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  1. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif ordered termination of four policemen for torturing an elderly couple in Multan. Sharif also met the couple, Muhammad Idrees and Naseem Bibi, and their daughter Madiha on Thursday. CM expressed his displeasure over the incident and spoke to them in detail over the matter. ?You are my elders and I will never let anything wrong happen to you,? A fair decision will be taken over the matter, he assured them and ordered termination of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Station House Officer (SHO), sub-inspector and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) in the incident. ?People who have no humanity have not right to serve the government,? he remarked. ?Those who have done such a thing with the poor should be ashamed of themselves.? Those responsible for the incident will be taken to task. ?We will not accept the behaviour of the police towards the elderly couple,? he stressed. ?Is justice only for the rich? Just because the poor can?t raise their voice,? Shehbaz remarked. Elderly couple tortured by Multan police seek justice The couple said that MDA bought their land but never paid them the full amount The CM also ordered an inquiry into the matter and asked the investigative committee to submit a report as soon as possible. On Wednesday, the elderly couple had staged a protest hoping for justice. Muhammad Idrees and Naseem Bibi, were thrashed by the police outside the office of Multan Development Authority for demanding compensation for the 500 acre land the authority bought from them on Monday (November 20). The couple said that MDA bought their land but never paid them the full amount. Dissatisfied by the progress in the case, Idrees shared that even though the Chief Minister took notice of the incident nothing has been done as yet. ?A team was supposed to investigate the case but there has been no decision. We were told that we should accept whatever amount we are given as we won?t get a higher amount,? he said. On Tuesday, the Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif took notice of an incident of abuse at the hands of police and suspended the officials allegedly involved in the incident, a spokesperson for the office of the government of Punjab said. After ordering an inquiry into the despicable incident wherein two police officers severely beat up an elderly couple outside the office of Multan Development Authority (MDA), Sharif suspended the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Station House Officer (SHO).
  2. At least four people, including a police officer, were injured during overnight clashes in an English-speaking region of Cameroon, in which gunshots were heard ringing out despite a curfew imposed to contain an escalating crisis. sources said Sunday. A source close to the security services said the officer received a gunshot wound near the Food Market in Bamenda, a city of 300,000 people in the mountains of western Cameroon that is the epicentre of anglophone resentment of perceived discrimination by the country?s French-speaking majority. The officer?s life was not in danger, the source said, without providing further details on the skirmishes between ?extremists? and the police. Two other men were injured in the clashes, one of whom said he was ?beaten by the police? in the Ntarikon neighbourhood where he was to meet with opposition leader John Fru Ndi, whose power base is Bamenda. The other man and a woman suffered gunshot wounds. ?There were shots all night long,? a resident said at the Food Market, where police began taking up positions at several entrances at 8:00 am (0700 GMT) on Sunday, prompting businesses to close up shop. ?That?s it for today, I won?t open again,? a fishmonger said. ?Here, the police fired off several shots. I picked up a shell casing. They hit several shopowners right in front of me,? the manager of a cafeteria in the market said of the overnight clashes. The authorities imposed the 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew for Bamenda on November 8 after three paramilitary police were murdered, and it is set to remain in place until November 23. Police have been carrying out nightly patrols to enforce the controls, sometimes making arrests, but it was the first night of violence since the curfew was put in place. But tensions have been building since last Saturday, when a fourth gendarme was killed, and after four homemade bombs exploded around the city at the start of the week, though nobody was hurt, in attacks the government has attributed to anglophone separatists. ?The situation is worrying. We ourselves are threatened,? a police officer in Bamenda told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. ?They are targeting gendarmes in particular because they do not consider the gendarmerie a recognise force in the anglo-saxon system. They say the gendarmerie shouldn?t exist in their ?territory?,? he said. Calls for greater autonomy in Cameroon?s two English-speaking areas, the Northwest and Southwest Regions, have been rejected by President Paul Biya and followed by a government crackdown on the separatist drive. Anglophones make up about a fifth of the country?s 22 million people, and often say they suffer from economic inequality and discrimination, especially in education and the legal system.
