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  1. A mosque is seen alone a coastline in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017/Reuters DUBAI: Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed to quash a two decade-old foreign policy in which Qatar has punched well above its weight, striding the stage as a peace broker, often in conflicts in Muslim lands. Doha's independent-minded approach, including a dovish line on Iran and support for groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, has incensed some of its neighbours who see the approach as a threat to their dynastic rule. The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, which cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties to Doha on June 5, also demands the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar, the official told Reuters. Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria, he said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory, Qatar won't negotiate under boycott The four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cozying up to Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations. Qatari officials did not reply immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha. The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes "void", the official said without elaborating, suggesting the offer to end the dispute in return for the 13 steps would no longer be on the table. The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries' domestic and foreign affairs and stop a practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. US State Department questions Gulf motives on Qatar boycott The State Department said it was Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added. Any resulting agreement to comply with the demands will be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said without elaborating. US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a "high level" sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties in the dispute to resolve their differences. Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. It sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armored vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia's leaders on calming tension in the region.
  2. ANKARA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in Turkey on an official visit, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Tuesday. On arrival, COAS visited Ataturk Mausoleum and laid floral wreath to pay homage to the father of Turkish nation and penned down his respects on the visitor?s book. COAS visited Turkish Land Force Headquarters where he was received by General Salih Zeki Çolak, Commander Turkish Land Forces and was presented guard of honour. At the Turkish Land Force Headquarters, COAS was briefed on the regional security situation as well as the Turkish Land Forces and their various undertakings in field of training, defence production and peacekeeping operations. ISPR said that COAS was awarded the Legion of Merit in a simple and graceful ceremony in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties. Speaking on the occasion, COAS underscored the special place that Turkey enjoys in the hearts of all Pakistanis. He dedicated the award to the Shuhada of both Pakistani and Turkish Armed Forces. Later, COAS called on chief of Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar and discussed matters related to regional security and the role Armed Forces of both countries play towards peace and stability. The two military leaders agreed to further enhance defence cooperation in multiple fields. Turkish military leadership was greatly appreciative of the role Pakistan Army plays against terrorism as well as in peace keeping operations and as a factor of stability in a very volatile region.
  3. Photo: File Paris police on Monday said they were dealing with an incident on the Champs Elysees in the city centre as a Reuters witness saw officers cordon off an area near the avenue and close to the presidential Elysee palace. The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a car had caught fire in the area.
  4. PTI chief Imran Khan speaks to media in Lahore on Sunday. ? Geo News screengrab LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Sunday claimed that former deputy director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Inamur Rehman has "evidence of money laundering against Sharif family and there are threats to his life". Speaking to media here, the PTI chief said that Rehman made revelations about Huddaibiya Paper Mills and Sharif family, and the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) should summon him. "Those loyal to the Godfather are threatening the former FIA official," he said, calling for providing security to Rehman. The PTI chairman criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, for telling they never did any corruption. He said that Inamur Rehman must present that evidence before the JIT, adding that money laundering and kickbacks have exposed Sharif family. Khan reiterated that the prime minister should step down, for the institutions are under him. Speaking earlier at a fundraiser for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMH), the PTI chairman said the hospital has been treating 75 per cent patients free of cost and there's no VIP ward in it. The SKMH does not discriminate among patients, he added.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Shahid Aslam ? the Project Director of the city's new airport ? has allegedly gone missing, Geo News reported. Aslam, who left home at 8:30 PM the previous night, has still not returned 24 hours later, a report filed by the official's brother-in-law in the Margalla police station revealed. Report of missing person was filed by Aslam's brother-in-law late Friday night. It is noteworthy that both of Aslam's phones appear to have been powered off, Geo News said. Security officials stated that his unusual disappearance is now under investigation.
