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Tensions rise as US death toll from coronavirus reaches 9

SEATTLE: Tensions over how to contain the coronavirus escalated Tuesday in the United States as the death toll climbed to nine and lawmakers expressed doubts about the government’s ability to ramp up testing fast enough to deal with the crisis. All of the deaths have occurred in Washington state, and …

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Trump talks to Taliban leader for 35 minutes

KABUL: President Donald Trump spoke by phone to the leader of the Taliban, the militant group and the US leader said on Tuesday, days after Washington signed a historic deal with the militants. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he had “a very good talk with the …

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US, India joint statement repeats old allegations against Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to ‘launch terror attacks’, according to a joint statement issued by the White House following the conclusion of the US leader’s two-day visit to the neighbouring country. …

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During India visit, Trump to raise issue of religious freedom with Modi

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom in India during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, a US senior administration official said on Saturday, adding that the issue is ‘extremely important to this (Trump) administration’. Modi’s government has faced large scale-protests at …

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Pentagon confirms its military jet crashed in Afghanistan

GHAZNI: A US military jet crashed in mountainous territory in eastern Afghanistan, where there is a heavy Taliban presence, the Pentagon confirmed Monday, rejecting the insurgents´ suggestions that it was shot down. Afghanistan US Forces spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett confirmed in a statement that the aircraft was a US Bombardier …

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Rallies held in 30 US cities against controversial Indian law

WASHINGTON: Protests against India’s new citizenship laws were held in 30 US cities on Sunday as thousands of Indian-Americans came out on the streets to vent their anger. In Washington, hundreds gathered outside the White House, chanting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, they said, was undermining their country’s …

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US House of Representatives may take up resolution on Kashmir

WASHINGTON: US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel has said that a draft resolution on the ongoing situation in Indian occupied Kashmir could be presented in the United States House of Representatives in the coming months. In an interview with Geo News, the Democrat congressman from New York said …

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Americans send apology letter to Iranian nation for Trump’s aggression

WASHINGTON: An American peace advocacy group has collected more than 10,000 signatures for an open letter apologizing to the Iranian nation for the US aggression, particularly President Donald Trump’s “reckless” decision to order the assassination of senior Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. “As Americans committed to peace and the …

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