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Tsunami warning issued after 8.0 quake hits PNG SYDNEY: A major 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, with a tsunami alert issued for the Pacific island nation and neighbouring countries.The tremor struck 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Panguna on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island at a depth of 153 kilometres at 3:30pm local time (0430 GMT), the USGS said.It its preliminary assessment it added that light to moderate damage was possible on Bougainville Island.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that waves of between 0.3 and one metre (1-3 feet) above tide level were possible for some coastal areas of PNG and the neighbouring Solomon Islands.Smaller waves were possible for other nearby countries, it added."Even though it is quite deep at 150 kilometres, because it is such a large earthquake, it will produce shaking on the surface," Geoscience Australia seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos told AFP.He added that some damage was possible.A 7.9-magnitude quake ...

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'Dump Trump': Tens of thousands join global march LONDON: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London, Paris and other cities worldwide Saturday in solidarity with women-led marches in the United States, opposed to President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration.In London, a largely female crowd that also included many men and children packed Trafalgar Square, chanting "dump Trump" and waving banners demanding equal rights."Our Rights Are Not For Grabs -- Neither Are We" were among the banners held ...

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Looking forward to work with new US admin for strengthening ties: Dar ISLAMABAD: Expressing best wishes on the swearing-in of the new President of the United States, Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said the government of Pakistan looked forward to working with the new US administration for further strengthening bilateral, strategic and economic cooperation.He was talking to US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him here at the Finance Ministry on Saturday. The two sides discussed matters of bilateral interests, particularly trade and economic relations, according ...

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2017 will be year of PIA's restoration: Ahsan ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Saturday said 2017 would be the year of the restoration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).He also directed PIA's senior management to develop a comprehensive two-year plan for its restoration by January 26 so it could be presented to the Prime Minister for approval.Ahsan Iqbal was chairing a meeting of the special committee formed by ECC to supervise reforms of PIA, said a statement issued here.The ...

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No compromise on Baloschistan's development: Zehri ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri Saturday said people of the province would not compromise in any manner on the development process, initiated by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.The people like Imran Khan (IK) were doing politics of protests and sit-ins just to impede the development process but China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would ultimately bring prosperity for the Baloch people, he said while addressing a press conference here at Balochistan House. Sardar Zehri ...