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Afghan Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar, says sources

The Taliban have held three days of talks with United States (US) envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the militant group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group claimed on Sunday. The talks are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down America's longest war. Seventeen...

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Trump says he remains unsatisfied with Saudi accounts on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was still not satisfied with what he has heard from Saudi Arabia about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, but did not want to lose investment from Riyadh. Trump spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the world’s top oil exporter, on Sunday....

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Saudi FII summit set to start despite boycott over slain journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia brushed off a Western boycott over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as it prepared to launch an investment conference on Tuesday that has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of dozens of top business and government leaders. Hundreds of bankers and company executives are still expected to join officials at a palatial Riyadh hotel for the Future...

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Turkish employees of Saudi consulate give statements in Khashoggi probe

ISTANBUL: Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are giving statements as witnesses under an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday. Twenty consulate workers, including the consul’s driver, gave statements to prosecutors in relation to the incident last week, NTV has reported previously. Prosecutors are seeking statements from a...

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Germany won’t export arms to Saudi ‘in current situation’: Merkel

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggis violent death. "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they cannot take place in the current situation," she told reporters at...

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8 Youths martyred by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir Kulgram’s district

SRINAGAR: On Sunday, the Indian troops displayed state terrorism, martyring eight youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Kulgam district, according to Kashmir Media Service. The occupying forces also destroyed a house during the operation. Two more youth were killed after an unexploded bomb went off while they were removing the debris of the destroyed house. Further, three more Kashmiris who were...

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Afghan Elections: Dozens killed in Kabul near polling stations

KABUL: Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, as voters cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections. Voters were seen fleeing a school in the north of the Afghan capital after a blast, an AFP correspondent said, with witnesses reporting explosions at other polling centres. Afghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations...

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Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi died in consulate, fires two senior officials

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that US-based dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he met there, state media reported. According to Saudi media, preliminary results of investigations showed that he was murdered inside the consulate, and "the discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate...

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Indian forces martyr four more Kashmiris in Baramulla district

SRINAGAR:  On Friday, Indian forces demonstrated  state terrorism, martyred four more Kashmiri youths in Baramulla district of Indian occupied Kashmir.   The youth were killed during a siege and search operation in Boniyar area of the district, according to the Kashmir Media Service. There is a complete shutdown of educational institutes in the valley due to protests against the civilian killings...

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Inflation to rise further, predicts SBP in economic review report

KARACHI: On Thursday, Pakistan's central bank has forecast economic growth to remain below the target and an increase in the inflation rate.  The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its economic review report noted that Pakistan would be unable to achieve its gross domestic product (GDP) target of 6.2 percent in the ongoing fiscal year. It further added that the...

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Rupee to depreciate further, USD-PKR upcoming projections spell doom

PKR has depreciated another 7% over the past week amid a rising import bill led by higher oil prices. PKR REER has now corrected by c.20% since early 2017, and is approaching its long-term average. We expect further PKR depreciation following the government decision to approach the IMF for a bailout, the report states. The report goes on to forecast USD-PKR...

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‘Last piece’ by missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi published

WASHINGTON: Two weeks after he disappeared, The Washington Post on Wednesday published what it said appears to be Jamal Khashoggi’s final column, in which the missing Saudi journalist writes of the importance of a free press in the Arab world. Such a forum is currently lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and US resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate...

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Mike Pompeo says Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe

Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from the enquiry into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Pompeo said after talks in Riyadh: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold...

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Pompeo arrives in Riyadh to discuss missing journalist with Saudi king

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for talks with King Salman on missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, will also meet the Saudi crown prince, a US official said. After talks with the king earlier in the day on what happened to Khashoggi after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Pompeo...

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Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case, Turkey to search consulate

ANKARA/WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on Oct. 2. A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, following delays last week when...

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

Kabul: Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version...

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Sarfraz Ahmed faces tough questions over second test tactics, about team composition

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces some searching questions to answer for the second test against Australia over his bowling attack and batting lineup after Tim Paine’s side produced a battling draw in the first Test in Dubai. Usman Khawaja defied pre-match predictions and a poor return on turning pitches in Asia to score a battling 141 and anchor his side’s...

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