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Friendship no more: how Russian gas is a problem for Germany

BERLIN: For decades, the Friendship pipeline has delivered oil from Russia to Europe, heating German homes even in the darkest days of the Cold War. But a new pipeline that will carry gas direct from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany is doing rather less for friendship, driving a wedge between Germany and its allies and giving Chancellor Angela Merkel a headache. For US President Donald Trump, Nord Stream 2 is a “horrific” pipeline that will increase Germany’s dependence on Russian energy. Ukraine, fighting…

No more terrorist sanctuaries exist in Pakistan, says prime minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said Pakistan had achieved remarkable success against terrorism and there existed no more sanctuaries of terrorists on the soil of the country. "The tide has been turned against terrorists and their capacity to conduct activities has been immensely curtailed," he said while addressing the participants of National Security and War Course here at the National Defence University in Islamabad. Read More: Security agencies arrest 16 suspected terrorists in Karachi raid…

Trump’s ‘No More’ tweet: Pakistan decides not to act in haste, reiterates commitment to durable peace in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: A National Security Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached consensus Tuesday that despite all unwarranted allegations, Pakistan cannot act in haste and will remain committed to playing a constructive role towards an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, ARY News reported. The meeting called after US President Donald Trump's Monday tweet in which he threatened to stop all "aid" to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harbouring terrorists US is hunting in Afghanistan. The…