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China boosts defence spending, rattling its neighbours’ nerves

BEIJING: China unveiled its largest rise in defence spending in three years on Monday, setting a target of 8.1 percent growth for this year, fuelling an ambitious military modernisation programme and making its neighbours nervous. The 2018 defence budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion), according to a report issued at the opening of China’s annual meeting of parliament. The defence spending figure is closely watched around the world for clues to China’s strategic intentions as it develops new military…

Qatar accuses ‘neighbours’ over hacking that led to crisis

DOHA: Qatar on Tuesday accused "neighbouring countries", which have cut ties with it, of being behind the alleged cyber attack on Doha's state media which set into motion the current diplomatic crisis. Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, one of the most senior legal figures in Qatar, said the case "is very clear" that the alleged hacking emanated from "countries responsible for the siege". It is the first time Qatar has accused any other countries of carrying out the attack. The alleged hack of the Qatar News…

India rejects US offer to mediate with Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India has snubbed the comments by US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggesting a proactive role for America in India-Pakistan ties, saying the outstanding issues between the neighbours should be resolved bilaterally. "The Indian government's position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn't changed," the government official said. "We of course expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and…

Good neighbours ease fears in Pakistan polio fight

KARACHI: In a rundown district of Karachi, Rabia balks at a neighbour's proposal to vaccinate her children, demonstrating one of the biggest hurdles to eradicating polio in Pakistan by the end of the year: confused and frightened parents.

Guftgu: A Dialogue Between Neighbours

It’s no more obscure that the scourge of terrorism has spread its wings to more than a world’s single territory. Needless to say, Pakistan has been the largest sufferer of the terrorism menace, especially in the wake of 9/11 attacks. In an attempt to highlight this global threat, a joint venture of media partners across Pakistan, India and Afghanistan ARY/NDTV/TOLO, is being launched to underline the terrorism issues facing the South Asian countries. It may be mentioned here that Pakistan has lost lives of more than 50,000…