Pakistan not ‘hired gun’ anymore: Imran Khan tells Trump

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed regret over his country’s past dealings with the United States, asserting that Pakistan will not act as a ‘hired gun’ for the US anymore. “I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war. We should never put ourselves in this position again,” said Khan in a Washington Post interview published on Thursday. Responding to US claims that Pakistan has been harboring militants within its borders, Khan stressed that…

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Larijani: US took Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan

Parliament Speaker of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Larijani says the United States has transferred a large number of Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan over the past years. According to Press TV, speaking in Tehran on Thursday, Larijani said this could bring about a replay elsewhere in Asia of the crisis, which was suffered by Iraq and Syria during the Takfiri terror group’s three-year reign in the Arab countries, Tasnim News Agency reported. Cooperation among Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, and Afghanistan would be of “great significance,” he told Chen…

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Human rights official: Khashoggi killed after Trump’s greenlight

Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani argued that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a victim of internal conflicts and feuds between the US democrats and was killed only after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received a green light from President Donald Trump. “Khashoggi had important information which was harmful to the US, including Trump and his family’s economic relations with Mohammad bin Salman,” Larijani said on Tuesday. He noted that US President Donald Trump had felt danger from the side of Khashoggi as American Democrats…

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Libyans protest US airstrike over ‘death of civilians’

Scores of Libyans have protested against a new US airstrike on a desert area in the country’s southwestern town of Uwaynat, near the Algerian border, saying that the strike targeted and killed civilians. The protest rally was staged on Tuesday by members of the ethnic Tuareg tribe living in the area pounded by the US. They demanded that the Tripoli-based government launch a probe into the deadly attack. The participants in the anti-US rally, including women and children, blamed the American military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) for the aerial strike, holding…

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Commander of US Middle East forces in Navy’s Fifth Fleet base found dead in Bahrain

The top US Navy officer in charge of American naval operations throughout the Middle East and Southwest Asia has been found dead in Bahrain, home to US military’s Fifth Fleet naval force, which he commanded. Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney was found dead at his residence in Bahrain, said a statement issued Saturday by Chief of US Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, adding that Pentagon’s Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior were cooperating on the investigation of Stearney’s death. According to Press TV, the commanding…

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French government ‘not planning to impose state of emergency’

he French government says it has no plans to impose a state of emergency amid the worst civil unrest in France in more than a decade. Imposing a state of emergency “is one option among others, but for now it’s not on the table,”  said Laurent Nunez, the French junior interior minister, on Monday. Nunez made the comment to RTL radio after several police unions urged the government to grant the country’s law enforcement agencies greater powers to contain the nationwide protests, which caused chaos and destruction in cities over…

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Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi’s ‘extrajudicial’ murder

Canada on Thursday imposed sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals linked to the “abhorrent and extrajudicial” murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a statement, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for a “transparent” probe into the killing, for which Riyadh has failed to offer credible explanations. Freeland said the sanctions “target individuals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018.” The statement also called for “a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances” surrounding…

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Myanmar seizes more Rohingya Muslims fleeing Rakhine

Myanmar’s authorities have intercepted a boat with 93 Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing apartheid conditions at internal displacement camps in Rakhine State and heading to Malaysia. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in the southern coastal town of Dawei, said on Tuesday that Myanmar’s navy had seized the vessel and detained the 93 people on board on Sunday after they received a tip from fishermen about a “suspicious” vessel. According to the official, the 93 people said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in Sittwe, the…

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Turkey charges Gulen, 27 others for killing of Russian ambassador

Turkey has charged 28 people, including US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, for their alleged involvement in the killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara back in 2016. The Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was killed on December 19, 2016 during the opening of a photo exhibition at a gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara. The assassin, off-duty policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas was later gunned down in an exchange of fire with security personnel at the scene. The 28 suspects are charged with “violating the constitutional order”, “being a member of a terror organization”, “premeditated…

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Taliban not serious about peace: Afghan chief executive

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the Taliban militant group is not serious in peace talks aimed at ending hostilities in the war-inflicted country. Abdullah on Wednesday questioned the militant group’s sincerity and said the Taliban had so far shown no intention to seriously engage in the negotiations despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process. “Recently there are renewed efforts in terms of the international community and especially the US,” Abdullah said in an interview with AFP in Paris. “We are not judging it too prematurely, but I…

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