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  • 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...

  • ZHUHAI, China, April 25- China's powerful military is considered to be a master at concealing its intentions. China's military is now making giant strides toward replacing the United States as the supreme power in Asia. Across almost all categories of these weapons, based on land, loaded on strike aircraft or deployed on warships and submarines, China's missiles...

  • *At least three attackers killed- Interior Ministry spokesman. *Taliban denies responsibility for the attack. KABUL, April 20- At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open...

  • DUBAI, April 15- Afghanistan unveiled 43 tenders for natural resource projects on Monday in a drive to attract investment in a country ravaged by decades of war. The tenders, ranging from mineral to oil and gas projects, were announced in Dubai, a major Middle East investment hub, by Afghanistan's acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum Nargis Nehan.

  • *Ecuador withdraws Assange's asylum, invites police. LONDON, April 11- British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of Ecuador's embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information. But in Washington, President Donald...

  • Facing a financial crisis and heavy pressure to take on militant groups to avoid sanctions from the Financial Action Task Force, a global money laundering and terror finance watchdog, Khan said Pakistan was acting in its own interests. "Everyone now knows that what is happening in Pakistan has never happened," Khan told a group of foreign journalists at his...

  • Khan said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right. This was despite the massive alienation that Muslims in Kashmir and Muslims in general were facing in Modi's India, said Khan, who took office...

  • *China bills summit as its most-important 2019 diplomatic event. BEIJING/ BRUSSELS, April 4- China is struggling to ease worries about President Xi Jinping's signature plan to build a new Silk Road as it readies for a major summit in late April, especially among Western nations wary about debt, transparency and Chinese influence. While China gained a major...