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Pushpa Kamal Dahal may resign today as Nepal PM, Sher Bahadur Deuba likely to succeed him

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Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda is likely to resign Wednesday, paving the way for Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August last year. The prime minister is scheduled to address the nation from his office in Singhadurbar this evening during which he is expected to resign.

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

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Top officials in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax plans.

India considering punitive actions against Pakistan for cross-border terrorism: US official

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India is moving towards isolating Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive actions against Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism, a top American defence intelligence chief has told lawmakers. “India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats.

Grant or loan: US keeps options open on military aid to Pakistan

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The Trump administration has slashed its foreign military financing (FMF) to Pakistan from USD 255 million to USD 100 million for 2018 fiscal, but has kept its options open whether it would be a grant or should be converted into a loan, according to a US official.

‘China will pursue active foreign policy in Asia - Pacific’

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Expressing concern over China’s massive military build-up, a top US intelligence official has told lawmakers that the Communist nation will continue to pursue an “active” foreign policy, especially in the Asia Pacific region, to expand its strategic and economic influence.

Mexico’s ruling party battles leftist nemesis in key state vote

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Nine decades of rule by President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico’s most populous state are hanging in the balance in an election that could batter its hopes of keeping power nationally in 2018.

Donald Trump set to exchange views with Pope Francis at Vatican

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US President Donald Trump visits the Vatican on Wednesday for talks with one of his most high-profile critics, Pope Francis, after the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year. Trump’s meeting at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, his third stop on a nine-day foreign tour due to end on Saturday, is part of his world tour of religions after meeting leaders of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia and visiting holy sites in Jerusalem.

Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s budget proposal ‘unimaginably cruel’

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Hillary Clinton proclaimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s budget shows an “unimaginable level of cruelty” for millions of Americans and children. The former Democratic presidential nominee, who recently declared herself part of the Trump resistance, lashed out at the Republican president’s spending plan in aggressive terms after being honoured in New York City by the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organisation that helps provide health care to poor and homeless children.

Donald Trump praises Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘great job’ in Philippine drug war

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US President Donald Trump praised his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over his immensely polarizing drug war, which has killed thousands of people, reports said yesterday.

Pakistan harbouring terrorists in Afghanistan, say US intelligence officials

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Pakistan is “harbouring terrorists” and using them as “reserve” in Afghanistan, a top US intelligence official has told lawmakers.