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Brother of man killed in US strike on Taliban chief files police report QUETTA/DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The brother of a man killed alongside Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan has filed a report with police asking for his brother's killing to be investigated, officials said on Sunday.Muhammad Azam, a Pakistani citizen, was driving Mansour from the Pakistan-Iran border to Quetta, capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, when a US drone destroyed the car in the Koshki area of Noshki district, killing them both.Azam was a regular taxi driver on the route and was not connected to the Taliban, his brother Muhammad Qasim said in a police report seen by Reuters.The "First Information Report" filed by Qasim would form the basis of any police investigation into the drone attack.Drone attacks outside Pakistan's tribal areas, such as the one that killed Mansour and Azam, are rare.Much of the country's militancy is based in the tribal areas of northwest ...

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Sanctions gone, Iran kicks off EU trade drive in Poland WARSAW: Iran's foreign minister kicked off an EU trade drive in Poland on Sunday, in one of Tehran's first moves to drum up business with the West after the lifting of sanctions earlier this year.Javad Zarif is also expected to travel to EU members Finland, Sweden before winding up his trip in Latvia on June 2."I'm convinced that our (Warsaw) ambassador's wish for our annual bilateral turnover to reach one billion dollars will come true," ...

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Iraq forces poised for Fallujah assault BAGHDAD: Elite Iraqi troops were poised Sunday to assault one of the Islamic State group's most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the militants counterattacked in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria.The fighting prompted a new exodus of thousands of desperate civilians and deep concern for the many more trapped in the battlegrounds.The overall commander of the Fallujah operation, Abdelwahab al-Saadi, said Saturday it was a matter of hours before the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) entered the city.The week-old ...

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Nawaz wants to connect country thru roads while Imran creating chaos thru protests on them: Pervaiz MUZAFFARABAD (AJK): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said political stability in the country was need of the hour and those trying to create political instability actually wanted to destabilize it economically.He was addressing a joint press conference along with Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) PML-N Raja Farooq Haider Khan and other PML-N leaders of AJK.He said ...

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Police kill three Al-Qaeda militants in Karachi KARACHI: Police killed three Al-Qaeda militants during a gunfight in Karachi on Sunday after raiding their hideout, officials said.The skirmish took place in Gulshan-e-Buner, a low-income neighbourhood in the city, when police were searching the area after receiving a tip-off that militants were hiding there, senior police official Rao Muhmmad Anwar told AFP."When police reached an area near a hill, terrorists started firing on them and in retaliation three militants were killed," said Anwar, adding ...