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Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah arrives in Pakistan today for a two-day visit. He is visiting Islamabad on the invitation of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs who had paid an official visit to Muscat in September last year. Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi will call on the Prime Minister. During his official talks with the Adviser on Foreign Affairs, all areas of cooperation between Pakistan and Oman will be reviewed comprehensively. Mr. Alawi will also have a meeting with the Minister for Ports and Shipping, during his stay in Islamabad. Foreign Office spokesperson says Pakistan and Oman enjoy traditionally close and friendly relations.

Afghan forces committed a shameful act by targeting innocent civilians  through mortar shells attack- attacks would not benefit Afghanistan in any way: Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz

Pakistan reiterates its stance that a stable Afghanistan is inevitable for achieving the goal of regional connectivity: Pakistan`s chargé d'affaires in Afghanistan Shahbaz Hussain. Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz visited Chamman today to review the post attack situation in the area. Talking to the newsmen, he said Pakistani artillery also retaliated to the Afghan forces’ attack with full might and they resorted to destroy from four to five check posts of Afghanistan. Such types of un-provocative attacks are in no way acceptable to us. Afghan government has adopted a negative approach towards Pakistan and it targeted our territory challenging our sovereignty. Bab-e-Dosti on Pak-Afghan border would remain close till normalcy of the situation Meanwhile,  Pakistan`s chargé d'affaires in Afghanistan Shahbaz Hussain while talking to a Pakistani media delegation in Kabul , Shahbaz Hussain said Afghanistan has not responded positively to Pakistan`s proposals for promotion of trade. 7th meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) is under delay due to Afghanistan.

COAS lauds the role of Pak army and rangers for restoration of peace in Sindh

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Karachi operation will continue till complete restoration of peace and stability. During his visit to Karachi Corps Headquarters he appreciates efforts of intelligence agencies and security forces in winning back dissident and sub-nationalist elements into national mainstream through positive engagement. He was briefed about the Karachi operation, operation Raddul Fasaad and overall security situation and the census drive in the province.

India faces strong criticism at UNHRC over its poor HR record

India faced severe criticism about its poor human rights records from over 100 countries during the 3rd universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, media reports said. India was under the spotlight for the third time during the UPR at the UNHRC on May 4, 2017. Around 110 nations spoke for about one minute each during the afternoon session, but several had also submitted written questions earlier.

French elections: Voters decide between Le Pen and Macron

French voters are choosing their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories and many French expats abroad have begun voting.

ISIS attacks base where U.S. advisers stationed in Iraq

Multiple Islamic State suicide bombers attacked a base in northern Iraq where U.S. military advisers are stationed, (security sources). Two militants detonated their vests at the entrance to the K1 base overnight, and the remaining three were killed by Kurdish peshmerga forces who control the Kirkuk area where it is situated. Two peshmerga had been killed in the attack. A further six were wounded.

Yemen army advancing towards Aqaba mountains in Al Jawf governorate

The Yemeni national army has made significant progress towards the Aqaba Mountains in the border town of Al Jawf, while Houthi militias were hit with heavy artillery fire in Sarawah province. This comes at a time when the soldiers of the third battalion are besieging the militia in al-Majd mountain. Elsewhere, leadership in Taiz announced the Yemeni National Army’s - with support from the Arab coalition - control of the Omari camp west of the province after clashes with Houthis.

German president in Israel to meet Palestinian, Israeli leadership

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived in Israel on a four-day visit to the Middle East to hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leadership.
The visit takes place just days after Islraeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu refused to meet visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel for his meetings with rights groups critical of Israel's human rights abuses in occupied Palestinian territories. Germany is critical of Israeli settlement policy in occupied Palestinian lands.

Boko Haram released 83 kidnapped Chibok girls

In Nigeria, the Boko Haram group has released at least 83 girls from a group of 276 abducted from the north-eastern Chibok three years ago. In an statement, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the government remained in constant negotiations with the group, through local intelligence to secure the release of the girls unharmed.

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