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US to give Afghan forces $3 bn a year from 2018-2020

WASHINGTON -UNS : The United States plans to provide more than $3 billion a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson said on Tuesday. Speaking at a think tank, Olson …

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Mosques, Islamic centres monitoring started after Orlando shooting

NEW YORK -UNS –United States intelligence agencies have started monitoring mosques and Islamic centres while a red list has been compiled after Orlando massacre, reported Monday. Muslim community has felt that ‘some men’ have started following them back to their homes from mosques since the …

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China FM urges US not to interfere with Tibet

BEIJING  – The United States should not interfere in China’s internal affairs on matters related to Tibet, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call on Saturday. According to an account of the call posted on the …

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German FM criticises ‘warmongering’ Nato exercises

BONN-UNS-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticised Nato military exercises in Eastern Europe, accusing the organisation of “warmongering”. Mr Steinmeier said that extensive Nato manoeuvres launched this month were counterproductive to regional security and could enflame tensions with Russia. He urged the Nato military alliance …

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US Congress rejects amendments to cut funds for Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has rejected by vote two amendments to cut US assistance for Pakistan. While debating the annual Defence Appropriations Act for the financial year 2017, Congressman Ted Poe of Texas and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii moved an amendment to …

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China spy ship shadows US, Japanese, Indian naval drill in Western Pacific

BEIJING: A Chinese observation ship shadowed the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, the carrier’s commander said, as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard. The show of U.S. naval …

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UN to begin secret voting for next secretary-general in July

UNITED NATIONS -UNS /AFP : The UN Security Council will begin on July 21 the first of many expected rounds of secret “straw poll” voting to choose the next secretary-general to lead the world body. French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who holds the council presidency, said …

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Orlando gunman’s wife, Noor Salman, ‘may face charges’

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -UNS : The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew of his plans for the attack and could soon be charged in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a law enforcement source …

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Armed suspect at Texas Walmart shot, believed killed: police

AMARILLO: An armed suspect holding at least one person hostage in an Amarillo Walmart on Tuesday was shot and is apparently dead, the Amarillo Police Department said. Police described the case in the Texas panhandle city as an incident of workplace-related violence and said the …

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Ex-wife’s bombshell claim: Club shooter was gay

By Chris Perez and Joe Tacopino The ex-wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen claimed Monday that she believed he was homosexual — as it was revealed that he frequented the gay nightclub where he staged the nation’s worst massacre in modern times. Sitora Yusufiy, …

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