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Say what you want about Nawaz but credit to him for going home and face the music. It's important now that figures in Pakistan respect the rule of law and allow Nawaz to receive a fair trial and appeal process.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  Nawaz Sharif, Maryam leave London for Pakistan  
 
     
 
  Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz departed from London for Pakistan early Friday morning. Nawaz and Maryam are expected to land at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 PM on Friday via Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways flight EY243.

Mayam took to Twitter to post pictures of the scenes in London before their departure. In one picture, the father and daughter are seen bidding a teary farewell to Kulsoom Nawaz, who is said to be comatose and admitted at a London hospital. Nawaz and Maryam will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail for imprisonment. The two PML-N leaders are returning to Pakistan to face a prison sentence handed out on July 6 by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case, in which the judge ruled that Nawaz, Maryam and her husband Captain Safdar own assets beyond known income. They were respectively handed jail sentences of 10, seven and one year each.
 
 
 
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Kim sends letter to Trump
 
   
 
US President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that expressed hope for further progress in bilateral ties. In a Twitter message, Trump wrote, "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made!"

Attached were two images of the letter -- one in Korean and the other an English translation. Dated July 6, the note was likely the one given to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Pyongyang last week.
 
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Blast in Sichuan kills 19, injures 12
 
   
 
A blast in an industrial park of Jiang'an county in Yibin city of Southwest China's Sichuan province at 18:30 pm on Thursday has reportedly killed 19 and injured 12 more.

The incident is under investigation.
 
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US firms in China say no to trade war
 
   
 
A majority of US companies in China said they oppose the trade war triggered by Washington and pledged to continue investment in the country in the coming year, according to a report by the Asia-Pacific's largest US business alliance released on Thursday.
 
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