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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Media watchdog slams Pak curbs on TV broadcasters
A global media watchdog has slammed Pakistani authorities over the removal of three television channels from the country's airwaves, saying the move was "indicative of disturbing dictatorial tendencies" as pressure mounts on journalists in the South Asian nation. The statement from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) comes days after AbbTakk TV, 24 News, and Capital TV all had their broadcasts cut, after screening a press conference with opposition leader Maryam Nawaz.

Regime air strikes hit Syria hospital, kill 7 civilians: monitor
Jisr Al-Shughur:
Regime air strikes on an opposition bastion in northwestern Syria yesterday killed seven civilians including children and knocked a hospital out of service, a monitor and a doctor said. The raids are the latest in an uptick in government and Russian bombardment since late April on the jihadist-administered region of Idlib despite a months-old truce deal.

Merkel suffers new shaking spell, third in a month
German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a new trembling spell yesterday, the third time in less than a month, which has raised questions over her health. Merkel began shaking involuntarily as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, an AFP photographer witnessed. The shaking was visible although less severe than during the first episode in June.

Dubai imposes dirham 500 fine on residents for leaving dirty cars
Owners who leave unkempt vehicles in public parking places in Dubai will have to shell out dirham 500 as fine if caught by the city's image-conscious authorities, according to a media report. Dubai Municipality explained that leaving their vehicle parked on public parking spaces can "tarnish the aesthetic appearance of the city," and issued the reminder to residents who might be planning a long trip abroad during their summer holiday, The Gulf News reported.

Turkey warns US to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400
Turkey yesterday warned the US against taking the "wrong steps" after the US State Dept said there would be consequences if Ankara bought Russia's S-400 missile defence system. "We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations," the foreign ministry said.

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