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FO terms US state dept statement on Imran-Pompeo call ‘factually incorrect’

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday termed the United States State Department's readout about the call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "factually incorrect". A statement issued by the State Department said: "Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process." However, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said, "Pakistan takes exception…

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after UN ceasefire call

BEIRUT: Iran said attacks would continue on rebel-held areas near Damascus, where clashes were reported on Sunday between insurgents and government forces despite a UN resolution demanding a 30-day truce across Syria. Warplanes and artillery hit some towns in the eastern Ghouta enclave, said residents, rescuers, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory, a UK-based war monitoring group, said Sunday’s bombing was less intense than the attacks over the past week. Rebels said they clashed with…

Ashfaq Laghari’s family receives call for ransom from Afghanistan

KARACHI: Family of Ashfaq Laghari, an aide of former president Asif Zardari, on Tuesday received a call for ransom from Afghanistan, ARY News reported. Ashfaq Laghari, while on his way to Hyderabad from Karachi, was kidnapped a few days ago. Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) official sources said they were trying to trace the call reportedly received from Afghanistan. Read More: Petition seeks recovery of Zardari’s missing aide filed in SHC While, fingerprints of three people have been taken from Ashfaq’s…

Family of George Michael ‘extremely upset’ at leaked emergency call

LONDON: The family of George Michael is "extremely upset" that a recording of an emergency call about the singer on the day he died at his southern England home was leaked to the press, lawyers said. "George's family and friends are extremely upset and truly appalled that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked," said a statement by the family's lawyers, cited by the BBC. The statement came two days after The Sun newspaper published a recording of a 999 call allegedly made on…

In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty: sources

WASHINGTON: In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps US and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two US officials and one former US official with knowledge of the call. When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said. Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals…

Putin and Trump likely to discuss Ukraine sanctions: White House aide

WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are likely to discuss the sanctions that Washington imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine when the two leaders speak by telephone on Saturday, a senior White House aide said. Trump has said in the past that, as part of a rapprochement he is seeking with Russia, he is prepared to review sanctions that his predecessor, Barack Obama, imposed on Russia over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula. That move would face resistance…

Man phones police from roof of speeding car to thwart thief

A man clung onto the roof of his father's stolen car and called police on his mobile phone during a 130 km per hour (80 miles per hour) motorway chase before the thief was arrested. Osama Aoukili, who was largely unscathed after the late-night chase near France's border with Switzerland on Sunday, told French media his reaction was spontaneous. "I told myself this was my father's car and that it meant a lot to him," Aoukili told BFM TV. Police commander Christophe Lesznewski said the chase through Oyonnax town and…