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4 Friday, April 6, 2018 National KARACHI: Head office: 509, Land Mark Plaza, I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Ph: +9221-32214988- 32214990, Fax: +9221-32214989, Chief Editor: Muhammad Taqi Alvi Associate Editor: Ali Razavi - Editor Special Reports: Muhammad Rafique Rajpar Hyderabad Bureau Chief: Abbas Kassar - Islamabad Bureau Chief: Hameedullah Khan ISLAMABAD –– LAHORE –– RAWALPINDI –– KARACHI SOCIO-POLITICS and its dramatic theaters in real life of society and politics have all but downed imaginary theaters with actors and live plays on the stage! Seems real life drama by social personalities and crafty politicians are much better played and acted out compared to live actors and live plays on the stage! DRAMAS in real life by leaders in various fields and guises have all ingredients resembling a formula film: These have fiery speeches, unbelievable claims, promises made and broken, full of suspense and tensions with tragedies each moment. Main story=line is of fooling people with deception, defrauding people and giving them high hopes again, with dreams of being or becoming the best in the world. INCREDIBLE scenarios like that are a routine now though with a worse situation on ground, of astounding poverty, torturing illiteracy and ignorance, inhuman extremism and condemnable suicidal terrorism, with all and sundry fighting against the villains, with outcome dwindling between defeat and success. LEADERS assure people that their country and nation will also go and live on Mars planet: Such promises are made by mostly those failing politicians who beg for votes from their dear nations before elections. Their dramatics have effectively downed imaginary theaters with actors and plays on stage. Even Hollywood, Bollywood and Lollywood film stars could not have done it better! Amazing are false appearance, speeches and performances of real life political actors and their vows of making Pakistan an Asian tiger or Islamabad's nuking conquest prospect with Islamization and everyone becoming a Muslim worldwide! US President Barek Hussain Obama, of dual Christian- Muslim background, whom his adversaries call as "that Black Man in White House", was a formidable source that made Muslims fuel their world conquering ambitions in their centuries of blood-spilling history once again. But, alas, more than any Christian president, this half Muslim and half Christian president was misused to further divide and rule over Muslims by making Islamic and un-Islamic forces within Muslim world fight and kill each other. It was all done under a disguise of fight against terrorism which not only failed in its claim of reducing the then existing terrorism, but has succeeded like anything in further increasing the reasons and spread of terrorism worldwide. The world population simply loves thrillers like these being played by Muslim rulers all over the Islamic world and in America, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere on this doomed planet earth. BACK to theatrics: Pakistan has a growing theatre culture, with English and Urdu theater being the dominant forms. In 1855, the enactment of the play Inder Sabha (the Heavenly Court of Indra) written by Agha Hasan Amanat in the courtyard of the last Nawab of Oudh, WajidAli Shah, marked the beginning of Urdu theater. The drama dealt with the love story between a fairy and a prince. Its characters live on as a part of the vocabulary of South Asia. The distinct voice of Pakistani literature came soon By PAWAN Kumar Bagri Community which are living in whole Pakistan, as well as in Sindh . but most of them live in Sindh. Common people observe (Bagri) as a Gypsy (Khana Badosh.) This community is living in Pakistan before the separation in peaceful. manner . They are understood as a indigenous People Of Sindh or Pakistan . Bagris have their own culture including food, living standards etc and are mostly s different from other communities. In our society they are known as Schedule caste . the accent of their language is different like other communities , no one can get or understand easily . They firstly start from these words (hey, hey, hooo ,) like this. I have not seen any knowledge or writen articles, blog etc about Bagri community. Zero Percent ratio In education, of a community they don’t try to get into school for study of their children’s, they don’t prefer to education this is the main reason of their remaining uneducated as such also backward. Even according the Bagri people yet they don’t have any Doctor, Engineer, Teacher in the other of fields, they have also not good leader for raising their voice among the parties. Most of the tribes of Bagri community shift from one palace to another palace for searching their survival or business, their whole life spent in the struggle for surviving like gypsies as such their pattern of living remains unchanged since centuries., but this community would not change itself they also are in same condition by the all aspect . they also run their business of Vegetable or Fruit (sabzi farosh) . This community is suffering many of issues including, Education, Health, Water, Accommodation , and others things considered essential for living. They have not good