  3. NAIROBI: Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse a crowd that was protesting on Sunday against the overnight murder of four people in a slum in the capital Nairobi. Parts of the city have been gripped by tension since Friday when at least five people were killed in violence involving the police and opposition supporters who were accompanying their leader Raila Odinga after a trip abroad. Japheth Koome, the police commander in the city, said investigations had started after four bodies were found in the Mathare Area Four slum on Sunday morning. ?We went there and found those bodies with injuries,? he told a news conference, describing the murders as a criminal act rather than ethnic-driven violence. The violence took place a day before the Supreme Court rules on two cases seeking to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat election held last month. Odinga, who successfully petitioned against Kenyatta?s initial victory in the August 8 vote and subsequently boycotted the repeat poll, visited the scene of the murders on Sunday and accused the government of being behind the killings. ?Those who are doing these acts are the ones who already lost and want to hold onto power by force but we will remove them using the power of the people,? he told a crowd of his supporters. Police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse protesters for the better part of the morning until calm was restored in the area in the afternoon. The broadcast industry regulator, Communications Authority of Kenya, said it had banned live broadcasts of political rallies, after all the main TV stations showed hours of live footage of the chaos that greeted Odinga?s return. A source at the authority told Reuters on Sunday the ban was put in place to help manage the tension in the country.
  4. Roads in the area were closed off for a number of hours. Image Courtesy: BBC via South Beds News Agency LONDON: Four people were killed Friday when an aircraft and a helicopter collided in Buckinghamshire, south England, local police said. Two people were killed in each aircraft, which came down in woods near Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury, according to Thames Valley Police said. Police chief Rebecca Mears said she could not yet give out the identities of the victims. "Our priorities today remain with investigating the next of kin, finding out who they are, informing them and supporting them with specialist officers as we progress the investigation here on site," she said in a statement. "We anticipate being here until about Monday morning, potentially longer, we do not rush these things, it's really important we do a meticulous investigation and really thorough to get to the bottom of what's happened here." Both aircraft had taken off from nearby Wycombe Air Park, a spokesman said. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it was assisting in the investigation, revealing that the plane involved was a light Cessna. South Central Ambulance Service said the alarm was raised at 12:09 PM (1209 GMT) local time "to a mid-air collision involving a helicopter and an aircraft". "We sent a number of resources to the scene, including the Thames Valley air ambulance, two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle," said a spokeswoman. Local gardener, Len Bellis told the Press Association that he found the "burning wreckage" after earlier hearing a "horrendous noise", describing the light aircraft remains as "non-existent".
  5. RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Rangers Punjab alongside intelligence agencies conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) and detained four terrorists from Dera Ghazi Khan. According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the terrorists are affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and were involved in attacks on law enforcers and assassinations of police officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces. Automatic weapons, ammunition and hand grenades were also recovered from the terrorists, the statement concluded.
  6. More than four million children and young adults are homeless in the United States. Photo: AFP file CHICAGO: More than four million children and young adults are homeless in the United States, researchers said Wednesday in a study billed as the first overall estimate of youth homelessness in the country. The study released by the University of Chicago defined homelessness broadly to include both those living on the streets and in shelters, and people who are ?couch surfing? ? temporarily staying at others? homes for lack of a permanent residence. ?Our survey looked to give the nation ? for the first time ? a fuller view of youth homelessness by finding young people who don?t always get counted,? said researcher Matthew Morton. The national survey estimated that at least 4.2 million youths are affected, including 700,000 children between the ages of 13 and 17, and 3.5 million 18- to 25-year-olds. The study found similar levels of homelessness among urban and rural youth, even though rural homeless were less visible. At particular risk, however, were African American and Hispanic youth, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, researchers said. ?We have a collective obligation to ensure all young people have a chance to succeed, starting at a young age,? said Bryan Samuels of the University of Chicago. ?As a country, we can look for the missed opportunities in schools, communities and public services to prevent youth homelessness,? he said, making the case for early intervention to stem the problem. A majority of the 18- to 25-year-olds affected had experiences of homelessness that started in childhood or adolescence, the study found, while one third had suffered the death of a family member or caregiver ? an early trauma seen as making them more vulnerable to homelessness.
