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US accuses Russian spies of 2016 election hacking as summit looms

WASHINGTON: A federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Republican Donald Trump. The indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged releases of documents, raises the stakes for a summit next week between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officers of Russia’s military intelligence…

Erdogan insists Turkey wants EU membership

VARNA, Bulgaria: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday insisted Turkey still wanted to become a member of the European Union ahead of a potentially stormy summit with EU chiefs seeking to repair an increasingly fractured relationship. European Union President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will talk with Erdogan at the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Varna with a litany of problems clouding their discussions. Topic expected to be high on the agenda include the crackdown in Turkey after…

Fuel shortage across country as oil transporters go on strike

KARACHI: Commuters across the country are facing serious issues after shortage of petroleum products as All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association continued their strike for the second day on Tuesday, ARY News reported. Most of the petrol pumps have shut down and others many are soon going to follow suit as their stock of petrol drains out with large number of people waiting in queues to get tanks of their vehicles filled. Citizens are annoyed and troubled of the situation and demand end to the crisis. Read More: Oil…

Qatar slams ‘unrealistic’ demands as deadline looms

DOHA: Qatar said Tuesday that the demands made by Arab nations in a Gulf diplomatic crisis were impossible to meet, as a deadline was fast approaching for the emirate to respond. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told a press conference in Doha that the list of demands from countries isolating Qatar "is unrealistic and is not actionable". "It's not about terrorism, it's talking about shutting down the freedom of speech," he said at a joint press conference after talks with German counterpart…

Focus turns to U.S. data as China slowdown looms

NEW YORK: After a dizzying two weeks that saw a rapid plunge and rebound in equity prices, investors are looking forward to a week of economic data that may provide clarity on the likelihood of a near-term U.S. interest rate hike and help tamp down the market's recent wild swings.