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US debt rating in doubt, Fitch warns

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The top ‘AAA’ long-term debt rating of the United States will be in danger if lawmakers do not raise borrowing limits in a timely fashion, ratings agency Fitch warned on Wednesday.Congress faces looming deadlines to approve spending for 2018 and raise legal limits on the amount the …

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Trump lashes out at media in Arizona rally

PHOENIX (Web Desk) President Donald Trump on Tuesday mounted an aggressive defence of his response to a deadly far-right march in Virginia, using a rally speech to condemn “dishonest” media coverage of his widely criticised remarks.Trump faced bipartisan outrage after blaming “many sides” for violence at the rally in Charlottesville, …

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UN chief mourns death of Pakistani soldiers in Congo

UN (Web Desk) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his “heartfelt condolences” on the recent deaths of two Pakistani soldiers who were killed during a UN peacemaking mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The two soldiers, Sepoys Muhammad Ishtiaq Abbasi and Tariq Javeed, were members of the Pakistani …

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Afghanistan, Pakistan will boost efforts to curb terrorism

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sa­turday reiterated the desire to coordinate counter-terrorism operations, said the Foreign Office (FO). According to the FO, a meeting was held between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and visiting Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Andesha to discuss counterterrorism efforts. Mr Andesha is visiting Pakistan …

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Taliban ‘open letter’ to Trump urges US to leave Afghanistan

KABUK (Web Desk) The Afghan Taliban in an “open letter” to United States (US) President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for America to leave Afghanistan after 16 years of war.In a note in English that was sent to journalists on Tuesday by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the insurgents said that …

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Taliban seize district in northern Afghan province

KABUL: (Web Desk) Taliban militants have seized control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, officials say. Security forces were forced to pull out of the Ghormach district to avoid civilian casualties, said Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army corps spokesman for the northern region, on Sunday. The military …

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Taliban Rejects Reports of Civilian Deaths in Attack on Afghan Village

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected reports that the group has recently killed dozens of Shiite civilians in a remote village in northern Afghanistan as rumors spread by the US and Afghan governments.According to Tasnim dispatches, Mujahid claimed no civilian was killed in the Taliban’s recent attack …

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New Afghan strategy threatens graduated sanctions on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US Senator John McCain has unveiled his long-promised strategy for Afghanistan, which threatens “imposing graduated diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan” if it continues to provide the alleged support and sanctuary to terrorist and insurgent groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The strategy, issued …

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US uses terrorism as a tool in Afghanistan: Ex-diplomat

KABUL: (Web Desk) A recent Taliban attack on a Shia village in northern Afghanistan has left 60 dead, including women and children. The Taliban have rejected reports that they cooperated with Daesh Takfiri militants in attacking the Mirza Olang village in the northern province of Sar-e Pol. Press TV has …

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