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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin - File photo XIAMEN, China: Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Tuesday to expel up to 155 more US diplomatic personnel from his country as the diplomatic feud between Washington and Moscow rumbled on. "We reserve the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow. But we will not do that for the moment," Putin told a press conference after a summit of BRICS nations in southern China. Moscow had previously ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence to 455 people by September 1, the same number that Russia has in the US. That number, however, includes 155 people who work for Russia's diplomatic mission to the UN in New York, Putin said, meaning his country could further cut the number of US diplomats to 300: "It´s 455 minus 155." On Saturday Russia was forced to vacate its consulate in San Francisco and two diplomatic buildings in New York and Washington after the US ordered the move, the latest twist in a lengthy feud. Russia demanded Sunday that the US rethink its shuttering of Moscow´s diplomatic premises, insisting that Washington bore sole responsibility for worsening ties after the "hostile act".
  2. Anyone with a love of travel and in a salaried job knows the pain of saving money for a holiday. You watch all those stunning travel pictures your friends keep sharing with ‘YOLO' hashtags and wonder how they manage the expense. When we were kids, the only time we got to check in to places (and not even on Facebook) were the customary annual trips our parents took us to. Well, looks like all that is going to change as Air India has just offered a massive discount for students, senior citizens and army personnel. The airline is offering a 50 percent discount on air tickets to the three categories. The official Twitter account of Air India posted the offer: #AIUpdate: Effective #today avail 50% #discount on #Students along with #ArmedForces #SeniorCitizens Pl visit https://t.co/T1SVjRluZv #FlyAI pic.twitter.com/n29xNWsyB5 — Air India (@airindiain) September 1, 2017 The offer starts from September 1 and is subject to availability of seats, as mentioned in the tweet. We anticipate a crazy rush for air tickets on the site, fingers crossed. There is no mention of a last date for the discount, so we are assuming it's open ended right now, but since offers as good as this one often run out of resources soon enough, we wouldn't bet on this being a long-term thing. Also, the discount is on base fare of domestic economy class, so it's not for a Zindagi-Na-Milegi-Dobara-Euro trip. It's more like a Yeh-Jawani-Hai-Deewani-holiday thing, but hey no one's complaining. *Cough* Goa *cough* © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures If, like us, you're wondering if college students are eligible, let us tell you they totally are. Any student between the age of 12 to 26 and enrolled in a full-time course at an educational organization “recognized/aided by/ affiliated to a central or State educational board” is eligible. Picture this: a family with 2 senior citizens, 2 students, and 2 adults working in the Armed Forces. That's a bonus holiday right there!
  3. QUETTA: Three Frontier Corps personnel were martyred while three others were injured in an attack in Balochistan's Panjgur on Monday, security sources said. According to security sources, armed men attacked an FC convoy in the Murghab area of Panjgur district. Subsequently, three soldiers were martyred while three others got injured. The injured were shifted to the hospital for medical treatment, reported Radio Pakistan. The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In a statement, he expressed profound grief over the loss of precious lives and has directed that best medical assistance is provided to the injured. In July, unidentified persons attacked the convoy of Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch near Prom area of Panjgur. However, the minister and his aides remained unhurt. The minister's convoy was en route to Prom area when it was targetted.
  4. A military personnel on patrol in Afghanistan WELLINGTON: Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand on Friday announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13. US President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan, committing the United States to an open-ended conflict and signaling he would dispatch more troops to America?s longest war. US officials have said Trump had signed off on plans to send about 4,000 more US troops to add to the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan. US Defense Secretary James Mattis has since said exact troop numbers are yet to be decided. Trump said he would ask coalition allies to support his new strategy, with additional troops and funding, to end the 16-year conflict. New Zealand Defence Minister Mark Mitchell?s announcement boosting the country?s Kabul-based troops to 13 follows a request for NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) to send more troops to Afghanistan earlier this year. New Zealand has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Its presence has been decreasing since 2013 but it has kept some personnel on the ground to train local officers. ?New Zealand will continue to stand alongside our partners in supporting stability in Afghanistan and countering the threat of international terrorism,? said Mitchell. Prime Minister Bill English said the government has ruled out making a decision on sending combat troops to Afghanistan before New Zealand's election on Sept. 23. Opposition leader Jacinda Ardern told local media this week she would not back sending troops to Afghanistan at the moment but was not privy to intelligence such decisions were based on.
