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  1. Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body. Photo: The Guardian A baby girl, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, survived being born with her heart outside her body, in a first of its kind case reported in Britain, according to The Guardian. The doctors revealed to Wilkins? parents that she was suffering from ectopia cordis, in which heart and stomach grow externally, during a nine-week scan. The parents, identified as 31-year-old Naomi Findlay, and 43-year-old Dean Wilkins, were told that ?termination? was the only option. Three weeks after her premature birth, Vanellope has survived three operations to move her heart inside her chest. The operations occurred at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. The couple shared that first 10 minutes of Vanellope?s birth were crucial as they would determine her ability to breathe. ?But when she came out and she came out crying, that was it. The relief fell out of me,? said her mother. Her father said: ?Twenty minutes went by and she was still shouting her head off ? it made us so joyful and teary.? About five in eight million babies are born with this condition with a less than 10% chance of survival. Branko Mimic, the lead surgeon at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, said: ?Cases such as Vanellope?s, where everything else appears essentially normal, are even rarer, and whilst it would seem more hopeful she will do well, it is therefore almost impossible to be confident of this.?
  2. The Indonesian Supreme Court. Photo: File JAKARTA: Indonesia?s constitutional court on Thursday narrowly rejected a controversial petition to bar all consensual *** outside of marriage in the world?s biggest Muslim-majority country. Five of nine judges voted for the case to be thrown out, in a victory for rights activists who had feared the petition brought by a conservative group would spur moral policing and further discrimination, particularly targeting the gay community in Indonesia. Chief Justice Arief Hidayat said existing laws on adultery did not conflict with the constitution and that it was not the authority of the constitutional court to create a new policy. ?The plaintiff should submit their petition to lawmakers, and there it should be an important input in the ongoing revision of the national criminal code,? Hidayat said. ?Based on that view, the constitutional court is of the opinion that the petition is not legally sound.? Indonesia?s parliament is currently deliberating revisions to the national criminal code. Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas Among the other fatwas issued was one against women being sexually abused; and one against environmental destruction The Southeast Asian country has seen a rise of a hardline, politicised Islam in recent years, which until recently had stayed on the fringe of the nation?s politics. The petition put forward by the Family Love Alliance (AILA), a group of conservative academics and activists, called for the definition of adultery to apply not just to married couples but to anyone in a marriage or outside it ? effectively making all *** outside of marriage a crime. In their complaint, AILA said certain articles in the national criminal code ?threaten the resilience of families and therefore of Indonesia itself.? Some rights activists said the petition was partially aimed at criminalising gay ***, which is currently not regulated by the law, except in the ultra-conservative province of Aceh and in cases of child abuse.
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/996b09ad77b9d66071bc24e3a357cc1a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvOS8yMDE3IDk6NDk6MzUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT16aGdIRXlhZVVuZHRSajFGNGFacE5RPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) chapter of the Insaf Student Federation (ISF) is staging a protest outside the Bani Gala residence of party chairman Imran Khan. The ISF is protesting against the appointment of Mian Iqbal as president youth wing of the Kurram Agency and plans to block the way of Imran who is expected to leave for a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf convention in Kurram agency. The party?s student wing has said that they have don?t know who Mian Iqbal is and that he is not a PTI worker. He should be removed from party post, the ISF demanded.
  4. File photo/ Reuters NEW YORK: A driver deliberately plowed a car into six people during a fight outside a hookah bar in the New York City borough of Queens in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing one and injuring five others before fleeing, police said. One of the struck people was in critical condition while the other four were stable, Lee Jones, a New York Police Department spokesman, said. Two other people were stabbed during the brawl, and were also in a stable condition. Police are still looking for the driver, who was driving a white Hyundai Sonata, Jones said.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a1147d98992f68a948de4d6d205519e3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjkvMjAxNyAyOjUyOjQ3IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9Y0hLbElQZFp2MHRuR3QwNW5xRDR4Zz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: A person was killed on the spot and four others were injured in an incident of firing outside an imambargah in the federal capital. Two unidentified gunmen, riding a motorcycle, opened fire and fled from the scene. Police later confirmed that one of the injured succumbed to his wounds taking the death toll to two. The incident took place in the I-8 locality of the city. Emergency services shifted the injured to PIMS hospital and police started an investigation into the incident.
  6. Afghan secuirty forces are seen at the site of an explosion near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor. -AFP1 KABUL: A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a wedding hall in Kabul killing at least 18 people, reported TOLO News Thursday, in an apparent attempt to strike a political gathering underway inside. As a result of the attack, 10 other people were wounded. Eyewitnesses said at least three cars were also destroyed in the incident and surrounding buildings sustained some damage. The Taliban was quick to deny responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit the war-weary Afghan capital where insurgents have been stepping up assaults in a show of deadly force. Supporters of Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful governor of the northern province of Balkh and a vocal critic of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, had been holding an event inside the hall at the time of the blast. Noor was not at the event, one of his aides told AFP. The bomber tried to enter the building but was stopped at the security checkpoint where he detonated his device, Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP. "A number of our police personnel are among the casualties," Mujahid added. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said seven policemen and two civilians had been killed. "The bomber detonated himself after he was identified by the police at the entrance gate," Danish said. Another nine were wounded including seven police and two civilians, he added. 'Chaos and panic' "After lunch, as we were exiting the hall a huge explosion shook the hall, shattering glass and causing chaos and panic," Harun Mutaref, who was at the gathering, told AFP. "I saw many bodies including police and civilians lying in blood." An AFP photographer said the windows of the wedding hall had been shattered by the force of the blast and a vehicle parked outside was on fire. Dozens of police and intelligence officers have swarmed the area and blocked access to the public. Photos posted on Twitter showed multiple bodies of men lying on top of each other in a muddy street and in a drain, and people dragging away the wounded. Noor, a senior leader of the Tajik-dominated Jamiat-e Islami party, has been an outspoken critic of Ghani and the National Unity Government. Political infighting has been intensifying ahead of next year's long-delayed district and parliamentary elections, which would pave the way for the 2019 presidential ballot. Noor has previously hinted that he may run for the country's highest office. On Wednesday Ghani - who is a Pashtun, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan-- sacked the Independent Election Commission chief Najibullah Ahmadzai after technical and political bungling, fuelling speculation the vote will not go ahead. That came after the recent firing of Education Minister Asadullah Hanafi Balkhi, who was considered a close ally of Noor, and one of Ghani´s advisers Ahmadullah Alizai. Noor has recently called for the return of Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, a powerful ethnic Uzbek warlord who fled to Turkey in May after he was accused of raping and torturing a political rival in 2016. Earlier this year Noor met with Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior figure in the mainly Hazara ethnic community, and Dostum in Turkey to form the "Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan".
