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Trilateral talks on Syria postponed after U.S. backs out

Updated: Apr 21, 2017 06:22 IST      
Trilateral talks on Syria postponed after U.S. backs out

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 21 (ANI): The United States, Russian and United Nations trilateral talks on Syria scheduled for Monday have been postponed, says U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

De Mistura said he did not know why the United States decided against attending the meeting early next week, but believed Washington remained committed to the three-way discussions on the Syrian situation.

"I would say that the indication I got from Washington is exactly that, that there is clearly an intention to maintain and resume these trilateral meetings," he said. "And, the date and the circumstances were not conducive for this to happen on Monday, but that is certainly their intention."

De Mistura added he would be holding a bilateral meeting on Monday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

Russia, Turkey and Iran are sponsors of the Astana negotiations on May 3 and 4, which will focus on arranging a cease-fire in Syria so peace talks in Geneva can proceed.

De Mistura said he would be watching developments on the ground to make sure the talks, set to resume sometime in May, have the best possible chance of success. (ANI)

Boy Scouts Chief apologizes for President Trump's rhetoric

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 04:04 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], July 28 (ANI) : The Chief of the Boy Scouts of America has apologized to the scouting community who may have been offended or alarmed by President Donald Trump's speech at the organization's National Jamboree, earlier this week.

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Russia will retaliate if sanctions are signed into law: Putin

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 03:36 IST     

Moscow [Russia], July 28 (ANI): As Russia sanctions bill heads to the Senate after passing through the House of Representatives, President Vladimir Putin has accused U.S. lawmakers of "insolence", and stated that Russia will retaliate if the latest round of sanctions are signed into law.

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New York [U.S.A.] , July 28 (ANI) : Responding on President Donald Trump's announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said that till date, he has not received any "directives on implementation" for the same.

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Caracas [Venezuela], July 28 (ANI): Venezuela is in state of a crisis as government has banned all protests that could affect or "disturb" Sunday's vote called by President Nicolas Maduro to elect a new lawmaking body known as the Constituent Assembly to rewrite the 1999 constitution.

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Beirut [Lebanon], July 28 (ANI):The Lebanese armed group Hezbollah and the Syrian army jointly won the battle against al-Nusra Front and re-captured the mountainous area around the town of Fleita region of Jaroud Arsal near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

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Beijing [China], July 27 (ANI): Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Thursday met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in the first high-level meeting between the two sides since the military stand-off in the Doklam tri-junction region that broke out last month.

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Seattle (Washington) [U.S.A.], July 27 (ANI): Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday took away the mantle of world's richest person from Bill Gates.

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Michelle Obama talks about racism that cut her 'the deepest'

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 21:43 IST     

Colorado [U.S.A.], July 27 (ANI): Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama recently talked about women empowerment as well as racism that has left many a scar on her.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan shockingly announced on Thursday that he will resign from his office and exit from politics altogether on the day of the Panamagate verdict.

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Russia appoints new ambassador to UN, UNSC

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 17:58 IST     

Moscow [Russia], July 27 (ANI): Former Russian deputy foreign minister Vasily Nebenzya has been appointed as the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations and the UN Security Council.

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Jerusalem [Israel], July 27 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Qatar-based media broadcaster Al Jazeera network of fermenting violence in the Old City, that houses Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary, following the recent clashes between Palestinian Muslim worshippers and Israeli forces.

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Kathmandu [Nepal], July 27 (ANI): Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Gopal Man Shrestha has urged India to play a positive role in reducing growing trade deficit of the country in the present context.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Afghan security forces have rescued the two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted over 40 days ago in eastern Nangarhar province.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Pakistan's Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wants Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan to replace Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he gets disqualified in the Panama case.

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Peshawar [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): A bench of the Peshawar High Court has sought the opinion of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the Attorney General for Pakistan on a petition filed by a prisoner, seeking its orders for the government to introduce a less painful mode of execution than hanging.

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Washington D.C. [United States], July 27 (ANI): Asserting that peace in Afghanistan is crucial for development in the region, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

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MQM-L founder Altaf Hussain's nephew arrested in Karachi

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 11:26 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Law enforcement agencies in Karachi have reportedly arrested a nephew of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) founder Altaf Hussain.

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Washington D.C. [United States], July 27 (ANI): United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry is the latest to join the list of A-listers who have fallen prey to prank calls, as he ended up reportedly speaking to Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman for 22 minutes.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sought an explanation for being not called in consultative meetings of ruling Pakistan Muslim League's (PML-N) and wanted to know if the decision was made due to his opposing stance, or due to some other reason.

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Imran for early SC judgement in Panamagate

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 09:27 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that the Supreme Court should give the verdict regarding the Panama Leaks case soon as the country is in a sense of stalemate.

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