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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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MBS, Narendra Modi meet in Argentina as India looks to find new avenues for oil import

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed the kingdom's willingness to provide for all of India's oil and petroleum product needs during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday. According to SPA, the two leaders met at the residence of the Saudi crown prince — known by his initials...

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Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned

MOSCOW: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin will take place at this week's G20 summit as planned, the Kremlin said Thursday, despite US threats to cancel over Moscow's tensions with Ukraine. "Washington has confirmed the meeting," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Peskov said the meeting in Argentina would start around noon on Saturday with...

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At least 10 killed in attack at UK security firm’s Kabul compound

KABUL: At least 10 people were killed after a massive blast outside a British security company´s compound in Kabul late Wednesday, officials said, with the attack claimed by the Taliban in the latest violence to target the Afghan capital. The interior ministry and police both said the blast had been a car bomb targeting a compound which houses G4S, a...

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Car Bomb Hits Afghan Capital Kabul As Ghani Outlines Peace Plans

KABUL: A car bomb exploded near to a security contractors compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of smoke into the night sky and officials reported gunfire in the wake of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and no word on casualties. A senior security official said the blast happened close to...

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PM Modi will not participate in SAARC summit: Sushma Swaraj

New-Delhi: On Wednesday,  Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that there  will be no dialogue with Pakistan  in a rebuff to Pakistan a day after Islamabad said it would invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the SAARC summit. She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan. Swaraj's statement came hours before...

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Government to waive penalty on late filing of tax returns: State Minister

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the government has decided to waive penalty for late filing of tax returns, State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar informed. He tweeted on Tuesday that the mandatory audit of the salaried group of late filers has also been withdrawn. The government has decided to waive the penalty for late filing along with audit for Salaried Group of...

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Saudi crown prince MBS visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is encountering something in Tunisia that he doesn't see often: public anger. Amid international concern about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some 200 protesters gathered in central Tunis on Monday night to protest the prince's Tuesday arrival for talks with the Tunisian president. A banner showing a doctored image of the prince...

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Donald Trump says doesn’t believe own government’s climate warning

President Donald Trump said Monday he doesn't believe his own government's report last week warning of massive economic losses if carbon emissions continue to feed climate change unchecked. "I don't believe it," Trump said at the White House, adding that the United States would not take measures to cut emissions if the same was not done in other countries. Trump...

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US shuts border post as migrants try to cross from Mexico

US officials briefly closed a border crossing in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana, authorities announced. The dramatic shutdown took place only three days after Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to...

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UNSC condemns attack on Chinese consulate, Orakzai

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the attacks on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s lower Orakzai district that killed 33 people on Friday. Members of the security council on Saturday also appreciated the swift response by Pakistani authorities. In a statement, the council members stressed that “terrorism in all its forms and...

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Iran urges Muslims, ‘Saudi brothers’ to unite against US

Tehran -Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims worldwide on Saturday to unite against the United States and assured Saudis they were "brothers" who had nothing to fear from Tehran. US President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran in May and has since reimposed crippling unilateral sanction. "What the United States wants of (the...

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China condemns attack on its consulate in Pakistan

BEIJING: Chinese foreign ministry on Friday said they strongly condemn the attack on their consulate in Pakistan. All staff working in China’s consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi are safe, China’s foreign ministry added. The attackers did not enter the consulate compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing. Earlier, today, Pakistani security forces successfully foiled an attack on the...

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Saudi FM warns crossing ‘red lines’ over implying Crown Prince behind Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has warned criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a "red line" after Donald Trump heaped praise on the kingdom in defiance of warnings he was giving Riyadh a pass on a journalist's grisly murder. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly...

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Jamal Khashoggi murder: Donald Trump ignores US leverage over Riyadh

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his partnership with Saudi Arabia, calling it an indispensable ally after a journalist's grisly murder, but critics say his position ignores Washington's enormous leverage over Riyadh. Trump on Tuesday gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pass on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, glossing over the Central Intelligence Agency's reported conclusion that...

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US to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to stick by ally Saudi Arabia even while admitting that de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been behind the brutal murder of a dissident journalist. "It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn´t!" Trump said...

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At least 40 killed in a blast in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL: At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, said two government officials. More than 60 other people were injured in the blast, said Basir Mujahid spokesman for Kabul police. “I have confirmed reports that 40 people have been killed,” Mujahid told Reuters. There were no immediate claims...

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