  7. Forbes magazine's '30 under 30' for 2018 list features four individuals of Pakistani origin. The list, released on Tuesday, features 600 individuals who have made successful strides in different professions. Some of the industries included in the list are consumer technology, games, finance, healthcare, energy, science and etc. The four Pakistanis were selected by Forbes for their achievements in education, e-commerce, enterprise technology and retail. Raza Munir Raza Munir's startup, Climb Credit, helps debt management for students in skills-based fields. He has been featured in the Education category, and according to Forbes, he has provided affordable loans to 5,000 students enrolled in 60 schools. Credit Climb was founded by Munir and three other people. Sarah Ahmed For her work in retail and the e-commerce segment, Forbes chose Sarah Ahmed. The entrepreneur, who is based in New York, found Warp + Weft. Warp + Weft is described as a premium denim brand which weaves its own fabric for guaranteed fit and best value. The brand's objective is to increase size inclusivity. Khizer Hayat Khizer Hayat was selected by the Forbes list in the enterprise technology sector. He is the president of the initiative Teach Pakistan, working to improve education in rural areas of Pakistan as a non-government organisation. Hayat is also the co-founder of ThroughPut, which is a data science automation company which estimates waste in supply chain and logistics operations and offers recommendations to eliminate bottlenecks and areas of concern, according to Forbes. S. Zayd Enam The last Pakistani to feature on the list is S. Zayd Enam, founder of Mediconnect. Mediconnect is a healthcare provider in Pakistan. After dropping out of his PhD program, Enam founded The startup, dealing in customer service, works towards improving the quality provided by the industry.
  8. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan became part of the investigations in the four cases against him on Wednesday. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan became part of the investigation in the four cases against him on Wednesday. Khan's legal counsel Shahid Naseem Gondal submitted his client's written statement to the Secretariat Police Station in Islamabad. The PTI chief had appeared before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing four cases against him on Tuesday and surrendered himself before the ATC, which had issued non-bailable warrants against Khan and declared him a proclaimed offender after he had not appeared in a single hearing. Imran Khan appears before ATC, gets bail in all cases PTI chairman faces several cases of orchestrating violence during 2014 protest sit-in in Islamabad The ATC had approved the PTI chairman's bail for Rs200,000 in each case and adjourned the hearing until November 24. Speaking to the media on November 14, Khan had said that the party had peacefully protested [in 2014] for transparent elections but a terrorism case had been lodged against it. The ATC court is hearing three cases regarding the attack on the then Islamabad Operations SSP Asmatullah Junejo and state buildings during the 2014 protest sit-in by PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). The two 'political cousins', Imran and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri, face charges of destroying property in the Red Zone, attacking the state TV channel's building and injuring SSP Junejo. In August 2014, violence broke out in the federal capital when PTI and PAT supporters attempted to break a police cordon and storm the PM House, using cranes to remove barricades. The clashes between police and protesters resulted in the deaths of three people and caused injuries to over 560. Of the injured, 77 were security officials deployed in the Red Zone, including SSP Junejo. The decision to march to the PM House was taken after talks between the government, PTI and PAT had failed to end the deadlock over the resignation of the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The two parties were protesting 'rigging' in the 2013 General Elections.
