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Heavy snow hits northern Japan TOKYO: Northern Japan was in the grip of a blizzard Wednesday as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and vehicles were buried in snow, officials and reports said.More than 70 centimetres (28 inches) of snow had fallen on parts of the northern main island of Hokkaido in the 24 hours to 0100 GMT, according to the weather agency.The snow storm forced two major airlines -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines -- to cancel at least 296 international and domestic flights, Jiji Press reported."We are struggling to remove snow from the street," an official in the city of Obhiro told AFP. "As many as 50 vehicles may be trapped in the snow." A rapidly developing low pressure system is also causing storm surges in coastal Hokkaido, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned. The agency said the blizzard will continue until Thursday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Dar urges political leadership to get united against terrorism ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar Tuesday urged all the political parties to shun differences and work together to root out terrorism from the country.Talking to a private TV channel, he said the menace of terrorism could not be eliminated from the country until the nation confront it as a united force.The minister said the Prime Minister had called a conference of all the parliamentary parties in this regard.I have invited all the parliamentary ...

Terror attacks can't deter govt's resolve to defeat militancy: Abid Sher Ali ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali said on Tuesday said that terror attacks coud not deter govt's resolve to defeat militancy. Talking to the media persons here at National Press Club the state minister said that Pakistan would completely wipe out terrorism from its soil. The Minister also reiterated that such cowardly attacks cannot deter the resolve and morale of Pakistani nation adding that operation against militants would continue till ...

141 dead in school assault, Pakistan's deadliest ever terror attack PESHAWAR :The death toll in the Taliban assault Tuesday on a school in northwest Pakistan has reached 141, the army said, making it the country's deadliest ever terror attack.Chief military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said 132 students and nine staff were killed in the eight-hour onslaught at the army-run school in the city of Peshawar.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Kerry says ‘devastating’ Pakistan school attack angers the world LONDON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan in which at least 130 people - most of them children - died had angered the world."The news of the brazen murder of more than 120 innocent students in Peshawar is devastating," he told reporters. "This morning, wherever you live, wherever you are, those are our children and this is the world's loss."This act of terror angers and ...

UN chief condemns Peshawar school attack as 'act of horror' UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Tuesday a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school that left at least 130 dead, most of them students."It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn," Ban said at the start of a UN Security Council meeting."The hearts of the world go out to the parents and families who have lost loved ones."Taliban insurgents stormed the army-run school in ...


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