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US, Pakistan share long-standing defence partnership: Llyod Austin

US, Pakistan share long-standing defence partnership: Llyod Austin

United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin discussed areas of mutual interest and recent regional developments in a phone call with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir, the US Department of Defence said Saturday. This was the second high-level interaction between US and Pakistani defence authorities since General Munir took over as the army chief last...

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Saudi Arabia mulls increasing investments, deposits to Pakistan

Saudi Arabia mulls increasing investments, deposits to Pakistan

The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) on Monday ordered the Saudi Development Fund to study increasing Saudi investments and deposits in Pakistan to $15 billion. According to the KSA’s official news agency, the crown prince and premier MBS issued instructions to consider increasing the number of deposits in the State Bank...

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Cristiano Ronaldo could make Saudi debut in PSG friendly: Al Nassr coach

Cristiano Ronaldo could make Saudi debut in PSG friendly: Al Nassr coach

Cristiano Ronaldo will serve his suspension before making his league debut for his new Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr but he could play against Paris St Germain in a friendly this month, coach Rudi Garcia has said. Ronaldo missed the first of two domestic games for Al Nassr on Friday after being suspended by England’s Football Association...

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US in crisis amid once-in-a-century political standoff

US in crisis amid once-in-a-century political standoff

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives plunged deeper into crisis Thursday as Republican favourite Kevin McCarthy failed again to win the speakership — entrenching a three-day standoff that has paralysed the lower chamber of Congress. McCarthy, a favourite of his party´s establishment but a bete noire of the far right, has made sweeping concessions to...

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US supports Pakistan’s right to defend itself from terrorism

US supports Pakistan’s right to defend itself from terrorism

Pakistan has the right to defend itself against the scourge of terrorism, expressed the United States following Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s statement about targeting Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hideouts inside Afghanistan if action against them isn’t taken. The interior minister, in an interview with a Pakistani news channel, said “Islamabad may target the TTP in Afghanistan if Kabul does not...

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Russian anger grows over strike that killed dozens of troops in Ukraine

Russian anger grows over strike that killed dozens of troops in Ukraine

Russian nationalists and some lawmakers have demanded punishment for commanders they accused of ignoring dangers as anger grew over the killing of dozens of Russian soldiers in one of the Ukraine war’s deadliest strikes. In a rare disclosure, Russia’s defence ministry said 63 soldiers were killed on New Year’s Eve in a fiery blast that...

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China COVID pivot sparks jitters worldwide

China COVID pivot sparks jitters worldwide

BEIJING: Beijing’s sudden pivot away from containing COVID-19 has caused jitters around the world, with the United States saying it may restrict travel from China following its decision to end mandatory quarantine for overseas arrivals. China late Monday scrapped quarantine for inbound travellers from January 8 onwards, dismantling the last remaining piece of its stringent zero-COVID policy and ending...

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‘Blizzard of the century’ leaves nearly 50 dead across US

‘Blizzard of the century’ leaves nearly 50 dead across US

Emergency crews in New York were scrambling Monday to rescue marooned residents from what authorities called the “blizzard of the century,” a relentless storm that has left nearly 50 people dead across the United States and caused Christmas travel chaos. Blizzard conditions persist in parts of the US Northeast, the stubborn remnants of a massive sprawl of extreme...

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IMF wants market-base rupee value

IMF wants market-base rupee value

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pressed Pakistan to let its currency gain the real value amid the country’s tighter currency controls, which have now created a black market for dollars and also discouraging foreign inflows through regular channels. However, Islamabad has not accepted the IMF’s stance on the grounds that the State Bank of...

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Ukraine to call for Russia’s removal from UN Security Council

Ukraine to call for Russia’s removal from UN Security Council

Ukraine is planning to call for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “Tomorrow we will officially express our position. We have a very simple question: Does Russia have the right to remain a permanent member of the UN Security...