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Trump sworn in as 45th US president, vows to eradicate ‘radical Islamic terrorism’

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, Friday vowed to “unite the world” against radical Islamic terrorism and said the US would not impose its way of life on others. “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations ...

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Obama talks with President Ghani and CEO Abdullah

President Barack Obama has spoken with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. The White House said President Obama called President Ghani to speak with the two leaders regarding the bilateral relations of the two nations. “President Obama spoke by phone today with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who was joined by Chief Executive ...

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Taliban, associated militant networks still using Pakistani soil: Gen. Mattis

KABUL: The US defense secretary-designate General James Mattis has said the Taliban group is still using the Pakistani soil for insurgency in Afghanistan and the sanctuaries of the group along with the associated militant networks in the country is a key operational issue faced by Afghan forces. At his confirmation hearing at the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Thursday afternoon, ...

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Serious threats exist in Kabul, US Embassy warn citizens

The US Embassy in Kabul has issued a security alert to citizens in capital Kabul following a series of deadly attacks in the main cities of the country, including capital Kabul that left scores of people dead or wounded. “The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and ...

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Trump rejects ‘phoney’ dossier allegations about ties with Russia

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in New York City. —AFP President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phoney” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behaviour on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been ...

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‘Afghanistan is still active’ Obama says pointing towards major ongoing US fights

KABUL: The US President Barack Obama has said the fighting in Afghanistan is still active as he pointed towards the major fights the US faces including against ISIS in Mosul and Syria. Obama made the remarks during meeting with Combatant Commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff. Insisting on a seamless passing of the baton to the next president, Obama said ...

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Trump hails Putin for declining to retaliate against US move to expel diplomats

President-elect Donald Trump has hailed the Russian President Vladimir Putin for declining retaliation against the latest moves by the Obama administration to expel diplomats. The Russian President declined to respond to Obama administration’s move after the country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that several US diplomats should be expelled from Russia. However, Putin said chose not to act and invited ...

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Trump says UN just a club for people to ‘have a good time’

Donald Trump has questioned the effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it’s just a club for people to “have a good time”. The statement came days after the UN Security Council voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The president-elect wrote Monday on Twitter that the UN has “such great potential,” but it has become ...

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Obama approves $ 3.4b fund for Afghan forces

KABUL: The US President Barack Obama approved $ 3.4 billion annual defense budget for Afghan security forces under – the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017. In addition to that, announced $ 400 $ 900 million funds to Pakistan in a condition on a defense Secretary Certification that is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network. The funds to preserve ...

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US cannot eliminate Taliban in Afghanistan: Obama

KABUL: US President Barack Obama disclosed that the United States cannot wipe out the Taliban or end violence in Afghanistan. “I don’t want to paint too rosy a picture. The situation in Afghanistan is still tough. War has been a part of life in Afghanistan for over 30 years, and the United States cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence ...

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