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Iraqi Parliament votes to reject Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

Courtesy Yeni Safak- Lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government. A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the Sept. 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). “Parliament obliged...

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...

Christian teenager beaten to death by classmates in Pakistan

Courtesy The Independent-  A Christian teenager has been beaten to death by his classmates in Pakistan. Sharoon Masih was the only Christian in his year and was attacked after he apparently drank from the same glass as a Muslim. The 17-year-old had only been at MC Model...

Saudi Arabia suspends dialogue, saying Qatar ‘distorting facts’

Courtesy The Guardian- Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke...

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...

US asked to condition Afghan aid to recognition of Durand Line

Courtesy Dawn- WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. This apparently is the first time a lawmaker,...

Trump: ‘Sad day’ for North Korea if U.S. takes military action

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang. Trump again...

Pakistan has to react swiftly to changing regional situation: Khawaja Asif

Courtesy Dawn-  Keeping in view the current situation in the world and the region, Pakistan will have to swiftly "change its direction", said Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday after the conclusion of the Pakistani envoys' conference. Envoys to some major countries and multilateral institutions participated...

South Korea deploys missile system as US strengthens North Korea trade threat

Courtesy The Guardian- Dozens of South Korean protesters have been injured in clashes with police over the full deployment on Thursday of a controversial US missile defence system intended to counter attacks from North Korea. According to South Korean media, 38 people, including six police officers,...

India army chief: we must prepare for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan

Courtesy AP- India’s army chief said on Wednesday the country should be prepared for a potential two-front war given China is flexing its muscles and there is little hope for reconciliation with Pakistan. General Bipin Rawat referred to a recent 10-week standoff with the Chinese army...
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