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China acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts to contain terrorism!

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BEIJING: China says it does not subscribe to the US’s linking terrorism to any country. Pointing to Trump’s anti-Pakistan twitters Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said during a Presser here that pointing fingers at each other was not supportive to the counter-terrorism efforts.

Terming terrorism as world’s common enemy the Spokesperson held that crackdown on the menace needed joint efforts from international community.

Recognizing Pakistan’s immense contribution towards containing terrorism, the Spokesperson held: “”China defends the countries that make anti-terrorism efforts in a just and fair way”.

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Palestine to apply for full UN membership

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NEW YORK: Palestine will apply for full UN membership, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Wednesday.

“We realize that the U.S. may veto the application for full UN membership, but this will not prevent us from applying,” he said after assuming the Group of 77, the UN’s largest bloc.

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine the status of non-member observer state.

For a full UN membership, an approval of the UN Security Council is required; afterward it is voted in the UN General Assembly.

 

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Germany sees no reason to delay Brexit

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FRANKFURT: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that delaying Brexit beyond March 29 would make no “sense”, after a vote in London brought a crushing defeat for a withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU.

“It would only make sense (to extend the deadline) if there is a path to the goal of a deal between the EU and Great Britain,” Maas said in an interview on Deutschlandfunk public radio.

For now, “that is not the majority view in the British parliament,” he added.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also this week argued that Brexit should not be pushed back, although she did not rule it out completely.

Maas added that he was doubtful any significant improvements could be made to the draft withdrawal agreement on the table — negotiated over two years since London notified Brussels it would quit the European Union.

“We have a compromise,” Maas said. “If more could have been offered, it would have been done weeks ago.”

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician added that he hoped a no-confidence vote Wednesday fails to topple May’s government.

“We need a stable government for the negotiations,” he said.

May’s hard-fought Brexit deal suffered the worst defeat for any British leader in history Tuesday night, as 432 MPs voted against and just 202 in favour — leaving the country’s future foggy with its legally binding departure date just 10 weeks away.

 

 

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Kenyan president says Nairobi attackers ‘eliminated’, 14 victims

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NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that all terrorists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege that left 14 dead.

“I can now confirm that… the security operation at Dusit is over and all terrorists have been eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation.

He said 14 people had been killed and 700 civilians rescued from the building, but did not clarify if people were still hiding in the complex.

 

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