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Washington embraces cash-free living — but at what cost?

WASHINGTON: As the US capital traded stifling summer heat for cool autumn breezes, signs began appearing at bus stops, asking Washington commuters: what do you think about buses going cash-free? Salad lunch spot Sweetgreen doesn't take greenbacks. Neither do certain vendors at Nationals Park like Ben's Chili Bowl, a local eatery popular with baseball fans. Slowly, DC businesses are ditching paper money for plastic, embracing a trend gaining traction nationwide. "I'm all for the cash-free system" on buses, Rogers…

Pence accuses China of ‘malign’ campaign to undermine Trump

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence escalated Washington’s pressure campaign against Beijing on Thursday by accusing China of “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections. In what was billed as a major policy address, Pence sought to build on Trump’s speech at the United Nations last week in which he alleged that China was trying to interfere in the pivotal Nov. 6 midterm elections. Neither Trump nor Pence provided hard evidence of Chinese meddling. Pence’s…

FM Qureshi to meet Pompeo, Bolton today

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Tuesday (today). Regional situation and bilateral ties will come under discussion during the meeting. The foreign minister will also meet US National Security Adviser John Bolton. He will also meet members of the US Congress and address an event of the US Institute for Peace. Last week, Shah Mahmood Qureshi met US President Donald Trump at the United Nations headquarters in New York.…

Police violence film ‘Monsters and Men’ shakes up actor Washington

LOS ANGELES: As an African-American born and raised in the United States, actor John David Washington is no stranger to violence and racism. But Washington, the son of Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, says he was shaken up when preparing to play a New York cop who gets caught up in the shooting of an unarmed black man in the movie “Monsters and Men.” “I got to go on these (police) ride-alongs for about a month and those were sleepless nights for me. I saw a man get shot and almost bleed to death. That was on my…

Aid suspension to Pakistan ‘not done lightly’: US

ISLAMABAD: US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said the military aid suspension to Pakistan was not taken lightly by the Trump administration. In his address to a Washington think-tank on Monday— the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Bolton said the war against terrorism was a matter of extraordinary importance to America. Bolton was quoted as saying by the Financial Express that the US wanted Pakistan to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism. “It was before my time, but the Trump…

Kuwait emir announces visit to Washington, talks with Trump

CAIRO: Kuwait’s ruler will travel to Washington on Monday for a working visit and hold talks with US President Donald Trump, the state news agency KUNA announced on Sunday. The White House said in a statement the leaders would discuss trade, investment and security cooperation in their Sept 5 meeting. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has led mediation efforts to resolve a year-long dispute between Gulf Arab neighbors after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport…

Russia tells Washington curbs on its banks would be act of economic war

MOSCOW: Russia warned the United States on Friday it would regard any US move to curb the activities of its banks as a declaration of economic war which it would retaliate against, stepping up a war of words with Washington over spiralling sanctions. The warning, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reflects Russian fears over the impact of new restrictions on its economy and assets, including the rouble which has lost nearly six percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters. Economists expect the economy to grow…

Qatar’s charm offensive to win over Washington

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: There was much bonhomie as a few dozen people, including members of Congress and U.S. administration officials, gathered last week for dinner in a posh Washington neighborhood in honor of Qatar’s foreign minister. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sat next to the minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. “You have been a great friend to the United States,” Mnuchin told Thani, praising Qatar for its cooperation on counter-terrorism financing efforts. The scene was a stark contrast from…

Pakistan’s envoy to US presents credentials to Trump

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui presented his credentials to US President Donald Trump. Siddiqui reached the White House to present his credentials to the American president who endorsed his appointment as Pakistan's envoy in Washington. He assumed charge as ambassador to the United States on 30th of the last month. On March 08, the then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appointed him as Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington. His appointment triggered strong…

Pakistan’s new envoy to US Ali Jahangir takes charge

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui has taken up his position amid strained ties between Islamabad and Washington.  He replaced Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, who relinquished his charge on Tuesday after serving as Pakistani envoy in the US for more than a year. Mr Siddiqui reached Washington on Monday night and was greeted at the airport by deputy chief of Pakistan Mission to the US Rizwan Sheikh. On March 08, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appointed him as Pakistan's…