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More than 270 killed in huge Pakistan quake

Desperate villagers in southwest Pakistan clawed through the wreckage of their ruined homes Wednesday, a day after a huge earthquake struck, killing more than 270 people and creating a new island off the coast. The 7.7-magnitude quake hit on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's remote Awaran district -- a dirt-poor expanse of land that is roughly the size of Wales. At least 271 people have been confirmed dead and more than 440 injured, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the Baluchistan government's earthquake response control room.

More than 230 killed in huge Pakistan quake

Pakistani rescuers strived to reach victims Wednesday of a huge earthquake that killed more than 230 people and toppled thousands of mud-built homes when it hit the country's southwest with enough force to create a new island off the coast. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's Awaran district -- a dirt-poor expanse of land that is roughly the size of Wales.

China, Pakistan to establish economic corridor

Beijing, Jul 5 (EFE).- The governments of China and Pakistan agreed here Friday on a plan to create an economic corridor linking the western Chinese city of Kasghar with the Pakistani port of Gwadar. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in Beijing this week for talks with China's premier, Li Keqiang, and president, Xi Jinping. The pact mandates the appointment of a binational commission to oversee the project, which will involve the designation of special economic zones in China and construction of a railroad and fuel pipeline.

China-Pakistan friendship 'sweeter than honey'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang their countries' relationship was "sweeter than honey", during a visit to Beijing with economic ties at the top of the agenda. Pakistan and China are close diplomatic and military allies and Sharif, who is on his first foreign trip since his May election, is looking to secure infrastructure projects to tackle a chronic energy crisis and economic malaise in his country.

Pakistan-China set sights on transport link from northwest China to Arabian Sea port of Gwadar

BEIJING, China - China and Pakistan set their sights Friday on developing a transport link from northwestern China through rugged Pakistani mountains to the Arabian Sea, a route they hope will boost economic growth and slash shipping times.

China-Pakistan friendship 'sweeter than honey'

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang their countries' relationship was "sweeter than honey", during a visit to Beijing with economic ties at the top of the agenda. Pakistan and China are close diplomatic and military allies and Sharif, who is on his first foreign trip since his May election, is looking to secure infrastructure projects to tackle a chronic energy crisis and economic malaise in his country.

Pakistan PM heads to China, eyes big investment

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads to China this week on his first foreign tour, eyeing high-impact Chinese infrastructure projects as an answer to economic malaise and an energy crisis. Weak growth, inflation, dwindling foreign exchange reserves and power cuts of up to 20 hours a day ruining industry are some of the biggest problems that Sharif faces as head of government.

Pakistan's National Assembly elects Sharif prime minister

Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) has been elected Pakistani prime minister, securing 244 votes in the 342-member National Assembly. In his first address to the assembly, Sharif promised his government will construct a rail link from Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea in southwestern Pakistan with Chinese help. "This is my commitment, to complete this project in five years," he said.

Pakistan and China to sign MOUs on development of strategic Gwadar port

The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said Sunday that Pakistan and China will sign several memorandums of understanding during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Pakistan, starting Wednesday. Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said as many as 12 MOUs will be signed, including three linked to the development of the strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea, which China has been managing since February.

Balochistan development top priority: Caretaker Prime Minister

Caretaker Prime Minister Hazar Khan Khoso has directed for accelerating pace of work on all ongoing development projects in Balochistan.
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