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Trump says US to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation

ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW: President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. “Russia has not,…

Trump warns Mexico on migrant caravan, threatens to close border

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would to deploy the US military and close the southern border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump threatened to withhold regional aid as a caravan with several thousand Honduran migrants…

Trump threatens Saudis with ‘punishment’ over journalist disappearance

ISTANBUL: US President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh on Saturday with 'punishment' if a journalist was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, as Saudi Arabian officials were to hold talks in Turkey about his fate. With the mystery over Jamal Khashoggi unresolved 11 days after he walked into the consulate and failed to reappear, Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and lurid claims have been leaked to media that he was tortured. Saudi Arabia insists Khashoggi, a Washington…

Okara rape victim threatens to immolate herself if justice not served

OKARA: A rape victim woman in Okara has threatened to immolate herself if justice was not served to her, ARY News reported. On refusing to work for a landlord as a housemaid, he brought the woman to his guesthouse (dera), cut her hair and physically abused her.  The landlord along his abettors tortured and raped the woman for seven days and threw her on the railway track and fled from the scene. Sehar Bibi has lodged an FIR at Baseerpura police station, however the perpetrators could not be arrested so far.…

Collapse of Trump-Kim summit threatens to deepen US-China rift

BEIJING: U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens further strain on U.S.-China ties amid a trade dispute that had been intertwined with Beijing’s pressure on isolated Pyongyang. The United States and China are also increasingly at odds in the disputed South China Sea. The Pentagon this week withdrew an invitation for China to take part in a major naval exercise in Hawaii, and Beijing has ramped up pressure on self-ruled Taiwan, armed by Washington but claimed by…

Trump says ‘we’ll see’ as North Korea threatens to cancel summit

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump sounded a note of caution Wednesday about his much-vaunted summit with Kim Jong Un, saying "we'll see" after Pyongyang threatened to cancel. Trump said the US government had not received any official word of a change in plans for the June 12 meeting in Singapore. "We haven't been notified at all. We'll have to see," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We haven't seen anything. We haven't heard anything. We will see what happens. Whatever it is, it is." After weeks of warm words…