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West bent on biased reporting about CPEC: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Emphasizing on the significance of Chinese investment in Pakistan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the western media is bent on publishing biased news about China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in pursuance of an agenda. Speaking to media in Islamabad today, he said the CPEC was a gigantic economic project and the present government would ensure its success and also take steps to further expand it. The minster also said that fifth generation war was being fought on the media. He said that…

Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

MOSCOW: The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month's time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status. Russia was a controversial choice when it was handed the rights to the world's most watched event in a 2010 vote now tainted by bribery charges. That choice is possibly only more controversial today. The years since have seen Moscow clash with the West over everything from Syria and Ukraine to the poisoning of a former Russian double…

After landslide re-election, Russia’s Putin tells West: I don’t want arms race

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone towards the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries. Putin’s victory, which comes at a time when his relations with the West are on a hostile trajectory, will extend his political dominance of Russia by six years to 2024. That will make him the longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and has raised…

Iran’s Khamenei says next president should be less engaged with West

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader called on presidential candidates on Tuesday to champion economic self-sufficiency, further distancing himself from Hassan Rouhani's policy of opening to the West and seeking foreign investment. Allies of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who aim to reclaim the presidency for their hardline faction, hope voters will punish the pragmatist President Rouhani for the slow pace of economic recovery despite the lifting of sanctions under a nuclear deal, the hallmark of his first term. "The candidates…

Does Donald Trump’s victory spell the end of the West?

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's election has thrown key US alliances into doubt, but could it yet destroy the liberal world order and the West as we know it? If you thought President Barack Obama's White House sit-down with Donald Trump was awkward, wait for Obama's menu of meetings with foreign leaders next week. During a three-nation foreign trip, Obama will meet the leaders of Britain, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Peru among others. Most of them will have similar questions: "How on Earth did this happen?…

Pakistan's fading Parsi community looks abroad

For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an ageing population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of "fire worshippers" could soon be consigned to the country's history books.

Iran lashes out as nuclear talks enter 14th day

BRUSSELS: Rollercoaster talks in Vienna towards a nuclear deal entered a 14th day Friday with still no end in sight, as Iran accused the West of back-tracking and Washington said it was prepared to walk away.