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Saudi Arabia renews offer to deploy troops to Syria

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed on Tuesday the kingdom's willingness to deploy troops to Syria as part of US-led efforts to stabilise the conflict-torn country. "We are in discussions with the US and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis (in 2011) about sending forces into Syria," Jubeir said at a press conference in Riyadh with UN chief Antonio Guterres. The comments were in response to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that US President Donald Trump's administration…

China renews commitment for ensuring success of CPEC

ISLAMABAD/ BEIJING: China has renewed its commitment to work with Pakistan to ensure the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Briefing newsmen in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Lu Kang said CPEC was a flagship project of One Belt, One Road initiative, and it could win more recognition and support from regional countries and the international community. He said the CPEC was a new type of cooperation framework built up by China and Pakistan for long-term cooperation development.…

Hawaii renews bid to narrow Trump travel ban

HONOLULU: The state of Hawaii renewed its bid to narrow President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, following court rulings which said the state had taken the wrong procedural approach in attempts to challenge the administration's policy earlier this week. In a court filing late on Friday, Hawaii's attorney general asked a Honolulu judge to issue an injunction allowing grandparents and other family members to travel to the United States. The US Supreme Court last month let the ban on travel from six Muslim-majority…