Sharif rejects Zardari olive branch, stage set for showdown

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan was set for a bruising showdown with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif late Saturday rejecting President Asif Ali Zardari’s olive branch on seeking a review of a Supreme Court verdict barring him and his brother from contesting elections, saying a lawyers’ stir for reinstating the judges sacked in 2007 would go ahead nonetheless.

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Pakistani government to appeal Sharif brothers’ poll bar

ISLAMABAD - In a major climbdown to end a lawyers’ stir, the Pakistani government said Saturday it would appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that bars opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his brother from contesting polls, as also take steps to reinstate the judges sacked in 2007.

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Cases to be decided if Tamil Nadu lawyers continue strike

CHENNAI - Madras High Court Chief Justice H.L. Gokhale warned Saturday that cases would be disposed off on merit Monday onwards if lawyers in Tamil Nadu continued to stay off work.

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Nawaz defiant, says lawyers’ march will continue; army alerted

ISLAMABAD - The army was placed on alert here Saturday as a defiant opposition leader Nawaz Sharif turned down the government’s plea to call off the lawyers’ ‘long march’ for restoration of the Supreme Court judges sacked in 2007, saying there was no room left for talks.

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Apple faces lawsuit over ‘explosive’ iPod

LONDON - Apple has landed in legal trouble after a mother alleged her son endured second-degree burns when the company’s iPod touch music players exploded in his pocket.

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Supreme Court upholds new recruitment in Nepal Army

KATHMANDU - The Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal on Friday upheld the fresh recruitments of around 3,000 soldiers in the Nepal Army (NA).

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Zardari rejects reconciliation plan over fears of being seen as bowing to pressure

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari outrightly rejected the US-UK backed reconciliation formula involving Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and ordered a crackdown on the media to stifle the lawyers’ Long March.

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Ragging becoming organised crime, hundreds suffer

NEW DELHI - Despite a Supreme Court directive to colleges to curb ragging, the scourge that most recently caused the death of a medical student and led another to attempt suicide, continues to terrorise hundreds across the country, with many brutal cases going unreported.

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