted on Thursday that Pakistan was a growing country of over 190 million and a partnership with it promoted US businesses ...

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