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Bomb attack kills two troops on Syria border ARSAL: A bomb attack on a Lebanese military patrol killed two soldiers and wounded three others Friday near the border with war-torn Syria, the army said."Two soldiers were killed and three wounded when a bomb exploded as a military vehicle was headed for Arsal," the army said in a statement.Residents said the attack took place in an area on the outskirts of Arsal called Wadi Hmeid.They said Lebanese military surveillance aircraft overflew the area after the blast. Security forces cordoned off the area, an AFP journalist said.An officer had said earlier that the truck was probably hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The flashpoint town of Arsal has been hit by the spillover from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Political leadership maturity to strengthen democracy in country: Nayyer Bokhari ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has observed that political leadership has shown maturity which would contribute towards continuity of the democratic process and strengthen democracy in the country.He expressed these views while addressing as Chief Guest a reception hosted in honor of members of the Balochistan Provincial Assembly participating in a two-day Workshop on Legislative and Non Legislative Business at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services.Chairman Senate said that command over Parliamentary rules of ...

US stocks rise on Alibaba, Scotland vote NEW YORK: US stocks pushed higher in opening trade Friday as the market readied for trading of shares of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, the largest IPO ever in the United States and potentially the world.Traders also showed relief over Scotland's vote against leaving the United Kingdom.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 75.46 points (0.44 percent) to 17,341.45 , while the broad-based S&P 500 added 7.14 (0.35 percent) at 2,018.50. Both indices ...

Court acquits Sharif family in money laundering case RAWALPINDI: An accountability court on Friday acquitted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and members of the Sharif family in Ittefaq Foundry, Huddaibiya Paper Mills and Raiwind corruption references.During hearing in NAB court No 1 Justice Anwar Ahmed termed the charges 'politically motivated' while clearing the Sharif family of all charges pertaining to money laundering and illegal assets. Others accused in the case include Nawaz's brother, Abbas Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, ...

Soldiers shift 13,000 people to safer places MULTAN: Multan Corps soldiers continued relief operations in flood-hit areas and shifted 13,000 people to safer places and provided 129,000 kilogram ration to the stranded people so far.Relief operations are in full swing in flooded areas of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Alipur, Sheher Sultan and adjoining areas and eight helicopters were engaged in providing food to the people stranded in flooded areas, says a release issued by ISPR Multan on Friday.Multan Corps also set up medical camps ...

Asian shares follow Wall St higher, pound up on Scotland vote HONG KONG: Asian markets rose Friday following a record close on Wall Street, while the pound rallied against other major currencies after Scottish voters rejected independence from the United Kingdom.The surge in New York -- fuelled by the Federal Reserve's dovish comments on interest rates as well as hopes for a record US listing of online giant Alibaba -- helped propel the dollar towards the 110 yen mark.Tokyo climbed 1.58 percent, or 253.60 points, to ...


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