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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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Prime Minister Khan makes sweeping cabinet changes, reallocates ministerial portfolios

  • Hafeez Sheikh replaces Asad Umar
  • Firdous Ashiq Awan will look after the information ministry
By Arab News Pakistan ·

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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’s religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia for Hajj arrangements

  • Says the crown prince’s visit was appreciated by everyone in his country
  • Expresses hope that Pakistan would soon get a bigger Hajj quota
By Arab News Pakistan ·

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Egypt bucks trend with vote to extend El-Sisi rule

  • On April 16, the parliament overwhelmingly approved changes extending presidential terms from four to six years
  • The amendments would prolong El-Sisi’s current term to 2024 and allow him to then run for another six-year term
By AFP ·

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Thailand says US man’s seasteading home violates sovereignty

  • Seasteading has had a revival in recent years as libertarian ideas of living free from state interference have become more popular
  • Thailand’s navy said Chad Elwartowski and Supranee Thepdet endangered national sovereignty
By AP ·

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Uber wins $1bn investment from Toyota and SoftBank Vision Fund

  • Toyota has already invested $500 million in Uber as the firm races a host of other companies to develop self-driving vehicles
  • Uber is the largest of the “unicorns” or venture-backed firms worth at least $1 billion to list on Wall Street
By AFP ·

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15-member Pakistan cricket squad announced for World Cup 2019

  • The team includes three openers, four middle-order batsmen, two spinners, five fast bowlers and a wicketkeeper/batsman
  • Squad can be changed until 23rd May without informing the ICC
By RAJA RIAZ ·

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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna
By Arab News ·