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Kashmir is ‘definitely a nuclear flashpoint,’ Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman warns

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Tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed territory of Kashmir could spark a nuclear conflict, Pakistan’s military spokesman said. The warning comes amid reports of more fighting along the Line of Control between them. “Kashmir is definitely a nuclear flashpoint,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces, said on Saturday. Read More

China prepares its ‘nuclear option’ in trade war

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As the trade war continues to escalate, China is becoming increasingly active in Iran and is considering retaliating with what has long been described as the country’s ‘nuclear option’. For the first of these projects – Phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars non-associated gas field (SP11) – last week saw a statement from the chief executive Read More

US slashes Pakistan’s aid by $440mn amid Kashmir tensions

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The United States has cut Pakistan’s foreign aid by $440 million, according to reports, sending mixed signals as Donald Trump seeks mediation between New Delhi and Islamabad over the crisis in Kashmir. The aid reduction means that Pakistan will receive $4.1 billion, slightly over half of the total amount promised by Washington nine years ago, Read More

Khan claims Pakistan ‘doesn’t fear death,’ as Modi maintians stony silence

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has escalated his no-holds-barred verbal assault on nuclear rival India, as tensions once again reach boiling point over the disputed territory of Kashmir. In recent days, Khan warned the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “no force can stop” Pakistan from achieving its goals, adding that India will Read More

India vowed not to use nukes first, but that may change one day – defense minister

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Published time: 16 Aug, 2019 12:54 Edited time: 16 Aug, 2019 13:00 Follow RT on New Delhi has been carefully following its ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons, but it “depends on the circumstances” if that will continue, India’s defense minister warned amid escalating hostilities with Pakistan. “It is true that till now, India Read More

After ban on screening Indian films, Pakistan goes after its adverts & Bollywood merchandise

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Pakistan has just upped the ante in its crusade against India’s cultural influence, banning Indian ads and sales of Bollywood films on CDs. Some compact disc shops in Islamabad have already been raided by police. Airing Indian advertisements or ads featuring Indian actors or characters on electronic media is now illegal in Pakistan, according to Read More

Exclusive: Buyout firms KKR, Blackstone among bidders for Philippine hospitals group – sources

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Buyout firms KKR (KKR.N), Blackstone (BX.N) and CVC are among bidders competing for a stake in the hospital unit of Philippines’ Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPI.PS), people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Trading information for KKR & Co is displayed on a screen on the floor of Read More

Feature: IMO 2020 preparations and their impacts on US exports

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Houston — Ahead of IMO 2020, shipowners are increasingly taking ships off the water for scrubber installations, reducing tonnage availability in the Americas and supporting expectations that freight will firm in the coming months, impacting US export competitiveness. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now On January 1, Read More

Iran oil tanker released by Gibraltar, setting up race with the U.S.

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By Jonathan Browning on 8/15/2019 GIBRALTAR (Bloomberg) – Iran is racing to return an oil supertanker to international waters after a Gibraltar judge said he couldn’t wait for the U.S. to take action that would prolong the six-week seizure of the vessel for allegedly violating trade sanctions. The ship, the Grace 1, had been held Read More

Twitter diplomat? Trump wants to arrange meeting between China’s Xi and Hong Kong protesters

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Donning his peacemaker cap, US President Donald Trump said he has “no doubt” about a “happy” resolution to Hong Kong’s unrest, suggesting, via tweet, a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the city’s protest leaders. The president made the overture on Thursday in his favorite online venue – Twitter – promising that “If President Read More