condition of homes because they prefer to their cultures they would love to live in wooden and hey Huts Rather Than Homes. They lives in every district of the Sindh Province mostly they prefer to EDITORIAL Socio-political dramas of our leaders downed imaginary plays in theaters! OPINION after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Initially the plays were all about the independence and the atrocities committed on the Muslims by the Hindus and Sikhs but this gradually began to change and the current trend is specifically Pakistani venturing into many different genres. Sadat H. Manto revolutionized theatrics with his plays on topics of love, sex, incest, prostitution and the typical hypocrisy of a traditional South Asian male. Theaters played a significant role in documenting the hardships and hopes of Pakistan in the latter part of the 20th century. Some characters have become legends in the minds of theatergoers. During the late 1980s Umer Sharif became the most well known stage performer who also starred with another comedy legend MoinAkhter. Bakra Qistoon Pay is considered by critics in India & Pakistan to be the show that made stage plays what they are today in Pakistan. The general complaint in conservative circles is that commercial theater is lowbrow and thrives on obscene dialogue and dances. The fact is that at least three departments are tasked with monitoring the activities of commercial theater. From the Punjab Arts Council, which is responsible for vetting the scripts to District Coordination Officers, who are authorized to monitor the screening of plays, to the Home Department that actually takes action against producers, directors, artistes and theatre owners, the dice is loaded against entertainment at every step. These departments need to improve, not discourage, theatrics in Pakistan. Commercial theater is surviving all kinds of accusations and, in some cases, even thriving. But theatrics have overall died down. Theaters and plays can be made alive again, if public and private sectors cooperate. Sick of everyday economic hardships and political defeats daily, people want entertainment and are prepared to watch plays despite risks of losing their lives, lest any bomb blow them all! Just like any demand and supply situation, since there is a demand for entertainment, there will be a supply. However, theatrics were partly reduced wrongly into a prostitution business, and became an excuse for much of theaters closure. The moral brigade’s claims of vulgarity and calls for closure of commercial theater had become common in Gujranwala, Faislabad, Multan and Sahiwal. Most of the complaints originate from a small community alleged to be religious extremists and zealots while it's said that the majority of people enjoy the performances. In Lahore, most of the audience come from other cities. The theaters are packed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. A stage play usually runs for 16 days and earns around two million rupees in that time. Tickets cost from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000. It's not very appealing to people who can see a movie at lesser cost. But people pay to enjoy seeing the actors alive on stage, rather than in a film put on screen by a projector. The props and settings of some plays were of a high standard and this explains the cost of the tickets which range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 or more and the kind of audience that is expected. Aborigines of Sindh- bagris still living as nomads live in the villages. In the site of Indus river Hussainbad Hyderabad many of families had been migrated to other cities due to some problems, meanwhile yet more than 150 to 200 hundred families are living now in the peaceful environment excluding lack of facilities. They have culture to sit to gather every day with their families male and female and would share their views regarding daily matters. According to Bagri communities’ people before the separation of Pakistan the people of Bagri community worked as farmers, means they mostly worked for the Agricultural Lands and Fruit Orchards. in Sindhi called Baagh from which their case name is derived. then they called by other people as a Bagri , this is the basic reason of Bagri, while In the India a town namely (Bagarr) a people who migrate from India to Pakistan they also called as Bagri . in the society people Call them as a Bagri and the also felt honor to being a Bagri . Even they have no any employment ratio in Government job s, during the survey we found one important thing that they are starving, unemployment and facing financial problems, they have less than 10 percent ratio in the education system . The people of Bagri community told they have their own culture as well their females and mal have different dresses , the public look them in the others ways and they felt shy among the people , they also faced problems like discrimination , their port are also separate, during the year they Bagri people worked as a farmer , mostly they would prefer to live in sindh province mostly thy lives Shaikh birkyou near to Hyderabad , Hosri , Matiari and other district of Sindh . most of them belongs to the Hindu religion , their culture and religious and point of view is also same . they also celebrated religious event of Hindus by the core of heart , according to the Bagri culture they done their children’s marriage at the age of between 10 to 15 years , the all people of Bagri community would like to wear (Shalwar kamees ) 6 colliers die of suffocation caused by toxic gas in coal mine SURAB: As many as 6 persons died in a coal mine after inhaling the poisonous gas spread in the mine in Siah kamb, in the area of Surab, District Qillat. The bodies of the dead laborers have been shifted to Civil Hospital. 