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US tries to safeguard Afghan peace push from Indo-Pak crisis

WASHINGTON DC: The United States is trying to prevent simmering tensions between India and Pakistan from impacting a third country: Afghanistan, where a fragile peace push is underway to try to end more than 17 years of war with Taliban insurgents. US President Donald Trump’s administration has been publicly focused on lowering tensions between the nuclear-armed […]

Storms halt SpaceX’s first US national security space mission

Storms halt SpaceX’s first US national security space mission

SpaceX said its Falcon 9 rocket and payload, a roughly US$500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, were “in good health” and that it was now targeting a Saturday morning launch from Florida s Cape Canaveral.The cancellation, which followed two previous launch attempts this week that were scrubbed for technical reasons, came as thunderstorms […]

US Defence Secretary Mattis to step down

US Defence Secretary Mattis to step down

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigned on Thursday as President Donald Trump weathered an escalating backlash at home and abroad over his sudden decision to pull all troops from Syria.Trump steadfastly defended the withdrawal of the 2,000-strong force from Syria, vowing that the United States would no longer be the “policeman of […]

US adds Pakistan to blacklist for ‘religious freedom violations’

US adds Pakistan to blacklist for ‘religious freedom violations’

WASHINGTON:The United States said Tuesday it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over its treatment of minorities.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure […]

US shouldn’t even give Pakistan a dollar till it acts on terror

US shouldn’t even give Pakistan a dollar till it acts on terror

NEW YORK (Agencies) – US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley, on Monday, said that Pakistan should not be given  even a dollar  as it continues to harbour terrorists, who  turn around and kill American soldiers .Talking to a US magazine- The Atlantic, Haley, the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in […]

Peshawar girl to represent country in US Open U-15 squash

Peshawar girl to represent country in US Open U-15 squash

PESHAWAR:In what can best be described as an honour for the country, a junior squash player Laiba Ijaz Ahmad hailing from Peshawar will represent Pakistan in the US Junior Open Squash Championship to be held from December 15 to 18 in Boston, Massachusetts.At least 9,000 players from all over the world compete to qualify for […]

US pushed Pakistan away, we are not your hired gun: PM Imran

US pushed Pakistan away, we are not your hired gun: PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan reflected on the tumultuous bilateral relationship between Islamabad and Washington and said it was the “United States which basically pushed Pakistan away”.In an interview with The Washington Post, the premier stressed on two-dimensional ties. “Our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. It’s a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar […]

Pakistan assures US of support in Afghan endgame

Pakistan assures US of support in Afghan endgame

Pakistan on Tuesday assured all-out support to the US for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict. The assurance was given by Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi to US Special Envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.Washington’s special envoy, tasked with finding a negotiated end toAfghanistan’s bloody 17-year-old war, will hold talks with […]

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL:Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan Tuesday, NATO said, taking the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12.NATO’s Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the soldiers, but said they had been killed when an improvised explosive […]

US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

KABUL (AFP) – US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Sunday he hoped the Taliban and Afghan government would strike a peace deal within five months — even as the militants inflict record high casualties on security forces.Back in Kabul after a second round of regional meetings that are believed to have included the Taliban, Afghan-born Khalilzad […]

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

KABUL: The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan […]

US mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty to charges in New York

US mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty to charges in New York

NEW YORK CITY:The man charged with mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and other critics of US President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all 30 charges against him in a federal court in New York.If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in prison. He had previously faced five counts carrying a maximum […]

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