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Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal

SYDNEY: Australia defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago. Canberra’s move enraged Paris,

Elusive Afghan deal

The United States has strongly defended its decision to abruptly withdraw all military forces out of Afghanistan without reaching a political settlement as fighting rages across the country. This comes as the Taliban claim to have over 85 percent of

DiCaprio, Katy Perry urge Biden to refuse Brazil environment deal

NEW YORK: Dozens of US and Brazilian celebrities, including film actor Leonardo DiCaprio, pop star Katy Perry and musician Gilberto Gil, released a letter urging US President Joe Biden not to agree to any environmental deals with Brazil’s President Jair

Israel deal will be ‘extremely helpful’ for the region: Saudi FM

RIYADH: A normalisation deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel would benefit the region, the kingdom’s foreign minister said, adding that a potential deal “depends to a large extent on the progress of the peace process”. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal

US, Iran head to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks

WASHIGTON: Iran and the United States said they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but

Afghan deal review

The United States has indicated to review the landmark peace deal reached with the Afghan Taliban last year due to the rising violence in the war-ravaged country. The Biden administration said the Taliban are not living up to their commitments

Biden administration to review US-Taliban withdrawal deal

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration said it will review a landmark US deal with the Taliban, focusing on whether the insurgent group has reduced attacks in Afghanistan, in keeping with its side of the agreement. Washington struck a deal with the

EU and Britain clinch narrow post-Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and the European Union struck a trade deal after ten months of intense negotiation allowing them to soften the economic shock of Brexit, just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs. When the

Pakistan, Russia revise North-South gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia have signed a revised deal for laying the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline formerly known as the North-South Gas Pipeline. The two sides on Wednesday agreed to rename the North-South Gas Pipeline as the Pakistan Stream Gas

PCB signs three-year broadcast deal for national, domestic matches

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday signed a satellite broadcast deal for broadcast rights with PTV Sports for three years. The agreements were signed in the presence of the Prime Minister who is the PCB’s patron. The broadcasting arrangement is

Palestinians condemn Israel-Bahrain deal

RAMALLAH: Palestinian officials have condemned the normalisation of bilateral relations between Bahrain and Israel announced by US President Donald Trump. The accord establishing diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain comes one month after the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalise

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle sign Netflix deal

LOS ANGELES: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially launched their new Hollywood careers after signing a deal with Netflix to produce films and series. The couple who quit the British royal family and moved to California this year already have

Palestinians protest in West Bank against Israel-UAE deal

RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinians on Wednesday held a protest in the occupied West Bank against last week’s announcement that Israel was normalising ties with the United Arab Emirates. Members of rival groups Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the

Priyanka Chopra signs TV deal with Amazon

LOS ANGELES: Priyanka Chopra has signed a two-year multimillion dollar first-look television deal with Amazon. According to an entertainment publication, the actress had a meeting with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke that led to the partnership. “Priyanka is drawn to

US-Taliban sign peace deal

The US and the Afghan Taliban have finally signed a historic peace agreement that could pave the way for ending the nearly two-decade-long war in the country and the gradual withdrawal of thousands of foreign troops. The scenes in the

US, Afghan Taliban sign historic peace agreement in Doha

DOHA: The United States and Taliban signed a landmark peace agreement on Saturday in Doha bringing an end to the nearly two decades old war in Afghanistan. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and representative of Taliban Mullah

Modi govt plans $2.6 billion military deal ahead Trump’s visit

NEW DELHI: India is expected to give official approval to the American global defense and security company Lockheed Martin’s $2.6 billion deal for military planes ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit this month in February. The government of Prime

European parliament approve Brexit deal with United Kingdom

LONDON: The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to endorse the Brexit deal with London, removing the last barrier to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Despite half a century of sometimes uncomfortable participation, the United Kingdom would leave the

Nawaz Sharif is free at last

Nawaz Sharif has finally secured his release. The government, after much delay and hesitation, has finally decided to remove his name from the Exit Control List to seek treatment abroad.  Prime Minister Imran Khan was under immense pressure not to

EU, Britain scramble to reach Brexit deal before summit

LONDON: British and EU negotiators on Tuesday scrambled to put together a draft text for a Brexit deal with just two days to go before a key European summit. Both sides voiced cautious optimism that an outline agreement could be

No reprieve for Sharifs

It didn’t come out of the blue. Maryam Nawaz, the political heir apparent of incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif, has once again been arrested and sent to prison. This time she was being investigated in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case