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Dutch expulsion of alleged Russian spies a ‘misunderstanding’: Lavrov

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said the expulsion of four alleged Russian agents from the Netherlands in April had been a "misunderstanding", calling their visit a "routine trip". "There was nothing secret about the trip by our specialists to the Netherlands, it was a routine trip. They didn't hide when they checked into the hotel, or when they came to the airport, or when they went to our embassy," Lavrov said during a press conference. "They were detained without explanation... and asked to…

OPCW continuing mission into Syria gas attack despite air strikes

THE HAGUE: Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog are continuing their mission to probe a gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes in Syria, the body said Saturday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with UN security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team," it said. It vowed in its statement that the fact-finding mission due to go to Douma later Saturday "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab…

EU lawmakers to investigate alleged misuse of Facebook users’ data

BRUSSELS: EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data of more than 50 million Facebook users has been misused, the head of European Parliament said on Monday. Antonio Tajani urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of user data is an unacceptable violation of our citizens’ privacy rights.” Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016…

UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

LONDON: British judges on Monday rejected a US request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of US government computers in a ruling that could set a precedent for similar pending cases. Lauri Love, 33, faces charges in the United States for allegedly hacking into the networks of the US Federal Reserve, US Army and NASA, among others, in 2012 and 2013. "The reason I've gone through this ordeal is not just to save myself from being kidnapped and locked up for 99 years in a country I've never…

Three including policeman arrested for ‘raping’ teenage boy

HARIPUR: Three people, including a police official, have been arrested on charges of allegedly gang raping a teenage boy on Sunday in Haripur Hazara district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ARY News reported. In a gruesome incident the three suspects had been allegedly gang raping the 14-year-old boy by blackmailing him for the last two months. They also shot videos with their mobile phone while committing the felony, local police said. Read More: CJP takes notice of child rape and murder in Mardan The inspector general of KP…

‘We didn’t want to waste workers’ energy, resources’ Qadri on low attendance during Mall Road protest

LAHORE: Rejecting reports in a section of media, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul-Qadri on Thursday said that the "low attendance" in January 17 All Parties Protest against Model Town massacre was due to the fact that the organizers decided not to call workers from outside Lahore, ARY News reported. "We were expecting that a next and a bigger phase will come, so we didn't want to waste resources and our workers' energy in the very first phase, we will move step by step," said Qadri whose party brought…

Son of woman alleged to have married Imran denies media reports

KARACHI: Son of the woman alleged to have tied the knot with Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has denied the media reports, ARY News reported. He declared all reports about Khan’s getting married to his mother as speculative and false. Bushra Bibi’s son Mohammad Moosa Manika said he had asked his mother but the latter has denied of solemnising marriage with the PTI chief. "It's true that my mother is spiritual guide of Imran Khan, however as far as marriage is concerned there's no truth in it," he…

Alleged extortionist arrested in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: An alleged extortionist who hurled grenade on a doctor's house has been arrested in Peshawar on Friday. The alleged culprit reportedly twice attacked the doctor's house with a hand grenade for failing to pay him the extortion money. He had sent an extortion demand of Rs200 million. Read More: Rangers arrest group of extortionists for taking money in Liaquatabad In an intelligence-based operation, the anti-terrorism department of police nabbed the extortionist in an area of Peshawar. He reportedly used to…

Anti-Muslim abuse alleged in death of US Marines recruit

CHICAGO: The parents of a US Marines recruit who died during training have filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming their son was physically abused and targeted because of his Muslim faith. The military has said Raheel Siddiqui committed suicide last year by jumping over a third-story railing, after enduring days of hazing. A drill instructor and battalion commander face military trials in the case. In a $100 million lawsuit filed Friday in Siddiqui’s home state of Michigan, his Pakistani immigrant parents rejected the…

PM Abbasi terms alleged IB letter as forged

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said neither he wrote any letter to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) regarding list of the parliamentary members having links with banned outfits nor IB had provided any such list, ARY News reported. He said the letter alleged to be written by the IB containing list of the parliamentarians having links with terrorists was forged and it held no truth. “A private TV channel alleged that the Prime Minister House is involved in preparing the report that was denied by the…