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Pakistan lifts sanctions on Iran

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has lifted sanctions on Iran pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, said a statement issued here on Friday. The modalities for lifting of sanctions were finalized in an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Minister of Finance, Mohammad Ishaq Dar, it …

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Turkey blames Kurdish militants for Ankara bomb

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed a Syrian Kurdish militia fighter working with Kurdish militants inside Turkey for a suicide car bombing that killed 28 people in the capital Ankara, and he vowed retaliation in both Syria and Iraq. A car laden with explosives …

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Oil prices extend gains as Iran welcomes output freeze

SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended gains in Asia Thursday as traders welcomed comments from Iran’s oil minister praising a conditional agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia to freeze output levels, fuelling hopes for stability in the commodity market. Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran will “support any measure …

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US wants NATO to step up fight against IS

BRUSSELS: The United States is pressing NATO to play a bigger role against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, putting Washington at odds with Germany and France which fear the strategy would risk confrontation with the alliance’s old Cold War foe Russia. All 28 NATO …

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Saudi, Russia agree oil output freeze, talks with Iran to follow

DOHA -UNS : Top global oil exporters including Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed on Tuesday to freeze output to tackle a global glut but said the deal was contingent on other producers, with Iran absent from the meeting and planning to ramp up shipments. The …

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Syrian hospital strikes kill 50, cast doubt on ceasefire hopes

BEIRUT (AFP) – Hopes for a ceasefire in Syria were fading on Tuesday, after dozens were killed in air strikes on hospitals. France branded the killings as war crimes and Syria’s president said implementing a truce would prove “difficult”. The United Nations said nearly 50 …

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9 dead in airstrike: Turkey continues shelling at Kurds, defies international calls

BEIRUT -UNS :Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Syria on Monday, killing nine people including a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “A building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was destroyed on Monday …

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The CPEC Booms Up

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been entering its end stage, since the idea was floated by Premier Li Keqian and later elaborated by President Xi Jinping in 2013. Since then, there has been a lot of appreciation across Asia with just a few reservations …

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World powers agree ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

MUNICH (UNS/AFP) – World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria within a week and dramatically ramp up humanitarian access at talks in Munich. The 17 countries agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a …

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Death toll in Syrian civil war is 470,000

LONDON -uns : In five years of civil war, 400,000 Syrians have been killed and another 70,000 have perished due to a lack of basics such as clean water and healthcare, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. With those injured in the conflict, that amounts …

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