  9. KARACHI: Passenger car sales jumped 24 per cent to 70,040 units during the first four months of the current fiscal 2017/18 as consumer buying power improved on decades-low financing rate, analysts said on Monday. Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (Pama) recorded passenger car sales at 55,859 units in the July-October period of FY2017. In October alone, local assemblers sold 19,400 cars, showing a 34 per cent increase over the same month a year earlier. ?The monthly sales were highest in the history,? Mohammed Sohail, chief executive at Topline Securities said. Sohail attributed the upward trend to improving buying power, growing popularity of ride-sharing in the country, like Uber and Careem, and low auto financing rate. Analysts said the government?s recent measures to tighten the noose around used car imports also led to a surge in the demand of local cars. The government is likely to bind car exporters to pay duties on used cars in dollars from next year. Cars are imported in Pakistan under personal baggage and gift scheme under which overseas Pakistanis could export cars to the country. Though regulatory duty was not imposed on small used cars, their arrival is slow due to the restrictions, according to the analysts. Topline Securities, in a report, said Pak Suzuki was the major beneficiary as the majority of used car imports fall under lower engine capacity segment. Pak Suzuki?s sales were up 36 per cent to 46,941 units in the July-October period. Honda?s car sales grew 55 per cent to 17,110 units due to the success of new models: Civic/BRV and the recently revamped City. Toyota recorded a 10 per cent rise in car sales during the four months. The brokerage said the industry?s sales grew 32 per cent to 83,809 units in July-October. A total of 21,757 tractors were sold during the period under review. Tractor sales are expected to increase due to lower general sales tax, a Rs2 billion subsidy on tractor buying by Sindh government, and fertiliser cash subsidy. Sales of trucks and buses rose 23 per cent in the July-October period. The upward trend is expected to continue, fuelled by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, higher road connectivity, low financing rate, and the change and enforcement of axle load limit per truck on highways by the National Highways Authority. Sales of motorcycles and three-wheelers were recorded at 636,756 units in July-October FY2018 as compared to 504,779 units in the same period a year earlier.
  10. The supersonic plane will be 2.6 times faster than a regular aircraft and will be able to carry 55 passengers. Photo: Boom Aerospace The Boom Supersonic will be able to transport passengers from Dubai to London in only four and a half hours. The founder of Boom, Blake Scholl, said at a press conference at the Dubai Airshow that the pilot test of the plane will be carried out next year and the regular flights will come into service by mid 2020s, Khaleej Times reported. The supersonic plane will be 2.6 times faster than a regular aircraft and will be able to carry 55 passengers. Each seat will cost the customer the same as a current business-class airplane ticket. "They're not going to notice the difference because it's no louder than the airplanes that are flying today. At the airport, you're approach to land and take off speeds are a little bit faster than subsonic, which actually reduces the noise footprint because the airplane flies over you faster than it would have otherwise," Scholl told Khaleej Times. The airplane will have turbo fans instead of afterburners, which will reduce its noise footprint. The firm is in the stage of its site selection process for the production of its Mach-2.2 airliner. The base of its manufacturing will be in the US, to keep it close to the engineers.
  11. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: Four policemen, alleged of killing a 14-year-old boy in Karachi, were arrested on Monday and booked on charges of murder. Rehan, 14, was allegedly killed because of police firing in Karachi's Mominabad area late Sunday. The law enforcers claimed they raided the vicinity in search of drug peddlers, who opened fire on the police team. They said the boy was killed in firing by the suspects. But the residents rubbished police claims with eye witnesses saying the duty policemen, whom they said were intoxicated, tortured children in the locality, before firing shots on the orders of the station house officer (SHO). Rehan, 14, who was allegedly shot dead by the police in Mominabad area late Sunday. ? Geo News Superintendent Police (SP) Orangi Abid Baloch took notice of the incident and ordered locking up the four policemen involved in the episode. A case was also lodged against arrested policemen in Mominabad police station, with father of the deceased child as complainant. Family of the victim and residents of the locality also protested over the killing outside Mominabad police station. They, however, dispersed after being assured of fair investigations into the tragic event.
