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Trump talks tough on Pakistan's 'terrorist' havens, but options scarce


ISLAMABAD Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say will probably not change Pakistan's strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

Rolling back Taliban grip on Afghan territory key aim of Trump plan - official

WASHINGTON Rolling back territorial gains by the Taliban and strengthening the Afghanistan army's ability to fight will be two key objectives of President Donald Trump's new strategy for the country, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. puts more pressure on Pakistan to help with Afghan war

WASHINGTON The United States suggested on Tuesday it could cut U.S. aid to Pakistan or downgrade Islamabad's status as a major non-NATO ally to pressure the South Asian nation to do more to help it with the war in Afghanistan. | Video

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Bangladesh upholds death sentences on politician, 14 members of elite force, for murders

DHAKA A Bangladesh court on Tuesday upheld death sentences on a leading politcian and 14 members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014.

Top News, World, 22 Aug 2017

Exclusive - Trump's Afghan decision may increase U.S. air power, training

ON BOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT The U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump's decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.

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'Fully committed' NATO backs new U.S. approach on Afghanistan

BRUSSELS NATO allies on Tuesday welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to commit more forces to Afghanistan, as part of a new U.S. strategy he said would require more troops and funding from America's partners.

World, 22 Aug 2017

Germany not first in line to send more troops to Afghanistan: minister

ECKERNFOERDE, Germany Germany will not immediately send more troops to Afghanistan in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's request for more backing as it increased its presence last year at a time when others were cutting, the defence minister said.

World 22 Aug 2017

China defends ally Pakistan after Trump criticism

BEIJING China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbour terrorists".

World, 22 Aug 2017

Mattis: not decided on number of extra U.S. troops for Afghanistan

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday he was waiting for a plan from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that follows President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy before he makes a decision on how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan.

World, 22 Aug 2017

Bruising debate brings a reluctant Trump around on Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump came around to the decision to allow for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan only after a prolonged internal debate in which he frequently tangled with his top national security advisers.

World, Top News 22 Aug 2017

Movie Review: Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bitti Sharma is a conundrum. She lives in a small town, works in a dingy government office and her only dream seems to be to get married. She also smokes cigarettes, watches pirated English films and break-dances. The heroine of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s “Bareilly Ki Barfi” seems interesting at first. She ruins it all by reading a book.

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