Iraqi PM orders withdrawal of militias from Kirkuk

Baghdad , Oct 19

The Iraqi Prime Minister on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal from Kirkuk province of Shiite-led pro-government militias who took part in the successful campaign to expel Kurdish forces from the northern region.

UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

United Nations , Oct 19

The Security Council on Wednesday condemned "the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Trump suggests he won't back bipartisan healthcare measure

Washington , Oct 19

US President Donald Trump raised doubts on Wednesday about his support for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare subsidies he suspended last week in exchange for states' getting greater flexibility regulating health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

US thanks Pakistan for rescuing N. American hostages

Islamabad , Oct 19

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.

US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorism: Tillerson

Washington , Oct 18

Ahead of his India visit, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups, and warned that countries that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation diminished.

Freed priest to return to Italy

Rome , Oct 18

The Italian Catholic priest who was abducted by an armed gang in Nigeria last week and released will arrive back in his native city of Florence on Thursday, Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on Wednesday.