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All options under study: Imran's advisor on India's MFN move

ISLAMABDAD: Pakistan will consider all available options to retaliate for the Indian governments decision to withdraw the Most Favo­ured Nation (MFN) status, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Advisor on Commerce Razak Dawood has said.

Five killed in US industrial park shooting

WASHINGTON: Five persons have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at an industrial park in the US state of Illinois, police said.

China-US trade negotiations underway in Beijing

BEIJING: The third round of negotiations between China and the US to end their trade war began on Thursday here as the parties planned to close their differences before March 1 deadline, media reports said.

Trump may not even be a free person in 2020: Warren

WASHINGTON: Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign, said that President Donald Trump might be unable to finish his term by the time Election Day comes next year.

Saudi Prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi: NYT

NEW YORK:  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who was murdered last October, if the latter did not return to the Kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, a New York Times report said.

Trump delivers State of the Union

WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump kicked off his annual State of the Union address before Congress with a call for bipartisanship.

7 killed in Paris building fire

PARIS:  At least seven people were killed and over 30 injured on Tuesday due to a blaze in an eight-storey building in the French capital, fire services said.

Angela Merkel shutting down her Facebook page

LONDON:  Giving another clue Angela Merkel is in the final phase of her political career, the German Chancellor has announced she is closing down her Facebook page which has more than 2.5 million followers.

Merkel seeks talks with Russia after US withdrawal from n-treaty

 BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government will use a six-month notice period to keep negotiating with Russia over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

US Governor apologises for racist yearbook photo

 WASHINGTON:  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has apologised after his 1984 medical yearbook page emerged, showing a photo featuring men in racist costumes.

Trump-Pelosi rift over wall funding widens

WASHINGTON:  An ongoing rift between US President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the construction of a wall along the Mexican border appeared to have widened even as negotiators worked to strike a deal ahead of a looming deadline.

US arrests 'birth tourism' operators linked to China

WASHINGTON:  US authorities arrested three people on charges of running "birth tourism" companies that catered to Chinese clients in southern California, the media reported.

Five-Star lawmakers decry European Parliament's recognition of Guaido

ROME: Senators from Italy's ruling grassroots Five-Star Movement have deplored a vote by the European Parliament recognizing Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, calling the move "dangerous" and "a political act".

Brazil dam collapse: Death toll rises to 58, over 300 missing

RIO DE JANEIRO: The death toll from Brazil's collapsed tailings dam climbed to 58, with 305 people still missing in southeast Brazil's Minas Gerais state, said local authorities.

Canadian Ambassador to China fired amid Huawei controversy

OTTAWA: John McCallum has been fired as Canadas Ambassador to China after the diplomat made a controversial statement regarding the detention of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Vancouver over accusations of helping the Chinese tech firm dodge American sanctions on Iran.

Pro-Khalistani group's demonstration in US becomes flop show

WASHINGTON: A demonstration by pro-Khalistan Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) outside the Indian Embassy in Washington on the occasion of the Republic Day turned out to be a flop show with tricolour-waving Indian Americans outnumbering members of the fringe group.

Trump backs down, agrees to Democrats' terms to end government shutdown

NEW YORK: Taking a blow to his outsize ego, US President Donald Trump has agreed to the Democrats' terms to end the debilitating government shutdown temporarily so that they could work on a separate border security plan paving the way for a regular budget.

Trump backs down, agrees to Democrats' terms to end government shutdown

NEW YORK: Taking a blow to his outsize ego, US President Donald Trump has agreed to the Democrats' terms to end the debilitating government shutdown temporarily so that they could work on a separate border security plan paving the way for a regular budget.

CNN anchor apologises for Kamala Harris tweet

WASHINGTON: A CNN anchor has apologised for a tweet in which he appeared to suggest that Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris, who announced her 2020 presidential bid earlier this week, needed to prove that she was born in the US.

US pulls non-essential diplomatic staff from Venezuela

CARACAS: The US has ordered the removal of its non-essential diplomatic staff from Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro gave them 72 hours to leave amid a political crisis.

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