Pakistan on Tuesday warned it would not desist from using its nuclear arsenal in case of war with longtime rival India. Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told local Express TV channel: “Pakistan has not developed these [nuclear] weapons to showcase. They are meant for our defense. “I want to make it clear that Pakistan will go out and spare no option if Indian forces enter our territorial borders.” Source Anadolu Agency
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Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Source Reuters
Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha. Source Reuters
The ECB has approved the yuan as a reserve currency. This is a symbolic but historic step for China, which can now establish its currency in Europe as a counterweight to the US dollar, says DW’s Frank Sieren. Source Deutsche Welle