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US, Iran: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?

By James M. Dorsey Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally. On the contrary, Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to …

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Iran slams US ‘PR stunts’ after Trump predicts talks soon

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran waved away US President Donald Trump’s claims that talks with the country’s leaders were imminent, saying “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work”. With Washington pulling out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and set to reimpose full sanctions on Iran …

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Imran to make announcements on key positions in Punjab, Centre within two days

ISLAMABAD -UNS- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and PM-in-waiting Imran Khan is expected to make announcements on key position in both Centre and Punjab within two days. As per details garnered, the names for the posts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief ministers have not …

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Alleged corruption in Orange Line project: NAB chief orders probe

LAHORE -UNS – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday ordered an investigation into alleged corruption in Orange Line project. A meeting of the bureau’s executive board took the decision in the light of a Dunya News report which said several …

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US concerns about IMF bailout and China ‘totally wrong’: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Pakistan on Wednesday dismissed US concerns that any new International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout for the South Asian nation would be used to repay Chinese debt as “totally wrong”. Pakistan’s economy has hit severe turbulence over the past year and most analysts …

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Fake accounts case: FIA summons Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur

ISLAMABAD-UNS – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has once again summoned Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur to record their statements in fake accounts case. The former president and his sister have been directed to appear before the investigation team probing the money laundering case. …

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Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

LOS ANGELES -UNS : Earth’s neighbouring planet, Mars, is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the Red Planet´s auburn hues. “The Red Planet and Earth haven´t been this close since 2003, and won´t be again until …

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Foreign observers found election 2018 fair: ECP secretary

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected demand of some political parties for resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today (Tuesday), Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob said that all parties were provided level playing field and …

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Pakistani envoy meets US defence secretary

WASHINTON-UNS- Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Ali Jahangir Siddiqui on Monday met with the US Secretary of Defence General James Mattis. Bilateral ties were discussed in the meeting that took place on Pakistan’s request. The Pakistani ambassador visited Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department …

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Pompeo warns against IMF bailout for Pakistan that aids China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan’s new government should not provide funds to pay off Chinese lenders. In an interview with CNBC television, Pompeo said the United States looked forward …

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