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Donald Trump denies dispute reports with top aides over Iran policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday denied friction with his hawkish foreign policy advisers on Iran, specifically giving statements of support to White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump called “bullshit” a variety of news reports that he had chafed at his advisers and privately expressed concerns that they were trying to...

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UNSC calls Pulwama attack heinous and cowardly, demands justice and accountability

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the February 14 attack in Pulwama and rebuffed India’s efforts to implicate Pakistan. Despite India’s accusations against Pakistan, the UN statement did not mention Pakistan, dealing a blow to India’s efforts to isolate Pakistan. "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide...

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Saudi crown prince arrives in China

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist's brutal murder. Mohammed is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his two-day trip to the Chinese capital following visits to Pakistan and India. The tour has allowed him...

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Trump: We need more time to put out a statement on Pulwama

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has said he was getting reports on last week’s suicide attack in Pulwama which killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers and his country will respond "an appropriate time". As Trump addressed the media during an Oval Office signing ceremony, he was asked about the attack. Responding to the question, the US president said, “I...

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UN urges India, Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree. The two countries have been locked in a diplomatic clash following a suicide attack on February 14 in occupied Kashmir that killed 40 Indian security personnel. In this regard,...

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Several people buried in Swiss avalanche: police

GENEVA: Several skiers were buried in an avalanche on the slopes of the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, police said on Tuesday. The avalanche came as warm temperatures over the past week began melting heavy snow and coincided with school holidays in some cantons. “An avalanche occurred in the Plaine-Morte sector, search and rescue teams are on the site. Several people...

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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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Fifth day of Curfew in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A curfew imposed throughout Indian-occupied Kashmir continued for a fifth day on Tuesday as tensions escalate in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. The death toll from Monday's gun battle rose to four as Indian forces continued to clamp down in the occupied valley. The Kashmiris were martyred by Indian troops during a search operation in Pinglena area of...

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Trump calls talk about his removal ‘treasonous’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday a top justice official’s reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an “illegal and treasonous” push against him. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised the possibility of removing the president in 2017 after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, according to Andrew McCabe, who replaced...

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Kashmiri youth, 4 Indian soldiers killed in Pulwama gunbattle: reports

One Kashmiri youth and at least four Indian soldiers were killed on Monday in a fierce gunfight in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district, where a suicide bomber killed 41 Indian paramilitaries last week, media reports said. One soldier was also critically wounded in the shootout as troops launched a search operation in Pulwama. “Four soldiers were killed during the shootout and another one...

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Trump’s choice for UN ambassador withdraws: State Department

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, the State Department said on Saturday. Nauert was State Department spokeswoman when Trump chose her for the UN position after working as a host for the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. She had been criticized by Democrats...

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Kashmiris observe shutdown of occupied valley against mob attacks

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) today to mark protests against attacks by Hindu mobs on Kashmiris in the valley. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the call for strike was given by trade bodies such as the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Forum and Kashmir Economic Alliance in the occupied valley. All shops and...

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War kills more than 100,000 babies a year, says Save the Children

MUNICH: At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war and its effects, among them hunger, damage...

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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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Blaming Pakistan for Pulwama attack is wrong: ex-IOK CM Farooq Abdullah

SRINAGAR:  Former Chief Minister of Indian Occupied Kashmir Farooq Abdullah has said that pointing finger at Pakistan for Pulwama attack is wrong. Talking to an Indian TV channel, he said struggle by Kashmiris is indigenous but India always blamed Pakistan for everything that happens in Kashmir. He said it is not the right approach. Farooq Abdullah said such events will...

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Blast kills 18 Indian soldiers in IoK

SRINAGAR: At least 18 Indian soldiers were killed and more than 20 injured in a bomb attack on a paramilitary convoy in India-occupied Kashmir. According to details, the incident took place when an explosive-laden car hit a Central Reserve Police Force bus. Authorities say the death toll may rise. The traffic was suspended on the highway following the blast. Indian...

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Rouhani vows revenge on ‘mercenaries’ behind suicide attack

President Hassan Rouhani vowed revenge Thursday against the “mercenary group” behind a suicide bombing which killed 27 people in southeastern Iran and accused the US and Israel of supporting “terrorism”. “We will certainly make this mercenary group pay for the blood of our martyrs,” the official IRNA news agency quoted the Iranian president as saying in response to Wednesday’s attack....

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