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Big upset for PML-N as eight lawmakers from south Punjab part ways

LAHORE: Eight members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday announced to dissociate with the ruling party and form 'Junubi Punjab Sooba Muhaz' party demanding to give south Punjab a status of a separate province, ARY News reported. This announcement comes at a time when the PML-N government finds itself facing multiple crises. The process of dismemberment in the PML-N has expedited as angry members of the governing party from south Punjab in a press conference announced dissociation from the party. They…

Rap mogul Jay-Z leads Grammys race with eight nods

NEW YORK: Jay-Z led Grammy nominations Tuesday with eight nods, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry's top prizes. Jay-Z, who had never before been nominated in a major category as a solo artist, is up for Album of the Year for his "4:44" as well as for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. "4:44" marked a return to music by the 47-year-old Jay-Z after years focused on business ventures. The album put on display an unusually…

Malaysia arrests eight suspected militants

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has arrested four foreigners and four Malaysians for suspected involvement in terrorist activities linked to Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State and Jemaah Islamiah, the police said on Saturday. Among the foreigners arrested were three Filipinos, one of whom is a permanent resident in Malaysia, and an Albanian. The arrests were made in the states of Sabah, Selangor and Perak between Sept. 27 and Oct. 6. Five suspects were arrested in the Borneo state of Sabah, suspected of assisting the Abu Sayyaf…

US slaps sanctions on eight North Korean banks, 26 executives

WASHINGTON: The US imposed sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 executives on Tuesday, ratcheting up pressure on the country amid increasingly bellicose exchanges with Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. "This further advances our strategy to fully isolate North Korea in order to achieve our broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. Tuesday's announcement compounded economic sanctions which the United Nations unanimously…

Eight killed as flash flood plunges vehicle into ditch

KOTLI, Azad Kashmir : Eight people were killed on Sunday as a flash flood plunged a vehicle into a ditch in Kotli district of Azad Kashmir, ARY News reported. According to details, Director regional sports Chaudhry Ishaq and planning and development officer along six others were travelling in a jeep in Nikyal Sector. Read More: Six killed as vehicle plunges into ravine When they reached near Dhamoi waterfall in Mithrani village a storm erupted in stormwater drain and formed a flash flood that carried away the jeep into…

Hurricane Irma kills eight on Caribbean island of Saint Martin

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Hurricane Irma killed eight people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida. Television footage of the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin showed a damaged marina with boats tossed into piles, submerged streets and flooded homes. Power was knocked out on Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and in parts of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. “It is an enormous disaster, 95 percent of the…

Four dead, eight injured as soldier opens fire on Iran military base: army

TEHRAN:Pakistan Army, at least four soldiers were killed and eight injured when one of their colleagues opened fire on a military air base in southern Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian military said in a statement.  The incident was "probably related to psychological problems of the soldier who suddenly started firing on his comrades," the statement said. It took place on a shooting range, and could also have been the result of a gun misfiring, the statement added. "The injured were transported to a medical center and…

Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

NEW DELHI: A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation being hailed as a world first. Seven-month-old Karam was born in Iraq with an extremely rare condition where a conjoined twin did not fully form and was partially absorbed, resulting in the additional limbs. The boy's father Sarwed Ahmed Nadar flew the infant to India for surgery, where doctors performed a three-stage operation to remove the…

Eight members of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar surrender before Army, says ISPR

MOHMAND AGENCY: As many as eight members of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a banned militant outfit, surrendered before Pakistan Army in Mohmand Agency on Tuesday, ARY News reported. The media wing of Pakistan military forces, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that eight members of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar laid their arms to shun militancy. “Akbar, Gul, Siraj and five other accomplices are among those who surrendered. They belonged to Wali Rehman group of the organisation,” said the statement. Read More: Major…

Eight Afghan police killed in ‘insider attack’

KANDAHAR: Eight local policemen were killed by their colleagues after they were poisoned in their base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, in a latest so-called “insider attack”. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident, which happened in the Nawshar district of southern Zabul province late on Friday, as the militants escalate a deadly winter campaign of violence. “The infiltrators first poisoned their colleagues and then shot them dead,” provincial spokesman Gul Islam Seyal said, adding that…