Wednesday, 21 March 2018


US Sanctions An Act Of War: North Korea

North Korea KIM

SEOUL: North Korea on Sunday slammed the latest US measures against it as an “act of war”, after US President Donald Trump announced the “heaviest sanctions ever” on the nuclear-armed regime. The measures, which Washington says are aimed at forcing Pyongyang to roll back its banned nuclear and weapons programmes, ...

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China sets stage for Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely

Xi Jinping

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office, reported Reuters. Since taking office more than five years ago, Xi has overseen a ...

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Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in multiple attacks


KABUL: Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers and three others have been killed in multiple attacks across the country. At least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed on Saturday in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province when Taliban fighters stormed an army checkpoint. Meanwhile, two suicide car bombers killed at least ...

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Pakistan not mentioned in FATF grey list


PARIS/ISLAMABAD: Contrary to speculations, Pakistan doesn’t feature on the watchlist of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering watchdog. Earlier in the day, there were speculations that FATF has placed Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist. However, FATF has finally announced outcome after a week-long session concluded in ...

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Australia deputy PM quits amid sex scandal

Barnaby Joyce Australia

CANBERRA: The Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Barnaby Joyce announced his decision to resign from his post on Friday after widespread calls to quit due to his affair with his former Media Adviser Vikki Campion. “On Monday morning I will step down as the Leader of The Nationals and Deputy Prime ...

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Justin Trudeau’s India visit overshadowed

Justin Trudeau

NEW DELHI: Justin Trudeau’s state visit to India has been overshadowed by revelations that a businessman convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian minister in the 1980s was invited to several official events. The week-long tour of the subcontinent has been dogged by suggestions the Canadian prime minister is being ...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls for immediate free elections


TEHRAN: Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the immediate holding of free presidential and parliamentary elections in a letter to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The call, from a man whose name is synonymous with the bloody repression of mass protests against his controversial 2009 re-election, marked a new ...

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Pakistan avoids terrorism financing watch list for 3 months


LONDON: Hectic diplomatic maneuvering in Europe and the Middle East has saved Pakistan from being put on a terrorism financing watch list by a global money-laundering watchdog, officials in Islamabad said on Wednesday. The U.S. and some of its European allies – Britain, Germany and France – had sought to ...

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Pakistan’s top court rules against disqualified PM


KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced the verdict on Election Act 2017 earlier on Wednesday and has declared that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ineligible to head the PML-N, his own political party. The Supreme Court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of ...

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