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Trump to announce China trade sanctions on Thursday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is poised to unveil sanctions against China for the “theft” of US intellectual property Thursday, a White House official said, teeing up a second potential trade war in as many months. Spokesman Raj Shah told AFP that Trump will announce actions following an “investigation into China’s state-led, market-distorting efforts to force,…

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Time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

Washington, United States: As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014. “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag…

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Facebook data helped Trump find his voters?

Washington, United States: It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like “Which Pokemon Are You?” and “What Are Your Most Used Words?” This one, an app called “thisismydigitallife”, was a personality quiz, asking questions about how outgoing a person is, how vengeful one can be,…

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US Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a bipartisan bid to end American involvement in Yemen’s civil war, voting down a rare effort to overrule presidential military authorization. The vote addressing American war powers had aimed to shut down US military involvement in Yemen within a month unless Congress formally authorized continued involvement. Senators voted…

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Pakistan doing ‘bare minimum’ to help US: official

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is doing the “bare minimum” to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington’s threat to freeze two billion dollars’ worth of aid. The official’s comments also come as Pakistan is trying to avoid being put on a global watch list over terrorism financing that could…

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Saudi warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does

WASHINGTON: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit — just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we…

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PML-N lawmaker joins PTI

ISLAMABAD: A PML-N lawmaker from Punjab joined the PTI after meeting Imran Khan in Lahore on Wednesday. Raza Nasrullah Ghuman was elected as a member of Punjab Assembly from Faisalabad. “Imran Khan and PTI have waged a historic struggle for the supremacy of law and the constitution. I express my complete trust in his leadership…

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Bilawal nominates Sherry Rehman for Senate opposition chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday announced the name of Senator Sherry Rehman as his party’s nominee for the slot of opposition leader in the Senate. In a tweet, Bilawal said: “PPP ready to make history again. We nominate Senator @sherryrehman for the position of Leader of Opposition. InshAllah she will…

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US, China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump enlisted the help of China’s Xi Jinping to keep sanctions pressure on North Korea Friday, amid fears that an audacious diplomatic gambit by the US president could lead to backsliding. Trump and the ever-more-powerful Chinese president spoke by phone, the White House said, after the US leader stunned the world by accepting…

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Kim and Trump to meet on North Korean nukes by May

WASHINGTON: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have agreed to meet to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, US and South Korean officials said Thursday “I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he’s committed to denuclearization,” said South…

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Zardari rejects Rabbani’s nomination for Senate chairman election

By Zahid Hussain ISLAMABAD: PPP President Asif Ali Zardari has turned down a PML-N’s suggestion that Raza Rabbani should be re-elected as Chairman of the Senate. “Thank you very much, but I don’t want this,” said Zardari when asked by a journalist about Nawaz Sharif’s support for the outgoing Senate’s chairman. “I have discussed some…

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PML-N to back Raza Rabbani for Senate chief election: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that his party would support the PPP if Raza Rabbani was nominated for the election of Senate’s Chairman. Speaking to media persons after chairing a meeting of allies here on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N would bring its own candidate if the outing Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani…

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I didn’t do anything ‘unique’: Adnan Pasha defends actions

KARACHI: Watch Adnan Pasha defend his actions of firing shots into the air on Shahrah-e-Faisal by saying that he didn’t do anything ‘unique’.   

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Karachi mayor wants KP-like local system: Imran

KARACHI: PTI Chairman Imran Khan claimed that mayor of Karachi wants a local bodies system similar to that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Imran Khan said that Karachi mayor should be elected directly. He said that educated people did not enter politics out of fear. “The educated class in Karachi was afraid of terrorists,” he said. “Those…

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CM Shehbaz congratulates PML-N-backed candidates for Senate win

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated PML-N-backed Senate candidates over their victory in the Senate’s elections. In his fecilitation message, CM Sharif said newly-elected senators should utilise their energies for supremacy of the constitution, rule of law and strengthening of democratic system and play their role in legislative process. The chief minister…

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We Are Pakistan!

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently, I was in a conversation with a friend of mine who is settled in US. Our conversation turned to education and she was full of criticism for Pakistan’s education system, its curriculum and teachers. Though I listened to her diatribe patiently, I could not help feel sad about her prejudice. Both…

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US general sees ‘positive indicators’ in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general said Tuesday he has started to see “positive indicators” from the Pakistan military, weeks after President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of US military aid to Islamabad. Relations between Pakistan and the US have been tense since Trump lashed out at Islamabad last August, upbraiding it for sheltering “agents of…

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US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital and say the embassy…

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Zardari slams Sharif’s diatribe against state institutions

ISLAMABAD: Former Presided Asif Ali Zardari on Friday contradicted a PML-N’s claim that it was being targeted by the judiciary and other state intuitions. Addressing a press conference, Zardari praised the state institutions of the state and denounced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s constant tirades against the judiciary and military. “It was only Nawaz who…

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White House denies being weak on Russia, says more sanctions to come

WASHINGTON: The White House is weighing additional sanctions against Russia, senior administration officials said Wednesday, pushing back against allegations that Donald Trump has been a soft touch on Moscow. Speaking on condition of anonymity, officials said a “task force” has been set up to address potential meddling in the 2018 congressional elections and work is…

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Nawaz can’t head the party but remains the de facto head

By Roohan Ahmed “Nawaz Sharif can’t remain the head of his party after today’s Supreme Court judgment. I repeat, Nawaz Sharif can’t remain the head of his party after today’s Supreme Court judgment,” an anchor person grabbed my attention while I was humming a favourite poem of my 20-month old daughter. The decision wasn’t unexpected if…

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