Monday, 27 Sep, 2021


Pakistan: Circular debt doubles despite regular increase in electricity prices

A report from the Pakistan Ministry of Energy showed that circular debt has almost doubled in the last three years in the country despite a regular increase in electricity prices. In the final circular debt report for the fiscal year 2020-21, the ministry reported that debt has reached

Shanghai places hundreds in quarantine after airport COVID-19 cases

Authorities in Shanghai have quarantined hundreds of people in an attempt to halt a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the city after infections were detected in cargo workers at its airport, the municipal government said on Saturday. Some 120 people deemed close contacts of the infected five

Italy: Afghan diaspora hold anti-Taliban protests

An anti-Taliban demonstration took place at Republica Square in the heart of Rome. The event saw a gathering of around 100 people including Afghan expats from Pashton, Uzbek and Tajik communities. Several Italians and media persons joined the event in a show of expression of

7 Afghans killed in chaos at Kabul airport

A panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul's international airport killed seven Afghan civilians in the crowds, the British military said Sunday, showing the danger still posed to those trying to flee the Taliban's takeover of the country. The deaths come as a new,

Hurricane Grace kills eight as it rips through eastern Mexico

At least eight people are known to have died after Hurricane Grace tore through eastern Mexico, bringing torrential rain and high winds and causing power cuts and flooding. The deaths and the worst damage occurred in the state of Veracruz, where the storm uprooted trees when it made

Afghanistan: Blair calls US withdrawal tragic and unnecessary

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has described the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as "tragic, dangerous, and unnecessary" in his first statement since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. He said the decision was made "in obedience to an imbecilic slogan about ending

Taliban Co-Founder Baradar In Kabul For Talks On Setting Up Government: Official

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks on establishing a new "inclusive" government in Afghanistan, a senior official said. Other senior Taliban leaders seen in the capital in recent days include Khalil Haqqani -- one of

Malaysia’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob sworn in as new PM

Malaysia’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob was sworn in as the country’s ninth prime minister on Saturday, capping a week of political turmoil that forced his predecessor to resign amid a continuing health emergency because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Ismail Sabri is a veteran

Desperation deepens as Afghan evacuations falter

Desperation deepened around Kabul’s airport on Saturday with evacuation operations in chaos and US President Joe Biden warning he could not predict the outcome of one of the “most difficult airlifts in history”. Six days after the Taliban took back power in

Higher risk of Bell's palsy after Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine: Study

The risk of Bell's palsy, a type of facial paralysis, is higher after Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac, but should not be a deterrent to vaccination, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. "The beneficial and protective

Google, Facebook bypass China with undersea cable

Google and Facebook on Monday unveiled plans for a new undersea internet cable connecting Singapore, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia. Google and Facebook earlier this year had halted efforts on a planned undersea cable that would have connected California and Hong

China to mine rare earth minerals in Afghanistan: US Congressman

China is set to move to Afghanistan to mine rare earth minerals, media reports said quoting a US Congressman on Tuesday. "China will be moving in. There are rare earth minerals in (Afghanistan). I don't know why we didn't work with the Afghans to develop that, but we never

No American will be left behind in Kabul: Biden

US President Joe Biden has said US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond his withdrawal deadline, as armed Taliban fighters kept desperate evacuees from reaching Kabul's airport. Mr Biden wants US forces out by the end of this month, but up to 15,000 US citizens are stranded in the

Haiti earthquake death toll reaches 2,189

Fresh tremors shook buildings late on Wednesday in the southern Haitian city of Les Cayes, a Reuters witness said, a few days after a devastating earthquake killed almost 2,200 people across the Caribbean nation and injured thousands more. A police officer on patrol in Les Cayes said

Taliban says will respect women’s rights, press freedom

The Taliban is promising to protect women’s rights and press freedom in the group’s first news conference following its stunning takeover of Afghanistan as the group’s co-founder returned to the country. “We are going to allow women to work and study. We have

Evacuations from Afghanistan speed up as Taliban vow peace

Planes carrying hundreds of evacuees from Kabul arrived in the United Kingdom and Germany on Wednesday as Western nations stepped up evacuation efforts and the Taliban promised women’s rights, media freedom and amnesty for government officials in Afghanistan. A British Royal Air

UK to welcome 20,000 Afghans amid Taliban takeover

Thousands of Afghan refugees will be resettled in the UK after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, the UK government has promised. The new scheme will see up to 20,000 Afghans offered a route to set up home in the UK in the coming years. In the first year, 5,000 refugees will be

Haiti earthquake death toll reaches nearly 2,000

At least 1,941 people are known to have died in Haiti in Saturday's powerful earthquake - a rise of more than 500 on the previous figure, officials say. Nearly 10,000 people have been injured, and many are still missing after the the 7.2-magnitude tremor. Rescue work has been

Taiwan coast guard seizes Chinese oil ship near Penghu islands

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has seized a Chinese oil transport and supply ship after it crossed the nation's maritime border near waters off Taiwan-held Penghu Islands. Despite multiple radio warnings from the CGA's Penghu Offshore Flotilla, the

Protests in many countries against Taliban's seizure of Afghan territories

Multiple protests were held in Australia, Canada, the UK and Austria on Sunday against the Taliban's seizure of key regions and brutal offensive in Afghanistan. Afghan diaspora and other people living in Canada, Australia, Manchester and Vienna staged protests against the Taliban,