  7. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon, October 24, 2017. Photo: Reuters/File BEIRUT: Nothing so encapsulated the political shackles in which Saad al-Hariri has operated as Lebanon?s prime minister as the way he resigned in a televised statement made from Saudi Arabia. Every major decision by the unlikely politician was determined by factors beyond his control. He entered politics after the assassination of his father back in 2005 and his resignation served the agenda of Riyadh. The dependence of their leaders on powerful external patrons is nothing new in Lebanon, where regional powers ? from Saudi Arabia to Iran ? have long tussled for geopolitical advantage. But the case of Hariri ? who many Lebanese think was summoned to the Saudi capital, coerced into resigning, and put under house arrest ? underscores an instance of external pressure extreme even by Lebanon?s high standards. Hariri, however, has denied any coercion from external forces. In an interview on Sunday, he said he will return to Lebanon in the coming days and might reconsider his resignation. Even if he does, the events of the past 10 days show how decisions taken beyond Lebanon?s borders would still define his role. His shock resignation statement on November 4 ? which has thrust Lebanon into a new political crisis ? included a laundry list of Saudi complaints about the behaviour of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, Riyadh?s main political adversaries. Iran and Hezbollah, Hariri said, are ?sowing strife? in the Arab world. As Riyadh?s ally at a time of its enemies? ascendancy, Hariri was already playing Lebanon?s intricate political game from a position of weakness. A year ago, after spending years abroad, he agreed to join a national unity government with President Michel Aoun ? a former rival and Hezbollah ally ? that included Hezbollah itself. It was a compromise he said was necessary to end Lebanon?s sectarian-tinged political paralysis and one that was personally difficult, as Hariri accuses Hezbollah of the assassination of his father, Rafik al-Hariri. He seemed committed to that compromise until the moment he flew to Riyadh on November 3, telling officials of discussions planned for his return the following Monday. Saudi Arabia had previously accepted Hariri?s political bargain in Lebanon. But Iran?s trumpeting of its successes along with Hezbollah in the wars in Syria and Yemen at the expense of Saudi allies may have altered Riyadh?s calculation. A day after travelling to Riyadh, Hariri appeared on television reading a statement of resignation. In the name of the father Hariri?s career was built on the backing of Gulf states, the deployment of his family fortune ? spending large amounts of it in Lebanon to finance a media network and charitable gifts to secure widespread support ? and feelings of respect among many Lebanese for his late father. In his resignation address, Saad said, ?We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri?. Rafik carved out a business empire in Saudi Arabia with the backing of its ruling family and returned to Lebanon to rebuild when the civil war there ended in 1990, serving twice as prime minister. The car bomb that killed Rafik gave Saad little choice but to adopt a previously unsought role as political leader. Before being plunged into Lebanon?s volatile politics, Saad had led a playboy lifestyle running his father?s business. He was raised in Saudi Arabia and has Saudi nationality. Outrage at Rafik?s killing helped Hariri?s movement to electoral victory five months later and he installed a political ally as prime minister, not taking the post himself until 2009. It was the first government headed by factions opposed to the influence of Syria ? and by extension Damascus? allies Iran and Hezbollah ? since the 1975-90 Lebanese civil war. That opposition came to a head in 2008 when the government tried to seize Hezbollah?s telecommunications network, triggering street battles in Beirut that the heavily armed sectarian Muslim movement won. Qatar brokered a compromise, with Hariri becoming head of a coalition government that included Hezbollah. But Hezbollah pulled out in 2011, bringing down the administration. Diminished sway As tensions rose over the war in neighbouring Syria, Hariri left Lebanon, spending most of the ensuing years abroad until he returned months before joining a new government last year. But his sway ? and that of his family?s regional patron Saudi Arabia ? had diminished. The formation of last year?s government was widely seen in Lebanon as an acknowledgement of the political dominance of Iran and Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia?s own apparent impatience with Hariri became evident in the fortunes of the family company ? Saudi Oger ? whose billions had underpinned their political role in Lebanon. With a new dispensation in Riyadh under King Salman and his ambitious son Prince Mohammed, and a fall in oil prices damaging its finances, the Saudi government seemed less willing to roll out big state projects to enrich some allies. When Hariri?s first stint as premier ended in 2011, he said in a newspaper interview, ?In Lebanon, it?s never over for anyone?. A source in his camp said a compromise to bring him back to Beirut as prime minister was still possible if Aoun distanced himself from Hezbollah?s regional role. Such a statement by Aoun might give some satisfaction to Saudi Arabia, but it would seem to leave Hariri no stronger than before. After so public a departure, especially one delivered from abroad, his dependence on Riyadh has been made especially visible. His enemies in Lebanon even mocked his Arabic during his resignation speech as being more Saudi than Lebanese. And the posters of him that have appeared across Beirut with the slogan ?We are with you? looked less like statements of mass support than solidarity with a political hostage.
