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Latvia to expel ‘one or several’ Russian diplomats over spy attack

RIGA, Latvia: Latvia's foreign ministry on Friday said the Baltic state would expel "one or several" Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in the English city of Salisbury. The move comes after Britain, which blames Russia for the poisoning, expelled 23 Russian diplomats they said were spies and pressed EU allies to follow suit despite Moscow's warning against confrontational steps. "In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Latvia is currently discussing with them…

One dead, ‘several injured’ on Dutch Sint Maarten: minister

At least one person was killed and "several were injured" after Hurricane Irma raged over Dutch Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Internal Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said today. "We confirm that one person has died and several others have been injured, but the picture is incomplete," Plasterk told journalists in The Hague. Communication with the hard-hit island remained difficult Plasterk added, as the Dutch aid effort gathered steam today evening. Two Royal Dutch air force planes, a KDC-10 passenger jet and a…

Several wounded in Russian knife attack, attacker shot dead

MOSCOW: From seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Russian Siberian city of Surgut, local criminal investigators said on Saturday, adding that the attacker had been shot dead by police. The militant Islamic State group, monitored in Cairo, said one of its fighters had carried out the attack, though a Russian law enforcement spokeswoman would not comment on whether police regarded the incident as terrorism related. "A man was moving along the main streets stabbing people", the local law enforcement…

ANF nabs several ex-PIA, ASF officials involved in drug smuggling

RAWALPINDI: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has arrested 14 suspects including former Pakistan International Airline (PIA) and Airport Security Force (ASF) officials involved in drug-smuggling through international flights, ARY News reported. While briefing the media in Rawalpindi on Friday regarding investigation into heroin recovery from different flights in two months, Director General Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Musarrat Nawaz said after one and a half months’ investigation, 14 suspects have been arrested most of them are…

Parents fail to find books in market as academic year starts

KARACHI: New academic year has just begun and several books of private publishers have become rare in the markets across Sindh, ARY News reported. Despite passage of several days of new educational year, the books are unavailable in the market. Parents are forced to regularly visit markets for book hunt, without much success. Chairman Private Schools Management Association Sharfuzzaman said books are not printed in compliance with the need. "40 percent books are printed out of the total requirement," he said.…

Police launch crackdown on PAT, PTI workers, several arrested

LAHORE: As days for independence march and long march by the opposition parties drawing near, the government machinery stirred into action and launched crackdown on activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and arrested several political workers, ARY News reported Thursday.

Economic survey 2013-14: Growth rate recorded at 4.1%

ISLAMABAD: The government is set to release economic survey report 2013-14, whose copy has been received to ARY News. According to the survey, the GDP growth remained at 4.1% in the ongoing fiscal year against the target of 4.4%. Inflation rate was pitched at 8 %, but in view of depreciation of Pakistani rupee, the inflation rate touched 9%. The development in agriculture sector also remained below the estimated target. It was recorded at mere 2.12 %. Cotton production rate declined to 1.33 % instead of its expansion. The…