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Religious tourism: the white gold of Saudi Arabia

Courtesy AFP - Mina (Saudi Arabia)  - With global oil prices flailing, Saudi Arabia is turning to another natural resource: billions of dollars gained from religious tourism as the kingdom hosts the annual hajj pilgrimage. Shops line the packed esplanade of the Great Mosque of Mecca, one...

China forced to abandon plan to enlarge BRICS

Courtesy Times of India- China aborted its attempt to create a permanent BRICS Plus feature and invite other countries to join in following resistance from the other members of the five-nation grouping, including India, who apprehend dilution of BRICS's goals if other counties, including...

Pakistan tells Afghan Taliban to ‘prepare’ for political dialogue

Pakistan has told the Afghan Taliban leadership to prepare a team for peace negotiations, a Taliban leader familiar with the development confirmed to Daily Times on Sunday. Pakistani officials conveyed the message to the Taliban leaders in a recent interaction. However, the Taliban leaders have...

China confirms India’s withdrawal of troops, equipment from Dong Lang

Courtesy People's Daily- BEIJING, Aug. 28 -- China on Monday confirmed via on-site checks that India has withdrawn personnel and equipment from Dong Lang (Doklam) after a military stand-off lasting more than two months. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese personnel completed the...

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens China’s Path to Power

Courtesy The New York Times-  The two men stood together on the reviewing stand in the North Korean capital: a top official in China’s Communist leadership wearing a tailored business suit and a young dictator in a blue jacket buttoned to his chin. Liu Yunshan, the...

KRG referendum to lead region to war: Former Iraqi MP

Courtesy Yeni Safak- The non-binding referendum of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on whether to declare independence from Baghdad slated for Sept. 25 carries great significance for millions of Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds in Iraq and Syria. A former Iraqi Member of Parliament, Feyha Bayatlı, told...

Germany: Merkel agrees to 200,000 refugees cap in bid to build coalition

Angela Merkel has agreed to cap the number of refugees Germany accepts at 200,000 annually in a concession to her conservative Bavarian allies that has overcome the first hurdle to coalition talks with other parties. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to the German chancellor’s...

Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation

Courtesy The Guardian- The world is more dangerous today than it has been in a generation, the head of Nato has said, days before the mobilisation of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops on the EU’s eastern borders, and as a nuclear crisis grows on the...

Pakistan could face mass droughts by 2025 as water level nears ‘absolute scarcity’

Courtesy Independent-  Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a...

Rahul taunts Modi on U.S. U-turn on Pakistan

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi over President Donald Trump’s U-turn regarding Pakistan and seemed to question the Modi government’s earlier claims of a “new phase in Indo-US relationship.” Tagging the U.S. President’s official twitter handle, Mr. Gandhi...
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