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Middle East riots spread fears among rice exporters

Middle East riots spread fears among rice exporters

LAHORE – Keeping in view of the current political instability in troubled areas of Middle East, the federal government should formulate a policy to provide safeguard to Pakistani exporters, said Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Acting Chairman Taufiq Ahmed Khan.
He said the government should make sure that all buyers honoured their business commitment with Pakistani exporters as financial insecurity was increasing in exports, especially in Middle East countries

At least 10 killed as protests sweep Middle East

DUBAI/MANAMA/TRIPOLI – At least 10 people were killed in Libya and Bahrain as people gathered in large numbers across the Middle East to protest against incumbent regimes. In Libya, six people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Benghazi city, opposition websites said, as the authorities countered a “Day of Anger” with a pro-regime rally in Tripoli.
The situation was calm early in the day in Tripoli, where a pro-regime rally was

Ponting’s middle order crashes against Proteas

BANGALORE – Half centuries by the South African openers set up a surprisingly easy seven-wicket victory over Australia on Tuesday in a World Cup warm-up match giving the holders’ skipper Ricky Ponting much food for thought. In particular, another slump by his middle order will concern Ponting. Chasing a modest 218 for victory, South Africa’s captain Graeme Smith (65 retired) and Hashim Amla (60 retired) survived a barrage of leg before and caught behind appeals by Brett Lee and Shaun

Worldwide reaction – It’s a pivotal moment for entire Middle East: US

WASHINGTON/LONDON: Here is some reaction from around the world on Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.
UNITED STATES: US Vice-President Joe Biden said the change of power in Egypt was a ‘pivotal’ moment in history for that country and the Middle East. The transition in Egypt must be one of irreversible change, he said.
RUSSIA: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed hope for stability in Egypt and said, “We hope that the latest events will help the restoration of stability and ensuring

Sri Lanka need to fix middle order

MUMBAI – Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene should drop down and bolster a concerning middle order if Sri Lanka are to be successful at this month’s World Cup, former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga told Reuters.
Ranatunga, the burly left-handed batsman who led Sri Lanka to the title the last time it was played in the subcontinent in 1996, believes the island nation are the favourites, besides India, to win the World Cup for a second time.

Israel prepared for ‘large scale war’ in Middle East: cable

OSLO – Israel’s army chief told a US Congress delegation in late 2009 he was preparing for a large war in the Middle East, probably against Hamas or Hezbollah, leaked US diplomatic cables showed on Sunday.
“I am preparing the Israeli army for a large scale war, since it is easier to scale down to a smaller operation than to do the opposite,” Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi was quoted as saying in a cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
The document, dated November 15,

4,220 Pakistanis languishing in jails in Middle East

ISLAMABAD – Around 4,220 Pakistanis are languishing in the jails of the Middle East countries over different charges, the National Assembly was told on Friday.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan told the House that they crimes, the Pakistani inmates have been accused of, include murder, rape, theft, drug pushing, smuggling, forgery, embezzlement and overstaying the period of their visas in the host countries.
The minister speaking during the Question-Answer

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