Guterres expresses doubt in enabling India-Pakistan dialogue

UNITED NATIONS:  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed doubts about his efficacy in enabling talks between India and Pakistan but said he hoped that given their importance they would enter into a meaningful dialogue.

George W. Bush delivers pizza to unpaid Secret Service personnel

WASHINGTON:  Former US President George W. Bush delivered pizzas to his unpaid Secret Service personnel and called for the partial government shutdown to end.

Mueller disputes report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress

WASHINGTON:  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has disputed a BuzzFeed News story as "not accurate", after the outlet reported that President Donald Trump had directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

90 Argentine satellites to be launched by China

BEIJING:  China will launch 90 satellites into space for Argentinian company Satellogic, which plans to build an Earth observation network.

Saeed Khosa sworn in as new Chief Justice of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, who part of the Supreme Court benches that disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from politics and overturned the death penalty of a Christian woman jailed for blasphemy, was sworn in as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan on Friday.

Agriculture agreement with EU confirms Sahara status: Morocco

RABAT: The adoption by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority of the Moroccan-EU Agriculture Agreement confirms that "any agreement covering the Moroccan Sahara can only be negotiated and signed by the Kingdom in the exercise of its full sovereignty over this part of its territory", according to the Moroccan government.

Asteroids pummelled Earth, Moon beginning 290 mn years ago: Study

LONDON:  The number of asteroids colliding with the Moon and the Earth was about two to three times higher in the last 290 million years than in the previous 700 million years, finds a study that challenges previous understanding of Earth's history.

Chahal six-for restricts Australia to 230 in series decider

MELBOURNE:  Australia's vulnerability to quality leg-spin was exposed by Yuzvendra Chahal, who returned with his second overseas fifer to help India restrict the hosts for a megre 230 in the series-deciding third ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Friday.

New Chief Justice of Pakistan sworn in

ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa took oath as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan at a ceremony here on Friday.

Pakistan rules out India's role in Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has ruled out any role for India in the Afghan peace process, the media reported on Friday.

Brexit: France activates no-deal plan

PARIS:  French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks "less and less unlikely" and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it.

Top N.Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol arrives in Washington

WASHINGTON:  One of North Korea's top negotiators has arrived in Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

Trump cancels US delegation to Davos forum due to shutdown

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has cancelled his delegations trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.

US shutdown delays space missions but NASA not grounded: Report

SAN FRANCISCO:  The partial shutdown of the US federal government has had a serious impact on the country's space agency NASA and development work on most future space missions has been slowed or suspended.

May pushes for cross-party consensus after surviving no-confidence vote

LONDON:  British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday called on MPs to "put self-interest aside" and "work constructively together" to find a way forward for Brexit, following her slim victory in a no-confidence vote.

N.Korean negotiator headed to Washington

WASHINGTON:  Kim Yong-chol, North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the US, is expected to arrive in Washington on Thursday, according to informed sources.

Speaker Pelosi blocks Trump's symbolic State of Union speech

NEW YORK:  Raising the stakes in the US government shutdown standoff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has blocked President Donald Trump from delivering the highly symbolic annual State of the Union address to the joint session of Congress even as a group of centrist Democrat and Republican lawmakers met him to find a way out of the impasse.

Nairobi hotel attack death toll reaches 21

NAIROBI: The death toll in Tuesday's attack on a luxury hotel complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi has increased to 21, police have confirmed.

Trump summons thousands back to work without pay

WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump has called tens of thousands of federal employees back to work without pay to get the government running amid a partial shutdown well into its third week.

Putin ready for 'serious conversation' with US on INF Treaty

MOSCOW:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he is ready for a "serious conversation" with the US on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty issue despite Washington's declared intention to withdraw from the pact.


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