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Fresh from Bannon feud, Trump meets Republican leaders to plot 2018 strategy

MARYLAND: Following a tumultuous start to 2018, President Donald Trump left on Friday for a two-day retreat in Maryland with top Republicans to lay out legislative priorities for the year and discuss a strategy for pivotal November congressional elections. Two days after explosive comments by Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, put the White House…

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When former CIA director Petraeus said Pakistan did not support terrorists

This video from a couple of years back features David Petraeus, ex Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former Commander of the United States Central Command, stating how he was never convinced that Pakistan Army supported terrorists.  David Petraeus stated during a discussion with journalists that he was never convinced that Pakistan Army…

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National Security Committee meeting underway in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The parliament’s National Security Committee meeting is underway in the federal capital to take stock of the situation in light of US President Donald J. Trump’s statements against Pakistan.  Speaker of the National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq is presiding over the committee’s meeting. “We need to demonstrate unity on the issue of National Security,” stressed…

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Americans should worry about Kim’s mental fitness, not Trump’s: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump’s tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader’s mental fitness, not their president‘s. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Year’s Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear…

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Huge pro-regime rallies in Iran as protests die down

TEHRAN: Tens of thousands gathered across Iran Wednesday in a massive show of strength for the regime after days of deadly unrest, with state television showing vast crowds marching through several cities.  Chants of “Leader, we are ready” were heard as images showed thousands rallying in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere. The demonstrators waved…

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Trump to North Korean leader: my nuclear button ‘is bigger & more powerful’

US President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong-Un Tuesday he has a “much bigger” nuclear button than the North Korean leader, as Washington dismissed the prospect of high-level talks between Pyongyang and Seoul. Trump launched the highly personal missive on Twitter hours after his ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley described proposed dialogue between the two…

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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t…

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White House says to announce actions on Pakistan within days

WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days. “Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders…

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COMMENT: Trump should know US owes Pakistan, it’s not the other way around

By: Shahjahan Khurram US President Donald J Trump’s recent tweet against Pakistan in which he berates our country for taking aid and ‘giving nothing but lies and deceit’ has stirred a storm. Here are a couple of reasons why Mr Trump’s recent tweet has lived up to its expectation and like the rest, follows suit…

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COAS presides over Corps Commanders’ Conference at GHQ

RAWALPINDI: 207th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at GHQ today presided by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Evolving geo-strategic environment and internal security situation reviewed. Forum also discussed input for National Security Committee meeting scheduled later today. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor also tweeted about the meeting. Corps Commanders’ Conference held…

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No more ‘Do More’: Pakistani Twitterati reject Trump’s statement

Pakistani Twitterati rejected US President Donald J Trump’s recent diatribe against Pakistan sparked by a tweet in which he said that the USA ‘foolishly’ gave Pakistan $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years.  Donald Trump changes his statements more frequently than the weather. This time around, the US President’s first ever tweet in…

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PM calls cabinet meeting to discuss Trump’s tweet

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the disparaging tweet pertaining to Pakistan by US President Donald Trump.  The federal cabinet will put their heads together to take stock of the current situation pertaining to the national security of Pakistan. Other national matters of…

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Iran protesters rally again despite warning of crackdown

LONDON: Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had…

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Street protests hit Iran for third straight day as pro-government rallies held

Anti-government protests broke out in Iran for the third day running on Saturday as separate state-sponsored rallies were staged to mark the end of unrest that shook the country in 2009, according to Iranian news agencies and state media.  State television showed a rally in the capital Tehran as well as marchers carrying banners in…

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Now 80, Jane Fonda says she didn’t think she’d live to 30

LOS ANGELES: Actress Jane Fonda, who celebrated her 80th birthday last week, says that growing up she never expected to reach 30. “I never pictured 30,” Fonda told People magazine in an interview published on Wednesday. “I assumed I wouldn’t live very long and that I would die lonely and an addict of some sort….

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U.N. Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea over missile test

NEW YORK: The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad. The U.N. resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North…

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Video: Muslim teenage girl assaulted in Florida park

A video clip of a Muslim teenage girl in Florida being assaulted by three other girls went viral over the internet on Saturday.  The video clearly shows how the girl, who is reportedly Muslim and was subjected to the hate crime, being dragged to the ground by her hair by another girl who repeatedly hits…

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1,000 days of war: How the Saudi-led conflict has destroyed Yemen

SANA’A: Today, Yemen marks 1,000 days of war that the Saudi-led coalition of countries have waged on it. The conflict has wreaked havoc on the Yemeni population as millions continue to starve and thousands continue to die.  As per credible international news reports and humanitarian aid groups, as many as 1.2 million civil servants have…

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Worst US train accidents

  Here is a look at the worst train disasters in the United States, after Monday’s deadly accident in Washington state. – 1972, Chicago: 45 dead – The worst rail accident over the past 40 years or so goes back to October 1972 when two suburban trains collided in Chicago, leaving 45 dead and more…

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With new album, Eminem finds political voice

Just how much has America changed since Donald Trump’s election? Eminem, knee-deep in controversy a generation ago for misogyny and homophobia, is back as a self-styled moral conscience. The top-selling rapper in history rips into Trump on “Revival,” his first studio album in four years, in which Eminem openly muses on whether he can stay…

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‘He was my monster’: Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

CHICAGO: Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a “monster” in an article published by the New York Times on Tuesday. “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in the opinion piece in which she included descriptions of sexual harassment,…

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