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Pakistan cannot be cut off from ‘reality of Afghanistan’: US analyst

All Round View (New York): The debate continues in American news media and other forums on President Donald Trump’s Afghan plan, a military strategy that puts Pakistan on notice for allegedly supporting militants, with several experts and analysts have warning against losing Islamabad’s cooperation in efforts to bring about a

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Sentiments of betrayal in Pakistan after new US Afghan policy

All Round View (Washington): The new US policy towards Pakistan and its leaning towards India has generated sentiments of betrayal in the country as analysts warn, US pressure is unlikely to work and would make it difficult for it to achieve its goal of restoring peace in worn-torn Afghanistan. US

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Snow leopards habitats at a serious risk as glaciers rapidly melting

All Round View (Islamabad): Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan said Snow leopards habitats in Pakistan’s north are at a serious risk of vanishing as glaciers are rapidly melting because of global warming-induced climate change impacts. “Without slowing down global warming to stablise glacial-melt in 20 snow leopard

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UNSC adopts new resolution aimed at thwarting terrorists access to weapons

All Round View (United Nations): The United Nations Security Council Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause

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Nuclear deal violated by new US sanctions. Iran

All Round View (Islamabad): Iran said on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by the United States had violated its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and that the country would respond. “We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react appropriately,” deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi

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Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions

All Round View (Washington): United States President Donald Trump reluctantly signed off on new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, bowing to domestic pressure and putting efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the sanctions amounted to “full-fledged economic war on Russia”

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UN chief urges leaders to refrain from ‘provocative actions’ as Jerusalem tensions escalate

All Round View (United Nations): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, concerned by the potential risk of escalating violence over the situation in and around al-Aqsa msoque in Jerusalem, has urged all political, religious and community leaders to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.

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Success in Afghanistan unattainable without Pak cooperation: US Gen Dunford

All Round View (Washington): US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that cooperation from Pakistan was absolutely essential for the United States to be successful in Afghanistan, but warned against putting a timeline for any exit strategy that would undermine support from Islamabad. Gen Dunford made

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Situation ‘worsening’ for Rohingya Muslims & other minorities in Myanmar: UN rights expert

All Round View (United Nations): A United Nations rights experts has issued a strongly worded statement accusing the Myanmar government of policies reminiscent of the previous military government, and of presiding over a worsening security and human rights situation.

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Trump threatens ‘serious consequences’ on Iran unless US citizens are released

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions and serious consequences on Iran if they do not release American citizens “unjustly” imprisoned there. Mr Trump urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran, and demanded that Tehran release

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Russia is no longer America’s ‘single’ biggest threat – top US general

All Round View (Washington): The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff no longer believes Russia can be “singled out” regarding Washington’s perceived national security threats. North Korea, Iran, and China also top the list of challenges. During confirmation hearings for his current post as Chairman of the Joint

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New Afghan strategy will fail if neighbors concerns not addressed

All Round View (Beijing): The US President Trump’s new afghan strategy will not help the war-torn nation if the security concerns, views and interests of Afghanistan’s neighbors are not addressed. Taking Afghanistan’s neighbors onboard is vital to ending the war through dialogue, which is the only viable option. If the

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‘No safe haven’: Pakistan rejects US report on Taliban, Haqqani network

All Round View (Islamabad): Pakistan rejected on Thursday the US State Department’s annual assessment that it did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani network or limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan. “We have taken indiscriminate and all out action against terrorists,” Foreign Office

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Pakistan remained an important counter terrorism partner: US Terrorism Report

All Round View (Washington): Describing Pakistan as an important counter terrorism partner, a US report on terrorism acknowledged that continuous military operations in Khyber and North Waziristan eliminated significant number of militants and removed safe havens for terrorist groups. “Pakistan remained an important counter terrorism partner in 2016, continued military

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Surging conflicts and instability raising cost of feeding hungry world: UN agency

All Round View (United Nations): Improved aid access, strengthened resilience and advances in food system networks could provide as much as $3.5 billion in annual cost savings at a time when humanitarian needs are skyrocketing in multiple complex emergencies across the globe, a new United Nations study has found. “More

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Pakistan calls for more democracy to reform UN Security Council

All Round View (United Nations): The UN General Assembly has decided to continue the stalled negotiations to reform the Security Council in the next Assembly session, with Pakistan emphasizing that the 15-member body’s restructuring should be guided by the principles of democracy and equitable representation. Adopting the oral decision titled

