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China coal mine blasts kill 59: report   BEIJING: At least 59 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media.An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said.A total of 181 people were working underground when the gas explosion struck the mine in the city of Chifeng, with 149 managing to escape.In a separate incident, a blast occurred late Tuesday at a private mine in Qitaihe City, in northeast Heilongjiang province, trapping 22 workers, Xinhua said.Twenty-one were confirmed dead Friday night, it said, citing provincial authorities.Rescue efforts were hampered by debris from the blast in some of the tunnels, according to an earlier report.China is the world's largest coal producer and deadly accidents are common.A further 33 miners were killed in a colliery explosion on October 31 in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, and in September at least 18 were killed in a mine blast in the northwestern Ningxia region.Officials ...

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Peaceful resolution of outstanding issues, essential for regional peace: Sartaj ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Sunday stressed upon the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues for promoting regional peace and prosperity.The regional cooperation played an important role in ensuring the political stability, and promoting and deepening mutually beneficial economic interaction, he said during his address at the sixth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference held in the Indian city of Amritsar.The Advisor said Pakistan deeply valued the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, as the forum since its ...

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Sartaj along with other FMs calls on Modi ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz along with foreign ministers of four countries on Sunday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Slovakia, which holds the European Union Presidency this month, along with PM's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called on Modi ahead of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on Afghanistan.Modi welcomed the Foreign Ministers and stressed it was the collective responsibility of ...

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OPEC deal boosts Iran budget   TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani presented his budget Sunday, with OPEC's decision to cut production helping to boost its expected oil revenues.Rouhani's 2017-2018 budget is based on oil prices of $50 per barrel, up from $40 last year, with a focus on unemployment, water resources, railways and the environment.The sums look realistic after last week's historic agreement by the 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), which has already boosted ...

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Mustafa Kamal distances PSP from Baldia factory fire suspect LAHORE: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal on Saturday distanced his party from Abdul Rehman alias Bhola, a day after the suspect was arrested in Bangkok in connection with Karachi’s Baldia factory fire.Speaking to media representatives upon arriving here to meet party workers and office bearers, he said Bhola was never a member of PSP. “We categorically deny this claim. Anyone can download and fill the party form off the internet,” he said.Allegations of Bhola’s involvement in the factory fire ...