Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2021

International

World leaders welcome US transfer of power 

Several world leaders said they were looking forward to Wednesday’s transfer of power in the United States, where Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as president after four turbulent years under Donald Trump. President Hassan Rouhani did not miss the opportunity to hail the

Joe Biden to be sworn in as 46th US president

Summary: Joe Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th US president just before 17:00 GMT in Washington. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office alongside him - the first woman to hold that position. Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony after

Biden, Kamala’s inauguration today

The United State of America will soon have a new President and Vice President. Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the USA, while Indian-origin politician Kamala Harris will take oath as the 49th Vice President of the country. Kamala will become the first woman Vice

Donald Trump's farewell: We did what we came to do

US President Donald Trump has made his farewell address before leaving office, saying: "We did what we came to do - and so much more." In a video posted on YouTube, he said he took on "the tough battles, the hardest fights... because that's what you elected me to

Pak authority slams PIA for being 'unaware of international leasing laws'

Slamming the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for its "irresponsible attitude and maladministration", the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that the PIA seemed to be "unaware of international civil aviation leasing laws". Citing sources, Geo News reported

PDM announces new round of anti-government rallies across Pakistan

Accusing Imran Khan of seeking the biggest National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in the foreign funding case, the PDM chief said "Foreign funding case is the biggest scandal in the country's history and Imran Khan is the main accused in the case." The 11-party

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

US President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the country without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump

US blacklists Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation

The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List.   Both companies threaten US national security, CNOOC

Tibetan community accuse China of sabotaging polls

The Tibetan community has accused China of attempting to sabotage the Tibetan government in exile and Tibetan Parliament's election. The polling was held recently. While the elections held earlier this month went on smoothly in India, Russia and other countries, the Tibetan

Unsafe drinking water supplied to nearly 100 million Chinese people

Nearly 100 million people in China have been supplied with drinking water containing unsafe levels of toxic chemicals. A team from Tsinghua University has observed the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) that are man-made chemicals used in fabrics and pesticides, by using data

Biden to reverse Trump’s Muslim travel ban on inauguration day

On his first day in office, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue a number of executive orders, including one rescinding the controversial travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries. According to a memo circulated on Saturday by Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White

Alexei Navalny: EU and US demand release of poisoned Putin critic

The United States and several European governments have demanded the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny from Russian detention. Mr Navalny, 44, was detained by police soon after his flight from Germany landed in Moscow on Sunday. The activist was returning to the county

96 killed, nearly 70,000 displaced as quake, floods hit Indonesia

The death toll from a strong earthquake and floods in the central parts of Indonesia has risen to 96, with nearly 70,000 people forced to flee home and take shelter, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Monday (Jan 18). A total of 81 people were killed after the

At least 48 people killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence, according to state media. “The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48,” the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of

PTI blames its agent in US for ‘illegal funding’

In an apparent departure from its stance of denying any illegal funding from the United States, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has now come up with an explanation that if any funds were collected illegally through two US companies registered after Imran Khan’s written instructions,

Canadian MP supports Modi govt plan to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in Valley

Bob Saroya, a Member of Parliament from Markham-Unionville, Canada condemned the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in January 1990 and supported the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to resettle them in the Valley. In a statement on the 31st anniversary of the attack on the

Pakistan stepped up crackdown on media, failed to stem violence against women, minorities in 2020: Report

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2021 said that Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan government intensified its crackdown on the media, political opponents and civil society in 2020, while failing to stem violence against women and minorities. The report mentions that

Joe Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants

President-elect Joe Biden's decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Biden will announce

Indonesia quake toll hits 56 as rescuers race to find survivors

The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has jumped to 56, authorities said on Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains of rubble. More than 820 people were injured and about 15,000 left

Biden inauguration: All 50 US states on alert for armed protests

All 50 US states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. National Guard troops have been sent en masse to Washington DC, to deter any repeat of last week's deadly