Monday, September 27, 2021

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UNESCO should expel Afghanistan, Pakistan from its body'

NEW DELHI:UNESCO should expel not only Afghanistan but also Pakistan from its body. Neither should be eligible for UNESCO aid. The same holds true for China. That all three are currently on UNESCO's executive board is a mockery, writes Michael Rubin.

US maintains sanctions pressure on Taliban, restrictions to finances

NEW DELHI: The US administration said it has maintained sanctions pressure on the Taliban and its leaders, as well as the significant restrictions on their access to the international financial system.

113 leaders, members of Tunisia's Islamist party resign

TUNIS: A total of 113 leaders and members of Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahdha (Renaissance) have announced their collective resignation due to "lack of reforms", the national Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.

4 Pakistani security personnel killed in blast

ISLAMABAD: Four security personnel were killed and two others injured in a blast in Pakistan's Balochistan province, police said. The incident took place on Saturday when a vehicle of paramilitary troops Frontier Corps hit the explosives planted along the road in Harnai district, police sources in the area told Xinhua news agency.

Four protests held outside UN as Modi spoke

UNITED NATIONS: Four separate sparsely-attended protests were held outside the UN on Saturday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the the United Nations General Assembly.

Taliban hang dead bodies in city squares of Herat

NEW DELHI:The Taliban reportedly hung the dead bodies of four alleged kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning, the BBC reported.

Scalable, cost-effective': Modi headlines India's tech power at UNGA

UNITED NATIONS:Prime Minister Narendra Modi headlined India's scalable and "cost-effective" tech solutions within minutes of beginning his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

Biden loses ground with the American public

NEW DELHI: With his administration facing multiple challenges at home and abroad, US President Joe Biden's job approval rating has fallen sharply in the past two months, says a research by Pew Research Center.

Over 1,600 firefighters battle new blaze in California

LOS ANGELSE:  Over 1,600 firefighters are battling a new fast-moving wildfire that has grown to over 6,800 acres in northern California, authorities said on Saturday.

China's B-Team Pak bats for their human rights records

NEW DELHI:  Pakistan, on behalf of 65 countries, delivered a joint statement against interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Pakistani media on Turkey in Afghanistan

NEW DELHI:  Turkeys pro-activism in Afghanistan and the region, and its strident rhetoric attempting to project itself as a lead player in the Muslim world has led to its activities being thoroughly scrutinized by the media in different countries.

Pakistan to work with Taliban to stop TTP

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country would work with the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to stop the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other sources of terrorism emanating from the neighbouring country.

Syria conflict death toll tops 350,000: UN

GENEVA:  The UN has presented a report to the ongoing 48th session of the Human Rights Council, according to which 350,209 identified individuals were killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.

Heavy rain, floods affect over 300K people in Sudan

UNITED NATION:  Heavy rain and subsequent flooding have affected more than 300,000 people in 14 of Sudan's 18 states, and relief stocks are running low, UN humanitarians said.

Syria conflict death toll tops 350,000: UN

GENEVA: The UN has presented a report to the ongoing 48th session of the Human Rights Council, according to which 350,209 identified individuals were killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.

Yemen govt forces, Houthis continue fighting over Shabwa

SANNA: Battles over the control of Yemen's oil-rich province of Shabwa have continued to intensify between the Houthi rebels and government forces, a military official said.

India claim two silver medals in Archery World Championships

YANKTON:  India suffered another setback as its archers had to settle for silver medals in Women's Compound Team and Compound Mixed Team competitions at the World Archery Championships here in South Dakota.

Over 50 mafia members arrested in Italy's Sicily

ROME:  Over 50 mafia members were arrested in a police swoop in Italy's Sicily, authorities have confirmed.

Eruption of Spain's La Palma volcano continues for 6th day

MADRID:  Roads have remained closed and flights cancelled as the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano located in Spain's La Palma island continued for a sixth day.

Modi: Quad will bring peace and prosperity to Indo-Pacific, world

NEW YORK:  Quad will bring peace and prosperity to the Indo-Pacific region and the world with its positive approach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said at the start of the summit of its four leaders in Washington.