  5. QUETTA: Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred when their check-post was attacked in Turbat area of Balochistan on Wednesday. Security officials said three FC personnel were also injured in the attack, adding that the attackers fled as FC personnel returned fire following the assault. The injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment. Following the incident, authorities launched a search operation to look for the attackers. The FC, a paramilitary force, is deployed across the restive Balochistan province and is responsible for internal security as well as protection of the border with Iran and Afghanistan. Four FC soldiers martyred in IED blast in Turbat The incident occurred in Gawak area in Turbat when the vehicle was on routine patrolling FC repulses attack in Zhob, kills four 'terrorists' Suspected terrorists attacked Shoaib Nikka post in Zhob with machine guns and rockets late last night, the ISPR said
  6. QUETTA: An explosion targeting a security forces vehicle in Balochistan's Harnai district martyred four security personnel and injured four on Monday. The explosion destroyed the vehicle and martyred four security personnel, said Tehsildar Mank Khan. He added that the explosion was done via remote control. The injured were transferred to Civil Hospital Khost, added the tehsildar. The area was cordoned off after the explosion by security forces and a search operation was launched. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri condemned the blast and instructed authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. The blast came two days after an Army truck was targeted in Quetta?s Pishin Stop area. The attack had martyred at least 15 people, including security personnel.
  7. File KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan late Thursday, killing one NATO soldier and wounding six other personnel, the coalition said. "The patrol was conducting a partnered mission with the Afghan National Army when a personnel-borne IED (improvised explosive device) detonated," in Qarabagh district in Kabul province," NATO said in a statement. The Taliban quickly claimed the attack on social media and in Whatsapp messages to journalists. Qarabagh district is located 50 kilometres north of the capital Kabul and is near Bagram Airbase, the largest American base in Afghanistan. "One Resolute Support Soldier was killed and six personnel (five troops and one interpreter) were wounded Thursday evening when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber," Nato said referring to the name of its Afghan mission. "The RS personnel who were wounded are being treated at the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield. All of the wounded are listed in stable condition," it added. The nationality of the dead soldier and injured was not immediately known. Civilians were also reported to have been wounded in the nighttime attack. "#Afghanistan explosion in Qarabagh district, 12 wounded brought to our #Kabul hospital so far," tweeted an Italian-run hospital in the capital which specialises in dealing with victims of bombings. The attack came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed two US soldiers in Afghanistan´s restive southern province of Kandahar when he rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces.
  8. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the US military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. Trump's surprise announcement, in a series of Twitter posts, drew condemnation from rights groups and some lawmakers in both parties as discrimination with purely political motives. But it was praised by conservative activists and some Republicans. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration has not yet decided whether transgender service members already in the military would be immediately thrown out, saying the White House and Pentagon would have to work that out. The action, reversing Democratic former President Barack Obama's policy, halted years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military," Trump tweeted, without naming any of the generals or experts. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," added Trump, who as a presidential candidate last year vowed to fight for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Sanders said Trump had "extensive discussions with his national security team" and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was informed after the president made the decision on Tuesday. "This was about military readiness," Sanders told a briefing. "This was about unit cohesion. This was about resources within the military, and nothing more." Some White House officials were caught by surprise. A senior administration official said Trump had been determined to act for a while, but the question was the timing, with advisers split on whether to conduct reviews before announcing the move. The Pentagon earlier referred questions about Trump's decision to the White House. The announcement at least temporarily changed the subject in Washington with Trump's administration mired in investigations into his presidential campaign's contacts with Russia and struggling to win approval of any major legislation. It was not the first time Trump has targeted transgender people since taking office in January. In February, he rescinded protections for transgender students put in place by Obama that had let them use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. Senate Armed Forces Committee Chairman John McCain - the most prominent veteran in Congress, who was a Navy pilot and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War - called Trump's announcement unclear and inappropriate until an ongoing Pentagon study on the issue is completed and reviewed by Mattis, the military leadership and lawmakers. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council advocacy group, was among those praising Trump, saying that "our troops shouldn't be forced to endure hours of transgender 'sensitivity' classes and politically correct distractions." Obama's Pentagon last year announced it was ending its ban on transgender people serving openly, calling the prohibition outdated. The Defense Department had been expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year. But Mattis on June 30 approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the military. 