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Bahrain accuses Qatar of ‘military escalation’

Bahrain’s foreign minister on Monday accused Qatar of a “military escalation” in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, an apparent reference to Doha’s allowing Turkish troops on its territory. “The disagreement with Qatar is a political and security dispute and has never been military,” Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said on Twitter. “But the deployment of foreign…

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Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft: reports

WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea, media in the United States have reported, citing US officials. NBC News said the US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission in international airspace Wednesday when it was intercepted over the East China Sea by two…

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White House says full fiscal 2018 budget to be released on May 23

The White House is set to unveil President Donald Trump’s first full budget for the 2018 fiscal year on Tuesday – a plan that will include details about his proposed cuts to foreign aid and domestic spending, and his desired hikes for the military.

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Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge

ISTANBUL/ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers.

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In abrupt shift on Syria, Trump turns to military advisers

Trump, who had long said the top U.S. priority in Syria should be to fight Islamic State, immediately ordered a list of options to punish Assad, according to senior officials who took part in the flurry of closed-door meetings that played out over two days. Confronting his first foreign policy crisis, Trump relied on seasoned…

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Eight terrorists of banned JuA group lay down arms

PESHAWAR: Eight hard-core militants linked with a proscribed terrorist outfit laid down their arms in tribal areas, said military officials on Tuesday. According to military sources, eight members of banned Jamaat ul Ahrar Ali ur Rehman group surrendered in Boideh area, saying they were misled by Pakistan’s enemies. “We were brainwashed by the enemies of…

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Remembering Mohammad Ali

By: Omair Alavi Mohammad Ali was considered as one of the best dramatic actors of his time, yet he was behind the many successful songs of his era as well. Here we take a trip down the memory lane where we get to hear 15 of his most famous numbers and try to decipher the…

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UN Security Council to meet on N.Korea missile launch

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on North Korea’s missile launch, the first test since US President Donald Trump took office. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the consultations after North Korea confirmed it had “successfully” tested a ballistic missile on Sunday. The council meeting is…

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North Korea fires unidentified projectile into sea: South Korea military

SEOUL: North Korea fired an unidentified projectile early on Sunday into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean military said.

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Cancer Day being observed worldwide today

ISLAMABAD: The World Cancer Day is being observed on Saturday (4th February) with a resolve to continue fight against cancer by raising awareness. The aim of the day is to promote healthy lifestyle, ensuring early detection of disease and achieving treatment for all. Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. Low-income and…

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13 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

Jakarta, Indonesia: Thirteen people have died after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed in the east of the country on Sunday, officials said, marking yet another air accident for the armed forces. The Hercules C-130 plane took off from Timika city in Papua province carrying 12 crew and one passenger, but came down in a…

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By: Iqra Junejo It is very painful for me to ink down my thoughts on this day. Exactly two years ago on this day like every morning people woke up with new hopes and goals to be achieved and tasks to be completed. Every thing was going normal and peaceful on a cool December morning….

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Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar appointed DG ISI

  The outgoing commander of the V Corps at Karachi, Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, has been appointed director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), a statement by ISPR said. Prior to this appointment Gen Mukhtar was serving as the commander of the V Corps based at Karachi. He was commissioned in the Armoured Corps regiment in 1983. He joined…

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Top Afghan General killed in military helicopter crash

KABUL: Afghanistan’s army said one of its top commanders was killed Tuesday when a military helicopter crashed in the western Afghan province of Badghis. General Mohayedin Ghori commanded the 207th Corps and was one of the six regional commanders of the Afghan army, responsible for the country’s western zone, defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said….

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Civil, military top brass witnesses joint sitting proceedings

ISLAMABAD: Top military and civil leadership in the country Thursday witnessed the proceedings of joint sitting of the Parliament summoned for address of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri and…

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Internet freedom on the decline in India: Report

Although India overtook the US to become the world’s second largest internet consumer base behind China last year, internet freedom declined slightly in the country, offsetting gains made in 2014 and 2015, a report revealed on Monday. According to the “Freedom on the Net 2016” report by Freedom House, a US-based think tank, both government…

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Major Mosul displacement may start in under a week: UN

A senior United Nations official on Monday quoted the Iraqi military as saying that large numbers of people may start fleeing fighting in the Mosul area in under a week. Iraq announced the launch of operations to retake Mosul, the country’s second city that has been held by the Islamic State group since June 2014,…

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Aleppo rebels outgunned but confident as siege bites

BEIRUT: A senior rebel commander said on Friday that Syrian government forces would never be able to capture Aleppo’s opposition-held east, more than three weeks into a ferocious offensive, but a military source said the operation was going as planned. Russian air strikes were proving of little help to government ground forces in urban warfare,…

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Indian-Pakistan families fear border shutdown

WAGAH BORDER: Mohammad Iftakhar waits with sweets and gifts at the Wagah border crossing, a lifeline for families violently separated during the founding of India and Pakistan, fearful of dangerous new divisions as hostilities flare once again. Like many other Indians, he has extended family on both sides of the frontier and travels regularly between…

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Taiwan ‘double agent’ gets 18 years for spying for China

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for China as relations worsen with Beijing. Major Wang Tsung-wu was sentenced Thursday by Taiwan’s High Court on convictions of engaging in espionage as well as violating national intelligence and security…

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11 militants killed in Khyber Agency: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army said Thursday it had killed at least 11 militants in air strikes in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border as part of an ongoing offensive. The latest operation in the Khyber district came just after the military said it had killed at least 14 militants in the same area Tuesday….

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