  6. RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat during his second day of the official visit to China, called on Air Marshal Xu Qilian, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission. Matters related to prevailing strategic environment and bilateral defence and security cooperation were discussed during the meeting. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat also called on Mr Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman Chinese People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Mr Meng Jianzhou, Secretary of Political and Judiciary Commission and Mr Tang Dengjie, Administrator of State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND). During these meetings, both sides resolved to stand together as Iron Brothers during current and emerging scenarios. CJCSC also had an interaction with Chinese Think Tanks, "China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations", "Academy of Military Sciences" and "China Institute for International Strategic Studies?. CJCSC dilated upon emerging security challenges and response strategies both at regional and global level.
  7. Negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will begin between British and EU officials on Monday, the British government said in a statement. "The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the European Union will start on Monday June 19," the Department for Exiting the European Union ministry said on Thursday. The announcement was agreed on Thursday between Brexit minister David Davis and the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the ministry said. Britain voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum last year. Prime Minister Theresa May in March formally notified the EU of its intention to leave, starting a two-year timetable for negotiating the exit. Britain will be the first member state ever to leave the bloc. Negotiations had been expected to begin next week but May's loss of her parliamentary majority in a general election last week raised doubts about the date. She has since said the timetable will remain unchanged but there is growing pressure on her to moderate the government's approach and favour maintaining close ties with the European single market.
  8. US President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. File Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the US commander. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been made about the troop levels, which are now set at about 8,400. The Pentagon declined to comment. The decision is similar to one announced in April that applied to US troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and came as Mattis warned Congress the US-backed Afghan forces were not beating the Taliban despite more than 15 years of war. "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now," Mattis said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier on Tuesday. "And we will correct this as soon as possible." Mattis said the Taliban were "surging" at the moment, something he said he intended to address. US Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., US, June 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters A former US official said such a decision might allow the White House to argue that it was not micromanaging as much as the administration of former President Barack Obama was sometimes accused of doing. Critics say delegating too much authority to the military does not shield Trump from political responsibility during battlefield setbacks and could reduce the chances for diplomats to warn of potential blowback from military decisions. It has been four months since Army General John Nicholson, who leads US and international forces in Afghanistan, said he needed "a few thousand" additional forces, some potentially drawn from US allies. Current and former US officials say discussions revolve around adding 3,000 to 5,000 troops. Those forces are expected to be largely comprised of trainers to support Afghan forces, as well as air crews. Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. Some US officials have questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security. To date, more than 2,300 Americans have been killed and more than 17,000 wounded since the war began in 2001. Any increase of several thousand troops would leave American forces in Afghanistan well below their 2011 peak of more than 100,000 troops. The Afghan government was assessed by the US military to control or influence just 59.7 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts as of Feb. 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016, according to data released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. A truck bomb explosion in Kabul last month killed more than 150 people, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 by a NATO-led coalition after ruling the country for five years. On Saturday, three US soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan. The broader regional US strategy for Afghanistan remains unclear. Mattis promised on Tuesday to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more US troops. Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, pressed Mattis on the deteriorating situation during the Tuesday hearing, saying the United States had an urgent need for "a change in strategy, and an increase in resources if we are to turn the situation around." "We recognise the need for urgency," Mattis said.
  9. JALALABAD: Three Afghan civilians were killed early on Monday morning when American troops opened fire after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, an official in eastern Nangarhar province said. A man and his two sons were killed in their house in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesperson for the provincial governor. "After the bomb blast hit them, the American forces then started shooting and killed one man and two children nearby," he said. The US military command in Kabul said it was investigating the reports. Civilian casualties have been running at near record highs as fighting spreads to more areas of Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani generally has been less vocal than his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, in publicly criticising the US military when troops are involved in incidents where civilians are killed. On Saturday, three American soldiers were killed and one wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in Nangarhar, where elite US troops have been helping Afghan forces battle Daesh militants. Also over the weekend, an American air strike in southern Afghanistan killed at least three Afghan policemen and wounded several others during a joint operation by Afghan and US special forces. The US and Afghan troops have been battling militants in Nangarhar province for months. Daesh in Afghanistan, has established a stronghold in the region, which borders Pakistan. US military officials estimate there are about 600 to 800 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, but also in the neighbouring province of Kunar. The increase in involvement by US troops and warplanes comes as US President Donald Trump's administration weighs whether to deploy more troops in the war-torn country. Reuters reported in late April that the US administration was carrying out a review of Afghanistan and there were conversations over whether to send between 3,000 and 5,000 US and coalition troops to Afghanistan. Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. This could allow US advisers to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting, a US official said.
