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Saturday, October 31st, 2015


Six killed after a rocket hits mosque in Afghanistan

KABUL: A rocket apparently fired by fighters from the self-styled Islamic State (IS) movement has hit a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing six and wounding four others, a local official said on Saturday. The attack in Achin, southeast of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, occurred during evening prayers on Friday, district governor Haji Ghalibhe said. It was not clear if it was aimed at the mosque or went astray after being fired at security forces based nearby. IS has been building up its presence in Afghanistan while battling both government forcesRead More

LB Polls: Polling ends across Sindh, Punjab

KARACHI/LAHORE: Polling has ended across Sindh and Punjab during the first phase of the local body elections. Polling ended at 5:30pm. Multiple incidents of clashes between political party activists were reported throughout the day, the worse being Khairpur, where atleast 11 people were killed and five injured in clashes between PPP and PML-F. Earlier, voters had lined up outside polling stations as voting for the first phase of the much-delayed local body polls in 20 districts of Sindh and Punjab went underway on Saturday. Polling started at 7.30am and continuedRead More

27 dead in club explosion in Bucharest

BUCHAREST: An explosion and ensuing flames on a stage at a Bucharest nightclub on Friday left 27 people dead and 180 hospitalised with injuries, Romania’s interior minister said.Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said the explosion occurred at Colectiv club, located in a basement in downtown Bucharest, a city of 3 million people. Witnesses told Antena 3 TV that there were between 300 to 400 mostly young people at the club and only one exit door when the metal band Goodbye to Gravity was performing and a “pyrotechnical show” went awry.

Iran threatens Arabs as much as Islamic State: Bahrain FM

MANAMA: Iranian support for subversion in Arab states is as big a threat to the region as the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on Saturday at a security conference in Manama.”These actions are no less a threat to us than Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group and accusing Iran of smuggling arms into Bahrain.

Sindh, Punjab vote in LG polls after 10 years: violence in different areas

KARACHI/LAHORE: Voters lined up outside polling stations as voting for the first phase of the much-delayed local body polls in 20 districts of Sindh and Punjab went underway on Saturday. Polling started at 7.30am and will continue till 5.30pm without any break. In some polling stations, polling began late as presiding officers were not aware of the notification that polling was to be started at 7.30am.

Egypt says Russian airliner carrying 224 has crashed in Sinai

CAIRO: Egypt confirmed on Saturday that a Russian passenger plane had crashed in central Sinai.A statement from Egyptian prime minister’s office said Sherif Ismail had formed a cabinet level crisis committee to deal with the crash.Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Hossam Kemal said it was “too soon to determine the cause” of the passenger plane crash in Sinai peninsula, a cabinet statement quoted him as saying on Saturday.The prime minister went to the scene of the crash alongside the tourism and health ministers and offered his condolences to the RussianRead More