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Imran Khan is 7th most followed world leader on Twitter

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has become the seventh most followed leader of the world on Twitter. The man who has long been known in Pakistan for a great number of admirers on social media and whose followers are responsible for creating most of the top trends on Twitter (Pakistan) which also make place in world top trends on the microblogging site.  Imran Khan has reached 8.18 million followers on the social media site. US President Donald Trump with 53.4 million followers is the top most…

In real democracy leader gets into power on merit, says Imran

CHARSADDA: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday said a leader gets into power on merit in a real democracy, while in a dynasty the leadership is not constituted on merit, ARY News reported. "Merit has been exterminated in the country and common men have not been let through to the top posts," he said while addressing a humungous crowd in Charsadda. He said the PTI was confronted with dynastic politics in Charsadda.  The PTI chief chided leadership of all the big parties responsible for…

Understanding Kim: Inside the US effort to profile the secretive North Korean leader

WASHINGTON: US intelligence experts are trying to build a profile of Kim Jong Un to give President Donald Trump a competitive edge in one of the most consequential summits since the Cold War, but they face a huge challenge – figuring out a secretive North Korean ruler few people know much about. Following a long tradition of arming US presidents with political and psychological dossiers of foreign leaders ahead of critical negotiations, government analysts are gathering every new bit of information they can glean about…

Second Rohingya ‘leader’ killed in Bangladesh refugee camp

COX'S BAZAR: Attackers on Monday killed a Rohingya representative in a Bangladesh refugee camp, the second such death in three days as tensions mount over the planned repatriation of some 750,000 refugees to Myanmar. Sources said the dead man Yusuf Ali was a camp leader at the Balukhali camp on the border with Myanmar. Mohammad Yusuf, a leader in the neighbouring Thaingkhali camp, was shot dead last Friday. Yusuf Ali, 60, was stabbed to death, district police chief Iqbal Hossain told AFP. Another police official…

Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid’s rule

MADRID/BARCELONA: Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. Puigdemont, whose regional government was dismissed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, accused Madrid of “premeditated aggression” against the will of the Catalans. Rajoy removed Puigdemont, took over the administration of the autonomous region and called a new election…

Nisar says can’t accept Maryam as his leader

LAHORE: Senior Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said he could not accept daughter of former prime minister Maryam Nawaz as his political leader. “A child is a child, how can I accept her (my) leader? Her role is so far restricted to daughter of my friend only,” he said. Albeit, people would decide for her role once she formally entered the politics and made a public profile, he said. He also shunned the impression that the PML-N wanted Maryam to be a…

North Korea fires missile days after new South Korea leader pledges dialogue

SEOUL: North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. The US Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type. The missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles),…

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

RAMALLAH: Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti's health has declined seriously over the past week after he joined a hunger strike with more than 1,000 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said Monday. Barghouti, 57 and serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, is refusing medical treatment, according to Amani Sarahneh of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club NGO. He told AFP this was causing his health to decline seriously. The hunger strike began on April 17, with those taking part…