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US to put pressure on Pakistan until it changes its Afghan policy: State Dept official

He said the new Pakistani government has the opportunity to fix bilateral relations and be its “partner in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan”

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Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 18

The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle in the US

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Strongest storm in 50 years rips through Florida before weakening

Emergency declared in some US states after Category 4 Hurricane Michael hit

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Cartoon — Sabir Nazar

Sabir Nazar explores the Shakil Afridi issue

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If you want a US visa make sure you won’t need food stamps or public housing

The US is looking to restrict visas, permanent residencies for immigrants using public benefits

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US sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles

33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence were blacklisted

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George Bush responsible for biggest mistake in US history, says Trump

The US president says the country has spent ‘$7 trillion’ in the Middle East

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Should we care about cuts in American aid?

The State Bank of Pakistan’s dollar reserves do not depend on American aid as much as we think

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The US may consider sanctions against China after its Muslim crackdown

Last month, a UN rights panel said it had received credible reports that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, and called for them to be freed

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Turkey to boycott US electronics after lira reaches record low

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey will boycott electronic products from the United States, retaliating in a dispute with Washington that helped drive the lira to record lows. The lira has lost more than 40% this year and crashed to an all-time low of 7.24 to the dollar early on Monday,…

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Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany makes ‘independent decisions’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said Germany makes “independent decisions”, firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia. “I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being occupied by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, said as she arrived at…

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Thousands march against US immigration policy

Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Saturday against President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy and to demand the immediate reunification of families separated at the border with Mexico. Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol….

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Amnesty calls US policy separating children from parents ‘torture’

The sickening images of children cruelly separated from their parents and held in cages as a result of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy of ‘zero-tolerance’ will leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA, said Amnesty International. “This is a spectacularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their…

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U.S. weighs more South China Sea patrols to confront ‘new reality’ of China

The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas. The Pentagon is weighing a more assertive program of so-called freedom-of-navigation operations close to Chinese installations…

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Prospects of U.S.-North Korea summit brighten after Trump’s tweet

Prospects that the United States and North Korea would hold a summit brightened after U.S. President Donald Trump said late on Friday Washington was having “productive talks” with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting in Singapore. Politico magazine reported that an advance team of 30 White House and State Department officials was preparing to…

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Amitabh and daughter stun fans with auto-rickshaw travel

The Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter Shweta Bachchan took an auto-rickshaw to go for work. The Bollywood’s Big B on his blog wrote “I travel today for the work in the greatly in demand and preferred mode of travel, the AUTO .. the autoriksha .. the auto, the rick .. call it what…

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U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program: Pompeo

The United States is ready to respond if Iran decides to resume its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday in a speech outlining demands on Tehran to change its behavior. “Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable: give up your program,” Pompeo said in a speech outlining demands on Iran….

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China relieved U.S. trade war is ‘on hold’; U.S. business ambivalent

China on Monday praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, with the government saying agreement was in the interests of both countries while state media trumpeted what it saw as China’s refusal to surrender. The cooling of tension elicited mixed reactions from U.S. business leaders dealing with China, with some…

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EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might be facing sanctions by the United States for doing business with Iran, said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday. Le Maire referred to EU rules going back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene…

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Trump Jr. met Gulf princes’ emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help

Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The meeting was first reported by the New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by an attorney representing Trump Jr. The meeting was a chance for the envoy to…

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China does not want to see escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tension

China does not want to see escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tensions, its commerce ministry said on Thursday, expressing hope that the two sides could minimize conflict during talks being held in the United States. China hopes the U.S. will take action as soon as possible on the case of Chinese technology company ZTE and resolve…

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