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  • Kabul, Afghanistan

    The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in the Afghan capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said.

  • U.S. Marines board a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement, a senior administration official said.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 7- Former U.S. Mattis, a retired Marine general, had served on General Dynamics' board but resigned in 2017 to take the top job at the Pentagon after being nominated by U.S. Mattis resigned from the Defense Department in December after clashing with Trump on issues such as the president's abrupt decision to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.

  • President Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan, speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House on July 22, 2019 in Washington, DC.

    Michael Kugelman from the U.S.-based Wilson Center says other issues take precedence in the bilateral dialogue between the United States and Pakistan — namely, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism.

  • ISLAMABAD/ NEW DELHI, July 16- Pakistan re-opened its airspace to civil aviation on Tuesday following months of restrictions imposed after clashes with India, which forced lengthy detours that cost airlines millions of dollars. "Pakistan airspace is open for all types of civil traffic on published ATS routes," according to a so-called Notice to Airmen...

  • ISLAMABAD, July 14- Pakistan said on Sunday it welcomed a statement by Tethyan Copper expressing willingness for a negotiated settlement after a World Bank tribunal ordered the government to pay $5.8 billion in damages in a dispute over the Reko Diq copper mine. The statement from the attorney general's office came after a World Bank arbitration court ruled...

  • Acosta, standing next to Trump on the White House lawn, said his handling of the sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago had become a distraction. Trump's White House has had the highest senior-level staff churn rate of the past five presidents, according to figures compiled by the Brookings Institution, a think tank. Sarah Sanders: White...

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi, where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India's longstanding defence and energy ties to Russia and Iran. Relations between the United States and India have improved dramatically since the Cold War but they have still fallen short of their...

  • SYDNEY, June 24- Australia's state broadcaster and the media company News Corp said on Monday they will challenge the legality of recent police raids on their staff saying the action was unconstitutional and a threat to media freedom. The Australian Federal Police raided the home of a News Corp editor and the head office of the Australian Broadcasting Corp on...

  • SYDNEY, June 24- Australia's state broadcaster and the media company News Corp said on Monday they will challenge the legality of recent police raids on their staff saying the action was unconstitutional and a threat to media freedom. The Australian Federal Police raided the home of a News Corp editor and the head office of the Australian Broadcasting Corp on...

  • Trump's White House has had the highest senior-level staff churn rate of the past five presidents, according to figures compiled by the Brookings Institution, a think tank. Sarah Sanders: White House spokeswoman Sanders will leave her job at month's end for a possible political future in her home state of Arkansas, Trump said on June 13. The White House chose...

  • *Boycott left Qatar scrambling to secure food in 2017. Qatar is the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter but a net importer of nearly everything else. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting Islamist terrorist groups.

  • Iran has periodically threatened to close the strait to enemy shipping, while the United States and its allies have pledged to keep it open and maintain freedom of navigation, by force if necessary. The strait has become a symbolic flashpoint in the region-wide confrontation and indirect conflict between Iran on one side and the United States and Saudi Arabia...

  • ISLAMABAD, May 23- British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next week a decade after it suspended operations following a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian country. BA halted service to Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in the capital Islamabad that took place during a...

  • BAKU, May 23- Azerbaijan's only oil refinery plans to import 110,000 tonnes of A-92 petrol in October while it halts production for a month for routine maintenance, state energy company SOCAR's vice president told Reuters on Thursday. "It's not ruled out that purchases would be made from Russia and Turkmenistan, although it will depend on prices and some other...

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    The Trump administration has "put real money into our Defense Department," Pompeo says. "Vladimir Putin can't possibly think that's a good thing for him."

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    The secretary of state says the U.S. is readying military and diplomatic options so that Trump has choices "in the event that the Iranians make a bad decision."

  • SANCTIONS ON BANKS, BUSINESSES AIMED AT CHOKING OFF TRADE RANGING FROM IRANS PETROCHEMICAL SALES TO SINGAPORE TO CONSUMER GOODS SALES TO AFGHANISTAN- WSJ.

  • TAIPEI, April 30- A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan.

  • STOCKHOLM, April 29- Global military expenditure reached its highest level last year since the end of the Cold War, fueled by increased spending in the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies, a leading defence think-tank said on Monday. China, the second biggest spender, saw military expenditure rise 5.0 percent to $250 billion last year, the...