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India sends its 100th satellite into space to watch borders

NEW DELHI: India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space. A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, …

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Trump cancels much-anticipated trip to UK: reports

US President Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled a plan to inaugurate the new US embassy in London next month, according to reports from the British media. Trump allegedly called off the plan due to his concern of not receiving a warm welcome in the United Kingdom, the Independent claimed, adding that the American head of state will instead send Secretary …

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‘A mad scramble’: How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided US officials

WASHINGTON: A surprise New Year’s Day tweet by US President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to US aid for Pakistan, sent US officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four US officials said. The decision to freeze up to about $2 billion in security aid, according to …

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NA approves bill extending SC, PHC jurisdiction to tribal areas

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly approved with a majority on Friday a bill extending the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Newly-appointed law minister Mahmood Virk presented the bill. The bill was opposed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F)Naeema Kishwar, who presented several amendments which were rejected by the House. Opposition Leader …

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Africa calls Trump racist after ‘shithole’ remark

JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA: African politicians labelled US President Donald Trump a racist on Friday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries. Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Trump had questioned why the United States would want immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti and some African countries during a briefing on draft …

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Trump uses slur to describe immigrants from Haiti, Africa

President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “sh*t*ole” countries. The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump’s tendency to make racially charged remarks. Trump sat down with senators …

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Supreme court judges in India make rift with chief justice public

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Four Indian Supreme Court judges took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the chief justice on Friday, warning a lack of impartiality could imperil the world s largest democracy. The judges said they were making their disagreement with Chief Justice Dipak Misra public after private talks failed to address what they said were serious problems with …

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US House passes bill to renew NSA internet spying tool

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool. The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a yearslong debate in Congress on …

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Trump, Moon signal openness for talks with North Korea

President Donald Trump is open to the US holding talks with North Korea “under the right circumstances,” the White House said Wednesday after South Korean President Moon Jae-In signalled a willingness to sit down with Kim Jong-Un. Signs of a potential cooling following months of red-hot tensions on the Korean peninsula came the day after Pyongyang reached a landmark agreement …

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