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Obama raised Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed in our talks: Nawaz Sharif

Obama raised Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed in our talks: Nawaz Sharif

Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is on a visit to Washington, today said US President Barack Obama raised the Mumbai terror attacks and terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed during their talks at White House.
Mr Sharif told journalists after that meeting that the American President had spoken to him about Jamaat-ud-dawa, the banned terror outfit [...]

Pak secretly endorsed drone strikes: report

Washington: Pakistan for years secretly approved of US drone attacks on its territory despite public denunciations, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing secret documents.
The purported evidence of Islamabad’s involvement came as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the White House and urged an end to the attacks, which are widely unpopular with the Pakistani public.
Pakistani support [...]

US justifies decision to aid Pakistan with $1.6 billion to fight terror

US justifies decision to aid Pakistan with $1.6 billion to fight terror

Washington: US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad’s counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities “encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties”.
“This is part of a long process of restarting security assistance cooperation that was slowed during 2011-12 when we had some bilateral [...]

US writes off French ire over NSA surveillance, says ‘all nations’ spy

Washington: Rejecting French outrage over NSA having monitored over 70 million phone calls in the country, the White House said that “all nations” indulged in spying activities.
However US President Barack Obama called up French counterpart Francois Hollande and assured him that the US was reviewing its intelligence gathering practices.
A statement by the White House said, [...]

Deadline missed, US slides into government shutdown

Deadline missed, US slides into government shutdown

Washington: The United States lurched into a dreaded government shutdown early Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, triggering agency closures and hundreds of thousands of furloughs as Congress missed a deadline to pass a budget.
Ten minutes before midnight bells rang throughout a deeply divided Washington, and after a day of furious brinkmanship President [...]

White House sees ‘irony’ in Vladimir Putin’s New York Times column

Washington: Russian President Vladimir Putin proved an important point about “American exceptionalism” when he took a shot at the concept in his column in the New York Times, the White House said on Thursday.
In the opinion piece, Putin lauded a Russian proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control and lectured the United States [...]

‘US intercepts Iranian order for attack on its interests in Iraq’

‘US intercepts Iranian order for attack on its interests in Iraq’

Washington: The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack US interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The American embassy in Baghdad was a likely target, according to unnamed US officials quoted [...]

‘India-US defence ties made tremendous progress under Obama’

‘India-US defence ties made tremendous progress under Obama’

Washington: A top Pentagon official has said the defence ties between the US and India has made tremendous progress under the Obama Administration and Washington was looking forward to Prime Minister Manomohan Singh’s visit.
In fact, defense ties is expected to be a major issue of discussion when Prime Minister Singh meets President Barack Obama at [...]

PM to meet Barack Obama in US on Sept 27

PM to meet Barack Obama in US on Sept 27

Washington: The White House meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama will be held as per schedule on September 27, despite the latter being busy due to ongoing Syrian crisis.
While no formal bilateral Obama-Singh meeting has been planned on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in St Petersburg, Russia, the two [...]

If ‘foolish’ Assad retaliates, US will make him regret: John Kerry

If ‘foolish’ Assad retaliates, US will make him regret: John Kerry

Washington: In a blunt remark, US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a sharp warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad telling him to avoid retaliation in case of a US strike.
Addressing lawmakers in a key Congressional hearing, Kerry made it clear that the United States had “ample ways” to respond to Assad’s retaliation “without going [...]

US spies missed signs of August 21 Syria chemical strike

US spies missed signs of August 21 Syria chemical strike

Washington: US officials say intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact.
Senior US officials say intercepted communications of commanders telling Syrian military units to prepare for the strikes against a Damascus suburb on [...]

Pentagon may take charge of arming Syrian rebels: US officials

Washington: Washington is weighing expanding support for Syrian rebels by having the Pentagon take charge of arming the opposition instead of a clandestine effort by the CIA, officials said Wednesday.
“It’s under consideration,” said a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“If and how (it would be done) are both questions being discussed,” the official [...]

Pak facing serious economic challenges: International Monetary Fund

Pak facing serious economic challenges: International Monetary Fund

Washington: Pakistan is facing ’serious economic challenges’ and it needs to carry out a set of comprehensive economic reforms, the International Monetary Fund said hours after it approved financial assistance of USD 6.7 billion to prevent it from a brink of economic collapse.
“Pakistan is facing serious economic challenges. Overall vulnerabilities and crisis risks are high, [...]

Syria Electronic Army hacks US Marines website

Washington: Pro-Syria hackers broke into the internet recruiting site for the US Marine Corps, posting a message that urged US soldiers to refuse orders if Washington decides to attack Syria.
The site, www.marines.com, was paralysed for several hours Monday and redirected to a seven-sentence message “delivered by SEA” — short for the Syrian Electronic Army.
The SEA [...]

Barack Obama set for limited strike on Syria as British vote no

Washington: President Barack Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday, despite a stinging rejection of such action Thursday by America’s stalwart ally Britain and mounting questions from Congress.
The negative vote in Britain’s Parliament was a heavy blow to Prime Minister David Cameron, who had pledged [...]

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