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Pakistan hopes to ‘repair’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed hopes Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in ending the war in Afghanistan. Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when...

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Egypt’s ex-president Mursi buried in Cairo

CAIRO: Egypt’s Islamist ex-president Mohamed Mursi was buried in a small family ceremony early on Tuesday a day after he suffered a fatal heart attack in court, his sons said, as supporters posted messages of grief and anger. The first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, who was deposed by the army in 2013, was laid to...

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Death toll from China quakes rises to 11

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in...

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Egypt ex-President Mohammed Morsi dies in Court proceedings

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi on Monday collapsed during a court session and died, state television reported. State TV reported that the 67-year-old was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said. "He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became...

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Two youths martyred by Indian forces in IoK

SRINAGAR: At least two more innocent Kashmiri youth were martyred on Monday in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), the Kashmir Media Service reported. Indian forces carried out a cordon and search operation at Bidoora-Achabal in Islamabad district of IoK during which the two youths were martyred, according to the reports. Mobile phone services and the internet were suspended in the Islamabad...

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Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

Thirty people were killed late on Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV. “The death toll...

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Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

DUSHANBE: Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after...

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Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

CHRISTCHURCH: The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges. Brenton Tarrant's barrister told Christchurch High Court his client was pleading not guilty to all charges, prompting anger from survivors and relatives of those killed in the March...

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PM Khan calls for establishment of framework to combat corruption

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday urged members of the Shanghai Organisation Council (SCO) to establish a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white-collar crime. Addressing a session of SCO’s Council Head of the States meeting in Bishkek, the PM said Pakistan provides the vital connectivity between the Middle East and China and Central and South Asia. He said,...

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PM Khan, Chinese President Xi discuss bilateral relations

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Council of Heads of State of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Bishkek on Friday. The PM and President Xi held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. In a tweet, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal said both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening Pakistan China...

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Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman: shipping firms

DUBAI: Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said Thursday, sending oil prices as much as four percent higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, carrying a cargo of petrochemical feed-stock, was ablaze in...

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Indian PM Modi’s plane will not fly through Pakistani airspace: Indian Ministry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly through Pakistani airspace on his way to Bishkek, despite the permission granted by the Pakistani government for using the airspace. The Indian PM will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital, the Indian external affairs ministry said on Wednesday. Pakistan has allowed a plane carrying...

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Shipwrecked: 65 Rohingyas found on Thai island

BANGKOK: Thai officials said they discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees on Tuesday who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand. The passengers — 28 men, 31 women and five children — were stranded on Rawi island in Tarutao National Park in Thailand’s southern Satun province after the boat suffered engine trouble, a park official said. The chief of Tarutao...

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Iran urges Europe to normalise economic ties with it or face consequences

LONDON: Iran said Sunday Europe was in no position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities and called on the region's leaders to normalize trade ties with the Islamic Republic despite US sanctions or face consequences. President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sweeping sanctions. Trump condemned the...

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4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

Three supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and another from a rival regional party have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state, police and a local politician said on Sunday. At least 18 others were injured in the clashes that broke out on Saturday in the eastern state that has been on edge since Prime Minister Narendra...

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US, Russia trade charges after near naval collision

WASHINGTON: Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous manoeuvres after their naval ships came close to a collision in the East China Sea. Russia's Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser suddenly cut across the course of its Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine ship, passing in front of it at a distance of just 50...

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British PM Theresa May quits as party leader, starting succession race

British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European...

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