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Behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival

SOUND OF SHARPENING PENCILS: Opening film “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman so appalled critics it appears to have given new meaning to the phrase “critical mauling”, with writers straining to find ever more vivid metaphors to convey their disdain. “A fleet of ambulances may have to be stationed outside the Palais to take the…

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Syria rebel rocket fire kills 13 in Aleppo: State TV

DAMASCUS: Syrian rebel rocket fire hit a government-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo Friday, killing at least 13 people, state television said. “The toll in rockets fired by terrorists on Ashrafiyeh district has risen to 13, including women and children,” the report said. Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least seven…

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Even in troubled times PML-N leaders keep ranks at a distance

Weighed down with security concerns on several fronts, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership managed its members in the National Assembly and extended the life of the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) by another 120 days through a voice vote. But that could hardly count an achievement for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as the…

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Punjab notes : They elope, we kill

We routinely kill women; the women who while asserting their right to choose their partners, defy parental authority stamped by tradition with legitimacy. Tradition and authority both are thinly veiled coercion that has assumed almost a sacred social and cultural character in our society. The former sanctions human inequality and the later condones the practice…

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One-third of missing person complaints disposed of

PESHAWAR: The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has so far disposed of 657 of a total of 1,948 complaints about missing persons, the Peshawar High Court was told on Thursday. Additional attorney general Syed Attique Shah told Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain that 209 people had filed complaints with…