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US Defense chief welcomes Saudi offer on troops in Syria NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed on Thursday a Saudi offer to participate in any ground operations in Syria launched by the US-led coalition.Carter said increased activity by other countries would make it easier for the United States to accelerate its fight against Islamic State militants."That kind of news is very welcome," he told reporters while on a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.Carter said he looks forward to discussing the offer of ground troops with Saudi officials in Brussels next week.He said the Saudi government has indicated a willingness to do more in the fight against Islamic State, which controls vast swaths of Syria and Iraq.The Pentagon chief also said the United States was watching events in Libya very carefully but had made no decision on expanding its role there.Islamic State forces have attacked Libya's oil infrastructure and established a foothold in the ...

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Pakistan committed to just, peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan is committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute based on UN resolutions."Pakistan reminds the international community of its responsibilities in the matter and urges it to fulfill its promise made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir 68 years ago," the Prime Minister said in his message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, being observed throughout the world on ...

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IMF chief sees risks in emerging-markets slowdown WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned Thursday that the slowdown in emerging-market economies could lead to rising inequalities in the global economy.In the wake of China's cooling economy and the steep fall in commodity prices, the emerging-market economies are seeing growth falter and are facing "a new, harsh reality," Lagarde said in a speech at the University of Maryland."Growth rates are down, capital flows have reversed, and medium-term prospects have deteriorated sharply," the ...

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No one to be allowed to exploit PIA issue for personal interests: Asif ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif Thursday said that no one would be allowed to exploit Pakistan International Airline's (PIA) issue for personal interests.Talking to a news channel, the minister said the protesting employees of PIA could not hold hostage the government and the entire nation.He said that PIA was getting bailout package worth billions of rupees every month, adding the national flag carrier strike was affecting general public.Khawaja Asif said the government was ...

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All set to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Feb 5 ISLAMABAD: Pakistani nation and Kashmiris across the world are all set to demonstrate support to their brethren in Indian occupied Kashmir on Solidarity Day on Friday (February 5) against illegal Indian occupation of the state.Comprehensive arrangements have been made to mark the occasion in a befitting manner and hallmark of the day would be human chain of Pakistanis and Kashmiris on all six bridges at the entering points of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to ...