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World Bank asks India, Pak to consider alternative ways to resolve Indus Waters Treaty dispute

World Bank asks India, Pak to consider alternative ways to resolve Indus Waters Treaty dispute

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 13 : The World Bank has taken a step back and asked both India and Pakistan to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements over the Indus Water Treaty Dispute 1960.

The bank said it is temporarily halting the appointment of a neutral expert as requested by India, and the Chairman of the Court of Arbitration, as requested by Pakistan, to resolve issues regarding two hydroelectric power plants under construction by India along the Indus Rivers system.


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U.S. remains firm on its commitments to "one China" policy

U.S. remains firm on its commitments to "one China" policy

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 13 : The United States has said that it remains firmly committed to "one China" policy which is based on the three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.

U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said this policy has supported their fundamental interest in peaceful and stable cross-strait relations through both Democratic and Republican administrations over the past 40 years.


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Trump asks why U.S. should continue to abide by "one China" policy

Trump asks why U.S. should continue to abide by "one China" policy

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 12 : President-elect Donald Trump has questioned as to why the United States should continue to abide by its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China" policy.

"I fully understand the 'one China' policy, but I don't know why we have to be bound by a 'one China' policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade," CNN quoted Trump, as saying on a local news channel.


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Bill English sworn-in as New Zealand's new PM

Bill English sworn-in as New Zealand's new PM

New York [United States], Dec. 12 : New Zealand's former deputy prime minister and minister of finance Bill English has taken charge as the country's 39th Prime Minister.

He replaced former prime minister John Key to become the new leader of the National Party.

Key, who had led his party for 10 years and the country for eight, unexpectedly resigned on December 5 and since then the position had become vacant.


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Antonio Guterres to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General today

Antonio Guterres to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General today

New York [United States], Dec. 12 : Former Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Guterres is set to be sworn in as the next United Nations Secretary-General today.

Guterres, 67, was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.


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Pak PM Sharif's special envoy still hopeful to meet Trump team

Pak PM Sharif's special envoy still hopeful to meet Trump team

Washington [United States], Dec. 11 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special assistant on foreign affairs (SAPM), Tariq Fatemi is hopeful of meeting some of the members of incoming Trump administration early next week.

Fatemi is in U. S. to have discussions with the current U. S. administration and to meet the officials who are likely to join Trump administration.


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Trump tells Americans to "buy American and hire American"

Trump tells Americans to "buy American and hire American"

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 10 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has reassured Americans of bringing back jobs to the United States and said that his administration will follow two simple rules: "Buy American and hire American."

"My administration will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American."

"The American worker built this country and now it's time for American workers to have a government for the first time in decades answers to them," CNN quoted Trump, as saying at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa.


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U.S. urges Pakistan to protect religious freedom

U.S. urges Pakistan to protect religious freedom

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 10 : The United States has expressed its concern following reports of raids carried out by Pakistan's Counter Terrorism Department ( CTD) on the publications and audit offices of the Ahmadiyya community in Punjab province and urged the Government of Pakistan to protect religious freedom and basic rights of all members of its population, including religious minorities.


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USCIRF condemns brutal treatment of Ahmadis in Pakistan

USCIRF condemns brutal treatment of Ahmadis in Pakistan

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 10 : The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has condemned the raid by Pakistan's Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on the publications and audit offices of the Ahmadiyya community in Punjab province.

Police had beaten and arrested several Ahmadis during this raid which took place on December 5. Those arrested were later charged under provisions in Pakistan's penal code and Anti-Terrorism Act.


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South Korea's President Park faces impeachment vote

South Korea's President Park faces impeachment vote

New York [USA], Dec. 9 : In a development signalling major trouble for South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, lawmakers in the National Assembly have voted to begin proceedings of impeachment againsther.

According to CNN, the country's constitutional court will now deliberate the motion that could take up to 180 days.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will become Acting President for the duration of the court's deliberation.

Under the South Korean constitution, impeachment requires a two-thirds majority of the 300-member legislature to pass.


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Legislation providing for India's recognition as major defence partner clears Congress

Legislation providing for India's recognition as major defence partner clears Congress

New York, Dec 9 : A legislation providing for recognition of India as a major defence partner of the US cleared the Congress on Thursday and now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's approval.

The National Defence Authorisation Act approved by the Senate includes a provision, "Enhancing defence and security cooperation with India", that requires the defence Secretary to take steps to recognise India as the major defence partner of the US.

Last week, the House of Representatives had approved the legislation, which is essentially the defence budget.


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Trump selects Iowa Governor Branstad as U.S. envoy to China

Trump selects Iowa Governor Branstad as U.S. envoy to China

New York [United States], Dec. 8 : U.S. President- elect Donald Trump has selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his incoming government's ambassador to China.

Confirming that Branstad had accepted the offer, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller said that Trump will be joined by Branstad at his Des Moines rally Thursday, one of the stops on Trump's "thank you" tour of rallies in the swing states.

Miller said that Branstad was selected as Trump's envoy in Beijing due to his experience in public policy, trade and agriculture.


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Obama sums up achievements in major national security speech

Obama sums up achievements in major national security speech

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 8 : U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his final major speech dedicated to his national security record, both at home and abroad over the last eight years.

President Obama also highlighted how his administration has approached the threat of terrorism and how he believes the nation can pursue a successful and sustainable counter terrorism policy in the years to come.


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Trump wants Air Force One order at Boeing cancelled

Trump wants Air Force One order at Boeing cancelled

New York [United States], Dec. 7 : U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump wants to cancel an order of Air Force One from Boeing which is being built to carry "future presidents" as it is costing more than $4 billion.

"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than USD4 billion. Cancel order!," the President-Elect said in a tweet.


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Looking forward to work with Trump administration: Pakistan

Looking forward to work with Trump administration: Pakistan

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 6 : Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi has said that Islamabad is looking forward to work closely with Trump administration to further enhance its bilateral relations with the United States.

"Once President-elect Donald Trump assumes his office, Pakistan is looking forward to meaningful engagement with USA in further improving bilateral relations and playing its role in the context of regional and international issues," Geo News quoted Fatemi as saying at the Pakistani embassy.


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