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PM Nawaz undergoes open heart surgery in London ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underwent open heart surgery in a London hospital on Tuesday, his second cardiac procedure in five years, his daughter said.Sharif's surgery comes as his government prepares to present its annual budget on Friday. It also remains under pressure over allegations of corruption linked to the so-called Panama Papers.Sharif "was in high spirits" when he went in to the operating theatre at about 8:00 a.m. (0700 GMT), his daughter, Maryam, said on her Twitter account. She did not say how long the surgery was expected to take.The operation was for a "perforation of the heart", a complication from a 2011 procedure, Maryam said in a Twitter post last week.Sharif, 66, was prime minister for two terms in the 1990s before being overthrown in a 1999 military coup.After years in exile, he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and led his party to a victory in a 2013 ...

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Number of Afghans fleeing war doubles to 1.2mn, says Amnesty KABUL: The number of people internally displaced by war in Afghanistan has doubled since 2012 to 1.2 million, Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing government neglect and a lack of international attention.In its report entitled "My children will die this winter: Afghanistan's broken promise to the displaced", the rights group warned that a lack of basic services had pushed many of those uprooted from their homes to the brink of survival."While the world's attention seems to ...

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Oil mixed as traders await China data, OPEC meeting SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday as investors awaited manufacturing data from China ahead of an OPEC meeting on production caps.Volumes were thin after Wall Street and London's financial markets were closed on Monday.Dealers expect Chinese manufacturing data due on Wednesday to set the tone at mid-week.China is the world's largest energy consumer so any indication of how its economy is performing acts as a key driver for oil prices."If the number is positive, ...

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South Korea says North fails with attempted missile launch SEOUL: North Korea apparently failed with an attempted missile launch Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland.South Korea's defence ministry detected the dawn launch effort, which Japan condemned as an unacceptable and "provocative" act.The ministry declined to speculate on the missile type, but military sources cited by local media said it was a powerful, medium-range "Musudan" that has already undergone three failed ...

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Multiple casualties in India army ammunition depot fire MUMBAI: A fire at a massive military ammunition depot in central India on Tuesday left multiple people dead, according to media reports.The Press Trust of India news agency said 17 soldiers, including two officers, had been killed in the fire near the city of Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra.The NDTV network said at least eight people were dead.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...