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Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris

SRINAGAR: Indian troops on Thursday martyred one more youth in Baramulla district, occupied Kashmir, raising the toll to five in less than past 24 hours. In fresh act of state terrorism, the troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in Rafiabad area. Four youth were killed by the troops in the same area on Wednesday evening. Another youth identified as, Arif Sofi, who was subjected to ruthless torture after being abducted by Indian agents in Kulgam, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar.…

Rising crime pushes bulletproof car production to record

MEXICO CITY: Historic levels of violent crime in Mexico have sparked a record increase in the country’s car-armoring business, with an industry group predicting a double-digit jump in the number of vehicles bulletproofed this year. There were more than 25,000 murders across Mexico last year, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data show, with 2018 on track to be even worse. That insecurity will help drive a 10 percent rise in car-armoring services this year to 3,284 cars, above the previous…

London murder rate overtakes New York as knife crime rises

LONDON: London police investigated more murders than their New York counterparts did over the last two months, statistics show, as the British capital’s mayor vowed to fight a “violent scourge” on the streets. There were 15 murders in London in February against 14 in New York, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service and the New York Police Department. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in New York. In the latest bloodshed, a 17-year-old girl died on Monday after she was found…

Doping ban, drafting snub couldn’t stop the hero in Umaid Asif

DUBAI: He was banned for a year on doping charges in 2014, he was the best bowler in national Twenty20 last year but Umaid Asif was not even taken by any franchise, not even as a 21st player. That hurt the 33-year-old fast bowler from Sialkot. He took to twitter to show his frustration, ranting that he was the best bowler in Twenty20 but no one found him able enough to feature in the PSL. But the new year brought happiness for the Sialkot pacer as he was inducted in defending champions Peshwara Zalmi's squad as a cover…

Total investment under CPEC rises to $60b: deputy chairman planning commission

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said total investment under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had risen to 60 billion dollars. "Pakistan has evolved a liberal investment policy to attract foreign investment in the country. CPEC has become a regional project, which is offering immense investment opportunities," he said while talking to a delegation of Chinese journalists in Islamabad. Read More: CPEC, macroeconomic stability to increase investment in Pakistan: World Bank The…

Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52 killed: sources

CAIRO: At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said. Sources had said late on Friday at least 30 police were killed. Egypt is battling a militant insurgency concentrated in the Sinai peninsula from two main groups, including an Islamic State affiliate, that has killed hundreds of security forces since 2013. Read More: Egypt’s Hasm militants claim attack targeting…

Oil rises above $56 on Saudi export cut

LONDON: Oil rose to above $56 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by Saudi Arabian export cuts in November and comments from OPEC and trading companies that the market is rebalancing after years of oversupply. Saudi Arabia has cut November allocations by 560,000 barrels per day (bpd), in line with its commitment to an OPEC-led supply reduction pact. In the United States, some production remains offline following Hurricane Nate, lending additional support. “Prices have been boosted by news that Saudi Arabia is planning to…

Flood threat rises as Harvey dumps torrential rains on Texas

ROCKPORT, Texas: The most powerful hurricane to hit the US state of Texas in more than 50 years moved slowly inland on Saturday, dumping torrential rain expected to cause catastrophic flooding after battering the coast with 130 miles per hour (209 km per hour) winds. Texas utility companies said just under a quarter of a million customers were without power. Wind and rain continued to lash the coast as residents began to assess the damage. Harvey is the strongest storm to hit Texas, the centre of the U.S. oil and gas…

Ecuador quake toll at 272, ‘certain to rise’

Portoviejo, ECUADOR: The biggest earthquake in Ecuador in decades has killed 272 people -- but that toll will 'certainly' rise even further, the president said on Sunday as overwhelmed rescuers struggled to pull survivors out of the destruction.

Death toll from torrential rains rises to 71

PESHAWAR: The death toll after heavy rains in Pakistan's northwest and in Kashmir rose to 71 Tuesday, officials said, as rescuers sought to evacuate dozens of people still trapped by landslides.