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US threatens Palestinians with shutting their Washington office

WASINGTON (Web Desk) The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington if they try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal.Secretary …

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Saudi Arabia to trap U.S to fight Iran

Washington (Web Desk)  Many observers have connected the dots and concluded that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is seeking to drag the United States into a war with Iran and Hezbollah. But that’s only half the story. Looking at the recent events through a broader geopolitical lens, a much more sinister …

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US-backed Forces Deny They Allowed IS Fighters to Evacuate Raqqa

Washington (Web Desk) Officials of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are dismissing claims they brokered a covert deal with the Islamic State last month to allow safe passage to hundreds of besieged IS fighters evacuating from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State in northern Syria. …

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U.S. nuclear general says would resist ‘illegal’ Trump strike order

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill …

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Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The US military on Friday disclosed for the first time base-by-base data on sexual assault reports, showing a higher number of reports at big military installations like Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia as well as overseas hubs like South Korea. Sexual assault in the military, which is defined …

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Pakistan to hold talks on equal footing with US defence secretary

KARACHI (Web Desk) Preparing for the forthcoming US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Pakistan, sources privy to the matter said Islamabad will talk on an equal basis with the US dignitary this time and will demand US to acknowledge Pakistan’s sacrifices in counter-terrorism efforts. Since the recent turmoil in relations …

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Congress approves bill delinking Haqqani network from LeT

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The US Congress has passed the bill that requires Pakistan to work with the Afghan and American forces to destroy the Haqqani network but leaves Lashkar-e-Taiba out (LeT). The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018 — approved by a voice vote by both the House and the …

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UN chief says Saudi war on Yemen ‘stupid,’ calls for lifting of blockade

UN (Web Desk) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described Saudi Arabia’s long-running war on Yemen as “stupid,” saying the blockade on the impoverished country must come to an end.Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the UN chief’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Guterres had written a letter to Saudi Arabia’s …

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UNGA committee unanimously adopts resolution on right to self-determination

WASHINGTON (WAASINGTON) A committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution, reaffirming the universal realization of the right of people to self-determination.The resolution, co-sponsored by seventy-five countries, was adopted in the Third Committee session, which says the right of self- determination is a fundamental …

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