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In a message on the eve of New Year, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the country has decisively turned a page in history and significantly overcome the challenges of extremism and terrorism. Pakistan is finally heading towards achieving not too distant goal of a peaceful land and a developed economy.

Host: Sohaib Bin Noor

Dossier on Indian subversive activities finalized- Maleeha to hand over dossier to New Secretary General on his first working day at the UN headquarters

A dossier on captured Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and evidence of attempted violation of maritime boundary by an Indian submarine will be handed over by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi. Jadhav, a serving Indian navy officer and an operative of India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was caught by Pakistani security forces earlier this year.

Gunman kills 35 in Turkey nightclub terror attack- PM Nawaz Sharif and FO strongly condemns and extends his heartfelt condolences

In Turkey, thirty-five people were killed and forty wounded in a terror attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during the New Year's celebrations.  According to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, the attack was carried out by one assailant. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terror attack. Pakistani people share the grief of Turkish people and stand by them, in this most painful time. The Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan`s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and the country`s support to Turkey in its resolute fight against this menace.

UK Govt Takes Up Issue of Using Pellet Guns in Kashmir with India

Baroness Anelay of St. John’s, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) stated this while responding to a number of written questions submitted by member House of Lords Lord Nazir Ahmed. Baroness Anelay said that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alok Sharma discussed the use of pellet guns and alternative methods of crowd control in Kashmir with the Indian government’s representatives in October.

Burundi minister assassinated- police

Burundi's environment minister was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura earlier this morning. The first assassination of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil in 2015. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, the country's water, environment and planning minister, was killed shortly after midnight

UNSC backs Russia-Turkey efforts to end Syrian violence, jumpstart political process

The United Nations Security Council Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming and supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart a political process for the war-torn Middle Eastern country.  Also in the resolution, which was submitted by Russia, the Council takes note of the documents issued by Russia and Turkey about the agreements the two countries have brokered, including a nationwide ceasefire and a plan to convene political talks in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, between the Syrian Government and opposition groups, in January.

North Korea 'close to testing long-range missiles'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country is close to testing long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The intercontinental ballistic missiles were in their "last stage" of development, Mr Kim announced during his New Year's message.

Five dead, around 100 rescued after fire on Indonesia tourist boat

Five people were killed and around 100 people rescued on Sunday after a fire ripped through a boat carrying tourists to islands north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Along with five fatalities, 17 people were also injured, said Ferry Budiharso, a spokesman for the Thousand Island police, the area where the boat was heading. The head of Jakarta's search and rescue agency, Hendra Sudirman, said that 98 people had been rescued.

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