Obama begins ‘historic visit’ to Cuba ending decades of hostility

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HAVANA: Stepping into history, President Barack Obama opened an extraordinary visit to Cuba on Sunday, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the past and forge irreversible ties with America’s former adversary. “This is a historic visit and a historic opportunity,” Obama said as he greeted staff of the new US Embassy in Havana. Air Force One touched down on a rainy, overcast day in the Cuban capital. The president was joined by wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha. Obama was greeted by top Cuban officials but…

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Search operation starts in twin cities ahead of Pakistan Day

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ISLAMABAD: A search and combing operation has begun in the twin cities, in preparation for Pakistan Day on March 23. Based on instructions from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), internet service providers (ISP) have informed their customers that internet services will be shut down from 5am to 3pm on Monday. Police have been searching hotels, guest houses, slums and other areas for security purposes. In March 2015, federal police issued a statement claiming a terrorist attack targeting the Pakistan Day Parade had been foiled. The parade was going to be…

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Pakistan determined to achieve women’s empowerment: Maleeha


UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan is determined to work towards achieving the targets set for gender equality and empowerment of women by the Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has said. In her opening remarks at a side event organised by the Pakistan Mission to the UN during the 60th session of the Commission for the Status of Women, she said that Pakistan believes that there was an urgent need at this critical juncture to look back, see how far we have come, and how best to proceed from here with…

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Rangers ask parties not to shelter terrorists

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KARACHI – Karachi operation would continue till the elimination of the criminal elements. This was stated by the Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, on Sunday. He was talking to a delegation of the All Pakistan Security Services Association, led by Brig (retd) Rasheed Malik, called on the Director General of Rangers Sindh here. Maj Gen Bilal Akbar briefed the delegation regarding the law and order situation in the metropolis and the ongoing operation in Karachi. He asked the security companies to share information with the…

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Pakistan frees 86 more Indian fishermen


KARACHI – The government in a goodwill gesture has released 86 more Indian fishermen who were arrested for violating the territorial waters of Pakistan. The 86 fishermen freed from the District Malir Jail in Karachi. They will travel to Lahore by train and would be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border today (Monday). Superintendent of Karachi’s Malir Prison Raja Mumtaz said that now we have 397 more Indian fishermen imprisoned at jail. The Edhi Foundation arranged for their journey to Lahore and also bid them farewell with…

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Avalanche buries eight students in Chitral


CHITRAL/peshawar – Rescuers on Sunday found the bodies of a schoolboy and a passerby hit by an avalanche in the mountainous Chitral District, while around nine more remain buried beneath the snow. The disaster struck on Saturday afternoon when the teenage students were returning home after exams near the village of Susom in Karimabad, some 40 kilometres north of the town of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has seen heavy rains in recent days, local police station chief Sultan Baig told AFP. Worried parents and authorities began searching for the…

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