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Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity. Netanyahu was due to convene his security cabinet later in the day to approve… Read More »

Military wins in first Trump budget; environment, aid lose big

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defence spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. In a federal budget proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department… Read More »

Aid convoys reach four Syrian towns, first time since November

GENEVA: Aid convoys reached four besieged towns in Syria on Tuesday, delivering food and medical supplies to 60,000 people for the first time since November, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations said. “We are entering #Madaya, #Zabadani, #Foaa & #Kafrya with @SYRedCrescent & @UN delivering much-needed food & medical items,”… Read More »

First planned North Korea-US contact in Trump administration cancelled: WSJ

SEOUL: Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were cancelled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The talks, between senior North Korean foreign ministry envoy Choe Son Hui and… Read More »

First days of Trump era signal America's deepening political divide

WASHINGTON: In the blocks surrounding the White House, signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Build Bridges Not Walls” littered the sidewalks on Sunday, the detritus of the Women’s March protesting the policies of President Donald Trump. Both Trump’s supporters and women and men who took part in the massive march against him in Washington on… Read More »

Cricket: Pakistan first Test team member Imtiaz dies

LAHORE, Pakistan: Imtiaz Ahmed, a member of Pakistan’s first-ever Test team, died in a Lahore hospital Saturday (Dec 31) after a brief illness, his family said. The 88-year-old Ahmed featured in Pakistan’s first Test played in Delhi against India in October 1952 and went on to play 41 matches as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Ahmed’s family confirmed… Read More »