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Friday, August 10th, 2018


“If They Have Their Dollars, We Have Our People, Our God”: Erdogan

Turkish lira plunged 15% versus dollar Friday after Trump authorizes doubling metals tariffs on Turkey; Erdogan said Turkey was facing an “economic war” and noted the country would respond to those countries who had started it. AUG 10, 2018: The Turkish lira added to its steep losses on Friday, hitting a fresh record low, after President Donald Trump authorized the doubling of metals tariffs on Turkey. The lira traded down 15 percent against the U.S. dollar at 6.38 after Trump made the comment in a tweet. The currency also tradedRead More

Supreme Court Wants Voting Rights Extended to Overseas Pakistanis in By-Polls

The same bench expressed its reservation over the practice of contesting elections from more than one constituency AUG 10, 2018: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Election Commission of Pakistan to extend voting rights to millions of overseas Pakistanis in upcoming by-polls through e-voting process. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday had taken up a set of petitions moved by Imran Khan — the PM-in-waiting and PTI chairman — and a group of citizens, in which the applicants had taken the plea that denialRead More

Pakistan Signs Rare Military Cooperation Pact With Russia

Russian envoy Dedov on Thursday called on prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence and said Moscow stands by Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and its efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan, AUG 9, 2018: Pakistan has wrapped up a groundbreaking contract with Russia that would, for the first time, open doors for Russian military training of Pakistani army officers. The rare deal comes amid deteriorating relations between Islamabad and the United States, which has resulted in the halt of all military exchange programs with Pakistan andRead More

Chinese Muslims Protest Against Plan to Demolish Mosque

AUG 10, 2018: Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in recent years officials nervous about the possibility of radicalization and violence have tightened controls in heavily Muslim areas. The Weizhou grand mosque, with numerous domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style, had not received proper permits before construction,Read More

MQM-P: Firdous Naqvi’s Appointment as Opp leader May Strain Ties

AUG 9, 2018: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan on Thursday warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against selecting Firdous Naqvi as leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly. “His selection will definitely strain our ties with them [PTI],” he added. “We under any circumstances cannot accept Naqvi’s appointment and if by any chance he is given the position, it will definitely effect our alliance,” Hasan said, who is the former opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly. “If statements like this continue to come out of the PTI ranksRead More

Saudi-Canada Diplomatic War: Riyadh Sells Assets, Orders Patients Out

AUG 9, 2018: Saudi Arabia has started selling off Canadian assets and removing Saudi patients from Canada hospitals, as the countries’ diplomatic dispute escalated Wednesday. The fallout is from a call via a two-sentence tweet last week from Canadian to Saudi officials demanding the release of imprisoned women’s rights activists. The Kingdom has cut diplomatic ties with Canada, expelled the Canadian ambassador, frozen trade and investment between Riyadh and Ottawa and halted flights to and from Canada. Riyadh has also frozen student exchange programs and ordered about 16,000 Saudi studentsRead More