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Prince Charles approved as next head of the Commonwealth

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group’s heads of government on Friday. “We recognize the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement. “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.” There have been calls for the role to be rotated around the 53 member-states, most of which are former British…

LHC moved to remove Pervez Musharraf as head of APML

LAHORE: A petition seeking to remove former Gen Pervez Musharraf as the head of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has been filed in the Lahore High Court, ARY News reported on Friday. Advocate Muhammad Afaq petitioned the high court, requesting it to declare the former military ruler ineligible to head his political party. In the petition, he submitted the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had disqualified Musharraf to contest the general elections in 2013. He was disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the…

WATCH: Cat gently pats bird’s head in heart-warming video

It’s often seen that a cat, in most parts of the world, will not be the best of friends with a little birdie. For humans, cats might seem adorable balls of fur and birds chirpy little ones, but cut to the animal kingdom, cats are the ferocious giants these squeaky, feathered little souls are generally seen saving themselves from. Unlike the umpteen number of cute animal videos that are generally found doing the rounds on the Internet, this video of a cat patting the head of a bird peacefully has stunned users on the…

Head and neck cancer survivors have long-lasting cognitive problems

Patients who survive head and neck cancer may be more likely to experience declines in cognitive function than people who don’t have these tumors, a recent study suggests. The findings are drawn from cognitive assessments for 80 survivors of these tumors and a control group of 40 otherwise similar people who didn’t have these malignancies. Two years after cancer treatment, 38 percent of the survivors had impaired cognitive functioning, but nobody in the control group did. “This suggests that up to at least two years…

Trump appoints new head of financial watchdog

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to head a financial watchdog that the administration has sought to overhaul as part of its deregulation push. Mulvaney, who described the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a "sick, sad joke" in a 2014 interview, will serve as acting director until a permanent head is nominated and confirmed, according to a White House statement. Richard Cordray, the first director of the CFPB who had long been in the banking…

WATCH: This ‘Hollywood-inspired’ Karachi boy can turn his head 180 degrees

KARACHI: Just days after a girl from Mithi made headlines for muscular disorder that keeps her head bent to a 90 degree angle, another boy from Karachi has come to light with a unique ability who can turn his head 180 degrees to look directly behind him. Incredibly shocking …isn’t it? Named Muhammad Sameer, the boy can ‘easily’move  his hands to help rotate his head back over his shoulders. 'It fascinated me. I started practising for it and within few months, I was able to it, he told the Daily Mail. 'My mother…

Indian doctors separate twins joined at the head

NEW DELHI: Doctors in India have successfully separated conjoined twin boys who were attached at the skull in a marathon surgical procedure that lasted more than 36 hours and involved 40 doctors. The two-year-old twins, who suffered a rare condition occurring once in about 2.5 million births, underwent the operation at a government-run hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday. "It was a team work of 40 doctors, 20 nurses and many other paramedical staff. Without their help this would not have been possible," the All India…

Nawaz to soon return to Pakistan and head PML-N: Ayaz Sadiq

LAHORE: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Sunday said he could not yet digest the Supreme Court’s verdict against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London to look after his ailing spouse who has undergone three surgeries to remove throat cancer. Addressing a news conference in Lahore, the speaker NA said the ex-PM would soon return to Pakistan and head the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party. “I do not agree with the SC’s verdict. I myself subconsciously call him prime minister even now,”…

FO summons Iranian envoy over cross-border attack threat

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday summoned the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan and conveyed Pakistan's concerns over remarks of the head of the Iranian armed forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri regarding cross-border attack threat. It was conveyed to the Iranian Ambassador that such remarks were against the spirit of brotherly relations existing between the two countries. The Iranian side was urged to avoid issuance of such statements that could vitiate the environment of fraternal relations. Read More: Iran…