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Nisar slams US ‘double standards’ on Kashmir freedom struggle

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday said it was a matter of great concern that US administration had started speaking the tone of India, which was not only involved in massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir but also suppressing Kashmiris legitimate and just movement for the right to self-determination. India is also…

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IMF cuts US growth forecast to 2.1% for 2017-2018

The lack of details on President Donald Trump’s plans to reform the US economy prompted the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday to cut its growth forecast for this year and next. The IMF in January raised the estimates on the expectation of fiscal stimulus from the Trump administration, but have reverted back to the previous…

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US partially reinstating travel ban ‘regrettable’: Iran FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned on Tuesday the US Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. “It’s regrettable that the citizens of the countries on the list have never participated in any act of terrorism against the US and yet they…

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Kashmiris cannot be denied right to self-determination: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Tuesday said Pakistan had a demonstrated and longstanding commitment of combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. “The people and government of Pakistan have rendered immense sacrifices in both blood and treasure to end this scourge, which has been acknowledged by the international community,” the Spokesperson stated…

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Pakistan rejects U.S. sanctions against Hizbul Mujahideen chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists. The U.S. State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head of the Hizbul…

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57 dead in US-led strikes on IS Syria prison: monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes on a jail run by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed at least 57 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. “The strikes hit an IS jail in Mayadeen at dawn on Monday, killing 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told…

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Travel ban ruling ‘victory for national security’: Trump

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump hailed Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which partially reinstates the US president’s travel ban targeting citizens from six mainly Muslim countries as “a clear victory for our national security.” Trump said the top court’s ruling “allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.” “As…

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Trump slams Obama, demands ‘apology’ over Russia probe

US President Donald Trump on Monday demanded an apology over the Russia investigation rocking his presidency, as he kept up a days-long attack on Barack Obama for his handling of intelligence about election meddling by Moscow. In a storm of morning tweets, Trump charged that his predecessor “colluded and obstructed” by failing to act after…

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US Supreme Court reinstates part of Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether corporate insiders who blow the whistle on their employers are shielded from retaliation if they only report alleged misconduct internally rather than to the government’s Securities and Exchange Commission. The justices will hear Digital Realty Trust Inc’s appeal of a lower court ruling in…

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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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Yellowstone grizzly bear removed from endangered list

WASHINGTON: Grizzly bears native to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area are being removed from the endangered species list, the US government said Thursday, calling efforts to replenish the population a major success. Conservation groups were however quick to criticize the move, saying dropping federal protections would again put grizzly bears at risk. The…

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Flash flood warning as Tropical Storm Cindy heads towards US

MIAMI: Weather monitors warned Wednesday of tornados and potentially deadly flash floods as Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico headed towards the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, reported AFP. At 0600 GMT Cindy was located about 200 miles (325 kilometers) south of Morgan City, Louisiana, and 270 miles (435 kilometers) southeast of Galveston,…

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US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, in the latest incident in rising tensions between the two sides. It comes days after a US warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from…

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Katy Perry makes Twitter history with 100 million followers

Washington: Pop superstar Katy Perry has made history by becoming the first user to garner 100 million followers on Twitter, the social media platform announced. “Today we #WITNESS history,” Twitter said Friday in a tweet, referencing the title of Perry’s recently released fifth album. “Congratulations @katyperry, the first to reach 100 million followers! #LoveKaty.” The…

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Facebook seeks to become ‘hostile place’ for extremists

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday said it is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence in a push to make the social network “a hostile place” for extremists to spread messages of hate. Pressure has been building on Facebook, along with other internet giants, who stand accused of doing too little, too late to eradicate…

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Tobacco use among US students dropped sharply in 2016: study

WASHINGTON: Tobacco use among American middle and high school students — especially electronic cigarette use — declined sharply in 2016 from the year before following several years of strong growth, according to a study out. The number of students who said they had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days was 3.9 million…

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Qatar signs deal to buy 36 fighter jets from US

Washington: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement Wednesday for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar’s neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and cut diplomatic ties. US President Donald…

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Pakistani-American makes Hollywood rom-com debut

NEW YORK: Growing up in Pakistan’s chaotic megacity of Karachi, Kumail Nanjiani never imagined he would one day star in a Hollywood rom-com, let alone be a leading man in Donald Trump’s America. “The Big Sick,” opening in selected cinemas on June 23, brings to the big screen the real-life story of how the 39-year-old…

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India’s Modi to meet President Trump for first time

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington this month, India’s foreign ministry said Monday, as the world’s two-largest democracies diverge on tackling climate change. In a statement the ministry said the two leaders would meet on June 26 for the first time after Modi arrives in Washington for a two-day…

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Marissa Mayer fades out as Yahoo ends its run

SAN FRANCISCO: Marissa Mayer was hailed as Yahoo’s savior when she took charge of the pioneering internet firm five years ago. But Mayer was unable to stem the decline of the iconic Silicon Valley company, which is set to close a deal on Tuesday selling its core internet operations to telecom giant Verizon. She is…

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Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump’s scolding of Qatar

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, but did not respond to a U.S. Department of State call for them to ease pressure on the Gulf state. After severing ties with Qatar on Monday, Saudi Arabia said it was committed to “decisive and…

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