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India calls off meeting with Pakistan foreign minister in New York

Web Desk: India on Friday has called off high-level talks with Pakistan just 24 hours after announcing they would happen. According to TOI India has that its foreign minister Sushma Swaraj would not meet her counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN general assembly, as had been announced during a press conference on Thursday. “Prime Minister Imran...

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Trump scraps Pompeo trip to North Korea, citing stalled nuclear diplomacy

WASHINGTON  - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly canceled his top diplomat’s planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with North Korea’s leader. Trump partly blamed China for the lack of progress with North Korea and suggested that talks with Pyongyang, led...

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Italy clashes with EU over migrants stranded on rescue boat

ROME/BRUSSELS  - Italy’s populist government said on Friday it would cut funds for the European Union unless other states take in boat migrants stranded in an Italian port, earning a rebuke from Brussels for making unacceptable “threats”. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that envoys from EU states who met in Brussels on Friday did not reach a deal to...

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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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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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Trump says US market would ‘crash’ if he were impeached

President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Thursday that the US economy would collapse if he were impeached. "I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor, because without this thinking, you would see — you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in...

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Trump declares emergency as Hawaii braces for hurricane

Hurricane Lane drenched Hawaii Thursday ahead of its arrival in the island state, prompting US President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency as landslides and flash flooding left roads blocked. The National Weather Service said Lane — located about 200 miles south of Hawaii — remained a powerful hurricane, packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour,...

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Air France, British Airways to end flights to Tehran

Air France and British Airways announced Thursday that they will halt flights to Tehran next month, citing low profitability as the US reimposes sanctions on Iran. Air France, which had run connections to the Iranian capital via its low-cost operator Joon, said it would axe the route on September 18, blaming "poor commercial viability". The French carrier had already cut...

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Scott Morrison is new Australian PM after bitter coup

Scott Morrison was installed as Australia´s seventh prime minister in 11 years Friday after a stunning Liberal party revolt instigated by conservatives unseated moderate Malcolm Turnbull. Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, was the driving force behind the move to oust Turnbull after a party backlash against his more liberal policies. But after a torrid...

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Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

A string of deadly earthquakes that rocked Indonesia´s Lombok island this summer killed 555 people and injured nearly 1,500, the disaster agency said Friday, with hundreds of thousands left homeless. The picturesque island next to holiday hotspot Bali was hit by two deadly quakes on July 29 and August 5. On Sunday it was shaken by a string of fresh...

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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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Trudeau congratultes Imran Khan over assuming PM office

Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau on Tuesday congratulated his counterpart prime minister Imran Khan on forming the government, saying that he "looked forward to working together" with him. A press release from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that the two leaders had spoken on the phone and "stressed the need for further strengthening of ties particularly in areas of trade,...

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Death sentence ordered by Indian court for rapists of 8-year-old

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Tuesday sentenced two men to death for the gang-rape of an eight-year-old girl that sparked angry protests. The sentence was one of the first ordered under a new law allowing for fast-track trials and capital punishment for child rapists. Crowds chanted "Death to rapists!" after the brutal attack on the child in the central...

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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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Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries

MAKKAH: The holy and auspicious Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Gulf countries, Afghanistan along some other parts of the world today. In Saudi Arabia, major congregations were held in Masjid-ul-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, and Masjid an-Nabawi, also called the Prophet’s Mosque, in Madina early Tuesday morning where more than two million Muslims...

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