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Pakistan has given innumerable sacrifices for regional, world peace: Nisar

Says certain elements criticising Pakistan while completely ignoring historical and ground realities; briefs EU delegation on Kashmir issue ISLAMABAD: A three-member delegation of British and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 272016

LONDON: Britain will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday. “We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or an EU army headquarters which would simply undermine NATO,” Fallon said at a meeting with his 27 counterparts in Bratislava, where European Union leaders earlier this month agreed to step up joint military efforts. Asked if Britain could veto the plans while it still remains a member of the European Union ahead of Brexit, Fallon said: “There is no majority here for a EU army.” “There are a number of other countries who believe with us that cuts across the sovereignty of individual nation states,” he added. “We agree Europe needs to do more, it’s facing terrorism, it’s facing migration, but simply duplicating or undermining Nato is the wrong way to do it.” EU leaders met without Britain in the Slovakian capital on September 16 to discuss plans to move forward in the wake of the stunning British vote to leave the bloc on June 23. They agreed on a six-month roadmap to create a new “vision” for the EU, including beefed up defence cooperation, which Britain has always opposed. Fallon insisted however that Britain would continue to contribute to European defence as a member of NATO. “We are leaving the European Union but we remain committed to the security of Europe and putting more troops into Estonia [Read More…]

Sep 032016

Turkey is now willing to accept the liberalisation of travel visa rules with the European Union by the end of the year instead of October, as previously targeted, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing senior Turkish government sources. Ankara had threatened to walk away from an EU migrant deal should it not get more relaxed travel rules in October, but Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik downplayed that prospect on Saturday after a meeting with EU officials. Turkey PM says 161 dead in coup bid, almost 3,000 detained Welt am Sonntag quoted senior Turkish officials familiar with the EU talks as saying that a delay until November or December was now seen as acceptable. However, Turkish officials were still insisting on securing visa liberalisation “no later than the end of the year,” the newspaper said. The newspaper also quoted EU sources as saying the two sides had narrowed their differences about implementation of Turkey’s anti-terror laws, which the EU has set as a condition for granting Turks visa-free movement, but gave no details. A night of chaos for Pakistani expats in Turkey The EU, which depends on Ankara to curb the flow of migrants into the bloc, is now seeking to ease tensions with Turkey after criticising President Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown. Celik said on Saturday Ankara would stick to the migration accord but it was “not rational” to expect Ankara to relax its counter-terrorism laws now as it fights Islamic State in neighbouring Syria and [Read More…]

Aug 302016

BRUSSELS: The EU is expected to announce on Tuesday its decision on possible fines against American tech giant Apple, which is suspected of receiving preferential treatment from Ireland on taxes, sources said. For weeks reports have emerged saying that the European Commission, the bloc’s competition watchdog, was gearing up to hit Apple with a hefty penalty over tax agreements with the Irish government. A source close to the matter told AFP on condition of anonymity that a decision was expected on Tuesday, while another source also cited that date. Apple announces date for new offerings Under European Union rules, which deem state tax aid illegal, the firm could be ordered to pay back taxes to Ireland. A commission spokeswoman and Apple both declined to comment on news that a decision was forthcoming. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a Washington Post interview published August 13, said he hoped to “get a fair hearing” on the matter. “If we don’t, then we would obviously appeal it,” he added. The US stepped up its fight last Wednesday against the commission’s crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple and other multinational companies, accusing it of unilateralism and overstepping its mandate. In a white paper, the US Treasury said the commission probe into alleged special tax treatment that certain EU countries gave Apple, Amazon, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler “undermines the international tax system.” Update your iPhone now to avoid a major security flaw A US Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment on a possible ruling Tuesday from the [Read More…]

Jul 042016

BRUSSELS: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday he was sure Britain’s new government would remain committed to the alliance despite the Brexit vote and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. Britain’s ruling Conservative party is seeking a new leader to lead negotiations on an exit from the European Union (EU), which has sparked fears for the Western security establishment of which both the EU and Nato are key parts. “Brexit will change the relationship between the UK and the EU but it will not change the UK’s position inside Nato,” Stoltenberg told a press briefing ahead of an alliance summit in Warsaw this week. “David Cameron and the UK government have clearly stated that they will continue as a committed ally. I am certain that a new government in the UK will continue that line,” he added. Queen, in Scotland after Brexit vote, says staying calm can be hard “This is important because the UK is a major provider of security in Europe and provider of security for the Nato alliance.” Britain as a nuclear power with a permanent, veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council has a major say in Nato and in EU foreign and defence policy and there has been intense speculation Brexit could undercut Britain’s standing. Stoltenberg stressed several times that the Brexit vote did not change Britain’s relationship with Nato, only with the EU. At the same time, it would have “no effect in any way on Nato-EU cooperation … if anything, it just [Read More…]

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