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US says won’t join Afghanistan talks announced by Russia

The United States said it will not join talks on Afghanistan announced for this Tuesday by Russia that will include two other key players, China and Pakistan. The State Department blamed logistical issues but said it considered the Russian-led forum “constructive.” “We look forward to engaging in that forum going …

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Israel, UAE, US, India to form joint economic forum

JERSUSALEM: Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Tuesday that he agreed with his US, Emirati, and Indian counterparts to establish a forum for economic cooperation. Lapid tweeted that he and his counterparts met in a virtual meeting and “decided to establish an international forum for economic cooperation”. The four …

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Dubai signs deal to build ‘infrastructure in IIOJK’

NEW DELHI: Dubai has signed an accord to build infrastructure in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the Modi government said on Monday, at a time when the disputed Himalayan region is seeing a resurgence in violence. No figure for the value of the accord was given. The memorandum of understanding …

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US billionaires’ wealth soars 70% during pandemic: Report

ANKARA: Total wealth of American billionaires jumped by 70.2% during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday. America’s billionaires total wealth climbed to almost $5.02 trillion on Oct.15, from just below of $1.95 trillion on March 18, 2020 when COVID-19 became a global pandemic, according to the report …

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Turkey orders arrest of 158 in military probe over Gulen links

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 158 suspects including 33 serving soldiers in an operation targeting people allegedly linked to a preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The investigation, stretching across 41 provinces, was part of a five-year-old …

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China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait

TOKYO: A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it is closely watching such activities. It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of …

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‘Taliban’s acting foreign minister to meet Chinese counterpart’

ISTANBUL: Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, an Afghan official said on Monday. Muttaqi was given assurance of the meeting by Wang Yu, China’s ambassador in Kabul, whom he met on Sunday evening, according to Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesperson for the Taliban’s …

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WHO-led programme aims to buy antiviral COVID-19 pills for $10

BRUSSELS: A World Health Organisation-led programme to ensure poorer countries get fair access to Covid-19vaccines, tests and treatments aims to secure antiviral drugs for patients with mild symptoms for as little as $10 per course, a draft document seen by Reuters says. Merck & Co’s (MRK.N) experimental pill molnupiravir is …

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