  12. Deaths in Civil Hospital, Mithi in three days has climbed to five, and 313 in the year so far BADIN: Four newborn babies lost their lives due to under-nourishment and other related diseases in Tharparkar over 24 hours, the health department said. The deceased include three newborn babies and a 10-day old baby. Deaths in Civil Hospital, Mithi in three days has climbed to five, and 313 in the year so far. The total death toll in government hospitals in Nagarparkar, Diplo, Islamkot, Chachro areas and others is not known yet. What has changed in Thar? Not much What is unfolding in Tharparkar has all the signs of a humanitarian catastrophe. But the PPP-led provincial government has underplayed the crisis. Health experts and activists have severely criticised Sindh government for failing to contain the epidemic of undernourishment. Parents have also decried the lack of proper health facilities. Last year by February, 122 children died in 137 days at the Civil Hospital in Mithi. Parents of the children had said that the hospital was not giving proper treatment nor was it providing free medicines.
  13. A Belgian special forces police officer patrols a street during a police raid in central Brussels, Belgium, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman BRUSSELS: The probe into a 2015 Daesh attack on a high-speed train bound for Paris took a step forward Monday as Belgian police held four men suspected of helping the gunman in his preparations. Prosecutors said that following a series of raids around Brussels, "four people were taken in for questioning" and a judge would later rule on what further action to take against them. A bloodbath was only narrowly averted on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015 when quick-thinking passengers including two off-duty US servicemen subdued gunman Ayoub El Khazzani ? who was armed with a Kalashnikov, a pistol, and a box-cutter knife ? as he opened fire. The detentions add fresh weight to the links between Khazzani and the French-Belgian Daesh network responsible for the Paris attacks of November 2015 and the triple suicide bombings in Brussels in March 2016. Belgian media reported that at least three of the four detainees knew the men who carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks, which between them left more than 160 people dead. Those held on Monday include Mohamed Bakkali, who was already in custody charged with helping to organise the November 2015 Paris attacks, according to his lawyer. Thalys attacker Khazzani ? a Moroccan who fought for Daesh in Syria ? has told investigators he was acting on the orders of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, one of the organisers of the Paris attacks, whom he met in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. No weapons found Prosecutors said "no explosives nor weapons were found" during Monday's raids, one of which was in the gritty Brussels district of Molenbeek. The district gained notoriety as a hotbed of international jihadists after the attacks in the French and Belgian capitals. A 29-year-old man was detained in Molenbeek on suspicion of housing Khazzani as well as Abaaoud, a judicial source said. The suspect, who has not been named, was convicted of armed robbery with a Kalashnikov in 2009 alongside Khalid El Bakraoui ? one of the suicide bombers who attacked Brussels, according to the RTBF news channel. Abaaoud, the leader of the attacks on Parisian bars and restaurants, died in a shootout with police in the suburb of Saint Denis five days after the carnage that killed 130 people. Another raid on Monday netted a friend of Bakkali and Bakraoui, on suspicion of buying around 15 Kalashnikov magazines in summer 2015, according to Belgian media. "There are connections between the cell behind the Paris and Brussels attacks and the plan to attack the Thalys through Abaaoud and (Redouane Sebbar), but not enough today to say Khazzani's plot came from this same cell," a source close to the case said. Sebbar, a Moroccan currently being held in Germany, is suspected of having a hand in the Thalys plot. Last week French authorities announced they had issued an arrest warrant for him in July. The arrests were carried out by a joint French-Belgian investigating team under the authority of a Belgian anti-terrorism judge.
  14. PESHAWAR: The counter-terrorism department arrested on Sunday four terrorists trying to plant a bomb on Peshawar?s Shah Alam bridge. The suspects had prepared the bombs in two oil cans, according to the CTD. Police also recovered pistols and cartridges from the suspects? possession. The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the area and defused the bombs, the CTD said. The CTD further said that the suspects belong to a proscribed organization.
  15. HELSINKI: Four people were killed and several injured when a train crashed into an army vehicle during a military exercise in southern Finland on Thursday, police and defense forces said. Three of the dead were conscripts and one was a passenger on the train, they said.
