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US plea to protect Syrian-Kurd militias unacceptable: Turkey

IANS   ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday strongly rejected Washington’s calls for his country to protect US-backed Kurdish militias in Syria and said statements made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton asking for the same were “unacceptable”. At the start of his visit to Israel and Turkey over the weekend, Bolton said that the American forces …

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‘Bangladesh to cultivate more effective ties with India, China’

PTI DHAKA Bangladesh would cultivate more effective ties with India and China, pursuing a vigorous economic diplomacy, newly appointed Foreign Minister Abdul Kalam Abdul Momen said Tuesday. Momen, 71, also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed him to intensify cooperation with neighbours on the basis of “solid partnership” and ensure that the foreign office acts as a partner of other …

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Sheikh Hasina takes oath as PM for third consecutive term

PTI Dhaka Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for a record fourth term on Monday after her Awami League’s landslide victory in the recent elections that was marred by deadly violence and allegations of vote rigging. President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to 71-year-old Hasina at the Bangabhaban for a record third consecutive term. …

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Theresa May insists Brexit deal vote to go ahead

PTI London British Prime Minister Theresa May ended speculation on Sunday that a vote on her under-fire Brexit deal may be deferred again, insisting that the vote would go-ahead in the House of Commons as planned next week. In an interview on the BBC’s main weekly political programme, May said: “I want to see this deal go through. If the …

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Sharif’s plea seeking suspension of sentence postponed

PTI Islamabad A top court in Pakistan on Monday indefinitely postponed hearing of a petition filed by jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif seeking suspension of his sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. On December 24, 2018, Accountability Court II Judge Arshad Malik sentenced 69-year-old Sharif to seven years in prison along with a fine of Rs 1.5 billion and …

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China lodges ‘stern’ protest over US warship sailing through SCS

PTI Beijing China lodged a “stern” diplomatic protest with the US on Monday after its guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea, asserting that America should stop such “provocative” action and create an enabling environment for successful negotiations on the ongoing trade dispute. The US guided-missile destroyer McCampbell sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the …

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Xi orders Chinese military to be combat-ready, says challenges on rise

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the army to enhance its combat readiness to make sure it is always ready for a battle, saying risks and challenges are on the rise as the world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, state media reported Saturday.

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