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Top US military officer arrives for talks in Iraq Top US military officer arrives for talks in Iraq
Irbil: The top US military officer landed in Iraq on Tuesday to get an update on the battle against Islamic State militants, saying he sees no prospect right now for Russia to expand its airstrike campaign into the war-torn country. Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was making his first trip to the warzone since taking the top post on October 1. He told report...
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Resolution to support cooperation with Pak introduced in Congres Resolution to support cooperation with Pak introduced in Congres
WASHINGTON: Ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's US visit, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives supporting bilateral cooperation in various fields and strengthening of the democratic process in Pakistan. Welcoming PM Nawaz on his visit, the resolution said that, “Sharif, a democratically elected leader of Pakistan, is a symbol...
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UN peace envoy for Syria heading to Moscow, Washington UN peace envoy for Syria heading to Moscow, Washington
Geneva: The UN peace envoy to Syria said on Monday he was heading directly to Moscow in a bid to promote a political end to the conflict, as Russia intensifies its air strikes. "I am on my way tonight to Moscow," Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva, acknowledging that the Russian air strikes in Syria had "introduced new dynamics" to the brutal conflict. Russia says its air strikes, w...
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Pentagon to make 'condolence payments' to Kunduz victims Pentagon to make 'condolence payments' to Kunduz victims
Washington: The Pentagon has announced it would make payments in compensation for those killed and injured by US airstrikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, has demanded an independent international investigation. It says 33 people are still missing after the October 3 attack, in addition to 12 MSF staff...
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Hillary Clinton opposes controversial Pacific trade deal Hillary Clinton opposes controversial Pacific trade deal
Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she does not support the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reached on Monday after marathon talks between the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations. "As of today, I'm not in favour of what I have learned about it," Clinton said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour, noting that she doesn't believe the deal...
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Hillary Clinton unveils plan to tighten US gun laws Hillary Clinton unveils plan to tighten US gun laws
Washington: Following the latest deadly US campus shooting, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton offered proposals today to tighten the nation's gun laws, even threating to do so by decree. The cornerstone of the plan is to prevent violent criminals, people accused of domestic abuse, and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms, largely by expanding the background check system fo...
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Putin's Syrian strategy a recipe for disaster: Obama Putin's Syrian strategy a recipe for disaster: Obama
Washington: President Barack Obama has said that Russia's Syrian strategy is a recipe for disaster as President Vladimir Putin failed to differentiate between Islamic State militants and moderate groups who oppose the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. Referring to his meeting with Putin early this week, Obama told a press conference yesterday that he told Putin that it is true that th...
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Obama, Putin clash over Assad`s fate in UN duel Obama, Putin clash over Assad`s fate in UN duel
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama sparred over Syria in duelling UN speeches on Monday, as Moscow and Tehran mounted a fierce defense of Bashar al-Assad. The Russian leader urged UN General Assembly members to unite to fight the Islamic State group and said it would be a disastrous error not to support Syria`s beleaguered president. Iran piled on behind Rus...
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Xi Jinping calls for concerted China-US effort to advance ties Xi Jinping calls for concerted China-US effort to advance ties
Washington: China is willing to join hands with the US to improve their relationship and push it forward on the right track, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Friday. The China-US relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties in the world, Xi said when holding talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House, reported Xinhua. Since it was established 36 years ...
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No Muslim should be US president: Carson No Muslim should be US president: Carson
Washington: Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said Sunday no Muslim should be president of the United States, adding a new twist to a controversy roiling the party`s White House nominating race. In an interview with NBC`s "Meet the Press," Carson, a retired brain surgeon who often refers to his own deep Christian faith, was asked whether a president`s religion should matter. "I gues...
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