  16. Railway track where the mother's body was found. Photo: Hindustan Times Four girls and their mother were pushed out of a moving train in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police found out on Wednesday, reported Hindustan Times According to the police two of those who were pushed off Amritsar-Saharsa express have died. Police suspected that the girls and their mother were pushed off at different locations within 50 kilometres in less than an hour. The family is from Motihari area in a district of Bihar and the girls? uncle, father and another person were suspects in the case, as per the police. Body of 36-year-old Afreena Khatoon, the mother, was found on the tracks on Wednesday afternoon. Police believed she was the first one to be pushed off the train. Afreena?s seven-year-old daughter Muniya?s body was found a day earlier, on Tuesday. On the same day, the body of a 12-year-old girl was found on the tracks at a different location. It was later established that the girl was Afreena?s eldest daughter. The two other girls who survived the fall are four-year-old Samina and nine-year-old Algun Khatoon. The survivors were admitted to the hospital. The woman and her daughters were on their way to Motihari from Amritsar, police said. According to the police, one of the surviving daughters, Algun, initially told them that her father and uncle threw them out of the train. But she later said that her uncle and his friend were behind the crime. However, police said Algun is not mature enough to provide information about the incident. She told the police they were four sisters and two brothers, but the whereabouts of the brothers were not known, police said.
  17. The victims were returning from performing religious rituals at a nearby river when they were hit by the train in the Munger district of Bihar state. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: Four women were killed and five others injured Monday after being struck by a train while crossing railway tracks in eastern India, police said. The victims were returning from performing religious rituals at a nearby river when they were hit by the train in the Munger district of Bihar state. ?It was slightly foggy and they might have failed to notice the oncoming train,? Asish Bharti, Munger police chief, told AFP. They were crossing at an unauthorised spot, the officer said. The injured victims were being treated at a state-run hospital. Every day thousands of Indians take shortcuts across railway tracks but this can prove deadly. Nearly 28,000 people were killed in accidents along tracks in 2014, mostly run down by speeding trains, the latest data from India?s crime record bureau shows. India?s railways transport nearly 23 million passengers every day. But critics say the creaking British-era network is inefficient, overburdened and unsafe.
  18. MULTAN: A judicial magistrate on Monday extended the remand of Mufti Abdul Qavi after recording the accused's statement in the Qandeel Baloch murder case. The remand of the cleric was extended for another four days after Qavi's statement was recorded in an ambulance. The magistrate, Pervaiz Khan, had earlier in the day had asked the police to present the cleric in court after the law-enforcement agency failed to present him before the magistrate. Qavi was later transferred back to the hospital after his statement was recorded. Dr. Zafar of Institute of Cardiology said the decision to discharge the cleric would be taken on Tuesday. A second angiography for the cleric was scheduled to be held today after the first angiography had revealed that one of the arteries in patient?s heart is blocked. A sessions court, hearing the model and social media icon's murder case, had remanded the accused into police custody for four days on October 19. The doctors had also reasoned that Qavi?s custody cannot be handed over to the police till the patient?s health recovers. The development comes a day after Baloch's parents claimed that the prime accused of their daughter's murder ? Mufti Abdul Qavi ? had offered millions in bribe to withdraw the case. "We won't forgive our daughter's murder in exchange for the money, cars, and houses [offered to us]," Qandeel's parents said. "We are happy that Qavi was arrested and request the Chief Justice of Pakistan to keep a close eye on the case." On October 12, a court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mufti Abdul Qavi in Baloch?s murder case. Qandeel Baloch Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem. He said she had brought shame on the family and confessed to his crime in a press conference after his arrest. Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. In Facebook posts, Baloch, 26, spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan. She faced frequent abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos.
