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Imran Khan To Visit Malaysia To Seek Financial Assistance For Pakistan

New Delhi: After Saudi Arabia and China, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Malaysia next week where he is likely to seek monetary assistance to minimise the cash-strapped Pakistan’s dependence on an IMF bailout package. Khan and Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad will have a tete-a-tete, followed by the delegation-level talks.

The Pakistan foreign office said that Khan would be accompanied by a high-level delegation during his official trip to Malaysia on November 20-21. This would be Khan’s first bilateral visit to Malaysia.

The two countries enjoy warm brotherly relations founded in mutual respect friendship and understanding reinforced by strong cultural and religious affinities, the foreign office said in a statement.

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US President Donald Trump Says At Diwali Function, Indians Are Very Good Negotiators

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump described ties with India as a “bulwark for freedom, prosperity and peace”. He spoke of his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and, trying to lighten bilateral trade talks, said Indians are “very good negotiators”.

“We’re trying very hard to make better trade deals with India, but they’re very good traders,” Trump said at a Diwali function at the White House on Tuesday, flanked by Indian-Americans from his administration and Indian envoy Navtej Sarna.

India and the US are negotiating several trade issues, including retaliatory tariffs imposed by both, market access and intellectual property rights.

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Amnesty International Strips Suu Kyi Of Highest Honour For Failing To Stop Atrocities Against Rohingya

New Delhi: Amnesty International stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader’s “indifference” to the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingya Muslims.

It was the latest in a string of awards the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner lost since Myanmar’s military drove 720,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist majority country in what the United Nations has called an act of genocide.

The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 while she was still under house arrest.

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Dissolution Of Parliament Almost 20 Months Before Its Term Ends Challenged In Court

New Delhi: An election commission member of Sri Lanka dragged President Maithripala Sirisena to the Supreme Court challenging his controversial move of dissolving Parliament almost 20 months before its term was to end.

Sirisena dissolved Parliament on November 9 and announced snap polls to be held on January 5 next year after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of 72-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom he has appointed prime minister after abruptly sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26.

Rajapaksa needed the support of minimum 113 parliamentarians in the 225-member House to prove his majority.

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China, Japan, India And Other Asia-Pacific Countries To Answer Trump’s America First Agenda

New Delhi: China, Japan, India and other Asia-Pacific countries may announce a broad agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) covering half the world’s population on the sidelines of the annual gathering. This will be an answer to Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.

World leaders will push for the rapid completion of a massive, China-backed trade deal that excludes the US at a summit this week, in a rebuke to rising protectionism and Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.

Not only is the US absent from the deal, but Trump is skipping the summit in Singapore, highlighting how far he has pulled back from efforts to shape global trade rules and raising further questions about Washington’s commitment to Asia.