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Pakistan finance minister steps down amid IMF talks, budget preparations

  • Asad Umar says was offered energy ministry by prime minister in cabinet reshuffle but declined
  • Warns no one should expect miracles from the new finance minister
By Aamir Shah ·

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‘Good news’ soon on Pakistani prisoners’ release — envoy to Saudi Arabia

  • Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz says more prisoners expected to be released in Ramadan
  • In February Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails
By Muhammad Ishtiaq ·

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Pakistan says no free trade agreement with Iran during PM’s visit

  • Khan will visit Iran for two days on April 21 on his maiden trip to the country
  • PM’s adviser on commerce says Khan will discuss launching barter trade system with Iran to bypass US sanctions
By Khurshid Ahmed ·

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Pakistan to discuss Israeli ‘aggression’ against Palestine at next OIC summit

  • Foreign office says Pakistan has been supporting Palestine at all meetings of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Says only a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine can guarantee peace in West Asia
By Arab News Pakistan ·

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Pakistani PM among Time’s '100 Most Influential People'

By Sabah Bano Malik ·

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‘Cities Destroyed by Terrorism’ exhibition opens at National Museum in Riyadh

  • The exhibition was organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Arab World Institute in Paris
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday inaugurated the “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” expo being staged at the National Museum in Riyadh
By SPA ·

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Doctors Without Borders warn of food crisis in southern Ethiopia

  • MSF has treated more than 200 children in the past two weeks for serious malnutrition in Gedeo
  • MSF field coordinator Markus Boening said some parents were arriving at their clinics with children just clinging to life
By AFP ·

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Moody’s upgrades Egypt’s rating to B2, expects more economic growth

  • Moody’s believes Egypt’s large domestic funding base would support its resilience to refinancing shocks
  • The ratings agency expects energy price hikes as part of Egypt’s fuel subsidy reform
By Reuters ·

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Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland manager

  • McLeish was hired in February last year and led Scotland to the top of their Nations League group, securing the safety net of a playoff should they fail to qualify automatically for the Euros next year
  • However, qualifying got off to the worst possible start in Kazakhstan and an unconvincing 2-0 victory over San Marino three days later did little to further McLeish’s case to be kept on
By AFP ·

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Samsung receives reports of Galaxy Fold screen problems, says to investigate

  • Some tech reviewers of the Galaxy Fold said the phone malfunctioned after only a day or two of use
  • The splashy $1,980 phone resembles a conventional smartphone but opens like a book to reveal a second display
By Reuters ·