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KSA advises Muslims to defer Haj plans

RIYADH – AFP/UNS – Saudi Arabia s Hajj minister asked Muslims  to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia suspended the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage over fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam s holiest cities, an unprecedented move …

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Europe evades sanctions, sends medical gear to Iran

BERLIN -UNS: European nations have delivered medical goods to Iran in the first transaction under the Instex mechanism set up to evade American sanctions on Tehran, the German foreign ministry said Tuesday. “France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that Instex has successfully concluded its first transaction, facilitating the export …

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Iraq’s PM bows out as PM-designate, rockets hit Green Zone

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq s prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi bowed out Sunday from the task of forming a government, as two rockets crashed near the US embassy in the capital s Green Zone. Allawi s departure prolongs a political vacuum and plunges Iraq deeper into political uncertainty, leaving President Barham …

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Army Chief meets Kuwait’s civil-military leadership

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has paid an official day-long visit to Kuwait, according to the a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday. COAS Bajwa held meetings with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Ahmad …

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Erdogan threatens ‘imminent’ Turkish operation in Syria

ISTANBUL (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened to launch an operation in Syria’s Idlib region by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw behind Turkish military positions. “An operation in Idlib is imminent,” Erdogan told his party’s lawmakers in parliament. “We are counting down, …

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Pak, Turkey agree to transform relations into strong partnership

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to extend mutual support on issues of each other s core national interest and underscored the importance of fully realizing the immense potential of relationship between the two countries. The understanding was reached at meeting between President Dr Arif Alvi and his Turkish …

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AQAP chief killed in Yemen:Trump confirmed

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that the US had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — days after the militant group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a US naval base. The US “conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qassim …

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Pakistan urges U.N. to play ‘central role’ in resolving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

UNS/(APP) – Pakistan has called on the United Nations (UN)to respond to the challenges posed by the unilateral moves on the status of Jerusalem and the expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory that have undermined the prospect of peace in the Middle East. “The United Nations, including the …

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