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22-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Musharraf wanted 'underhand' deal in 2007 : Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf offered him an "underhand" deal to form a joint government but he turned it down.Addressing the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary committee on Tuesday,...

20-Mar-2017 London

Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union on March 29, a government spokesperson said on Monday.Downing Street said Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, notified the EU of May's intention verbally."The Prime Minister...

20-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Reopen Pakistan-Afghanistan border : Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered to reopen the Pakistan-Afghanistan border with immediate effect.The Prime Minister said that the decision was taken as a goodwill gesture as the countries enjoy "religious, cultural and historical ties", reported...

20-Mar-2017 Washington

Donald Trump says N.Korea acting 'very, very badly'

US President Donald Trump slammed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for "acting very, very badly", following Pyongyangs missile activities, a media report said.North Korea claimed it tested a new high-thrust rocket engine on Saturday, the latest in a string...

18-Mar-2017 Mumbai

'Pakistan trying to locate 2 missing Indian clerics'

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Saturday said that authorities were looking into locating the two Indian clerics who went missing after visiting a shrine in Lahore."The issue was taken up by the Indian government. Our authorities are looking into it....

17-Mar-2017 Washington

N. Korea ‘behaving badly', China not helping : Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Friday accused North Korea of "behaving very badly" and "playing" the US for years, shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted that military options were on the table."China has done little to help!" Trump also said in a tweet...

17-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Pakistan wants criteria-based approach for NSG membership : Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan's foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz has emphasised the need to take a criteria-based approach if any new member wants to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Radio Pakistan reported.Aziz made this assertion during a meeting on Thursday with British National...

15-Mar-2017 London

Brexit a defining moment for Britain : Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her first reaction to the passing of the Brexit bill, saying it marked a defining moment for the country."This will be a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge a new relationship with Europe and a new...

14-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Forced conversion a crime in Islam : Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said forced conversions are considered a criminal practice in Islam and no one can force others to adopt a certain religion.Greeting the Hindu community on the occasion of Holi, Sharif said his foremost duty as...

14-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Blasphemy is unpardonable sin : Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that blasphemy is an unpardonable offence and directed the state machinery to find those responsible for putting blasphemous content on social media and bring them to justice without any delay.According to a statement...

12-Mar-2017 Damascus

US forces in Syria are 'invaders' : Bashar al-Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad scoffed and questioned the US actions in Syria, terming as "invaders" the American troops deployed to the country because he hadn't given permission for them to enter the country.There's been no "concrete action" from the Trump...

04-Mar-2017 Washington

Donald Trump accuses Obama of 'wiretapping' Trump Tower

US President Donald Trump has accused Barack Obama of "wiretapping" his offices before the presidential election in November last year, claiming the former President had overseen a "Nixon/Watergate"-style intervention.Launching a series of tweets on Saturday,...

03-Mar-2017 Washington

Donald Trump defends Sessions, says 'he did nothing wrong'

US President Donald Trump has defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "an honest man" amid calls for him to quit over his newly-disclosed contacts with the Russian Ambassador to Washington.Trump on Thursday said Sessions did not make any misleading statements...

03-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Anti-terror operation to continue in Pakistan : Nawaz Sharif

During a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday, senior civil and military officials of Pakistan unanimously resolved that "Operation Raddul Fasaad" would continue till the "set targets" are achieved.Raddul Fasaad, which aims to...

03-Mar-2017 Islamabad

Pakistan will not extradite Kulbhushan Jadhav : Sartaj Aziz

The Pakistan government is not considering to extradite Indian "spy" Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested for allegedly being involved in "subversive activities" in Pakistan, Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz told the Senate on Friday.Jadhav was reportedly...

01-Mar-2017 Washington

'Barack Obama set to return to politics'

Former US President Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said.Holder said on Tuesday he's been talking to Obama about ways, including fundraising and interacting with...

01-Mar-2017 Islamabad

ECO sets example of regional cooperation : Nawaz Sharif

The Economic Cooperation Organisation summit here on Wednesday is aimed at enhancing regional integration, connectivity and economic prosperity, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said.At the opening of the 13th ECO summit here, Nawaz Sharif laid emphasis...

