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Obama set to veto 9/11 victims’ bid to sue Saudis

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium. White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” by …

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Closing ceremony of 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a …

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Pentagon not to pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the …

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Clinton regains firm lead on Trump after convention: polls

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hillary Clinton got a support bounce of four to seven percentage points after the Democratic National Convention and now holds a substantial lead over Donald Trump in the White House race, polls released Monday showed. Clinton’s advantage over the Republican Trump is 46 percent to 39 percent, …

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Akistan Actively Pursuing Kashmiris’ Cause At UN: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi Friday briefed representatives of the Kashmiri diaspora in New York on the evolving situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir in the backdrop of the grave human rights violations being committed there. Ambassador Lodhi informed participants of the meeting, which was convened at the Pakistan …

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After Dallas shooting, U.S. police forces rethinking tactics

UNITED STATES: Police departments across the United States are searching for new tactics for a more difficult era of racial tension, increasingly lethal mass shootings and global terrorism. After last week’s killing of five officers in Dallas, the deadliest assault on U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, …

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French jihadist police killer ‘obeyed Islamic State order’

PARIS -UNS/BBC- The man who killed a French police couple at their home near Paris was acting on an order from so-called Islamic State (IS) to “kill infidels”, officials say.Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a shootout with police, was loyal to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, they said. A …

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Pakistan is deserving candidate for NSG; Aziz tells Mexican FM

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD : Pakistan’s continuing diplomatic efforts towards mobilizing support for Pakistan’s application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).In this regards Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz spoke over telephone with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Friday. According to Ministry of …

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Late Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans: US

WASHINGON – U.S. President Barack Obama approved the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, U.S. officials said on Monday. While the Taliban have yet to confirm the death of their leader …

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