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Pakistan to Benefit from $6 Billion Bailout from IMF


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout of $6 billion. Financial aid is an attempt to help the country strengthen its economic slowdown, improve public finances and reduce debt, said the IMF in a statement released Sunday. The funding, which is …

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EU Rejects Iran’s 60-Day Ultimatum on JCPOA


TEHRAN – The EU has rejected Iran’s ultimatum to JCPOA, which calls on the bloc to keep its commitments on the nuclear deal in the next two months, otherwise Tehran would start suspending its part, MNA reported Thursday. “We reject all ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the …

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Russian-Syrian Offensive in Northwest Syria Escalates


WASHINGTON – Syria and its ally, Russia, continued their offensive in Idlib Province and northern Hama Province on Thursday, in advance of talks on Syria to be held Friday in Geneva. Their assault targets areas of north-western Syria that had been declared a de-escalation zone in an agreement reached last …

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Engaged

Jacinda Ardern

WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got engaged to her long-time partner Clarke Gayford over Easter weekend, reports the Associated Press. A spokesman said the pair got engaged in the beach town of Mahia on the country’s North Island but declined to give further comments, after reporters noticed …

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Cairo, Beijing Sign Agreement to Jointly Manufacture Electric Vehicles in Egypt


CAIRO – Egyptian Minister of Military Production Mohamed el Assar and Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar have signed a partnership agreement with China on joint manufacturing of electric vehicles in Egypt, Africa Business magazine reported Thursday. The agreement was signed by two representatives of Egypt’s Military Factory 200 …

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Defense Coop. Between Iran, Iraq to Restore Regional Stability, Security


TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Amir Hatami said that defense cooperation between Iran and Iraq will establish stability and security in the region, Mehr News reported Thursday. He made the remarks on Thursday in his meeting with visiting navy and air force commanders of Iraq Army. Hatami …

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I Never Thought That Things Would Go This Well: Hathaway


Actress Anne Hathaway never thought her acting career would go this well. She said on Tuesday that she feels really lucky to be where she is now. “I never thought that things would go this well, and I never thought that I’d still be like hitting the pavement as hard …

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