Friday, 06 December, 2019
Pompeo meets King Salman, MBS in Riyadh
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Monday in Riyadh, where he is visiting for talks on a range of Middle East crises, topped by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
US and Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias

Khashoggi murder: Trump says he stands by MBS despite rebuke from Senate
US President Donald Trump has reiterated that he stands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) despite a CIA assessment that he personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pressure from fellow Republicans in Congress to rebuke the kingdom’s de facto ruler.
Trump 'undisciplined', wanted to break law: Former US secretary of state
Former US secretary of state Rex Tillerson says that President Donald Trump repeatedly wanted to violate the law, describing him as “undisciplined” and uninterested in details.
Top general warns of another 9/11 if US pulls out of Afghanistan
General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the US forces must remain in Afghanistan or terrorists might get back on their feet and launch another 9/11-scale attack on American people.
Israel launches military operation against 'Hizbullah tunnels'
The Israeli forces have launched what they call "an operation to expose and neutralise" tunnels between Lebanon and Israel, allegedly dug by armed group Hizbullah.
US envoy Khalilzad arrives to seek Pakistan's support for settlement in Afghanistan
Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year old war, arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for meetings with the political and military leadership about bringing the Afghan Taliban to peace talks.
France mulls state of emergency amid escalating protests
The French government says it will consider imposing a state of emergency amid the worst civil unrest in more than a decade, which has caught authorities off guard.
US, China agree to trade war ceasefire, more talks
United States President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping agreed on Saturday to suspend any new tariffs in the escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies, even if huge existing duties will remain in place.
US Navy admiral 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.
US to keep backing Saudi war on Yemen, Pompeo says amid humanitarian crisis there
The United States will continue backing the Saudi-led war on Yemen, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, despite a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished country and outrage over the kingdom in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
Former US president George H.W. Bush dead at 94
Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, Texas, according to his spokesperson.
Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships
President Vladimir Putin has insisted that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, but President Donald Trump expressed “deep concern” at Moscow's actions against a US ally.
German police raid Deutsche Bank in 'Panama Papers' probe
German prosecutors raided several Deutsche Bank offices in the Frankfurt area on Thursday over suspicions of money laundering based on revelations from the 2016 "Panama Papers" data leak.
Thousands march in Tel Aviv to condemn violence against women
Thousands have rallied in Tel Aviv to protest violence against women in Israel, a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a Knesset proposal to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry on the issue.
'Not welcome': Tunisians decry Saudi crown prince's planned visit
Tunisian politicians and civil society groups have expressed their rejection of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's upcoming visit to Tunisia.
Iran’s president Rouhani urges Muslim unity against US, Israel
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Muslim nations to unite and stand against hostile policies of the US and Israel.
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PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that the international financial support being given to Pakistan by friendly countries is welcome, but no "foreign force" can prevent the economic slide the country appeared to be heading towards because of PTI government's policies.
India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday assailed an audit member of the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) for the body's "sluggish" investigation in the case against 44 politically exposed individuals or their benamidars who own properties abroad.
A bill seeking to remove Pakistan from a list of America’s major non-Nato allies has been introduced in the US Congress, even though the Trump administration enhances its contacts with Islamabad in its pursuit of a peaceful end to the Afghan war.

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A group advocating the cause of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims says a generation of the Muslims may be lost due to a lack of education for children and the youth at camps for the displaced in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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