  10. TEHRAN: The attackers who stormed Tehran´s parliament complex and the revolutionary leader´s shrine on Wednesday were Iranian nationals who had joined Daesh, a top official said. The six attackers "were Iranian and joined Daesh from some parts of Iran," said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, on state TV late Wednesday. 13 killed after militants strike heart of Tehran, Iran blames Saudis Attackers entered Iranian parliament and started shooting; another 'blew up' at Khomeini's mausoleum It was the first attack in Iran claimed by Daesh, which had threatened to step up its campaign in the country in recent months. Iran is a key fighting force against Daesh and other groups in Iraq and Syria.
  11. MIAMI: A shooting on Monday at an industrial park in the Florida city of Orlando has resulted in "multiple fatalities," authorities said, without describing the circumstances of the incident. The Orange County Sheriff´s office said the situation had been "stabilised." "Multiple fatalities. Situation contained. Sheriff will brief as soon as info is accurate," the sheriff´s office said on Twitter. A year ago, the city -- a hub of Florida´s resort industry popular with tourists -- was the scene of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.
  12. After giving sleepless nights and silent heart attacks to all the class 10 students and their parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education aka CBSE finally declared the results. Further, CBSE ensured that students don’t feel bad or upset about the numbers because by the time it announced the results, people were so exhausted and frustrated that they didn’t have the energy to think about CGPA or grades. Parents were fine with anything as long as it was declared, instead of just keeping them hanging in the air. While on other days you feel lonely and dejected thinking that no one really cares for you, CBSE brings you closer to all those lost relatives who call you to ensure that inferiority complex and worthlessness hits you as well. Those who didn’t give two f**ks on your birthday, will especially recharge their phones and will spend their entire balance in making your life miserable. But, if there is anyone who genuinely cares for you in this entire world after your parents, it is Twitter. They not only feel your pain, but also try to pacify it with their hilarious jokes and memes that are too good to be true. So, folks if you have been cursing yourself ever since the results were declared, let us tell you something – after 5 years, it will only amount to a birth certificate and nothing else. So, wipe all your tears and read these hilarious tweets. When u score 90% and pados wali aunty k beta has scored 95% and she tries to rub it in #cbseresult2017 — the sheriff (@Juhieye) 28 May 2017 Fathers gonna say this today😁😂😂#cbseresult2017 #MemeOnBoard — Battameez ladka (@DoctorrSays) 28 May 2017 Discussing results with dad. #CBSEResults — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) 28 May 2017 Neighbours: Beta tumhare kitne number aaye hai?#cbseresults 😁😁 — puja (@pujaj2008) 3 June 2017 Fathers today after seeing their sons' #CbseResults2017 — मार्क वाह!!! (@MarkWaah) 28 May 2017 A big shout out to those who know the real picture. Class X certificate is used only for Birthday verification. Anything more than that ? 🤔#CBSEClass10 #Results — PrasannaKumarValluri (@pkvalluri_) 3 June 2017 One even tried to console those kids who didn't get good grades in English and opened our eyes in the process. #CbseResults2017 Just see the spelling 3rd June - '3th'. And that's CBSE for you #CBSE — SAWAN SEHRAWAT (@sa1sehrawat) 3 June 2017 Dear Boys.....😂😂😂🙏🙏🙏🙌😎 CBSE Class X Results today 🙏#CbseResults2017 — #IndvsPak 💪😎🙌🇮🇳 (@Swagz_VK) 3 June 2017 Those who are fed up of the relatives more than CBSE! When relatives ask about exam results 😂😂#CbseResults2017 — Babaji Ka Thullu (@BabajiKaThullu4) 28 May 2017 "I think no one cares about me"#CbseResults2017 announced#boom 2754 calls from relatives #wtf #khapitars #class10thresult #cbse #memes — Vinay rana (@mrvrana) 3 June 2017 Relatives waiting for your boards result#Allthebest #Alltheverybesttobeckbenchers — Zakii Usmani (@ZakiiUsmani1) 2 June 2017 Parents!#CbseResults2017 — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) 24 May 2017 #MemeOnBoard Sharma ji announcing his son's numbers in his street.#MemeOnBoard — NEObie (@AngryBoyfriend8) 28 May 2017
