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President Trump has made military strategy decision on Afghanistan, confirms Defence Secy

, August 21 : United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has confirmed that a decision has been made on a military strategy in Afghanistan."I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a preset position. The President has made a decision. As he ...

Three labourers found dead in Balochistan

, August 21 : Three labourers from Pakistan's Punjab area, Rahim Yar Khan have been found dead in Balochistan's Kech district.The bodies were found with multiple bullet injuries in Kech's Hoshab area, reported Dawn.Unidentified miscreants kidnapped the labourers who were working on a development ...

Nepal Parliament divides during deliberation over amendment bill

Kathmandu , Aug 21 : The deliberation over the amendment, set to be presented on Monday for voting, has divided the Nepal Parliament into twofactions.The parliamentary meeting which lasted for about four and half hours on Sunday witnessed a heated argument among 50 lawmakers over various clauses ...

Iraq forces launch fresh offensive to retake Tal Afar from ISIS

, August 20 : Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced the launch of a ground offensive by Iraqi forces to retake town of Tal Afar , a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the ISIS."I say to Daesh, you have no choice but to surrender or die," Adabi said in a pre-dawn televised address, wearing ...

NAFTA negotiators wrap up first round of talks

By Anthony Esposito and David Lawder WASHINGTON - Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, amid signs that an ambitious schedule to conclude negotiations by early 2018 could slip in the coming months. A ...

Will 'hurt' party if reason for not joining federal cabinet is disclosed: Former Pak interior minister

, August 20 : Former Pakistan interior minister Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said it would "hurt" the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz , if he discloses the reason for not being a part of the federal cabinet."Fellow party members leaking details of matters discussed in internal meetings has ...

RJP-Nepal to participate in local polls

, August 20 : Nepal's agitating party Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal , which has been demanding a constitutional amendment for long, will participate in the third round of local-level elections.Nepal's Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhi Prasad Yadav confirmed the participation of the RJP-Nepal, ...

Ousted Pak PM Sharif to leave for London on Aug 24

, Aug. 20 : Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for his first London trip after his removal from power by the country's Supreme Court in Panama case.Citing sources, Dunya News reported that Sharif is going to London for his medical checkupSharif, his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, ...

South African Minister resigns over women assault claims

, August 20 : South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned amid claims that he physically assaulted two women after an argument at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend.A woman has accused Manana of kicking and punching her and her cousin at the exit of ...

Britain calls on EU to move Brexit talks forward

LONDON - Brexit minister David Davis called on the European Union on Sunday to relax its position that the two sides must first make progress on a divorce settlement before moving on to discussing future relations. After a slow start to negotiations to unravel more than 40 years of union, Britain is ...

Wreckage of World War II warship USS Indianapolis found after seven decades

New York: The wreckage of the Second World War cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, seven decades after it was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine.Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, announced that he and a crew of researchers ...

Nawaz refrains Hamza from campaigning for Kulsoom

, August 20 : Differences have emerged in Nawaz Sharif's extended family as the founder of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has refrained his nephew Hamza Shahbaz to participate in the campaigning process of NA-120 by-elections, from where his wife Kulsoom Nawaz will contest after his disqualification ...

Govt. will not hold back media under any circumstances: Nepal PM

, Aug 20 : Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government will not hold back media under any circumstances.Debua made these remarks at the 25th general assembly of Federation of Nepali Journalists in Kathmandu on Sunday.He said his government is committed to help the media ...

10 get death penalty over plot to assassinate Hasina

Dhaka, Aug 20 A tribunal here in Bangladesh on Sunday awarded death penalty to 10 people for planting a bomb in 2000 to assassinate then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Dhaka's Special Trial Tribunal Judge Momtaz Begum gave the order in the presence of several accused from the ...

NAB summons ex-PM Sharif, family members to appear on Sunday

, August 20 : Pakistan's top graft organisation National Accountability Bureau has summoned deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family to appear before it in Lahore on Sunday in a reference related to the Sharifs' Avenfield properties.It appears unlikely, however, that Sharif, his sons - ...

Death sentence for 10 over attempt to kill B'desh PM Hasina

, Aug 20 : Ten persons were awarded death penalty by a Dhaka court in a case filed over the attempted murder of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 17 years ago.Dhaka's Second Speedy Trial Tribunal also sentenced one person to life term imprisonment and nine others to 20 years of rigorous ...

