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  Pakistan refuses to disclose details of troops in Saudi Arabia  
 
     
 
  Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday threatened Defence Minister Dastagir with 'contempt of parliament' proceedings after the minister outright refused to provide details of the ‘unilateral decision’ to send Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia for deployment. But the defence minister argued that despite the decision, Pakistan remains "neutral" — in line with a unanimous resolution passed by a joint sitting of parliament in 2015 stating that Pakistan will not become a party to any war in the Middle East or any Arab state.

Disclosing the size of the deployment for the first time since the decision was announced, Dastagir said a total of 1,000 Pakistani troops are being sent to the Kingdom on a training mission. He said 1,600 Pakistani soldiers are already stationed in Saudi Arabia. The defence minister attempted to assure Senate that the troops will not be deployed outside the Kingdom's territory,
 
 
 
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Speculation on Korea-Allies joint military drill
 
   
 
While South Korea and the US participate in the largest multinational military exercise in Southeast Asia, the allies’ militaries have remained mum about the timeline and scope of their annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises.
 
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China mobile payments up to 81 trillion Yuan
 
   
 
China's mobile payments totaled 81 trillion yuan (about US $12.77 trillion) as of October 2017, the world's largest volume, official data showed.
 
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Defense, counter-terrorism on Trudeau agenda in India
 
   
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived on a week-long state visit to India aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations in key areas such as trade, counter-terrorism, energy, education, infrastructure and development.
 
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Groups call for charges to be dropped against Cambodian activists
 
   
 
A group of 35 international labour and human rights advocacy groups yesterday called for charges against a trio of Cambodian civil society activists to be dropped.
 
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