  13. A street vendor sells cigarettes to a customer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia - Reuters A proposed Indonesian tobacco law will roll back regulations to discourage smoking in a country that already has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and open the floodgates to advertising aimed at teenagers, a health ministry official said. If the bill initiated by the parliament is passed, companies will no longer have to put grim pictures on cigarette packs of lung cancer or other diseases linked to smoking, said Mohammad Subuh, director-general of disease prevention and control at the health ministry. Under existing regulations, 40 percent of the front and back of a cigarette pack must contain a "health warning" in the form of pictures and text. Under the tobacco bill, reviewed by Reuters, cigarette packs would not be required to have a specific portion dedicated to health-related pictures. Cigarette businesses that put up advertisements, either in electronic, printed or outdoor media, do have to include a health warning that is "written with clear alphabets, easily read and proportionate." School and playground areas would be designated as "no- cigarette-smoke zones" instead of "no-cigarette zones", which would allow cigarettes to be sold or displayed there, Subuh said. "Indonesia is the most liberal country for the tobacco industry," said Subuh, who oversees the health ministry's tobacco control efforts. "Let's not open again the opportunities for the industry to lure teenagers to party with cigarettes. It's like jumping from a helicopter without a parachute," he said in an interview. Output Increase Last year, 54.8 percent of males between 15 and 19 years old were smokers in Indonesia, more than double the percentage of smokers in 2001, according to the health ministry. The price of a pack of cigarettes in Indonesia can be less than $2. A shocking video of a toddler reportedly puffing up to 40 cigarettes a day on the island of Sumatra went viral around seven years ago, firing up anti-tobacco activists who said it underscored the problem of underage smoking in Indonesia. "Indonesia is terrifying because it has among the most baby smokers in the world. From elementary school until high school, the smoking rate is also one of the highest," the health ministry's Subuh said. Indonesia is the only country in the Asia-Pacific region that has yet to ratify or be a party to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which seeks to protect against the harmful consequences of smoking. The tobacco bill mainly aims to sharply increase cigarette output in Indonesia, already the world's fourth-biggest producer, at a time when other Asian countries are taking measures to curb smoking. Proponents of the bill say it would safeguard a vital economic sector that employs millions of people and contributes nearly 10 percent of state revenues. "We don't mind some regulations, as long as they are not excessive," said Abdus Setiawan, a board member at the Indonesia Tobacco Growers' Association. Setiawan said he already considers emblazoning cigarette packs with the message that "smoking kills" to be "excessive." To become law in Indonesia, the tobacco bill has to be agreed between the government and the parliament. President Joko Widodo agreed in March to start discussions on the bill with the parliament, but it is unclear when the president will make a decision.
  14. KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne to land late Wednesday after a "disruptive" passenger on board the Kuala Lumpur bound flight claimed he was carrying a bomb, Malaysia?s deputy transport minister said. "It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane?s cockpit," Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. The passenger, a Sri Lankan national who was apparently drunk, was overpowered by the plane?s crew and later arrested at Melbourne?s airport, he said. "The passenger... claimed to have a bomb. But it was not a bomb but a powerbank," Aziz added. The passenger was later arrested by Australian authorities in Melboure. "Everyone on board is safe," Aziz added. "He was taken out of the plane handcuffed by Australian security officers." Malaysia Airlines confirmed the plane was forced to return to Australia and had safely landed in Melbourne. "MH128 safely landed in Melbourne Airport at 11:41pm," the airline said in a statement. "Safety and security are of Malaysia Airlines? utmost priority.
