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89 medicines banned

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that the government had banned 89 medicines and suspended 18 drug manufacturers’ licenses for producing substandard medicines during the last four years. In a written reply to a question asked by MNA Suraiya Jatoi the ministry stated …

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Surviving on the front line in Mosul’s street battles


Mohammed Fathi sat calmly on a plastic chair, twiddling his prayer beads as machine gun fire erupted from a neighbour’s house, incoming bullets crackled overhead and helicopters strafed targets nearby in western Mosul. The 70-year-old grandfather of 10 looked relieved. The day before, death had come much closer. He described …

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First day of Syrian peace talks end without breakthrough

ASTANA: A first day of indirect talks between Syrian rebels and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana ended on Monday without any apparent breakthrough, sources said. “Our delegation’s meetings are over for today,” a source close to the regime said after rebel spokesman Yehya al-Aridi told reporters …

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