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Pentagon chief would back lifting restrictions on US arms to Vietnam WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday he would support lifting restrictions on the sale of weapons to Vietnam, in the latest sign of thawing ties between former enemies whose focus has shifted in recent years to China's military buildup. When asked by Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, if he would support lifting the restrictions, Carter said at a hearing: "We've discussed this in the past and I appreciate your leadership in that regard, chairman, and yes." Carter did not elaborate, although his comments come ahead of a planned visit to Vietnam by US President Barack Obama late next month. The United States partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam in October 2014, nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, to help the country patrol and defend itself ...

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Russia denies blame for air strikes on Aleppo hospital MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday denied its planes were responsible for air strikes that destroyed a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying it had carried out no air strikes there in recent days. The al-Quds hospital was hit by air strikes overnight, killing at least 27 people, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Russian Defence Ministry suggested another country was responsible. "According to our information, on the evening of April ...

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BISP programmes improving lives of women: Marvi Memon KHUSHAB: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon has said the government is committed to provide education and improve living standard of women through various BISP schemes.During a visit to Waseela-e-Haq Registration Center here on Thursday, the chairperson said she was visiting Khushab on the directions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.She said the BISP data was being used for various schemes, including Khidmat card, health card, stipend for women, while poor segment of ...

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IMF praises Pakistan's 'sensible approach' of not seeking another package ISLAMABAD: International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described as "sensible approach" of Pakistan's view of not seeking another package at this stage after the current $ 6.7 billion three- year IMF programme ends in September this year.Pakistan will be ready to go it alone when its $ 6.7 billion three-year International Monetary Fund programme ends in September, a senior fund official was quoted by Reuters new agency as saying.Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF's Middle East ...

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PM first time inaugurates construction of three new gas projects in Hazara: SNGPL ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) Thursday clarified that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for the first time inaugurated the construction of three new sui gas supply lines in Hazara Division.The spokesman said that the construction of three new lines of 12 inch dia line from Abbottabad to Mansehra, 10 inch dia line from Mansehra to Uggi and six inch dia line from Mansehra to Shankiari and Baffa have never been ...