Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore this evening. The park, besides providing entertainment to the citizens, will also become a new landmark of Pakistan's culture. Along with renovation of the Minar-i-Pakistan, the project features expansion of the Iqbal Park by including it in the stretch of Circular Road between the park and Lahore Fort. The 125-acre green oasis is surrounded almost entirely by the old city of Lahore.

Pakistan's Sea, Water Routes Generating New Economic Opportunities

President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities not only for the country but the whole region. He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Marine Academy in Karachi today. The President said completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance Pakistan's stature among comity of nations.      

US hacking claims: Obama told Putin to 'cut it out'
President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia's Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election. Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin." The president said he had warned Mr Putin of serious consequences at a summit in September.

Turkish blast: Several dead as Kayseri bus hit.

Several people have been killed and more wounded by an explosion near a bus in the central Turkish city of Kayseri, security services say. The bus was carrying off-duty soldiers, according to reports, and was opposite a university campus when the explosion occurred. Turkey's Dogan news agency said that the blast was caused by a car bomb.

Five female security staff at Kandahar airport killed
Five female security staff at Kandahar airport have been killed by unknown gunmen, local officials say. They were travelling to work at the airport on Saturday morning when two attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire on their minivan, said SamimAkhalwak, a spokesperson for the Kandahar governor. The five women were killed, as well as their driver.

Aleppo evacuation: Thousands in Syria hope to be moved
Thousands of Syrian civilians and rebels are hoping to leave the city of Aleppo despite the suspension of an evacuation agreed with the government. There are also expectations that some 4,000 people will be evacuated from two towns, Kefraya and Foah, loyal to the government and besieged by rebels. At least 6,000 people have left Aleppo. But the government stopped convoys from leaving on Friday city saying rebel fighters had fired on them. Rebels said pro-government forces opened fire.

U.S. Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship
The Pentagon on Friday demanded the return of an underwater drone that was seized by China as an American crew was moving in to retrieve it. The episode threatens to increase tensions in a region already fraught with great-power rivalries. A Chinese warship had been shadowing the Bowditch, a United States naval vessel, in the international waters of the South China Sea when the Chinese launched a small boat and snatched the unmanned underwater vehicle, the Pentagon said.

Polish protesters block parliament over press freedom
Protesters have blockaded the Polish parliament in Warsaw in support of opposition MPs unhappy about rules restricting press reporting. The opposition objects to government plans to limit the number of journalists allowed to cover parliamentary proceedings. The MPs' protest delayed a budget vote, which was later held away from the main parliament chamber. Hundreds of police surrounded protesters in a late-night stand-off.

World political figures back one-China policy

Senior political figures worldwide have voiced support for the widely accepted one-China principle after the policy was challenged by US president-elect Donald Trump. It has been globally acknowledged that the one-China policy, the cornerstone of China's diplomacy, should not be changed, since it is fundamental to regional peace and stability, experts said. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday that Australia upholds the principle, and the country's stance on the Taiwan question is unchanged.


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