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Federal Ministers, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Chief Ministers of all four provinces were present on the occasion. The first MOU was related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative. An MOU was also signed on upgradation of main railway line track ML-1 and establishment of Haveilian Dry Port. Three agreements were pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth 3.4 billion yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway. Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed the resolve to further cement ties with Pakistan by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.

Talking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  the Chinese President expressed satisfaction over the pace of growing bilateral ties between the two countries. 
President Xi said that the two countries had more potential to strengthen bilateral cooperation regarding implementation of CPEC and other regional connectivity projects.

Indian troops resort unprovoked firing at LOC

Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing  at different sectors on Line of control this morning that resulted in the injuries of three civilians.
According to the ISPR, Pakistani troops gave a befitting response to the Indian fire.
The exchange of fire which started at seven in the morning is continuing.

North Korea 'would hold talks' with Trump administration (BBC)

North Korea has said it will hold talks with the US "if the conditions were right", South Korean media reports.
A senior North Korean diplomat said dialogue with the Trump administration was possible following a meeting with ex-US government officials in Norway.
Earlier this month US President Donald Trump said he would be "honoured" to meet Kim Jong-un.

Russia's Putin says ready to help resolve North Korea nuclear issue 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin told his newly elected South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, in a phone call on Friday that he is ready to play a "constructive role" in resolving North Korea's nuclear threat, the South's presidential office said.
Putin made the comment after Moon said the foremost task to boost cooperation between the two countries was to strengthen strategic bilateral communication to find a solution to curb North Korea's nuclear threat, the Blue House said in a statement.

Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) has struck organisations around the world.
Cyber-security firm Avast said it had seen 75,000 cases of the ransom ware - known as WannaCry and variants of that name - around the world.
There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China.
Among the worst hit was the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland.

Palestinians hold local elections in West Bank but not Gaza 

Palestinians held municipal elections today in the occupied West Bank, a first democratic exercise in years, but one that has also raised tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. With no legislative or presidential elections in sight, the municipal ballot is seen as a popularity test for Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, caught in a deep rift with Islamist Hamas.

GCC secretary general urges Yemenis to reject calls of division

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Saturday reiterated its stance towards the unity and sovereignty of Yemen, its security and stability and its support for the efforts of the United Nations to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis. The GCC – made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman – said it urges a solution in accordance with the Gulf Initiative, the outputs of the Yemeni National Dialogue conference and Security Council Resolution 2216.

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