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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BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

BT has said it will not use Huawei’s equipment within the heart of its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the UK. The British firm, however, still plans to use the Chinese company’s phone mast antennas and other products deemed not to be at the “core” of the service. BT also confirmed that it was stripping out Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G networks, as revealed by the Financial Times (FT). It follows security concerns. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission recently issued a…

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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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Microsoft to give Pentagon access to ‘best technology’

US software giant Microsoft has pledged to give the Pentagon access to its “best technology” despite criticism from employees, breaking with other tech companies that are reconsidering military companies after facing internal backlash. According to Press TV, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, said Saturday that the corporation was “going to provide the US Defense Department with access to the best technology … all the technology we create. Full stop.” Speaking during a panel at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi…

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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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Syria shoots down Israeli fighter jet near Damascus

The Syrian military has shot down an Israeli fighter jet and four missiles over the country’s southern region. “Our air defense forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles before they reached the targets,” a Syrian security source was quoted as saying by Russia’s RIA news agency on Thursday night. The source said that all of the missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, were shot down before landing on their targets. Other sources reported that objects had fallen from the sky near Harfa…

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