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Blast at Afghan news agency in Kabul kills dozens

A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring Shi‘ite cultural centre in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students attending a conference.

Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been killed and 30 wounded in the blast, the latest in a series to have hit media organizations in Kabul.

Muhajirs in US welcome Trump's move to put Pakistan on notice

A group of Muhajirs in the US has lauded the Trump administration for putting Pakistan “on notice” for “harbouring” terror groups.

The term ‘Muhajir’ is used to describe the Urdu-speaking immigrants who left India in 1947 and came to Pakistan. A large chunk of them settled in the Sindh province.

US Vice President Mike Pence, during an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to assess the ground realities in the war-torn country, said that President Donald Trump has put Pakistan on notice for providing safe havens to the Taliban and other militant groups.

North Korean missile experts face sanctions

The United States announced sanctions on two of North Korea’s most prominent officials behind its ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tension between Washington and Pyongyang.

The new US steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea - which has defied years of multilateral and bilateral sanctions - to abandon a weapons program aimed at developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond.

China has tried to position itself as a helpful party to promote talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan, both uneasy neighbours ever since Pakistan’s independence in 1947.

Putin tries to lure $1 tn home as sanctions fear grows

President Vladimir Putin is using the threat of additional US sanctions to encourage wealthy Russians to repatriate some of their overseas assets, which exceed $1 trillion by one estimate.

Putin told lawmakers late Monday that a new capital amnesty program was needed “given the foreign restrictions, which instead of lessening are now worsening,” according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin’s website. This “should stimulate the return of capital to Russia,” the president said, without specifying how long the measure will last.

Putin critic Navalny clears first hurdle in bid for Russia presidency

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Sunday cleared the first hurdle towards taking part in next year’s presidential election, even though the central election commission has previously ruled him ineligible to run. Vavalny, 41, is a fierce opponent of President Vladimir Putin, who is widely expected to win re-election in March, extending 17 years in power.

The central election co­mmission has previously ru­led Navalny ineligible to run for president due to a criminal conviction that is largely viewed as retribution.

E-comm market may cross $50b in 2018

The digital commerce market in the country is expected to cross $50 billion in value by the end of 2018 from the current level of $38.5 billion, on the back of a growing internet population and increased online shoppers, says a recent study. The digital commerce market in India has grown steadily from $19.7 billion in 2015 to $13.6 billion in 2014, as per a joint study conducted by Assocham and Deloitte.

White House Takes Victory Lap After Tax Bill Passage

President Donald Trump declared that Republicans had passed the largest tax cut in US history and said corporations would no longer relocate their headquarters overseas after the House sent the legislation to his desk on Wednesday.

“It hasn’t been done in 34 years, but actually hasn’t been done, because we broke every record,” Trump said at a White House event to celebrate the Republican tax overhaul. “We’re not going to lose our companies any more. They’re going to stay in our country.”

Brexit offer to EU citizens leaves many cold

Estelle Shirbon Reuters Back from Brussels with a hard-fought Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote an open letter to the three million citizens of other European Union states living in Britain. “I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay,” she wrote after striking the initial agreement, which promises to secure their British residency rights after Brexit and allows the negotiations to move onto trade relations.

US blames North Korea for ‘WannaCry’ cyber attack

The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year.

“The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, wrote in a piece published on Monday night in the Wall Street Journal.