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China & India Play ‘Who Blinks First’ Over Tiny Strategic Area in Himalayas

Beijing and New Delhi are standing their ground, neither side yielding an inch in a dispute over a piece of Himalayan territory that flared up again a month ago. Could a war of words in an issue with former colonial fingerprints on it evolve into all-out war? In a statement on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry …

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#FontGate: Forged Documents from Pakistani PM’s Daughter’s Betrayed by Microsoft Word Font

A scandal is raging in Pakistan over a report claiming that the PM’s daughter, Maryam, forged documents for an investigation into illegal offshore properties using a Microsoft Word font introduced years after the documents were allegedly created. The papers she submitted were for a team looking into unlawful offshore properties mentioned in the leaked Panama …

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The US takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda off Terror Watch-Lists

According to a recent report [1] by CBC Canada, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) since July 2016, has been removed from the terror watch-lists of the US and Canada after it merged with fighters from Zenki Brigade and hardline jihadists from Ahrar al-Sham …

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Funding Corruption: Why the World is ‘Better Off’ Without Western Aid and NGOs

Around the world, Western aid is failing to fulfil its stated objectives. Nowhere is this more flagrant than Haiti, where despite billions flowing in to the ravaged country, little progress has been made since the 2010 earthquake. A former UN development expert has suggested the country – and others – may well fare better without. …

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Iran Threatens Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Saudi Kingdom will be Destroyed

Responding to Saudi Arabia’s latest threats to take their conflict inside Iran, Tehran said it will leave nothing standing in the kingdom except for Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina if the Saudis do anything “ignorant,” Al-Manar reports. “We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave …

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Trump Warns Iran that ‘Nothing is Off the Table’ Following its Missile Test

The US President Donald Trump has warned Tehran that a military option is ‘not off the table’ as a response to the latest alleged missile test by Iran. When asked whether the US would consider using force to respond to Tehran, Trump told reporters on Thursday that "nothing is off the table." On January 30, …

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China to Pour $3 Billion in Iran’s Refining Capacity

China will invest US$3 billion in the upgrade of Iran’s oil refining facilities, Iranian media reported, with the bulk of the investment going into the Abadan refinery. According to Deputy Oil Minister Abbas Kazemi, China has already “opened the financing” for the refinery’s upgrade. Iran’s oil and gas infrastructure has suffered the results of years …

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“Get Paid Fighting against Trump”: Ads Offer Protesters $2500 to Disrupt Trump Inauguration

Job advertisements running in 20 cities across the US are offering $2,500 a month for “operatives” willing to protest the upcoming inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. San Francisco-based Demand Protest posted ads on Backpage.com, seeking applicants who would like to “Get paid fighting against Trump!” Along with the monthly $2,500 retainer, the company offers a “standard per-event pay …

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