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Trump denies ‘racist slur’ that provoked outrage

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” but admitted in a tweet that he used “tough” language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the…

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Outrage over Trump slur on ‘shithole’ countries

Washington: Outrage mounted Friday over US President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as “racist”. During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries,…

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Certain elements in Afghanistan affecting our mutual relationship: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal Thursday said multiple actors penetrating into ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan were affecting the friendly relations between the two brotherly countries. During his weekly media briefing, he said, “Pakistan and Afghanistan need closely coordination with each other for overcoming the scourge of terrorism, we are cognizant of certain elements and their…

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10 things India can learn from Pakistan

NEWS DESK: Times of India told Indians about 10 things they can learn from Pakistanis. This is what the website said: Minorities are treated better Surprisingly, in Pakistan minorities are treated better. No, Hindus aren’t called terrorists and Sikhs who live in Pakistan don’t have a grudge against the Islamic religion. It’s unbelievable how many myths…

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Fatemi briefs ambassadors from NSG countries

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Wednesday briefed selected ambassadors from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries. The briefing was held in the backdrop of the recent meeting of the NSG held in Vienna on 11th November 2016 that deliberated upon the membership applications filed by…

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Amazon to offer loans to sellers in China, other countries

CHICAGO: Amazon.com Inc will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan. Amazon Lending, founded…

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Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria by 2030: WHO

GENEVA: Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by…

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Pakistan ranks 6th among high TB affected countries

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan ranks sixth among the 22 high tuberculosis affected countries, and has 43 per cent share of its patients in the Eastern-Mediterranean region of World Health Organization (WHO). According to available data, the incidence of TB per 100,000 population in Pakistan is 181, case notification per 100,000 per year is 150 while the treatment…

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Pakistan desires peaceful ties with all countries: Pervaiz

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said Pakistan is a peace loving and democratic state and believes in peaceful co-existence of states and desires friendly and peaceful relations with all countries including its neighbors. He said this during a meeting with Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's Permanent Representative designate to the UN…

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UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries

GENEVA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra…

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Countries to accept over 100,000 Syrian refugees: UN

GENEVA: Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. “Today, 28 countries expressed their solidarity with the Syrian refugees but also with the five neighbouring countries which are hosting them… offering what we estimate will be…

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Dutch ship set for new mission to Ebola-hit countries

THE HAGUE: Dutch navy transport ship Karel Doorman will on Friday return to West Africa to deliver dozens of vehicles, food and medical kit in the fight against Ebola, officials said Monday. “The Karel Doorman will set sail on Friday loaded with vehicles, medical equipment and protective clothing for aid workers, as well as 1,500…

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Countries show interests in JF-17 Thunder: Air chief  

KARACHI: The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Tuesday said that several countries have shown great interests in JF-17 Thunder, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by Pakistan and China. Talking to journalists at the 8th International Defence Exhibition seminar (IDEAS-2014) here at Expo Centre on Tuesday, Butt congratulated Pakistani forces on…

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Ramadan starts in Arab countries, Europe, Asia

RIYADH: The holy month of Ramadan begun on Sunday in most Arab countries, Europe and Asia. People in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt, Britain and some European counties started observing fasting on Sunday. Ramadan also got under way in Asian countries including Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population at around 225…

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Ramazan begins in several countries

The holy month of Ramazan has started in several countries of the world.

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Whatmore to help minor countries

SYDNEY: Former World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore will help Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates prepare for next year's 50-over tournament in Australia and New Zealand. The 60-year-old Australian will work with the International Cricket Council's high performance manager and each of the four teams in an advisory and support role. Whatmore led Sri…

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Atheists face death in 13 countries, global discrimination: study

GENEVA: In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law, according to a detailed study issued on Tuesday.And beyond the Islamic nations, even some of the West's apparently most democratic governments at best discriminate against citizens…

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Muharram processions in Iraq, other countries

This report shows large Muharram processions in Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.

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Eidul Adha being celebrated in Gulf countries, USA, Europe

Staff ReportRIYADH: The Arab world including Gulf countries and Saudi Arab as well as Pakistani diaspora inhabiting America and Europe will celebrate today Eidul Adha—the annual festival of sacrifice marking the grand sacrifice rendered by Hazrat Ibrahim and his son Hazrat Ismail (peace be upon them), SAMAA reported Tuesday.Following the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim, Muslims…

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Barclays to shut wealth management services in 130 countries

LONDON: Barclays Plc will stop offering wealth management services in about 130 countries by 2016 and cut jobs in the unit as part of an effort to rein in costs and boost profit.”This is part of our new strategy, focusing on reducing complexity and competing where we can win,” a Barclays spokesman said. Barclays Wealth…

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PM Sharif hosts Iftar dinner in honor of Muslim countries’ envoys

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hosted Iftar dinner in honor of Muslim Countries’ envoys in Islamabad today, SAMAA reports.President-elect Mamnoon Hussain was also present and focal point of the guests in the PM Iftar dinner this evening in the capital city of the country, informed sources.Muslim countries’ envoys met Mamnoon Hussain one by one…

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