Tuesday, 12 November, 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

White House asked Pentagon to 'draw up plans to strike Iran': report
The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Trump repeats pledge to withdraw troops from ‘never-ending wars’
US President Donald Trump reignited the pullout debate on Monday with a series of tweets, reiterating his pledge to call back all American troops from “never-ending wars.”
Trump declares an end to America’s role as the global 'policeman'
President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq – his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected – to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America’s role as the global ‘policeman.’
UN official: Trump worst perpetrator of fake news
US President Donald Trump is the “worst perpetrator” of fake news himself, according to the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion.
Pope censures materialism in Christmas message
During the Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Francis has denounced the yawning gap between the rich and the poor, calling on people in the developed world to seek a less materialistic life and help the poor.
Bad relations with US unlikely to improve: Russian envoy
Russia's United Nation's ambassador says relations between Moscow and Washington are “practically non-existent", which he says is bad not only for both countries but for the world and he sees little prospect for improvement anytime soon.
Order signed for US military's controversial Syria exit
The order to withdraw American troops from Syria has been signed, the United States military said on Sunday, after President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart agreed to prevent a power vacuum in the wake of the controversial move.
Israel sees limits of Trump support with Syria pullout
Israeli leaders have lauded Donald Trump for his list of decisions in support of their country since taking office, but the mercurial president's withdrawal of US troops from Syria will not rank among them.
US government shutdown enters 2nd day, set to last through Christmas
A partial US government shutdown that entered its second day on Sunday was set to stretch through Christmas, after Congress adjourned for the weekend with no deal in sight to end an impasse over funding for President Donald Trump's wall on the US-Mexico border.
Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption claims 222 lives in Indonesia
A tsunami believed to be triggered by a volcanic eruption killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend, sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and a group of people attending a beach concert.
China bigger threat to US national security than Russia
A top US intelligence official on Wednesday said Beijing is more of a threat to American national security than Moscow, BBC reported.
Trump plans full withdrawal of troops as US claims 'victory' over Islamic State in Syria
The United States will withdraw its troops from Syria, a US official said on Wednesday after President Donald Trump said America has “defeated ISIS” in the war-ravaged country.
Gandhi’s statue in Ghana removed after student protest
A statue of Indian independence leader Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans.
US Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder
As the US Senate moved to vote on Thursday on a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for its conduct of the war in Yemen and the assassination of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a bipartisan group of senators vowed to impose concrete sanctions on the kingdom in legislation next year.
Embattled UK PM vows to fight challenge to her leadership
Theresa May has vowed to fight a challenge to her leadership after a vote of confidence in the embattled prime minister was announced in the British parliament.
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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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Torn between preventing Pakistan from going nuclear and fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, the United States appears to have decided that pushing the Russians out of Kabul was more important, shows a set of documents released by the US State Department.
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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