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Trump Orders To Cut Millions Of Dollars In Aid To El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

New Delhi: After threatening to shut down the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump has ordered the state department to cut millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The central American countries that he has accused of failing to cut the flow of migrants into the US.

“We are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY (fiscal year) 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement late Friday, referring to the three central American countries by the name they are called as a region.

At stake is nearly $500 million from the 2018 and some more from previous fiscals; in all $700 million, according to one estimate.

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China Refutes US Allegation About Its Action Amounted To Protecting Violent Islamic Groups

New Delhi: China refuted US allegation that its action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions defending its repeated attempts to block the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced China of its “shameful hypocrisy” toward Muslims, saying China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN.”

Pompeo had said it in apparent reference to China’s move to block India’s proposal at the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar as a global terrorist.

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US, Britain And France Renew Efforts To Designate Masood Azhar As A Global Terrorist

New Delhi: The US, Britain and France initiated a renewed effort at the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist on Wednedsay — a move that China strongly objected to, indicating the growing chasm between the two sides on the issue.

The US circulated a resolution, drafted with backing from the UK and France, among the 15 members of the Security Council to sanction Azhar, whose group claimed the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that triggered a stand-off between India and Pakistan. It was not immediately clear when the resolution could be put to a vote after informal discussions.

Soon after the suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troopers, the US and Britain had backed a proposal spearheaded by France to sanction Azhar through the UN Sanctions Committee. Such a listing requires consensus among all 15 members of the committee, and China placed a so-called technical hold on the move on March 13.

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Imran Khan’s Suggestion Of Interim Administration In Afghanistan Prompted Angry Reactions

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that an interim administration in Afghanistan could help end an impasse in talks with the Taliban prompted angry reactions on Tuesday from Afghan politicians, who accused him of interfering in their country’s internal affairs.

Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the deputy ambassador of Pakistan late on Tuesday over Khan’s remarks. “Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its grave objection on Pakistani PM’s recent reckless statements about the peace process and establishment of an interim government, deemed such statements an obvious example of Pakistan’s interventional policy and disrespect to the national sovereignty and determination of the people of Afghanistan,” it said, also recalling Afghanistan’s ambassador from Islamabad for further discussions on the matter.

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China Criticizes Report That Denounced Beijing For Obstructing Americans From Travelling To Tibet

New Delhi: China strongly criticised a US State Department report that denounced Beijing for “systematically” obstructing Americans including Washington’s envoy from travelling to Tibet.

“The Chinese government systematically impeded travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan areas outside the TAR for US diplomats and officials, journalists and tourists in 2018,” said the report to Congress released on March 25.

Even visits by US diplomats were “highly restricted”, it said.