National and International Top Stories
1-Pakistan's defence in strong hands- “There is no need to worry as the country’s defence is in strong hands and your guards are vigilant at the borders.” Army Chief
2-Terrorism real threat to Muslim Counties- Turkish President Erdogan calls upon the Muslim Ummah to forge unity and take practical measures to counter the threat of terrorism, saying that terrorist organisations like Daesh and al-Qaeda were inflicting damage only on the Muslim countries.
3-US urges Pakistan and India to try to reduce tensions- “US remains in close communication with our counterparts in Pakistan and India, and again, as we’ve said before, urge them both to work bilaterally to try to reduce tensions.” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby
4-Pakistan has played an important role in maintaining peace in Afghanistan-Dialogue between Afghan government and Taliban is the only way to end long suffering in Afghanistan: Dr. Maleeha Lodh
5-President Obama in Germany- Obama warns Russia about consequences for intervening in the U.S. election and prods Donald Trump to hold firm against Moscow.
6-Shinzo Abe, the first world leader, meets Trump in New York-Japan's prime minister voices confidence about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices.
7-The UN Security Council unanimously decides to extend for another year the mandate of a panel tasked with investigating chemical attacks in Syria and identifying those responsible-Backed by Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) until November 2017.
8-At least 73 killed in fuel truck explosion in Mozambique-A fuel tanker exploded in northern Mozambique as residents gathered around to buy fuel from the driver on Thursday, killing 73 people and injuring 110 others
9-Aleppo under attack again- Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.
10-India plunges in financial chaos- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last week has sparked chaos and confusion across the country, with millions of consumers queued outside banks and ATMs to change a limited number of old notes for new ones or withdraw cash. The government said the move was aimed at rooting out black money and corruption