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Iraqi forces retake three IS-held districts

BAGHDAD (Web Desk) Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured from the militant Islamic State group the first three districts of jihadist bastion Tal Afar as the Pentagon chief visited Baghdad in a show of support.The United Nations said thousands of civilians had fled Tal Afar in the two days since the start …

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New strategy aimed at winning war in Afghanistan: Trump

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy for South Asia on Monday night (Tuesday in Pakistan), which he hopes will lead the United States and its allies to a clear victory in Afghanistan.The new strategy encompasses the entire South and Central Asian region, but its main …

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Dozens ‘dead’ in US-led strikes in Raqa

BEIRUT (Web Desk) Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said on Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre.The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 …

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24 million affected by ‘worst flooding’ in South Asia

GENEVA (Web Desk) More than 24 million people have been affected by some of the worst flooding to hit South Asia in decades, with large areas of land submerged in water, the Red Cross said on Tuesday.Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than …

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US sanctions Chinese, Russians over N. Korea support

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea’s nuclear programme and attempting to evade US sanctions.The sanctions are part of a broader US effort to disrupt the flow of cash funding North Korean weapon’s …

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Army chief calls Nawaz Sharif, conveys wishes for Kulsoom’s health

RAWALPINDI (Web Desk) Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has made a telephone call to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and conveyed his wishes for the health of the former premier’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been diagnosed with throat cancer. During the call, Gen Bajwa “expressed …

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‘Bureaucrats lack protection against political pressures’

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Senator Rehman Malik on Tuesday said due to the absence of a constitutional protection, bureaucrats lacked decision making powers, resulting in the lacklustre performance by the ministries.He was speaking at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis on Tuesday. The senators observed that the …

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