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Trump does not plan on moving embassy to Jerusalem this year

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then, reported Reuters. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s…

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Trump cancels trip to UK as new embassy is in “off location”

NEWS DESK: Donald Trump has confirmed he will not come to the UK to open the new US embassy next month, blaming the Obama administration’s decision to move it to an “off location” in a “bad deal”, reported The Independent. Reports last night had said the president would not be attending because he was concerned…

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Turkey to open embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem

Istanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope on Sunday that Turkey would soon be able to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, as he again denounced Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital. Erdogan has sought to lead Islamic condemnation of his US counterpart’s move, calling a summit…

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Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United States stood alone Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticized its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days…

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Turkey says Trump move on Jerusalem ‘irresponsible’, illegal

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Wednesday slammed as irresponsible and illegal the announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington was recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration… the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter. Ahead of Trump’s widely-flagged…

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Pakistan joins Intl.community to condemn US decision

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday joined the international community in expressing its strong opposition and condemnation on the decision of the US Administration to recognize the occupied city of Al Quds Al Sharif//Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there. “It is deeply regrettable that pleas from States across…

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In break with decades of U.S. policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem’s Old City from David Tower December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest,…

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Trump shuns warnings, vows to move embassy to Jerusalem

Washington: President Donald Trump faced down warnings of widespread Middle East unrest and untold damage to the peace process Tuesday, telling anxious Arab leaders he still intends to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Amid a frantic round of telephone diplomacy, Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that the deeply controversial…

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Attack foiled near Saudi palace in Jeddah; one attacker, two royal guards dead

RIYADH: The United States Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned US citizens to exercise caution in the area around the king’s palace in Jeddah on Saturday after reports on social media of an attack there. According to social media, Saudi security forces foiled an attack near the Al-Salam Palace in the coastal city, leaving one attacker…

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US embassy says visa policy for Pakistan unchanged

ISLAMABAD: The US administration has not made any changes in its visa policy towards Pakistan, said a spokesman for the US Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday. Dismissing the reports as ‘rumors’ that the country might be added to the list of countries whose citizens have been banned from travelling to US, the spokesman said in…

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Chinese embassy clarifies media reports on western CPEC route

ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important consensus reached by the Chinese and Pakistani governments and of great significance in enhancing bilateral connectivity, improving people’s livelihood and fostering pragmatic economic and trade cooperation. “It is reported on an Urdu newspaper recently that the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan informed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and…

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Danish Solutions for Energy Crisis in Pakistan

Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Ole Thonk says that Pakistan aims to end the energy crisis and load shedding by 2018, with their five-year energy plan and Denmark is actively supporting the government in achieving that goal. Pakistan has a young and vibrant population of around 190 million, and it is expected to be the world’s…

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US denies Pakistan inclusion to Visa Waiver Program after major gaffe by leading dailies

KARACHI: Leading newspaper outlets that stated Pakistan has been nominated in the US Visa Waiver Program turned out to be fake, US embassy in Islamabad verified in a tweet on Monday. The news was reported by three of Pakistan’s leading Urdu-language newspapers Jang, Express and Dunya after the said outlets became the victim of an…

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American Ambassador goes sherwani shopping

American Ambassador David Hale wanted to try a new style. So he went on an adventure in Islamabad to find what sherwani suited him best. This is what he found

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Edhi was an inspiration beyond Pakistan: US envoy

KARACHI: American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale paid his respects to the family of revered philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, praising the late humanitarian for his philanthropy and “compassion for humanity.” He said Edhi “promoted human rights through his tireless work assisting the needy, regardless of ethnicity or religion, and his philanthropic work reached many communities…

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Pakistanis stranded in Turkey being facilitated: embassy

ISTANBUL: At least 150 Pakistani nationals stranded at Istanbul airport waiting to be sent back home, are being repatriated on board commercial flights, SAMAA reported spokesman of Pakistan embassy in Turkey as saying on Saturday. Talking to SAMAA exclusively, Abdul Akbar, spokesman of Pakistan’s embassy in Turkey, said the flights are being rescheduled for the…

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PM visits French embassy for solidarity with Paris victims

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday visited the embassy of France here to express solidarity with the victims of terror incidents in Paris and said Pakistan stands by France in the hour of grief. The Prime Minister expressing deep grief over the loss of lives in the incidents said Pakistani people had been long facing…

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Britain to reopen Tehran embassy: Iranian official

TEHRAN: Britain will reopen its embassy in Tehran during a visit to Iran by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond due to start on Sunday, an Iranian foreign ministry official told AFP. The official said Hammond, who helped negotiate Iran’s historic nuclear deal with world powers in July, “will travel Sunday to Iran for the reopening of…

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Local employee of US Embassy killed in Pakistan: police

ISLAMABAD: A local employee of the US embassy in Pakistan's capital Islamabad was shot dead by an unidentified gunman on Sunday, police said. The motive for the shooting was unclear. Police said the victim was a member of the Shiite Ismaili minority community and was working in the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the embassy….

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1,000 days inside the embassy: Assange's London life

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Friday agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy for nearly 1,000 days. Assange sought refuge in the modest apartment on June 19, 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegations, which he strongly denies….

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US embassy prematurely declares Afghan victory

KABUL: The US embassy in Kabul seemed to get caught up in the excitement of Afghanistan's World Cup debut on Wednesday, congratulating the side on victory just half-way through the Bangladesh innings. The Afghans made their World Cup bow in Canberra against the Test-status South Asians, completing another step in their fairytale rags-to-riches story. The…

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