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US approves $125m support package for Pakistan’s F-16s

IANS Washington The US has approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan’s F-16 warplanes, days after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ice-breaking visit to Washington where he met President Donald Trump. Approval to support US-built aircraft was approved by the US State Department on Friday and announced simultaneously by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “The State Department has …

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Brexit is a ‘massive economic opportunity’: UK PM Johnson

AFP Manchester British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said Brexit was a “massive economic opportunity” but had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as “an impending adverse weather event”. In a speech in Manchester where he pledged new investment in Leave-voting areas, Johnson promised to step up negotiations on post-Brexit trade deals and set up free ports to …

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Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for US$ 50

Washington:  Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic presidential candidate and the first Hindu member of the US Congress, has sued Google for at least USD 50 million for the tech giant’s “discriminatory actions” against her 2020 election campaign and stifling her free speech rights.  Gabbard, 38, an Iraq war veteran who has been serving as the US Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional …

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Saudi king hosts 200 from Christchurch shootings for Hajj

Wellington: Aya Al-Umari said she feels like her brother will be accompanying her and will constantly be in her prayers when she travels to Mecca next month to take part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Al-Umari is one of 200 relatives and survivors from the Christchurch mosque shootings who are traveling to Saudi Arabia as guests of King Salman. The …

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Priti Patel is Britain’s new Home Secretary

London: Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Indian-origin politician Priti Patel as Home Secretary. The 47-year-old who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Witham in Essex since 2010 and has played a leading role in Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign, takes over from Sajid Javid, who has been appointed Chancellor by the Prime Minister. Javid, who was in the …

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GLOBAL SCAN

Bangladesh: 8 killed in mob attack over online rumours DHAKA: Eight people have been killed in mob attacks in Bangladesh after false rumours about child abductions spread online, police said on Thursday.The victims were targeted over rumours that human sacrifices were needed to build the Padma Bridge, south of the capital Dhaka. Rumours claimed children were being beheaded as offerings …

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30,000-40,000 militants in Pak, admits Imran

Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has admitted that around 30,000-40,000 “armed people”, who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir, were in Pakistan and accused the previous governments of not telling the truth to the US about the militant groups operating in the country. India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of providing safe haven to …

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Internal extremists, terror groups are Pak’s real ‘existential’ threats: Petraeus

New York: Pakistan’s real “existential threat” is not India but  its “internal extremists” and the terror groups like the TTP, former CIA Director Gen David Petraeus has said as he hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be able to deal with the challenges facing the country. Petraeus, during an interactive session at the Indian Consulate here on Tuesday following …

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Hafiz Saeed’s judicial remand extended for 14 days

Lahore: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan’s Gujranwala on Wednesday extended Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s judicial remand for another 14 days. Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there …

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Europe braces for another record-breaking heat wave

Paris: Europe is bracing for the second record-breaking heat wave this summer, with temperatures expected to rise close to and above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in several countries across the continent. Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. A World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman said the heat waves bore “the hallmark …

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