'Political Points' American Civil Liberties Union attorney Joshua Block said Trump had rejected the "basic humanity" of transgender service members. "There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country," Block said. "The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country." Obama's defence secretary, Ash Carter, last year cited a study by the RAND Corporation think tank saying there were about 2,500 transgender active-duty service members and 1,500 reserve transgender service members. "To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military," Carter said on Wednesday, noting there were already transgender individuals serving "capably and honourably." The House of Representatives' top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, noted that a Pentagon-commissioned study determined the cost of providing medically necessary transition-related care involving transgender service members would amount to one-100th of 1 percent of the military's healthcare budget. The study put the cost at $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year of the more than $50 billion the Defense Department spends on healthcare. "Once again, President Trump has shown his conduct is driven not by honour, decency, or national security, but by raw prejudice," Pelosi said. Sarah Warbelow of the Human Rights Campaign advocacy group said Trump's action amounted to "discrimination on the basis of *** and identity," and was open to legal challenge under the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican whose son is transgender, said on Twitter: "No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honour + privilege of serving our nation." Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army soldier who served seven years in prison for leaking classified data, said Trump's action "sounds like cowardice." Transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner defended "patriotic transgender Americans" in the military and asked Trump on Twitter, "What happened to your promise to fight for them?" But Vicky Hartzler, a Republican congresswoman, praised Trump for changing Obama's "costly and damaging policy." The US military's ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces ended under Obama in 2011 after Congress passed legislation in 2010 reversing a law dubbed "don't ask, don't tell" that had forced the ouster of thousands of service members and others to hide their sexual orientation. The Pentagon under Obama also opened all combat roles in the military to women. The US military at times has been in the vanguard of social progress. Trump's action came on the 69th anniversary of Democratic President Harry Truman racially integrating the armed forces, years before the 1950s and 1960s civil rights battles.
  9. One suspected suicide bomber was killed in retaliatory fire while the other blew himself up. Photo: File TIRAH: Two personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) were injured in Khyber Agency when a suicide bomber blew himself up while attempting to target a security check post on Friday morning. Security officials said two suicide bombers attempted to attack the FC post in Tirah from the main gate but were shot at by guards. As a result, one suspected suicide bomber was killed in the firing while the other blew himself up, injuring two officials. In March this year, two FC were martyred in an attack on an FC check post in the tribal agency. Pakistan Army effectively responded to the aggression and killed six terrorists in retaliatory fire, the military?s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement later. Two FC personnel embraced martyrdom in the attack which was carried out from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the ISPR stated. Pakistan has repeatedly protested that terrorists are taking advantage of the turmoil in Afghanistan and using Afghan soil to orchestrate terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The Pakistan Army last month also launched multiple strikes across the border targetting terrorist hideouts in retaliation to the aggression. 2 FC personnel martyred, 6 terrorists killed in attack on checkpost from Afghanistan Terror plot from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border foiled by Pakistan Army
  10. Funeral prayers being offered for the martyred Pakistan Navy personnel. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of two Pakistan Navy personnel, Syed Hassan Raza (medical technician) and Khalil Murad (leading fireman) ? who were martyred on Monday ? were held on Tuesday. According to a press release, the personnel were martyred during a terrorist attack on a Pakistan Navy vehicle in Jiwani, Gwadar on Monday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who was present at the funeral in Karachi, condemned the gory attack on the Pakistan Navy personnel and consoled the bereaved families. The naval chief expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the incident, saying that such heinous and cowardly acts cannot deter the national resolve of Pakistan Navy to stand against terrorism. The admiral added that the sacrifices of the martyred people for national defence and to root out terrorism from the country are highly praiseworthy. He maintained that handful of terrorists cannot succeed in their nefarious design of destabilising the country. The naval chief reiterated that Pakistan Navy, in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies, is committed to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the country. The admiral prayed for eternal peace of the martyred souls and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss and prayed for the swift recovery of those injured. Two Pakistan Navy personnel martyred in Jiwani gun attack Three other personnel were injured in the attack. The naval chief also visited the injured personnel at PNS Shifa hospital in Karachi and also met families of the deceased and injured. Besides Pakistan Navy senior officials, personnel of sister services, relatives, friends and a large number of people also attended the funeral.
  11. Two Pakistan Navy personnel were martyred and three injured when militants fired on a Navy vehicle in Jiwani city on Monday evening.
  12. HAVANA: A plane crash in western Cuba on Saturday killed eight military personnel, the ministry in charge of the island´s armed forces said. The Russian-made AN-26 aircraft crashed in a mountainous region of western Artemisa province, killing all eight on board including the plane´s crew, the Revolutionary Armed Forces ministry said in a statement carried by state media. The plane had taken off from Playa Baracoa airport just outside the capital Havana. It crashed into a mountain, Loma de la Pimienta, 35 miles (55 kilometers) distant. The ministry said it was investigating the causes of the accident.