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US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The United States Senate early Saturday rejected the extension of the Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 to help the government in preventing future terrorist attacks.


UN to recognize peacekeepers service in world's hot spots; five Pakistanis to get posthumous awards -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony next week the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year.


Modest global economic growth set to continue for rest of year: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP):  A new United Nations report released Friday says that modest paced global economic growth continues, and predicts a gradual improvement in the situation over the second half of 2015 and into next year.


UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on mosque in Saudi Arabia -
UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's terrorist attack targeting a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and  called for bringing the culprits to justice.



UN official calls for 'converting commitments to kilowatts' for people without electricity -
NEW YORK, May 22 (APP):  More than a billion people - one  in five globally - lack electricity to light their homes  or conduct business, according to a World Bank report. 


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Arrangments reviewed at Gaddafi stadium
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials on Sunday reviewed the arrangements at the Gaddafi stadium before beginning of second T-20I.
 
Second entrance point opened for spectators
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): A second entrance point has been opened to facilitate the cricket spectators before the start of second T-20 match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
 
National Ranking Tennis Championship from May 27
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will organize the third edition of PTF Development Series National Ranking Tennis T-III Championship from May 27 at the Clay Courts of the PTF Complex here.
 
Pakistani cueists fly to Iran for Asian Team 6-Red Snooker on Saturday
KARACHI, May 22 (APP): A six-member Pakistan squad is due to leave for Kish Island en-route Dubai and Tehran (Iran) on Saturday to take part in Asian Team event and 4th 6-Red Snooker Championships being staged there from May 24 to 31.
 
Pakistan placed in Group C of Snooker WC
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan is placed in Group C of the 2015 Snooker World Cup to be staged in China from June 15, with the two-man teams chasing a top prize of $200,000 from a total prize fund of $800,000.
 
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Khar, Clinton discuss bilateral issues PDF Print E-mail
hina.jpgBRUSSELS, Dec.4 (APP) Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Brussels on Monday evening as part of their regular consultations.They reviewed the progress the two countries have made during 2012 and expressed their commitment to act jointly to achieve their shared objectives.Both the leaders  discussed counter terrorism, support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the post 2014 transition in Afghanistan and various measures to further strengthen bilateral relations including the need to move the US-Pakistan economic agenda from aid to trade, emphasizing market access and investment. They welcomed the recent meetings of the trilateral Corp Groups and the law enforcement, economic and defence working groups.They also looked forward to meetings of the energy and strategic stability working groups and underlined the importance to continue these engagements in the weeks and months ahead.
Meanwhile, CNN in its report on the meeting between Hillary Clinton and Hina Rabbani Khan reported that the meeting of Hillary with Hina and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in Brussels was aimed at further improving Pak-US bilateral ties.
The Senior official of State Department said, this year the United States has tried to improve relations between the two countries by focusing on counterterrism cooperation, Afghanistan’s future and improving market access and trade not aid with bilateral investment treaty.
It may be mentioned that United States accounts for 20 percent of Pakistan’s exports.
The last time Clinton met with Pakistani leadership was in September 2012 at United Nations General Assembly session when she met with President Asif Ali Zardari and also met with President Zardari in Chicago in May during the NATO summit and discussed  five common objectives for further cooperation between two countries.
The five objectives included counter terrorism measures, Afghanistan’s future, bilateral communication, countering improvised explosive devices that are being used against international troops in Afghanistan and the movement towards an economic trade relationship.
Two weeks ago Interior Minister Rehman Malik also met with U.S. Secretary of State Clinton in Washington.
The U.S. State official said there is no sense of continued Pakistani hesitation to work with the United States and Pakistanis are pressing forward because “they recognize that 2014 is not so far away” as the US military withdrawal in Afghanistan is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
 
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