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Trump says he’ll declare emergency on U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move Democrats vowed to challenge as an unconstitutional attempt to fund his promised border wall without approval from Congress. “I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have an invasion of...

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Israeli Missiles shot down by Syrian Air Defence: State Media

BEIRUT: Syrian air defences shot down Israeli missiles near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, local state media reported, while Israel said it was protecting itself from anti-aircraft fire. The official Syrian news agency SANA said air defences “intercepted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes” from over Lebanese territories, citing a military source. It added that the majority of them...

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President Erdogan invites Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019: White House

WASHINGTON: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, a White House spokesman said on Monday. “While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. The conflict in Syria following Trump’s announcement of a U.S. pullout,...

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Nawaz awarded 7 years jail for Al-Azizia, fined heavily

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, while acquitting him in the Flagship Investment reference. Accountability Court II Judge Arshad Malik announced the verdict in the references against the Sharif family, after reserving the decision last week. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had concluded its...

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Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

JAKARTA: The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. "The number of victims and damage will continue to rise," said agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Hundreds of others on the Indonesian islands of Java and...

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Death toll in Indonesia from ‘volcano’ tsunami rises to 168

CARITA, INDONESIA: A tsunami following a volcanic eruption killed at least 168 people when it slammed without warning into popular beaches around Indonesia´s Sunda Strait on Saturday night, cutting a swathe of destruction and triggering mass panic as it swept inland. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip...

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Six more Youths embrace martyrdom in IoK by Indian forces

SRINAGAR: According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), Indian troops on Saturday martyred six youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district. The youth were killed during a cordon and search operation launched by the Indian troops, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group in Arampora area of the district. The authorities suspended mobile internet services after the killings. Earlier...

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Donald Trump plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, a US official said on Thursday, in the latest sign Trump’s patience is thinning with America’s longest war and overseas military interventions. On Wednesday, Trump rebuffed top advisers and decided to pull all US troops out of Syria, a decision that...

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Pentagon chief Mattis calls it quits with Trump over difference of ‘views’

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump shocked the US establishment by pulling out of Syria. In a letter to Trump, Mattis suggested his worldview, which favours traditional alliances and standing up to "malign actors," stands at odds with that of the president's. "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of...

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Trump declares victory over Daesh in Syria, orders US troops home

WASHINGTON: The Daesh group has been "beaten" in Syria, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike. "We´ve won against [Daesh]," Trump said...

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President’s rule being imposed in IoK

President's rule is set to be imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir from Thursday, December 20 as the governor's rule expires after six months today. The Union home ministry conveyed this to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik after approval from the Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, the Economic Times said citing sources. Governor’s rule was...

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Afghanistan ceasefire push in focus in US, Taliban talks

Talks between US and Taliban officials aimed at arranging peace negotiations in Afghanistan were set for a second day on Tuesday after discussions around the future of foreign forces and a possible six-month ceasefire, Taliban sources said. The three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi is at least the third time that US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met Taliban representatives...

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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position on Khashoggi: statement

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia early on Monday rejected “the position expressed recently by the United States Senate”, saying the Jamal Khashoggi murder is a crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom, a statement by Saudi’s foreign ministry said. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated...

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Rebels hail Yemen ceasefire accord a ‘success’, despite skirmishes

SANAA: Huthi rebels on Saturday hailed a ceasefire accord for a vital Yemeni port agreed at UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, although the deal´s implementation remained fragile. The breakthrough agreement at the first round of negotiations since 2016 was a "success", said Daif Allah al-Shami, information minister for the rebels´ unrecognised national salvation government. Reached Thursday between the Huthis and...

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Indian troops martyr 10 youth in IoK’s Pulwama district

SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred ten youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. Three of the youth were killed during a cordon and search operation launched by the troops in the Kharpora Sirnoo area of the district. The killing sparked protests by residents resulting in clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian forces. The India troops...

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Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: PM Morrison

SYDNEY: Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. “Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Morrison said. “We look forward to moving...

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Donald Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. Trump acted because he "was very concerned about how this would affect the election," Cohen told ABC News of the women´s...

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