Obama reaffirms US support to strengthen Afghan armed forces


US: The US President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States support to strengthen the Afghan armed forces and the Afghan government. In an statement released following the confirmation of Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s death, Obama said “As an enduring partner of the Afghan people, the United States will continue to help strengthen Afghan security forces and support President Ghani ...

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‘Relationship between Pakistan and United States is imbalanced’


ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Wednesday termed the relationship between Pakistan and United States as imbalanced and expressed concern at US’ tilt towards India. “Bilateral relationship between US and Pakistan seems to be driven by giving priority to US national security interests in the region rather those of Pakistan”, Rabbani observed while chairing a Senate session. He added that ...

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Woman jailed for 100 years in Colorado for attempted murder of unborn baby


A woman has been sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison in the western US state of Colorado for attempted murder of unborn child, it has been reported. The woman was found guilty during a court hearing for cutting a seven-month-old foetus from the womb of an expectant mother. The convict, Dynel Lane, was found guilty by a ...

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Khalilzad lends his weight to front-line presidential runner Trump


WASHINGTON: Afghan American Zalmay Khalilzad, who is the highest ever ranking Muslim in any presidential administration, on Wednesday introduced Donald Trump, the GOP presidential front runner as he unveiled his foreign policy vision. “Today, as the primaries wind down, Donald Trump delivers a much anticipated speech on his foreign policy philosophy. This is a critical moment for America and for ...

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Obama to send more special forces, troops to Syria

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HANOVER: President Barack Obama said Monday the US would send up to 250 more special forces and other military personnel to Syria to help rebels fight the militant Islamic State (IS) group. Obama was in Germany for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and both later met the British, French and Italian leaders to discuss the battle against IS in its ...

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White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry


WASHINGTON: The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol, contain information from the joint congressional inquiry into “specific sources of foreign support for ...

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US to buy Iranian heavy water


NEW YORK: The United States said on Friday it would buy heavy water from Iran despite angry claims at home that it has already gone too far in granting Tehran nuclear sanctions relief. Officials said the purchase would cost $8.6 million, even as Republican lawmakers pressed for Iran to be excluded from any use of the US dollar or financial ...

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Declassified US document suggests Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents

US Marines carry a wounded comrade in Afghanistan PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON: A Pakistani intelligence officer paid $200,000 to an extremist network to facilitate a deadly suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives at a base in Afghanistan in 2009, according to a declassified US government document obtained by an independent research group. The heavily redacted document obtained by the National Security Archive, ...

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Muslims, South Asians are targeted for their faith and looks: US A-G

US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch says Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans are often the target of threats because of their appearance or religion.─AFP/File WASHINGTON: Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans are often the target of threats because of their appearance or religion, according to US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. On Wednesday, the US Department of ...

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US concerned at torture of Afghan detainees, disregard for law


WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday expressed concern over the current human rights situation in Afghanistan, noting widespread disregard for the rule of law and official impunity for violators of human rights in 2015. “Widespread disregard for the rule of law and official impunity for those who committed human rights abuses were serious problems. The government did not consistently prosecute ...

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