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Gulen's group threat as serious as al-Qaeda, ISIS: Turkish Prez tells Pak

Updated: Nov 18, 2016 11:55 IST      
Gulen's group threat as serious as al-Qaeda, ISIS: Turkish Prez tells Pak

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 18 (ANI): Comparing US-based religious cleric Fethullah Gulen's organisation to terror outfits al-Qaeda and ISIS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint sitting of Parliament that the organization could harm Pakistan if allowed to carry out its activities.

"I whole-heartedly believe that [Gulen's] organisation will be eliminated as soon as possible without harming brotherly Pakistan," said Erdogan.

"I would like to state once again that Fethullah Gulen's Terrorist Organisation (FETO) is a bloody terrorist organisation posing a threat not only to Turkey, but to all countries in which it operates," he said.

The Turkish President, who is on an official visit to the country, also appreciated Pakistan's recent decision to expel the staff of Pak-Turk schools, which are run by elements allegedly linked to Gulen, whom Ankara has blamed for the recent military coup in the country.

"I appreciate the recent decisions taken by the Pakistani government in this direction and I thank you for your strong support in our fight against Feto," said Erdogan.

Erdogan said that Turkey too was taking steps to curb the Gulen Network. The Turkish government has, since July, suspended, dismissed or detained at least 110,000 people, including soldiers, judges and teachers believed to be supporting the botched coup. The country has also further closed more than 130 media outlets and detained journalists and opposition lawmakers.

Western countries have accused Erdogan of using the coup as a pretext to stifle dissent at home.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) lawmakers boycotted the session to protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his alleged corruption in the Panamagate. (ANI)

London police foil second terror plot in last 24 hours

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:27 IST     

London [United Kingdom], Apr 28 (ANI): London's Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed that they had neutralised a second active terror plot in the last 24 hours, with the arrest of six people.

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PML-N threatens to sue Imran Khan over bribe allegations

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:59 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], April 28 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan that it will take legal action for leveling 10 billion rupees bribe allegations on the party leadership allegedly to stay silent in the Panama case.

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Iran summons Pak envoy over terror attack on border guards

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 17:41 IST     

Tehran [Iran] April 28 (ANI): Iran on Friday summoned Pakistan's Ambassador to Tehran, Asif Ali Khan Durrani, to lodge a protest over the terrorist attack on Iranian border guards in which nine soldiers were killed and two others injured.

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Warsaw [Poland], Apr 28 (ANI): Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that the solution to addressing the gaps and failings of democracy is indeed more democracy.

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Indian American killed during crossfire at U.S. motel

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:30 IST     

Memphis [United States], April 28 (ANI): A 56-year-old Indian American man was reportedly gunned down while standing on the balcony of his second floor flat in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 28 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has barred foreign tourists from visiting the disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan without obtaining the no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Interior.

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United Nations, Apr 28 (ANI): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will today hold a ministerial briefing to address North Korea's nuclear program and missile launches at the request of the US mission to the UN.

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China asks EU to stop interfering in Hong Kong, Macao affairs

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 12:50 IST     

Beijing [China], April 28 (ANI) : China has urged the European Union (EU) to stop interfering in Hong Kong and Macao affairs after the European Commission and European External Action Service issued their 2016 reports on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Macao SAR.

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Trump to consult with 'friend' Xi before speaking to Taiwan

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 11:54 IST     

New York [USA], Apr 28 (ANI): With Sino-US relations appearing to get cozier with frequent consultations between leaders of the two sides, U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed his desire to consult with Chinese President Xi Jinping before speaking to Taiwan's leadership.

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Geneva [Switzerland], Apr 28 (ANI): First ever Refugee Olympic Team swimmer Yusra Mardini, a Syrian who fled across the Mediterranean, has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Taliban launches operation Mansoori, vows more attacks

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 10:57 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 28 (ANI): The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has vowed to carry out more terror attacks in the country as it announced the launch of its new spring offensive under the name of Mansoori.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr. 28 (ANI): After China said it wanted to fund the USD eight billion Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line project in Pakistan single-handedly, Islamabad has refused part financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Beijing [China], Apr 28 (ANI): China has announced to conduct live-fire drills and test new weapons to counter the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an anti-missile defense system being deployed in South Korea by the United States.

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Conflict with N. Korea is US' 'biggest worry': Trump

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 09:20 IST     

New York [USA], Apr 28 (ANI) U.S. President Donald Trump has admitted that conflict with North Korea is presently the biggest concern on his plate.

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Moscow [Russia], Apr 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised their concern over the deteriorating situation on the Korean Peninsula, saying, it is necessary to restart six-party negotiations on the same.

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Macedonia: Protesters storm parliament, attack MPs

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 05:08 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr. 28 (ANI): A large number of demonstrators entered the Macedonian parliament, breaking the police cordon and assaulted the MPs, in protest against the election of a new speaker.

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New Delhi [India], Apr. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday, hits out at the opponent Democratic Party accusing them of wanting to shut down the ruling government.

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London [U.K.], Apr. 28 (ANI): The United Airlines has reached a settlement with Dr David Daowas, who was forcibly removed from the Louisville, Kentucky-bound United flight 3411 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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India hopes for peaceful solution to Cyprus problem

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 02:42 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): India hopes that a just and lasting solution to Cyprus problem, where northern part of Cyprus is under Turkish control, will be found in accordance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution and the European Acquis.

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Trump agrees to renegotiate NAFTA deal with Canada, Mexico

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 27 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) instead of withdrawing it after speaking to the leaders of Mexico and Canada to see if the deal can be made.

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