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Saturday, March 12th, 2016


Six killed in Italian Alps avalanche: mountain rescue

Six climbers were killed in an Alpine avalanche Saturday that struck a group of a dozen people in the area of Monte Nevoso, close to Italy’s border with Austria, rescuers said. “Rescue operations are ongoing. The assessment is incomplete,” said Italy’s alpine rescue service, according to the AGI news agency. Several other climbers were injured in the incident, the source added. A huge flow of snow engulfed the group who were close to the top of Monte Nevoso, also known as the Schneebiger Nock, in the late morning. Three helicoptersRead More

Teen girls charged in France over ‘concert hall attack plot’

Two teenage girls have been charged in France with allegedly plotting to assault a Paris concert hall some four months after the nation’s deadliest terror attacks, legal sources said Saturday. The girls, 15 and 17 years old, exchanged messages on Facebook in which they claimed they wanted to launch an attack similar to those in November that targeted the Bataclan concert venue as well as bars, restaurants and a football stadium, police said. The girls were arrested Wednesday and appeared before an anti-terror judge on Friday on charges of criminalRead More

5 years after the spark, Syria war at a critical juncture

BEIRUT — After five years of bloodshed — after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees — Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic framework is in place to end the carnage, a two-week-old partial cease-fire is holding, and peace talks are set to resume in coming days. “The indicators from a distance are all good,” said Bassam Barabandi, a Washington-based former Syrian diplomat who now serves as a political adviser to the Syrian opposition. But it’s an extremely fragile moment, andRead More

Police: 1 dead, 2 missing after tugboat sinks near New York

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — One crew member is dead and two are missing after a tugboat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River north of New York City early Saturday. The 90-foot tugboat named Specialist hit a barge at around 5:20 a.m. near where the new Tappan Zee Bridge is being built, police said. Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said the tugboat hit a barge that is part of the bridge construction project. O’Leary said the tugboat was pushing a separate barge down the Hudson when it crashed. HeRead More

President Obama expected to grant more clemencies to federal prisoners in coming weeks

President Obama is expected to grant clemency to another group of drug offenders in the coming weeks, part of his ongoing effort to provide relief to inmates in federal prisons who were sentenced to harsh terms in the nation’s war on drugs. The White House will also be holding an event on March 31 called “Life after Clemency,” that will include former inmates and their attorneys, along with some prison reform advocates. The White House gathering, which is not open to the press, will focus on one of the president’sRead More

Mugabe did not go to India, but he is not in Zimbabwe either – Moyo

Harare – President Robert Mugabe, who cancelled an appearance at a cultural festival in New Delhi, never actually arrived in India, his former information minister Jonathan Moyo said on Thursday. Mugabe, 92, left Harare for India on Monday, the official Herald newspaper reported then. But now there is speculation that he may have stopped off somewhere else. Where, no-one will say yet. Moyo tweeted on Thursday: “[Mugabe] did not cut short the visit in India. but cancelled the trip to India!” “Not being in [Zimbabwe] does not mean he isRead More

South Sudan lets fighters rape women in place of wages – UN

Geneva – South Sudan lets fighters rape women as payment, the UN rights office said on Friday, describing the country as “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.” “The assessment team received information that the armed militias, who carry out attacks together with the SPLA [South Sudanese army] commit violations under an agreement of ‘do what you can and take what you can,’” the rights office said in a new report. “Most of the youth therefore also raided cattle, stole personal property, raped and abducted womenRead More

Angola’s dos Santos to quit after 36 years

Luanda – Angola’s powerful veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Africa’s second-longest serving leader after 36 years at the helm, on Friday said he would leave politics in 2018, after his current mandate ends. “I have taken the decision to quit political life in 2018,” he told the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party politburo in the capital Luanda. The 73-year-old has been in office just one month less than Africa’s record-holder, Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The Angolan leader’s tenure ends in late 2017, butRead More

Niger presidential candidate back in jail, opposition vows ‘boycott’

Niamey – Jailed Niger opposition leader Hama Amadou, due to stand in a presidential run-off next week, was back behind bars Friday after receiving medical treatment, his entourage said, as his coalition vowed to boycott the vote. Sources close to Amadou – who has been in jail since November on baby-trafficking charges – said the opposition leader had been treated locally, going back on an earlier statement that he had been taken to the capital. “Contrary to what we believed, Hama Amadou has not left his prison in Filingue forRead More