01-Mar-2017 Washington

Donald Trump condemns Indian techie's killing in Kansas

US President Donald Trump has denounced the killing of an Indian techie in Kansas saying the nation condemns "hate and evil."Trump began his State of the Union address on Tuesday night by referring to racism and bias crimes, including the killing of Srinivas...

28-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump says Obama behind administration leaks, protests

US President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of being responsible for the leaks within his administration and the sizable, angry town-hall crowds Republicans have faced across the country.Trump was asked in an interview on Fox News'...

27-Feb-2017 Kabul

Afghanistan no threat to any country : Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said his country is not a threat to any other country."Afghanistan is an independent country and will remain so for hundreds of years to come," Ghani said here."Those who want to change Afghanistan into a battle field...

25-Feb-2017 Islamabad

10-nation ECO summit to focus on connectivity : Sartaj Aziz

The 13th edition of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit, an inter-governmental regional grouping of 10 countries to be held in Islamabad on March 1, will focus on regional connectivity, Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on...

25-Feb-2017 Washington

Keep Up 'resistance and persistence' : Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton rallied the opposition on Twitter with a videotaped message urging "resistance plus persistence"."The challenges we face as a party and a country are real," Clinton said in the video message posted on Twitter on Friday."So now more than ever,...

24-Feb-2017 Washington

Fake news is enemy of the people : Donald Trump

Continuing his battle with mainstream media outlets, US President Donald Trump slammed "fake news" and said journalists should not be allowed to publish stories based on anonymous sources."A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they...

24-Feb-2017 Ankara

India, Pakistan should maintain friendly ties : Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Islamabad and New Delhi should maintain friendly and good relations, media reported on Friday."We Pakistan and India should maintain good relations and avoid involving in conspiracies against each other," Dawn news...

20-Feb-2017 Islamabad

Afghan intelligence playing into India's hands : Pervaiz Musharraf

Former Pakistan President Pervaiz Musharraf has said that Afghanistan's intelligence agency -- the National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- was playing into Indian hands, and was being used as a tool for facilitating terror groups in Pakistan, media reported...

18-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump time : Fake news, real leaks & a surreal show!

Donald Trump had been forced to fire his top security adviser. One of his cabinet picks had withdrawn due to opposition from within his own Republican Party. Judges in four states had halted his controversial travel ban from seven nations.And on top of it the...

18-Feb-2017 London

UK PM to oversee new domestic violence law

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will directly oversee work on a new law to tackle domestic violence amid concerns that victims were being let down by the legal system, the media reported on Saturday.Domestic violence prosecutions and convictions...

17-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump calls 5 media organisations 'enemy of American people'

US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed the country's five major media organisations by calling it "the enemy of the American people"."The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American...

16-Feb-2017 Washington

Will issue new executive order on immigration : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he will issue a new executive order on immigration by next week.Also, the Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court to hold off on taking action in the legal battle over his initial travel ban until that...

16-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump says he inherited a mess, slams media

US President Donald Trump aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference."To be honest, I inherited a mess," Trump said on Thursday, in a news...

15-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump calls on Netanyahu to 'hold back' on new settlement

Israel should "hold back" on building new settlement "for a little bit", US President Donald Trump told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday."As far as settlements, I'd like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We'll...

14-Feb-2017 Islamabad

Will weed out terrorism with greater determination : Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the war against terror will be taken to its logical conclusion with greater determination.The Prime Minister was speaking at a high-level meeting here, held for reviewing law and order situation in the country after...

14-Feb-2017 Tokyo

Trump is good listener, frank : Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that US President Donald Trump is a "good listener", as well as "friendly and open", the media reported."President Trump is surprisingly a good listener though it may seem that he isn't. He's also very frank and open....

13-Feb-2017 Jerusalem

I and Trump 'see eye-to-eye' on Mideast issues : Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday before departing to Washington that he and US President Donald Trump have shared views on Middle East issues."The alliance between Israel and the US has always been very strong, and it's about to be even...

12-Feb-2017 Washington

Immigration raids fulfil campaign promise : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday on Twitter that the recent increase in immigration raids to detain undocumented foreigners comes in fulfilment of his campaign promises, adding that the majority of the people being seized for deportation are "gang...

