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US Republicans reintroduce Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON: Three US Republican senators have again put forward a measure aimed at imposing fresh sanctions on Iran over various allegations against Tehran, including its missile program. Senators Marco Rubio, John Cornyn and Todd Young proposed the bill on Tuesday, accusing the Islamic Republic of supporting terror and conducting ballistic …

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Green card-holders will require additional screening: White House

WASHINGTON: US green card-holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday. Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring …

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Trump administration might extend visa suspension to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: An official with the Trump administration has hinted that the recent suspension imposed on travel from seven Muslim countries might be extended to other countries, including Pakistan. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, while talking on CBS News, clarified that this is “not a Muslim ban”. “You can …

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Trump authorizes his Muslim entry ban by signing executive order

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that authorizes extreme vetting of immigrants and refugees, a move aimed at keeping what he refers to as “radical Islamic terrorists” out of America. “This is big stuff,” Trump said as he signed the directive at the Pentagon on Friday, …

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Trump unleashes policy for Pakistani visa applicants

WASHINGTON:  US president Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistani and Afghan citizens will have to go through an extreme vetting process before entering the United States. In an interview to ABC News, Trump expressed that he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven …

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Soviets tried to avert 1971 war: CIA files

NEW DELHI: The common belief that the 1971 war between India and Pakistan was among other factors a reflection of the Cold War realpolitik stands contradicted by the recently released CIA files. They show, instead, that Moscow disapproved of India’s “dark hints” of military intervention. Again, contrary to common wisdom, …

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Zia promised, Pakistan would not build nuclear bomb: CIA papers

WASHINGTON : Secret documents of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) revealed on Wednesday that Pakistan’s former military ruler general Zia-ul-Haq had promised United States that he will not build a nuclear bomb. It should be noted that CIA has declassified its secret documents, based on 13 million pages, after completion …

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U.S. Congress member met with Assad in Syria, discussed peace: CNN

WASHINGTON: Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard said on Wednesday she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and discussed the possibility of achieving peace. The Hawaii Democrat told CNN in an interview that during her four-day visit, she wanted to get a first-hand view of the suffering of the …

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Trump to unveil immigration, visa restrictions: reports

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland Security — which handles immigration — and sign orders there …

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