The man and brand behind numerous military-oriented novels, movies, and video games, passed away yesterday.

Numerous reports have today confirmed the death of best-selling author Tom Clancy. Clancy reportedly passed away on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in Maryland, following a brief illness. He was 66. Clancy was best known for his numerous military-themed novels, as well as the blockbuster films that spawned from them, including The Hunt for Red October,Patriot Games, and…

Breast cancer awareness drive launched

ISLAMABAD:  To mark October as ‘Pinktober’ — the breast cancer awareness month — Pink Ribbon on Wednesday launched a nationwide breast cancer awareness drive besides initiating fundraising campaign for building Pakistan’s first dedicated breast cancer hospital.  October is celebrated as the international month of breast cancer awareness worldwide. Every Year, nearly 40,000 women die in Pakistan due to breast cancer….

Oakland Co. crowd protests disability cuts

Auburn Hills – — Parents of people with disabilities and service providers pleaded Tuesday night for relief from funding cuts as they jammed a meeting of the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. With all 140 seats in the board’s meeting room filled, some people who showed up for the session were turned away. State aid and Medicaid cuts are cascading…

Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first

A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland. A group of cells developed into a thymus – a critical part of the immune system – when transplanted into mice. The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, could pave the way to alternatives to organ transplantation. Experts said the research…

Samples sent: US to assess potential of Pakistan’s shale gas reserves

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan has sent samples of shale gas to the United States to determine the prospects of reserves of this untapped energy source following encouraging estimates given by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), officials say. According to the EIA assessment, Pakistan holds massive shale gas reserves estimated at 51 trillion cubic feet (tcf), close to the conventional gas reserves…

UPDATE 2-Opposition leader Khan opens talks with Pakistan gov’t over protests

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse. The announcement came the day after Pakistan’s powerful military said the two sides should engage in…

Pakistan court orders filing of murder charges against Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters here that killed 14 of his supporters. The Lahore sessions court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes ordered police to register a…

UPDATE 5-Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 bln

Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc said it would buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion, creating North America’s biggest discount retailer. Shares of Family Dollar, which has been under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to sell itself, rose almost 25 percent to $75.50 in premarket trading on Monday. Dollar Tree shares were up 8.8 percent…

Karachi in darkness: There is prolonged power outage KCCI concerned

KARACHI:  Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Acting President Muffasar Atta Malik expressed deep concern over prolonged power outages being suffered by the people of Karachi since Friday morning. Malik held K-Electric responsible for the power crisis as the utility service provider kept the available furnace oil-based thermal power plants suspended even in dire need. The KCCI president said…

Is Nawaz Sharif doomed to repeat history?

A wise man once said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” But the tragedy here is that our rulers have been completely blinded by power and they are repeating the same mistakes over and over again. What was supposed to be a democracy is beginning to look like an anarchical dynasty. They have ignored the basic facts…

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