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US may stop military aid to Pakistan, delays Nawab Sharif’s visit to Washington

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Washington: In what can turn into a big blow to Pakistan, the US administration has refused to certify the effectiveness of the efforts of Pakistan to curb terrorism, without which Pakistan will not receive the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).

Photo: www.pakistantoday.com.pk
Photo: www.pakistantoday.com.pk

CSF is the military reimbursement that US gives to Pakistan in return for its logistical support to US and coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan. After the US reduced its military deployment in Afghanistan, the CSF was scheduled to end in 2014, but Obama administration renewed it for another year by putting additional stipulations like certification of Pakistan’s counterterror activities by defense secretary etc., according to a report published in Times of India.

But US is not happy with Pakistan after it tried to keep the deaths of Taliban chief Mullah Omar and Haqqani network leader Jalaluddin Haqqania from the US. This has caused a trust deficit in the US towards Pakistan.

It is also being speculated that the US is delaying the proposed visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Washington. Though the visit has been mentioned in the Pakistani media, no official announcements have been made by the US administration.

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Apple to shut its last Watch-exclusive store in May

Apple's shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by more than 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 to eight million

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Apple will shut down its last of the three Apple Watch-exclusive stores — located in Tokyo — it built when it launched the wearable in 2015.

On May 13, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. Twitter user Shotaro Akiba has shared a photo on the microblogging platform showing the department store’s announcement, Engadget reported on Sunday.

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Many apps pulled out of the watchOS. VOA

Apple had shut down the other two stores in London and Paris last year. According to 9to5mac website, the shop held a sale in which it was selling the remaining Apple Watch Edition inventory for as little as $700.

These 18-karat gold watches were sold for at least $10,000 and as much as $17,000 when they first became available, the report said.

Earlier this month, high-profile applications, including Instagram, Amazon, Google Maps and Twitter, pulled out their apps from the WatchOS. Driven by Apple Watch Series 3 shipments, the Cupertino-headquartered giant shipped a record 18 million Watch devices in 2017 — an increase of 54 per cent compared to the previous year.

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“The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of Apple’s Watch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017,” Singapore-based market research firm Canalys said.

Apple’s shipments in the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by more than 32 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016 to eight million — the highest-ever number of shipments in a single quarter for any wearable vendor. IANS

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