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Pakistan election: BBC interview with Dawn newspaper boss stirs controversy

<b>A BBC interview with the boss of Pakistan's leading English-language newspaper has stirred controversy a week before national elections.</b><p>Hameed Haroon, CEO of the Dawn Media Group, accused the security establishment of interfering in politics, including in favour of former cricketer Imran Khan and …

Pakistan

Watch an 18-rotor electric helicopter take its first manned flight

E-Volo has been talking about the prospect of using many-rotor electric helicopters (aka multicopters) as semi-affordable personal transport for years, and it now looks like this isn't just a far-fetched dream. The company recently completed the first manned test flight of the first certified …

North Korea releases propaganda film showing Washington under nuclear attack

The video, menacingly titled ‘Last Chance’, contains a visual history of relations between the US and Pyongyang and ends with the US flag in flames<p>North Korea released a new propaganda video menacingly titled “Last Chance”, showing a submarine-launched nuclear missile laying waste to Washington and …

North Korea

Chinese Army troops spotted along LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

After a number of frequent incursions in Ladakh area, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops have been spotted at forward posts along the Line …

The oil crash is causing Saudi Arabia to turn to the capital markets for the first time in more than a decade

The Saudi government is hoping to discuss the matter with several unnamed banks, and while the amount was also not disclosed, a source told Reuters that it could top $10 billion.<p>To be sure, Saudi Arabia has a massive pile of foreign exchange that will allow it to weather the oil price downturn for …

France awards Legion d’Honneur to Saudi prince 'for terror fight'

Francois Hollande faces sharp criticism for giving country’s top award to Mohammed bin Nayef despite human rights failures<p>President Francois Hollande has awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, to visiting Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef.<p>Nayef was cited for his “efforts in the …

Saudis demand Assad leave with no delay

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave office as soon as a transitional authority is set up, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said …

Middle East

Imran Khan and ex-BBC presenter wife divorce after just 9 months

Pakistan cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan and his second wife are filing for divorce<p>Imran Khan, the Pakistani politician and former cricket star, and his wife, Reham Khan, an ex-BBC presenter, have parted ways after fewer than 10 months of marriage.<p>The couple have divorced by mutual …

Inside Mecca's Matrix: 5,000 CCTV cameras watch over one of the world's biggest crowds as 100,000 security officers prepare for the influx of three million pilgrims expected at the Hajj

• <b>Saudi Arabia has deployed an astonishing 100,000 security personnel to guard against threats from Islamic State</b>• <b><br>The team consists of members of an</b> …

Pakistan eying Sukhoi-35 fighter planes as part of defence deal from Russia, says report

<b>Islamabad:</b> Pakistan is negotiating with Russia on acquiring an unspecified number of Su-35 'Flanker-E' multi-role fighter aircraft in potentially the …

With sweat and tears, pilgrims scale Mecca's 'mountain of light'

It was in a cave in this rugged, rocky peak overlooking the holy city of Mecca that Muslims believe the Koran was first revealed to Mohammed when he was 40 years old.<p>The annual hajj pilgrimage begins on Tuesday, and more than a million faithful have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation …

Islam

UAE opens Dh19.8m military college in Pakistan

The UAE has completed construction of a military college in Pakistan, at a cost of US$5.4 million (Dh19.8m), the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan …

Saudi Binladin Group 'responsible in part' for crane collapse

<b>Saudi authorities have said the giant Saudi Binladin Group was "in part" responsible for Friday's deadly crane collapse at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.</b><p>An investigative commission ruled that the company had not "respected the norms of safety", the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.<p>The crane fell …

World's largest solar park to light up Pakistan's future

Some 400,000 solar panels, spread over 200 hectares of flat desert, glare defiantly at the sun at what is known as the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park …

Renewable Energy

17 Heartbreaking Cartoons From Artists All Over The World Mourning The Drowned Syrian Boy

"His name was Aylan." WARNING: This post contains graphic content.<p>A 3-year-old boy named Aylan Kurdi and his 5-year-old brother, Galip, were photographed face down in the surf Wednesday morning. They both reportedly died on a boat that capsized while carrying them to the Greek island of Kos. The …

China shows off missile 'able to destroy aircraft carriers' at massive WW2 parade

Some 12,000 troops file past President Xi Jinping in Beijing, along with formations of tanks and armoured vehicles as warplanes screamed overhead.<p>China showed off a new missile reportedly capable of destroying an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it flexed its military muscle with a huge parade …

China

Enhancing bilateral ties: Pakistan, Belarus sign 14 MoUs

<b>MINSK: Pakistan and Belarus have signed 14 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) of cooperation in several fields on Monday, Radio Pakistan …

Afghan, Indian spy agencies fueling terrorism in Balochistan: IG FC

<b>QUETTA: Inspector General of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan Major General Sher Afgan said on Monday that spy agencies including India’s Research and</b> …

Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

King Salman leaves only a few days into what was meant to be a three-week stay after much controversy and anger at a beach - but Saudi source says media coverage had nothing to do with leaving early<p>Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned …

UK police confirm 3 bin Ladens killed in England plane crash

LONDON (AP) — Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed when a private jet crashed on landing in …

India-Pakistan 'mango diplomacy' isn't fruitful

<b>In a South Asian tradition, Pakistani leaders send mangoes to their Indian counterparts every year. The fabled 'mango diplomacy', however, does not really help lower tensions between the two neighbours, writes Shivam Vij.</b><p>On the occasion of Eid last week, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif …

China builds world's largest solar power station in Pakistan: China Daily

<b>Beijing:</b> China has built the world's largest single solar photovoltaic power plant in Bahawalpur, which is in the Punjab province of Pakistan, …

How much money you need to save each day to become a millionaire by age 65

"Becoming rich is nothing more than a matter of committing and sticking to a systematic savings and investment plan," financial adviser David Bach writes in his book "Smart Couples Finish Rich."<p>"You don't need to have money to make money," he writes. "You just need to make the right decisions — and …

The king of Saudi Arabia just closed down an entire beach in the French Riviera

The king's vast holiday home overlooks the beach, where a police sign says: "Access and circulation are forbidden on this public maritime domain and swimming is banned under the right of the residence of the king of Saudi Arabia."<p>A French police van is parked at the entrance of the royal home, …

Nuclear-Armed India, Pakistan on Edge After 12-Hour Gunbattle

DINANAGAR, India — A 12-hour gunbattle involving heavily-armed men dressed in military fatigues who seized a police station near the border with Pakistan ended Monday, Indian police said.<p>Three assailants were among nine people killed during the incident in the frontier state of Punjab.<p>The gunmen …

Pakistan turns up heat against powerful party in bid to secure Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan — A two-year-old government effort to restore order in this Pakistani port city has halved the notoriously high murder rate, but security officials’ tactics have intensified confrontation with a powerful political movement that vows it won’t easily be subdued.<p>In 2013, as Karachi …