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New US-led sanctions target Iran-Taliban ties

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The US Treasury and allies in the Gulf took aim at Iran’s support for the Taliban on Tuesday with new sanctions against nine individuals from both countries.The Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) said the sanctions aimed to “expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors …

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Made it clear to Pakistan that US South Asia policy has not changed

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States has made it clear to Pakistan that its “South Asia policy has not changed”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday night.Pompeo made the comment as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the United States was ‘encouraged’ by voter turnout, despite reports …

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Ryanair passenger racism video prompts police investigation

DUBLIN (Web Desk) A viral video showing a man racially abusing an elderly passenger on a Ryanair flight has prompted widespread outrage and an investigation by British police.The video now viewed on Facebook more than four million times appears to show a white man in an altercation with a black …

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Trump says US to start cutting aid as migrant caravan rolls on

TAPACHULA (Web Desk) United States President Donald Trump said Monday that Washington will start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolled on regardless toward the US border.Trump kept up his almost-daily Twitter attacks on the approaching caravan, calling it …

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Trump says he remains unsatisfied with Saudi accounts on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was still not satisfied with what he has heard from Saudi Arabia about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, but did not want to lose investment from Riyadh.Trump spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the …

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Japanese premier to bring business leaders to Beijing amid US trade spat

TOKYO (Web Desk) Around 500 Japanese business leaders will accompany Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he visits Beijing this week, amid an ongoing China-United States (US) trade feud that is hurting industries on both sides.A Japanese government official speaking onMonday on routine condition of anonymity said Abe’s three-day visit starting …

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Four earthquakes strike off Canada’s west coast

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Four earthquakes  measuring from 4.9 to 6.8 magnitude  struck in quick succession off Canada’s west coast late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.The epicenter of the first 6.6 tremor, at 10:39pm (0549 GMT Monday), was located 135 miles (218 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy  a small municipality …

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Trump says US will pull out of nuclear arms deal with Russia

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump confirmed on Saturday that the United States (US) plans to leave a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, which criticised the move as Washington’s latest effort to be the sole global superpower. Trump claims Russia has long violated the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear …

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Trump says may consider sanctions over missing Saudi journalist Khashoggi

SCOTTSDALE (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump said he might consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while emphasising the importance of the US-Saudi relationship.In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi’s disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday, widening the hunt for …

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