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US to free $1.1bn CSF for Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States will release about $1.1 billion to Pakistan as part of a deal that will see Islamabad lift a blockade on NATO supply convoys into Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday. The money, from a US “coalition support fund” designed to reimburse …

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Allen welcomes reopening of Nato route

KABUL: The US commander of NATO troops fighting the Taliban on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to reopen NATO supply lines into Afghanistan after a seven-month blockade. General John Allen made the remarks in a statement released in Kabul that also paid tribute to the “sacrifices” …

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Pak-US NATO supply deal likely soon

ISLAMABAD: The United States and Pakistan are expected to soon reach an agreement to reopen ground routes key for supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan, a Pakistani official said on Monday, in a move that could ease a seven-month crisis in the two countries’ ties. A …

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US pays high price for Pakistan route cut-off: admiral

WASHINGTON: Moving supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan via Central Asia costs three times as much as routes through Pakistan, which Islamabad shut seven months ago in anger, a senior US officer said Wednesday. “On the ground, it’s almost three times more expensive to come …

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US pays high price for Pakistan route cut-off: admiral

WASHINGTON: Moving supplies to Nato troops in Afghanistan via Central Asia costs three times as much as routes through Pakistan, which Islamabad shut seven months ago in anger, a senior US officer said Wednesday. “On the ground, it’s almost three times more expensive to come …

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Panetta all but rules out apology to Pak

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta all but ruled out an apology over an air strike last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and badly set back efforts to improve U.S.-Pakistani ties, saying it was “time to move on.” Pakistan banned trucks from carrying NATO supplies …

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US close to seizing disputed dinosaur skeleton

US authorities said on Wednesday they expect this week to seize a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton that was discovered in Mongolia more than 65 years ago and now is stored in New York and at the center of an international legal dispute. A federal judge in …

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Up to 27mln people living in slavery: US

WASHINGTON: Up to 27 million people are living in slavery around the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton estimated Tuesday as the US unveiled its annual report into human trafficking. But the report showed that as governments become more aware of the issue, instigating …

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Pak-US differences will end soon:Hague

In a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that Pakistan and UK have stronger relationship and we are working five different sectors including strategic dialogue and trade. She said Pakistan is playing an important …

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US thought Taliban had nuclear bomb: reveals new book

US President Barack Obama confronted the ultimate security nightmare early in his administration — the possibility that the Taliban had acquired a nuclear bomb, according to a new book published Tuesday. The book, “Confront and Conceal” by New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger, …

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