Pakistan sees foreign involvement in Friday’s fatal bombings, pledges to eliminate militant hideouts

  • The interim interior minister names Indian intelligence agency after 65 people lost their lives in Mastung and Hangu attacks
  • Security experts say the country lacks a coherent strategy to deal with militancy, call for ‘holistic policy’ to handle the problem
By Aamir Saeed ·


Pakistan’s competition commission approves UAE-based firm’s acquisition of two LNG companies

  • The CCP says the decision will attract more foreign direct investment, ensure the potential mitigation of gas shortage
  • The local companies set up and operated an LNG terminal and were involved in the import and distribution of the gas

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Fear and mourning in southwestern Pakistani city a day after deadly attack on Prophet’s birthday celebration

  • The death toll in Friday’s suicide blast surged to 60 after seven more seriously wounded people succumbed to injuries
  • Bereaved families criticized the government for not doing enough to strengthen security despite another attack this month

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‘Far-fetched dream’: How a woman with disability transformed learning in Pakistan’s rural southeast

  • Meenaji Dhani, a village on the outskirts of Umarkot in Sindh, was once devoid of educational awareness
  • In 2014, a woman suffering from polio set up a school to educate children and brought about a change

Saudi Arabia takes bold steps to safeguard architectural heritage

  • The Saudi Heritage Commission has initiated process to register 50,000 sites into the Architectural Heritage Register
  • Experts say each region of the kingdom possesses its own distinct architectural heritage, setting it apart from others
By Tareq Al-Thaqafi ·

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No reprieve from hardship in South Sudan for people fleeing Sudan conflict

  • South Sudan is no stranger to humanitarian crisis, having had its own share since achieving statehood in 2011
  • Experts say the country is in no position to handle the large and sudden influx of displaced people from Sudan

UK aims to offer military training inside Ukraine, minister says

  • Britain has provided five-week military training courses to around 20,000 Ukrainians over the past year, and intends to train a similar number going forward
By Reuters ·

Saudi Arabia revises budget estimates for 2023 and pre-budget statement for 2024

  • Preliminary budget statement says the government expects total revenues at 1.172 trillion riyals ($312.51 billion) in 2024 and total spending of 1.251 trillion riyals
By Arab News ·

Klopp slams ‘crazy decisions’ after nine-man Liverpool’s Spurs loss

  • Refereeing body PGMOL issued a statement less than an hour after the final whistle conceding Diaz’s first-half goal should have stood
  • Klopp was incensed by the decisions, with Jones dismissed after his crunching challenge into Yves Bissouma’s ankle
By AFP ·

Picasso masterpiece begins pre-auction tour in Dubai

  • The 1932 portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s mistress and “golden muse,” is being exhibited for two days before heading to Hong Kong and London
By AFP ·