  8. Banner against Mayor Waseem Akhtar outside KMC building. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Banners in favour of Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra, and against Mayor Waseem Akhtar were seen outside Karachi Metropolitan Corporation building on Tuesday. The banner put by unknown people read:, 'corrupt Mayor Unacceptable' and ?head of corrupt mafia Waseem Akhtar?. A charged city council session is expected today, after the inclusion of Deputy Mayor Vohra in Pak Sarzameen Party. Vohra announced to end his affiliation with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan in a press conference on Sunday. ?Unfortunately, I was not able to deliver to the people of Karachi,? he lamented. ?We have been quite unjust to the people of Pakistan,? he shared ?I will resign from the post of deputy mayor after completing all the legal formalities,? he added. When there is no vision there is nothing to do, said Vohra, adding that he tolerated the situation for a year. The deputy mayor said that the local government leaders for a year complained about the lack of resources. ?If we cannot fulfill responsibilities then it is better to leave,? he said. Vohra joined PSP as he couldn?t sustain pressure, says Sattar MQM's Farooq Sattar claimed the biggest chunk of MQM supporters is behind him and many of the people who left the party want to come back Meanwhile, the KMC city council comprises 308 members. MQM-Pakistan holds majority in the council with its 205 members, while the opposition stands with the tally of 100 members, which includes 42 members from Pakistan Peoples' Party, 27 members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, 14 members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, 10 of Jammat-e-Islami, four of Jammiat Ulma-e-Islam (Fazl) and three of Awami National Party, A simple majority is needed to de-seat the Mayor or Deputy Mayor. Speaking today in Geo Pakistan, MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar said that he has not yet taken any decision to de-seat Vohra from his post in the city council.
  9. MOGADISHU: A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday - mostly women farmers - in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence, residents and the army said. A truck bombing in Mogadishu last weekend killed at least 358 people, with 56 people still missing. Almost all of the dead were civilians and the attack triggered angry demonstrations in the capital. Sunday?s bombing hit a minibus in Daniga village about 40 km (25 miles) to the northwest of Mogadishu. ?We heard a huge crash today and we went to the scene, we saw a ruined minibus and at least seven dead bodies, mostly women. We could not identify some people, they were just pieces of human flesh,? farmer Nur Abdullahi told Reuters by phone. The area of the bombing is close to areas held by al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked insurgents who want to overthrow the weak UN-backed government and impose strict Islamic law. ?We are scared,? Abdullahi said ?Hundreds of masked militants are everywhere and we anticipate the government will attack here. They also planted mines everywhere and today we pack our clothes to flee.? An army officer said the death toll might be higher. ?We know the minibus left Afgooye (town) this morning and it was carrying farmers, mostly women,? said Captain Isa Osman of the Somali National Army. ?It was carrying more than 10 people. We cannot get many details because the area is not controlled by government.? After last Saturday?s attack, the government promised new offensives against the insurgency. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator then turned on each other.
  10. PESHAWAR: The disgruntled ad hoc teachers from across the province will protest outside the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan on Tuesday. The teachers have been protesting since a week and boycotted educational activities across the province. Over 600 ad-hoc KP and FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) teachers are demanding they be made permanent employees after their extended contract ends on October 31. After the negotiations between the protesting ad-hoc teachers and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government have failed, following which the teachers had announced to surround the residence of Imran Khan on October 17. The association rejected the board of governors system being devised by the government for public colleges. Moreover, the association's leader, Jamshed Khan, said teachers wanted the government to resolve their issues of professional allowance ? provided to school teachers but not college teachers ? and their up-gradation. Teachers absent from classes in state-run colleges across KP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Professors and Lecturers Association is boycotting classes in protest Last week, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak met with the representatives' delegation. During the meeting, Khattak said he agreed to take back the decision regarding the formation of a board of governors in colleges. The chief minister, however, said that the demands regarding professional allowance and up-gradation will put an additional burden on the provincial government?s finances and under the current circumstances that is unacceptable. The association wanted in writing from the government that their demands will be met; until then, the teachers claim they will boycott classes across the province.
  11. Lawyers slap a police personnel on the entrance of accountability court ahead of the hearing of National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) references filed against the Sharif family - Online ISLAMABAD: Inspector Shakeel Ahmed has filed an FIR against lawyers in the Ramna police station for slapping and pushing him in the premises of the accountability court on Friday. A video showed a group of lawyers pushing Ahmed, one of whom also slapped him, as the policeman was busy performing his duties outside the courtroom ahead of the indictment proceedings against the Sharifs. A commotion by members of the legal fraternity on Friday forced the accountability court judge hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family to adjourn proceedings minutes after they began. Maryam Nawaz and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar reached the judicial complex separately Friday morning. Lawyers' commotion delays Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar's indictment until Oct 19 Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were both in court today but the judge halted the proceedings after lawyers protested against police high-handedness Senior leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), including cabinet members, were at the scene to receive the former premier's daughter. With strict security arrangements in place, police barred non-essential personnel, including lawyers, from entering the complex. This led to a scuffle with the police, which resulted in the injury of at least one lawyer. As the hearing started, the lawyers began protesting inside the court. They claimed the Islamabad High Court has allowed lawyers to be present inside the judicial complex as well as the accountability court as "it is an open court". The lawyers also argued with the deputy attorney general and created a commotion, forcing Judge Mohammad Bashir to leave for his chamber and abort today's proceedings.
