Thursday, 28 January 2021

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United States to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump vowed that he will sharply reduce the number of US forces deployed in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, but did not commit to a full withdrawal from the country’s longest war after facing fierce criticism from at home and abroad. ...

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Emergency declared in Spain; global virus cases soar

MADRID: Spain declared a national state of emergency to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organisation reported a third straight day of record new infections across the world. The WHO has warned that some countries are on a “dangerous track”, with too many witnessing an exponential increase ...

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Pakistan to remain on FATF’s till February 2021

BRUSSELS: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to maintain Pakistan’s status on its  grey list  of countries. The country has remained in the list as it has been unable to comply with six of the 27 points in the global terror financing and money laundering watchdog’s action plan. ...

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Will personally go to UK for Nawaz Sharif’s return: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has said that he could talk to his British counterpart Boris Johnson for Nawaz Sharif’s return and if required, he would personally go to the UK as well. In an interview to a private TV channel, PM Imran Khan said the government had asked ...

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Iran tests home-made air defence systems

TEHRAN: Iran tested home-made air defence systems during military exercises, state media said, days after the expiry of an international arms embargo against the Islamic republic. The manoeuvres – dubbed “Defenders of the Sky” – took place in “an area covering half of the country s surface”, state television s Iribnews website ...

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Divorced Indian woman accuses brothers of gang rape

An Indian woman accused her brothers of gang raping her in India, according to Indian media reports. The woman alleged that her brothers had been subjecting her to rape over the past eight months. The woman said that she had not been unable to complain to police earlier as her ...

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Israel, UAE agree visa-free travel for nationals: Netanyahu

DUBAI: Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Monday to reciprocal visa-free travel, making Emirati citizens the first in the Arab world to not require Israeli entry permits. The deal was signed after the first-ever official delegation from the UAE landed in Israel for a day of talks following ...

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Thai Govt convenes parliament session over massive protests

BANGKOK: Thai lawmakers will meet for an extraordinary parliament session to discuss the demands put forward by participants of the ongoing anti-government rallies in Bangkok, Parliament President Chuan Leekpai said. “The lawmakers of the government and opposition parties agreed today that there was a need to convene an emergency parliament ...

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