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Top Iraq commander announces ‘liberation’ of east Mosul

BARTALLA (AFP) – Iraqi forces have fully retaken east Mosul from the Islamic State group, a top commander said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched. Elite forces have in recent days entered the last neighbourhoods on the …

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Iran ‘hostile’ to US involvement in Syria talks

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported. “We are hostile to their presence and we have not invited them,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late …

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Iran president calls for stop to Saudi ‘interference’

TEHRAN  – Iran s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saudi Arabia to stop its “aggression” in Yemen and “interference” across the region, during a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday. “We don t have a bilateral problem with Saudi Arabia. Our problems concern Saudi Arabia …

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Pak,KSA agrees to have detailes sessions on needs of Muslim world and higher education

ISLAMABAD – UNS – A four member delegation of academicians from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) visited International Islamic University, Islamabad on Tuesday. In the meeting, both sides agreed to have detailed sessions on needs of Muslim world and higher education. Lauding the IIUI role, …

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‘Draconian’ EU anti-terror laws target Muslims: Amnesty International

BRUSSELS: A raft of new counter-terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years in 14 EU …

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US worked to ensure fair Paris Mideast statement: Kerry

PARIS: Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly. Kerry thanked France for hosting the international conference and welcomed its final statement in favour of a two-state …

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Pakistan,Oman signs MoU to enhance Parliamentary cooperation

BY M SHAH ISLAMABAD – State Council of Oman and Senate of Pakistan has decided to formulate a parliamentary friendship group and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two Houses to enhance the Inter Parliamentary linkages and explore the avenues for economic cooperation …

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Gen Raheel yet to seek NOC to lead 39-country alliance: Asif

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Minister of Defence Khawaja Asif gave a policy statement in Senate on Wednesday on the matter of ex-COAS Raheel Sharif offered to head the 39-country Islamic military alliance led by Saudi Arabia. He stated that a retired army officer requires a no …

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Gen Raheel’s all conditions accepted by Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD -UNS– Pakistan’s former army chief General (r) Raheel Sharif had laid down three conditions before Saudi Defence Minister for his joining the coalition as its head and joined it only after those three conditions were accepted by Saudi government. According to Lt Gen (r) …

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KSA issues new guidelines for safeguarding pilgrims’ rights

RIYADH -UNS– Saudi Arabia has issued new guidelines to safeguard the rights of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims. According to Saudi ministry of Hajj and Umrah, all sorts of complaints will be received through supervising committees and communication centres. For foreign pilgrims, the ministry will look …

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