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Trump says he should not have picked Sessions as attorney general: New York Times

All Round View (New York): US President Trump has said he would never have appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from involvement in the investigation into Russian election meddling. In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Trump complained

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About 2,000 people evacuated from UN headquarters after fire alarm

All Round View (United Nations): Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday from the United Nations headquarters complex in New York City after a fire alarm went off in one of the fan rooms in the second basement. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the evacuation has to

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Record high number of civilians losing lives in Afghanistan’s “Ugly war”: UN Report

All Round View (United Nations): Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the UN mission in Afghanistan said Monday, calling on anti-government forces to stop attacks against civilians as well as on

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One in 10 babies received no vaccinations in 2016 – UN Agencies

All Round View (United Nations): Nearly one in 10 infants worldwide, or 12.9 million, received no vaccinations in 2016, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have said, urging greater efforts to extend the reach of health services. Those infants missed the critical first dose

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US says death of the ISIS-K leader in Afghanistan to disrupt group’s expansion plans

All Round View (Washington): The death of Abu Sayed, the head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K), who was killed in a US strike in Kunar province, will disrupt group’s plan to expand its operation in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The ISIS emir was killed on

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UN officials detail Iraq’s political, humanitarian needs after Mosul victory

All Round View (United States): Senior United Nations officials have called for regional and international support to stabilize newly liberated Iraqi city of Mosul and to create conditions for peace and development throughout Iraq. “The historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely

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Trump making US a ‘laughingstock’ on ethical standards: Outgoing ethics chief

All Round View (New York): The outgoing head of the Office of Government Ethics warned Monday that President Donald Trump has created an ethics crisis and turned the United States of America into a laughingstock. In an interview with The New York Times, Walter Shaub lamented that Trump has had a

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Anti-Muslim hate crimes spike under Trump: Report

All Round View (New York): The number of anti-Muslim incidents in the United States nearly doubled in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year following the election of President Donald Trump, according to a leading Muslim advocacy group. More than 940 anti-Muslim hate crimes and

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US healthcare system worst among 11 developed nations: Study

All Round View (Washington): A latest study has found the US healthcare system the worst among 11 developed nations at a time when the country is deeply divided over the issue of healthcare coverage in the wake of efforts by the Trump administration to introduce a new law. The study

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UN report urges accelerated steps to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

All Round View (United Nations): A new U.N. report has called for stepping up progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty from around the world, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030,. Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking, Secretary-General Antonio

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Syria talks end with ‘incremental progress’ but ‘no breakthrough’: UN envoy

All Round View (United Nations): United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with ‘incremental progress’. “We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress,” he told reporters on

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UN chief praises Iran for implementing its terms of nuclear deal

All Round View (United Nations): Marking the second anniversary of the historic agreement aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has commended Tehran for implementing its nuclear-related commitments. Two years ago, Iran and the so-called ‘E3+3’ or ‘P5+1’ “composed of China, France,

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UN chief urges India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue

All Round View (United Nations): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Thursday urged India and Pakistan to settle the festering Kashmir problem through dialogue, as tensions in the disputed region escalate. “The secretary-general reiterates his call on the parties to resolve the issue through engagement and dialogue,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said

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US, India and Japan launch joint naval exercises to keep China in check

All Round View (New Delhi): The navies of the United States, India and Japan have begun war gaming in the Bay of Bengal as part of the Malabar 2017 exercise. Three aircraft carriers — the USS Nimitz of the U.S. Navy, INS Vikramaditya of the Indian Navy and the JS

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US-Qatar ink terror financing agreement as Middle East crisis persists

All Round View (Washington): The United States and Qatar on Tuesday signed an agreement to cooperate to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally at a time when the tiny Gulf state is facing isolation following a diplomatic crisis that also involved several Gulf states. The

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US says Middle East crisis stalemated, fear could drag on for months

All Round View (Washington): The US State Department has acknowledged that the Middle East diplomatic crisis has hit a stalemate that could intensify and drag on for months, but hoped that the shared goal of fighting terrorism will bring them together eventually. At a briefing at the State Department, spokesperson

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Refugee and migrant flows from Libya to Europe on the rise: UNHCR

All Round View (United Nations): Movements by sea from Libya to Europe have increased and there are indications that it will likely continue to do so, a new study by the United Nations refugee agency has revealed. The increase in traffic is taking place despite being the most dangerous route

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