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Militants surrender in southwest Syria

Damascus (Web Desk) Militants operating in Syria have surrendered in an area in the country’s southwest under a deal with the government enabling their evacuation to the northwestern Idlib Province. The militants began leaving Beit Jin Village on Friday, Reuters reported. It cited a “field officer” as saying that once …

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing on the campaign to defeat ISIS at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017Pentagon Chief: US-Russia Dialogue Persists Across Syria Demarcation Line

Moscow (Web Desk) Russian and US forces have been communicating across the “deconfliction line” in Syria despite glitches, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on Friday. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The deconfliction line runs down the Euphrates River. US-led coalition forces and their Syrian militant allies are positioned on its …

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BARCLAYS EXPECTS $1.3 BILLION WRITE-DOWN FROM US TAX REFORM

LONDON (Web Desk) Barclays expects to take a write-down of about 1 billion pounds on its annual post-tax profit as a result of the US tax overhaul, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.The British lender will also see its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, a key measure …

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ISHAQ DAR MEETS EX-PM NAWAZ IN LONDON

LONDON (Web Desk) Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who is in London owing to his medical treatment,met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence in London.The former minister met the former premier at his residence in London and the meeting continued for one hour.Sources said that the country’s political …

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Iran Not the First Side to Exit JCPOA: President

TEHRAN  (Web Desk) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying Tehran will not be the first side to withdraw from the nuclear agreement. Iran will not be the initial violator of the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement with the Group 5+1 (Russia, …

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Putin heads to Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria

Moscow (Web Desk) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on Syria and a key weapons deal, hoping to strengthen an increasingly active relationship that has troubled the West. Despite a regional rivalry that goes back to the Ottoman Empire and the …

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Life returns to Thar after heavy spells of rain

HANIF SAMOON The arid desert of Thar has so far received three spells of moderate to heavy rainfalls, bringing some relief to the rain-deprived desert. Many locals who were forced to migrate due to the long drought have started returning to their homes after rain in Nangarparkar, Mithi, Islamkot and …

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