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US urges United Nations to pressure Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan. Haley joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government considers holding peace talks…

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UN chief defends Iran deal after Trump demands changes

United Nations, United States :UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday warned that any bid to address concerns about Iran should not jeopardize the hard-won nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump demanded changes to the accord. The United States is concerned the deal, thrashed out over 12 years of talks, does nothing to punish Iran…

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Donald Trump says he is not a racist

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that he was “not a racist,” after his reported denunciation of immigration from “shithole” countries triggered a global firestorm of criticism. Trump on Friday tweeted a convoluted denial about the comments, which were reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times and confirmed by Democratic Senator Dick…

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Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in White House race

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race, while one of Winfrey’s closest friends said the media mogul and actress was “intrigued” by the possibility of running but was not considering it now. Speculation about a 2020 White House bid by Winfrey blew up on social…

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At least 13 killed as mudslides roared through southern California

LOS ANGELES: Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California and killed at least 13 people, police said Tuesday. Authorities said the bodies were discovered in mud and debris during rescue operations in Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles. “We are saddened to report that this incident so far has resulted in 13…

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Will Oprah Winfrey run for US presidency?

NEW YORK: Could Oprah Winfrey run for president and beat Donald Trump? The United States was ablaze Monday with speculation that the billionaire talk show queen might be nurturing White House ambitions after an impassioned Golden Globes speech. Winfrey had barely heralded a “new day” following a sexual harassment watershed, before calls snowballed for one…

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US troops stage #MeTooMilitary protest outside Pentagon

WASHINGTON: A group of active and retired US troops gathered in freezing temperatures outside the Pentagon on Monday to bring attention to sexual assault and harassment in the military. The protest of about 30 people, most of them women and none in uniform, comes amid an ongoing wave of revelations about sexual misconduct in the…

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Lucky for Timothee Chalamet who gets it too early

LOS ANGELES: Virtually unknown a year ago, Timothee Chalamet is the very definition of a breakout star, featuring in two of 2017’s hottest movies and vying Sunday for a Golden Globe. The 22-year-old New Yorker has been showered with acclaim and awards nominations for his starring role in Luca Guadagnino’s paean to the universal heartbreak…

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Trump’s freeze on Pakistan aid could be worth nearly $2bn: official

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s freeze on aid to Pakistan could be worth almost two billion dollars, a senior US administration official said on Friday — substantially more than first thought. The move — designed to force Pakistan’s military and intelligence apparatus to cut support for the Taliban and other Islamist groups — will include both…

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Trump loses temper after he fails to block explosive book release

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump lashed out at a bombshell-filled book that hits the shelves on Friday, dismissing it as “full of lies” after threats of legal action failed to block its release. Publishers responded to a cease-and-desist letter by moving forward by four days the release of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White…

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Ten fun and amazing facts about Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s annual awards season revs up on Sunday as industry A-listers turn out for the 75th Golden Globes. Here are 10 fun-filled facts (plus a few bonus tidbits) you probably didn’t know about Tinseltown’s biggest pre-Oscars prize-giving, organized by the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association. – Beginnings – Founded in 1944, the awards…

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Do not interfere in internal affairs of Iran: Russia to US

MOSCOW: Moscow on Thursday warned Washington against interfering in Iran’s “internal affairs” after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians “take back” their government following protests. The White House said it was weighing sanctions against those involved in a crackdown against the unrest, which has left 21 dead over five days. “We warn the…

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Pakistan is an important partner and can do more: US

WASHINGTON: A US State Department spokesperson has said that Pakistan is an important partner of the United States and both countries benefitted from the bilateral cooperation, but observed that the Trump administration would like Islamabad to do more through cooperation.  Spokesperson Heather Nauert made these remarks at a briefing a day after President Trump made…

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Most pointed reaction by Khawaja Asif to Trump tweet

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif launched the most scathing criticism against the United States in the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s Twitter outburst.  Taking resort to micro-blogging website, the foreign minister remarked the past has taught us the lesson to be discreet in the relations with the United States, adding, “You (US) are not happy…

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New year could bring record low temperatures to U.S. Midwest, East Coast

NEW YORK: Bitterly cold weather will usher in the new year for much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains this weekend, bringing record low temperatures to the Midwest, making travel difficult and putting a chill on New Year’s Eve celebrations. The mercury in New York City’s Times Square was expected to drop…

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Protests hit Tehran, two demonstrators reported killed in Iran town

TEHRAN: Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town. The wave of anti-government demonstrations, prompted in part by discontent over economic hardship…

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China says U.S. should do more to cut its ‘enormous’ opioid demand

BEIJING: The United States should take action to reduce demand for the drugs fuelling its deadly opioid crisis rather than simply accusing China of being the major source, a top Chinese drug control official said, reported Reuters. “The biggest difficulty China faces in opioid control is that such drugs are in enormous demand in the…

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Father, daughters among five dead in US plane crash

MIAMI: An American family’s holiday reunion ended in tragedy Sunday when their light plane crashed in Florida, killing all five people aboard, the local sheriff’s office said. The crash killed the pilot John Shannon, 70, his two adult daughters, his son-in-law and a family friend, the Polk County Sheriff said. “This is a tragedy any…

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Following Trump’s lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales said Sunday, following US President Donald Trump’s controversial lead on the holy city. After speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Morales wrote to Guatemalans on his Facebook page that “one of the most important topics was the return of…

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Video: Muslim school student violently attacked in US

A 14-year old Muslim school student was violently beaten down by her school mates. Many others made videos of the attack on the female student while no other came to the victim’s aid.

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Video: Muslim teenage girl assaulted in Florida park

A video clip of a Muslim teenage girl in Florida being assaulted by three other girls went viral over the internet on Saturday.  The video clearly shows how the girl, who is reportedly Muslim and was subjected to the hate crime, being dragged to the ground by her hair by another girl who repeatedly hits…

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