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Soldier martyred, three terrorists killed in cross-border fire in Mohmand

RAWALPINDI: Three terrorists were killed and one soldier was martyred in cross-border fire on Thursday in Mohmand Agency. Pakistan armed forces' media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the terrorists opened fire on Pakistani border post in Mohmand Agency from across the border, which was effectively responded by Pakistani troops. "During exchange of fire, three terrorists were killed. While, soldier Farmanullah, age 21 years, embraced shahadat (martyrdom)." Read More: Civilian martyred in…

Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down

BEIJING: One of the biggest bitcoin exchanges in China and the world announced Thursday that it would stop all trading following new Chinese government regulations clamping down on crypto-currencies. The international value of bitcoin has plunged in recent days amid speculation that the Chinese authorities will shut down the trading platforms following last week's ban on initial coin offerings. BTCC -- China's second bitcoin platform in terms of volume and the world's third largest -- said on its Twitter account that…

Messi prison sentence lifted in exchange for fine

MADRID: A Spanish court said on Friday it has exchanged a 21-month prison sentence handed to Soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud last July for a quarter-of-a-million-euro fine. The Barcelona player and his father were found guilty by a Catalan court last year of three counts of tax fraud to the tune of 4.1 million euros ($4.68 million) over income earned from image rights. Read More: Messi to remain at Barcelona until 2021 The father also had his 15-month sentence exchanged for a fine of 180,000 euros, the court…

Khan parents chide Trump for lack of empathy

WASHINGTON: In a growing dispute between Donald Trump and the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer killed in the Iraq war, the father said on Monday that the Republican presidential nominee lacked the empathy to be a leader and chided him for throwing the first salvo in their exchange.

Pakistan suspends all prisoner exchange agreements

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has suspended all  prisoner exchange agreements with other countries after it discovered that prisoners repatriated from Britain were set free by corrupt officials without completing their sentences, the interior minister said Monday.

Hong Kong shares shed 1.14%

HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks fell 1.14 percent Tuesday following a mixed lead from Wall Street while investors began winding down on the last full day of trade for the year.