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Not aware of Pakistan’s move to exclude PoK dam from CPEC: China

BEIJING: Amid reports of Pakistan’s move to withdraw its bid to include Diamer-Bhasha Dam in PoK from the CPECBSE -4.45 % framework, China today said it was not aware of Islamabad’s decision but the project to connect Xinjiang and Gwadar port is “progressing smoothly for the time being.” Pakistan’s Water …

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As Iran-Saudi ‘Cold War’ heats up, what next?

AFP  TEHRAN: From a Yemeni missile attack to the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, the “Cold War” between Middle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has been heating up. Experts believe the risk of a direct military clash is low, but why have tensions escalated now and how will the crisis evolve? …

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Three economic zones set to take off under CPEC

ISLAMABAD:  Three prioritised Special Economic Zones of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are set to take off, as Beijing has agreed to cooperate in the development of Faisalabad, Hattar and Dhabeji industrial areas. China conveyed its willingness to promote these zones during the second meeting of the Joint Working Group …

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UAE plot to wage financial war on Qatar revealed

A United Arab Emirates plan to attack Qatar’s financial system has been revealed in a folder of an email account belonging to the UAE ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba. The Intercept, a US-based investigative website, obtained the folder and exposed the plot, which involves an attack on Qatar’s currency …

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US wants no terrorist ‘safe havens’ in Pakistan, says James Mattis

WASHINGTON: As part of its new South Asia strategy, the United States wants to make sure that there are no terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US defence secretary James Norman Mattis has said, asserting that there are ways for the US-led NATO member countries to hold Islamabad …

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U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan

The Pentagon is spinning its wheels in Afghanistan, continuing a questionable counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy because, quite literally, it knows that it won’t work, but cannot think of anything else to do. It will not succeed because the U.S. and NATO will never regain the military dominance the alliance had …

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China again rejects Indian concern over CPEC framework

China Wednesday rejected India’s concerns over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) and said that the economic cooperation initiative is not directed at third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes. “We understand India’s concerns on this issue. We have said many times that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an economic …

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Iranian Border Guards fired three mortar shells in Pakistan

QUETTA: Iranian Border Security Guards fired three mortar shells in the Pak-Iran bordering town Panjgur on Monday that landed with no casualty. According to Security Sources, the recent border violation incident occurred at Parag Koh area of District Panjgur where Iranian Border Forces fired three mortar shells. The shells landed in an …

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Pakistani diplomat gunned down

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani diplomat serving at the consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city was shot dead on Monday evening, a private TV Channel reported. According to reports, Nayyer Iqbal was shot six times while returning home after offering evening prayers. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Provincial Governor in Nangarhar, said the employee …

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Iran parades missile during anniversary of US Embassy takeover

(CNN)Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent display of a missile as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations. On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed …

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