  12. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi speaking in UN General Assembly?s debate Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi told the world body that Pakistan faces a terrorist threat ?primarily supported and financed from outside its borders,? a press released said. Pakistan ?will be able to defeat these forces too,? she vowed while speaking in the UN General Assembly?s debate on ?Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism? which took place in its Sixth Committee. Lodhi said that the country has turn the tide against terrorism as a result of its comprehensive efforts over the past several years, supported by a firm domestic political consensus. Pakistan would effectively respond to any Indian aggression: Maleeha Lodhi Pakistan's UN envoy questioned if Indian leaders were trying to provoke a conflict with Pakistan Pakistan has conducted the largest anti-terrorism operation anywhere in the world, she said. ?We have launched an across-the-board military campaign to destroy terrorist infrastructures and bases in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region and our tribal areas?. ?We also embarked on a law enforcement operation targeting those elements in our urban areas that had fled our military operations in the tribal areas?, she added. The ambassador said that the success of Pakistan?s two-pronged approached has resulted in the sharp reduction of terrorist activities across Pakistan over the past two years. According to the Global Terrorism Index, terrorism in Pakistan is now at its lowest point since 2006. ?We have lost over 27,000 of our citizens and law enforcement personnel to this scourge and have also suffered economic losses of over US$120 billion?, Lodhi said. Expressing Pakistan?s firm resolve to continue its fight against terrorism, Ambassador Lodhi said that these human and financial losses have not diminished Pakistan?s commitment to fight this menace. ?It has only reinforced our will to fight until the last terrorist is eliminated from our soil?, she stressed. Reiterating Pakistan?s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including state terrorism, the Pakistani envoy said that there can be no justification for the killing of innocent people anywhere, regardless of the cause or pretext. Lodhi called for cooperation between the international community to fight terrorism as it was a collective challenge that has claimed innocent lives, caused widespread destruction, undermined social stability and disrupted state structures. ?With Daesh becoming its new and even deadlier face, terrorism and violent extremism continue to be among the most complex and imposing challenges of our time?, she commented. The Pakistani envoy called for urgent and focused attention to address festering disputes and unresolved conflicts, unlawful use of force, aggression, foreign occupation and denial of the right to self-determination. Political and economic injustice, she pointed out, fuels animosities, breeds hostility and often also leads to violent reactions. ?We must also ensure that the measures we take to counter terrorism remain within the framework of international law?, she said. She also called for addressing the issue of defamation of religions and demonisation of communities in the upcoming review of the UN's Global Counter Terrorism Strategy as they incite hatred and can lead to violent reactions. Lodhi welcomed Secretary General Antonio Guterres?s reform of the UN 's CT architecture including the creation of the new Office of Counter Terrorism. She also welcomed Vladimir Voronkov as head of this new office and assured him of Pakistan?s support in implementation of his mandate.
  13. MADRID: Barcelona and its members would have to decide which soccer league to play in if Catalonia gained independence from Spain, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday. The Catalan club played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp on Sunday, beating Las Palmas 3-0 in La Liga, as a protest against Spain using force to prevent voters taking part in a banned referendum to decide the region?s fate. More than 840 people needed medical attention after riot police clashed with some of those attempting to participate in the controversial vote on secession, which the Spanish government had ruled illegal. ?In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play,? Bartomeu told reporters after a board meeting. ?We are going through difficult and complicated moments and with respect to what could happen in the future we will take it on with calm and wisdom.? Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras last week said Barcelona may be able to play in another country should the region achieve independence from Spain. ?In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga ? Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona ? will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the (English) Premier League,? he said. VP RESIGNS Bartomeu also said he had accepted the resignations of Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and director Jordi Mones, who opposed the decision to play behind closed doors. ?Today the board has accepted the resignation of vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and Barca Innovation Hub chief Jordi Mones,? he said. ?We thank both of them for their dedication during all their years of service to the club.? Bartomeu said choosing to play without fans was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make as the club?s president, since taking over from Sandro Rosell in January 2014. ?We perfectly understand that many of our members and fans would have preferred the option of calling off the match,? said Bartomeu. ?That is why I must say that this was one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make as Barca president. ?We very seriously considered the option of postponing the game, but we could not get the Professional Football League (LFP) to approve our request,? he added referring to the national body that runs La Liga. ?Having reached that point, I decided to play behind closed doors because we believed that the image of a football match being played in a completely empty Camp Nou would have been a responsible action and a way of showing how we utterly reject the exceptional and inadmissible situation going on around Catalonia.? Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona all announced on Monday that they would be joining a region-wide general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday, Oct. 3 following the weekend?s events.
  14. ARBIL: The Iraqi government cut autonomous Kurdistan?s direct air links with the outside world indefinitely on Friday, partially isolating the northern region after it voted a massive "yes" in an independence referendum. The move increases the pressure on the Iraqi Kurds amid soaring regional tensions following Monday?s non-binding but deeply contentious vote. The central government in Baghdad had ordered the halt to all foreign flights to and from the region from 6pm (1500 GMT). Foreigners scrambled to fly out of Iraqi Kurdistan from the region?s capital, Arbil, and its second largest city Sulaimaniyah before the ban took effect. The Iraqi Kurdish transport minister, Mawlud Bawa Murad, told AFP at Arbil airport that the flight ban would "negatively impact all international businesses in the Kurdistan region, in addition to all civilians, from all nations". It would "negatively impact our daily life," he said. "We will do our best to find a viable alternative, or succeed to bring back international flights." Arbil airport is a key gateway for humanitarian aid workers helping Iraqis affected by the battle against the Daesh group. Washington has said it would be willing to facilitate talks between the Iraqi Kurdish authorities and Baghdad to calm escalating tensions over the 92% "yes" vote, as a top Shiite cleric called for the crisis to be solved in an Iraqi court. Neighbouring Turkey and Iran also strongly opposed the vote, fearing it would inflame the separatist aspirations of their own sizeable Kurdish populations. Ankara has threatened a series of measures, including blocking lifeline oil exports from the region via Turkey. The Kurds, whose borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria remain open, have condemned the flight suspension as "collective punishment". Iraq?s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said it was not "punishment" but a legal measure that would be reversed if the transport authority was transferred to Baghdad in line with the Iraqi constitution. The ban saw people, many of them foreigners, flock to the airport in Arbil to avoid being stranded. Kurds rush back Iraqi Kurdistan is home to a large international community, most of whom enter on a visa issued by the regional authorities that is not recognised by the central government, so they cannot travel elsewhere in Iraq. On Friday, around 100 passengers waited eagerly for their planes in Arbil, where the last flight out was to Vienna at 4pm. "We were supposed to go back to Brazil next Saturday but we rescheduled our flight," said Isidoro Junior, a 32-year-old volunteer for an NGO providing medical assistance to Iraqis displaced by the war against Daesh. "We are a group of 16 people, so it was quite difficult to find enough seats. One of us came here at 2am to make sure...we would be able to fly out," he said. At the Turkish Airlines counter, before the last flight left, a one-way ticket to Istanbul cost $743. But it sold for $1,500 online, said one passenger who had paid twice in error, leaving a £3,000 dent in his credit card. The director of Arbil airport, Talar Faiq Salih, said humanitarian, military and diplomatic flights were excluded from the ban. Earlier, the UN humanitarian office OCHA said it was working to ensure aid could continue to reach tens of thousands of needy Iraqis. In Sulaimaniyah, foreigners and others needing to leave sped to the airport before the ban took effect, while Kurds who were abroad for business or tourism rushed home. "There have been masses of people for two days," said airport spokesperson Dana Mohammad Said, adding that the airport remained open for domestic flights. An Iraqi Airways flight to Baghdad took off from Arbil at 7pm, an AFP correspondent said.
