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US, Israel quit UNESCO citing anti-Israeli bias

PARIS: The United States and Israel announced on Thursday they were quitting the U.N.’s cultural agency UNESCO, after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias, reported Reuters. The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of UNESCO’s funding, is a major …

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Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists

Spain’s government has given Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to say whether or not he has declared independence, government sources say. If Carles Puigdemont confirms he has, the sources say, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration. Failing that, they …

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Over three more youth maytyr by Indian army in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism in Indian Occupied Kashmir , martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Bandipore and Kupwara districts. According to Kashmir Media Service(KMS), the troops killed two youth during violent crackdown operation early this morning in Hajin area …

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US, Turkey suspend non-immigrant visa service in sign of dipping ties

WASHINGTON -UNS : The United States and Turkey on Sunday cancelled non-immigrant visa service between the two countries in a sign of deteriorating diplomatic ties over several matters, including the Syrian issue and a Turkish cleric who lives in exile in US and wanted by …

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North Korea diplomacy has failed, ‘Only one thing will work’:Trump

WASHINGTON -UNS : US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.” Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions …

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President Ghani to visit Pakistan soon

KABUL-UNS- President Ashraf Ghani is likely to visit Islamabad soon, Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported on Saturday. The news comes a week after Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, along with a high-level delegation, took a day-long trip to Kabul and met the …

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No plan to sign global anti-nuclear treaty:US

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it has no intention of signing a nuclear weapons ban treaty backed by this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, while stressing its commitment to “creating the conditions for nuclear disarmament.” “Today’s announcement does not change the US position on …

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Iran open to talks over its ballistic missile program: sources

ANKARA -: Iran has suggested to six world powers that it may be open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal, seeking to reduce tension over the disputed program, Iranian and Western officials familiar with the overtures told Reuters. Tehran has repeatedly vowed to continue …

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IS cell dismantles in Riyadh:Saudi Arabia

RIYADH -UNS : Saudi Arabia has dismantled an Islamic State cell in the capital Riyadh, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday, citing a statement from the newly-created Presidency of State Security. Saudi state television said security forces had killed two members of the cell, arrested …

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Sultan of Brunei celebrates 50 years in power

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -UNS : Oil-rich Brunei’s absolute ruler marked 50 years in power on Thursday, with elaborate celebrations that included a glittering procession through the capital on a gilded chariot, reported Reuters. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 71, is now the world’s second-longest reigning monarch, after …

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