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Reports on Imran Khan’s participation at Russia economic event ‘speculative’

Pakistani media last week reported that he has accepted President Putin’s invitation Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday described as “speculative” media reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan will attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia where his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will be the main guest. Russian President Vladimir Putin …

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Iranian President Tells SCO Summit That Trump Poses ‘Serious Risk’ To Stability

BISHKEK — Iranian President Hassan Rohani has told a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek that U.S. actions pose a “serious” threat to regional and global stability. “The U.S. government over the last two years, violating all the international structures and rules and using its economic, financial …

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Russia, China Voice Support for Iran After Xi Visit to Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two countries that were communist rivals during the Cold War. At the conclusion of the meetings a joint statement by Russia and China voiced support for Iran and commended …

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Taliban, Russia Demand Foreign Troops Leave Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD —  The Taliban and Russia have jointly called for the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition troops from Afghanistan, with a top leader of the Islamist insurgent group denouncing the foreign presence in the country as a major obstacle to Afghan peace.  Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the political deputy of the …

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Russia Set to Host Taliban, Afghan Politicians

ISLAMABAD —  Prominent opposition politicians from Afghanistan and representatives of the Taliban insurgency will meet in Russia on Wednesday for discussions on promoting a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war that continues to cause dozens of casualties every day. The intra-Afghan conference comes as months of direct peace negotiations between …

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Facebook Removes Hundreds of Fake Accounts Linked to Iran

Facebook Inc. said it removed hundreds of pages, groups and accounts connected to Iran for impersonating political groups and media organizations in an attempt to influence political thought in countries around the world. The social media company’s move is part of a follow-on investigation into Iran-linked coordinated inauthentic behavior on its platform …

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Trump Calls On Russia, Pakistan To Take More Active Role In Afghanistan Conflict

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump urged other countries, specifically Russia, Pakistan, and India, to become more involved in the fighting in Afghanistan as he argued against continued long-term presence of U.S. troops in the war-torn country. In televised comments to reporters during a cabinet meeting on January 2, Trump also …

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Afghanistan peace conference kicks off in Moscow

The conference marks Russia’s attempt to get the Afghan authorities and the Taliban together at negotiating table. Russia is hosting peace talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan, drawing delegates from the West-backed Kabul government and a group representing the Taliban, as well as representatives from a dozen nations, including …

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Pakistan, Russia Begin Joint Anti-Terror Military Drills

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan and Russia have begun annual joint military drills to boost counterterrorism cooperation to tackle the growing threat of Islamic State stemming from neighboring Afghanistan. Officials said the “Druzhba-III” (Friendship-III) drills went into action Monday at the National Counter-Terrorist Center in the mountain town of Pabbi, where the …

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Russia thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

MOSCOW: Finally let loose after a year-long diet of international friendlies, hosts Russia roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia. The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd which included President Vladimir Putin and the …

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