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A Pregnant Bangladeshi-British Teenager Who Fled London In 2015 To Join ISIS Wants To Return To The UK

New Delhi: A pregnant Bangladeshi-British teenager, who fled London in 2015 to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria wants to return to the UK as she is worried about the health of her unborn child. She says that she is not the same “silly” girl now.

Shamima Begum, 15, was one of three British schoolgirls who ran away from their homes in the UK in 2015 to be jihadi brides, causing much concern in the country on the impact of online radicalisation, especially among the youth.

Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, Begum, now 19, has lost two children, told the Times newspaper that she was nine months pregnant and wanted to return to the UK for her baby.

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US Urges Its Citizens To Reconsider Their Travel To Pakistan Mainly Due To Terrorism

New Delhi: In a notice issued, the Federal Aviation Administration of the US said that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. The US has urged its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan mainly due to terrorism and risks to civil aviation operating within or near the country.

“Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism,” the State Department said in a latest travel advisory.

It asked Americans not to travel to Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), due to terrorism, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir area due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.

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Venezuela’s Oil Exports Tapers Off And Shifted Toward India Since The New US Sanctions

New Delhi: Venezuela’s oil exports have tapered off and shifted toward India since new US sanctions began on January 28, 2019 as state-run oil company PDVSA seeks to replace deliveries to the United States and Europe that were disrupted by payment restrictions.

The South American nation is turning its focus to cash-paying buyers, especially in India, its second-largest customer after the United States, amid US sanctions designed to undercut financial support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Sanctions are designed to bar Maduro’s access to oil revenue that has helped his government remain in power.

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Pakistan Likely To Get IMF Bailout Soon To Stave Off Its Balance Of Payment Crisis

New Delhi: Finance Minister of Pakistan Asad Umar said that Pakistan was likely to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout soon to stave off a balance of payment crisis and help shore up its economy as talks between Islamabad and the fund continue.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan met IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Dubai to discuss a bailout, and the country’s foreign currency reserves have dwindled to around $8 billion, just enough to cover about two months of imports.

That meeting ended with a pledge to continue talks, and while there had not been any indication of a breakthrough, Umar said an agreement was coming into view.

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US’ Guided-Missile Destroyers Close To South China Sea Draw Ire Of Beijing Accusing It Of Stirring Up Trouble

New Delhi: The US sailed two guided-missile destroyers close to the disputed islands in the South China Sea to challenge China’s excessive maritime claim, drawing the ire of Beijing which accused Washington of trying to “stir up trouble”.

The USS Spruance and USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands as part of what the US Navy calls a “freedom of navigation operation,” CNN reported.

The move angered Beijing at a time when the US and China ton are locked in a trade war and are negotiating a deal ahead of a March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $ 200 billion worth of Chinese imports are expected to increase to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.

Reacting to the US’ move, China accused Washington of trespassing in its territorial waters.