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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM US, Russia meet on disputed nuclear treaty in Geneva

GENEVA: US and Russian diplomats were meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fate of a major nuclear missile control treaty that Washington has threatened to ditch over alleged violations by Moscow. The discussions come amid widespread concern over the fate of the bilateral treaty, after US President Donald Trump said in October his country would pull out of the deal unless

January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Turkey to set up Syria security zone after Trump call

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Ankara would set up a “security zone” in northern Syria suggested by US President Donald Trump. Erdogan’s comments came a day after he had a telephone conversation with Trump to ease tensions after the US leader threatened to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces

January 15, 2019 1:43 AM US officials due today for talks on Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials — special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis — are expected in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks aimed at ensuring the success of a US-backed peace initiative for Afghanistan. The US Department of State announced last week that Mr Khalilzad is visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan 1

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Jordan king visits Iraq

BAGHDAD: Jordanian King Abdullah II met Iraq’s president and prime minister in Baghdad on Monday, in the monarch’s first trip to Iraq in more than a decade. It is the latest in a string of top-level visits to Iraq in recent weeks, which kicked off with a surprise Christmas trip by US President Donald Trump. King Abdullah met separately with Iraqi President

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM White House asked for options to strike Iran

WASHINGTON: The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Pentagon complied with the request, but it was not known whether 2

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Trump thinks Pakistan locates in Middle East

TEXAS: During a border patrol meeting with officials, US President Donald Trump appeared to imply that Pakistan is located in the Middle East. Trump flew to the Texas border with Mexico to try to bolster his case for the border wall as a partial US government shutdown tied to the issue stretched into its 22nd day with no sign of new talks to resolve 2

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

SAN ANTONIO: Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member Julian Castro is expected Saturday to launch his bid to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, scheduling his announcement in a border state central to America’s immigration debate. Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race, which 2

January 12, 2019 11:33 AM Pakistan Ambassador to US presents credentials to President Trump

NEW YORK: Pakistan's new Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, presented his credentials to President Donald Trump at a White House ceremony in Washington on Friday. A press release issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington said that Ambassador Khan conveyed the greetings of Pakistan''s leadership to President Trump who reciprocated 4

January 11, 2019 12:00 AM Fund launched for Assange

A British charity helping whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning his expulsion from Ecuador’s embassy in London "may be imminent". The Courage Foundation said Assange’s position in the embassy, where he has been living since seeking refuge there in 2012, was "under increasingly

January 11, 2019 12:00 AM Turkey vows to launch Syria offensive

ISTANBUL: Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister said on Thursday. "If the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision," Mevlut 1