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China slams “wild guesses” in US nuclear review

BEIJING: China said Sunday it is “firmly opposed” to the United States’ new nuclear weapons policy statement, describing its speculation about Chinese intentions as “wild guesses”. The US Defense Department’s Nuclear Posture Review released Friday outlines the Pentagon’s nuclear ambitions under President Donald Trump, while spelling out how it foresees …

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Merkel enters final stretch in coalition-building marathon

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives entered coalition talks Sunday with knotty issues still to untangle with their historic centre-left rivals, but a deal could finally be in sight. More than four months after an election beating for both parties, “the coalition agreement is gradually coming into shape” between the Christian …

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Pakistan says UNSC reform must reflect democratic principles

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has criticized the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded U.N. Security Council including India, Brazil, Germany and Japan for opposing reform of the 15-member body based on the principles of democracy, and vowed to resist any move that serves the interests of a “few” countries. Pakistan Ambassador …

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Pak, Afghanistan agree to continue discussion for peace, stability

KABUL: High-level dialogue on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity was held in Kabul on Saturday. The Pakistani delegation, comprising senior civilian and military officials, was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while Afghan delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in the discussion. According to …

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