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    Pakistan, US engaged in 'quiet' diplomacy :Report

    Pakistan Foreign Office spokes­man Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday disclosed that Pakistan and the United States were engaged in negotiations, which are “ongoing and outside public domain.

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    Pakistan, Iran agree to resume fortnightly train service

    Officials of the two neighbouring countries made the decision at a meeting held on Thursday. Under the proposal, the train’s final destination will be either Mashhad or Qom, Iran.

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    Detained Saudi cleric hospitalised: Amnesty

    Prominent Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman al-Awda has been hospitalised after almost five months in solitary confinement, human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing family members.

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    Trump’s al-Quds decision threatens global peace: OIC lawmakers

    Muslim parliamentarians have condemned US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital as a threat to the global peace and a violation of the Palestinian nation’s rights.

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    Afghan president criticises Pakistan's anti-terror fatwa

    Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has criticised the anti-terror fatwa (Islamic directive) issued by religious scholars in Pakistan earlier this month, saying the anti-terrorism fatwa should.

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    UN chief says Iran deal must be preserved

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal based on its "mechanisms," stressing that it must be preserved.

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    No case against Hafiz Saeed, therefore no action against him: Pak PM

    Pakistan has stated that there is no case registered in the country against alleged 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and thus no action would be taken against him.

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    Modi, Netanyahu hold grand roadshow in India's Ahmedabad

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday held a roadshow in the city under a heavy security blanket as thousands of people lined up along the route to greet them.

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    An Indian Haj subsidy that did not exist!

    The Indian government on Tuesday announced ending the subsidy saying the move would help empower Muslims with dignity. Making the announcement, minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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    US withholds $65m from UN aid programme for Palestinians

    The United States will withhold $65m in aid for a UN agency that provides services for Palestinian refugees, a US official said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration appeared to carry out a threat.

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    India: Worry mounts for Assam's Bengali-Speaking Muslims ahead of second NRC list

    Kazi Neel doesn’t go to Jumma, the Friday prayers. The 25-year-old youth from Assam’s Barpeta district calls himself an atheist. None from Kazi's family made it to the first draft of the updated National.

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    India to buy over 160,000 guns worth $553 million for border troops

    The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billion rupees ($553m) in a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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    India ends decades-old subsidy for Haj pilgrims

    The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party has accused its opponents in the Congress party — who introduced the Haj assistance scheme in the 1950s — of trying to woo Muslim voters through handouts.

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    Iran Leader Blasts Muslim 'Conspiracy of Silence'

    Ayatollah Khamenei said “do not let them ignore you and the major issues of the Muslim world through conspiracy of silence.” Palestine is an important issue of the Muslim world that is largely ignored.

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    ‘I’m not giving up’ on ties with Pak, says top US general

    The top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure.

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    1,800 Pakistani religious scholars declare suicide bombings 'haram' in new fatwa

    More than 1,800 Pakistani religious scholars have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, a book due to be unveiled by the government on Tuesday says.

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    Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on Rohingya return in 2 years

    Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a recent army crackdown in Myanmar within a period of two years.

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    Palestinian leaders reconsider recognition of Israel

    The Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Central Council, the second-highest Palestinian decision-making body, has recommended to revoke recognition of Israel until the latter recognises.

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    Greater India-Israel cooperation needed to eliminate terror: Kovind

    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday called for greater cooperation between India and Israel in countering terrorism and said a strong global response would defeat the menace in all its manifestations.

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    Erdogan vows to 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria

    The US infuriated its NATO partner Turkey on Sunday by announcing that Washington and a coalition of its allies purportedly fighting Daesh will work with US-backed militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF

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    Taliban claims responsibility of killing Benazir Bhutto

    The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, saying it killed her as she allegedly planned to collaborate with the US.

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    Trump's peace efforts the 'slap of the century': Abbas

    Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century", at a key meeting on Sunday on the White House's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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    26 killed in Baghdad twin suicide blast

    "Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad," said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.

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    Indian Army chief's comments will hurt peace: China

    China on Monday expressed anger over Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat's remarks, saying such "unconstructive" comments would hurt peace and tranquility in the border area.

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