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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight with more than 40 people on board has crashed in the north of the country. Flight PK-661 "lost contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago", the airline said in a statement.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told the BBC that the wreckage had not yet been found.


Monday, December 05, 2016

Nigel Farage has been shortlisted for the title of Time magazine's person of the year, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and singer Beyonce. The former UKIP leader is one of 11 contenders named by the US publication, which cites his role in helping bring about Brexit. Others on its list include US President-elect Donald Trump and his defeated opponent Hillary Clinton. read more


Sunday, December 04, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency" and "build a massive military complex?" he asked. "I don't think so!"


Saturday, December 03, 2016

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low in November, adding to expectations that interest rates will rise later this month. Figures from the Labor Department showed the U.S. economy created 178,000 jobs in November, while the jobless rate fell to 4.6% from 4.9% in October. The data adds to recent evidence of healthy growth in the economy, although wage growth was weaker than expected.


Friday, December 02, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in one of the many routine, get-acquainted chats he'll have before entering the White House. These talks rarely if ever make news, but Wednesday's conversation raised eyebrows because Trump lavished praise on Sharif and Pakistan despite years of tension between the two countries. Here's part of the read-out of their conversation, as released by Pakistan's Press Information Department: "President[-elect] Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems." read more


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