'Mr Prime Minister, we're going to continue to build on our strong partnership'

NEW YORK: US President Joe Biden said: "Mr Prime Minister, we're going to continue to build on our strong partnership", as he sat down with India's leader Narendra Modi in the Oval Office for their bilateral meeting on Friday.

China cooks the books

NEW DELHI:Either the case of Chile and Russia or the case of Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, we aren't short of stories where Ease of Doing Business data has been manipulated and misrepresented. The maximum irregularities that led to the misrepresentation of the data have been reported from China which followed the end of Ease of Doing Business Report.

Extreme wildfire in California prompts multiple mandatory evacuations

LOS AGGELES: An extreme wildfire in northern California which has expanded to 1,200 acres in just 24 hours, has led to multiple mandatory evacuation orders, under which over 4,000 residents have fled from their homes.

Harris asking Pakistan to act against terrorism

NEW YORK: US Vice President Kamala Harris has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she was asking Pakistan to act on terrorism and ensure that terror groups do not target New Delhi or Washington, according to India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Modi meets Harris ahead of first-ever in-person Quad summit

NEW YORK: Black on white, white on black. At 3:19 p.m. Thursday, when America's first ever Indian American Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the first time after taking power in the 2020 elections, it was a striking visual for a historic moment, blending austere monochrome with the all-white backdrop of the White House pillars.

Security Council condemns attempted coup in Sudan

UNITED NATION:  The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms an attempted coup in Sudan to disrupt the country's transition by force.

Libya, UNHCR discuss illegal migration, border control

TRIPOLI:  Musa al-Koni, Vice President of the Presidency Council of Libya, met Jean-Paul Cavalieri, chief of mission in the country of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), here to discuss illegal migration, border control, among others.

SF Mayor announces Organized Retail Crime Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO:  San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced details from San Francisco's Organized Retail Crime Initiative, a new initiative led by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) in partnership with local retailers and regional law enforcement agencies.

Bipartisan negotiations over police reform in US collapse

WASHINGTON:  Bipartisan negotiations over police reform in the US in the wake of successive killings of African-Americans by law enforcement have collapsed without a deal, a Senator spearheading the talks announced.

Lebanon keen to resume indirect border demarcation talks with Israel

 BEIRUT:  Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that his country is keen to resume indirect negotiations with Israel for the demarcation of maritime borders, an official statement said here.

Cholera kills 329 people in Nigeria

LAGOS:  A cholera outbreak in Nigeria's Kano state has killed at least 329 people since March, a overnment official sai

UN releases emergency funds for Afghanistan's healthcare system

UNITED NATION:  The UN has announced the release of $45 million in emergency funds to help prevent Afghanistan's health care system from collapse.

India, UNSC reform allies to push for text-based reform negotiations

UNITED NATION:  India and its three allies in the quest for Security Council reform have called for a determined push for the adoption of a text for conducting the negotiations and to set a time-frame for the changes

US FDA okays Covid booster shot for people above 65, or at high-risk

WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised booster shots of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and older or at high-risk.

UNGA marks 20th anniversary of Durban Declaration's adoption

UNITED NATION:  The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a high-level meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and adopted a political declaration to carry forward the fight against racism and racial discrimination.

Modi arrives in US for Quad summit, bilateral talks with leaders

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the US to attend the Quad summit convened by President Joe Biden, hold bilateral talks with leaders and address the United Nations General Assembly.

US FDA okays Covid booster shot for people above 65, or at high-risk

 WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised booster shots of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and older or at high-risk.

Iran's new govt to resume nuke talks: FM

TEHRAN:  Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the new government of President Ebrahim Raisi will resume nuclear talks aimed at the revival of 2015 landmark deal.

39 Australian shark species face extinction: Report

CANBERRA:More than 10 percent of Australia's shark species are at risk of extinction, a government report has found.
The National Environmental Science Program (NESP) marine biodiversity hub on Tuesday published the first-ever complete assessment of extinction risk for all Australian sharks, rays and ghost sharks (chimaeras), Xinhua news agency reported.

FBI Director warns Taliban takeover could inspire extremists in US

NEW DELHI:FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned that the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan could inspire a new wave of extremism in the US, The Hill reported.

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