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Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to deploy thousands of extra troops

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has announced the deployment of thousands of additional troops to “enhance the defence of Saudi Arabia”. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says he has authorised the deployment of additional forces, including fighter jets and a defence system. He said it was in response to “threats in …

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US-China trade war remain unresolved despite partial truce

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has touted his partial, unsigned trade deal with China as a major achievement and the best deal US farmers have ever secured, but the grievances that led Washington and Beijing to impose massive tariffs on each other’s goods remain largely unresolved. “WOW, the Farmers really …

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US curbs visas of Chinese officials, demands end to Uighur repression

WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it would curb visas for Chinese officials until Beijing ends its “repression” of Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, a day after imposing commercial restrictions. The one-two punch by President Donald Trump’s administration marks the most forceful attempt by a …

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U.S. supports direct dialogue between Pakistan, India on Kashmir

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated. “We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” a department spokeswoman …

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‘India always rejected UN’s good offices over Kashmir issue’

  NEW YORK: The United Nations Monday voiced concern over Indian government’s move to revoke the special status of Kashmir, a UN-recognized disputed territory, that has led to the heightening of tensions between India and Pakistan. “We are very concerned about the rise of tensions,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesman Stephane Dujarric …

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US senators push to get answers on Khashoggi’s murder – again

WASHINGTON: US senators have introduced a fresh bill to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in yet another bid by lawmakers to figure out the extent of top Saudi officials’ involvement in the killing. Chris Coons, a senior Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a key Republican, announced …

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US imposes sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a move that escalates already heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. The US Treasury Department’s announcement on Wednesday comes about two weeks after Zarif visited the US to attend a meeting at the United Nations headquarters …

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