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Trump, Putin hold ‘good’ meeting on sidelines of Paris event

Paris (Web Desk) Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly meets with his American counterpart, Donald Trump, in the French capital as tensions pile up between Moscow and Washington over a range of issues, especially the United States’ recent plan to walk away from a key Cold War-era arms control treaty. The …

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Experts say Iran, partners can find ways around sanctions

Washington (Web Desk) Only days after the administration of US President Donald Trump restored sanctions against Iran, speculations are emerging among analysts that the country would eventually be able to find ways to dodge them in cooperation with its trading partners. “There will always be both overt and covert activities …

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US special envoy to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON DC / MOSCOW (Web Desk) United States special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from November 8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the US State Department said on Thursday. Khalilzad met Taliban leaders …

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US official due in Israel, UAE to push for anti-Iran campaign

Washington (Web Desk) US State Department’s Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is to visit Israel and the UAE to advance US President Donald Trump’s so-called Iran strategy and push for Washington’s hostile campaign against Tehran. “Hook will travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates November 12-20,” a media …

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Trump orders crackdown on asylum seekers

WASHINGTON DC (Web Desk) The United States embarked on Friday on a policy of automatically rejecting asylum claims of people who cross the Mexican border illegally in a bid to deter Central American migrants and force Mexico to handle them. President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at halting the …

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War on terror left half a million dead in 17 years, says report

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) War-related violence has killed 65,000 people in Pakistan in the last 17 years, including 23,000 civilians, 9,000 security personnel and 90 American contractors, says a report released on Thursday. The rest of the casualties were anti-government fighters. The report by the Brown University’s Costs of War Project notes …

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Michelle Obama reveals daughters were conceived by IVF

Washington (Web Desk) Former first lady Michelle Obama will never forgive President Donald Trump for promoting a bigoted conspiracy theory that questioned whether her husband was born in the United States, the Washington Post reported on Friday. In a separate interview with ABC News ahead of Tuesday’s release of her memoir, …

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Nine dead in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

California (Web Desk) Nine people were declared dead and tens of thousands evacuated Friday as fierce wildfires raged across the western US state of California, with one rapidly spreading blaze threatening the famed resort of Malibu. All of the fatalities were reported in a massive late-season inferno in the town …

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Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington (Web Desk) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.Mr Trump had criticised his top law official for months, mainly over his refusal to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in favour of Mr Trump’s election in 2016. Mr Sessions’s chief of staff, Matthew …

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US shoring up support for Geneva conference on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process were the two key items discussed during this week’s US-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, said an official US statement released on Wednesday. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian …

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