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Lebanon army attacks gunmen in historic Tripoli market TRIPOLI: Lebanese troops attacked gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli Saturday, after deadly clashes rocked the longtime tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported.A gunman was killed, and nine soldiers and eight civilian bystanders wounded, in the fighting that erupted in the city's souks late on Friday, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence in Tripoli had spread to the market, which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.The AFP correspondent heard shelling and heavy gunfire as the army launched its assault on the gunmen's positions.Troops attempted to evacuate families trapped inside the market, where many of the shops have been burned down in the fighting.Among the wounded civilians was a Lebanese newspaper journalist. Tripoli has seen repeated clashes between militants sympathetic to the ...

Nigerian Air Forces Chief arrive on official visit ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal, Adesola Nunayon Amosu alongwith eight-member delegation arrived on an official visit here on Saturday.During its five-day visit, the delegation will meet with President of Pakistan, Minister of Defence, Minister of Defence Production, Chairman Joints Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.According to PAF Spokesman, the delegation would also visit various PAF bases and installations.It may be mentioned here ...

PM meets Railways minister ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and PML-N Sindh office bearers Nehal Hashmi, Shah Muhammad Shah, Ismail Rahu and Saleem Zia at the PM's House, said a press release issued here .The matters related to PML-N and overall political situation in the country came under discussion during the meeting.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

Constitution clear on new provinces yet no need bifurcate Sindh: Khuhro HYDERABAD: Senior Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said the procedure for the creation of new provinces is clearly mentioned in the Constitution however there is no need to bifurcate Sindh into more provinces.The majority of the members of Sindh Assembly do not want more provinces or administrative units by bifurcating Sindh nor it was the demand of the majority people of the province. If the call continued, there would be ...

Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16 SHANGHAI: Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country.The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials. Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added.The report did not identify the name of ...

Tanzania talks with Total, BP on hydrocarbon exploration DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania has held talks with France's Total and Britain's BP over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector.Companies already present in the east African state include Norway's Statoil, Brazil's Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell , BG Group and Exxon Mobil..Total executives were in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam this week with Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo, ...


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