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As Pakistan army chief's tenure nears end, PM faces key choice ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces a key choice in the coming weeks about who should run Pakistan's military, one that will have a major influence on the country's often strained relationships with the United States and nuclear rival India.With Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif saying he will step down when his tenure ends in November, the top post is up for grabs, and the prime minister decides who gets it.Overshadowing the process has been speculation in the media and by some government officials that the general, no relation to the premier, may seek to hold on to some or all of his powers even after his term is finished.The general is immensely popular among ordinary Pakistanis, who see him as a bulwark against crime, corruption and militant violence."I will request you to avoid speculations, because we have already taken a position very clearly," Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, ...

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Elon Musk unveils plan for Mars 'city' GUADALAJARA: SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled on Tuesday ambitious plans to establish a "city" on Mars by sending humans on massive spacecraft with cabins, at a cost as low as $100,000 per person.Taking the stage under a large globe of Mars at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk showed his vision for a giant rocket that would propel men and women to the Red Planet "in our lifetime.""We need to go from these early exploration missions ...

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World Bank unanimously reappoints President Jim Yong Kim WASHINGTON: The board of the World Bank has unanimously agreed to name Jim Yong Kim to a second term as president, the global lender announced Tuesday.Kim had been the only candidate in a process criticized by World Bank staff and campaigners as lacking in transparency and dominated by the United States.In a statement announcing the decision, the Bank's board offered a strong endorsement of Kim's record, including setting the goal of eliminating extreme global poverty ...

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Fast-rising Pakistan whitewash West Indies ABU DHABI: Pakistan produced another dominating performance to beat world champions West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international, achieving their first ever clean sweep in Dubai on Tuesday.Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim chipped in with 3-21 -- nine wickets in the series -- as West Indies crawled to 103-5 in their 20 overs after Pakistan once again caught them napping by putting them in on a slow and low Sheikh Zayed ...

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Pak-China friendship transcends into strategic partnership: Ayaz ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Tuesday said that Pakistan-China relations had transcended into a strategic partnership. Relations with China were the bedrock of Pakistan's foreign policy as both the countries were committed to an all-encompassing and enduring partnership to support each other at international andregional forums, he added.The NA Speaker was speaking as the chief guest at a reception held here to observe the 67th National Day of People's Republic of China.Ayaz Sadiq ...