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Pompeo decries ‘abhorrent ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar on anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday. Pompeo’s statement came on the one year anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into neighboring Bangladesh. “A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing…

Anniversary of Rohingya crisis marked in Bangladesh camps, Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the passing of a year since the outbreak of a conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes. Across the border in Myanmar, the government said security patrols had been increased in the conflict area ahead of the anniversary for fear of further violence. Members of the mostly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group and Hindus from Rakhine state said they would hold…

Death anniversary of 1965 war hero MM Alam observed

The fifth death anniversary of the 1965 war hero Muhammad Mahmood Alam was observed on Sunday. MM Alam is remembered for his remarkable show of brilliance on September 7, 1965, for establishing a world record of downing five Indian aircrafts in less than a minute, the last four within thirty seconds. In a total, he downed as many as nine Indian aircrafts in the aerial fighting and damaged two others in his F-86 Sabre fighter. Muhammad Mahmood Alam died in Karachi on March 18, 2013, at the age of 77 years.…

Death anniversary of Bano Qudsia observed today

First death anniversary of eminent playwright Bano Qudsia was observed on Sunday. Bano Qudsia wrote extensively for Pakistani dramas and also contributed to Punjabi literature. She was given Kamal-e-Fun Award for 2010 by the Pakistan Academy of Letters. She was wife to well-known literary figure Ashfaq Ahmed. Bano was best known for her novel Raja Gidh and had written for television and stage in both the Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play ‘Adhi Baat’ was termed a 'a classic cult'. Born on November 28, 1928,…

Zardari vows ‘strong opposition’ to any NRO given to his rival

LARKANA: Former President and Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said, without citing a name, that his party would strongly oppose a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), if it took place to protect a political figure.    Addressing a mammoth of crowd at Garhi Khuda Baksh on 10th death anniversary of Benazir, the former president deplored the dual standard of justice in the country while stating: “We spent 12 years in jail and you attained freedom after spending 12 days in the…

Third anniversary of APS massacre being observed today

KARACHI: The 3rd anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar massacre is being commemorated today to remember those who lost their lives in the callous terrorist attack. On Dec 16, 2014 six terrorists stormed the school and martyred around 150 students and teachers. The security forces swiftly responded to the attack and killed all the terrorists. Special prayers were offered for the martyrs and Quran Khwani was also held at mosques after Fajar prayers. A function will be held at the Army Public School…

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 70 years married

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will spend their anniversary with other members of the royal family. He accepted living in her shadow. She forgave his periodic gaffes. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on November 20, marking 70 years since they married in the splendour of Westminster Abbey. Despite three of their four children (Charles, Anne and Andrew) having divorced, this royal union has endured through the decades without any public hint of marital…

Cubans pay tribute to ‘Che’ on 50th anniversary of his death

SANTA CLARA, CUBA: Tens of thousands of Cubans turned out on Sunday to pay tribute to Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, on the 50th anniversary of his death. An estimated 70,000 people thronged the streets outside a mausoleum in this town 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of the capital Havana which houses the remains of Guevara and of some of his former comrades. President Raul Castro, dressed in his general's uniform, was among those attending the ceremony in Santa…

Sons remember Princess Diana in film 20 years after her death

LONDON: Britain's Prince William and his brother Harry recall memories from their childhood 20 years after the sudden death of their mother, Princess Diana, in a new television documentary to be broadcast this week. The 90-minute film - "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy" - celebrates the life and work of Diana, Kensington Palace said in a statement. Diana, the first wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles, was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997 when William was aged 15 and Harry was 12. She was 36.…