پاک بھارت ہائی وولٹیج میچ کیلئے ٹکٹوں کی آن لائن رجسٹریشن کا عمل شروع

کولکتہ: ٹی ٹوئنٹی ورلڈ کپ میں پاکستان اور بھارت کے درمیان ہونے والے ہائی وولٹیج ٹاکرے کے لئے ٹکٹوں کی آن لائن رجسٹریشن کا عمل شروع ہو گیا ہے۔ بھارتی میڈیا کے مطابق 19 مارچ کو ایڈین گارڈن کولکتہ میں ہونے والے پاک بھارت ٹاکرے کے لئے ٹکٹوں کی آن لائن رجسٹریشن کا عمل شروع ہو گیا ہے جو 48 گھنٹے تک جاری رہے گا۔ رپورٹس کے مطابق بھارت سمیت دنیا بھرکے کرکٹ شائقین آن لائن رجسٹریشن فارم بھر سکتےہیں، رجسٹریشن کا عمل مکمل ہونے کے بعد ٹکٹوں کی تعداد دیکھتےRead More

برازیل میں شدید بارشوں نے تباہی مچادی، مختلف حادثات میں 19 افراد ہلاک

ساؤ پاؤلو: برازیل میں شدید بارشوں کے باعث بڑے پیمانے پر تباہی کے باعث مختلف حادثات میں 19 افراد ہلاک جب کہ نظام زندگی درہم برہم ہو کر رہ گیا۔ غیر ملکی خبر رساں ادارے کے مطابق برازیل کے معاشی دارالحکومت ساؤ پاؤلو اور گردونواح میں شدید بارشوں نے بڑے پیمانے پر تباہی مچادی دی، سڑکیں اور گلیاں جھیل کا منظر پیش کرنے لگیں جب کہ نظام زندگی درہم برہم ہو کر رہ گیا۔ ریسکیو اہلکاروں کے مطابق 17 افراد لینڈ سلائیڈنگ کے باعث ہلاک ہوئے جب کہ 2 افراد کیRead More

عمرہ زائرین کے ٹکٹ پر10 ہزارروپے کا نیا ٹیکس عائد

پشاور:  عمرہ زائرین کے ٹکٹ پر 10 ہزارروپے کانیا ٹیکس لگادیاگیاجس پر باچا خان انٹرنیشنل ایئرپورٹ سے جانے والے عمرہ زائرین نے شدید احتجاج کیا۔ نئے ٹیکس کے تحت ون وے ٹکٹ پر90 ریال اور دونوں اطرف کے ٹکٹوں پر180ریال تمام ایئرلائنز وصول کر رہی ہیں۔ ایئر لائنز کے مطابق یہ ٹیکس سعودی حکومت نے عائدکیا ہے اور یہ رقم جدہ ایئرپورٹ کی عمارت کی توسیع کیلیے استعمال کی جائے گی۔ اسے ایئرپورٹ بلڈنگ ٹیکس کا نام دیا گیا ہے اوریہ تمام ایئرلائنز کے سعودی عرب جانیوالے مسافروں سے وصولRead More

غلام حیدر جمالی کی جگہ اے ڈی خواجہ نئے آئی جی سندھ پولیس تعینات

اسلام آباد: وزیراعظم نواز شریف نے سندھ حکومت کی درخواست پر غلام حیدر جمالی کی جگہ اے ڈی خواجہ کو نیا آئی جی مقرر کرنے کی منظوری دے دی ہے۔ سندھ حکومت نے آئی جی پولیس کے لئے وزیراعظم نواز شریف کو اے ڈی خواجہ، اور نثار مہر سمیت 3 نام ارسال کئے تھے، وزیراعظم نواز شریف نے مشاورت کے بعد اللہ دینو خواجہ کو نیا آئی جی سندھ پولیس مقرر کرنے کی منظوری دے دی ہے اور اس حوالے سے باقاعدہ نوٹی فکیشن بھی جاری کردیا گیا ہے۔ اے ڈیRead More

U.S., South Korea stage assault drill; North threatens to wipe out enemies

U.S. and South Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise on Saturday, storming simulated North Korean beach defences amid heightened tension and threats by the North to annihilate its enemies. The landing and assault drills on South Korea’s east coast were part of eight weeks of joint exercises between the allies which the South has said are the largest ever. The North has denounced the exercises as “nuclear war moves” and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high since the NorthRead More

Modi’s party vows to strip Muslim immigrants of vote

Krishna N Das – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Muslim immigrants in a volatile frontier state, waging a polarising election campaign in a bid to form its first government there. In campaign rallies in the remote state of Assam, officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have also promised to identify and deport younger illegal migrants, in response to rising discontent among the state’s Hindus. When Assam elects a state legislature in April, an estimated 10 percent of its 20 millionRead More