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Is Pakistan losing friends in Gulf due to terror taint?

Times of India/TNN NEW DELHI: Earlier this month, Qatar introduced a visa-free entry program for 80 countries+ to attract more tourists and business people to the tiny emirate following the Saudi-led embargo+ that has isolated it within the GulfCooperation Council. The list included US and European countries, India, China, Russia, but curiously left out Pakistan, one of …

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Saudi Arabia’s missing princes

Reda El Mawy    In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government – and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them. Early in the …

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Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

ABU DHABI: Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Yemen, the UAE military confirmed on Saturday. The Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government against Shia rebels had initially played down Friday evening’s incident, saying that the pilot had been forced to …

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Russia, Iran pushing their influence in Afghanistan as country’s future grows shaky

For 16 years, the United States has tried to stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan with a goal of preventing the war-torn country from once again being used as a launching pad for international terrorism – as it was during the September 11 attacks. But despite spending more than $600 billion and …

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America Should Not Cheer on an India-China Fight

Playing geopolitics in South and Central Asia can have disastrous consequences for U.S. national security. Lyle J. Goldstein August 2, 2017 This article is taken from http://nationalinterest.org Tensions have been building on the Himalayan frontier that separates China and India, even as a new round of political instability roils Pakistan. A …

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Qatar is living large despite monthlong Arab siege

AP DOHA: It’s been more than a month since four Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to Qatar+ , but in the gas-rich Gulf nation’s glimmering malls and luxury hotels there is little sign of hardship. High-end clothing stores hawk the latest summer trends. Grocery stores are brimming with meats …

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An opportunity for Pakistan in the Indo-Israeli embrace?

Nothing is permanent in international relations; alliances are constantly shifting and relationships between states are made and broken. The current global scenario is no different. Amidst the tumult in global affairs, the Indo-Israeli relationship has emerged as a steady bilateral alliance, surprising to some, while others have been watching the …

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Pakistan closely watching Modi’s trip to Israel: Report

PTI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is closely watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s historic trip to Israel as it can have serious implications on strategic stability in the region, a media report said on Wednesday. The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan officially does not comment on bilateral visits of other heads of governments and …

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India Israel Relations: Marriage Made in Heaven

  NEW DELHI: After calling India and Israel “sister democracies” yesterday, PM Benjamin Netanyahu today described the burgeoning cooperation between the two countries as a match made in heaven. “This is a marriage made in heaven, but we are implementing it here on earth,” Netanyahu said, drawing a hearty laugh from PM Modi and …

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Narendra Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit Israel

BBC Narendra Modi has arrived in Tel Aviv, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. Mr Modi, who recently said India and the Jewish state share a “deep and centuries-old” connection, is expected to agree military and cyber security deals. Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet …

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