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Nawaz Sharif's bail plea postponed till March 26
PTI, Islamabad
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed the verdict of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif"s application seeking bail on medical grounds till March 26, according to media reports.
Sharif filed an appeal on March 6 against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which on February 25 rejected his bail application on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia steel mills case.

Paris ties S'pore, HK as world's priciest cities
AFP, Singapore
Paris has climbed to the top of the world's priciest city for expatriates, tied first with Singapore and Hong Kong according to a survey Tuesday that named the capital of strife-torn Venezuela as the cheapest.
The French capital was the only eurozone city in the top 10, rising from second most expensive last year and from seventh position two years ago.

Flooding will go on in storm-ravaged US Midwest
Reuters, Kansas
 The flooding that devastated the U.S. Midwest is likely to last into next week, as rain and melted snow flow into Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said.
Floods driven by melting snow in the Dakotas will persist even as Nebraska and Iowa dig out from storms that have killed four people, left one missing and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads.

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 100
AFP, Sentani
The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia's Papua region has topped 100 with dozens more still missing, the disaster agency said Wednesday.
Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 are unaccounted for in the aftermath of the disaster, triggered by heavy rain on Saturday.

Taliban kill 6 Pak paramilitary troops
AP, Quetta
Pakistani authorities say militants overran a remote security outpost in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing six members of the paramilitary forces.
The Pakistani Taliban - known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan - claimed responsibility for the attack in Ziarat district early on Wednesday morning, saying in an Urdu-language statement that it was revenge for the deaths earlier of their comrades at the hands of the paramilitary Baluchistan Levies Force.

2 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli troops
AP, Jerusalem
The Israeli military says it has shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked troops in a West Bank city.
The military says several explosive devices were hurled on Wednesday morning at soldiers securing Jewish worshippers at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Troops opened fire and killed two of the assailants.

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