  19. The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery owned by The Carlyle Group is seen at sunset in front of the Philadelphia skyline, March 24, 2014. REUTERS/David M. Parrott/Files HOUSTON: Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, breaking four days of gains, pressured by larger-than-expected product inventories in the United States and profit-taking after a recent run-up in markets. Brent crude settled down 92 cents (or 1.6 percent) at $57.23 a barrel. The global benchmark is still about 30 percent above its mid-year levels. US light crude settled down 75 cents (or 1.4 percent) to $51.29 but is still nearly 25 percent higher than June?s lows. Ongoing tension in the Middle East has boosted prices, but analysts say those concerns may now be priced into the market. ?The geopolitical risk that came rushing into the market is starting to come out,? John Kilduff ? a partner at hedge fund Again Capital LLC ? said. Kurdish officials said thousands had fled the Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad. Iraq said it expects to restore Kirkuk?s oil production to last week?s levels by Sunday. SPDC ? Royal Dutch Shell?s subsidiary in Nigeria ? lifted force majeure Thursday on Bonny Light crude oil exports. Meanwhile, Chevron Corp said it temporarily suspended oil and gas drilling activity in Iraqi Kurdistan. Analysts said they have seen some profit-taking after two weeks of gains. Energy equities were also weaker, falling to 3-1/2-week lows. US President Donald Trump last week refused to certify Iran?s compliance with a nuclear deal, leaving Congress 60 days to decide further action against Tehran. That could imply the resumption of sanctions against Iran, which reduced supply by about 1 million barrels per day (BPD) during the previous round. However, it is unlikely the United States will get the same level of cooperation from other countries as it did when it previously sanctioned Iran. Analysts said crude supply should keep tightening if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and partners, including Russia, agree to an expected extension to their deal to curb production. The market turned bearish on Wednesday after the US Energy Information Administration reported a surprise drop in US refining rates and an unexpected build in fuel stocks last week that signalled slower demand in the world?s top oil consumer. The fuel build overshadowed a 5.7 million-barrel slump in US crude inventories and an 11-percent tumble in crude output last week to 8.4 million BPD as production was shut in by Hurricane Nate.
  20. PESHAWAR: At least four people were reportedly killed in a drone attack in the Jahwaray Sar area of Paktia province near the Pak-Afghan border, Geo News reported on Thursday. Sources informed that two missiles were fired at a suspected terrorist hideout. Drone strikes along the Afghan border have picked up pace during the last week. At least 31 people have died and 12 injured in different drone strikes targetting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan since earlier this week. At least 20 people were believed killed and 10 injured in a drone attack near the same area on Monday. Six missile strikes were reported to have been carried out. On Tuesday, two drone strikes occurred; first one in the Khanachi area of Paktia and killed five people and injured one and another one in the Ghuzdari area of Paktia province which killed at least six people and injured one other. Sources said that the strikes targetted hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamat-ul-Ahrar and the Haqqani Network and a total of 10 missiles were fired. The Inter-Services Public Relations also denied that any strikes took place in Kurram Agency or inside Pakistani territory. It added that operations are being carried out against terrorists in Afghanistan, which involves air activity. No drone strikes took place in Kurram Agency: ISPR Military operations are under way in Afghanistan, it stated The statement by ISPR added that military operations are being conducted in Khost and Paktia province of Afghanistan, opposite Kurram Agency. It added the Resolute Support Mission, the coalition forces operating in the country against the Taliban and Daesh, is sharing details about the operation within Afghan territory and the Pakistan Army is vigilant in its own area along the border area.
  21. RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations on Wednesday announced the promotions of four major generals to lieutenant generals. Major General Majid Ehsan, Major General Aamir Abbasi, Major General Abdullah Dogar, and Major General Hamood uz Zaman have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, the military's media wing said. Photo: ISPR Lieutenant General Abdullah Dogar has also been appointed as the Corps Commander Multan, while Maj-Gen Ehsan has taken charge as the president of the National Defence University (NDU) Several key postings, transfers, and promotions in the Pakistan Army were announced earlier in April. Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat was posted as the chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority. He was formerly serving as the Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF). Key appointments, transfers announced in Pakistan Army The ISPR confirmed the postings Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani, who was previously serving as Commander 1 Corps, Magla, took command as the Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Lieutenant general Azhar Saleh Abbasi was promoted from the rank of Major General and posted as Commander 1 Corps Mangla. He was earlier serving as Vice Chief of General Staff at the GS Branch, General Head Quarters.
