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US condemns terror attacks in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The United States, while condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, has emphasised the need to combat terrorism in the South Asian region. “We stand with the people of Pakistan and the broader South Asia region in their fight against terrorism,” said a statement issued by the …

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Arms sales to India no threat to Pakistan: US

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The Trump administration has authorised the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India but the White House says the deal does not threaten Pakistan’s security. On Friday afternoon, a US arms manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems In said the Trump administration had approved the sale of a …

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China begins push for Pak-Afghan detente

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) China on Saturday began its efforts to normalise relations bet­ween Pakistan and Afgha­nistan and encourage cooperation between the two countries for a political settlement of the Afghan conflict. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reached Islamabad in the evening after visiting Kabul during the day where he held …

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Egypt’s Sisi ratifies controversial islands deal with Saudis

CAIRO: (Web Desk) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has endorsed a controversial agreement with Saudi Arabia on the transfer of the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to the kingdom. A cabinet statement issued on Saturday announced Sisi’s ratification of the 2016 maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia, which …

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US troops stationed in Norway worsening tensions: Russia

MOSCOW: (Web Desk) Moscow has said that the continued presence of US troops on Norwegian soil will increase tensions with Russia. Norway recently announced that 330 US marines will remain stationed in a base in the country until the end of 2018, doubling the initially-announced one-year trial period for the …

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Trump notes ‘election meddling by Russia’ while criticizing Obama

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge Russia’s alleged effort to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election while taking advantage of a new report to criticize his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump mentioned “election meddling by Russia” in a tweet on Saturday, slamming the Obama administration …

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US bill seeks to revoke Pakistan’s major ally status

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Two US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress, seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-Nato ally (MNNA). The movers also argue that since Pakistan has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance. The focus of the …

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Afghan war will end only when Nato leaves: Taliban leader

KABUL: (Web Desk) The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned US troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan. The remarks by Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah came in a …

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