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Asteroid grazes past Earth in ‘critical’ rehearsal

PARIS: A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon's orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future. Dubbed 2012 TC4, the object's passing allowed scientists to practice spotting incoming objects, predicting their size and trajectory, and tracking their passage with a global network of telescopes and radars. "We pretended that this was a critical object and exercised our communication," said Detlef Koschny of the European…

Strong Pak-US partnership critical to sustainable peace, security in region: foreign secy

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has expressed hope that the ongoing US policy review will result in a comprehensive political strategy to promote reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan and the region. She was talking to a US delegation led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells in Islamabad on Thursday. During the meeting, Pakistan's perspectives on challenges confronting the region including the security situation in Afghanistan were shared with the…

Pakistan going through critical phase: Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD: While saying the country is going through difficult phase, President Mamnoon Hussain stated that army operation will continue until complete elimination of terrorism, ARY News reported Thursday. Terrorists are waging war against the entire nation, not the army alone, the president said while speaking at the convocation ceremony at National Defence University. Mr. Hussain said terrorism was growing due to foreign policies of some countries. He said nation must demonstrate unity at the time when army was fighting…