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US hopes Pakistan will partner in safeguarding region

WASHINTON: The United States (US) on Friday expressed hope that Pakistan will be a partner in safeguarding the region and would “do more” to uphold regional peace in South Asia. The statement was passed by Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dana White during the regular briefing held at ...

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China stands to gain in Iran after US quits nuclear deal

BEIJING: The US decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran could scare off European investors but oil-thirsty China may step into the void and ramp up business links with the country. China, which is already Iran’s top trade partner and one of its biggest buyers of crude, has signalled that it ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar is free at last

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s twice-jailed former opposition leader, walked free on Wednesday afternoon, bringing an end to a tumultuous legal saga that saw the iconic politician incarcerated on sodomy charges that critics and observers have long regarded as politically motivated. Emerging from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he ...

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Afghan president apologizes for deadly airstrike kills 30 children

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologised Wednesday to the families of civilians, mainly children, killed when the country´s air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and machine gun fire last month. The April 2 airstrike on a ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in Dasht-e-Archi district ...

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7 dead, 30 feared trapped after part of flyover collapses in India

MUMBAI: Seven people are dead and 30 others are feared trapped under the rubble after part of an under-construction flyover in the northern Indian city of Varanasi collapsed on Tuesday, a senior police official said. Varanasi, the constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is in India’s most populous state ...

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Indonesia hit by another attack after deadly suicide bombings

JAKARTA: Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group. The latest assault in Pekanbaru on the island of ...

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Nawaz Sharif rejects NSC statement, deems it ‘painful and regrettable’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, while speaking to reporters at the accountability court on Tuesday, “rejected” the National Security Committee’s (NSC) statement from yesterday, terming it “painful and regrettable”. He stuck to his stance on the remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks made during an exclusive interview with Dawn published on ...

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Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city

KABUL: The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early Tuesday, killing and wounding at least six security forces, officials said. Fared Bakhtawer, head of the Farah provincial council, said the insurgents overran several security checkpoints in the provincial capital of the same name and ...

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China tests first home-built aircraft carrier

BEIJING: China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials yesterday, state media said  a landmark in Beijing’s ambitious plans to modernize its navy as the Asian giant presses its claims in disputed regional waters. The carrier, known only as “Type 001A,” set out for the trials from a port ...

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