  15. People queue outside the Apple store in the Orchard shopping district during its opening day in Singapore on May 27, 2017. AFP/Roslan Rahman SINGAPORE: Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store here on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop ? easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade ? is expected to be one of the most popular Apple stores in the world according to the US tech giant. Merchandise, such as the iPhone and MacBook, were strategically placed on display across the spacious first floor, while the upper level acted as a classroom for customers to participate in hands-on sessions. Hundreds of shoppers camped out in anticipation of the launch, while more than a thousand thronged the store soon after the doors opened, an AFP reporter observed. First in the queue was Xiang Jiaxin, a twenty-five-year-old Chinese national working in Macau who had queued for more than 12 hours overnight and planned a holiday to Singapore especially to coincide with the opening. "I am very happy and excited to be part of this. I have participated in the official store openings in Macau, Guangzhou, and Nanjing," he told AFP. Apple, which has a staggering $256.8-billion cash stockpile, celebrated its 40th anniversary, last year. The Silicon Valley legend sprang out of Steve Jobs' garage to reshape modern life with trend-setting gadgets. Most of its earnings come from the iPhone, which faces increasingly tough competition in a saturated market. The tech behemoth has almost 500 stores globally with more than a million daily visitors. Aside from Singapore, its Asia shops are located in Hong Kong, China, and Japan. A regional transport, business, and financial hub, Singapore attracted 16.4 million visitors last year.
  16. White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo Cardboard cutouts of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding in bushes are popping up all over North America, inspired by a British Columbia academic who kicked off the craze in her hometown of Victoria. Spicer, known for his often combative press briefings with journalists, was mocked worldwide last week after a Washington Post article described him huddling near bushes in the White House grounds as reporters waited to ask questions about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. That story was later updated to clarify Spicer was "among" the bushes, not "in" the bushes. Melissa McCarthy motors through New York dressed as Sean Spicer Spicer said in an interview with the news magazine show Extra in February that the impression was The incident prompted British Columbia academic Lisa Kadonaga to come up with "Garden Spicer," a blown-up photo of the press secretary's head that she stuck in bushes near her home and then uploaded to Dropbox. Kadonaga's post on Facebook has been shared more than 110,000 times and Dropbox reportedly struggled with the volume of traffic as people rushed to download the image. "Now you too can have the White House press secretary in ? or rather, 'among'* ? the bushes in your yard," Kadonaga wrote on her Facebook profile. "And hey, if you're concerned that when exposed to the outdoors, the image will run.... no worries, that's exactly what Sean Spicer does, so it's totally authentic!" Images on Twitter show "Garden Spicer" appearing in dozens of locations, including Washington DC, across British Columbia, and outside Universal Studios in Florida. Check out photos of the hilarious 'pandemic':
  17. A tank belonging to the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, last year. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images A spokesman for east Libyan armed forces said on Friday that as many as 141 people had been killed a day earlier in an attack on a southern air base. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), said 103 of those killed in the attack at Brak Al-Shati air base were LNA troops stationed in the area. Earlier, the mayor of Brak Al-Shati and a medical source in the town put the death toll at 89, though the medical official said some bodies had not been brought to the hospital. It was not possible to independently verify the number of casualties. Local and LNA officials have said that some of those killed were civilians who appeared to have been summarily executed.
  18. HONG KONG: The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Hong Kong on a three-day official visit on Tuesday. The PM will hold meetings with the Chief Executive-elect Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam, and executives of leading business companies during his stay in Hong Kong. He will address One Belt One Road – Pakistan Investment Forum, which will be attended by leading business companies of Hong Kong and Mainland China. Read more: One Belt One Road and CPEC all about ‘shared prosperity’: PM The focus of the Forum would be to highlight business opportunities emerging from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the One Belt One Road initiative. Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Mr C.Y. Leung will also address the forum. The Investment Forum is being organised by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Government of Hong Kong SAR. During his visit, the Prime Minister will also meet Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR on May 17 at Government House. He will discuss enhancing bilateral ties between Pakistan and Hong Kong, particularly in the Belt and Road projects.
