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Doha talks will be difficult: Abdullah


By The SATimes News Service Kabul: Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that the talks between the government and the Taliban will be difficult, stating that the Afghan team will face issues that will require hard decisions to be made. "I don't say that these talks will be very simple, these...

Lanka to ensure no nation dominates Indian Ocean: Rajapaksa


By The SATimes News Service United Nations: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that his country is against any country dominating the Indian Ocean and that it would stay neutral. "As a strategically placed country in the Indian Ocean, it is our priority to ensure that the Indian Ocean is maintained as a zone of peace...

Pak opposition parties form alliance to oust govt


By The SATimes News Service Islamabad: Pakistan's top opposition parties said they have formed an alliance to demand the ousting of the incumbent Imran Khan-led government, media reports said. After naming their alliance as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the leaders also announced launching of a three-phased anti-government movement under an "action plan" starting from next month...

Qureshi at OIC: India threatens military aggression


By The SATimes News Service Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has alerted the Organization of Islamic Coordination (OIC) on the situation in Kashmir, saying that "India has intensified its belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan, including threats of military aggression". Qureshi made the remarks while speaking to the contact group of the OIC during a meeting on...

Time to say ‘no to bullying’: Iran at UNGA


By The SATimes News Service United Nations: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hit out at the US over its decision to impose economic sanctions, in his address at the United Nations General Assembly. Speaking in a recorded video message, the Iranian leader outlined the US hostile policies towards Iran, including very harsh sanctions. "Today is the time to say...

Xi critic gets 18 years jail term in China


By The SATimes News Service Beijing: A court in China sentenced a former real estate tycoon and vocal critic of President Xi Jinping to 18 years in prison for corruption. “Former property mogul was sentenced to 18 years and fined 4.2 million yuan ($620,000) for corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds, and abuse of power as...

UK PM spells out new Covid restrictions


By The SATimes News Service London: In preparation for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a slew of restrictions for England, which could last for up to six months. Addressing the UK Parliament on September 22, Johnson said the country was at a 'perilous turning point'...

Xi Jinping at UNGA: No intention to fight hot or cold war


By The SATimes News Service United Nations: Addressing the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Beijing has no intention to fight either a "Cold War" or a "hot war" with any country. Stressing that the Asian giant will never seek hegemony, or expansion, Xi stressed...

After Senate defeats, Pak govt passes FATF-linked bills via joint session


By The SATimes News Service Islamabad: After a series of defeats in Senate, Pakistan government on Wednesday pushed all pending legislations on terror financing linked to FATF compliance through a joint session of parliament amid loud protests and a walkout by Opposition members. The Imran Khan government’s desperate move is part of efforts to get Pakistan out...