6 laborers died after inhaling toxic gas filled in the mine on Thursday. The workers of coal mine pulled out the dead laborers out of the mine by themselves and took them to the hospital. District Management said that the dead laborers were not having the permission letter for mining. They were working illegally. On the other hand, the missing foreign tourists from the area of Gogarat in district Bolan have been traced . HYDERABAD: Two girls drink Lassi to quench their thirst during scorching hot weather. NAB files reference against 13 for corruption in PWDCHS ISLAMABAD: The plots into commercial plots the Pak PWD Employees National Accountability The accused against Cooperative Housing Bureau (NAB), Rawalpindi has filed a reference in whom the reference has been filed by the NAB Society, Islamabad, Aamir Riaz Raja, Ex-Secretary, Accountability Court including Imdad Hussain Chaudhary . Asif Irshad, Islamabad against 13 former Chaughati and Muhammad Ex-Vice President, Rana officials of District Office Ashfaq Shahid, former Abdul Shakoor, Executive (Cooperatives) and ex office District Officers Member ,Imran Ahmad bearers of Pak PWD Cooperative, Muhammad Khan, Ex- Technical Employees Cooperative Hafeez, Ex. Deputy District Member, Rana Dil Nawaz, Housing Society, Islamabad Officer Cooperative, Ex-officio Member, Malik for misusing the authority Rawalpindi, Muhammad Moeed Ilyas, Ex-Treasurer and converting residential Ramzan, Ex-President of of the society. Anti-India demos on Mehbooba’s visit to Kangan SRINAGAR: The puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti faced forceful anti-India protests during her visit to the family of a martyr, Gowhar Ahmad Rather, in Kangan area of Ganderbal district. According to KMS, people including men and women took to streets and held protests on Mehbooba Mufti’s arrival in the town. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Kangan town remains shut against the killing of the youth. All shops and business establishments are closed while public transport is off the road in the area. Meanwhile, in Tral area of Pulwama district youth pelted the Indian troops with stones at bus stand and Aabghar Chowk, triggering a shutdown. Shopkeepers lowered their shutters while traffic disappeared from the roads. In Palhalan area of Pattan in Baramulla district, youth also took to the streets and staged protests. Shopkeepers, too, downed their shutters. Staff Reporter THATTA: The son of an influential leader of Pakistan Peoples Party who along with other his abettors allegedly gang-raped a Hindu youngster in Daro Town of district Sujawal the area of Sindh, was arrested on Thursday earlier by Sujawal Police, where the main accused Arbab Ibrahim Memon and half a dozen other men tortured the victim besides raping him some days ago. On the other hand, the victim is an 18-years-old boy whose family has migrated to Hyderabad city and was not available for comment to this reporter despite of repeated attempts. Peoples workers union municipal committee Badin holds protest demo for acceptance of demands Staff Reporter BADIN: Peoples workers union municipal committee Badin staged protest demonstration in front of Badin press club for acceptance of their demands. The protest led by union president, Anwer Mallah, Gen. Secretary, Jetho, Faqeero Gujrati, Mushtaque Punjabi, Chaman and others which was participated by huge number of men, women SRINAGAR: Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Senior Superintendent of Police, Shopian, directing him to submit a detailed compliance report about civilian killings and the human Revealing the action taken in this regard, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal confirmed that two employees of the health department, Saleh Memon and Saleem Ghugho had been suspended, he revealed. Responding the media Mr. Siyal maintained that he have ordered the police to take action and arrest the culprits involved as sooner as possible and asserted that action will be taken irrespective of the influence of these rapists. Other hand, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, President, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) while taking with media said that a serious notice has been taken of the incident by the party and children. They also paid sit -in for several hours. While talking with journalists representatives of union said they were demanding scholarship for children, son quota, audit of their service books, due promotions and service structure but officials were not accepting their legitimate demands. They said they would continue their protest and strike till acceptance of demands. shield incident during the cordon and search operations by Indian troops in