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Indian journalist eulogises Imran’s peace overture, slams Modi govt’s ‘irresponsible’ response

KARACHI: Senior Indian journalist Jyoti Malhotra on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan's message for peace and slammed the Modi government's 'irresponsible' response to the opening of Kartarpur border corridor, ARY News reported. Blatantly pooh-poohing the Indian media's propaganda to find negativity in opening of the Kartarpur corridor, she said it was keen desire of the people of India and Pakistan to abridge the gap in bilateral ties which acceded their political representatives/ leadership to take the…

China vows to retaliate in response to latest US tariff measures

BEIJING: China plans to impose tariff measures of similar size and intensity in its bid to fight back against the United States, as the world’s two largest economies engage in a bitter trade dispute. The comments by the country’s commerce ministry came within minutes of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would adopt a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology, and pledged further levies if China took retaliatory steps. “China is…

Trump cancels first Latin America trip to ‘oversee Syria response’: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday abruptly announced the cancellation of US President Donald Trump's first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to "oversee the American response to Syria." The announcement comes as the Republican president weighs military strikes in the war-wracked country -- and shortly after the FBI raided the offices of President's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Peru in Trump's stead for the Summit of the Americas, press…

Seeking to avert US response, Russia proposes inspection of Syria attack site

BEIRUT/MOSCOW: Russia said on Tuesday it will propose to the United Nations that international inspectors visit the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, a move which follows US President Donald Trump’s warning of quick, forceful action in response to the incident. At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured at several sites in the alleged attack on Douma, then still occupied by rebel forces, on Saturday, according to a Syrian relief group. President Bashar al-Assad’s…

India acknowledges Pakistan’s positive response to prisoners’ exchange proposal

NEW DELHI: Amid souring ties between the two neighbouring countries, New Delhi said it noted Pakistan's positive response to a proposal on exchange of elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners in each other's custody. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar made the statement that India had noted that "Pakistan has responded positively" to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's "suggestion to work towards the release and repatriation of prisoners over 70 years of age and women prisoners who…

Israel ‘legalises’ rogue settlement in response to murder

JERUSALEM: Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to formally authorise a rogue West Bank settlement in response to last month's murder of a rabbi who lived there, officials said, in a rare move likely to spark an international outcry. The vote came as European nations voiced growing concern over settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory, but with US President Donald Trump largely refraining from such criticism, which many Israelis see as a green light. Israeli authorities have advanced plans for thousands of…

Trump adviser Cohn criticizes administration’s Charlottesville response

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn said in an interview published on Friday that the administration needs to be more unequivocal in condemning hate groups, but added he was “reluctant” to quit over its response to a recent protest. White supremacist and neo-Nazi activists clashed with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month over a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general in the US Civil War. A man thought to have neo-Nazi sympathies…

Iran MPs boost missile funds in response to US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran's parliament on Sunday approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards in response to US sanctions. The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office in January with a vow to get tough on the Islamic republic. "The Americans should know that this was our first action," said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing overwhelming support for a…

Qatar hands response to Saudi-led demands to Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY: Qatar on Monday handed its official response to a list of demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies to the emir of Kuwait, a Gulf official told AFP. The response was delivered by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani who made a short visit to Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator to resolve the diplomatic rift, the Gulf official said, requesting anonymity. The official KUNA news agency reported that Sheikh Mohammed arrived in Kuwait earlier in the day to deliver a message from…

FIFA sets up human rights panel in response to criticism

ZURICH: World soccer's ruling body FIFA, stung by criticism that it overlooks human rights in countries staging its tournaments, has set up an advisory panel to address the issue. South Africa and Brazil, which hosted the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, were criticized over alleged human rights violations while there are also concerns about Russia and Qatar which are staging the next two global showpiece tournaments. In particular, the plight of migrants in 2022 hosts Qatar has alarmed human rights and labor organizations.…