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         China 'colonising' terror-supporting Pak - EFSAS    
Amsterdam [Netherlands]: China is taking advantage of Pakistan being isolated by the international community post allegations of it sponsoring terrorism and is fully aware that its patronising attitude will eventually turn Islamabad into a colony dependent on China for day-to-day survival, a Netherlands-based think tank has said.

         India dismisses UN report branding terrorists as "leaders"    
New Delhi: India has dismissed the United Nations report, which refers to UN-designated terrorist entities as "armed groups" and "leaders". In an official statement at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council, India called the report 'fallacious' and 'motivated'. The statement highlighted that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, and Pakistan is forcibly and illegally occupying it. It further said that the report has sought the dismemberment of India.

         Swaraj discusses bilateral trade, investment with Luxembourg PM    
Luxembourg City: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between India and Luxembourg with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Wednesday. Swaraj, who arrived at Luxembourg in the third leg of her four-nation tour on Tuesday, held informal talk with Prime Minister Bettel and later took part in a discussion with other members of the Luxembourg council.

         Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt EU 'disintegration'    
Meseberg (Germany): Germanrman Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron today to hammer out reforms that can stop the "disintegration" of the European Union, torn by populist forces and deep discord over immigration. The two leaders of Europe's biggest economies will seek to thrash out a compromise between Macron's bold vision for sweeping EU change and Germany's stance that is more cautious, especially when it comes to finance. Merkel and Macron have both stre

         Merkel gets ultimatum from hardline ally over migrants    
Munich: Hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc today gave her a two-week ultimatum to tighten asylum rules or risk pitching Germany into a political crisis that would also rattle Europe. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's CSU party at a meeting unanimously backed his call to give Merkel a fortnight to find a European deal on the burning issue by a June 28-29 EU summit, failing which he would order border police to turn back migrants.

         India and France to build strong development partnership: Swaraj    
Paris: India and France are working to shape a strong development partnership, including in the fields of science and technology, clean energy and infrastructure, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said as she met the country's top leadership and discussed issues of mutual interest from a strategic perspective.

         Iran's president to visit Switzerland, Austria amid nuclear deal row    
ZURICH: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit neutral European neighbours Switzerland and Austria next month, the Swiss and Austrian governments said, on a trip overshadowed by the looming imposition of U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran.

         Three killed, 100 injured in Japan earthquake    
Three people were confirmed dead and almost 100 injured after a strong earthquake hit Osaka on Monday morning, rattling one of Japan's industrial heartlands and halting trains and factories across the region.

         Afghan President announces ceasefire extension with Taliban    
KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban which was otherwise due to end on Tuesday.

         US man convicted for murder of Indian-origin student    
WASHINGTON: A man in the US has been convicted of the first-degree murder of an Indian-origin student after four years of untiring efforts by his family to seek justice, according to a media report.

         Man sneaks into Sharif's wife's room in London Hospital    
LONDON: A man allegedly sneaked into former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz's hospital room without permission at London's Harley Street Clinic. Kulsoom, 68, had suffered a cardiac arrest in the intensive care unit of the hospital and was put on ventilator as her health deteriorated.

         Indonesian woman swallowed by giant python    
An Indonesian woman has been found in the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was captured near where she vanished while tending her vegetable garden, police said on Saturday. The body of 54 year old Wa Tiba was found Friday when villages cut open the seven metre (23 foot) python which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan lawela, on the island of muna,offshore of Sulawesi.

         Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait 151 years for green card    
WASHINGTON: Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait for over 150 years for a green card which authorises them to live and work in the US permanently, according to projections by a think-tank. The new calculation on the green card wait period by Cato Institute, a Washington-based think-tank, comes after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a number of applicants for such cards.

         US imposes 25% import tax on Chinese products    
The United States will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports, the president said early Friday. China vowed to retaliate immediately and said the United States had "launched a trade war." The US penalty is designed to punish China for stealing American technology and trade secrets. It will apply to roughly 1,100 exports and will target the Chinese aerospace, robotics, manufacturing and auto industries.

         Trump says Mueller's Russia investigation 'totally discredited'    
Washington: President Donald Trump claimed today that a Justice Department watchdog report related to the 2016 election "totally discredited" the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russians.

         Pakistan Taliban chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan    
Washington,/Islamabad: Maulana Fazlullah, the dreaded chief of Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, an Afghan defence ministry official confirmed today.

         Yemen rebel attack kills 12 soldiers south of Hodeida    
Al Duraihmi: A Yemeni rebel attack killed 12 pro-government soldiers south of the battleground Red Sea port city of Hodeida today, military and medical sources said.

         North Korea airs video of Kim Jong-un's Singapore visit    
Singapore: North Korea's state media today aired a documentary glorifying Chairman Kim Jong-Un's visit to Singapore for a historic summit with US President Donald Trump.

         Swiss court frees Tamil Tiger bankers    
Geneva: Switzerland's supreme court today ruled that 13 alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers were not guilty of supporting a criminal organisation and let them walk free.

         Libya militia attacks oil facility in east: military official    
Benghazi: A militia opposed to Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar today attacked eastern oil sites under his control, setting fire to at least one crude reservoir, a military source said.

         Imran Khan's nomination papers challenged    
Karachi: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan's nomination papers, filed from NA-243 Karachi, were challenged on Tuesday. According to Geo News, Citizen Abdul Wahab Baloch filed an appeal against Imran Khan's candidature with a returning officer over the Sita White case.

         US-N Korea summit should set example for India-Pak peace talk: Shehbaz    
Islamabad: Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the historic meeting between the US and North Korea can be an example for Pakistan and India to talk out their hostilities and make peace with each other. This came after the United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint agreement, according to which Kim committed for 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula' and Trump pledged 'security guarantees' to the North.

         Kim promises complete denuclearisation in return for security guarantees from Trump    
Singapore: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation" in return for security guarantees from the US as Donald Trump wrapped up his historic summit with outcomes that could ease tensions and reshape the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region

         Sirisena inducts 7 ministers, including a Tamil from Jaffna    
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today inducted seven new ministers in his government, including a Tamil who is the only elected representative of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party from Jaffna, the capital of Northern district. Two state ministers and five deputy ministers were sworn-in by Sirisena at a function at the Presidential Secretariat, amid an internal bickering within the unity government.

         Nepal Cabinet approves projects with China    
Kathmandu [Nepal]: The Nepal Government on Monday agreed upon two proposals related to Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's upcoming visit to China, to be held on June 19.

         Nawaz Sharif's lawyer steps down amid corruption cases    
Islamabad: Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's lawyer Khwaja Haris on Monday terminated his legal services to Nawaz and his family in corruption cases. Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). According to Geo News, the Supreme Court, headed by chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had on Sunday directed the accountability court to announce its final decision in the cases within a month. The court

         Modi says meeting with Xi will add further vigour to India-China ties    
Qingdao: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he had detailed discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues which will add further vigour to the India-China friendship after their "milestone" informal summit in Wuhan.

         Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist    
United Nations: Describing India as a "very important inspiration" for the international community, UN chief Antonio Guterres has commended the country for its leadership in a development partnership fund with the UN that he said has emerged as a vital example of deepening South-South cooperation.

         PM Narendra Modi arrives in Qingdao to attend SCO summit    
Qingdao (China): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of US sanctions on Russia and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

         Trump says 'looking forward' to resolving trade disputes at G7    
Washington: President Donald Trump said today he wants to use the G7 summit to resolve what he called unfair trade deals with US allies.

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