Shopian on Sunday. According to KMS, the commission issued the order in response to a petition filed by the and local office bearer of PPP Taluka Daro, Arabab Ibrahim Memon has been dismissed from his party portfolio because of his illicit and inhuman act. Whereas, IGP Sindh, AD The tourists had stayed in Gogarat for camping but they had forgotten the way to return. Tourists have been moved to Bolan under high security measures from where they will be shifted to Islamabad. Literature festival to take place at AIOU next week ISLAMABAD: A threeday literature festival (carnival) will be held here at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) next week for providing an opportunity to students and researchers to showcase their skill-based and community-related projects. It will be the second such event, being arranged at University’s level to engage the students and the academicians in socio-economic and literary activities, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over a meeting that reviewed the carnival’s arrangements. The event will be open for students, researchers and others relevant academic groups from within and outside the University to set up their stalls in order to promote communityacademia interaction. It will also be an occasion of promoting Library’s development and management. Doctors tortured by patients’ attendants ISLAMABAD: Police Station Karachi Company has registered a case against accused that were allegedly involved in violence incident on doctors in the Pakistan Institute of medical Sciences (PIMS). According to details, Dr. Saqib filed an application with the police, which stated that the more thirteen to fourteen attendants of Thalassemia patients brutally thrashed him and taken his cell phone and wallet from him The doctors sustained injuries on his forehead, neck and arm. The doctors on duty tried their level best to save the patient’s life .As a matter of fact ,she was brought to PIMS after being refused admission by hospitals in Abbatabad and Rawalpindi because of her critical condition. Karachi company police registered a case against the accused and started raids for their arrest. Report on killings, human shield incident sought from police Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. The petition has alsosought medical assistance of more than 200 injured persons. Police arrest involved main accused of Daro incident Khuwaja through a social media has ensured the people of Sindh that every possible efforts and serious action would be taken for bringing the beasts behind the bars.

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The Iranian foreign min- WASHINGTON: Some US officials say President Donald Trump has been persuaded not to withdraw troops from Syria immediately, despite his recent announcement that the United States would "be coming out of Syria very soon.” According to reports, top US Defense and State ister denounced the mass killing of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip by Israeli military forces and called for international investigation into Israel’s criminal actions. “We condemn the Department officials have adopted a totally different stance than that of Trump’s regarding the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, arguing that the US shall not leave the Arab country anytime soon as the “mission is not over.” Trump’s advisers now have reportedly convinced him that an abrupt withdrawal from Syria could risk resurgence by the Daesh terrorist group The White House said on Wednesday the US military mission in Syria would come to a "rapid end,” but refused to provide a timetable for a complete troop withdrawal. The White House statement said Daesh was almost completely decimated, and that Washington would consult its allies about the American withdrawal. A top Trump administration official told NBC News on Wednesday that the president agreed in a meeting with his national security team Tuesday to keep American military presence in Syria for an undetermined period, but "wasn't thrilled about it, to say the killings of civilians, including women and children in Palestine. We want an international tribunal to be established to fully restore the rights of the Palestinians and free Palestine from occupation,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA). On Friday, Gazans marched to the fence with the occupied lands at the start of a six-week protest, dubbed “The Great March least.” When his advisers told him they needed more time to complete the mission, Trump demanded to know how much longer, the senior administration official said. "If you need more time, how much more time do you need? Six months? A year?" he asked, according to the official. His team said they could not tell how long it will take to defeat Daesh terrorists and train local forces to protect their gains after the United States leaves. The official said Trump reluctantly agreed to give the effort more time when advisers reminded him that he has spoken against setting deadlines in foreign military oper- of Return,” demanding the right to return for Palestinians driven out of their homeland. The first day of the demonstrations turned violent after Israeli forces used tear gas and live fire against the Palestinians, killing 19 