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Two French journalists kidnapped

BAMAKO (AFP) – Two journalists with Radio France Internationale (RFI) were kidnapped on Saturday by armed men while working in Kidal in Mali s far northeast, military and security sources said. “Two RFI journalists were kidnapped by armed men in the centre” of Kidal, a Malian security source said. The fate of the two, identified as Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, …

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US to back Egypt interim govt

CAIRO (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday his country is committed to working with Egypt s interim rulers, on his first visit to Cairo since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi. On the eve of the opening of Morsi s trial, Kerry was in Cairo to shore up ties with a key ally and ensure it moves ahead …

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Iran envoy elected to lead gas-producing bloc

TEHRAN (AP) – A former head of Iran s central bank was elected Sunday to head a 13-nation bloc of gas-producing countries as Tehran looks beyond its sanctions-hit crude oil sales to bring in vital revenue and explore new energy markets. Iran has tried aggressively looked to its vast natural gas reserves and refined petrochemical products to bypass US-led sanctions over …

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NATO supplies must be blocked: Imran

LAHORE:  Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has said that if he had been the prime minister of Pakistan, he would have ordered Pakistan Air Force to shoot down the US drones. Imran said this while talking to Dunya News programme ‘On the Front’ on Sunday. Lauding the decision of KP Chief Minister to suspend the NATO supplies, he said he …

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Govt confused over drones, US ties: Gilani

KARACHI:   Former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has said that government is circled by confusion over drone attacks and relations with America. Talking to media at Karachi Airport on Sunday, Gillani reminded that his government not only blocked NATO supply but not participated in Bonn conference also in reaction over Salala check post attack. “Pakistan Peoples Party had …

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Legendary folk singer Reshma laid to rest

LAHORE:  Reshma, known as Nightingale of the Desert was laid to rest here on Sunday. Her funeral prayer was offered in Imamia Colony in Shahdara on Sunday. Relatives‚ artists and well wishers of Reshma attended her funeral. Reshma passed away after protracted illness in Lahore on Sunday morning. She was sixty-six. She had been suffering from throat cancer and was …

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Syria: Assad sacks deputy PM over unauthorized US meeting

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sacked his vice premier on Tuesday, saying the official had been absent without leave and carried out unauthorised meetings abroad, the official SANA news agency said. The move follows media reports that Vice Premier Qadri Jamil had met with the US pointman for Syria Robert Ford on Saturday to discuss proposed Geneva peace …

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Ameer Hoti rejects father’s charges against ANP

PESHAWAR:  Former chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Awami National Party leader Ameer Hyder Hoti Tuesday rejected allegations labeled on ANP by his father Azam Hoti. Addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, Ameer Hyder said Azam Hoti is his father but he has turned his personal issues into political conflicts. Hoti said beside father’s respect he would be remained …

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Drone-hit Pak family recounts terror before US Congress

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – A Pakistani family affected by US drone strikes, appeared before members of the US Congress on Tuesday to record their account from when they were targeted last year. Rafiq ur Rehman – a primary (elementary) teacher in North Waziristan – and his children Zubair (13) and Nabila (9) are the first victims of the covert drone …

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Religious Violence and sectarianism condemned by Scholars

BODRUM(Turkey): To propagate tolerance,religious scholars and leaders from different political parities of Pakistan announced a joint signing of a declaration on condemning sectarianism in country and vowed to eradicate the cause of conflict from society, held in Turkey. We find common ground in affirming and agreed to come together to tackle religious intolerance in the interests of Muslim unity and …

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