  15. According to a FactorDaily report, Amazon is likely to set up a division of Lab126 right here in India. The lab is Amazon's infamous R&D unit that conceptualized gadgets like the Kindle ebook reader, Dash buttons, Echo smart speaker, Fire tablets and other streaming devices. ©FactorDaily It is expected to be launched in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. If that happens, it'll be the first Lab126 center outside of the US. FYI, these labs are already present in six cities in the US with more than 3,000 employees. Though the outlet's sources didn't specify a timeline, they did mention that Amazon is already hiring people for this facility. Which means that anyone who is looking for a hardcore engineering job in an innovative environment should start firing their CVs across, asap. Now, there is an equal probability of it simply housing developers who will engineer ideas that are concocted in the US or the lab could be coming up with new innovations targeted to consumers in India. It could be a hybrid move too. If you don't already know, Amazon is already growing by leaps and bounds in the Indian online retail space. Its business is slated to grow to $100 billion by 2020. The company allocated $5 billion to invest in its local operations in India, back in 2014. Since then, it has launched its premium delivery service, Amazon Prime, along with Prime Video, the company's streaming service and the Fire TV Stick streaming dongle. Though Amazon has already launched the Alexa powered Echo Show in the US in June, the Echo is expected to be launched in India, next month. Now, this move has potential to really push Amazon's stock up, as it'll be the first major tech company to offer an AI-powered speaker in the country. Surprised as to why the Google Assistant-powered Home speaker and Apple's HomePod haven't made it to the market in India yet? Well, we are not sure about Google, but Apple's HomePod won't hit the market until December this year. And, if you are still not feeling it then you should know that the Echo might also be complemented by the launch of Amazon's streaming music service in India, next year. ©TrustedReviews Left to Right: Echo Show and Echo Coming back to where we started, it might not be enough for Amazon to simply begin shipping Echo speakers to India, as supporting multiple accents and a wide range of languages will play a crucial part in its success. Why? Because if Amazon wants to get users in the country to order things by issuing voice commands, it has to understand its audience well. Because of the wide range of accents and languages in India, Lab126 could come into play improving by Alexa's voice recognition capabilities while reducing errors and misheard commands. It'll be interesting to see what Amazon comes up with next and how Flipkart and other online retailers respond to this bold move.
  16. When passion ignites your soul and your love for something changes to dedication, people cross miles to satiate their calling; they do whatever it takes for them to achieve what has been carved in their heart. Mazen Kourouche is one Apple fanatic who is an entrepreneur, has his own Youtube channel and is also an IOS developer. © facebook- mazen kourouche So what drives him? His mad love for the iPhone, that's what! So Mazen is camping outside a Sydney Apple store even though he is 10 days early for the release date. Now it's down to 8 while you read this, of course. He's promised his followers to unveil the iPhone inside the store once he has his hands on it, and since he's an entrepreneur, he knows time is indeed money. So he's invited companies to sponsor his t-shirt while he is rising on the charts of internet fame right now. Down for a sponsorship if any company is interested ðð½#iPhone8 #firstinline #iphoneX #sponsorship #ad pic.twitter.com/2ZtI4DUqOp — Mazen Kourouche (@mazfromdecoda) September 12, 2017 People have been asking him all sorts of practical questions and he's been a sport, answering all of them, which even includes a query about how he is meeting natures call. Toilets are plentiful on George Street ð — Mazen Kourouche (@mazfromdecoda) September 11, 2017 The internet is a funny place that can catapult you to virtual fame if you are game to do something crazy like this.
  17. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif ordered on Sunday an inquiry into aerial firing outside Pakistan Peoples Party office in NA-120 constituency. Shehbaz also ordered CCPO to submit a report over the matter. In the evening, unidentified gunmen conducted aerial firing outside the PPP office. Responding to this, PPP?s candidate Faisal Mir held the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) responsible for the incident. He also alleged that PML-N is feeling threatened as PPP is gaining popularity in the area. Mir also claimed that he will file an application in Election Commission of Pakistan regarding those who are trying to spread fear in NA-120. On the other hand, PML-N denied the allegations and CM ordered action to be taken against those responsible for the incident. By-election, on the seat left vacant after Sharif?s disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28, will be held on September 17. A total of 44 candidates will contest the NA-120 by-poll. The Election Commission of Pakistan will establish 220 polling stations and 573 polling booths where the constituency?s 321,786 registered voters can cast their vote. Parties continue campaigning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid continued campaigning on the second day of Eid. The campaign started from Karim Park. Speaking on the occasion, Rashid remarked: ?I am competing against the government, not Kulsoom Nawaz [PML-N?s candidate).? Earlier in the day, PML-N?s Maryam Nawaz, who is campaigning on behalf of her mother Kulsoom Nawaz, said that the party workers will go to each and every house during the election campaign. ?We will work day and night to ensure our victory,? she said.
  18. Two bodyguards of an Afghan MP were shot dead in firing outside his house, followed by a suicide bomb, Tolo News reported. A suicide bomber exploded himself outside MP Zahir Qadir ?s house in Jalalabad while a second suicide bomber was shot dead by Qadir?s bodyguards, Tolo News quoted to the provincial governor's spokesman as saying. Governor?s spokesman Attaullah Khoghyani confirms explosion in Jalalabad and said two bodyguards were shot dead. He said the situation is now under control but the area has been cordoned off. Suicide bomber kills five in Kabul bank blast Bomb went off outside the Kabul Bank, which usually pays the salaries of security forces personnel Over the last 10 days, over 10 people were killed and scored injured in suicide bombing in various parts of Afghanistan.