and injuring almost 1,500 Gazans. Zarif further called for efforts to restore the Palestinian rights, particularly with regard to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital and end of Israel’s blockade on Gaza Strip. The Iranian minister noted that the Israeli regime relies on the support of the US and some of its regional allies in committing crimes against Palestinians. Germany's Merkel plans Trump 'persuaded not to pull out to visit Trump as trade deadline looms: Bild immediately' from Syria: Officials BERLIN: German North Korea's Kim told Xi he wanted to resume six-party disarmament talks: Nikkei TOKYO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Chinese President Xi Jinping during talks in Beijing last week that he agreed to return to sixparty talks on his nation’s nuclear program and missile tests, the Nikkei newspaper said on Thursday. Months of chill between Beijing and Pyongyang appeared to suddenly vanish during Kim’s secretive visit, with China saying that Kim had pledged his commitment to denuclearization. Quoting multiple sources connected to China and North Korea, the Nikkei said that, according to documents issued after Kim and Xi met, Kim told Xi that he agreed to resuming the sixparty talks, which were last held in 2009. North Korea declared the on-again, off-again MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he had accepted the resignation of his justice secretary, the eighth member of his cabinet to leave since last year, and had picked the heads of the country’s security forces. Duterte gave no reason for letting go staunch loyalist and former university classmate VitalianoAguirre, but it came at a time of rampant media speculation he would be sacked over his performance. The president made the announcement during a speech, calling Aguirre “my fraternity brother”. He was replaced by Menardo talks dead at the time, blaming U.S. aggression. The talks grouped the two Koreas, the United States, Russia, Japan and host China. The sources said it was also possible that Kim could convey his willingness to resume the talks to Guevarra, a lawyer who was the deputy executive secretary in the president’s office. Duterte named Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde as the new head of the 175,000-member national police force, replacing the tough-talking Ronald dela Rosa, whose extended tenure ends soon. Presidential spokesman U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit set to take place in May, but that it was far from clear if that meant the talks would actually resume. Chinese officials were not immediately able to comment. Philippines' Duterte lets justice minister resign, picks heads of security forces Harry Roque had earlier said there were no indications Duterte would fire Aguirre, who attended a monthly cabinet meeting late on Wednesday. Roque also announced the appointment of Lieutenant-General Carlito Galvez, who led troops in a five-month-long battle in a southern city last year, as the new military chief. Albayalde and Galvez will assume their positions next week after the president returned from trips to China and Hong Kong, Roque added. The changes will trigger changes in security forces’ leadership. Brazil's top court rules that ex-president Lula can be jailed BRASILIA: Brazil’s Supreme Court early on Thursday rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s plea to avoid prison while he appeals a corruption conviction, in a vote that likely ends his political career and deepens divisions in the country. The pivotal vote was cast by Justice Rosa Weber against Lula’s request to avoid jail and begin serving his 12-year sentence for accepting bribes. Weber was seen as the only swing vote and her decision sealed Lula’s fate. He may be jailed within a week. Lula is still Brazil’s most popular politician, despite his conviction and six separate pending corruption trials. WASHINGTON: The United States plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week under a law targeting Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in what could be the most aggressive move so far against Russia’s business elite. The action, which could affect people close to President Vladimir Putin, reflects Washington’s desire to hold Russia to account for allegedly interfering in the election - which Moscow denies - even as U.S. President Donald Trump holds out hope for good relations with Putin. Trump has faced fierce criticism for doing too little to punish Russia for the election meddling and other actions, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit U.S. President Donald Trump on April 27, just before the expiry of an exemption for the European Union from U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum, mass-selling daily Bild reported on Thursday. The newspaper said in its online edition that several sources had confirmed Merkel’s trip to the United States later this month. Her office had no immediate comment on the report. The meeting would take place just after a visit, already confirmed, by French President Emmanuel Macron on April 24. The twin visits would give the European Union’s two leading national leaders the opportunity to lobby for the bloc to be exempted permanently from the steel and aluminum