U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the government of Afghanistan and leaders of Taliban insurgents to seize the opportunity to strike a comprehensive peace deal.
One day after the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Pompeo has been overseeing the start of ceasefire talks and spoke at the opening ceremony in the Qataricapital Doha.
"We believe firmly that protecting the rights of all Afghans is indeed the best way for you to break the cycle of violence.
Of course I can only urge these actions, you will write the next chapter in Afghan history.
We hope this chapter is one of reconciliation and progress, not another chronicle of tears and bloodshed.
We urge you to make decisions that move away from the violence and the corruption and towards peace and development and prosperity." Ahead of face-to-face negotiations in coming days, the warring sides have been urged by various countries and groups to reach an immediate ceasefire and also forge an agreement that upholds women's rights.
The head of Afghanistan's peace council, Abdullah Abdullah, said that even if the two sides could not agree on all points, they should compromise.
As part of President Donald Trump’s reelection plans, the U.S. has expressed its intention to use aid as leverage to get to a deal.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that he is looking forward to the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. “I am looking forward to our 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with our Indian friends. It was postponed because of the virus. I'm glad that we will be able to execute that in person in just a few days," said Pompeo during a press briefing. He added, "I'm also sure that my meetings will also include discussions on how free nations can work together to thwart the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.” The Trump administration also hit Chinese media outlets in the US with new restrictions. “They are all substantially owned or controlled by a foreign government. We’re not placing any restrictions on what these outlets can publish in the United States. We simply want to ensure that American people, consumers of information, can differentiate between news written by a free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party itself. They are not the same thing,” he said.
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, par none. He said, "Just this week the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) issued a fact sheet, trying to divert attention away from its own horrific environmental record. China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, par none." "It is responsible for an estimated 30% of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, more than any other country. It is the largest consumer of illegal wildlife and timber products," he added.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he is looking forward to 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Indian counterparts. He will arrive in India for 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, to be held on October 27. He said, "I am looking forward to our 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with our Indian friends. It was postponed because of the virus. I'm glad that we will be able to execute that in person in just a few days."
Considered as one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage centres, the dargah of Ajmer Sharif houses the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a holy saint who dedicated his entire life to the service of the poor and downtrodden. Today the dargah is visited by millions of devotees every year, irrespective of their caste and religion making it an epitome of communal harmony. Situated in the heart of Ajmer city in Rajasthan, at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif is one of the most sanctified shrines in the country. Dedicated to the founder of Chishtiya order in India namely Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti or Garib Nawaz, the dargah is venerated by the people of all religious communities.The saint has millions of followers across the country belonging to different faiths, who visit the shrine every year and offer holy chadder and flowers to seek his blessings. Born in Chishti region of Afghanistan, the saint came to India in his process to teach mankind the high way of living and settled in Ajmer.His shrine was built by Mughals, which makes it a splendid piece of Mughal architecture that consists of various buildings, tombs, courtyards and Daalaans. Prayers in the form of Namaaz are offered everyday inside Mehfil-e Khana which is a spacious hall inside the dargah that was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan. The dargah is believed to fulfil the wishes of its devotees, who according to the tradition tie a religious thread along Jannati Darwaza, a beautiful gate covered with silver metal. People of all faiths regardless of their religion, creed, caste or gender visit the revered sight every year and offer their prayers to the holy saint. The glory of Ajmer Sharif has only increased with time and today it marks an important place in the history of Ajmer. Visited by the people from diverse faiths and communities, the dargah has been playing an important role in strengthening the secular thread of our country.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on October 08 said that Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Afghan Peace Process and on ongoing talks in Doha. "During the meeting, Prime Minister reaffirmed India's long term commitment to further deepening the historical ties between India and Afghanistan," said Srivastava.
A new review published in Frontiers in Public Health suggests that COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, will likely become seasonal in countries with temperate climates, but only when herd immunity is attained. Until that time, COVID-19 will continue to circulate across the seasons. These conclusions highlight the absolute importance of public health measures needed just now to control the virus."COVID-19 is here to stay and it will continue to cause outbreaks year-round until herd immunity is achieved. Therefore, the public will need to learn to live with it and continue practicing the best prevention measures, including wearing of masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene and avoidance of gatherings," said senior author of the study Dr. Hassan Zaraket, of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.Collaborating author Dr. Hadi Yassine, of Qatar University in Doha, affirms and states that there could be multiple waves of COVID19 before herd immunity is achieved. We know that many respiratory viruses follow seasonal patterns, especially in temperate regions. For instance, influenza andseveral types of coronaviruses that cause common cold are known to peak in winter in temperate regions but circulate year-round in tropical regions.
The Afghan leadership won’t have concerns if India decides to engage with the Taliban, though a final decision in this matter will is New Delhi’s prerogative, Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah said on Saturday. Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, is the senior-most Afghan leader to publicly speak on this issue which has been the subject of a debate within diplomatic and decision-making circles in New Delhi since last year. Following his meetings this week with India’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Abdullah said in an interview that he hadn’t discussed any “military role” for India in Afghanistan during his talks in New Delhi.
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While reacting on South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC's) revival and India-Pak resolving issues, the Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah said, "More connected the region is, the more we will benefit. It's not for us to decide for any country, that's the accepted fact. Through more connectivity in region, all the countries will benefit." On being asked about Pak-based terror groups hijacking Afghan peace process, "It won't mean peace if we only have agreement with Taliban and other terror groups continue freelancing in Afghanistan." Abdullah Abdullah also talked about consequences if the US leaving Afghan peace process, "Premature withdrawal by the US from peace deal will leave a vacuum, which will have an impact on the security situation in Afghanistan. But it won't mean one side prevailing over another," said Abdullah.
Commenting on whether Afghanistan wants India to engage with Taliban, the Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah said, "I didn't ask directly for engagement with Taliban but at the same time encouraged for engagement in the peace, it depends on the Indian government's decision to engage with Taliban. As a whole, India is supportive of the peace process which is important." "My take away from my interaction with PM Modi is that India wants Afghan-led negotiation and inclusive settlement acceptable to Afghans. A unified Afghanistan, which does not harbour terror groups," Abdullah Abdullah added.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden addressed how they would deter foreign interferencein American elections. US officials have reported that Russian hackers havetargeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the UnitedStates in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden said his environmental plan would "transition from the oil industry" in favor of renewable energy sources, prompting President Donald Trump to go on the attack during a discussion on climate change at the final presidential debate on Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump, pressed on the issue of Black Lives Matter at the final presidential debate Thursday said, "I'm the least racist person in this room." Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blasted that as empty rhetoric, adding, "This guy has a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn."
Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images Starbucks is not bringing its Pumpkin Spice Latte back to stores in the Middle East this year. "Unfortunately, PSL won't be available this year due to Business and Operations reasons," Starbucks Middle East wrote on Facebook. But, in the Middle East — where the chain has hundreds of stores in countries including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar — the iconic autumnal beverage is nowhere to be seen.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, was created to prevent foreign propaganda, from individuals or companies, from swaying the American public. Those working on behalf of a foreign government in the US must register with the US Department of Justice, which then publishes the information online. Registering under FARA does not prohibit a news outlet from operating and publishing.
"Excited to arrive in the United Arab Emirates and congratulate the Emirati people on the historic Abraham Accords- the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in over 25 years," Pompeo..