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Scaramucci apologises for describing Donald Trump as ‘hack politician’

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | PTI | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

President Donald Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who once described him as a “hack politician” during the presidential campaign, has apologised and admitted it as one of his biggest mistakes. Scaramucci, who had initially supported Republican candidates Scott Walker and then Jeb Bush, called Trump a “hack politician” during a...

Taliban chief’s son among bombers killed in Afghanistan

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | IANS | Kabul | in Sunday Pioneer

The son of the Taliban chief was one of the three suicide bombers who died earlier this week while attacking Afghan security checkposts in Helmand province, the terror group’s spokesperson confirmed on Saturday. Abdul Rahman, son of Mullah Haibatullah, was one of the insurgents who carried out three car bomb attacks...

Egypt kills 30 extremists in Sinai: Military

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | AFP | Cairo | in Sunday Pioneer

Egyptian forces have killed 30 extremists during several days of security operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the Army, Air Force and Police, the military said on Saturday. The Egyptian authorities are battling an insurgency by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of members of...

Trump accuses NYT of foiling US attempt to kill Baghdadi

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | PTI | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of “foiling” American attempt to kill the self-proclaimed leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security,” Trump tweeted. The President,...

Pakistan inmate asks court to suspend practice of hanging

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | AP | Islamabad | in Sunday Pioneer

A defense lawyer says a Pakistani death-row inmate has requested that a court suspend the “un- Islamic” practice of hanging prisoners because it is “too painful.” Mohammad Khursheed Khan said on Saturday his client is instead urging jail authorities to use lethal injections or some other mode of execution. Khan filed the...

70 villagers kidnapped in Afghanistan, at least seven killed

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | AFP | Kandahar | in Sunday Pioneer

Seventy Afghans were abducted from their village along the main highway in the south of the country, and at least seven were killed, police said, accusing the Taliban of the kidnappings. Around 30 villagers have been released but at least 30 others are missing, Abdul Raziq, the head of Kandahar provincial...

German jihadi girl held in Iraq: Berlin

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | AFP | Berlin | in Sunday Pioneer

A German 16-year-old girl suspected of joining the Islamic State jihadists in Iraq was arrested last week in Mosul, a German judicial source said on Saturday. “The Dresden prosecutor confirms that Linda W was identified in Iraq,” where she is receiving German consular assistance, said the prosecutor’s office in Dresden,...

Indonesian Prez orders officers to shoot drug traffickers

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Jakarta | in Sunday Pioneer

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country. “Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now,” Widodo said in...

Sharif’s Defence Min to replace him in case of conviction?

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | PTI | Lahore/Islamabad | in Sunday Pioneer

Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday emerged as the “most potential candidate” to replace beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he is disqualified by the Supreme Court for alleged graft and money laundering in the sensitive Panama Papers case. Asif is most likely to become the interim prime minister for...

Nitish meets Rahul, discusses Tejashwi

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | PNS | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

In a bid to find a way out in the ongoing crisis in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. In their 40-minute meeting, Nitish is learnt to have discussed the current political situation both in the State as well as the Centre with Rahul at...


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Ex CM takes a jibe at Chitnis for not withstanding promise made in assembly

26 Jul 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Taking a jibe at Woman and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis, former Chief Minister and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior member Babulal Gaur on Tuesday said in the Assembly that he is hurt when the Minister does not keep her promise made in the House. While Chitnis was replying to a query posed by Moti Kashyap of the BJP on electricity arrangements in anganwadis, Gaur sought permission from Speaker...

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