  19. WASHINGTON: The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totalling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh. The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300 billion over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel's qualitative military edge over its neighbours. "We are in the final stages of a series of deals," the official said. The package is being developed to coincide with Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. Trump leaves for the kingdom on May 19, the first stop on his maiden international trip. Reuters reported last week that Washington was pushing through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others already in the pipeline, ahead of Trump's visit. The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Trump has vowed to stimulate the US economy by boosting manufacturing jobs. The package includes American arms and maintenance, ships, air missile defence, and maritime security, the official said. "We'll see a very substantial commitment ... In many ways, it is intended to build capabilities for the threats they face," he added. The official stated, "It's good for the American economy but it will also be good in terms of building a capability that is appropriate for the challenges of the region. Israel would still maintain an edge." While in Riyadh, the official said Trump would attend three major events: A series of meetings with Saudi officials, a separate session with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and a lunch with Arab and Muslim leaders, 56 of whom have been invited, to discuss combating extremism and cracking down on illicit financing. Trump will discuss how to counter the threat from Daesh militants, the war in Yemen, and threats of ballistic missiles and maritime shipping in the Red Sea, the official said. US Navy commanders have accused Iran of jeopardising international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Gulf Arab states are optimistic about Trump whom they see as a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran. A major part of the agenda with Gulf leaders will be the Syrian civil war amid calls for "de-escalation zones" in Syria to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees. Besides Saudi Arabia, Trump's first foreign trip will also include visits to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels for a NATO summit, and Sicily for a Group of Seven summit.
  20. WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at strengthening federal government cyber security and protecting the nation´s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, a senior administration official said. A copy of the signed order was not immediately available.
  21. RIYADH: Saudi women no longer need a man´s consent to carry out certain activities, local media reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia has some of the world´s tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive. Under the guardianship system a male family member, normally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman´s study, travel and other activities. But the Arab News said a royal decree issued by King Salman ordered that women are no longer required to obtain a guardian´s consent for official services "unless there is a legal basis for this request" under Islamic law. Government agencies were advised of this directive, the report said. Other Saudi media including the Sabq online newspaper, which is close to authorities, have carried similar reports. Sahar Hassan Nasief, a women´s rights activist in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, welcomed royal attention to the issue but said it remained unclear what will change under the decree. "We still need more. We still need to get rid of the guardianship completely," she told AFP. Nassima al-Sadah, an activist in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, said she does not think the government is about to end guardianship. "Maybe they will just reduce it," she said. Last year thousands of people signed a petition calling for an end to guardianship. United Nations special rapporteur Philip Alston, on a visit to Saudi Arabia in January, said the guardianship system needs reform. Activists say that even female prisoners have to be received by the guardian upon their release, meaning some have to languish in jail or a shelter beyond their sentences if the man does not want to accept them. Although the government no longer requires guardian permission for women to work, Human Rights Watch said in an earlier report that many employers still demand guardian consent in order to hire a woman. Some hospitals also require a guardian´s approval before carrying out medical procedures, it said. Activists say that if they have open-minded male family members, getting their consent is not a problem.
  22. LAHORE: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday said that the official matters are not carried out through tweets — in a reference to the matter of Dawn Leaks — adding that the issue needs to be resolved instead of making it more complicated. The NA speaker was addressing party workers in Lahore. He said that whatever transpired regarding the issue of Dawn Leaks was inappropriate. The assembly would complete its tenure and the elections would be held on time, he said. Referring to the Pakistan Peoples Party protest campaign in Lahore, he said that loadshedding has been reduced and the power projects are quickly reaching completion. “There’s a huge difference between today’s Pakistan and that of 2013,” said Sadiq. He said that Imran Khan and Asif Zardari holding rallies is not a new thing as it’s a part of the election campaign. “The next elections would be based on performance,” said the NA speaker. Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved the recommendations of the Inquiry committee made to probe the Dawn Leaks, ordering the withdrawal of Fatemi's portfolio and sanctioning Rao Tehseen Ali, the principal information officer at the Information Ministry. The PM also ordered that the editor of Dawn Newspaper, Zaffar Abbas, and reporter Cyril Almeida would be referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Association (APNS) “for necessary disciplinary action.” The DG ISPR shortly after the PM's order, had tweeted that the Pakistan Army rejected the government's notification, saying it was "incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board." The English-language daily, Dawn, had published the story on October 6, last year, in which journalist Cyril Almeida had written about an alleged civil-military rift during a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting over the issue of tackling jihadi outfits.
