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10-Apr-2019 Islamabad

Kashmir issue has to be settled : Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to resolve the Kashmir issue and that the two nuclear-armed neighbours could only settle their differences with dialogue, the BBC reported on Wednesday.His comments came as India...

05-Apr-2019 Dublin

Merkel expresses solidarity with Ireland on Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country will stand together with the other European Union (EU) member states and do everything they can to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Merkel made the remark at a press conference after meeting with Irish Prime Minister...

30-Mar-2019 Washington

Donald Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border

US President Donald Trump has threatened to close the country's border with Mexico to trade for a "long time" and insisted that America has run out of detention space for undocumented immigrants."If Mexico doesn't immediately stop all illegal immigration...

28-Mar-2019 Washington

Trump tells Russian troops to leave Venezuela

US President Donald Trump said that Russia should pull back its presence in Venezuela, a day after Russia defended its position on the issue."Russia has to get out," Trump on Wednesday told the press in the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales,...

27-Mar-2019 Washington

Democratic campaign to impeach me is over : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that Democratic lawmakers are no longer thinking about initiating impeachment proceedings against him because the preliminary conclusions on the Russia probe indicate that there was no collusion between his 2016...

26-Mar-2019 Washington

Donald Trump says complete release of Mueller report won't bother him

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he wouldn't be bothered if special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the concluded Russia investigation is completely released."It wouldn't bother me at all," Trump told reporters at the White House after a bilateral...

23-Mar-2019 Washington

No idea about Mueller report timing : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he has "no idea" about when Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Russia probe, will turn in his report."I have no idea about the Mueller report," Trump responded on the White House lawn to the question...

21-Mar-2019 Washington

Donald Trump complains about John McCain funeral

US President Donald Trump has attacked the late Senator John McCain, complaining that he "didn't get a thank you" for his state funeral."We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain," the President said during a visit to an Ohio tank factory,...

21-Mar-2019 London

Tired public needs Brexit decision : Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told the public she is "on their side", laying the blame for the delay to Brexit squarely with MPs.Speaking from Downing Street, May said people were "tired of infighting and political games" and it was "high time" politicians...

08-Mar-2019 Islamabad

Imran Khan: Won't let armed groups function in Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that his government would not let any armed groups function in the country amid intensifying crackdown on Islamist groups and their leaders."Under the National Action Plan (NAP), we will not permit any armed group...

28-Feb-2019 Islamabad

Pakistan to release India’s pilot on Friday

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Pakistan would be releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow as a peace gesture.The prime minister was addressing  the joint session of Parliament and in a message, urged India not to escalate the situation....

28-Feb-2019 Paris

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel display unity over Brexit agreement

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed their unity on the question of Brexit during a joint press conference here."The withdrawal agreement cannot be renegotiated," declared the French President to members of the press at...

25-Feb-2019 Washington

Donald Trump postpones tariff hike on Chinese imports

President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that he was "delaying" raising tariffs on hundreds of Chinese import products, a hike that had been scheduled for March 1, due to the "substantial progress" being made in the bilateral trade talks being held in Washington."I...

22-Feb-2019 Beijing

Saudi Crown Prince meets Xi, $10 bn refinery deal signed

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday as Saudi oil company Aramco signed a pact to develop a $10 billion refining and petrochemical complex in China as 35 other economic deals worth $28 billion were inked by the...

21-Feb-2019 Islamabad

Pakistan re-imposes ban on Hafiz Saeed's JuD, charity arm

Pakistan on Thursday re-imposed a ban on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), formed by Hafiz Saaed to sidestep the ban on his Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and its charity arm, the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation.The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Committee,...

21-Feb-2019 Washington

Alabama woman who joined IS should not return to US : Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left in November 2014 to join  IS, to return to the US -- despite her recent public plea to come back and stand trial...

21-Feb-2019 Tehran

Hassan Rouhani calls US sanctions terrorism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said that the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the US constitute an act of terrorism.Rouhani spoke following a  Cabinet meeting in Tehran, underscoring the need for Iranians to continue to stand...

20-Feb-2019 Washington

Donald Trump orders Pentagon to draft space force legislation

US President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that directs the Pentagon to draft legislation on creating a US Space Force.It is "a bold, strategic step toward guaranteeing American space dominance," according to the White House."Our destiny, beyond...

19-Feb-2019 Islamabad

If India attacks, we'll retaliate: Imran warns

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said Pakistan will certainly retaliate if India declares war after the suicide bombing in Kashmir but also pledged to act against Pakistanis found involved in the attack if "actionable intelligence" was provided."If you...

19-Feb-2019 Islamabad

Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks : Imran Khan

 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said his country will have no other option to retaliate if India wages war against it in the wake of the February 14 suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers."If you (Indian government) think...

21-Jan-2019 Jerusalem

Netanyahu : Iran to face consequences for threatening Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Iran would face consequences for threatening Israel, hours after Israeli fighter jets struck targets in Syria's capital Damascus."We are acting against Iran and the Syrian forces that abet the Iranian...

20-Jan-2019 Washington

Venue for second US-N.Korea summit picked: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said the location for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been picked and will be announced "in the future"."We've picked the country, but we'll be announcing it in the future," Trump told reporters at the...

