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         Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in    
 
 
GOLAN HEIGHTS: Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces. Tens of thousands of Syrians have arrived near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the past month, fleeing a rapidly advancing offensive which has defeated rebels across a swathe of territory near Jordan and Israel. “Go bac

 
         Putin: US-Russia ties should not be held hostage to Mueller probe    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow's election meddling as "political games" that should not be permitted to interfere with US-Russia relations. Asked in a Fox News interview about Mueller's indictment Friday of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking Democratic Party computers in 2016, just three days before his summit with President Donald Trump, Putin said it was not his concern, but rather part of an "i

 
         Trump and Putin open historic summit    
 
 
HELSINKI: The US and Russian leaders opened a historic summit in Helsinki today with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. Looking sombre, they exchanged opening remarks in front of the press at the start of the summit in Helsinki. Putin said: "The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world." Trump congratulated Putin on Russia's ho

 
         Russia targeted by almost '25 million cyber-attacks' during World Cup: Putin    
 
 
MOSCOW: Russia was the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin said, though he did not indicate who may have been behind the attacks. "During the period of the World Cup, almost 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russia, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralised," Putin said during a meeting yesterday with security services.

 
         UK minister quits over lewd messages to barmaids    
 
 
LONDON: A British government minister said today he had resigned and was "deeply ashamed" after being exposed sending an avalanche of lewd social media messages to a couple of barmaids. Small business minister Andrew Griffiths, formerly Prime Minister Theresa May's chief of staff, said he had stepped down Friday, as the Sunday Mirror newspaper published details of his chats with the two women.

 
         Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin    
 
 
HELSINKI: Though President Donald Trump has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin twice before, he is eager to recreate in Finland the heady experience that he had last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. And that means a summit that becomes a mass media event complete with powerful presidential images.

 
         Death toll in Balochistan attack reaches 130, Pak to observe national mourning day tomorrow    
 
 
PESHAWAR: The death toll in the suicide blast targeting an election rally in the restive Balochistan reached 130 today with Pakistan announcing tomorrow as a day of national mourning over the recent terror attacks in the country. Militants yesterday targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in the Mastung area in the troubled province, killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200 others. Raisani, who was a candidate from PB-35 (Mastung), was among those k

 
         Team Trump plays nice in first visit to Mexico president-elect    
 
 
MEXICO CITY: Top officials from US President Donald Trump's administration met with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, with both sides upbeat on the potential for a turning point in the countries' troubled relationship. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday led the high-level delegation to meet the leftist leader known as "AMLO," who will take office on December 1 after winning a landslide election victory. Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner, Homeland Se

 
         Pak: Mastung toll rises to 130, Bilawal cancels rallies    
 
 
Peshawar: The death toll in Friday's suicide blast in Mastung touched 130, making it one of the single largest terror attacks in the history of Pakistan. The Ministry of Interior in a press release issued on Saturday announced July 15 as a day of mourning in memory of those killed in the twin blasts in Mastung and Bannu, according to a report of The Express Tribune. The newspaper reported Mastung death toll as 130.

 
         Nawaz should return looted money: Imran Khan    
 
 
Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday stated that former prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should return Rs 300 billion which he plundered. Addressing workers at Karachi Company, Khan said a change in Pakistan would be evident on July 25. Promising to tackle corruption tooth and nail, Khan promised to strengthen the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

 
         Sharif family to face trial in 2 more NAB cases inside Adiala Jail    
 
 
Islamabad: The legal proceedings of the remaining two National Accountability Bureau reference cases against former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will take place in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

 
         Theresa May presents Trump with Scottish ancestry token    
 
 
London: British Prime Minister Theresa May today presented US President Donald Trump with a special ancestral chart commemorating his mother's Scottish birth.

 
         'Air strike kills 28 civilians in IS-held part of Syria'    
 
 
BEIRUT: An air strike has killed 28 civilians in one of the last holdouts of the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said on today. The raid late yesterday hit a "gathering of civilians" at an ice factory near the village of Al-Soussa near the Iraqi border, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It was not immediately clear if the strike was carried out by an Iraqi plane or by one of the US-led coalition fighting IS, the moni

 
         Nawaz plays victim, says returning to face jail for people    
 
 
Abu Dhabi U.A.E.]: Ahead of his imminent imprisonment, former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif urged his followers to stand with him to "change the fate of the country." Maryam Nawaz, who is enroute to Pakistan from London, along with her father Nawaz Sharif, tweeted a video message by the deposed prime minister in which he said, "I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years [in prison] and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away. But I want the Pakistani nation to know t

 
         Buddha of Swat smiles nearly 11 years after Taliban dynamited it    
 
 
Peshawar: The iconic Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the 7th century, has been restored to its almost original form with Italian assistance in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, nearly 11 years after it was dynamited by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan during their control over the area.

