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Curfew, restrictions to prevent march to Jamia Masjid
Srinagar, October 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have shifted back the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, to jail from Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
Clinton, Michelle Obama make first joint campaign appearance in bid for women's support

WINSTON SALEM, N.C.: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made her first joint campaign appearance on Thursday with one of her most powerful supporters, first lady Michelle Obama, at a North Carolina rally to urge young people and women to vote.

Clinton, a former first lady who lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama before becoming his secretary of state, praised Michelle Obama for standing up for the rights of girls and women worldwide, drawing a sharp contrast with Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"I wish I didn't have to say this. ... But indeed, dignity and respect for women and girls is also on the ballot in this election," Clinton told a crowd of about 11,000. "And I want to thank our first lady for her eloquent, powerful defence of that basic value."

Michelle Obama's stinging denunciation of Trump after a leaked 2005 video showed him making lewd remarks and bragging about groping women was seen by many as one of the campaign's most striking condemnations of the New York businessman.

Without naming Trump, Obama took him to task again in North Carolina, asking the crowd which candidate they wanted to represent their daughters from the White House.

"We want a president who takes this job seriously, and has the temperament and maturity to do it well. Someone who is steady. Someone who we can trust with the nuclear codes," Obama said.

"I would not be here lying to you: I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president," she said.

Trump has fallen behind Clinton in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 election amid a series of accusations from women that Trump groped them or kissed them without their consent. Trump has called the allegations "absolutely false."

The latest RealClearPolitics poll average shows Clinton with a nearly 6-point national lead over Trump, fuelled by declining support for the former reality TV star among women.


Although Michelle Obama was critical of Clinton during the hard-fought 2008 Democratic nominating race, any trace of bitterness appeared long behind them. The two women showed an easy rapport. They embraced and smiled. Obama called Clinton "my girl" and made a point of telling the crowd they were tight.

"If people wonder: Yes, Hillary Clinton is my friend," she said.

Clinton promised to take good care of Obama's White House vegetable garden if she won and wistfully praised the athletic first lady's dancing skills. "One could only hope," Clinton said.

She also lauded Obama's work for children and military families and in what was perhaps a nod to African-Americans she hopes will vote for her in the state, said Obama had faced challenges she had not as a presidential spouse.

"Let's be real. As our first African-American first lady, she's faced pressures I never did, and she's handled them with pure grace," Clinton said to applause.

Although a sometimes reluctant campaigner, the first lady has thrown herself into the race, and the Clinton campaign has deployed her strategically to increase support among young people and blacks, with whom she is especially popular.


Trump made an appearance in the vital battleground of Ohio, hammering Clinton as corrupt. He said recent emails published by WikiLeaks highlighted how a close Bill Clinton aide helped the couple rake in millions.

"The more emails WikiLeaks releases, the more the lines between the Clinton Foundation, the secretary of state’s office, and the Clintons’ personal finances are blurred," Trump told thousands of supporters who jammed a livestock arena in Springfield.

He cited a 2011 memo from former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band bragging that he had funneled tens of millions of dollars to "Bill Clinton Inc."

"Mr. Band called the arrangement 'unorthodox," Trump said. "The rest of us call it outright corrupt."

Other hacked emails released by WikiLeaks show Chelsea Clinton deeply concerned that Band and other Bill Clinton aides were "hustling" for business that year for their new consultancy firm, Teneo, at the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation's glitzy event that brings together companies, government officials and non-profit groups.

WikiLeaks has been publishing thousands of emails this month that were stolen from the account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

Imran, Sheikh Rasheed discuss Pindi rally over phone

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Awami League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed telephoned PTI chairman Imran Khan to discuss the former's upcoming rally to be held in Rawalpindi on Friday. 

According to sources, Sheikh Rasheed and Imran Khan spoke over the telephone and discussed an alternate venue for the AML party chief's rally in Rawalpindi. It was further revealed that the two party chiefs talked about shifting the venue of the rallyf rom Lal Haveli to Murree road. 

Sources further claimed that Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was not at Lal Haveli but was staying at the house of a friend of his in Islamabad. Meanwhile, the police and FC personnel had been deployed outside PTI chief Imran Khan's Bani Gala residence. The Lal Haveli residence was also blocked by containers and police as well as FC personnel were also deployed outside Sheikh Rasheed's residence. 



World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

SYDNEY: Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 years.

