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Pak PM quits as PML-N president
Islamabad, May 13: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday resigned as the President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), paving the way for his elder brother and former premier Nawaz Sharif to retake the helm of the ruling party amid internal strife. In his resignation letter addressed to the PML-N secretary general, Shehbaz cited the tumultuous events of 2017, which resulted in the “unjust” disqualification of Nawaz from the Prime Minister’s Office and the presidency of the party, and said he was entrusted with the responsibility of assuming the presidency of the party. Shehbaz said that his brother had entrusted him with the responsibility of assuming the party presidency in the face of adversity and added that it was a duty he had “upheld with utmost dedication and sincerity”. (IANS)

‘Rise in cyber attacks from Russia, China’
Berlin, May 13: The German digital association Bitkom says it has recorded an increasing number of cyber attacks from China and Russia over the past 12 months. Within two years, a doubling of attacks from Russia has been measured, said managing director Bernhard Rohleder on Monday morning on German public broadcaster ZDF. There was also a 50 per cent increase in the number of known incidents from China, he said. Of the companies affected, 80 per cent were targeted by attacks, such as data theft, espionage and sabotage, according to the Bitkom Director. Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Faeser and the president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Munch, plan to present the “National Situation Report on Cybercrime” for 2023 on Monday morning. (IANS)

Vatican staff challenge the Pope with legal bid
Rome, May 13: Forty-nine employees of the Vatican Museums have filed a class-action complaint with the Vatican administration demanding better seniority, leave and overtime benefits in an unusual, public challenge to Pope Francis’ governance. The complaint, dated April 23 and made public this weekend in Italian newspapers, also alleged that staff faced health and security risks due to cost-saving and apparent profit-generating initiatives at the museum, including overcrowding and reduced security guards to keep tourists at bay. (AP)


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