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US ready to resume North Korea talks, seeks denuclearisation by 2021

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited North Korea’s foreign minister to meet in New York next...

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Israel renews threat to attack Iran targets in Syria

Israel on Wednesday renewed its threat to attack Iranian military targets in Syria, after the two Muslim allies signed an accord on security cooperation. "The accord concluded by (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and Iran constitutes a test for Israel: Our response will be loud and clear," Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Israeli public radio. "We will not allow Iran...

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Gold price rises in Pakistan

KARACHI: According to Newsone, the price of gold has increased in Pakistan owing to a rise in the international market. According to sources the per tola (11.33 grams) had risen by Rs2,000 to Rs58,300. The price for ten grams rose by Rs17,500 to Rs49,983. The per tola price of silver also increased in the country by Rs10 and was now...

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No decision made yet to approach IMF: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, finance Mminister Asad Umar said the government has not made a decision to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package. Speaking at the floor of Senate today, the minister further added that consultations on the current economic situation are underway and a final decision will be taken after taking the Parliament on board. "Even...

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Daesh’s Afghanistan head killed, says government

KABUL: Abu Saad Erhabi, the head of Daesh in Afghanistan, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in the Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday. Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces, the National Directorate of Security in Kabul said...

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Battling brain cancer: US Senator McCain dead at 81

WASHINGTON: Republican US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008 and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his office said. He was 81. McCain, a US senator from Arizona for over three decades, had been battling glioblastoma — an aggressive...

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Asian Games: Nargis wins first ever medal for Pakistan in Karate competition

JAKARTA: On Saturday, Pakistani player Nargis won first ever medal in Karate competition at an ongoing Asian Games 2018. According to details, Nargis defeated Nepal’s Rita Karki in women’s +68kg Karate tournament and won bronze medal. This is the second medal for Pakistan in Asian Games 2018. Earlier, Pakistan notched up thumping 16-0 win over Kazakhstan in their third match...

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Trump cuts more than $200 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON  - The United States is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department said on Friday, amid a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian leadership. A senior State Department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, would address “high-priority projects elsewhere.” “We have undertaken a...

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Iran, China FMs to visit Pakistan: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, Pakistan's incumbent foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi apprised the attendants in a press conference held at foreign office Islamabad that in near future foreign ministers from China and Iran to visit Pakistan. Qureshi said that the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent a message to visit Pakistan on August 30-31. "We will welcome the Iranian Foreign Minister...

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Canada PM says in diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia

NANAIMO, British Columbia - Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that his government is engaging diplomatically with Saudi Arabia, but did not back down on his concerns about human rights, two weeks into a spat over Ottawa’s calls for the release of Saudi activists from detention. “We continue to engage diplomatically with Saudi Arabia, I think it’s important...

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Pakistan seeks US ‘immediate correction’ on readout over PM Imran and Pompeo telephonic conversation

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign office of Pakistan on Thursday demanded in a statement an ‘immediate correction’ from the US on the ‘factually incorrect’ readout after the phone call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected,” said Foreign Office...

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Pakistan, Indian soldiers exchange sweets and pleasantries of Eid at Wagah

Pakistani and Indian border troops exchanged sweets along the Line of Control on the occasion of Eid ul Azha. Pakistan Rangers and India’s Border Security Force exchanged sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday at Chakan Da Bagh crossing point along the LoC in Poonch,” an Indian defence spokesperson was quoted as saying by The Hindu. The sweets exchange is...

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Muslims celebrate Eid ul Azha with religious fervor in China

BEIJING (APP):Pakistani community along with millions of Muslims in China celebrated Eidul Azha on Wednesday with great religious fervour and enthusiasm to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismael (AS). Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid, Defence Attaché Brigadier Ahmed Bilal, senior diplomats and officials and a large number of Pakistani students and...

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Kabul rocket attacks come to an end, says Afghan military

An hours-long attack in the Afghan capital Kabul ended on Tuesday after two militants were killed in a clearance operation, the military said. At least six people were injured. “Two attackers were involved. The enemy was firing mortars,” General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Kabul's garrison, told a press conference. Multiple rockets hit near the diplomatic area in the Afghan...

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Rockets and heavy crossfire near Kabul Mosque and Presidential palace

KABUL: Military helicopters were firing above a mosque in Kabul´s old quarter Tuesday as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the Afghan capital, with a barrage of rockets striking the city. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the assault, which came as President Ashraf Ghani was making a speech marking the...

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Dr. Sheikh Hussein delivered annual Hajj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra

WEB DESK: Pilgrims has climbed Mount of Arafat marking the pinnacle of the annual Haj to listen to Hajj Sermon on Monday. The imam of Prophet's (PBUH) Mosque, Sheikh Hussein bin Abdelaziz al-Sheikh, delivered the sermon. Pilgrims stood shoulder to shoulder for an emotional day of repentance and supplication at the site Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final...

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The annual ceremony of changing Ghilaaf-e-Kaaba begins in Makkah

WEB DESK: The annual ceremony of changing Ghilaf-e-Kaaba began early morning today in Saudi Arabia.The new Ghilaf has been prepared at a cost of 200,000 Riyal. It comprises 670kg pure silk, 120kg gold and 100kg silver. The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th Zilhaj every year on the day of Arafat. The ceremony starts after...

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