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  • Six Baltimore police officers charged over Gray’s death

    BALTIMORE: Six Baltimore police officers were charged on Friday over the death of a 25-year-old African-American from injuries sustained while in custody, in a surprise announcement after days of riots and protests in the US city...

    The charges — ranging from second-degree murder and manslaughter to misconduct — were set out by Maryland state prosecutor Marilyn Mosby...

  • Protesters turn violent in Baltimore

    BALTIMORE: Thousands of people marched peacefully through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but pockets of violence erupted when a small group smashed windows and threw bottles at officers...

    As darkness fell, about 100 protesters splintered from the group and threw bottles, metal barricades and other objects at police officers and their cruisers, authorities said...

  • Police targeted, stores looted in Baltimore riots

    BALTIMORE: Rioters looted stores and pelted police with rocks in Baltimore on Monday after the funeral of an African American man whose death in custody has reignited outrage over US police conduct towards blacks...

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in the port city of 620,000 and activated the National Guard as rioters prowled in small groups, ransacking shops and trashing police vehicles...

  • Baltimore mayor lifts curfew after six days of riots

    BALTIMORE: Baltimore’s mayor on Sunday lifted a curfew that was imposed across the East Coast city following widespread riots, as thousands of National Guard troops began withdrawing from the scarred metropolis...

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had faced growing calls for the curfew to be scrapped, particularly from store and restaurant owners who said the 10:00 pm to 5:00 am nightly restriction was wrecking business...

  • Obama calls for racial harmony as Baltimore burns

    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama urged his nation on Tuesday to do some “soul searching” over racial violence as authorities imposed a weeklong night curfew in Baltimore after a night of riots, burning and looting...

    “This has been going on for a long time,” President Obama said, while asking his nation to do some “soul searching” about equal opportunity, poverty, and other problems, which are partly responsible for triggering...

  • Trust in police runs low among Baltimore’s blacks

    BALTIMORE: Pierre Estep was 16 when, he says, a Baltimore police officer put a gun to his face and taught him a lesson about respect for the law...

    “He said, ‘I’ll mess around and take your freedom — or I might mess around and take your life’,” the 56-year-old Baltimore native told AFP...

  • Outrage as Trump brands mostly-black Baltimore 'infested mess'

    US President Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism on Saturday after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority black city of Baltimore an "infested mess"...

    Trump's outburst came in a series of sharply worded tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings — a high-profile critic of Trump's administration whose district covers much of Baltimore...

  • Kalabagh dam on list of ‘ready for construction’ projects

    ISLAMABAD: The controversial Kalabagh dam is on the government’s list of ‘ready for construction’ projects...

    This was disclosed when a list of under-construction, ready for construction and under planning hydel power projects was presented before the Senate by the Ministry of Water and Power on Friday...

  • Concern over 100 high-rises under construction in Karachi

    KARACHI: A public hearing held on Friday at a local hotel to discuss the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report of a major residential-cum-commercial project coming up in Clifton raised many serious issues for consideration and resolution by the government and all land owning organisations/ departments...

    The gravity of these issues linked to city’s survival and sustainability, in fact, overshadowed the entire programme; over...

  • SBCA bans construction of high-rise buildings in Karachi with immediate effect

    The provincial building control authority on Thursday imposed a ban on the construction of high-rise buildings in Karachi with immediate effect...

    Acting on the orders passed by the Supreme Court, Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Director General Agha Maqsood Abbas imposed a “complete ban on the construction of multistoried and high-rise buildings beyond ground plus two floors forthwith in Karachi...

  • Traffic woes on the rise with four Karachi road links under construction

    KARACHI: Karachiites are yet again suffering from traffic jams with development work on four key road links ongoing simultaneously, and minimal alternate routes arranged to cater to more than 3...

    Starting from KESC Power House Chowrangi in Surjani Town, development work for the bus service is affecting traffic flow through Nagan Chowrangi, North Nazimabad, Nazimabad and Guru Mandir...

  • Water commission bans all construction in Karachi's DHA, Clifton till resolution of territorial dispute

    The one-member water commission appointed by the Supreme Court to probe Karachi's water troubles on Monday imposed a ban on construction in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Clifton areas until a territorial dispute between the two is resolved...

    The commissioner, retired Justice Amir Hani Muslim, also slammed the DHA and the defence ministry — which has the authority's administrative control — for failing to take...

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