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Pakistan’s Shahbaz Air Force base in Sindh province,which is home to the country’s newest F-16 jets,is “controlled by the US”,a senior official has said....

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 20, 2010 12:57 am

‘Shahbaz air base controlled by US’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Shahbaz Air Force base in Sindh province,which is home to the country’s newest F-16 jets,is “controlled by the US”,a senior official has said,triggering a denial from America which described the remarks as “completely false”. Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari made the stunning claim about the Shahbaz airbase in Jacobabad area during an appearance before the Standing Committee on Health of the Senate on Wednesday. “Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States,” he said.

Cold front ends heat spell over west Russia

MOSCOW: A cold front hit western Russia on Thursday,ending the exhausting two-month spell of heat and clearing skies over Moscow from the suffocating smog. Colder temperatures and rains are expected to help firefighters put out the wildfires that have bedeviled Russia through the summer. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said the amount of land on fire has been halved in the last 24 hours.

Blast kills 7,wounds 14 in China’s Xinjiang

URUMQI: A bomb attack killed seven people and wounded 14 on Thursday in China’s Xinjiang province,an area beset by ethnic conflict and separatist violence. The blast went off after a man from the Uighur ethnic group drove a three-wheeled vehicle laden with explosives into a crowd of people in a suburb in Aksu city in Xinjiang,said Hou Hanmin,a Xinjiang government spokeswoman. “Police say it was an intentional act because the suspect was carrying explosive devices,” Hou said in Urumqi.

Saudi judge considers paralysis punishment

CAIRO: A Saudi judge has asked hospitals in the country if they could damage a man’s spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralysing him,the brother of the victim said on Thursday. Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi,22,was paralysed after a fight more than two years ago. He asked a judge in northwestern Tabuk province to impose a similar punishment on his attacker under Islamic law,his brother Khaled al-Mutairi said.

Mandela charity ex-chief quits over diamonds

JOHANNESBURG: A trustee of a Nelson Mandela charity said he will leave the organisation after being caught up in a scandal involving a supermodel,a warlord and rough diamonds. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund announced on Wednesday that its former chief executive,Jeremy Ractliffe,was stepping down from the charity’s board after he acknowledged that he secretly possessed “blood diamonds” for more than a decade.

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