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And no birds sing …

BY SALMAN RASHID Growing up in Lahore in the middle of the last century, any child would have taken the drone of grey hornbill wings overhead, the mocking laughter of the golden-backed woodpecker and the oh so beautifully honeyed flute of the golden oriole for …

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‘Ghost schools’ threaten Pakistan’s next generation

CHANCHER REDHAR (AFP) – In a decrepit white-walled classroom in southern Pakistan, Bushra valiantly struggles to keep discipline as a dozen girls run and scream around her. With no teacher for the past eight months, the 10-year-old has been forced to step in. “I teach …

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Raúl Castro Ruz pays international tribute to Nelson Mandela

Speech by the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, at the international tribute paid to Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg: President Jacob Zuma Relatives of Nelson Mandela Distinguished dignitaries Fraternal people of South Africa …

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Americans unhappy with Republicans and Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are deeply unhappy with Congress and President Barack Obama, and there’s no quick fix in sight. The cause: political mistakes on both sides of the bitter partisan divide. The effect: an uncertain outcome in next year’s congressional elections. Will the Republicans …

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World’s tallest dog Giant George dies

ARIZONA -UNS: Christine Nasser from Tucson, Arizona with George the great Dane who measured 43 inches (109cm) from paw to shoulder and 7ft 3in (2.2m) from nose to tail Giant George, Guinness World Records’ tallest dog ever has passed away aged seven at his home …

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Malala’s friends pray for her to win Nobel Peace Prize

MINGORA (AFP) – In Malala Yousufzai s home town in Pakistan, schoolfriends hope to see her win the Nobel Peace Prize this week. Malala, who survived being shot by the Taliban on October 9 last year, has become a global ambassador for education, feted by …

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Historic Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta;most beautiful monuments of subcontinent

BY ALYNA HASAN JAFFERY If history has taught us anything about the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan, it is that he was exceptionally extravagant. However, it is this ostentatiousness of his that has manifested in some of the most beautiful monuments of the subcontinent. The Jami …

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Steeped in ancient mysticism, passion of Pakistani Sufis infuriates Taliban

SEHWAN SHARIF-UNS: Yielding to the hypnotic beat of drums and the intoxicating scent of incense, the woman danced herself into a state of trance, laughing and shaking uncontrollably alongside hundreds of others at Pakistan’s most revered Sufi shrine. Swathed in red, the Sufi colour of …

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“Father of Taliban” says Taliban will make Afghans happy

AKORA KHATTAK: He is known as the Father of the Taliban, a radical Pakistani cleric who calls the Taliban’s one-eyed leader an “angel” and runs a seminary described as the University of Jihad. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, Maulana Sami ul-Haq is a revered figure in Pakistan …

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“Father of Taliban” says Taliban will make Afghans happy

AKORA KHATTAK: He is known as the Father of the Taliban, a radical Pakistani cleric who calls the Taliban’s one-eyed leader an “angel” and runs a seminary described as the University of Jihad. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, Maulana Sami ul-Haq is a revered figure in Pakistan …

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