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Trump says immigration deal ‘probably dead’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump vehemently denied Sunday that he was a racist, after his vulgar disparagement of African countries and Haiti complicated a bipartisan deal on immigration. “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed,” Trump told reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach,…

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An interesting fact about CM Balochistan nominee

QUETTA: Pakistan’s politics is a Pandora Box that continues to baffle the world from time to time. This time around, it is from Balochistan where a man who bagged just 544 votes in 2013 general elections managed to grab nomination for the top slot of the province. The man is Mir Quddus Bizenjo– a member…

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Pakistan has reasons not to fear after Trump freezes aid: analysts

ISLAMABAD: Washington’s freeze on billions in military assistance to Pakistan will have limited impact, thanks to its friendship with China and diminishing importance of aid to the economy, observers say — but there could be trouble if the US calls in its debts. Exasperated by what it considers Islamabad’s neglect in cracking down on militancy,…

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Imran Khan’s six tweets on ‘Marriage No 3’

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan finally spoke out from his personal Twitter account on the debate revolving around his alleged third marriage to Bushra Maneka. On Sunday, after reports of his alleged third marriage to his spiritual healer emerged, the party issued a clarification statement, saying that he had only sent a…

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Nawaz Sharif’s politics to end this month, claims Sheikh Rashid at PTI rally

The Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has claimed that the political career of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif ‘will come to an end’ by 30th of this month. This he predicted while addressing a rally of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Chakwal city of Punjab. Watch this video…

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Trump makes 1950 false claims in 347 days: report

US President Donald Trump has made at least 1950 false or misleading claims in 347 days since his inauguration, The Washington Post reported, citing a database. The US president is now on track to exceed 2,000 false or misleading claims, according to the report that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the…

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Arundhati Roy continues to be the harshest critic of India

NEW DELHI: She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being “smashed”. Sitting in a cafe in the bowels of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine streets on a…

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Rajinikanth enters politics; announces new party

CHENNAI: Rajinikanth, the wildly popular Indian cinema star who inspires almost godlike adulation in some parts of the country, announced his entry into politics Sunday. The 67-year-old actor’s announcement ended a wait of almost two decades for many of his fans, especially in the southern state of Tamil Nadu where he is revered and referred…

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This is what astrologers say will happen in 2018

Astrologists are quite optimists while predicting the future of Pakistan in the upcoming new year 2018. Watch what they have to say about what will happen in the coming year.

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From stardom to politics: some precedents

Former international football star George Weah, who has won Liberia’s presidential run-off, follows several celebrities who have achieved the top job in their countries.  However, only one sportsman — Hungary’s double Olympic fencing champion Pal Schmitt — has previously become president. Here are some precedents: – US: Reagan and Trump – B movie actor Ronald Reagan,…

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Trump threatens funding cuts ahead of Jerusalem vote

Washington: US President Donald Trump threatened funding cuts for unspecified countries as the UN General Assembly prepared to vote on condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council and they vote against us potentially at the Assembly,” Trump…

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Pakistani parliamentarians react to Maryam’s inclusion in NYT list

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani parliamentarians gave a mixed reaction to Maryam Nawaz’s name being included in the New York Times’ 11 Powerful Women Around the World 2017 list. Maryam Nawaz has certainly made an entry on the political scene in Pakistan and made quite an impression on all. Recently, she successfully campaigned for her mother in the…

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Cancer-battling US Senator John McCain hospitalized

WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain, who is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer, was in a military hospital Wednesday to treat “normal side effects” of his therapy, his office said. The 81-year-old former prisoner of war and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed in July with a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, after…

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Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chairs an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be hoping to unite…

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Trump signs US military defense bill worth nearly $700 bn

WASHINGTON: President Donald on Tuesday signed a massive defense policy bill that he said would help America bolster its military might and modernize the services. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calls for nearly $700 billion of military spending for the coming fiscal year, but Congress has yet to fully fund it. “With the signing…

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he signed…

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Turkish police detain activists at anti-Israel demo

ISTANBUL: Turkish riot police on Saturday detained a dozen activists at a protest in Istanbul denouncing Israel and the United States after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Holding banners such as “against imperialism, Zionism and their domestic partners”, the protesters gathered in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul. Police moved in…

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Here is how life has become harder in Berlin

BERLIN: Party-goers and tourists love Berlin, the capital of techno and home to a vibrant art scene. But behind the trendy facade lies an overstretched administration battling chronic understaffing and drastic cost cuts. The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a…

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Iran says Trump Jerusalem move will spark ‘new intifada’

TEHRAN: Iran strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, saying it threatened a “new intifada”, or uprising. “The provocative and unwise decision by the US… will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behaviour,” said the Iranian…

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UK disagrees with ‘unhelpful’ US decision on Jerusalem

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said the British government disagreed with US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it was “unhelpful” for peace efforts. “We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,” she said in a statement….

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Donald Trump’s sexual assaults: The full list of women who have accused the President

NEWS DESK: A year after women came forward to accuse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual assault or harassment, the issue is once again at the forefront of political discourse, reported The Independent. For a number of months, women have been coming forward to accuse powerful men in entertainment and media of sexual assault or…

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