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US Says DPRK’s Tested Weapon Not a Ballistic Missile

The US Declares DPRK's Tested Weapon Not a Ballistic Missile

WASHINGTON – The US Department of Defence said Thursday that the weapon system tested by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday was not a ballistic missile, “Xinhua” reported Friday. “The test or launch, according to your definition, was not a ballistic missile,” US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan …

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Pakistan Now Enjoys Duty-Free Status from China

Pakistan gets duty relief from China like ASEAN states

KARACHI – Pakistan now has a level playing field with the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for its exports to China, which has removed duties on more Pakistani products under the second phase of the Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and China (FTA), said the …

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France urged to Intervene in Julian Assange Case

Julian Assange France urged to take a stand for the whistleblower nobody wants

PARIS – As whistle-blowers in Europe celebrate winning greater legal protection this week, France is being urged to intervene in the case of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – the controversial new recipient of an EU Award created in honour of a slain journalist, Independent reported Friday. Debate is raging …

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Iran to Attend the Meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly

Asian Parliamentary Assembly

TEHRAN – An Iranian parliamentary delegation left Tehran for Russia’s Naryan-Mar on Friday to take part in the meetings of the Standing Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, which will be kick off later today and continue through April 21, “Mehr News” reported. The Iranian …

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US and China Want to Sign Trade Deal By End of May


BEIJING – The United States and China are considering two rounds of face-to-face meetings to try to reach a trade deal with negotiators looking for a signing ceremony in late May or early June, Novinite.com said quoting the US state officials. According to people who have requested anonymity to discuss …

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India’s Major Parties Field Few Women in Race to Parliament


NEW DELHI – Women running for India’s parliament are barely a blip in the world’s biggest democratic exercise, which began last week and will play out in seven rounds, with results expected on May 23, Reuters reported Thursday. Women now make up just 11.8 per cent and 12.8pc of the …

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Advisers to Putin, Trump Discuss Russia-US Ties in Moscow, Summit Issue Not Raised


MOSCOW – Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov had a meeting with special assistant to the US President, Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the US National Security Council staff Fiona Hill, Russia Today reported Thursday. According to the news agency, the US adviser arrived in Moscow for consultations on …

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European Parliament Adopts Strict Rules for the Removal of Online Terrorist Content

European Parliament

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has voted to force social media companies to remove the terrorist content within an hour of receiving the order, The National said Thursday. The bill, which was passed Wednesday night, requires social media companies to remove or deny EU users access to the content. Companies …

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North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal from US Nuclear Talks

North Korea

PYONGYANG – North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear program, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon, Times Malta reported on Thursday. Describing Pompeo as “reckless” and immature, the foreign …

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China Welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir at 2nd Belt and Road Forum


BEIJING – China welcomes the participation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the Second International Belt and Roads Cooperation Forum to be held in Beijing in late April, Xinhua news reported Wednesday. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks Tuesday during a meeting with the …

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