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October 19, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Russia, Turkey give more time for Idlib deal’

GENEVA: Russia and Turkey plan to give more time for the implementation of their de-escalation deal in the Syrian province of Idlib, a "great relief" for 3 million civilians in the area, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told reporters on Thursday. But there were still "a million unanswered questions" about how the deal would work, and what would happen

October 17, 2018 12:00 AM Istanbul thrives as Arab media hub despite Khashoggi anxiety

Istanbul, the buzzing Turkish metropolis where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago, has since the Arab Spring become a hub for Arabic-language media despite Turkey’s own reputation for eroding press freedoms. Arabic-language journalists from countries who have found refuge in the city from authoritarian regimes or war say they have been rattled 1

October 8, 2018 12:00 AM UN must stop Indian madness: Moosvi

ISLAMABAD: The Patron in-Chief of Supreme Shia Ulama Board and head of Tehreek -e- Nifaz-e-Fiqh Jafariya, Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi, has said that UN must stop Indian madness; why is America silent on use of chemical weapons against Kashmiris by India, says a press release. The Pakistani foreign minister exposed the cruel face of India in the United

October 7, 2018 12:00 AM US considering waivers on Iran oil sanctions

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is actively considering waivers on sanctions it will reimpose next month for countries that are reducing their imports of Iranian oil, a US government official said. The administration withdrew from a deal over Tehran´s nuclear programme in May and is unilaterally reimposing sanctions on Iran´s crude oil consumers 1

September 28, 2018 12:00 AM ‘US-led fight on IS killed over 1,100 civilians’

WASHINGTON: More than 1,100 civilians have been killed in US-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the US military said on Thursday. The coalition fighting Islamic State militants said in a statement that during the month of August it had determined that an additional 53 civilians had been killed

September 25, 2018 12:00 AM Russia to give Syria S-300 air defence after accusations against Israel

Russia announced on Monday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria. Last week’s crash, which killed 15 Russian service members, had forced Moscow to take "adequate retaliatory 1

September 21, 2018 12:00 AM Gulf states should be party to proposed ‘Iran talks’

CAIRO: Washington’s Gulf Arab allies should be included in proposed treaty negotiations with Iran over its ballistic missile programme and regional behaviour, a senior Emiriati official said on Thursday. Brian Hook, US special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic 4

September 16, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey-Russia discord over Idlib defers regime offensive

ISTANBUL: Disagreement between Turkey and Russia over how to tackle the Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib seems to have deferred a looming regime offensive on the province, analysts say. Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides of the conflict, but key global allies. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Russian and Iranian leaders Vladimir Putin 2

September 14, 2018 12:00 AM Decision to halt Pak military aid not taken lightly: US NSA

WASHINGTON: US National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton has said that the Trump administration’s decision to suspend military assistance to Pakistan was not taken lightly. In an apparent address to a local think tank, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Bolton had said that the decision was taken before he joined the administration 2

September 11, 2018 12:00 AM US denies dropping phosphorus bombs on Syria

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON: Russia’s military said on Monday that two US F-15 fighter jets dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria’s Deir al-Zor province on Saturday, the TASS and RIA news agencies reported, an allegation the United States denied. The air strikes targeted the village of Hajin, the last major stronghold of Islamic State in Syria, and resulted in fires