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Moscow: Firing Kalashnikovs, flying gunships, stomping about in tanks and sweating it out in army fatigues, that’s Russia’s cutting edge arsenal of ideas for attracting tourists. Amid the annexation of Crimea and the conflict with Ukraine, “military tourism” appears all set to boom in Russia. Inbound tour operators are offering tourists a quasi-combat experience, be it firing AK-47 assault rifles... Read More

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Dhaka: A massive blaze broke out in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar, one of the largest wholesale marketplaces in the city on Sunday night. The fire broke out at about 8.00 p.m. in the one-storey kitchen market housing some 300 wholesale shops, a fire service official told Xinhua news agency. It was put out about two hours later. However, there... Read More

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that the country needs modern F-16 fighter jets for its ongoing war against terrorism but rejects the conditions the US has attached over their sale. Speaking to journalists, scholars and corporate leaders at a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday, the foreign secretary said no conditions should be attached to the sale of F-16s... Read More

Beijing: Thirty-five people were reported missing after a landslide hit China’s Fujian province on Sunday. Rescue operations are underway, Xinhua news agency reported. The landslide occurred at about 5.00 a.m. in Taining county, where about 100,000 cubic metres of mud and rocks flowed downhill, burying the construction site of a hydropower station and its office building. The local tourism administration... Read More

Kabul: The Afghan government on Sunday executed six terrorists who were awarded capital punishment for their involvement in subversive activities, the Presidential Palace said. “The government implemented court’s ruling on six terrorists and executed them,” Xinhua news agency quoted a Presidential Palace official as saying. Anas Haqqani, the son of Haqqani network founder Jalaludin Haqqani, was not among those executed,... Read More

London: Choosing ‘hope over fear’, Londoners elected their first Muslim mayor on Thursday as Labour’s Sadiq Khan comfortably romped home despite a xenophobic and Islamophobic campaign run by his Conservative opponent that even invoked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name to garner Hindu votes. The 45-year-old Pakistani-origin Khan won 57 percent of the vote to easily beat Zac Goldsmith (43 percent).... Read More

At the start of the third week of response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, the UN humanitarian aid wing said the toll has risen to 660. The latest toll came as the Andean country’s call for $72.7 million in financial assistance has received little support, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday,... Read More

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to pass legislation that would help law enforcement crack down on tax evasion. “I am calling on Congress to pass new legislation that requires all companies formed inside the US to report information about their real owners to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network,” Xinhua news agency quoted Obama... Read More

Washington: Pundits, pollsters and the President all prophesied that Donald Trump would never be the Republican nominee. A Washington Post columnist even promised to eat his entire column if the Manhattan mogul triumphed. And he did literally eat his words making a meal of his column after Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee after a “yuge” win in Indiana. But... Read More

Islamabad: Pakistan needs modern F-16 fighter jets for the war against terrorism but rejects the conditions the US has attached with the sale, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said on Saturday. Chaudhary said no conditions should be attached to the sale of F-16s because Pakistan plans to use the jets only for the purpose of fighting terrorists, Dawn online reported. The... Read More