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Successful test fire cruise missile Babur: Pakistan achieves ‘credible second strike capability’

BY TARIQ KHAN ISLAMABAD : Pakistan on Thursday conducted another successful test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile Babur, having a range of 450 kms, Inter Services Public Relations said. According to ISPR, the media wing of the military, the missile was fired …

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Egyptian ultras: Down but not out

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to …

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KSA moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?

By James M. Dorsey In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but …

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British scientist Stephen Hawking dead at age 76

LONDON (AFP) – Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday. Hawking, whose 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” became an unlikely …

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New Islamabad Airport to be operational in April: Abbasi

ISLAMABAD -UNS/APP : Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Abbasi on Monday affirmed that the new Islamabad International Airport would be operational next month. He said that no comprise on airport quality standards will be tolerated and no further delay will be made …

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Nuclear technology clock starts ticking in Middle East

By James M. Dorsey The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future military options. Concern about a nuclear arms race is fuelled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, …

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New Cold War: Pakistan’s critical role in global,regional affairs

BY M. K. Bhadrakumar Afghanistan, no doubt, was what brought Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow on a ‘working visit’ on February 20. This was Asif’s second meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the past 5-month period. They last met in New York …

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Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

By James M. Dorsey It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond …

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Chinese extradition request puts crackdown on Uyghurs in the spotlight

By James M. Dorsey A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the world’s most intrusive surveillance systems, military moves to prevent Uyghur foreign fighters from returning to Xinjiang, and initial steps to …

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‘Pakistan making its nukes resilient, capable’

RAWALPINDI -UNS : Sandwiched between Iran, China, India and Afghanistan, Pakistan lives in a complicated neighbourhood with a variety of security issues. One of the nine known states known to have nuclear weapons, Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and doctrine are continually evolving to match perceived threats. …

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