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Saudi Arabia Reaffirms Support for Pakistan’s “Core National Issues”

Saudi FM visits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appreciated the growing economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and the Saudi commitment for investment in various sectors, particularly petrochemicals, mining and renewable energy, Daily Times reported Friday. Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al …

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Hindus of Pakistan Reject Modi’s Offer of Citizenship


KARACHI – The Hindu minority of Pakistan has rejected the offer of India to grant them citizenship under a new law. The Indian parliament recently amended its citizenship law, citing the persecution of minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the law excluded Muslims, sparking widespread mass protests. “The Hindu …

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Pakistan, China Agree to Bolster Cooperation


ISLAMABAD – China and Pakistan have agreed to bolster cooperation in matters pertaining to economy, politics, accountability, climate change as well as the ongoing smog crisis. All these matters were discussed in a meeting of Chairperson of the Senate Special Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Sherry Rehman …

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China Sentences 9 to Jail for Smuggling Fentanyl to US


XINGTAI, CHINA – Nine people, one with a suspended death sentence, were imprisoned by a Chinese court on Thursday for smuggling fentanyl into the United States, saying that this was the first such case on which the two countries worked together. China faced US criticism for not doing enough to …

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Macron to Johnson: Not Enough Time for A New Agreement Brexit


PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has declared firmly to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that he does not have enough time to negotiate a new divorce agreement in Brexit, writes William James on Friday. On his first foreign trip since becoming Prime Minister a month ago, Johnson …

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US Mission in Gulf Not Needed: Rouhani


LONDON – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani again tried on Wednesday to ease tensions with countries in the region, while criticizing the US plan to create an international alliance to secure trade routes in the Gulf, Asharq Al Awsat reported Saturday. He added that Iran and other Gulf countries could protect …

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Russian Bombers Intercepted By US and Canadian Fighters


WASHINGTON – US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defence Command announced. Two Raptor poachers and two Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter jets identified and intercepted long-range Tu-95 Bear Russian bombers in northern Alaska over the Beaufort …

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Saudi Arabia Tightens Security Measures for Hajj Pilgrimage


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has tightened its security measures for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage and has prevented citizens and residents from entering Makkah without a necessary permit, Asharq ul Awsat said Monday. The Ministry of the Interior called on Saudi citizens and residents in the Kingdom to abide by the …

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