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Pak accuses India of ‘politicising’ deliberations at FATF meeting

PTI Islamabad Pakistan Saturday accused India of “politicising” the deliberations for its “narrow and partisan” objectives at the FATF meeting in Florida where the global terror financing watchdog decided to keep Islamabad on its ‘grey’ list for failing to curb funnelling of funds to terror groups. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which concluded its week-long meeting in Florida …

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Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

AFP Colombo A state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s President Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people. Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a “public emergency” in the country, and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state …

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EU counts on negotiations, political solution

UNI Moscow The European Union is concerned over the worsening situation in the Persian Gulf and expects a political solution to the crisis to be formed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, a day after Iran downed a US surveillance drone over its territorial waters. “Naturally, we are worried about the situation and we’re counting on diplomatic negotiations and …

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Trump says he is in ‘no hurry’ for Iran strikes

AFP & AP Washington/Dubai US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is in “no hurry” to bomb Iran, revealing that US forces were “cocked and loaded” to retaliate after the downing of a US spy drone but that he called them back in order to avoid mass casualties. “I am in no hurry,” Trump said in a series …

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India’s NSG membership was not on plenary’s agenda: China

IANS Beijing China, which has repeatedly blocked India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), on Friday said New Delhi’s membership was not on the agenda of the plenary session of the bloc in Astana. Beijing also said it cannot “predict” how long it will take to say “yes” to India’s entry into the grouping. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also …

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EU leaders warn next British PM

AFP Brussels The EU’s leaders Friday fired a Brexit warning to whoever wins the battle to become the next British prime minister, insisting the existing divorce deal will not be changed. Hot favourite Boris Johnson faces foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in a run-off vote to decide who takes on the tricky task of piloting the country’s departure from the EU. …

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‘Terrorists attacking Afghan cannot be allowed to negotiate’

United Nations: India has told the UN that militant groups enjoying “support and safe havens” to carry out terrorist activities in Afghanistan from across the borders cannot be allowed to negotiate from a “place of advantage” as the US and the Taliban are planning to meet for the next round of crucial peace talks in Qatar. Calling for a need …

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141 life terms for 16 army officers

Ankara: A Turkish court on Thursday handed out 141 life sentences to 16 former senior members of the armed forces for their role in the failed 2016 coup. Judges at the Ankara court found defendants guilty of “violating the Constitution” by “conspiring to destroy constitutional order” and “leading an armed group” and other charges. One of the convicts was Akin …

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UK arms sale to Saudis unlawful, court rules

London: The United Kingdoms sale of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen is unlawful, a British court ruled on Thursday. The Court of Appeal in London found that Ministers had failed to properly assess the role of military equipment in civilian casualties during Saudi’s bombing in Yemen. It concluded that it was “irrational and therefore unlawful” for the …

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Malaysian PM criticises ‘ridiculous’ charges over MH17

Putrajaya: Malaysia’s prime minister on Thursday criticised the “ridiculous” decision to charge three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. International investigators charged the men on Wednesday, the first people to face justice over the tragedy five years ago in which 298 people were killed. The Boeing 777 was travelling between Amsterdam …

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