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US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

WASHINGTON DC:  The United States announced Monday it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past. Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher “risk-based” assessments to be accepted. “It’s critically important that we know who is entering the United States,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “These additional security measures will make it harder for bad actors to exploit…

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FBI deputy director steps down after Trump criticism

WASHINGTON DC:  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump, has stepped down from his current role, several weeks earlier than his expected retirement date. McCabe had been expected to leave the federal law enforcement agency as its No. 2 official in March but will be on leave until his retirement date. Representatives for the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately reply to a request for comment.     Ref:  The Express Tribune

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Misunderstandings with US to subside soon: Aizaz Chaudhry

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Monday said the misunderstandings between US and Pakistan will subside soon. A new website was launched at Pakistani diplomatic enclave in US to ease the process of visa application. Addressing the media, Aizaz said that the website is going to help better Pakistan-US relations via updating foreign relations and current happenings between the two states. Aizaz also said he believes there are no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan and we have carried a lot of sacrifices to ensure that…

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Trump says China’s stance on North Korea influences his trade policy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had “been soft” on China on trade issues and said he was not happy that China had allowed oil shipments to go into North Korea. “I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war,” Trump said in an interview with The New York Times. Earlier on Thursday, Trump said on Twitter that China has been ‘caught’ allowing oil into North Korea and said such moves would prevent “a friendly solution” to the…

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Israel wants to build ‘Trump station’ near Western Wall

JERUSALEM: Israel wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, but the site of the planned building could be as divisive as the US president’s declaration. Transport Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City – right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital. “I have decided to name the Western Wall station … after US President Donald Trump for…

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Honduran opposition angry at US backing for election decision

(CNN)Opposition parties in Honduras have attacked the failure of the US to denounce the controversial declaration of President Juan Orlando Hernández as winner of a widely disputed election. International observers with the Organization of American States say the vote was so discredited that it was impossible to declare a valid result, and called for a re-run. But the US State Department noted that an election court had ratified the result of the November 26 election and called on Hondurans to refrain from violent protests. “The United States notes that Honduras’…

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Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme

The Pentagon has been running a secret multi-million dollar programme to investigate Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), US media report. Only a small number of officials were aware of the programme, which began in 2007 and was reportedly closed in 2012. But scientists were doubtful, stressing that unexplained happenings were not necessarily proof of alien life. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme was the brainchild of Harry Reid, a retired Democratic senator who was the Senate majority leader at the time. He told the New York Times: “I’m not embarrassed or…

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Steve Bannon: Republican knives out for ex-Trump aide

Republicans are lashing out at former White House strategist Steve Bannon after the party’s stunning election loss in Alabama. New York congressman Pete King urged the party to “dump” Mr Bannon, saying: “His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous.” The Breitbart News chief is blamed for egging on President Donald Trump to back Roy Moore, who lost on Tuesday. Mr Bannon vowed in October to challenge “every Republican incumbent”. He was a passionate supporter of Mr Moore, an ultra-conservative former judge who crashed to defeat in Republicans’ first loss…

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