  19. A police officer stands at a cordon after police arrested a man carrying a knife outside Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON: British police said they had arrested a man carrying a knife outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night, with two officers suffering minor injuries in the process. The man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police near to Queen Elizabeth?s London residence. Britain was hit by four militant attacks that killed 36 people earlier this year and the country?s threat level is set at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. ?The man was stopped this evening, Friday, 25 August, at approximately 20:35 hours by officers at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace in possession of knife,? the police said, adding that "two male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm? as they tried to detain him. Security officials are now at the scene for further investigation, according to a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police.
  20. Uh-oh, angry Twitter rant is coming. Looks like someone played an extremely perfect prank on US President Donald Trump. A giant inflatable chicken with a little too familiar features on the Ellipse between the White House and Washington Monument in DC yesterday. Trump may be out of town, but no worries, someone is keeping a beady eye on his home while he's away. © Twitter There was also a live stream of the 30-foot-tall chicken right outside the President's residence, and apparently, it looked like it was staging a ‘coop'. It turns out that the balloon was set up by documentary filmmaker Taran Singh Brar as a way to protest the president “being a weak and ineffective leader.” Taran Singh Brar says he bought it for $1300. It's a visual protest. "Trump is too chicken to release his tax returns, to stand up to Putin" pic.twitter.com/JLohv0yl82 — Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 9, 2017 While talking to Huffington Post about Trump, he said, “He's too afraid to release his tax returns, too afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin.” He also added that Trump is “playing chicken with North Korea”. Obviously, anything related to Trump always catches Twitter's eyes, here are some of the best reactions. Trump will never be a part of Mount Rushmore but he'll always have #trumpchicken — S.O.S. USA (@DeliaMacD1) August 10, 2017 Approval rating: trump: 33% COVFEFE, the #trumpChicken: 95% â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/Hr3HDLJvyW — Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 10, 2017 Republicans - Haha these libtards cry over everything! Also the republicans - *rages on Twitter over a deflatable chicken* #TrumpChicken — Sierra Dearns (@SierraRambles) August 10, 2017 The cost of #TrumpChicken: $1,300. The cost of seeing it outside the White House: priceless. pic.twitter.com/SyARthjiCY — AJ+ (@ajplus) August 9, 2017 Betcha anything Melania would rather be with #TrumpChicken — Deep State Todd (@OrangeWindSock) August 10, 2017 The #TrumpChicken has better hair than @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/5kvBNGvc9H — Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 10, 2017 Quite the metaphor for this presidency. @realDonaldTrump #TrumpChicken pic.twitter.com/TqnkuoaSW5 — Julie Sledjeski (@julie_dots) August 10, 2017 Now we have a real President. #TrumpChicken pic.twitter.com/9ZOveqPmfV — Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 9, 2017 "Trump Chicken" stood tall, had a crowd in Washington that loved him, and didn't say a word. He already had a better 2017 than Real Trump. — Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 9, 2017 #TrumpChicken deserves some type of award pic.twitter.com/p3RcNgpPWf — â»ï¸ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 9, 2017 Trump was nowhere to be seen, but that didn't stop ‘Chicken Trump' from its organic, free range protest.
  21. The troops were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinel, in which the army deployed 10,000 soldiers across France to protect civilians after the attacks in Paris in January 2015. PHOTO: AFP PARIS: A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said. The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police described the incident as an "apparently deliberate act". France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites. An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP. In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris´s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees. In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to Daesh attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  22. Whatever allegations PTI has levelled are wrong, otherwise, they would have provided evidence had those allegations been correct. They have not provided any evidence till date, neither have they given any evidence in the past. They do not appear in the courts. They allege that God forbid we were involved in rigging. They have been consistently accusing us but those allegations did not even reach the court. Those allegations are absolutely false. We are preparing cases against their allegations and PTI will have to come to court to answer. They should face the courts and not run away from them. The matter should be cleared in a couple of hearings. We issued them a notice four years ago, but it was decided that we should not pursue the notice and hence a committee was formulated. Our three to four journalists and a few members from PTI were included in the committee so that both parties can meet. I myself met Imran Khan thrice and requested him to call a committee meeting and prove all the allegations that they levelled upon us and all this was documented. He, himself said many times that he will call a meeting but he never did, hence we are preparing to file a fresh case. As you all know that we won a case in London which had multiple allegations and Imran Khan was present in all those programs. When we went to courts in UK, ARY`s lawyer had to concede that they do not have any evidence against us. ARY had accepted this and they were punished severely. This was a unique decision in UK`s history, so if anyone, including Imran Khan or anyone who alleges a media group, should also back it with evidence. Question: Your media group is accused of supporting the government?s propaganda, what do you have to say about it? Remarks have been revealed about your biased attitude, your inclination toward the government is obvious, do you want to say something about it? Answer: I just want to say that whoever is saying that our inclination is towards the government is a slave of his own thoughts or he must be in a hateful relationship with the government or Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif and his supporters, Imran Khan and his supporters, do not want to see any news which is published against them. They do not want to see if we show Imran Khan?s wrong doing. They don?t want to see the other side of the story. Because we are the only channel which is showing the other side of the story. It might be that they don?t like our policy, but we show both sides of the story. It does not matter if its Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan or the People`s Party, no one wants to see anything published against them. This is the real situation. Question: Does that WhatsApp story have any evidence? Answer: I have presented the case of the entire media today in front of the court. Our editors, as well as our legal team, are of the opinion that most of our published news have been correct except for one for which we have apologised. Mistakes can occur in journalism, but the correct thing is to accept the mistake and apologise. Our team works hard. Our news is not supposed to look after JIT and ISI. I have repeated several times that even this story, and also other stories are true till now. I have requested the honourable judges to take action if the story is wrong. Till now the action has been taken against one matter and which was misreporting. I even stated this in the court room and all the newspapers and channels also aired wrong headlines. It happens. Question: It is not written in the decision that the JIT has been given in ISI`s control, do you want action to be taken against you? Answer: I have said this several times, and also in front of you, why was action not taken against us if we are wrong? If we are wrong, then it should be exposed in front of everyone. Question: