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UK debt to increase to record level if no-deal Brexit

London, Oct 8 . A no-deal Brexit, even in a “relatively benign scenario” may push the UK’s debt to its highest levels since the late 1960s, according to an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The think-tank estimated the UK’s debt could rise to 100 billion pounds, bringing the country’s total debt close to 90 per cent of ... Read More »

Johnson mocks Extinction Rebellion protesters

London, Oct 8 . UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mocked the Extinction Rebellion protesters, who were demanding action on climate change, on the streets of London, and termed them “uncooperative crusties”, it was reported on Tuesday. Speaking at a book launch, Johnson said on Monday night: “I am afraid that the security people didn’t want me to come along ... Read More »

‘Deal essentially impossible after Johnson-Merkel call’

London, Oct 8 . A Downing Street source has said that a Brexit deal was “essentially impossible” after a call between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a media report said on Tuesday. The BBC in its report quoted the source as saying on Monday that Johnson spoke to the German chancellor earlier about the proposals ... Read More »

23 students hurt in Afghan university blast (Lead)

Kabul, Oct 8 . At least 23 students were injured on Tuesday in an explosion inside a university classroom in the Afghan city of Ghazni, an official said. The explosion took place around 9.40 a.m. inside a classroom of the Literature Faculty in the University of Ghazni while a session was underway, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, Arif Noori, told Efe ... Read More »

Pak minister Fawad Chaudhary wishes Dussehra to Hindus

New Delhi, Oct 8 . Pakistani Minister Fawad Chaudhary took to the Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate people celebrating the festival of Dussehra to all Hindus living in Pakistan, India and other parts of the world. “Happy #Dusehra to all Hindu brethren in Pakistan, India and beyond….,” his tweet reads. Soon, the tweet went viral on social media where netizens ... Read More »

Social media fumes as official buys burqas for school girls

Peshawar, Oct 8 . Pakistanis expressed their anger on social media as pictures of an official distributing burqas to girl students of a secondary government school went viral, Pakistani media reports said. A district counsellor in Cheena village purchased burqas worth Rs 90,000 from the government fund and distributed them to the school girls. The official, Muzafar Shah, said he ... Read More »

Kuwait, US sign deal on aviation security cooperation

Kuwait City, Oct 8 . Kuwait and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to bolster cooperation on aviation security. The deal was inked by Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Xinhua news agency reported. After signing the agreement, DGCA’s President Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said that the deal encourages further ... Read More »

Trump defends his Syria decision amid broad criticism

Washington, Oct 8 . US President Donald Trump on Tuesday highlighted US-Turkey relations amid broad criticism against his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria where Turkish offensive has been underway. “So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States, in fact they make the structural steel frame for our F-35 Fighter ... Read More »

Preparations complete for Syria operation: Turkey

Ankara, Oct 8 . Turkey’s Ministry of Defence said all preparations for a military operation against the Syrian Kurdish PYG/YPG forces in northern Syria were complete and the Armed Forces would not tolerate a terror corridor along its border. “Establishment of a safe zone/a peace corridor is necessary for giving a safe life to Syrians by contributing to the peace ... Read More »

Imran Khan govt breaks record in borrowing money

Islamabad, Oct 9 . Pakistan’s ruling Imran Khan government has broken all previous records in borrowing money merely in the first year of its tenure. According to the official data, during the one-year regime of the present government Rs 7,509 billion (Pakistani currency) increase was recorded in the total debt of the country. A report in the Pakistani media, citing ... Read More »

Trump takes knife to prison yard

Washington DC, Oct 9 . Washington resembles a bullpen where a verbal shell game is on. This evening Donald Trump fighting his accusers in what has become a brutal cage match took the knife to the fight in the prison yard. His counter attack vicious and determined and monotypical of his style and mien. His press secretary slammed his detractors ... Read More »

Johnson to hold talks with Irish leader to avoid no-deal Brexit

London, Oct 9 . British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold talks with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar later this week in a last ditch attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a Downing Street spokesman said here on Tuesday. Johnson and the Irish prime minister spoke by telephone for about 40 minutes, the Xinhua news agency reported. “Both sides strongly ... Read More »

Washington beatdown gets intense (IANS Exclusive)

Washington DC, Oct 8 . War it is said is a policy practised by a sovereign state to outflank its enemy. However, in the ongoing Washington DC beatdown, President Donald Trump is the player who everyone is watching for his policy interventions, a flurry of counter punches, invasive and pollyannaish, with many here reckoning that they are koan zen ghosted ... Read More »

Imran launches food scheme

Islamabad, Oct 7 . Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched a food scheme that aims to combat hunger throughout the country. The Ehsaas-Saylani Langar Scheme, which has been launched in coordination with the Saylani Trust, one of the country’s biggest welfare organisations, aims to provide hygienic food to the poor, reports Dawn news. Speaking to the media on ... Read More »

Thai officials try to retrieve elephant carcasses

Bangkok, Oct 7 . Thai officials were on Monday trying to retrieve the bodies of six elephants that fell to their deaths while trying to save each other from a waterfall, warning that they pose a water contamination risk. The Khao Yai National Park officers have set up a net downstream from the bodies to stop them from reaching a ... Read More »

21 arrested in UK as part of global environment protests

London, Oct 7 . Twenty-one people were arrested on Monday in the UK at the start of two weeks of protests by environmental campaigners, the media reported on Monday. Extinction Rebellion activists will demonstrate in cities around the world, including Berlin, New York and Sydney, reports the BBC. Activists barricaded themselves inside cars in Westminster early on Monday as the ... Read More »