WWII warship USS Indianapolis wreckage found 18,000 feet below Pacific surface

, August 20 : The wreckage of the Second World War cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, seven decades after it was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine.Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft, announced that he and a crew of researchers ...

Boston Rally: 33 Arrested as thousands show up in protest of Charlottesville violence

, August 20 :As many as 33 left-wing counter protesters were arrested as clashes erupted when thousands took to the streets in Boston to protest a right-wing 'Free Speech' rally one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.Protesters chanted anti-Nazi ...

Japan preparing for 'cyberspace war':North Korea

North Korea has accused Japan of building a cyberspace attack force in its military for attacking the computer systems of rival countries, under the pretext of self-defense.The Japanese Defense Ministry is planning to boost the size and capability of its cyber unit under the excuse of self-defense ...

Facebook community rescues woman from swimming pool

New York: A US woman stuck in a swimming pool was rescued by a Facebook group after she asked for help on the social media platform last week.According to a New York Daily News report, the 61-year-old Leslie Kahn was at the end of a swim in her backyard pool when the step ladder to get out of the ...

Imran Khan opposes fencing of Durand Line, favours European style ties with Afghanistan

, August 20 : Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan has opposed the fencing along the disputed 2,500km Durand Line with Afghanistan and favoured having an open border between the two neighbours like European Union type of relationship."Rather than building fences, I think it should have open, ...

Gilgit locals continue to vehemently oppose land grabbing by Pak ISI

,August 20 : Residents of Gilgit in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir , took to the streets to protest against thousands of acres of land worth billions being illegally acquired by the Pakistan army and the Pakistani government in their region."Thousands of acres of land worth billions illegally allotted to ...

Miami: Mall in lockdown amid reports of 'active shooter'

, August 20 : The Dolphin Mall in Florida, United States has been on lockdown after reports of an active shooter.Police officers have responded to an active shooter call after shots were reportedly fired inside the Dolphin Mall Saturday night.The mall at 11401 NW 12th St. was on lockdown as police ...

UK to release tranche of Brexit position papers

LONDON: Britain will issue a cluster of new papers this week to outline its strategy positions in divorce talks with the European Union, ranging from regulation of goods to data protection, the UK's Brexit department said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push discussions ...

UK to release tranche of Brexit position papers

LONDON - Britain will issue a cluster of new papers this week to outline its strategy positions in divorce talks with the European Union, ranging from regulation of goods to data protection, the UK's Brexit department said on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push discussions ...

US approves $500 mn grant for Nepal

, August 20 : United States will be granting an assistance of USD 500 million to Nepal as the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation , an independent US government agency, has approved the proposal to extend financial support to the country.The MCC is working to reduce global poverty through ...

We will 'heel' and be stronger: Trump roasted for embarrassing typo-filled tweets

, Aug. 20 : It took U.S. President Donald Trump a whopping three tries to correctly spell a particularly innocuous word in a set of tweets, which has now resulted in the world tapping into their creative juices and generating humor from the snafus.Addressing the stream of protests and ...

Five PKK terrorists killed in Turkey

, August 20 : Turkey security forces have killed at least five PKK terrorists in eastern and southeastern Turkey.The Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey.As per Anadolu News, Turkish Armed Forces said at least four terrorists, who were plotting a terrorist ...

Trump applauds Boston protestors for 'speaking out against bigotry and hate'

, August 20 : United States President Donald Trump on Saturday applauded the counter-protesters in Boston for "speaking out against bigotry and hate.""I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one," Trump ...

Train Station evacuated in France after armed men spotted

, August 20 : A train station was evacuated late Saturday in southern France's Nimes after three armed-men were reportedly spotted on the Paris-Nimes train.One person allegedly in possession of a non-lethal alarm gun was arrested as a result of their investigation, reports Anadolu News.On their ...

'Terror cell dismantled responsible for Barcelona attack'

, August 20 : Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido has confirmed that the terror cell responsible for the attacks in Barcelona has been dismantled and all its members have been arrested."The alleged cell responsible for the attacks had been "dismantled" and its all members are arrested," ...

Eight injured in Russia stabbing case, ISIS claims responsibly

, August 20 : At least eight people have been injured in the central Russian city of Surgut after a man started stabbing people with knife on the main road.As per Anadolu News report, the suspected attacker has been shot dead by the police after the assault.Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has taken ...

