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Pakistan’s Interior Minister Injured In Attack; Rushed To Hospital

New Delhi:It is reported that Pakistan's interior minister AhsanIqbal was injured on Sunday when an unidentified assailant opened fire at him in Narowal. The Minister received a bullet in his right shoulder after which, he was rushed to nearby hospital for medical assistance.

His son, Ahmad Iqbal, also confirmed the attack and said that his father was out of danger.The attacker fired with a 30-bore pistol from a distance of around 18 metres. But the security forces responded immediately and apprehended him, District Police Officer Imran Kishwar said. 

However, the reason behind the attack was not immediately known. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described it as an "assassination attempt", Dawn News reported. The suspect, believed to be in his early 20's, was taken into police custody and is being interrogated. 

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US Complains To China After Chinese Nationals Pointed Lasers At US Military Aircraft Near Djibouti

New Delhi:The Pentagon said that the United States formally complained to China after Chinese nationals pointed lasers at US military aircraft near Djibouti in recent weeks, which is strongly disputed by China.Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, hosts a US military base that is home to about 4,000 personnel, including special operations forces, and is a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.

The US military has been grappling with lasers being pointed at aircraft for decades. However, the Pentagon accusations highlight the concern the United States has about a Chinese military base just miles from a critical US base in Djibouti.

“They are very serious incidents ... We have formally démarched the Chinese government and we’ve requested the Chinese investigate these incidents,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.

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Kim Jong Un Says He Is Committed To Denuclearization

New Delhi:Chinese foreign ministry said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a visiting Chinese diplomat on Thursday that he was committed to denuclearization. Diplomatic efforts to bring lasting peace to the Korean peninsula gather pace with slew of activities.

China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite its anger at North Korea' repeated nuclear and missile tests, and its support for strong UN sanctions against the North.However, China has also welcomed moves by North Korea to improve ties with South Korea and the United States.

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South Asians Protest Outside UK Parliament Over Windrush Scandal

New Delhi: Hundreds of South Asian highly skilled migrants held a protest outside the UK Parliament on Wednesday, claiming they are victims of the next Windrushscandal. The reference was to a political scandal over the immigration status of the Windrush generation — British African Caribbean people resident in the UK.

The 400-strong mix of professionals, ranging from IT consultants to mental health nurses, mainly Indians and Pakistanis, were protesting against long delays in decisions on their applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK as well having their applications turned down under Section 322 (5) of the UK immigration rules which branded them as “threats to national security” because of mistakes on their tax returns.

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Special Counsel Probing Russian interference In US Election To Quiz Trump

New Delhi: Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 US election, plans to ask President Donald Trump more than four dozen questions focussed on determining if he tried to obstruct justice and if there was collusion by his campaign.

According to The New York Times, the questions are broadly along four lines — those related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, his interactions with former FBI director James Comey, about attorney general Jeff Sessions, and Trump campaign’s coordination with Russia. The first three pursue obstruction, while the fourth was about collusion.

In a tweet, Trump hit out at the “leaked” questions, falsely claiming that there were “no questions on collusion”, when in fact the fourth category, comprising 13 questions, was about cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia.