Pakistan defuses crisis, agrees to reinstate top judge on March 21

LAMABAD, March 16 – Pakistan’s government agreed on Monday to reinstate Iftikhar Chaudhry as chief justice to defuse a political crisis and end a street agitation that was threatening to turn into violent confrontation.

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Australia slashes immigration as recession looms

CANBERRA, March 16 – Australia will cut immigration for the first time in a decade, with recession looming and unemployment rising sharply, Immigration Minister Chris Evans said on Monday.

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