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Pakistan-Origin Sajid Javid Becomes UK Home Secretary After Immigration Row

New Delhi: Pakistan-origin SajidJavid was on Monday appointed the UK home secretary after Amber Rudd resigned following bruising headlines on immigration and her lack of awareness of Home Office activities. Javid, 48, is the first member of an ethnic minority to hold the keyoffice of home secretary.

Rudd was the fifth cabinet minister to resign after Prime Minister Theresa May formed her minority government following the 2017 general elections. One of them was Priti Patel, who left following her unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials while on a holiday.

Javid is a former banker whose father was a bus driver. His rise in politics is often hailed as an example of Britain’s multiculturalism.

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For Abandoning Nuclear Programme, Kim Jong-un Wants Assurance From US Not To Attack It

New Delhi: The South Korean government said that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, had told President Moon Jae-in that he would abandon his nuclear programme if the United States agreed to formally end the Korean War and promise not to invade his country.

In a confidence-building gesture before a proposed summit meeting with President Donald Trump, a suddenly loquacious and conciliatory Kim also said he would invite experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States to watch the shutdown next month of his country's only known underground nuclear test site.

In Washington, Trump officials spoke cautiously about the chances of reaching a deal and laid out a plan for the rapid dismantling of the North's nuclear programme, perhaps over a two-year period.

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North Korea And South Korea Agrees To Remove Nuclear Weapons


New Delhi: With the eyes of the world on these two countries, the leaders of North Korea and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula. They also agreed, within the year, to pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War, which ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953.

At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, the leaders vowed to negotiate a treaty to replace a truce that has kept an uneasy peace on the divided Korean Peninsula for more than six decades, while ridding it of nuclear weapons. A peace treaty has been one of the incentives North Korea has demanded in return for dismantling its nuclear program.

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US Urges Taliban To Turn Their Bullets And Bombs Into Ballots

New Delhi: The Taliban on Wednesday announced the commencement of their annual spring offensive in the war-ravaged country, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to accept the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks. The United States on Thursday urged the Taliban to return to Afghanistan from their “foreign safe havens” and turn their bullets and bombs into ballots.

Reacting to the Taliban’s announcement, acting US secretary of state John Sullivan said there was no need for a new fighting season, and it was time for the Taliban to participate in the country’s electoral process. “As President Ashraf Ghani recently said, the Taliban should turn their bullets and bombs into ballots. They should run for office.They should vote,” Sullivan said.

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Taliban To Initiate Operation Al Khandaq Against The US Army

New Delhi: Operation Al Khandaq -- named after a famous seventh century battle in Medina in which Muslim fighters defeated “infidel” invaders -- will target US forces and “their intelligence agents” as well as their “internal supporters”. The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to take up the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks.

The Taliban said the offensive was partly a response to US President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan announced last August, which gave US forces more leeway to go after insurgents.

The annual spring offensive traditionally marks the start of the so-called fighting season, though this winter the Taliban continued to battle Afghan and US forces. The group also launched a series of devastating attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians.