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4 lakh staff will go without pay, 3.8 lakh ‘on leave’ as US shutdown begins

Washington, Dec 23: The US government was partially shut down early on Saturday in a fierce dispute over President Donald Trump’s demands that Congress assign USD 5 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico.

After failing to strike a budget deal on Friday, congressional leaders and the White...

Of Mahatma Gandhi landmarks in Pakistan: Mostly gone!

New Delhi, Dec 23: What is unique about a cornerstone inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in Karachi in 1934? It is one of the few relics related to Gandhi that has stood the test of time in Pakistan.

The plaque of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce still greets onlookers as...

Will show Modi govt how to treat minorities: Imran Khan

Lahore, Dec 23: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said he will "show" the Narendra Modi government "how to treat minorities", amidst controversy over Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah's remarks on mob violence in India.

Shah finds himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks on...

Nepal: 23 killed after college bus falls into gorge

Kathmandu, Dec 22: Twenty-three people died while 14 others sustained injuries when a college bus carrying students and teachers back from a botanical field trip plunged into a gorge in western Nepal, police said on Saturday.

The rescuers have recovered 19 male bodies and four female from the incident...

Sudan | 8 killed in agitation over bread, fuel price hike

Khartoum, Dec 21: Agitation resulting from soaring prices of bread and fuel claimed the lives of eight people across Sudan, local media reported on Thursday (local time).

Emergency was imposed in the city of Gadarif, where six people were reportedly killed in clashes with the police. Furthermore, in Atbara...

Defamation case adjourned against Pak PM

Peshawar, Dec 20: A local court adjourned hearing into a defamation suit filed by former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), MPA Fauzia Bibi against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan due to his lawyer’s failure to turn up.

Additional district and sessions judge Shah Waliullah Hamid Hashmi fixed January 3 for the...

Pak activist Asma Jahangir honoured with top UN human rights award

United Nations, Dec 20: Pakistan's renowned social activist Asma Jahangir was posthumously honoured by the UN with a prestigious human rights award.

Jahangir, an outspoken critic of Pakistan's powerful military establishment, fought against religious extremism and for the rights of oppressed minorities in Pakistan. She died of cardiac arrest...

Facebook sued by Washington, D.C., over data breach accusations

Dec 20: The attorney general for Washington, D.C., said on Wednesday the US capital city had sued Facebook Inc for allegedly misleading users about how it safeguarded their personal data, in the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The case joins several legal and regulatory proceedings that threaten...

‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria,’ claims Donald Trump

Washington, Dec 20: US President Donald Trump ordered the US military to completely withdraw from Syria, according to an official, as the president said America has “defeated ISIS” in the war-torn country.

The US military is working to quickly carry out Trump’s order, according to the official.

“We have...

Obama delights sick children as Santa in Washington

Washington, Dec 20: Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas on Wednesday for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington.

Sporting a festive Santa hat and armed with a sack of gifts, he delighted young patients at Children's National hospital with...