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“We’re not your ‘hired gun’ anymore,” PM Imran tells US leadership

Prime Minister Imran while giving an interview to The Washington Post candidly commented, "I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war." Sharing his vision about the relationship with the US, he said Pakistan will not be treated as a hired gun of the United States anymore. "We would like a proper relationship with the US," he stressed. Giving the instance of Pak-China ties, he said, "our relationship with China is not one-dimensional.…

World powers meet in Geneva on Afghan reforms, peace prospects

KABUL: Afghan leaders and international diplomats meet in Geneva on Tuesday to evaluate whether strategies and aid offered to Afghanistan are helping resolve the quagmire created by the 17-year war, paving way for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The two-day conference on Afghanistan, jointly hosted by the Afghan government and the United Nations comes at a time when US President Donald Trump’s administration is actively seeking a peace deal with the Taliban. While no fresh financial commitments are expected, the…

US midterm elections poised for verdict on Trump’s America

Donald Trump completed a whirlwind final push to stop Democrats from breaking his Republicans' stranglehold on the US Congress in bitter midterm elections Tuesday. Hitting three states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump hammered home his boast that "the Republican agenda is the American dream." However, after an election campaign marred by extremist violence, opponents called the polls a chance to curtail a president they accuse of deliberately stirring racism and social division in…

Trump says US will pull out of nuclear arms deal with Russia

President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, which criticized the move as Washington's latest effort to be the sole global superpower. Trump claims Russia has long violated the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. But a foreign ministry source told the RIA Novosti state news agency that Washington's "main motive is a dream of a…

U.S. is seeking regime change in Iran: Rouhani

The United States is seeking regime change in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state TV. The United States is using psychological and economic warfare and questioning the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic to pursue regime change in Iran, Rouhani said in a speech commemorating the beginning of the academic year at Tehran University. “Reducing the legitimacy of the system is their final goal. When they say getting rid of, regime change in their own words, how does regime change…

US withdraws from international accords, says UN world court ‘politicised’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords. The US national security adviser John Bolton slammed the highest United Nations tribunal as “politicised and ineffective” as he announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ. Earlier on…

Palestine’s Abbas rejects ‘biased’ US as sole Mideast mediator

UNITED NATIONS, New York: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas tore into the Trump administration Thursday, refusing to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the Middle East conflict, a day after Donald Trump promised a "very fair" peace plan. The 82-year-old Palestinian Authority president used his address to the UN General Assembly to lambaste the United States for closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving its embassy, and slashing…

Trump administration destabilizes global peace: Iran

GENEVA: Iran’s foreign minister tweeted on Friday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was a threat to the Middle East and to the global community. “It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: that threat is the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along with rogue accomplices in our region,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “The U.S. must start acting like a normal state.” Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United…

Trump administration reconsidering fund-cuts to Pakistan: US newspaper

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's administration has been reportedly revisiting its recent move of withholding coalition support fund to Pakistan, according to a US newspaper. Emphasizing the election of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan as the Prime Minister in July 25 polls, the Washington Times wrote that Imran Khan's election as the premier "presents the U.S. with a rare window to reset relations with a critical but troublesome ally, but the two sides face a slew of difficult issues and a lack of trust in…

Trump administration cuts grants to help people get Obamacare

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law’s benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. Under the latest cuts, so-called navigators who sign up Americans for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, will get $10 million for the year starting in November, down from $36.8 million in the previous year, according to a statement by the Centers…