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         Iraqi army launches operation in Kirkuk    
 
 
ERBIL: The Iraqi security forces have begun operations to take over military bases and oil wells from Peshmerga of the oil-rich Kurdish city, asserted the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKBY) Security Agency.

 
         Chinese hegemony spreading across ASEAN    
 
 
HONG KONG: There is little doubt that China has been able to dominate individual nations within the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), which has contributed to it subverting the disunited organisation as a whole. The only question is to what degree it will continue to expand its influence.

 
         Over 275 killed in Somalia bombing    
 
 
MOGADISHU: The death toll in the massive twin truck bombings in Somalia's capital has mounted to over 275, officials said. The officials explosion has been called as the one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital, Mogadishu, since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007, reported the New York Times.

 
         ‘China-Pak Economic Corridor is a source of regional tensions’    
 
 
WASHINGTON DC: The China - Pakistan Economic Corridor or the CPEC is going to further escalate regional tensions according to an expert who has served with the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army's War College in Washington, DC.

 
         B'desh steps up security at India border over Rohingya fears    
 
 
DHAKA: Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials said Sunday.

 
         Death toll rises to 189 in massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu    
 
 
MOGADISHU: The death toll from the massive bomb blast witnessed outside the Safari Hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu has risen to 189 with more than 200 injured.

 
         Dutch PM cycles to King's palace to inform on new govt. formation    
 
 
AMSTERDAM: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte went on a bicycle to meet the King to inform him about the formation of a new government in the wake of drastic levels of air pollution that is affecting the health of the people.

 
         Relations with Pak improving: Trump    
 
 
WASHINGTON DC: United States is beginning to develop better relationship with Pakistan and its leadership averred President Donald Trump.

 
         India, Lanka agree to find permanent solution to fishermen issue    
 
 
NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue existing between the two countries.

 
         11 Indian crew missing after vessel sinks off Philippines: Japan    
 
 
Tokyo: Eleven Indian crew members were missing on Friday after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as a typhoon churned in the region, Japan’s coastguard said.

 
         'US boots' on Pak soil out of question: Pak Army    
 
 
LAHORE: Contradicting Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif of allowing US boots on the Pakistani soil, the Pak Army has categorically declined the proposal saying, "Whatever has to be done on its land is done by Pakistan itself."

 
         After US, Israel walks out of UNESCO    
 
 
JERUSALEM: Walking the footsteps of the United States, Israel has withdrawn from the Paris based UNESCO. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Nenanyahu has announced that his country will follow the United States in pulling out of the United Nations' cultural and education agency.

 
         Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family freed in Pak    
 
 
WASHINGTON — Five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children — all three born in captivity — are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the US and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday.

 
         ECP rejects registration of Hafiz Saeed's party    
 
 
LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected the application for registration of Milli Muslim League (MML), which is the political face of Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD), as a political party.

 
         No desire to increase US nuclear stockpile: Trump    
 
 
WASHINGTON DC: United States President Donald Trump has denied media reports that he wanted to increase the country's nuclear arsenal by nearly tenfold and said that he just wanted them to be modernised.

 
         Brutal attacks on Rohingya meant to make their return almost impossible: UN report    
 
 
GENEVA: Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to their homes, a new UN report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh, has found.

 
         Gulf crisis may affect Qatar's security, India's economic interests    
 
 
DUBAI: The ongoing crisis in the Middle-East is threatening to split the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) wide open. An investigative study undertaken by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, has revealed that the GCC has begun to disintegrate from within as a result of the rift between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The collapse of the only stable regional bloc will likely affect India's interests in the Gulf since trade and commerce are the most important pillar

 
         Pak has 'genuine desire' for peaceful relations with India, but it takes two to tango: Pak Army chief    
 
 
KARACHI: Pakistan has shown "genuine desire" to have peaceful relations with its "belligerent" neighbour India but it takes two to tango, the country's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday.

 
         US flies bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force    
 
 
WASHINGTON DC: The US military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday.

 
         Militancy is being mainstreamed in Islamabad and it's not surprising, says Pak columnist    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: The acceptance of the idea that - Pakistan has not only been internalising, but mainstreaming militancy and terrorism - by the world comes as no surprise to a Pakistani columnist, as he mentions that theirs is a "country, where a convicted terrorist like Hafiz Saeed is not only allowed to run his own 'charity' (Jamat-ud-Dawa), he is also allowed to form a political party (Milli Muslim League) as an extension of this charity."

 
         Trump pledges support in fighting California wildfires    
 
 
WASHINGTON DC: United States President Donald Trump has said that the federal government will stand with the people of California after the devastating wildfires blazing through the region claimed 15 lives.

 
         Wildfire leaves 10 dead in Northern California    
 
 
Northern California [U.S.A.]: At least 10 people were killed after wildfires driven by powerful winds tore through Northern California on Monday, forcing evacuations and destroying homes in their path. More than 100 people were being treated at Napa and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath, the CNN reported.

 
         Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before mass shooting    
 
 
Las Vegas [U.S.A.]: The Las Vegas gunman, who killed concertgoers in the city last weekend leaving 59 people dead and more than 500 people wounded, had first opened fire on a security guard. The guard was investigating an alarm signalling that a door had been left open on the same floor as Paddock's room, officials said on Monday.

 
         Texas Tech University lockdown over, student suspect apprehended    
 
 
Lubbock (Texas) [U.S.A.]: The student suspected of killing a Texas Tech University police officer has been apprehended after a SWAT team operation. The university was on lockdown for an hour after the school announced that an officer was shot dead.

 
         Duterte popularity dips after Philippines drug war protests: Poll    
 
 
Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suffered his first major drop in popularity, an independent pollster found, after the deaths of two Manila teenagers in his controversial anti-crime crackdown triggered mass protests.

 
         Trump proposes hard-line immigration plan that may benefit Indian professionals    
 
 
Washington: Donald Trump has proposed a merit-based immigration system that could benefit highly- skilled Indian workers but prevents them from sponsoring their extended families, as part-of an aggressive plan which the US president said will serve national interest.

 
         Turkey urges US to reverse visa halt    
 
Ankara: Turkey today urged the United States to reverse a decision to halt the issuing of all regular visas at American consulates in the country, in a row that risks a major crisis.

 
         Indian-origin man gets 20 years in prison for killing wife in US    
 
 
NEW YORK: A48-year-old Indian-origin man in the US has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his wife by stabbing her nearly 40 times after she told him she was having an affair.

 
         Will take drastic steps on Catalonia: Spanish PM    
 
 
BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has insisted that his government will do everything in its power, including invoking Article 155 of the Constitution, to stop the Catalan Government declaring independence from the country.

 
         Kim Jong Un promotes his sister Kim Yo Jong to politburo    
 
 
PYONGYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promoted his sister, Kim Yo Jong to the country's top decision-making body, the Central Committee, in a major reshuffle in his government.

 
 
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