Sir, can you tell about the advertisements? Answer: Related to the advertisements, I have complained to the judges with respect and also revealed my pain to them regarding the matter. It was said that judges have given remarks and in my opinion, the remarks which are not present in the order sheet have zero value. So if the remarks of honourable judges have no value in the order/decision, then it has literally no value. We media people, which also includes us, build it as a 1000 floor building and also put marble on it. We also put wonderful black glasses and then polish it but eventually, it has no value. First time ever I have felt that we do wrong by valuing it too much and I realised this after today`s remarks. We have done the same mistake in the past and we are doing it again. I said one thing when talking regarding the remarks and everyone started criticising. I gave an example to them that If my colleagues who work hard with me, ask me on whose behest am I publishing this news, then I can ask in return ask on whose behest are you asking me this question? So I can answer them if they ask me. But I cannot give the same answer to you all, everything should be backed by evidence. As far as the advertisements are concerned, Mr Imran Khan started this and may Allah guide him towards the right path and may Allah guide us as well, Imran Khan talks without evidence. I have told him several times, and we have published and aired this in channels and newspapers, that he, Imran Khan visits the UK too and if these allegations are true, then he should try and accuse us in UK as well. We have given our stance openly in the newspapers and on the channels. I am not talking about all the channels but a few channels in our industry edit programs when they broadcast in London. The law is the same for allegations throughout the world. This practice in journalism of blaming is only seen here; they all edit their content elsewhere. As far as the advertisements are related, the KP government comes on top in giving advertisements to us. We also get more advertisements from the private sector. Readership and viewership are high, which is why we get more business. Same is the case with the government, whichever channel has the highest viewership and whichever newspaper has the highest readership will be given more advertisements so the argument that I am providing is very logical and they have asked for an entire table from the government. I have also asked requested the honourable judges to give us an opportunity to provide our data and they have agreed to it. We weren?t asked to present it at first but the government was and probably the government has not provided it yet. We want to provide our data and wanted to bring it today, but it wasn?t complete and it will include all the things which I have mentioned. We have more market share. The government has been unfair to us, as we have been saying for quite long that we should be given advertisements many more times than our closest competitor in newspaper and TV. We get a lesser number of advertisements than we should be getting. Number two and three get more advertisements than us. Their rating is much lower in percentage than us and we have been treated unfairly. Question: The record which has been revealed shows that you got ads worth Rs4.5 billion while the others got Rs40 million worth of ads. In relation to Imran Khan, you said that you have had quarrels with Imran Khan before, your offices have been stoned and you made peace afterwards, don?t you trust the Pakistani courts? Answer: This is a good question. All the cases are also currently filed in Pakistan, also the one that we took to UK. We have filed a case against Zaid Hamid which has proceeded a bit. We filed cases against him in Pakistan four years ago and they are moving forward. As far as your argument of Rs4bn is concerned, kindly wait for the report, everything will be revealed once the report is exposed. Rubbish is being peddled on social media currently. 75pc of social media is rubbish in the world. International people term it as gutter, Imran Khan uses social media because it's free for him and for all the politicians, even for PML-N to post whatever they want. They can post 1,000 emails at once and start useless propaganda. It is a rule in Pakistan that a defamation case has to be decided in three months. It is necessary that the honourable judges realise that everything would be fine in Pakistan if decisions are made. If there is a difference between me and you, then it should be cleared because it progresses with time and then turns into a rivalry. Judgements are not made in Pakistan, while it took only 15 months in the UK to make a decision and hard work was put in the case. Question: Geo is a big name in media, especially during the PPP?s government, but after the sit-ins, a perception in the general public was that PTV and Geo have very similar news/content. What do you want to say about it? Answer: I have said this before too, we show every perspective. The perspective which is not acceptable to Imran Khan and his supporters, they dislike it and say that we are trying to save PML-N and Nawaz Sharif. But our policy is different. Someone should tell me if we have not given coverage to Imran Khan. Although he has boycotted us, we still give him coverage. We have never boycotted his coverage. Hence, his goal is to make individuals controversial by accusing them and discrediting them, making the people not believe our reporting and having them read our news with a sense of doubt. This is his game and he will never be successful in this. We have faced this in the past as well and you all know what we have been through even during Nawaz Sharif`s era when Saif-ur-Rahman was there. We faced everything when Musharraf was in power. You all know what he did to us. When Zia- ul-Haq was there, my father had to write an editorial on the first page with his signature. Ayub Khan also did a lot. Bhutto also did a lot. All the rulers did a lot to us. This is not something new for us. All the allegations that they associate with the media and the Jang Group, no one has ever proved any allegation. I request Imran Khan to please go to the courts and prove all the allegations. There is a council of complaints, PEMRA and the courts, he should go there and prove. I request you to select 10 people and tell Imran Khan to send 10 people as well and I give you permission to decide independently on whose fault is it, in order to resolve this situation. And I request Imran Khan and his supporters to approach this is a positive manner and avoid negativity. Question: What is your complaint with Tehreek-e-Insaf that you are explaining yourself so much? Why are you diving into politics? The reason why the Supreme Court summoned you is, because you are not doing journalism but manipulating and this is the only reason why you have been sent a notice. A trend has started in your organisation regarding fake reporting. Answer: Mine and your brother questioned me about PTI and that is why I answered. Secondly, I have no idea what you are talking about and about what the honourable judges have said and what they have not. With due respect, they did not prove everything then how did the honourable judges pass their remarks? And If they have said, till date, the judges, if they have said, it is wrong because no one has provided any evidence and no action has been taken yet. The proof which has been provided in front of you discusses only one news item. Why did they make a second call for Noorani Sb? On which the honourable judge said; How dare he? This is the action he has taken and he did not take any other action. All the news has been already published, no action has been taken against them which technically means they are correct. They are not wrong it means and if they do take action then court proceedings will be held on that news. Question: Today you talked about judicial remarks. However; you used to air remarks of Ch. Iftikhar with pleasure, then why do you have a problem with the remarks now? Answer: Yes, I have said this there, how my parents have brought me up and what our policy Is what I have said clearly that today we are realising this when we have been made to face it. Call the order sheet. Now, we have got to know that the value of these remarks is zero as our lawyers have told us that whatever is not in the order sheet, has zero value. And I realised that even in Chaudhry Iftikhar's era, we used to build a whole building over remarks with windows and polished it, which was wrong. It has no value and we have been defaming, which should not have been done. Every media, which includes our media group, considers remarks as if they are a very big deal Question: Have you ever met Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry? Answer: Yes, I met him after his retirement. I never met him during his tenure. Question: Justice Azmat Saeed has said that you have discussed everything related to the JIT. You said that no news has bounced. His stance was that your news was related to the JIT and the court did not make the decision which you quoted. He said it has to do with something with the stock exchange as well, what do you have to say about it? Answer: I haven?t heard this statement but if you are saying it, and if it is true, then it is a shameful statement. If I can, then I would prefer to file a case against the judge who has said this. Whichever judge said what you are saying, and if he said it then it is a shameful statement and he should not have said this about anyone. We media persons and politicians have the same complaint about these remarks which shall not be passed as defaming someone is not good Question: You used to put all things related to Ch. Iftikhar as a headline? Answer: Not only us but the entire media was doing it. We are also humans and not God/Allah. We accept that we have committed mistakes and we might keep on committing mistakes. We all should accept that since this world has been created, everyone has committed mistakes. We are not trying to become a party. The assumptions of manipulation are absolutely wrong and defaming. If I say, that you are saying all this because you have been bribed by someone then how would you feel? Although it will sound wrong If I say this. I am not saying this, you haven?t taken any money but I am putting forward an example, that if I say this then how wrong it will sound and should not be said. And I will also not say this without evidence Question: You have said this again and again that you have published all the right news so will you apologise? Answer: We will definitely apologise if we are wrong and why shouldn?t we apologise if we are wrong. But we have seen this in the past, we take a stand for our reporters if they aren?t proven wrong and this is the reason why we have differences with the governments and opposition, such as we have with Imran Khan. We have created differences with the opposition many a time. There have been differences with the MQM, with the government. A journalist is the one who brings in the news and our organisation stands by it, then we get punished horribly for it, an example being TV closure as everyone knows what happened in Musharaf's era and also after Hamid Mir incident. You guys bring in the news but we face the music. and you guys get the right news and if they are wrong then we ourselves take action against them. So whatever news till now we have published and our team has published, and I am proud of my team and Inshallah, whoever is claiming them to be wrong should prove them wrong and I am proud of my team because they work hard. Supreme Court should take action If they are wrong as they took action on that news. It has been over 2 months now and Supreme court hasn?t taken any action against it, I ask why? Question: Reporters are often accused of siding with Nawaz Sharif. Imran Khan quotes Ansar Abbasi on his news against the SECP and then it is said that our group also reports against PML-N. Reporters have this perception, what will you say about this? Answer: We are airing and publishing a lot of news against PML-N. You tell yourself that didn?t we give that news? This is our business and we know how to earn halaal. Why would we cause loss to our own business? Forget about journalism. How can I publish only one perspective? Today we are the biggest group with Allah's blessing.
  23. PTI, PML-N workers clash outside SC after Panama case hearing ISLAMABAD: Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday faced off outside the Supreme Court after the hearing of the Panama case. Workers chanted slogans and later clashed after the leaders of the two parties held media talks following the hearing, prompting the police to intervene and disperse the workers. The Supreme Court bench today resumed hearing the case after the petitioners presented their arguments in favour of the Joint Investigation Team?s (JIT) final report a day earlier. Bench to review material before deciding on PM's disqualification, NAB reference At Monday's hearing, petitioners? counsels pleaded for PM?s disqualification The three-member special Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Papers case observed that it would examine all the material and then decide on disqualifying the premier or sending the matter to an accountability court. PM's imprisonment, disqualification highly likely: Fawad Chaudhry PTI leaders lashed out against the ruling party during recess outside the Supreme Court where the defence was presenting its arguments. ?The matter seems to be going towards the imprisonment of Hussain, Hasan, and Maryam Nawaz,? said PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, adding, ?only a miracle can save Nawaz Sharif?s family from 14 years imprisonment and 10 years of disqualification.? Panamagate about power, not accountability: Talal PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Tuesday declared the Panama case saga a ?game of power, not accountability?. ?Those who could not become ministers or prime ministers are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the court. This [Panama case] game is not about accountability, it?s about power,? said Talal, as he lashed out at opponents while addressing media on day two of the Panama case hearing. Taking aim at the JIT, the PML-N leader said the team collected incomplete and faulty material. ?The JIT itself kept violating the law,? he alleged.
  24. India?s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: Kashmiri and Sikh protesters waved flags and chanted slogans against India?s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrived at the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump. "We are here today basically to raise awareness of the human rights violations that are happening in India," Jatinder Grewal, Director of Sikhs for Justice told CBN News. Over the past few years under Modi?s rule, conditions for Sikhs, Christians and other religious minorities have grown difficult. "When Modi came to power in 2014 he promised the Christians and other minorities that he would allow freedom of religion, he lied," said Pastor Rob Rotola who also protested outside the White House, "The only people that have favoured status in India are not all people, they are the Hindu nationalists. It?s the far extremist party that tends to violence. And as these groups have ramped up the violence, the police state and the government looks the other way, and is allowing it to happen." Trump, Modi call on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks Commentators had predicted that Trump and Modi would find much in common "I am here to speak for the Indian church," said Bishop John Lutembeak, a missionary in India, "The Indians who are being persecuted by Prime Minister Modi, by a group of radical Hindus. Christians have been killed, women have been raped and Hindu is taking more part in India and it wants to turn India into a Hindu nation and this is what has brought us here to protest, to show that world that even the conversation that President Trump will have with Prime Minister Modi should put into consideration that tolerance of different religious. Let not one Hindu religion be over other religions and begin to persecute them." Trump and Modi held a meeting at the White House on Monday, and called on "all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law."
  25. VIRGINIA: A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said. The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement. At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. At around 3pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said. A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric. In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia. Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said. "She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon," Chaker said. An online fundraiser for the girl's family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening. Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.