 
         Highways, motorways in Pak to be closed ahead of Sharif's arrival    
 
 
Lahore: All national highways and motorway will remain closed ahead of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz's arrival from London. As per Duniya News, the National Highways and Motorway Police have been directed to close all the major entry and exit routes, for preventive measure.

 
         UN report on Kashmir 'biased and motivated': MEA    
 
 
New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday lashed out at the recent report on Kashmir, prepared by the United Nations Human Rights Office, saying it is a "biased and motivated report." Reacting to the comments on a Pakistani-Canadian national, Zafar Bangash who claimed that he played a role in producing the report on Kashmir, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "The document very clearly reflected bias of an official acting without any mandate and who relied on unverifi

 
         Here's the China connection in Pakistan general election    
 
 
Islamabad: As China has "increased its presence" in Pakistan, a lot of political leaders in the latter country have started taking credit for the treaties signed as part of the strong bilateral relations between the two nations to vow voters ahead of the July 25 general elections across the border. In an article, titled, "Is China Influencing Pakistan's Elections?" for The Diplomat magazine, Pakistani journalist Muhammad Akbar Notezai of the Dawn newspaper has analised how "China has be

 
         Merkel fires back at Trump: Germany makes 'independent decisions'    
 
 
Brussels: Chancellor Angela Merkel today said Germany makes "independent decisions", firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a "captive" of Russia.

 
         India deeply worried on reports of ISIS acquiring chemical weapons    
 
The Hague: India is "deeply worried" about reports of the so-called 'Islamic State' or ISIS acquiring chemical weapons and has asked the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to closely monitor this threat. "India shares the wide-spread concern over fresh allegations on the use of chemical weapons coming from different parts of the world," Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to OPCW, Venu Rajamony, said, addressing the 88th session of the Executive Council of the Organization for

 
         US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission    
 
Mae Sai (Thailand): The Thai boys saved from a flooded cave endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to half an hour and in places were put in a harness and high-lined across rocky caverns, said a leader of the US contingent that was part of the operation, calling it a "once in a lifetime rescue."

 
         All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave    
 
 
Mae Sai: The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave today after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world.

 
         Panama, China open talks on free trade agreement    
 
Mexico City: Officials from Panama and China are meeting in the opening round of talks to reach a free trade agreement, one year after the two countries established diplomatic relations.

 
         Sharif, his daughter will be arrested on their arrival at any airport in Pak: Minister    
 
 
Lahore: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will be arrested on their arrival at any airport in Pakistan as they have been convicted in a corruption case, a senior minister said today.

 
         Israel closes Gaza goods crossing over Palestinian arson kites    
 
Jerusalem: Israel closed its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip today over weeks of fires at farms caused by kites and balloons carrying firebombs from the Palestinian enclave.

 
         Thai cave rescue: Operations resume, eight boys remain trapped    
 
 
Chiang Rai: The rescue operations to extricate the remaining trapped eight boys and the coach of the Wild Boars soccer team from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai resumed on the second day on Monday. "The operation has begun and it is ongoing at the moment," a Thai navy official was quoted by CNN, as saying. The official added that the same set of divers, who rescued the four boys, have gone into the cave.

 
         'Race against time' to rescue Japan flood victims: PM    
 
 
Mihara (Japan): Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned today of a "race against time" to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least 48 people.

 
         Vishnu idol worth crores of rupees recovered in Bangladesh    
 
Dhaka: A 70-kg touchstone idol of Hindu god Vishnu, worth crores of rupees, has been recovered in northern Bangladesh, a media report said today.

 
         Rescue efforts for boys trapped in Thai cave begin    
 
Mae Sai (Thailand): Rescue efforts have begun for 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks, the head of the mission said today.

 
         Japan floods: heavy rains claim 48 lives, at least 100 missing    
 
 
TOKYO: Heavy rainfall hammered southern Japan for the third day, prompting new disaster warnings on Kyushu and Shikoku islands on Sunday, as the government put the death toll at 48 with 28 others presumed dead.

 
 
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