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Utility stores employees continue protest despite assurances from PM’s aide

ISLAMABAD: Employees of the Utility Stores Corporation refused to end their protest on Monday despite assurances from Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on political affairs Naeem-ul-Haq that their demands would be fulfilled  Hundred of employees of the Utility Stores Corporation from across the country were protesting against the likely closure of the stores and demanded permanent contracts. The employees marched from the corporation’s head office in Blue Area to D-Chowk but were stopped by police from proceeding…

US at UN urges ‘strongest possible measures’ to punish North Korea

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Monday urged the UN Security Council to impose the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. "Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy," US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency council meeting. Haley rejected as "insulting" a Chinese proposal for a freeze on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean annual military drills.…