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US states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

A coalition of 16 US states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the US-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers...

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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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Five dead, 19 hurt as car rams into children in China

BEIJING: A car rammed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeast China on Thursday, killing five children and injuring 19 others, state media said. Police took the driver into custody and are investigating the cause of the incident in Huludao, Liaoning province, the official CCTV broadcaster said on its Weibo social...

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Five abducted Iranian guards return home

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said five of 12 Iranian border guards abducted in October by militants from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border and freed in Pakistan earlier this month have returned home. The report on the Guard's website, Sepahnews.com, said the five arrived in Iran on Wednesday night. The fate of the others remains unknown. Pakistani security forces safely recovered five of the 12 border guards on...

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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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Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafeezullah martyred by Indian troops in IoK

Srinagar: Indian troops on Wednesday martyred senior leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mir Hafeezullah, in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Indian armed agents opened fire after barging into the house of Mir Hafeezullah, the TeH District President, at Akingam in Achabal area of the district, injuring him and his wife. They were rushed to Islamabad district hospital where doctors declared...

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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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US judge blocks Donald Trump asylum restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO: A US judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar’s order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide,...

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Four killed in Chicago hospital shooting

An argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the United States city of Chicago on Monday. The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside the Mercy Hospital. “We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the...

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Yemeni Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition, raising peace prospects

DUBAI: Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations. The Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for nearly four years, also said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-led...

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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

KABUL: The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue". The statement comes a day after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul that a peace deal could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April 20...

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Pakistan doesn’t do a damn thing, hid Osama knowingly, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has once again defended his administration's decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country doesn't do "a damn thing for us". Speaking to Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump alleged that Pakistan does “not do a damn thing” for the United States and accused Islamabad of helping Osama bin...

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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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Donald Trump visits fire-wracked California as more than 1,000 missing

PARADISE: US President Donald Trump expressed sadness Saturday at the devastation in a California town, as more than 1,000 people remain listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the US state. Two huge blazes have created a serious smoke problem across vast areas in the state, and when Trump stepped out of Air Force One at Beale Air...

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Three killed in blast in Amritsar, India

AMRITSAR: A blast at a religious ceremony in India's Punjab state Sunday killed at least three people and injured 10, police said. Media reports said two armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting. They brandished a pistol at a woman at the gate before throwing a hand grenade at...

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