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Hackers post personal data of hundreds of politicians

BERLIN: Hackers have posted personal data from hundreds of German politicians from major parties, including credit card details and mobile phone numbers, ARD TV said on Friday. Politicians from the far-left Linke party were among those affected, including Dietmar Bartsch, leader of its group in the lower parliamentary house, a spokesman said. The Rheinische Post newspaper said in its online edition that Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were also victims of the leaks. Public…

Politicians united on objective of developing Gwadar: senate chairman

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani on Monday said politicians across the spectrum were united on the objective of developing Gwadar for progress of the country. "All four provinces are cooperating on the successful conduct of Gawadar exhibition in the port city later this month," he said this while talking to media in Islamabad. Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz said Gwadar port would play an important role in trade and business activities across the region. He said the successful conduct of this…

Some politicians, landlords stealing water in Sindh, says Vawda

ISLAMABAD: Water theft in Sindh will not be tolerated at any cost, as some landlords and politicians are using illegal means to irrigate their agricultural lands, warned Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda. Addressing a presser in the federal capital on Monday, the minister said he will not succumb to any pressure on pretext of 18th Constitutional amendment. "Construction of the dams is essential for the survival, as water reservoirs are becoming dry, ending with the passage of every single day, said Mr.…

Batting for ballots: Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch: - George Weah - Khan's elevation to premier is only matched by George Weah, who was inaugurated as Liberia's president in January. Weah first learned to kick a ball in…

Armed with smartphones, young voters make life difficult for politicians

ISLAMABAD: The crowd of young Pakistanis, many armed with smartphones, surround the politician's car and begin streaming live footage of something extraordinary: angry voters asking their elected representatives what they have done for them lately. A titanic 46 million people below the age of 35 are registered to vote in nationwide elections on July 25 -- many of them savvy social media users who are posting videos calling out the powerful. In one clip, influential politician, landowner and tribal chief Sikandar Hayat Khan…

Huawei chairman hits out at US politicians over university funding

HONG KONG: The chairman of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has hit back at several U.S. lawmakers who claimed the firm’s research funding to over 50 American universities posed a “significant threat” to national security. Huawei is the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment and third-largest smartphone maker. It is a private company but has found itself battling perceptions of ties to the Chinese government, which it has repeatedly denied. Last week, U.S. congressmen Marco Rubio and Jim Banks…

Huawei has sponsored more politicians’ overseas travel than any other company

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY: Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is the biggest corporate sponsor of overseas travel for Australian politicians, according to an analysis of travel disclosure registers by an Australian think-tank. The report comes as several politicians have called for Huawei to be banned from participating in a roll-out of Australia’s 5G next-generation communications network, amid fears the company is effectively controlled by the Chinese government. It also lands amid a low in…

Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

JAKARTA: Indonesians could be jailed for criticising national politicians under a new law which came into force Thursday, in what critics slammed as a major step back for the world's third-biggest democracy. The vaguely worded bill passed the 560-member house last month but has just become official, over the objections of President Joko Widodo who refused to sign off on the controversial legislation. Widodo does not have veto power over the bill, although it can be challenged at the Constitutional Court. The so-called…