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The development also comes at a time when the White House and Trump's legal team are readying for the next phase of the process after nearly a month waiting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to transmit the articles of impeachment.

Trump approved the 2020 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), which will increase the US' defence spending by about $20 billion, or about 2.8 per cent, at a signing ceremony held at the Joint Base Andrews near Washington.

Sputnik reported that Trump tweeted, apparently responding to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's purported indecisiveness to continue with the impeachment trial in the US Senate.

The US has been negotiating with the Taliban in the last few months at Doha despite the group's reluctance to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, which it views as a US puppet.

Modi and Putin spent a lot of time together while visiting the 'Zvezda' Shipbuilding Complex. In a special gesture to the Prime Minister, the Russian President also accompanied the former while exploring possible areas of cooperation in the shipbuilding sector.

The US currently has about 14,000 service members in Afghanistan, and the move would reduce troop levels to one of the lowest points in the history of the 18-year long war. The figure had swelled to nearly 100,000 at the highest mark in 2011 and dipped to 8,300 in 2017, reported USA Today.

PM Modi congratulated Bahrain on the recent discovery of huge oil and gas reserves and highlighted the interest of Indian energy companies to pursue opportunities of conventional exploration as well as the development of newly discovered oil and gas assets in the gulf country.

More than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee the northern Rakhine in western Myanmar following a brutal military crackdown in 2017. The United Nations said that the offensive against the ethnic group included mass killings and gang rapes executed with "genocidal intent".

Trump's remarks on Saeed's arrest came ahead of the maiden visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to the US. The meeting would focus on improving bilateral ties between the two countries.

Expanding the strategic template of our relationship. PM Narendra modi met Japanese PM Abe Shinzo ahead of the #G20Summit. Discussed broad range of topics of mutual interest. PM said that he was looking forward to visit of PM Abe to India later this year for the Annual Summit, " tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar