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Afghan government considering new Eid ceasefire offer

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may offer the Taliban a ceasefire during next month's Eid holiday after the truce in June which saw unprecedented scenes of unarmed fighters and soldiers mingling on the streets of Kabul, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The town that doesn't vote: Pakistan's Ahmadis say forced to abstain

RABWAH, Pakistan There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll.

Top News, World 21 Jul 2018

Exiled Afghan Vice President Dostum due to return home on Sunday

KABUL Afghanistan's Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who left the country last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture, will return home on Sunday after more than a year in exile and resume his duties, officials said.

World, 21 Jul 2018

Pakistan gives army broad election powers at polling stations

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the powerful military at polling stations during next week's general election, a rare move that has fanned concern among political parties and human rights groups.

World, Top News 20 Jul 2018

Missing Pakistani peace activist returns home, friends say

LAHORE, Pakistan A peace activist who disappeared last year after criticising Pakistan's military has returned to his home in the eastern province of Punjab, his friends said on Friday.

Top News, World, 20 Jul 2018

Families flee as Taliban battle Islamic State in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan Battles between Taliban and Islamic State fighters in a remote district of Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan have caused heavy casualties and displaced thousands of people in recent days, officials said on Friday.

World 20 Jul 2018

Fearful for decades, Pakistan's main parties now openly campaign in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan For over 25 years, maverick political leader Altaf Hussain had an iron grip on Karachi, able to bring Pakistan's largest city to a standstill with a single phone call.

World, Top News 19 Jul 2018

U.S. general says remarks on Afghan peace talks 'mischaracterised'

KABUL The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were "mischaracterised".

World, 17 Jul 2018

Civilians killed in Afghanistan air strike: officials

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan As many as 14 people, including women and children, were killed in an air strike carried out during an operation by Afghan security forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, officials said.

Top News, World 20 Jul 2018

Vopak inks deal with Engro to buy 29 percent of Pakistan's first LNG terminal

SINGAPORE Global independent tank storage company Vopak said on Friday it has inked an agreement with Engro Corp Ltd to buy a 29 percent stake in Pakistan's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility.

Deals 20 Jul 2018
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Movie Review: Dhadak

In one of the early conversations between the lovers in Shashank Khaitan's "Dhadak", Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor) tells Madhukar (Ishaan Khatter) he’ll have to prepare meals when they get married. "And put a little less ghee on the rotis. I want to stay slim," she says.

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