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Air strikes kill 23 militants in North Waziristan: officials ISLAMABAD: ISPR said on Thursday it killed 23 militants in aerial strikes across North Waziristan.In a statement issued to the media, the military said: "Today in precise aerial strikes carried out on terrorists hideouts in Zerom, Ismail Khel, and Datta Khel in North Waziristan, 23 terrorists were killed."In June, the army began major offensives in North Waziristan aimed at clearing the area of insurgent groups.Pakistan's army says it has killed more than a thousand militants and lost 86 soldiers since the start of the operation.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Govt to set up fund for rehabilitation of IDPs, flood victims: Dar ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar said on Thursday the government had envisaged to set up a Joint Trust Fund in collaboration with international donors for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and flood victims. He said the government was deeply concerned about the plight of a large number of flood victims and IDPs.He was talking to British High Commissioner Phillip Barton and Head of Department for International Development (DFID), Pakistan, Richard Montgomery, ...

Dollar hits six-year peak vs yen on jobless data, rate outlook NEW YORK: The dollar rose to a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday, after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner rather than later.The dollar index, a measure of the greenback's value against six currencies, climbed to its strongest level in more than four years, supported by the Federal Reserve's interest rate forecasts that were higher than ...

West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears VIENNA: Western powers told Iran on Thursday it must step up cooperation with a U.N. watchdog's investigation into suspected atomic bomb research if it wants to get a broader nuclear deal that would ease sanctions.The warning was issued at a board meeting of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, as chief negotiators from Iran and six world powers prepared to resume talks in New York after a two-month hiatus.A stalled IAEA inquiry ...

Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge EDINBURGH: Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.From remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow, people were almost equally divided over a vote watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad.Pre-voting opinion polls gave the "No" campaign - those in favour ...

Pakistan conveys strong reaction to Afghanistan on cross border terrorism: FO ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday once again expressing concern on cross border terrorism from Afghan side and categorically conveyed to Afghan authorities to take appropriate steps to eliminate safe havens from its soil. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly press briefing said on the issue of cross-border attacks from Afghanistan, Pakistan has categorically conveyed to Afghan authorities to take appropriate steps by the Afghan security agencies to eliminate safe havens from its soil. The ...


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