  23. Mankind has been obsessed with the red planet the moment we discovered it. We have dreamt of going to Mars even before the first man stepped foot on the moon. The planet has been the subject of numerous sci-fi movies and TV shows, tapping our imagination and our sense of exploration. However, after many decades of planning and advancements in technology, humans are now finally ready to make that difficult journey to Mars. President Trump had ordered a mandate for NASA to get humans to Mars as early as 2033. NASA complied with the request and responded with one of the most detailed plans to date, which includes a five-phase procedure to get us there. © NASA According to NASA’s plans, we are in Phase 0 where the space agency is conducting tests at the international space station and is working in partnership with various private companies to achieve the necessary infrastructure for the mission. Phase 1 will later include testing six SLS rockets, which will deliver components and supplies to Deep Space Gateway. DSG will be the new space station that will be built near the moon, and will act as a hub for astronauts who will later embark on their journey to Mars. © NASA Phase 2 will entail launching the Deep Space Transport tube towards the DSG in 2027, 2028 and 2029. According to NASA, astronauts will live in these tubes for 400 days. Phase 3 will see the Deep Space Transport get restocked with supplies in 2030 while the final phase will be the trip to Mars in 2033. The main challenge for NASA would be to keep this mission within the budget, however, they will face other obstacles, which might prove to be harder to achieve. Keeping astronauts happy and healthy will also be one of their main priorities as it will be the longest journey man would embark in space. It also entails having food, water and air fully stocked up to ensure their health and safety as it will be a two-three year round-trip. © NASA Mental health will be one of the chief concerns for the space agency as the astronauts will be inhabiting a tube that will be sealed in space for years at a time. NASA is also facing stiff competition from private space companies such as SpaceX and Boeing who are trying to get to the red planet by 2022. Source: Futurism
  24. A suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, a regional government official said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would be only the second drone attack inside Pakistan since US President Donald Trump took office in January. Kamran Afridi, a senior regional official in the tribal region of North Waziristan, told Reuters in a text message a "drone strike" had struck Pakistani Taliban militants close to the Afghanistan border and killed seven fighters. Afridi, who holds the post of 'political agent' in North Waziristan, identified one of the dead militants as Abdur Rahman, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban. The strike reportedly killed three civilian "labourers" and seven militants from the Pakistani Taliban, which is also known as TTP. Malik Waheedullah, a local tribal leader, told Reuters he saw two missiles strike a mountain home which caught fire. "I drove away as fast as I could," he said. According to sources, the strike is believed to be a US drone attack. US officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. North Waziristan was a Taliban stronghold until 2014, when the army launched a major offensive against the group and pushed many of its fighters across the border into Afghanistan. US drone attacks inside Pakistan have become rare over the past few years. In its last high-profile attack inside Pakistan, the United States last May killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
  25. If you're Star Wars fan, this news is must be for you. Disney has announced that Star Wars: Episode IX would fly in the theaters on May 24, 2019. So there will be no Star Wars for Christmas in 2018 and 2019. It'll be the first main trilogy Star Wars film to debut at that time of year, which marks the beginning of the America's summer box office season. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film will close out the third Star Wars trilogy. No cast members have been announced for this Star Wars sequel up till now. The announcement on didn't come with any official details about the sci-fi sequel quite yet, but we may be getting some more on this project quite soon.