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Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on against US and its allies

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said. The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its…

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Suicide attack on Afghan educational centre leaves 48 dead

The death toll from a suicide blast at an educational centre in the Afghan capital on Wednesday reached 48, with another 67 wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul, according to Reuters. AFP adds: Afghanistan has been reeling from a recent…

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Iran’s Khamenei rejects Trump offer of talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader on Monday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and he also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions. Washington reimposed the sanctions last week after pulling out of a 2015 international deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program…

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Counter-protest drowns out small Washington neo-Nazi rally

The few demonstrators who showed up for the most part wore masks or concealed their faces. Counter-protesters ridiculed the group for not having the courage to show their faces

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Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

Washington was bracing for a white nationalist rally on Sunday organized to coincide with the anniversary of last year’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Unite the Right 2” event was scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. Several counterprotests have also…

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Facebook pages with large US following to require more authorization

Facebook Inc will introduce an authorization process for users who manage Facebook pages with a large US following, it said here on Friday, seeking to make it harder to administer a page using a fake or compromised account. The measures come about a week after the social network said it identified a new coordinated political…

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Want to build a relationship with US based on trust, mutual respect: Khan

Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan called for more “trustworthy” ties with the United States which have frayed amid US accusations that Pakistan is aiding insurgents waging war in Afghanistan, something Islamabad denies. Khan, who is due to be sworn-in as premier next week after his July 25 election victory, met acting U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan John…

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Rashida Tlaib all set to become first Muslim woman in the US Congress

Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory on Wednesday in the courtyard of their West Bank house. Tlaib’s grandmother, aunts and uncles welcomed neighbors in the village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa in the Israeli-occupied…

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Afghanistan says surrendered Islamic State fighters are war prisoners: US general

Afghanistan told the United States that Islamic State fighters who surrendered last week will be treated as prisoners of war, and not honored guests, despite the warm welcome they had initially received, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday. While pressure has been building for peace talks between the Western-backed government in Kabul and the…

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Kenya and Tanzania remember Al-Qaeda bomb attacks of 1998

Kenya and Tanzania on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of devastating US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, which signaled Al-Qaeda’s emergence as a deadly player on the global stage. In Nairobi, a solemn ceremony reunited families of the victims and officials at a memorial park in the centre of the Kenyan capital,…

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Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismissed a US offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday. Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May has infuriated European partners who were determined to keep it alive and now find their businesses operating in Iran faced with the…

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Russia calls in action star Steven Seagal to improve ties with the US

Russia has called in the big guns to deal with Russian-US ties — US action star Steven Seagal. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President Vladimir Putin presented…

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The US should worry about its own Chinese debt: Asad Umar

PTI leader and likely candidate for the post of finance minister in the upcoming government Asad Umar has said that the US should worry about its own Chinese debt and let us worry about our own. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned that any potential IMF bailout for Pakistan should not provide funds…

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US cuts aid to Pakistan, relaxes Haqqani Network, LeT conditions

The United States slashed its defence aid to Pakistan from $750 million to $150 million

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Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday. The annual State of the Climate Report, compiled by more than 450 scientists from over 60 countries, describes worsening climate…

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IMF bailout package shouldn’t be linked to CPEC: foreign minister

Caretaker Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon has termed the US secretary of state’s statement  about Pakistan seeking an IMF bailout package ‘inappropriate’. “The American administration knows that Pakistan is facing economic challenges,” he said in a press briefing on Wednesday. The minister said India was awarded individual licenses for high technology weapons, while Pakistan is asked…

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US freezes assets of three Pakistanis linked to militant group

The United States on Tuesday froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai city of India. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists,” saying he was a senior commander of the group. The…

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Six dead as gunmen storm Afghan govt building, 11 killed in bus bombing

Gunmen Tuesday stormed an Afghan government office in Jalalabad during a meeting with foreign aid agencies, killing at least six people in the latest of a series of assaults in the eastern city. On the other side of the country a roadside bomb apparently intended for security forces hit a passenger bus and killed 11…

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Lindsay Lohan to make TV comeback in reality series

Lindsay Lohan, whose promising movie career crashed in a string of legal woes and substance abuse, is returning to U.S. television in a reality series about her night club ventures in Greece. MTV said on Monday that “Lohan Beach Club” will follow the actress as she works to expand a recently launched nightclub and restaurant…

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US’ welcome message for new leadership in Pakistan comes with a warning

Any potential IMF bailout for the new government in Pakistan should not be used for repaying Chinese lenders, says the US

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Can the ‘anti-American’ Imran Khan improve Pakistan-US ties?

Over the years, Imran Khan has been known for his anti-American rhetoric, once even suggesting he might as prime minister order the shooting down of U.S. drones targeting al-Qaeda figures along the Pakistan-Afghan border. Now that Khan is poised to become Pakistan’s leader, Washington will be watching closely for signs of whether he will follow…

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