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Pakistan’s army shames generals for misusing funds

Rare public censure for Khalid Zahir Akhter and Muhammad Afzal Muzaffar after risky investments by army-run logistics company

Pakistan’s army has taken the almost unheard of step of publicly shaming two retired generals for misusing funds, in a move many army-watchers applauded as a significant attempt by the country’s top general to clean up corruption in the all-powerful institution.

The two officers were punished for making disastrous investments totalling £25m through the National Logistics Cell (NLC), an army-run transport company which is part of a vast military commercial empire including property developments, cement plants and manufacturing interests.

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The best of Cuba, beyond Havana: readers’ travel tips

It isn’t only Cuba’s capital that is captivating, away from Havana our readers enjoyed ballet in Santiago de Cuba, a road trip to María la Gorda, beer and beaches in Baracoa and some insiders’ secrets in Viñales

Move over salsa! Contemporary ballet thrives in Cuba. If you have enjoyed the spectacular performances of Havana Rakatan or the extraordinary Ballet Revolución, you will already know this. While in Cuba, do you want to see where and how these fabulous dancers started out and enjoy a show? If so, in major towns and cities, you should look for the local ballet school and ask about its next performance.

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Search Resuming For Missing Swimmer Off Sandy Hook Beach

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities plan to resume their search this morning for a swimmer who went missing off Sandy Hook Beach Wednesday evening.

The search for the 25-year-old man was suspended overnight.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office said the man was with a group of swimmers when he started having trouble in the water around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Daphne Yun, spokeswoman for Gateway National Recreation Area, said they were swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard. Guards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and the NYPD Aviation Unit were all dispatched to the scene.

Yun says rescue personnel from Middletown, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Seabright also joined the search.

Dangerous rip currents have kept lifeguards busy off New Jersey, Long Island and Queens, CBS2’s Sonia Rincon reported.

On Monday, police and fire crews had to rescue four people from the water at Jacob Riis Park beach in the Rockaways.

Two Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued a man and woman from a rip current at Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island Saturday afternoon.

A Brooklyn man who was pulled from the water off Long Beach Saturday evening after being caught in a rip current later died.

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Poland’s new president calls for stronger Nato presence to counter Russia

Andrzej Duda vows to press for more security guarantees in face of perceived military threat in first speech after being sworn in

The Conservative politician Andrzej Duda has been sworn in as Poland’s new president, immediately calling for a stronger Nato presence in his country to counter the perceived military threat from Russia.

In his first speech as president to the two chambers of parliament, Duda, 43, also said he will uphold his pledges to raise the tax-free allowance and lower the retirement age.

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World view: tranquility by the lake, Biogradska Gora national park, Montenegro

The winner of our readers’ travel photography competition for July, Ciara Milne’s scenic shot – taken on her honeymoon – expresses ‘the feeling of total relaxation and quiet’ by a lake in one of Montenegro’s five national parks, Biogradska Gora. Competition judge Mick Ryan said: ‘This photograph captures the feeling of long, hot summer days perfectly. A moment in time incredibly well recognised and composed, from the symmetry of the boats and deck, the postures of the figures and the distant hills above the mirror-calm lake.’


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8/6 CBS2 Thursday Morning Weather Headlines

Victoria Cavaliere
CBS2 Weather Intern

Good Morning All,

This morning you can expect to see some sunshine peeking through your shades. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s early on and will warm up to about 83° with a sun and cloud mix throughout the day. Although we can’t completely rule out the chance for some showers, most activity remains South.

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Friday is a little cooler at 80° and yet again precipitation near the city looks scattered with the low pressure system staying near South Jersey and even Delaware.

So how does this low affect us?

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Saturday morning you can expect to see some more clouds, leaving your beach forecast a little grayer and cooler than the mountains.

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That’s all I have for now, be sure to check back soon for more weather updates!

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Tube strike: night service row shuts down London Underground – live updates

Pictures of commuter hell are starting to arriving thick and fast.

London Underground’s chief operating officer Steve Griffiths insists that the company understands the unions concerns about work/life balance on the planned night Tube. He also accused unions of being determined to go ahead with the strike. “We need to seek resolution, but this cannot be at any cost,” he said.

Speaking to BBC London he said: “They [the unions] are clearly not understanding our commitment to a work/life balance. They rejected our offer outright on Monday saying they didn’t understand the commitment we were making. If they didn’t understand them we had two and half days to talk about them and get them solved. But clearly they were determined to have a strike this week.”

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