Iran congratulates Syria’s Assad on regaining Palmyra

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DUBAI: The secretary of the Iranian National Security Council has congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on regaining the city of Palmyra, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. “The determination of the Syrian nation, government and army to eliminate terrorist and takfiri groups from the occupied territories is something to be proud of,” Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying. “The Iranian government and armed forces will continue their full support of Syria and the Axis of Resistance,” he added. Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State…

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Women’s World T20: England push Pakistan out of tournament

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CHENNAI: England engineered Pakistan’s ouster from the women’s World Twenty20 with a 68-run win in a one-sided Group B match here on Sunday. Pakistan needed to win the contest to remain in the race for semi-finals, but their defeat sent West Indies into next stage of the tournament. It was England’s fourth consecutive win while Pakistan won two and lost two matches. West Indies finished second in the group with three wins. England posted a challenging 148 for five, built around skipper Charlotte Edwards’ unbeaten 77. Along with fellow opener…

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Masterful Kohli carries India to World T20 semis

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MOHALI: Virat Kohli smashed a masterful 82 to guide India to a six-wicket win against Australia in their final World Twenty20 Super 10 game on Sunday and set up a semi-final against West Indies in Mumbai. Kohli resurrected India with his unbeaten 51-ball knock from a seemingly tricky position as the hosts sprinted home in the end with five balls to spare. “That performance certainly has to be in my top three but probably it is top right now because I’m a bit emotional,” said Kohli. “A lot was riding…

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Mexicans burn Trump’s effigy

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WASHINGTON: Mexicans on Sunday burned effigies of US President Barack Obama and Republican front-runner Donald Trump to mark their Easter celebrations, CNN reported. The Mexican tradition is similar to the “burning of Judas”, in which Christians burn effigies of Judas around Easter. In Mexico, people burn cardboard effigies of politicians and criminals to show their rejection of corruption and other evil deeds. The CNN report noted that Mr Trump was a predictable choice as he called Mexicans migrating to the United States “criminals” and “rapists” during his election campaign. He…

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US calls Lahore blast ‘cowardly attack’

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WASHINGTON: The US condemned as “cowardly” an apparent suicide attack on a crowded park in Lahore on Sunday, vowing to work with Pakistan to defeat those sowing terror in the country. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a White House statement. “This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured.” “We will continue to work with our partners in…

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Reference will be sent to Iran calling for probe into RAW presence in Chabahar

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send a formal reference to Iran seeking investigation into presence of the Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing, in Chabahar and influx of its agents into Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan. According to sources, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan raised the issue with his Iranian counterpart Abdul Raza Rehmani at a meeting on Saturday and the latter asked the former to send a formal reference in this regard. “We will send a formal reference to Iran in a day or two to get information…

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Police looking for Junaid Jamshed’s attackers

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RAWALPINDI: Police have launched an investigation into the attack on singer-turned-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, who was assaulted by a group of angry men at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Saturday night. According to police, Mr Jamshed had just arrived on a flight from Karachi around midnight when he was accosted by a group of men as he emerged from the arrival lounge. A video of the attack that was widely shared on social media showed the men attacking and verbally abusing Mr Jamshed. Police said the attackers were also on…

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Nearly 2,000 pro-Qadri protesters continue sit-in outside Parliament

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ISLAMABAD: Around 2, 000 people protesting the execution of Mumtaz Qadri – a former Punjab police commando hanged last month for assassinating Punjab governor Salman Taseer are staging a sit-in at D-Chowk within the capital’s Red Zone. The demonstration that started early Sunday evening is still underway although the crowd has diminished from 10,000 to around 2,000 protesters. The protesters led by Sunni Tehreek (ST) and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool (SAW) leadership had arrived in the capital on Sunday to attend Qadri’s chehlum presented a charter of demand before the government…

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At least 72 killed in suicide blast as terror revisits Lahore

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LAHORE: At least 72 people were killed in a suicide blast that took place in Lahore’s crowded Gulshan-i-Iqbal park on Sunday evening, police confirmed on Monday. At least 300 others were injured. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said the death toll had risen to 72 on Monday. In the wake of the attack, the Punjab government declared an emergency in Lahore and announced three days of mourning. Schools and markets were closed in the provincial capital on Monday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif…

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