  22. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry (R) ? Pakistan's ambassador to the United States and the head of Pakistani delegations ? listens during a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/Files ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the United States met in Oman on Monday to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, two officials in Pakistan?s foreign ministry said. But it was not clear if any Afghan Taliban had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a tentative process that collapsed in 2015. Taliban sources had previously said they would stay away from the discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on prospects for reviving long-stalled negotiations. The Pakistani officials ? who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information ? said the talks had resumed on Pakistan?s initiative. The Pakistani team was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. There was no immediate comment from the United States, China or Afghanistan about the talks resuming. The four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC) ? which last met in Islamabad early last year and comprises Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the US ? has been trying to ease the path to direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with little success. Amin Waqad ? a close aide to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and a senior member of the High Peace Council (HPC) ? said last week his country would participate in the Muscat meeting and that the Taliban representatives would also be there. The Taliban denied that they had received an invitation. Efforts to kick-start negotiations have failed due to the Taliban?s refusal to attend talks after their last leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan last year. The United States wants Pakistan ? which it accuses of harbouring Afghan Taliban commanders ? to exert more influence on the group to bring them to the negotiating table. 'Let it come' In August, US President Donald Trump had lambasted Pakistan and its leadership for providing safe havens and sanctuaries for terrorist elements and urged the nation to "do more" to prevent it. Pakistan needs to show 'commitment to civilisation, order, peace': Trump Talking about his plans, Trump said military power alone will not bring peace in Afghanistan and that Pakistan needs to step up its efforts "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time [when] they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," he said, warning that the vital aid the US offers to the country could be cut. ?That will have to change and that will change immediately." Pakistan Army in response had brushed off speculation that Trump's new strategy could include taking a stronger line against Islamabad, insisting the country has done all it can to tackle militancy. "Let it come," army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters, referring to Trump's decision. "Even if it comes? Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest."
  23. COX´S BAZAAR: Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks. Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Tarpaulin and bamboo shelters have been built on elephant walkways in some areas, sparking environmental concerns, as the country struggles to accommodate an unprecedented number of people. Besides those killed, four refugees from neighbouring tents were injured and were in critical condition at Sadar Hospital in Cox´s Bazar, the town´s additional superintendent of police Afrujul Hoque Totul told Reuters. At the refugee camp, cooking utensils the family had brought from Myanmar lay crushed under a jumble of bamboo sticks and clothes. Abdul Sukoor, 30, whose tent on the edge of the camp was also trampled, said he and his family managed to escape when they heard the screams of other refugees as the elephants approached. He is now moving to a tent further inside the camp, but said he was still worried. "We have to be constantly alert at night," he said. More than 530,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months since attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
  24. Rescue workers have removed two bodies from the plane while a further two could be seen in the wreckage, the agency says. Other reports suggest that several members of the crew survived. Photo: Reuters ABIDJAN: At least four people were killed in a plane crash off Ivory Coast near Abidjan on Saturday, security sources said. Six others were believed to have been injured in the crash of the Antonov aircraft which police said had 10 people on board. French military sources said that French nationals were among the injured. "The aircraft failed to land and crashed into the water... Firefighters and security forces are on the scene," said police commissioner Charlemagne Bleu.
  25. File photo ANKARA: Turkish authorities arrested four people over Wednesday?s explosion in a storage tank at a Tupras refinery which killed four people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday. The explosion occurred following maintenance work at the refinery in the western Turkish province of Izmir, wounding two other workers, but had no impact on production. On Thursday, authorities had detained seven people over the blast, of which four have been formally arrested and three have been released on probation. The report gave no details of what charges the four may face.