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India calls off meeting with Pakistan foreign minister in New York

Web Desk: India on Friday has called off high-level talks with Pakistan just 24 hours after announcing they would happen. According to TOI India has that its foreign minister Sushma Swaraj would not meet her counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN general assembly, as had been announced during a press conference on Thursday. “Prime Minister Imran...

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TIME magazine highlights plight of pellet gun victims in IoK

NEW YORK, Sept 10 : A mass-circulation U.S. magazine has published an article focusing international attention to the horrifying injuries, including blinding, inflicted on thousands of Kashmiri protesters by the Indian security forces using the deadly pellet guns in occupied Kashmir. TIME magazine also published photographs taken by an award-winning Italian photo/journalist of some of the victims who lost their...

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Ban cheese imports? Pakistan discusses outside-the-box ideas to avoid IMF bailout

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani economic advisors discussed banning imports of luxury cars, smartphones and cheese in a wide-ranging strategy session on how to avoid seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior government advisor said. While no decisions were made, the floating of radical measures to tackle Pakistan’s ballooning current account deficit by the newly formed Economic Advisory Council...

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Donald Trump cuts $25 million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid, a State Department official said on Saturday. Trump called for a review of US assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in...

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South Sudan plane crashes with about 20 on board

JUBA: A 19-seater plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan on Sunday, a regional official told AFP, adding "many on board are feared dead". "We have not yet established full details of the airline but what we know it is a 19-seater plane coming from Juba to Yirol this morning," said regional information minister for the...

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Egyptian court awards death sentence over 2013 sit-in

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, and jailed more than 600 others over a 2013 sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces. The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offences including murder and inciting violence during the pro-Muslim Brotherhood...

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U.S. sends Iran messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran president

GENEVA  - The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. Tensions ramped up between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month....

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Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional...

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New book by Woodward says Trump wanted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad assassinated

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assassinated last year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to a new book that depicts top Trump aides sometimes disregarding presidential orders to limit what they saw as damaging and dangerous behavior. Excerpts from the book, Fear: Trump in the White House, written by famed Watergate...

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Donald Trump to chair ‘Security Council’ meeting on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the UNSC to call...

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Afghan Taliban announce death of Haqqani network leader: SITE

The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their affiliates the Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday. Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died "after a long battle with illness", the Taliban said in a statement. Jalaluddin...

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Gen Scott Miller to head NATO forces in Afghanistan as Nicholson out

KABUL: US Army General Scott Miller assumed command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, arriving as Washington faces growing questions over its strategy to force the Taliban into talks to end the 17-year conflict. Miller, the former commander of the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command, takes over at a time of mixed hope...

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US withdraws Rs36.9bn aid over indecisiveness on militants

WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday made the final decision to cancel another $300 million — or Rs36.9 billion — in aid to Pakistan that had been halted over what the former claims is the latter's failure to take decisive action against militants. The so-called Coalition Support Funds (CSF) were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced...

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PM Imran Khan re-constitutes Economic Advisory Council comprises of 18 experts

ISLAMABAD: According to the notification issued,on Saturday, prime minister Imran Khan has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council (EAC). The notification stated the EAC will comprise 18 members of which seven belong to the government sector while the remaining 11 belong to the private sector. Those belonging to the private sector include experts from Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United...

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Petrol, diesel prices slashed for September 2018

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday announced to slash prices of petroleum products with effect from tonight, Newsone reported. Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Thursday forwarded a summary to Finance Ministry for reduction in petrol prices by RS 2 per Litre. OGRA recommended Rs6 per liter decrease in diesel price and kerosene Oil Rs30 paisa per liter, while...

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Last-ditch talks begin to avert disaster in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT: Key brokers held last-ditch talks on Thursday on the fate of Syria’s only remaining rebel-held province, hoping to stave off a government offensive the UN has warned could spark catastrophe. Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has torn Syria...

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Suu Kyi should have ‘resigned’ on Rohingya crackdown: UN

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar’s de facto leader over last year’s brutal army campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC. A military crackdown in response to attacks by Rohingya militants drove around 700,000 of the Muslim minority from Rakhine state into Bangladesh, where they have given...

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