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US senator calls for free trade agreement with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A Republican Senator, considered close to US President Donald Trump floated a proposal seeking a free trade agreement (FTA) with Pakistan as an incentive for Islamabad to play a positive role in bringing Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table, ARY News reported on Saturday. Senator Lindsey Graham, who was in Afghanistan on Dec 21 made clear that he was also worried about a possible US troop reduction in Afghanistan, where 14,000 troops are deployed, in what is known as America’s longest war. In an…

US senator Corker blames Saudi Arabian prince for Khashoggi death

WASHINGTON: A leading Republican US senator on Sunday alleged that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that the Saudis have lost all credibility in their explanations. “Do I think he did it? Yes, I think he did it,” Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” Corker said he was waiting for investigations to be completed and hoped that Turkey would share…

US senator assaulted at home, reportedly by neighbour

WASHINGTON: Republican Senator Rand Paul suffered minor injuries after being attacked at his home in the southern state of Kentucky by a neighbor who tackled him from behind, according to a news report Saturday. State troopers arrived at Paul's home in Warren County on Friday afternoon in response to a report of an assault and arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher, Kentucky State Police said in a statement. "Upon their arrival, it was determined that Rene Boucher had intentionally assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury,"…

US Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party’s slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote next week, though he did not promise to do so. A vote would set the stage for another dramatic Capitol Hill decision on the 2010 law that brought…