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US-UK alliance seen outweighing Brexit trade concerns

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) looks unlikely to follow through on a threat to relegate Britain to second-class trade status once its ally leaves the European Union, as it weighs the potential costs of undermining the countries close diplomatic and military ties. President Barack Obama had warned ahead of Thursday’s ...

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India is not reluctant to engage with Pakistan, says Modi

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stated that due to his diplomatic efforts, the world has seen that India is not reluctant to engage with Pakistan and the world is unanimously appreciating India’s position and stance on Pakistan. “Our approach has created difficulties for Pakistan, and they ...

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Disband CII, recommends Senate committee

ISLAMABAD: Holding the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) responsible for the rise in incidents of violence against women, members of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday recommended disbanding the body and urged the government to ban the use of Qisas and Diyat laws in honour-killing cases. The ...

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Nigeria army frees 5,000 people from Boko Haram captivity

Nigeria’s army says it has set over 5,000 people free from the grips of the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists in the northeastern state of Borno. “Troops of 21st Brigade and Civilian JTF [Joint Task Force] conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages in which they killed six Boko ...

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Pakistan looks for US lobbyist amid diplomatic challenges

WASHINGTON: Two recent diplomatic disasters — the US refusal to subsidise an F-16 deal and the Obama administration’s campaign to induct India into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) — have forced Pakistan to look for a paid lobbyist in the US capital. Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana confirmed to Dawn ...

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Youm-e-Ali being observed today under stringent security

LAHORE  – Youm-e-Ali (RA), the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA), is being observed today (Monday) amid tight security across the country. Special security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident. The mourning processions will follow the planned routes and gather at the pre-decided venues. In Karachi, the ...

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India joins elite missile tech group controlling global sale

NEW DELHI: India has joined an exclusive club of countries controlling exports in missile technology, just a day after bemoaning its exclusion from another elite group that governs international nuclear fuel and technology. The Indian foreign secretary on Monday signed onto the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), aimed at preventing ...

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14 killed in ‘violent clashes’ for Libya’s Sirte

Over a dozen people have been killed in “very violent clashes” between force loyal to Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNA) and the Daesh Takfiri terrorists over the city of Sirte. A military statement said the Libyan forces “repelled a new counter-offensive from Daesh… in very violent clashes” during the ...

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NSG terms NPT bedrock of non-proliferation regime

ISLAMABAD: The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on Friday emphasised that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would remain the bedrock of non-proliferation regime as its annual plenary meeting ended in Seoul without any agreement on admitting the countries that have not signed the treaty. The group said it would continue its ...

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