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Saudi foreign minister makes rare visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday, meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the premier’s media office said. It was the first visit of a senior Saudi minister since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in …

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Pakistan welcomes Turkey’s desire to join CPEC

ANKARA -UNS : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan would welcome Turkey to join the CPEC. Interacting with the media persons in Ankara, Turkey on Friday, he said Central Asian states and Turkey together could bring a boost to the CPEC. He said …

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Pak-Turkey Strategic Cooperation Council session will be held in Ankara today

ANKARA -UNS- The 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council will be held in Ankara today (Thursday). Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim will co-chair the meeting. The two sides will discuss cooperation in diverse sectors. A number …

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Women Army officers finally allowed wearing hijab in Turkey

ISLAMABAD -UNS – In a landmark development today in Turkey, the army officers have finally been allowed wearing headscarves as the ban was removed on Wednesday. The ban had been imposed through a regulation in 1982 that banned wearing headscarves at all workplaces including the …

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PM Nawaz arrives in Turkey to co-chair 5th strategic cooperation session

ANKARA -UNS : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday arrived here on three-day official visit. Turkish Minister for Youth Ahmad Akif Cagatay Kilic received the Prime Minister at the Esenboga Airport. Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Sohail Mahmood was also present. The Prime Minister …

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KSA govt nominates women to head Saudi bourse, major bank

RIYADH -UNS : Women have been named to head Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange and a major bank, the institutions announced. Samba Financial Group on Sunday said Rania Mahmoud Nashar had begun work as chief executive officer. The announcement came three days after the Saudi stock …

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47 puts on trial for ‘coup plot to kill Erdogan’ in Turkey

MUGLA -UNS : One of the nearly 50 suspects in an alleged plot to assassinate Turkey’s president admitted involvement in the botched July 15 putsch bid as the mass trial opened Monday. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest over the alleged plot to kill …

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Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS

Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. Iraqi forces retook several villages …

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US under pressure on Syria ahead of Geneva talks

BONN -AFP/UNS : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday faced a grilling by global peers seeking clarity on Washington’s position on the Syria conflict ahead of UN peace talks in Geneva. On the sidelines of a G20 gathering in Germany, Tillerson joined a …

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Turkish troops inside IS bastion Al-Bab: Erdogan

ISTANBUL -UNS : President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies have entered the centre of the Islamic State-held bastion Al-Bab, saying its capture was now a “matter of time”. “Al-Bab is now besieged from all fronts… Our forces …

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