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Pakistan-USA relationship is strong: Mark Toner

WASHINGTON: According to the Spokesperson of the United States Department of State, Mark Toner, Pakistan and USA’s ties were strong and not at a low point. Addressing a press briefing on Thursday, Toner said that US Secretary of State John Kerry not visiting Pakistan during his recent tour of Asia, should not be tied to the relationship that USA enjoys …

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North Korea suspected to have conducted fifth nuclear test

SEOUL: A seismic tremor was recorded in an area around North Korea’s known nuclear site on Friday, and was suspected to be the fifth nuclear test by the isolated nation, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. U.S., European and Chinese seismological agencies reported that the tremor was recorded at 0030 GMT at surface level. A South Korean government official said …

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US arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 bn: report

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. The report, authored by William Hartung of the U.S.-based Center for International Policy, said the offers were made in 42 separate …

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US warns Russia against interfering with Western politics

OXFORD, England: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned Russia against interfering with Western “democratic processes” and accused Moscow of aggressive behaviour aimed at eroding the international order. Carter’s remarks follow hacking attacks on Democratic Party organisations in the run-up to the U.S. election on Nov. 8, some of which U.S. officials and cyber security experts have blamed on …

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France´s secular laws can accommodate Islam: Hollande

PARIS: President Francois Hollande insisted Thursday that France´s strict laws separating church and state do not prevent the country´s large Muslim minority from practising their religion. In a speech on terrorism and democracy coming in the midst of a debate on the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit, Hollande said: “Nothing in the idea of secularism opposes the practice of …

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Clinton tells Israel she´ll safeguard its ´military edge´

JERUSALEM: US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that if elected she would work with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make sure Israel´s strategic military edge is preserved. “Shortly after being inaugurated I would invite the prime minister to Washington for meetings, I would send my joint chiefs and intelligence experts to Israel to meet with their counterparts,” she said …

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Norway hairdresser on trial for refusing client in hijab

OSLO: A hairdresser went on trial in Norway Thursday for refusing a Muslim client wearing a hijab, in the first case in the country to go to court over the Islamic head covering. Merete Hodne risks up to six months in prison for religious discrimination for turning Malika Bayan away from her hair salon in Bryne, a small town in …

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Pain lingers one year after hajj tragedy in Saudi

MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) – Despite being emotionally scarred by the death of two childhood friends during last year’s hajj stampede, Muhammad Sani has still returned to Saudi Arabia for another pilgrimage. The Nigerian pharmacist, 46, says his faith remains unshaken even after the deaths of at least 2,297 pilgrims during the hajj stoning ritual last September 24. A year …

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Iran’s Khamenei: ‘evil’ Saudi royals don’t deserve to manage holy sites

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that the “cursed, evil” Saudi ruling family did not deserve to manage Islam’s holiest sites. Meeting with the families of victims of a deadly stampede during last year’s hajj pilgrimage, Khamenei said: “The Saudis’ failure and incompetence in this incident proves once again that this cursed, evil family does …

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Talks outside Indian Constitution impossible: Ram Madhav

New Delhi (Web Desk) – It seemed like the Indian government is not in a mood whatsoever when it comes to easing the tension in its occupied territories of Kashmir. The recent statement by Ram Madhav added fuel to the fire and clearly revealed the malicious intentions of the Indian government. In a recent speech, Ram Madhav termed that all …

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