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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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US ‘strongly condemns’ Iran protest arrests

The US State Department said Friday it “strongly condemns” the arrest of protesters in Iran, where dozens were detained during demonstrations against high prices and unemployment. The State Department is monitoring the protests, and urged “all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption,” spokeswoman…

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US warns citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of State warned citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.  According to State Department, Consular services provided by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security environment.  At this time, the Consulate General in Peshawar is…

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Palestine threatens to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday. The surprise American move and Palestinian backlash came as US President Donald Trump seeks bargaining chips in his bid to broker an elusive…

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US orders closure of Russian consulate in San Francisco

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow’s forced reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country. The State Department said the decision was made “in the spirit of parity,” adding that…

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US makes a major decision for Pakistan and Afghanistan

Washington: The United States abolished the role of its special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, just as it prepares to send thousands more troops to the region. A senior State Department official told AFP that acting special representative Laurel Miller was stepping down and would not be replaced in the post. The office…

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US Consul General hosts ‘cricket-themed Iftar’

KARACHI: The US Consul General in Karachi Grace Shelton hosted an Iftar at the U.S. Consulate General for 40 students from disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The event included cricket clinics where American diplomats learned how to bat, bowl, and field from the students. Renowned cricket personalities including Moin Khan, Prof. Ejaz Farooqi, Shoaib Mohammad, Faisal…

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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage

Sandy Phan-Gillis was arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for the Chinese-ruled, former Portuguese colony of Macau. A court on Tuesday ordered her deportation after sentencing her to three-and-a-half years in prison for espionage. She left China on Friday from the southern city of Guangzhou and arrived in Los Angeles on…

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US releases video of largest bomb dropped in Afghanistan

The US Defence Department released the video of a 21,000 pound bomb dropped on a mountainside in Afghanistan to target Islamic State (IS) caves. The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon’s destructive…

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US State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.” The State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” after the movie…

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US condemns recent terrorist attacks in Balochistan

WASHINGTON: The United States of America has termed recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan including suicide attack at the shrine of Shah Noorani Balochistan ‘devastating’, saying that US would continue to stay engaged on counter terrorism efforts in the region. Speaking at dail press briefing in Washington, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said, “Quetta police training…

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US respects unity, territorial integrity of Pakistan: state department

WASHINGTON: Obama administration has made it clear that it does not support any movement regarding Balochistan, Samaa reported. When asked to comment on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement, State Department’s spokesman said: “US Government respects the unity and territorial integrity of Pakistan” “Where does the US stand on Balochistan? Because Indian Prime minister…

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Over 200 students earn English language skills from Access in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: About 200 enthusiastic Access students graduated in Hyderabad, Sindh on August 4. Students were a part of a U.S.-funded English-language program. Attending the ceremony were U.S. Consulate General Karachi Cultural Attaché AJ Jagelski, Consulate Officer Bria Mathews, Society for International Education Executive Director Farah Kamal and General Manager Saleem Ibrahim. “The effort you put…

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U.S. concerned over growing violence in Occupied Kashmir

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The U.S. encouraged governments of India and Pakistan to collaborate and resolve the Kashmir issue at its earliest. U.S. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby expressed hope that tensions between the two neighbouring countries would be deflate soon. Kirby said U.S. authorities are in close contact with their Indian counterparts. “The U.S. is concerned…

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US urges support for Turkish government as coup attempt mollifies

WASHINGTON: The United States called on all parties in Turkey to support President Tayyip Erdogan’s government against a coup attempt as world leaders expressed concern about the upheaval in a NATO member country that bridges Europe and the Middle East. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone and gave their…

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US urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to dispel terrorists safe havens

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday called on the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to collaborate and eliminate safe havens of terrorists in the shared-border region. These terrorists are targeting innocent civilians in both the neighboring countries, US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said. “There’s a shared interest there, and that’s what we’re focused on,”…

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US lauds Pakistan for role against terrorism

WASHINGTON: The US said Pakistan is wholly resolved against the war against terrorism. “I would note that the Government of Pakistan also publicly and privately condemned this recent attack on the Indian airbase. And we’ve been clear with the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan that it must continue to target all militant groups,…

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U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

LONDON/WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran’s oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement.

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