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Russia expels 23 British diplomats in spy poisoning row

Moscow: Russia said Saturday it would expel 23 British diplomats and close a British consulate following London’s “provocative” measures over the poisoning of a double agent that has triggered a fierce diplomatic row. Moscow also said it would halt the activities of the British Council in Russia in a tough series of retaliatory measures announced […]

Ashraf Ghani invites PM Abbasi to initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue

KABUL: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Saturday extended an official invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit Afghanistan. The Afghan president hosted a Pakistani delegation led by National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua at Dilkusha palace to discuss Kabul peace process. In a tweet, Mr. Ghani said the invitation to Pakistani PM […]

Pakistan doing ‘bare minimum’ to help US: official

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is doing the “bare minimum” to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington’s threat to freeze two billion dollars’ worth of aid. The official’s comments also come as Pakistan is trying to avoid being put on a global watch list over terrorism financing that could […]

UN council says Yemen conditions ‘devastating’ for civilians

United Nations, United States: The UN Security Council warned Thursday that conditions in war-torn Yemen are worsening and having a “devastating” impact on civilians, with 22.2 million now in need of humanitarian assistance. The council cited indiscriminate attacks on densely populated areas, with large numbers of civilian casualties and damage to civilian structures. “The Security […]

Syria regime enters key rebel-held Ghouta town: monitor

HAMMURIYEH: Syrian regime forces broke into a key town in the beleaguered rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta late Wednesday amid heavy bombardment, a monitor said. “Regime forces assaulted Hammuriyeh and were able to control parts of it”, in the south of the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Russia-backed regime […]

UK suspends high-level diplomatic contact with Russia

London: Britain will suspend high-level bilateral contact with Russia and revoke an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain. May said Britain would “suspend all high-level bilateral contact”, saying that Russia was “culpable” […]

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