Thousands march in Boston protest against hate speech

Washington: Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Boston to demonstrate against racism and hate, one week after race-related protests turned violent in Charlottesville.The crowd chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs condemning white nationalism as it made its way in downtown Boston on ...

China company to build Afghan embassy in Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 20 A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad at a cost of nearly $17 million, media reports said.Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha joined the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Afghan ...

Barcelona police raids house of an Imam

Aug 20 : Barcelona Police has raided house of an Imam in connection with the terror attack in the city.Meanwhile, the hunt for the man suspected of driving the van in Barcelona - 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub - continues.Sky News reported that the raid was conducted as the police believed that Imam ...

Trump calls Free Speech rally protestors 'anti-police agitators'

, August 20 : Unite States President Donald Trump has called the Free Speech rally protestors anti-police agitators."Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you," Trump tweeted.There were reportedly, several clashes and arrests throughout the day, ...

Trump supports Bannon in Breitbart News, says 'fake news needs competition'

, August 20 : United States President Donald Trump showed his support to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's shift to Breitbart News by saying, "Fake News needs the competition,""Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before. ...

Veteran NAFTA negotiators likely to deflect political pressures

By David Ljunggren WASHINGTON - The three trade officials leading the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are veterans in their field who will be able to resist political pressure for major rapid changes as the pace of talks intensifies, trade and legal experts say. U.S., Canadian and ...

Siberian Stabbing: ISIS claims responsibility

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Saturday has purported responsibility for a stabbing attack in Russia, that has left two people in serious condition, reports ISIL's news agency Amaq.The knife attacker, identified as a local resident, stabbed eight people on the street in Siberian city of ...

Baloch activist urges Norwegian PM to cancel meeting with Musharraf

, Aug 19 : Baloch Republican Party activist Abdul Bugti has urged Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to cancel her meeting with Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf."We appeal and request Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to cancel her meeting with the ex dictator ," Bugti ...

Nigerian President Buhari returns home after treatment in London

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday returned to the country after over three months of medical leave from the United Kingdom for an undisclosed "health challenge".The 74-year-old left for London on May 7 and landed back at the international airport in the capital, Abuja today.Vice ...

Trump hints at 'decision' on Afghanistan strategy

, Aug. 19 : United States President Donald Trump on Saturday indicated that he has made a decision on the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan following high level meeting with his national security team at Camp David."Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders. ...

Musharraf is 'butcher of Balochistan': Baloch activist

, Aug 19 : Baloch Republican Party activist Abdul Bugti has branded Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the 'butcher' of Balochistan, who killed thousands of civilians during his rule including Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti."We want to make it clear that Musharraf is not a peace maker ...

Spain: 'Level 4' threat alert post Barcelona terror attack

, Aug 19 : Spanish authorities on Saturday decided to maintain the country's current terrorist threat alert at level 4, a notch below the maximum level which would signal an attack was imminent.Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido on Saturday said that there is no imminent threat of attack, ...

Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' laid to rest in Karachi

Islamabad, Aug 19 A state funeral was held in Karachi on Saturday for Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and earned international acclaim as the country's "Mother Teresa".Pfau passed away earlier this month at the age of 87 in Karachi. She ...

Trump thanks ousted White House chief strategist Bannon for his services

, Aug 19 : United States President Donald Trump has thanked his former chief strategist Stephen Bannon for his service and described the latter's work during his election campaign against democrat Hillary Clinton as 'great'."I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign ...

PTI challenges acceptance of Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers

Lahore, Aug 19 The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Saturday challenged in the Lahore High Court a returning officer's acceptance of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers for the upcoming NA-120 elections.The Election Commission of Pakistan's returning officer for the ...

Musharraf heckled by Baloch activists at 'Dialogue for Peace' event in Oslo

, August 19 : Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf was heckled by Baloch activists at the 'Dialogue for Peace' event organised by the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.The event was cancelled midway after the Baloch activists staged a protest over extending invite to Musharraf as a ...

Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest in Karachi

, August 19 : Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Dr Ruth Pfau,the founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center , was laid to rest in Gora Qabaristan following a state funeral, held on Saturday amid high security."The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selflessness and unmatched services for ...

PM Modi condemns Barcelona terror attack, writes to Spanish President Brey

, August 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to Spanish President Mariano Rajoy Brey condemning the terror attack in Barcelona. He has said that India is willing to work with Spain to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.The full text of the Prime Minister Narendra ...