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US denies public was lied to about Afghan war progress

WASHINGTON: Top US defence officials denied on Friday that the military had for years hidden from the public its lack of progress in the Afghan war. Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley rejected allegations that the Pentagon and other government agencies had falsely reported progress …

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US to resume military training programme for Pakistan: State Department

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has approved a resumption of Pakistan’s participation in a coveted US military training and educational programme more than a year after it was suspended, the State Department said on Thursday. The decision to resume Islamabad’s participation in the International Military Education and Training Program, or IMET …

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US slaps new sanctions on Iran, imposes visa restrictions

WASHINGTON: The United States has announced new sanctions against Iran, targeting individuals in the judicial courts and security services over the handling of the recent protests against fuel price hikes in the country. The US Treasury said on Thursday the sanctions were imposed on two Iranian judges, Abolghassem Salavati and …

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Impeachment vote set for Wednesday as Trump rages

WASHINGTON: An enraged US President Donald Trump said he was being subjected to an “attempted coup” and a witch trial as Democrats set a historic impeachment vote for Wednesday. In an extraordinarily angry six-page letter, Trump on Tuesday told Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the Democratic-led House of Representatives, that “history …

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‘US State Department to cut Iraq-based personnel by a third’

WASHINGTON: The US State Department reportedly plans to significantly and permanently draw down the number of its personnel in Iraq. The CNN reported Wednesday that it had obtained a memo sent in early December by the State Department to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, outlining the plan to cut the …

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UN Security Council to meet on Kashmir at China’s request: report

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet at China’s request on Tuesday to discuss the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, diplomats said. The council will meet behind closed doors for the first time since a similar gathering in August, which was also called by Pakistan ally …

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Factbox: Donald Trump impeachment trial – What happens next?

The US House of Representatives will take up impeachment charges against President Donald Trump next week after the House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, to the full chamber. Here is what happened on Friday and likely will happen in coming days: …

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Genocide of Muslims a step away in IOK, Assam: Dr Stanton

WASHINGTON: The world’s best-known expert on genocide has said Muslims in occupied Kashmir and Assam are just one step away from genocide. At a briefing at the US Congress in Washington, President of the Genocide Watch, Dr Gregory Stanton said preparation for genocide is definitely under way in India. He …

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Saudi Arabia quietly trying to mend ties with Iran: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is quietly seeking to improve relations with Iran and other players in the region amid economic concerns and doubts about Washington’s backing for Riyadh, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. According to the report published on Friday, Saudi officials have grown more worried about the risks that …

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