tariffs. The tariffs are suspended for the EU until May 1. SJA Jafri Bureau Chief Australia probing whether his campaign colluded with the Russians, an allegation the president denies. The sanctions, which two sources said would be announced as early as Thursday, would follow the March 15 U.S. decision to sanction 19 people and five Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are rumored to be dating ever since they met on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela in 2013. But the couple has never admitted the relationship in public. Now, the rumors of their imminent wedding are doing the rounds again and the latest buzz is that the lovebirds would tie the knot some time by the end of 2018. And when asked about the rumors of marrying Ranveer this year, Deepika said that she could see herself as a working wife or a mother. "Marriage is an important institution for me. I've seen my parents, and it's the way that I've been brought up. When it is the right time, I'll feel it. It'll happen when it has to happen," Deepika said in a recent interview with Film Companion. She added, "It's too much a part of my life for me to say I can walk away Friday, April 6, 2018 International from work. But I think that home, family, parents, marriage - these things are very important for me. Today I 5 Deepika Padukone opens up about marrying Ranveer Singh GAZA: A Palestinian man has been killed as he came under attack by an Israeli aircraft in the Gaza Strip, less than a week after Tel Aviv’s forces launched a bloody crackdown on an anti-occupation protest in the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli army claimed the man had arms and was getting close to the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories when its aircraft fired at him early Thursday morning. The army would not can see myself as a working wife or mother. I think I'd drive everybody around me mad if I didn't work." 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"Every hour during the morning peak, 15,000 pedestrians cross the Spencer and Collins Street intersection outside Southern Cross Station, which is five times the number of people in cars, yet cars are given twice the amount of time as pedestrians to pass through." The zones, already used in Barcelona, could be introduced in parts of the entities, including Russian intelligence services, for cyber attacks stretching back at least two years. While the steps were the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump took office in January 2017, his decision at the time not to target oligarchs and government officials close to Putin drew criticism from U.S. lawmakers in both parties. This week’s actions will include sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including some with ties to Putin as well as to the Russian government, according to immediately comment on what type of weapon the man was carrying. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the incident, saying the Palestinian died in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City after being targeted by an Israeli strike near the border, but did not identify the victim. The incident comes as fresh demonstrations are expected along the Israeli- Gaza border this Friday. On March 30, Gazans marched to the border fence at the start of a sixweek protest, dubbed “The Great March of Return.” The mass protest, however, turned violent when Israeli military forces used lethal force to disperse the crowd. Israel had previously deployed military vehicles and special forces, including 100 snipers, to Gaza’s border. The regime’s forces had also been authorized to shoot at the demonstrators. Footage that circulated online following the protests showed that those who were shot posed no threat to Israeli troops. The death toll from Israel’s crackdown rose to 19 earlier today, when a Palestinian man, identified as Shadi Hamdan, died of the wounds he had sustained Friday when he was shot by Israeli forces in the east of the city of Rafah, located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Gaza City. Car-free superblocks proposed in Melbourne CBD, with shared spaces prioritised for walking, cycling, residents' cars and deliveries, and speed limits reduced to 10km/h. But Andrews shunned the idea, saying increasing public transport infrastructure like the under-construction Metro rail tunnel is better for improving congestion and safety. "I'm not convinced that it would improve traffic flow, I'm not convinced it would improve safety," he told reporters. US plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week two U.S. officials briefed on the deliberations. Four sources said the sanctions would be imposed under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, also known as CAATSA, which was passed by Republicans and Democrats seeking to punish Russia for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. U.S.-Russian ties have worsened with allegations, which Moscow denies, that Russia was responsible for a March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain. On March 26, the United States and several European states announced plans to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response.

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