11-Feb-2017 Islamabad

Pakistan wants friendly ties with Trump administration : Sartaj Aziz

Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that Pakistan desired good, friendly and lasting ties with the new US administration.Aziz said that Sharif's first contact with US President Donald Trump was a "very pleasant...

10-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump lauds conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump on Friday lauded the "very, very good conversation" he had with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday night."I had a very, very good conversation ... yesterday with the president of China. It was a very, very warm conversation,"...

10-Feb-2017 Washington

Administration will win travel ban court fight : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he has "no doubt" his administration will win legal challenges to his travel ban.In a press conference with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Trump also promised to move "rapidly" to introduce "additional security" steps for the...

10-Feb-2017 Ankara

Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves Turkey's constitutional reform bill

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved on Friday constitutional amendments that will bring drastic changes to the country's political system, including a shift to an executive presidential system from the current parliamentary system.The package will...

10-Feb-2017 Washington

Donald Trump promises Xi Jinping to honour 'One China' policy

US President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he will honour the "One China" policy that recognises Beijing as the only legitimate Chinese government, the White House said in a statement.The two leaders spoke by phone on Thursday...

08-Feb-2017 Ankara

Erdogan, Donald Trump agree to fight terrorism together

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed to enhance cooperation in fight against terrorism, according to an official statement on Wednesday.The two leaders made the agreement through a telephone conversation late Tuesday, their...

07-Feb-2017 Moscow

Vladimir Putin orders surprise inspection of Russian Aerospace Forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a surprise inspection of the Aerospace Forces in order to gauge its readiness for combat, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.The goal was to evaluate the readiness of the forces to carry out instructions and...

07-Feb-2017 Beijing

Xi Jinping affirms Sirisena of political trust, cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena that he was "willing to work to consolidate political trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation and deepen people-to-people friendship".Xi and Sirisena on Tuesday...

05-Feb-2017 Washington

'What do you think, our country's so innocent?' : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump appeared to equate American actions with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview, saying, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?", the media reported.Trump made the remark during...

03-Feb-2017 Valletta

Theresa May asks EU leaders to be 'patient' with Donald Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her European Union counterparts to be patient with US President Donald Trump as the continents leaders voiced their concerns about the the newly elected leader, media reports said.The Prime Minister defended her decision...

02-Feb-2017 United Nations

Antonio Guterres is 'totally committed' to reforming UN

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that he is "totally committed" to reforming the world organisation and it is the best way to get the support of all member countries.Guterres was especially referring to the Donald Trump administration in the US,...

01-Feb-2017 Seoul

Won't run for Presidency : Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday he will not run for the South Korean Presidential elections this year, a media report said.Ban was second in the running to become the country's next President, according to polls, behind Moon Jae-in,...

31-Jan-2017 Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif calls for solution to Palestinian issue

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged the international community on Tuesday to play its role in a just resolution of the Palestinian issue.Speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after their talks in Islamabad, Sharif...

31-Jan-2017 Washington

Donald Trump fires 2 top officials amid furore over immigration order

Amid protests over his order to temporarily ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries coming into the US, President Donald Trump has sacked two top officials, including acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend the order against...

30-Jan-2017 Washington

Donald Trump's immigration order leads to chaos, protests

US President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily prohibiting entry into the country for migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world led to confusion, angst and a wave of protests across the country.World leaders...

29-Jan-2017 Tehran

No time to build walls between nations: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday it was no time to build walls between nations and criticised steps towards cancelling world trade agreements, without naming new US President Donald Trump.His remarks came after Trump ordered the construction...

27-Jan-2017 Washington

Donald Trump to make state visit to Britain : Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Donald Trump is to make a state visit to Britain, as she sought to cement her relationship with the new US President.Speaking at the White House on Friday, May congratulated Trump on his "stunning victory", said she...

27-Jan-2017 Washington

Not visa ban, 'extreme vetting' for Pakistanis : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump in his first televised sit-down interview as US president has said Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not among countries that will face a visa ban to enter the country.However, citizens of these countries will face "extreme...

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