Assad says military gains will speed up political deal

Courtesy The News International MOSCOW/BEIRUT: Syrian army successes will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said, because they weaken the position of international opponents who he accused of hindering any agreement. In an interview published as government forces, backed by heavy Russian air power, maintained an offensive against…

Pathankot attack: Pakistan probe team meets NIA officials

Courtesy The News International NEW DELHI: A five-member Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT), probing the Pathankot Airbase Attack, visited Indian National Investigation Agency headquarters in New Delhi and held meeting with the officials on Wednesday. During their visit to the NIA, Pakistan’s JIT team discussed with the Indian officials the findings of the Pathankot Attack.…

EU criticises Turkey for summoning German envoy over Erdogan satire

Courtesy The News International BRUSSELS: The European Union on Wednesday criticised Ankara for summoning Berlin´s envoy over a song mocking the Turkish leader on German TV, a friction at a delicate time when the bloc counts on Turkey´s help on migration under a controversial deal. Turkey´s Foreign Ministry summoned Germany´s ambassador over a satirical broadcast by…