Maryam Nawaz meets Sharif for first time since arrest (21:10) IANS Photo Service
Rawalpindi, July 19 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter met him for the first time on Thursday after both were arrested last week in a corruption case, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said.

Rohingya rights violations continue in Myanmar: UN (19:54) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, July 19 (IANS) The UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday that the continuing influx of Rohingya refugees in neighbouring Bangladesh showed their human rights were still being violated in Myanmar.

Nepal, India review implementation of bilateral projects (19:46)
Kathmandu, July 19 (IANS) The sixth meeting of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was held here to review the progress made in the implementation of bilateral, economic and development projects.

IS kidnaps 12 demining staff in Afghanistan (18:22)
Kabul, July 19 (IANS) Armed men from the terror group Islamic State (IS) have kidnapped 12 mine removal staff working for an Afghan organization in the country's Kunar province, an official said on Thursday.

Transgender campaigns for acceptance in Pakistan election (17:58)
Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistani transgender Nadeem Kashish knows that she will not win a seat in the July 25 general elections but is still standing as a candidate and believes that she has already won by fighting for the acceptance of her community that lives on the margins of society in the country.

Jail authorities cancel lawyers' meeting with Sharif, Maryam (16:38) IANS Photo Service
Rawalpindi, July 19 (IANS) A pre-arranged meeting between lawyers and jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz was cancelled by the authorities at Adiala Jail here on Thursday, where the duo is currently serving their prison sentence in a corruption case.

Imran Khan barred from using 'inappropriate language' (15:30) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistan's Election Commission on Thursday barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan from using unseemly language for his political rivals during election campaigning.

No direct role of Army in elections: Senior Pakistani official (15:20)
Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistani Army will have no direct role in the country's July 25 general elections and will work on the Election Commission's directives to conduct peaceful polls, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.

Facebook to remove posts that spur violence (09:44) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, July 19 (IANS) Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm.

7 killed, 4 injured in jeep crash in Nepal (03:46)
Kathmandu, July 19 (IANS) Seven people were killed and four others injured as a passenger jeep met an accident in Rukum district in the mid-western region of Nepal on Wednesday, police said here.

Over 150 shops gutted in fire at Pakistan's market (18:32) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) At least 150 shops were gutted in a high-intensity fire that broke out in a weekly market in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, officials said.

11 Afghan journalists killed in six months (18:08)
Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Eleven Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed in the first half of the year amid deteriorating security, an independent media safety group said on Wednesday.

Hardline Islamic groups contesting Pakistan's general elections (17:18) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) Some of Pakistan's hardline Islamic groups, who defend the blasphemy law and have been accused of playing a role in global terrorism and murders of religious minorities, are contesting the July 25 general elections, triggering concerns of further radicalization of the conservative country.

Maldives Traders Union hails Yameen's economic policies (17:06) IANS Photo Service
Male, July 18 (IANS) The Maldives Traders Union on Wednesday hailed President Abdulla Yameen's economic policies, calling them the best when compared to those of other candidates in the upcoming presidential elections.

IS beheads Taliban commander in Afghanistan (Lead) (13:20) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Militants loyal to the Islamic State captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting between the two groups in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said.

IS militants behead Taliban commander in Afghanistan: Official (12:56) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terror group captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting continuing between the two groups in Afghanistan Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said.

Iran says to jointly produce defence equipment with Pakistan (03:18)
Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) Iranian top military commander said on Tuesday that Iran and Pakistan are seeking to jointly manufacture defence equipment, Press TV reported.

Jadhav case: Pakistan submits rejoinder in ICJ (20:50) IANS Photo Service
The Hague, July 17 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday submitted its second counter-memorial in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the conviction of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Sharif family to stay in jail till election, court adjourns appeals (19:14) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned till the last week of July appeals by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar against their conviction for corruption.

Blasts at BNP poll rally in Bangladesh injures 3 (19:08)
Dhaka, July 17 (IANS) At least three people were injured in bomb explosions on Tuesday at an election rally of Bangladesh's largest opposition party in Rajshahi city, police said.

Judge who convicted Sharif recuses from hearing two other NAB cases (15:44) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) An anti-corruption court judge who sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail in the Avenfield corruption case, has recused himself from hearing two more graft cases against the PML-N leader.

PML-N candidate narrowly escapes bid on life (14:56)
Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) Close on the heels of a spate of attacks on politicians, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former federal minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Attock city.

PML-N considers launching Maryam Nawaz's son (14:54)
Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) The embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is considering launching Maryam Nawaz's son Junaid Safdar for its election campaign, the media reported on Tuesday.

62 militants killed in Afghan airstrikes (14:44)
Kabul, July 17 (IANS) At least 62 militants were killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a military official said on Tuesday.

Sikh, Hindu victims of Afghan attack honoured in Washington (05:34) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 17 (IANS) Condemning the terrorist attack on Sikhs and Hindus that killed 18, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has called for confronting "hatred with love, fear with understanding, and darkness with light".

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