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  • *Australia has no constitutional safeguards for free speech. SYDNEY, Oct 21- Australia's biggest newspapers ran front pages on Monday made up to appear heavily redacted to protest against recent legislation that restricts press freedoms, a rare show of unity by the usually tribal media industry. Australia's Communications Minister Paul Fletcher was not...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 21- Australia's biggest newspapers were expected to run front pages on Monday made up to appear heavily redacted to protest against recent legislation that restricts press freedoms, a rare show of unity by the usually tribal media industry. Mastheads from the domestic unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, Australian Financial Review publisher Nine...

  • *Traders secure contracts to export 350,000 T to Iran. MUMBAI, Oct 16- Indian mills are aggressively selling old season sugar to Iran after New Delhi announced a subsidy to help cash-strapped mills export a surplus, five traders said, as Tehran strives to secure food supplies under U.S. sanctions. Trading houses have contracted to export to Iran about 350,000...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 30- Australian prosecutors need government permission before they can file charges against local journalists, Attorney General Christian Porter said on Monday. The raids, which involved police examination of about 9,000 computer files at the ABC, and sifting through the female News Corp editor's underwear drawer, according to media reports,...

  • US President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on September 16, 2019.

    There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not to mention a number of trade pacts.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach over whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year. After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump did...

  • ALMATY, Sept 11- Kazakhstan could potentially more than triple wheat exports to China, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on a visit to China on Wednesday. Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest grain producer, and Russia, one of its main competitors in wheat exports via the Black Sea, have long sought to sharply increase wheat and other agricultural...

  • U.S. Marines and Georgian Army soldiers run to the extraction point during Operation Northern Lion II in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 3, 2013.

    A large explosion has been heard in Afghanistan's capital near the U.S. Embassy shortly after midnight on the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump fired national security adviser John Bolton, the chief architect of Trump's strident stance against Iran, raising speculation of a return of Iranian crude exports to the market. Saudi Arabia's new energy minister's assurances of continued output cuts by the Organization of...

  • The speaker was Jeremy Corbyn, then a backbench Member of Parliament on the hard left of the Labour Party. In a backbench career spanning more than three decades, Corbyn voted against his own Labour Party over 400 times. He became Labour Party leader in 2015..

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group. Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani have been increasingly critical of the apparent draft deal reached between...

  • PRAGUE, Aug 22- The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from U.S. maker Bell in a deal priced at 14.5 billion crowns, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on Thursday. The Czech Republic, a NATO member, has pledged to raise defence spending to 1.4% of gross domestic product in 2021 and 2% by 2024, from 1.2% this year. The Czech Army was choosing between Bell...

  • 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...