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Gas Shortages Risk Reversing Ambitious Push to Expand Pakistan’s Forests

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio ISLAMABAD, June 12 – Each winter, a familiar sight crops up in Islamabad and the nearby bustling city of Rawalpindi: people queuing outside firewood shops, waiting their turn to fill bags or plastic baskets with wood to burn when their household gas supply is disrupted. Gas shortages are increasingly

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Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

LONDON, June 11 – Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food

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Netanyahu Wins Libel Case Over Claim Wife Kicked Him Out of Car

JERUSALEM, June 11 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara won a libel suit on Sunday against an Israeli journalist who claimed that she once kicked her husband out of their car during an argument. A Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ordered Igal Sarna to pay the couple some $32,500 in damages over what

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Gaddafi’s Son Said to be Freed in Libya, Whereabouts Unclear

BENGHAZI, Libya, June 11 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed by an armed group holding him in the western town of Zintan where he was taken after the 2011 revolt against his father, according to one of his lawyers and a statement from the brigade. The

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Iran Kills Mastermind Behind Tehran Attacks

DUBAI, June 11 – Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of

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Gulf States Announce Humanitarian Hotline for Mixed Qatari Families

DUBAI, June 11 – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members, their official news agencies reported, after their cutting of diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar led to travel disruption. The coordinated move suggests the Gulf states are seeking to lessen the humanitarian impact of their

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Al Jazeera Says Will Keep Editorial Independence in Gulf Dispute

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 8 – Qatar’s Al Jazeera will maintain its editorial independence despite a regional diplomatic crisis that has isolated the Gulf state, the Doha-based broadcasting network’s acting director-general said on Thursday. Mostefa Souag dismissed accusations by some Arab powers that Al Jazeera is interfering in their affairs through its reports. “All

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UAE President Offers Condolences to Iran After Deadly Attacks

DUBAI, June 8 – The president of the United Arab Emirates    has sent condolences to his Iranian counterpart after at least 13 people were killed in militant attacks on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran. The unprecedented assault in the highly controlled Shi’ite Muslim country was claimed by the Sunni militant Daesh

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