Iftikhar Ali

  • UNITED NATIONS - Russia Saturday submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council that calls for a humanitarian pause to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in an effort to help diplomats and civilians caught in the fighting between Houthi rebels and supporters of the country’s ...

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  • WASHINGTON - It seems India has had a bad week, with US President Barack Obama slamming religious intolerance after a recent trip to New Delhi followed by harsh remarks by a leading American newspaper focusing attention on mounting violence against minorities and now the State Department telling ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Despite repeated assurances that Pakistani military is going after all terrorist groups without discrimination, the White House has insisted that extremists continue to operate with “virtual impunity” in some areas of Pakistan.At the same time, White House Press Secretary ...

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  • WASHINGTON - A senior US official has told a Congressional hearing that Pakistan has made democratic and economic progress and that its institutions appear to be withstanding the challenge of the ongoing opposition protests across the country."Protests this year have challenged Pakistan’s ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The United States condemned Friday’s attacks in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), but doggedly rejected attempts to link Pakistan to the latest violence in the disputed state, ahead of next week’s election rally there of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“The United States ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Nuclear and missile arms race between India and Pakistan is showing no sign of abating even though atomic arsenals are shrinking in the rest of the world, a New American think-tank report“Although both States claim to seek only a credible minimum deterrent, regional dynamics have ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTONPakistan raised the issue of repeated Indian firing across the Line of Control in disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations on Tuesday, as the world body chief and a US State Department spokesperson urged India and Pakistan to resolve their problems through ...

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  • NEW YORK - Pakistan will not give up the right to meet Kashmiri leaders, Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said, while conceding that the timing of Pakistani High Commissioner’s meeting with them could have been different. Speaking in separate interviews with ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - More than 2.2 billion people worldwide are “either near or living in poverty,” with main concentration in South Asia, the United Nations said in a flagship report released Thursday that examines the risks posed by natural or human-induced disasters and crises and offers ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Military Observers Group on Kashmir has received a notice from the Indian government to vacate its premises in New Delhi, a UN spokesman said Tuesday, while making it clear that the group will continue to discharge its mandate.“The Mission is currently ...

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  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Friday US troops will not be sent into Iraq again to combat militants overrunning parts of the country who now threaten Baghdad. In remarks outside the White House, the US leader said his country would offer assistance to the Iraqi government in its struggle ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The US print and electronic media Saturday highlighted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move to attend his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as a sign of possible thaw in the relations between the two neighbours, but an American scholar warned that under ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan is supporting proposals to break with tradition by giving the General Assembly a more assertive role in the selection and appointment of the UN Secretary-General, a process in which the Security Council has dominant influence.Speaking in a meeting of the UN panel tasked ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion. Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said on ...

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  • NEW YORK  - A prestigious American university with a focus on liberal arts has dropped plans to give a Somali-born woman rights activist an honorary degree, saying some of her anti-Islam statements do not match the school’s “core values.”Brandeis University, a private ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council Saturday voted to adopt a resolution demanding that both sides to the deadly Syrian conflict - President Bashar Assad’s government and the rebels - provide immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid to millions of people in desperate ...

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  • WASHINGTON  - The United States has insisted there was "no change" in Washington's policy of denying entry visa to Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, even though the American Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, ending a 10-year diplomatic boycott imposed on the ...

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  • WASHINGTON  - The US State Department, reacting to angry Israeli protests, has clarified a warning by Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel could face growing international economic boycotts if the peace talks with the Palestinians failed, saying his remarks were taken out of ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Pakistan and the United States have reaffirmed their commitment to further advance bilateral partnership through the Strategic Dialogue.Pakistan and the United States have also expressed the view that improved Islamabad-New Delhi relations would enhance the prospects of regional ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “dismayed” over the turn of events following his invitation to Iran to participate in the peace conference on Syria, which led to Syrian opposition’s boycott threat, and is currently holding “intensive and urgent” ...

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  • WASHINGTON - A new US intelligence estimate predicts that Afghanistan will quickly fall into chaos if Washington and Kabul fail to sign a security pact to keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014, eroding gains the US and allies have made the past three years, The Washington ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Leaders, celebrities and entertainers across the world paid high tributes to Nelson Mandela Thursday after the former South African president died peacefully in Johannesburg at the age of 95.South African President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday night that Mandela had ...

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  • NEW YORK -  In twin raids, US forces carried out a pre-dawn strike in Somalia on Saturday aimed at capturing a senior leader of the al-Shabaab militant group, while a group of US commandoes in Libya captured a man suspected of taking part in the 1998 American Embassy bombings in east Africa, ...

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  • NEW YORK - The prime ministers of Pakistan and India on Sunday agreed to end the recent spate of attacks along the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region as they expressed their commitment to improve strained relations, said senior officials of the two countries. Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan ...

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