Sunday, 18 March 2018


North Korea canceled planned meeting with Mike Pence

Mike Pence

PYONGYANG: US Vice President Mike pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. “North Korea dangled a meeting in ...

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Indian politician Sangma killed in bomb attack

Jonathone N Sangma

NEW DELHI: Four people including a candidate in upcoming state elections have been killed by a bomb while travelling in a restive northeast region of India, police said. The blast tore through a car in Meghalaya state late Sunday as Jonathone N Sangma, a 43-year-old candidate for a regional party, ...

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Chinese approved as official language of Pakistan


BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Senate approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pakistan. With this move, Pakistan has accepted Mandarin as the fourth official language after English, Urdu and Arabic. As per the Pakistani media, this has been done to further strengthen the relations between ...

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Trudeau snubbed by Modi on his India visit

Justin Trudeau

NEW DEHLI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in India on a week-long visit but the Indian leader Narendra Modi is not with him. Contrary to what has been the practice of Indian PM of welcoming important foreign leaders at the airport, receiving minister was State Minister Agriculture Ganjendra Singh, ...

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66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains


TEHRAN: All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services struggling to locate the wreckage in blizzard conditions. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj, some ...

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Trudeau begins India trip with Taj Mahal visit

Justin Trudeau

AGRA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday toured the Taj Mahal with his wife and children as he began a week-long visit to promote trade and investment with India. Trudeau , his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children posed for a family portrait before marvelling at the legendary marble ...

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Iran, India to work for stability in Afghanistan

Narendra Modi Hassan Rouhani

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed on Saturday to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan. Modi reiterated India’s commitment to help Afghanistan become “a peaceful, secure, permanent, prosperous and pluralistic country” after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on ...

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‘Bajwa doctrine’ helps Pakistan stand up to US: British think-tank

General Qamar Javed Bajwa

LONDON: Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think-tank, in an analysis stated that the Pakistan Army under the “Bajwa doctrine” Pakistan appears far more confident than it was when the US threatened then president General (r) Pervez Musharraf and coerced the country into cooperating. In a report published on ...

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Pakistan to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia

pakistan army

In a major policy shift, Pakistan will deploy troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security cooperation agreement with its close ally which is involved in a civil war in neighbouring Yemen. Pakistan Army announced the decision to send troops on a “training and advise mission” to Saudi Arabia ...

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Woman poses as man, marries two women for dowry


NEW DELHI: 31-year-old Indian woman who appeared to master the art of dressing up as a man to get married was finally outed. Seeking profit from the idea of dowry, the woman in question, Sweety Sen, had posed as a man, Krishna Sen, and deceitfully married two women, reported Indian ...

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