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UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban

UNITED NATIONS: More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday over objections from the major nuclear powers. Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear ban treaty, even as most of the world's declared and undeclared nuclear powers voted against the talks. Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States voted no, while China, India and Pakistan abstained. Even Japan -- the only…

Prime Minister to visit Turkmenistan on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkmenistan for two days from tomorrow at the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan. The Prime Minister will lead a delegation to the first ever Global Conference on Sustainable Transport being held at Ashgabat under the auspices of the United Nations. The conference is co-hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Turkmenistan and is likely to be attended by around 1500 participants, including Heads of State, Government, Ministers, private sector CEOs, civil…