The Ross Sea is seen as one of the world's most ecologically important oceans.

The sanctuary will cover more than 12 percent of the Southern Ocean, which is home to more than 10,000 species including most of the world's penguins, whales, seabirds, colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish.

Fishing will be banned completely in 1.1 million square km (425,000 square miles) of the Ross Sea, while areas designated as research zones will allow for some fishing for krill and sawfish.

Scientists and activists described the agreement as a historic milestone in global efforts to protect marine diversity.

"The Ross Sea Region MPA will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet – home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and fish," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, referring to the marine park authority.

Scientists said the marine park would also allow a greater understanding of the impact of climate change.

Russia agreed to the proposal, after blocking conservation proposals on five previous occasions.

Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps gets married - newspaper

Arizona: Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, unbeknownst to the world, competed at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil as a married man, having quietly wed his fiancée, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, weeks earlier, court records made public on Thursday showed.

Phelps and Johnson, both 31, tied the knot in Paradise Valley, Arizona, on June 13, but have not publicly announced the nuptials, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported, citing a marriage document the paper published on its website.

Phelps revealed the couple's engagement in February 2015.

Representatives for Phelps could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, the former Miss USA contestant posted a photo on Instagram of herself, Phelps and their months-old son, Boomer, in casual clothes on the day of the marriage with a caption reading: "Such a memorable night with my lil fambam."

Shortly after, Phelps competed in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where he won the 23rd, and presumably final, Olympic gold medal of his career. Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, declared that the Rio Games would be his last.

Insafians take the fight to Twitter as police surround Imran's residence

ISLAMABAD: As police began its crackdown against PTI workers in Islamabad and subsequently surrounded party chief Imran Khan's residence outside Bani Gala, Insafians took the battle to Twitter and decried the government's move to potentially place Khan under house arrest. 

Here are a couple of tweets by PTI supporters on micro-blogging site Twitter, denouncing the government's crackdown and arrest of party workers. 


Heavy shelling by Pak in Nowshera, Sundarbani, Pallanwala sectors in J-K
Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Oct. 28 (ANI): Heavy shelling by the Pakistani Rangers reported in Nowshera, Sundarbani and Pallanwala sectors of Jammu and Kashmir since the morning on Friday. Howe
Pakistan Detains Activists, Bans Rallies; Opposition Vows Showdown
Pakistani police detained dozens of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and banned public rallies, triggering clashes with opposition activists in parts of Islamabad.

The arrests late October

Plug loopholes in internal security: JD (U) on Pak staffer arrest
Patna (Bihar) [India], Oct. 28 (ANI): Expressing serious concern over the arrest of a Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar for espionage charges, the Janata Dal (United) on Friday said the
Turkey gives U.S. new documents on Gulen extradition request

WASHINGTON: Turkey has handed over to the U.S. Justice Department further documents to back its request for the extradition of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed July 15 coup attempt, Turkey's justice minister said on Thursday.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that in a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington on Wednesday he gave U.S. authorities three new folders of evidence they had sought over Turkey's accusations against Gulen.

Bozdag described his meeting with Lynch as "fruitful," saying it helped the two sides better understand each other's positions. But he told reporters Lynch expressed neither support nor opposition for Turkey's request that the United States extradite Gulen.

The Turkish cleric, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied involvement in the coup attempt.

Turkey is a critical ally of the United States in its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Turkey's presidential spokesman said earlier this month that the United States does not appear to have understood the seriousness of Turkey's call to extradite Gulen.

The Justice Department said in a statement that Bozdag and Lynch discussed that in both Turkey and the United States "extraditions are subject to the judicial process, and accordingly must meet the evidentiary standards of the requested country."

Bozdag said the folders he gave Lynch contained information and documents that U.S. officials had requested when visiting Turkey in August. He declined to elaborate. The Justice Department also declined to comment on the material Bozdag said he provided.

The Justice Department has not taken any steps to initiate extradition proceedings against Gulen based on the information that Turkey has provided so far. Turkey has criticized the United States for not moving faster on the matter.

Turkey has arrested more than 35,000 people, detained thousands more and sacked over 100,000 people over what it says are links with Gulen since the coup attempt.

Bozdag said at Thursday's press conference that the purge was "not 100 percent over."

He added that Turkey has "zero tolerance" towards torture, denying a recent Human Rights Watch report that alleges Turkey's security services have tortured people who were detained after the coup attempt.

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