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Washington ‘trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe’: Putin

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead. Speaking at a policy forum in southern Russia, Putin launched a withering critique of U.S. foreign…

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NFL says it will seek compromise over ‘taking the knee’ anthem protests

NEWS DESK: The NFL will try to find a compromise over the issue of players protesting during the national anthem when team owners meet this week, reported BBC. Colin Kaepernick first sat down during the US national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead, in protests against racial injustice. Other players followed suit,…

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Celebrities protest as Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike ‘being left at death’s door’

NEWS DESK: ​Celebrities are fasting in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are being “left at death’s door” by a new Trump administration policy towards protesting detainees, reported The Independent. Since the camp was established on the US naval base on Cuba, prisoners have protested both their treatment and incarceration by launching hunger strikes. Under…

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California fire toll rises to 40

SANTA ROSA: The death toll from California’s wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home.

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Taliban reject rape, murder claims of freed Canadian hostage

Kabul: The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family’s captivity, saying the woman had a “natural miscarriage”. Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were seized by the Taliban while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012, and then…

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No foreign country has right to dictate Pakistan: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said no foreign country had the right to dictate Pakistan on any matter, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Addressing the ceremony of prize distribution among high achievers of Pakistan Railways Schools organised by the PR Directorate of Education at Al-Hamra Hall here, he said the CPEC was…

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Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan: Trump

President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, tweeted on Sunday that he had started to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. Tweets from the American president praising Pakistan are quite rare especially since during the last few months he’s taken a hawkish stance against the country over terrorism….

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Saudi Arabia backs Trump’s ‘firm strategy’ on Iran

Saudi Arabia said Friday it backs US President Donald Trump’s “firm strategy” on regional rival Iran after he refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. “The kingdom backs and welcomes the firm strategy on Iran and its aggressive policy that was announced by US President Donald Trump,” the official Saudi Press Agency said in…

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Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, and warned the United States may yet walk away from “one of the worst” agreements in history. “I am announcing that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said in an highly-anticipated address on America’s strategy for containing Tehran. “We…

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Trump scraps key Obamacare subsidies, urges Democrats to fix ‘broken mess’

WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Democrats to make a healthcare deal after cutting off Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients in a forceful move that sparked threats of legal action and concern of chaos in insurance markets. “ObamaCare is a broken mess,” Trump tweeted early on Friday. “Piece…

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Khawaja Asif invites US for joint operation against Haqqani group

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said in a current affairs talk show that for their own satisfaction, the Americans could target the hideouts of the Haqqani group in the country in a joint operation with Pakistan.  “You can sit in a helicopter with us and point out the location of Haqqani group, if any exists…

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UNESCO says it regrets U.S. decision to leave its organization

UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations, expressed regret on Thursday over the United States’ official decision to leave its organization. “After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of…

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Trump praises release of U.S.-Canadian family, says ‘positive’ for U.S.-Pakistan relations

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of a American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity. The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan. “Ms…

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U.S. flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons…

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Football: US fails to qualify for World Cup 2018

The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago. In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own…

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Raging wildfires leave 15 dead in California

Santa Rosa: Firefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes. “The homes are gone, they are like dust,” said Jack Dixon, a personal trainer who lives in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 in Sonoma County. “It…

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PIA suspending flight operation for US

LAHORE: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to suspend its flight operation for the United States primarily because of ‘low traffic’. Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan has also confirmed it, saying that the decision is being taken due to $.4 billion losses to the national flag carrier. He said…

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Gone are the days when we used to be dependent on USA: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said recently that Pakistan was no longer dependent on the United States for military aid. In a recent interview with Arab News, the prime minister said that the world was recognising Pakistan’s efforts when it came to fighting the war on terror. “Any obstacle or ban on Pakistan would…

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Turkey halts all visa services for American citizens in US

WASHINGTON: Turkey said Sunday it was halting all visa services for Americans at its diplomatic missions in the US in a tit-for-tat move after Washington made a similar announcement earlier in the day.

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US forces aiding Daesh in Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai

NEWS DESK: Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan, said that Daesh has emerged in Afghanistan in the past three to four years under the watch of US military and intelligence agencies, reported Russia Today. In an interview with RT in London, published on October 4, Karzai said he has more than suspicions that US bases…

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Pentagon confirms three US soldiers killed in Niger ambush

NEWS DESK: Three US soldiers and one from another nation were killed when a joint US-Niger patrol was ambushed near the border with Mali in southwest Niger, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday, reported AFP. The Pentagon said two other US soldiers were wounded in the attack which took place while they were assisting Nigerien counter-terror operations…

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