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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,...

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...

Erdogan conveys Turkey’s unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militants

Courtesy Reuters- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis that Turkey felt unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militant group YPG, presidential sources said. In a statement following meetings between Mattis and Turkish officials, the sources said the two sides...

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...

US-Turkey row escalates with tit-for-tat travel and visa restrictions

The US and Turkey have imposed travel restrictions on each other’s citizens in an escalating diplomatic spat that highlights worsening relations between Ankara and its western allies. Washington said late on Sunday it was suspending the processing of all non-immigrant visas in Turkey due to “recent events”...

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. Mattis did not specify the size of the force, which...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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