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Oil, Iran top agenda as Putin visits Saudi Arabia

MOSCOW:      Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. The meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman comes following attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and the US have blamed on …

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De-escalation of tension mission: PM to leave for Saudi Arabia today

ISLAMABAD:    Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on conclusion of his one day visit to Iran will leave for Saudi Arabia today (Tuesday) in connection with mission for de-escalation of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. During his visit to Riyadh, PM Imran Khan will meet King Salman and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to exchange views on the mounting …

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Prince William and his wife Kate to arrive in Pakistan on Monday.

Islamabad:      British Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will arrive in Pakistan on Monday night. According to British High Commission sources the royal couple will reach Pakistan on Monday. They will be welcomed by federal Foreign Office Minister, officials and US Ambassador to Pakistan and will be given red carpet reception. Their entourage among others will include …

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‘Explosion’ on Iranian oil tanker off Saudi coast – reports

Tehran:     An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian media say. The vessel, from Iran’s national oil company (NOIC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah when the incident took place, reports said. The ship’s two main storage tanks were said to be damaged, causing an …

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Turkey Syria offensive: Dozens killed as assault continues

Istanbul:      Casualties are increasing as Turkey presses on with its cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria. At least 11 civilians have died and dozens of fighters from the Kurdish-led SDF and pro-Turkish factions have been killed, reports say. The first death of a Turkish soldier was confirmed by Turkey’s military. Tens of thousands of people have …

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Pak Army soldier martyred, two women injured as India violates ceasefire at LoC in AJK

MIRPUR (Parliament Times):  A Pakistan Army soldier embraced shahdat and two women sustained injuries as a result of unprovoked Indian firing from across the LoC in Baroh and Chirikot sectors in Haveili district of Azad Jammu Kashmir, according to official sources. Indian army troops violated the ceasefire violation in Baroh and Chirikot sector along the LoC, according to the ISPR.“Indain …

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EU ‘concerned’ over humanitarian crisis developing in Indian Occupied Kashmir

Afridi says Kashmir can become a nuclear flashpoint in South Asia, ISLAMABAD –    (Parliament Times)    European Ambassador at UN Carl Hallergard has expressed concerns over the humanitarian crisis developing in Indian Occupied Kashmir as the Kashmir curfew by occupation Indian forces entered 66th day. “(The) EU is keeping a close eye on Kashmir situation and we are concerned …

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Hong Kong shopping malls, metro close early as more protests planned

HONG KONG:     Hong Kong protesters prepared for demonstrations around the city on Thursday as shopping malls said they would close early to avoid becoming targets and the city’s metro, which has borne the brunt of the violent unrest, will close three hours early. Hong Kong is one of the world’s top shopping cities but four months of often violent …

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Iran releases detained Russian journalist

MOSCOW:     Iran has released a Russian journalist detained for suspected links to Israeli intelligence and she was on her way to Moscow, Russia’s embassy in Tehran said on Thursday. Yulia Yuzik, 38, was arrested in Tehran last week. An Iranian government spokesman said she was being held over alleged visa violations but the Russian embassy said she had been …

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