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Pakistan Plans Second Phase of Pak-China Fibre Optic Cable


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan plans to start work on phase II of the Pak-China fibre optic cable which will be laid along three main routes of the Sino-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including the railways. The two countries have already activated the first phase of fibre optic cable, which is 820 km …

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China Realizes Its Goal to Eradicate Poverty By Year-End: FM


LAO, Vientiane – Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed confidence in China’s ability to reach its goal of eradicating poverty by the end of the year in a meeting with Laos’ President Bounnhang Vorachit on Thursday. No difficulty would stop China from moving forward, Wang said in …

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Saudi Arabia Provides $102mln to Empower Farmers and Fishermen

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Saudi Arabia will provide US $102 million to help farmers and fishermen grow through the creation of a Sharia-based digital payment platform to channel funds. PT Indonesia Mecca Tower, which has been appointed by the Saudi government to carry out the project, will cooperate with PT Bayarind …

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Khalilzad Meets Mullah Baradar

Khalilzad Meets Ghani to Discuss US-Taliban Talks

DOHA, Qatar – The U.S.envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad met with Mullah Baradar, the deputy political chief of Taliban in Qatar late on Sunday, a spokesman of the group in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said in a tweet. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the political office of Taliban in Qatar …

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Lavrov Denounces American Policy Towards Venezuela in Crisis


MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the United States for seeking to “change the regime” in Venezuela by imposing sanctions on the national energy giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), by supporting the chief opposition Juan Guaido and trying to create a pretext for military intervention in this …

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US Steps Up Warnings to Russia Over Idlib


IDLIB, Syria – The United States stepped up warnings to Russia about its policy in Syria, saying that Moscow was trying to challenge the US presence in northeast Syria by violating the terms of a devolution agreement and was also helping to intensify the fighting in the north western province …

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New Chinese Cities Close As Death from Virus Rises


BEIJING – Millions more have been ordered to stay indoors as China struggles to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities say killed nearly 500 people on Wednesday, AFP reported Wednesday. With more than 24,000 cases in China, an increasing number of cities have imposed a series of …

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Iraqi Kurdistan Agrees with Bagdad on 2020 Budget Share


BAGHDAD – The government of Iraq and the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan have reached associate degree agreement on Erbil’s contribution to the 2020 federal budget, state press association INA reported on Wednesday. The deal includes a transfer of 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the oil-producing region to Iraq’s national …

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UK, Italy in Agreement on Political Solution in Libya


LONDON – The United Kingdom and Italy have agreed to find a political solution to the conflict in Libya. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte met in London at the launch of COP26 – the United Nations climate change summit, to be held in Glasgow …

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