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Trump terms Indo-Pak row ‘very dangerous situation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump voiced alarm Friday at the "very dangerous situation" between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was considering "very strong" action after an attack in occupied Kashmir. "It's very dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop," Trump said, adding that the United States was seeking talks with Pakistan. "Right...

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Over 20 dead in US polar vortex, frostbite amputations feared

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low minus 49 Celsius that paralysed the US Midwest and were blamed for at least 21 deaths. Warmer-than-normal weather was on the way, but that offered little comfort to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly enduring cold that caused frostbite in minutes and made being outside potentially...

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Key to peace is Afghanistan not Pakistan: Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the “keys to war are in Islamabad, Quetta, Rawal­pindi”, suggesting Pakistan was a safe haven for cross-border militant activities. Ghani said the “key to peace was in Afghanistan”, as talks between Taliban and US officials on ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan appear to be gaining momentum. Ghani made the remarks...

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Saudi’s anti-corruption probe ends with many detained; state coffers $107bn richer

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the end of a high-profile anti-corruption probe that boosted the state coffers by more than $100 billion and has left dozens detained. The crackdown on graft launched in 2017 saw hundreds of elite princes, ministers and businessmen held at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Many were detained for weeks in the...

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Malaysia enthrones new king after historic abdication

Malaysia on Thursday installed a new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen. In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the sports-loving sultan, dressed in aqua blue formal wear, took the oath of office at the national palace in Kuala...

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Iran facing the toughest economic situation in 40 years: president

GENEVA:  Iran’s president said on Wednesday the country was facing its toughest economic situation in 40 years, and the United States, not the government, was to blame. U.S. President Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions. Workers, including truck drivers, farmers and merchants, have since launched sporadic protests against economic hardships,...

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EU says ‘no’ as British Parliament instruct Theresa May to change Brexit deal

LONDON: British lawmakers on Tuesday instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen a Brexit treaty with the European Union to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement — and promptly received a flat rejection from Brussels. Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting May’s Brexit deal, parliament backed a proposal intended to send her back to Brussels with a stronger mandate to seek...

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Grenade attack kills two as victims sleeping at southern Philippines mosque

A grenade attack on a mosque in the troubled southern Philippines killed two people early Wednesday, authorities said, just days after a deadly Catholic cathedral bombing and a vote backing Muslim self-rule in the region. The blast tore through the building as the victims were sleeping in the predawn darkness on the insurgency-plagued island of Mindanao, which is home to...

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Palestinian PM, government resign

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gazas Islamist Hamas rulers. The government will continue to carry out its duties until a new one is formed, it said in a statement issued after...

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Brexit plots and passions split UK parliament

Britain´s bickering parliament has splintered into rival factions with their own remedies for Prime Minister Theresa May´s Brexit deal. Tuesday will be their big chance to have their say. Here is what the political lay of the land will look like when the House of Commons holds votes that could alter the course of Britain´s planned split from the EU...

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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani calls for ‘serious talks’ with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday the Taliban should "enter serious talks" with his government, after the insurgents and Washington both touted progress during unprecedented negotiations in Qatar last week. The Taliban have long refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, branding them "puppets". But a months-long diplomatic push by the United States to broker talks culminated in six days...

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Corruption seen rising in Donald Trump’s US: watchdog

The United States last year slid down the rankings of a global corruption index as America´s system of checks and balances faced growing threats on Donald Trump´s watch, Transparency International said Tuesday. The US lost four points to score 71 out of 100 on the watchdog´s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, sending the country tumbling out of the top 20 for...

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Bahrain’s opposition leader loses appeal against life sentence

Bahrain's supreme court, whose verdicts are final, on Monday upheld a life term for Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman for spying for Gulf rival Qatar, a judicial source said. Salman, who headed the Al-Wefaq group, was convicted in November of “communicating with Qatari officials... to overthrow constitutional order”, a ruling rights groups have called a travesty. Salman's aides Ali...

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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefs President Ghani on talks with Taliban

The Afghan president's office said United States peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials. Monday's statement quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a ceasefire with the Taliban but that there was no progress yet on that issue. The statement also claims...

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Venezuela’s Juan Guaido calls for new anti-Maduro protests

Venezuela´s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido called Sunday for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolas Maduro and back a European ultimatum demanding free elections within the week. In a video posted on Twitter, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly said the first of the nationwide strikes, on Wednesday from noon to...

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Brazil dam disaster leaves 34 dead, hundreds missing

BRUMADINHO: Thirty-four people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing Saturday, with hopes fading of them being found alive, after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. The disaster struck Friday at the Vale mine near the city of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais state, spewing millions of tons of muddy sludge across the facility and down towards...

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Round of U.S.-Taliban talks ends with progress on draft peace deal: Taliban officials

Taliban negotiators and United States officials meeting in Qatar on Saturday finalised clauses to be included in a draft agreement to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, according to Taliban sources. Details provided by the sources to Reuters include apparent concessions from both sides, with foreign forces to be withdrawn from the country in 18 months from the future signing of...

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