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Pakistani politician bound for Canada denied airline seat:Media reports

ISLAMABAD - There are media reports that a Pakistani opposition politician was denied a seat on a flight bound for Toronto after he turned up on a United States no-fly list. Some media outlets in Pakistan are reporting that Sheikh Rashid Ahmed failed to get clearance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security when he tried to board a Pakistan International Airlines flight on Friday. Ahmed is a member of Pakistan's national assembly. He is quoted by the Pakistani news website the Daily Times as saying he received a visa from the Canadian government to visit Canada.

France should be 'popping champagne' over NSA spying: US lawmaker

US intelligence is better than in Europe, and snooping at the heart of a widening scandal helps keeps the world safe, a top US lawmaker declared Sunday amid a widening spying row. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers also suggested there was nothing surprising in revelations that the United States was monitoring communications of several dozen world leaders and ordinary citizens, and blamed the news media for getting the story wrong.

Libi health 'deteriorated' since US capture

The health of Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi on trial in New York has "deteriorated" since he was snatched off the streets of Tripoli by US commandos, his son said. "The health of Abu Anas al-Libi has deteriorated because of a hunger strike,"Abdullah al-Raghie told AFP ahead of his second appearance in court on Tuesday. "His state of health has become more serious," he said, citing a defence attorney.

Attack in Pakistan leaves 8 dead

Islamabad, Jul 25 (EFE).- Eight people were killed and 35 others wounded in a an attack on the regional office of Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency in the southern city of Sukkur, media outlets said Thursday. At least four heavily armed attackers fired shots and launched grenades at the complex Wednesday night before detonating an explosives-laden car, the Express Tribune said, citing unnamed officials. Three ISI personnel and a civilian were killed along with all four assailants, police told the newspaper.

Libyan Consulate to restart functioning in Karachi soon

The Libyan Embassy in Islamabad has decided to re-establish its Consulate in Karachi, as it has felt immense need of the citizens and people living in the city's vicinity.The embassy has taken this decision in the largest interest and upon repeated requests of Pakistani brothers while keeping in view the hardships and difficulties they faced in applying for Libyan visa and travelling to Islamabad in this regard, a news release issued by Embassy of Libya, here Monday said.It said functioning of the Libyan Consulate, situated at 1/5F, Street 14, Shahrah-e-Iran, New Clifton, wil

Police, intelligence join hands for peaceful polls

With the general elections just around the corner, the Central Police Office (CPO) has revealed a comprehensive security strategy for the Punjab province as special task forces are constituted, comprising senior officials from the intelligence, security, and law enforcing agencies and local administration.The special task forces, also called intelligence and security committees, are given the tasks to implement the Master-Plan to ward off any possible terror attempt besides providing security cover to the leading personalities, and international delegates during the elections 2013.<

US issues fresh waiver to Pakistan for arms sale

In an indication of the “positive trajectory” of the bilateral ties, the U.S.

U.S. commander underlines Pakistan's cooperation for Afghan operations

Top American commander has reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Pakistani security relationship to ongoing operations in Afghanistan and also to regional security and stability, the U.S. embassy said Saturday.General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, wrapped his two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani military leaders, the U.S.

UPDATE 2-Oregon man charged with helping in deadly Pakistan bombing

(Adds details on case, background on bombing and byline) By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Ore., March 5 (Reuters) - An Oregon man was arrested on Tuesday on charges he gave advice and financial assistance to one of three Islamist militants who carried out a 2009 suicide bombing in Pakistan that killed 30 people and wounded 300 others, U.S. officials said.

Pakistani-American charged with aiding suicide bomber

A Pakistani-born US citizen in Portland, Oregon was charged Tuesday with helping one of three suicide bombers in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed 30 people and injured 300 more, the Justice Department said. Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of the charges of "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists." He was arrested Tuesday without incident at his Portland home, before later appearing in court to hear the charges against him, a statement said.
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