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Trump Discusses Syria With French President; Terming Country Oldest Ally

New Delhi: President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House on Tuesday with a pomp-filled ceremony on the South Lawn. Then they plunged into a day of talks on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria. He praised the strength of America's oldest alliance.
Trump said the relationship he forged with Macron at the start of his presidency was a testament to the "enduring friendship that binds our two nations." He thanked the French leader for his "steadfast partnership" in the recent missile strike in response to the chemical attack in Syria.
Macron told Trump that together the US and France would defeat terrorism, curtail weapons of mass destruction in North Korea and Iran and act together on behalf of the planet, a reference to Macron's work to revive a US role in the Paris climate accord.

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Pashtuns Protest Against Right Violation And Extra Judicial Killing

New Delhi: Protest to highlight the violation of the rights of Pashtuns and the targeting the community in extra-judicial killings, the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement successfully held a rally in Lahore despite efforts by the government of Pakistan’s Punjab province and the intelligence agencies to sabotage it.
Witnesses said more than 4,000 people gathered at Mochi Gate on Sunday evening to listen to PTM leader ManzurPashteen and others who aired their grievances against the state.
The mood was sombre, said the witnesses, and those attending included a number of non-Pashtuns, who were keen to know more about the movement that has dramatically gained support over the past few weeks despite pressure on the media not to give it coverage.
Among those who took the rostrum were TaheraJalib, daughter of the revolutionary poet HabibJalib, who read out Dastoor, a famous poem by her father, and AminaMasoodJanjua of the Defence of Human Rights Pakistan, whose husband has been missing since 2005.

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Israel Indicates it Could Hit Iran’s Air Force In Syria

New Delhi: Israel released details about what it described as an Iranian "air force" deployed in neighbouring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals.

Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units. The information came from the Israeli military, according to a wide range of television and radio stations and news websites. Israel's military spokesman declined to comment.

However, an Israeli security official seemed to acknowledge the leak was sanctioned, telling Reuters that it provided details about "the IRGC air force (which) the Israeli defence establishment sees as the entity that will try to attack Israel, based on Iranian threats to respond to the strike on T-4."

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Lawsuit Filed Against Putin Government For Tilting Outcome In Favour Of Trump

New Delhi: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging they conspired to obstruct the 2016 election to tilt the outcome in favour of Donald Trump.
The lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court alleged top Trump campaign officials conspired with Russian government officials and its military intelligence agency to hurt Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, by hacking into the DNC’s computer network and making public the stolen material, The Washington Post reported.
The lawsuit alleged that the Trump’s campaign “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help” in the 2016 election and accused the Trump campaign of being a “racketeering enterprise”.

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China’s presence in the Indo-Pacific prompted Indo-UK relationship

New Delhi: China’s growing naval presence in the Indo-Pacific has prompted a new dimension to the defence relationship between India and the UK that was formalised in a statement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral meetings on Wednesday.

Experts say this is the first time the term “Indo-Pacific” has been used in an India-UK defencestatement and reflects the “China factor”. India and Britain have a wide-ranging defence relationship that includes the Ajeya Warrior exercise between the two armies every two years.

The statement said: “Discussions have also been held on how the Royal Navy can work more closely with their Indian counterparts to ensure the safety and prosperity of the Indian Ocean region – tackling piracy and drug trafficking, as well as protecting freedom of navigation rights.”