Friday, 16 Apr, 2021


France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. In an email obtained by French news agency AFP, the country's embassy in Pakistan warned of "serious threats to French interests in

US to impose sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks

The US government is set to issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia, according to reports. The move would be retaliation for cyber-attacks aimed at the US, including alleged interference in the 2020 presidential elections. The sanctions, expected as soon as Thursday, target

US troops to leave Afghanistan by 11 September

US President Joe Biden is set to announce that American troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, officials have told US media. The US would miss a May deadline for a pull-out agreed with the Taliban by the Trump administration last year. The new deadline would coincide with

Biden, Putin discuss future summit meeting in phone call

United States President Joseph Biden and President Vladimir Putin of Russia spoke by telephone on Friday and Biden proposed a future summit meeting between the two leaders, as the new US administration seeks a more constructive relationship with Moscow. “They discussed a number

China launches hotline for people to report 'illegal' history comments

China's cyber regulator has launched a hotline to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history, vowing to crack down on "historical nihilists" ahead of the party's 100th anniversary in July. The tip line allows people to report fellow

Pakistan hopes to get $1bn debt relief from G-20

Islamabad: Pakistan is hoping to get around $1 billion relief from G-20, the economic affairs ministry said. It will include $785 million worth of pause on principal loan repayments and the remaining on account of interest repayments. The G-20 finance ministers and central bank

Pakistan: Journalist shot dead in Karak

Islamabad: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a local journalist in Pakistan's Karak district on Saturday, media reports said. The victim was identified by the local media as Waseem Alam. He was working as the joint editor of local newspaper Sada-e-lawaghir. According to the FIR,

Pakistan assisting Turkey to develop nuclear arsenal, control Kabul

Pakistan is reportedly helping Ankara to develop nuclear weapons and control Kabul by expanding Turkish President Recep Tyyip Erdogan’s Caliphate expedition to the country, according to media reports. This comes after Pakistan’s Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee

Tesla scouts for showroom space in India, hires executive

Tesla Inc is scouting for locations to open showrooms in three Indian cities and has hired an executive to lead its lobbying and business efforts ahead of its planned entry into the country, sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters. The electric-car maker in January

Sindh Human Rights Commission takes notice of human rights violations

In Pakistan’s Sindh province, the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairperson retired Justice Majida Rizvi on Tuesday took note of the human rights violations in a public hearing held at Darbar Hall of Dadu Deputy Commissioner’s Office. After the hearing, Rizvi pledged

Sri Lankan currency faces heat following currency swap with China

A significant depreciation on the Sri Lankan rupee has been noticed after entering into a currency swap agreement with China as it cannot be used for the strengthening of the country’s foreign reserves, reported leading Lankan media outlet The Leader. In the wake of depleting

Iran vows revenge for 'Israeli' attack on Natanz nuclear site

The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will "take revenge" for an attack on an underground nuclear site, for which it has blamed Israel. Iranian officials said the Natanz uranium enrichment plant was the target of "nuclear terrorism" on Sunday, after

King Salman orders to shorten taraweeh prayers to 10 raka’ts at 2 Holy Mosques

MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered to shorten taraweeh prayers (special night prayers) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the

China’s inroads into the Pakistani economy - opinion

While the Pakistani president and foreign minister visited China at the height of pandemic in March 2020, the scheduled visit of Chinese President Xi Xinping to Pakistan was deferred several times. Getting the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) Authority law passed high handedly

Myanmar coup: 'Dozens killed' in military crackdown in Bago

More than 80 people have been killed by Myanmar security forces in a crackdown on a protest in the city of Bago, activists say. The military is reported to have taken away the bodies of those killed, and the true number of deaths may never be accurately established. Witnesses told

China’s population seen growing older in economic danger sign

China’s once-a-decade census is expected to show a further fall in the percentage of young people in its fast-ageing population as high living costs and an aversion to having children among urban couples push China closer to a demographic crunch. Policymakers are under pressure

15 kinds of border activities to be banned in Tibet

BEIJING: The official WeChat account of Tibet Daily issued a notice about bans on 15 kinds of border activities in the Tibet Autonomous Region on April 6. Formulated in accordance with China’s Criminal Law, Law on Penalties for Administration of Public Security, Exit and Entry

US sanctions Pakistan-based transnational human smuggling network

Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan is the key figure sanctioned by the US treasury department along with his network, the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organisation (TCO) The US treasury department on Wednesday sanctioned a Pakistan-based transnational human smuggling network that

10 Myanmar police killed in attack by ethnic armies: Reports

An alliance of ethnic armies in Myanmar that has opposed the general’s crackdown on anti-coup protests attacked a police station in the east on Saturday and killed at least 10 policemen, local media said. The police station at Naungmon in Shan state was attacked early in the

Gun salutes planned across UK as Prince Philip dies at 99

Gun salutes to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are due to take place later across the UK, in Gibraltar and from warships at sea. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years, died on Friday. Aged 99, he was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.