18-Jan-2019 Washington

Donald Trump hits back at Pelosi, cancels her foreign trip

In a tit-for-tat move, US President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to three countries, a day after she angered Republicans by suggesting the President should delay his State of the Union Asdress due to the impasse over...

07-Jan-2019 Dhaka

Sheikh Hasina takes oath as Bangladesh PM for 4th term

Sheikh Hasina was on Monday sworn in as Bangladesh's Prime Minister for a record fourth term following her party's victory in the December 30 election fraught with violent incidents and allegations of fraud by the opposition.Hasina, 71, was sworn in along with...

02-Jan-2019 Beijing

Taiwan independence a 'dead end' : Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on Taiwan to reject independence by terming it a "dead end" and embrace "peaceful reunification" with China.Xi made the remarks at a gathering to mark the 40th anniversary of the issuing of the "Message to Compatriots in...

31-Dec-2018 Agartala

Dhaka to reinforce ties with India, NE states : Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said her government will further reinforce its ties with Tripura, other northeastern states and with India as a whole, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.Deb talked to Hasina over phone on Monday and congratulated...

30-Dec-2018 Dhaka

Confident about election victory: Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she is confident about winning the 11th parliamentary election.In her reactions after casting vote at the Dhaka City College centre on Sunday morning, Hasina said: "The boat (her party...

30-Dec-2018 Washington

Immigrant children's deaths 'fault of the Democrats' : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that the Democrats shall be blamed for the latest deaths of the two children over the execution of US immigration policy."Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and...

27-Dec-2018 Moscow

Russia's 'invulnerable' n-missile ready to deploy : Vladimir Putin

Russia's new hypersonic missile system, which Moscow claims is "invulnerable" to the US defences, will enter service in 2019, President Vladimir Putin said after conducting a test of the missile.The Avangard hypersonic system was tested from the Dombarovsky military...

25-Dec-2018 Tehran

US sanctions will not defeat Iran : Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said that the US would not succeed in destroying the Islamic Republic despite the negative impact of Washington-imposed sanctions on the country's economic development.Speaking before lawmakers, Rouhani said that Iran...

24-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif gets 7-year jail term for corruption

An accountability court on Monday sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in a fresh corruption conviction.The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader was arrested from the courtroom for having investments beyond his declared...

20-Dec-2018 Moscow

Vladimir Putin : Threat of nuclear war shouldn't be underestimated

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the threat of a nuclear war should not be underestimated as he accused the US of provoking an arms race after abandoning various agreements.During his annual live-broadcast press conference, Putin said there...

19-Dec-2018 Tehran

US cannot influence Iranian ties with neighbours: Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Washington cannot dictate its policies on regional countries for their relations with Iran.Rouhani made the remarks at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport before leaving for Turkey, Xinhua news agency reported.He...

18-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump advises Fed not to consider interest rate hike

US President Donald Trump advised the Federal Reserve (Fed) not to raise interest rates at its meeting this week, given the strength of the dollar and an almost absence of inflation."It is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation,...

18-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Imran Khan hopes US-Taliban talks end Afghan suffering

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he hoped that the Islamabad-backed US-Taliban negotiations which was held a day earlier in the UAE, could bring an end to "almost three decades of suffering of the brave Afghan people"."Pakistan has helped in...

17-Dec-2018 Los Angeles

Donald Trump calls SNL 'Democrat spin machine'

US President Donald Trump has openly criticised the show "Saturday Night Live" and the NBC network as "Democrat spin machines"."A real scandal is the one-sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC and Democrat spin machines like 'Saturday Night...

16-Dec-2018 Colombo

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan PM, political impasse ends

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sacked from the post in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly two-month political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal.Wickremesinghe,...

13-Dec-2018 Copenhagen (Denmark)

Yemen government, Houthis agree to truce in Hodeida : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday said Yemeni government representatives and Houthi insurgents had agreed to a ceasefire in the embattled city of Hodeida.Guterres said it marked an important step in the ongoing peace negotiations between...

11-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump approves strategy on combating WMD terrorism

US President Donald Trump on Monday approved the National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, in a bid to counter extremist groups' attempt to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) against the US.According to a statement issued by the White House, the...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump accuses Comey of lying in testimony to Congress

US President Donald Trump has accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying during his testimony before a congressional committee last week, when the ex-official revealed that the investigation into presumed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

Chief of Staff John Kelly leaving by year end : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that his Chief of Staff John Kelly will exit the White House by the end of the year.Trump's announcement on Saturday came after it was reported on Friday that Kelly was expected to announce his departure in the coming...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

John Kelly to leave his job at year end : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.Trump called Kelly "a great guy," while speaking to reporters at White House on Saturday, Xinhua reported."He's been with me almost two...

09-Dec-2018 Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin agree to arrange security meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to soon arrange a meeting between security delegations of the two countries.The agreement was reached during the earlier phone talks between the two leaders over...

08-Dec-2018 United Nations

UN chief asks world to prevent genocide

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the international community to prevent rather than react to genocide as the crime does not happen overnight."Genocide is deliberate and premeditated and requires serious preparations that take time. Those...

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