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Turkey searches Saudi Arabian consulate again

ISTANBUL: Turkey searched the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul for a second time overnight as part of a probe into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while the French and Dutch finance ministers pulled out of a Riyadh investment summit amid global criticism of the kingdom. US President Donald Trump said he was awaiting a full report on what had happened to Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the envoy met with Saudi Arabian and Turkish leaders, and said he did not want to abandon his Saudi…

Dutch govt announces to cancel blasphemous caricatures contest: foreign minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said the Dutch government has announced to call off the competition of blasphemous caricatures planned by far-right politician Geert Wilders, an avowed anti-Islamist, ARY News reported. Wilders' plan to hold the blasphemous event at his PVV party's offices in parliament stirred extreme anger among Muslims, particularly in Pakistan.  Mehmood Qureshi said Holland's ambassador to Pakistan conveyed him through a message that the contest was cancelled. "We…

Trump says ‘we’ll see’ as North Korea threatens to cancel summit

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump sounded a note of caution Wednesday about his much-vaunted summit with Kim Jong Un, saying "we'll see" after Pyongyang threatened to cancel. Trump said the US government had not received any official word of a change in plans for the June 12 meeting in Singapore. "We haven't been notified at all. We'll have to see," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We haven't seen anything. We haven't heard anything. We will see what happens. Whatever it is, it is." After weeks of warm words…

Russia cancels strategic talks with ‘unfriendly’ US: envoy

MOSCOW: Russia has called off strategic talks with the US set for this month after a Washington delegation snubbed a meeting on cybersecurity, Moscow's ambassador to the US told TASS news agency Friday. Anatoly Antonov said Washington's last-minute pullout from talks in Geneva at the end of February was an "unfriendly step... that gave the impression of having been pre-planned and leading to the further degradation of bilateral relations." Because of this, Russia would find it "impossible" to go ahead with a meeting…

Afghanistan cancels friendly T20 matches against Pakistan

KABUL/LAHORE: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has cancelled a two-match friendly T20 series against Pakistan just a week after it was finalized between the two cricket boards. No official reason has been provided by the ACB for cancellation of the series. The decision from the ACB has come in the wake of a bomb blast in Kabul that killed over 80 people. @ACBofficials cancells friendly matches including initially agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship with @TheRealPCB#kabulblast — Afghan Cricket Board…