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Thursday, May 19th, 2016


LIVE UPDATES: EgyptAir flight crashes with 66 on board

CAIRO, May 19 (Reuters) – An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean, Egypt’s national airline said. Officials said they believed the jet has come down in the sea. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said the search was underway to find the missing Airbus A320 and it was too early to rule out any explanation, including terrorism. Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department told Reuters they believed the jet had crashed into theRead More

US in contact with Pakistani leadership to fight terrorism: State Department

WASHINGTON: US State department spokesperson John Kirby on Wednesday said that the United States is in contact with Pakistani leadership to fight terrorism. Asked about  too much voices in Congress that Pakistan is not doing much to eliminate Haqqani network, Mr Kirby said that   Pakistan has said itself that they’re not going to discriminate among terrorist groups, and it’s our expectation that they will – that they’ll continue to meet that pledge. He said the Pakistani people have suffered at the hands of terrorists for far too long. “They’ve lost friends, they’veRead More

Chinese jets intercept U.S. military plane over South China Sea: Pentagon

Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, a further escalation of tensions in and around the contested waterway. The incident took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out “a routine U.S. patrol,” a Pentagon statement said. The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Another Chinese interceptRead More

France offers $8.56 billion for 36 Rafale Fighters to India

PARIS: France has offered to sell 36 Rafale fighter jets to India for nothing less than $8.56 billion. The Indian Air Force has stressed it needs to start replacing its ageing jet fleet from 2017 to effectively check the capabilities of Pakistan and China. Dassault’s latest offer includes an offset clause of 50 percent which requires Dassault and Thales to invest in India’s defence and security sector. The price is a cut from the earlier price of $8.8 billion France offered two weeks ago. France had earlier quoted $10 billion for the fighter jet for the government to government deal.Read More

GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON — The GOP-led House has voted convincingly to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill. The 277-147 vote Wednesday came after lawmakers turned aside attempts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State. The White House says it objects to numerous provisions and says Obama would veto the legislation if it reaches his desk. The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning in October, seeks to halt a declineRead More

Kerry, el-Sissi discuss stalled Arab-Israeli peace efforts

CAIRO — The United States and Egypt looked for ways Wednesday to inject life into Israel’s moribund peace process with the Palestinians, after the Arab country’s leader said an agreement would make warmer ties with the Jewish state possible. On a brief visit to Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also discussed with President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi the major threats on both sides of Egypt’s borders, including Syria, the Islamic State’s stronghold, and Libya, potentially its next major battleground. But the Israeli-Palestinian crisis appeared a focus, given Egypt’s leadership inRead More

House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House pushed through on Wednesday a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging and high-stakes negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House — each of which has competing ideas on how to best address the Zika threat. The 241-184 House vote broke mostly along party lines as Democrats lined up in opposition, heeding a White House veto threat and a warning from a top government health official that the bill wouldn’t do enough to respond to the growingRead More

More work, more pay? New rule extends overtime to millions

More pay could become a reality for millions of U.S. workers who now toil long hours without overtime under a new rule issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The rule seeks to bolster overtime protections that have been eroded in recent decades by inflation. A diminishing proportion of workers have benefited from overtime regulations, which date to the 1930s and require employers to pay 1½ times a worker’s wage for work that exceeds 40 hours a week. In the fast food and retail industries in particular, many employees are deemedRead More

EgyptAir says flight from Paris to Cairo missing with 69 on board

CAIRO, May 19 (Reuters) – National carrier EgyptAir said a plane carrying 69 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo had gone missing on Thursday, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean Sea. “An official source at EgyptAir stated that Flight MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline said on its official Twitter account. Later Tweets by EgyptAir said the plane, which was traveling at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 meters), disappeared soon after entering Egyptian airspace. TheRead More

مالدیپ کا ایران کے ساتھ سفارتی تعلقات ختم کرنے کا اعلان

مالے: مالدیپ نے سیکیورٹی خدشات کے پیش نظر ایران کے ساتھ سفارتی تعلقات ختم کرنے کا اعلان کردیا ہے۔ مالدیپ کی وزارت خارجہ نے ایک بیان میں ایران کے ساتھ 40 سال پرانے سفارتی تعلقات ختم کرنے کا اعلان کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ايران کی پالیسیاں نہ صرف مشرق وسطی کے امن و سلامتی کے لیے نقصان دہ ہے بلکہ کہیں نہ کہیں خود مالدیپ کی سلامتی، استحکام اور سیکیورٹی کے لیے بھی نقصان دہ ہیں۔ واضح رہے کہ سعودی عرب سمیت دیگر خلیجی ممالک پہلے ہی ایران کے ساتھ اپنےRead More

اوباما کو صدارت کے بعد دبئی میں ملازمت کی پیش کش

دبئی: امریکی صدر باراک اوباما کی مدت اس سال کے آخر میں ختم ہو رہی ہے یہی وجہ ہے کہ دبئی کی ایک فرم نے اوباما کو ملازمت کی سنجیدہ آفر کر دی ہے۔ عرب خبررساں ادارے کے مطابق دبئی کی ایک بڑی لا فرم کے مالک عسا بن حیدر نے اپنے ایک ٹویٹ میں اوباما کو پیشکش کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ باراک اوباما وکالت کا کافی تجربہ رکھتے ہیں، انھوں نے 1991 میں ہارورڈ یونیورسٹی سے گریجویشن کی ڈگری حاصل کی تھی لہٰذا ہم اوباما کو اپنی لا فرمRead More

ملک کے بیشتر حصوں میں سورج آج بھی آگ برسائے گا

کراچی: ملک کے میدانی علاقوں میں شدید گرمی کی لہر جاری ہے اور محکمہ موسمیات کی جانب سے آج بھی شدید گرمی کی پیشگوئی کی گئی ہے۔ ملک میں بدھ کے روز سب سے زیادہ گرنے لاڑکانہ اور سبی میں پڑی جہاں درجہ حرارت 52 سٹی گریڈ ریکارڈ کیا گیا۔ جیکب آباد میں 50.5، تربت، میرپور خاص اور رحیم یار خان میں 50، سبی، سکھر اور شہید بے نظیرآباد میں 49، حیدر آباد میں 48.5، بہاولپور، پڈعیدن، دادو اور روہڑی میں 48، نور پور تھل اور فیصل آباد میں 47 جب کہ لاہورRead More