Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says the multi billion dollars CPEC has further strengthened relations between the two countries over the last four years.

Asian Development Bank to provide 300 million dollars to Pakistan for financing of sustainable energy sector reforms program- ADB is appreciative of the achievements Pakistan has made so far to overcome the challenges of energy sector

An agreement to this effect was signed by Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Pasha and ADB`s Country Director Xiaohang Yang in Islamabad. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also witnessed the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the Bank will assist Pakistan in improving reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy sector to support the economic growth.

Russia claims it has killed IS leader Al-Baghdadi 

The Russian military claims it has killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike. The ministry says Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders. Air raid on May 28 that targeted an IS meeting held on the southern outskirts of Raqqa in Syria also killed about 30 mid-level militant leaders and about 300 other fighters.

About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan

A Trump administration official says the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump's young presidency. The official says the decision by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week.

UN General assembly approves creation of new world body’s Counter-Terrorism Office

The United Nations General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new UN office to help member states implement the organization's global counter-terrorism strategy. Speaking on the occasion, President UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson said the resolution will ensure greater coordination and coherence across the UN system.

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