Monday, May 16, 2022


Lebanese vote in parliamentary elections

BEIRUT: Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese flocked to polling stations across the country to vote in the parliamentary elections.

Somali parliament re-elects former Prez Mohamud

MOGADISHU: Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was re-elected as the 10th President of Somalia, defeating incumbent President Mohamed Farmajo in the third round of vote held in the capital Mogadishu.

Beijing to conduct additional mass Covid testing

BEIJING: Beijing will conduct three additional mass nucleic acid testing in 12 districts from Monday to Wednesday, as the Chinese capital is making all-out efforts to contain the latest resurgence of Covid-19 infections..

Global Covid caseload tops 521.4 mn

WASHINGTON: The global coronavirus caseload has topped 521.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.26 million and vaccinations to over 11.40 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

2 killed, 3 injured in US Houston flea market shooting

HOUSTON: Two people were killed and three others critically injured in a shooting at a flea market in Houston, the largest city of the US state Texas, authorities said.

Protests in Pakistan after two Sikh shopkeepers gunned down

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar-Islamabad road in front of Qila Bala Hissar was blocked by the members of the Sikh community to register their protest against the killing of two Sikhs in Peshawar in Pakistan.

300 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Lake Chad region

Two Sikhs gunned down near Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Unidentified assailants gunned down two members of the Sikh community near Peshawar, police said on Sunday. In a statement, Peshawar Capital City Police Office Ijaz Khan said that the incident occurred within the jurisdiction of the Sarband police station, reports Dawn news.

Bird flu H5N1 spreads to foxes in US, 4 die

NEW YORK: Four red baby foxes in the US reportedly died in what is known as the first case of devastating bird flu H5N1 detected in wild mammals in the country.

10 killed in US supermarket shooting

NEW YORK: At least ten people were killed by a gunman in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York state, local media reported.

Jen Psaki signs off as WH Press Secretary

WASHINGTON: Jen Psaki has signed off as the White House Press Secretary after serving in the post for 15 months and holding 224 media briefings.

Charlize Theron shares video of her MCU character Clea in full costume

LOS ANGELSE Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron offered a better look at Marvel character Clea from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after a blink-and-you-missed-it appearance at the end of the recently released superhero film 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', reports 'Deadline'.

Mohamed bin Zayed is UAE's new President

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was on Saturday elected as the new President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Israeli missile attack in Syria kills 5

DAMASCUS: Five people were killed and seven others injured after Israel fired several missiles into Syria, state media reported on Saturday.

Establishment is calling me, but I've blocked their numbers: Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that the establishment is calling him but he is not ready to talk to them, adding that he has blocked their numbers.

Good deal accessible in nuclear talks: Iran FM

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said a "good" and "reliable" outcome is within reach in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal if the US makes its political decision and adheres to its commitments.

New Zealand PM tests positive for Covid-19

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed on Saturday that she had tested positive for Covid-19.

FAO chief calls on G7 to take steps on food shortages

ROME: Qu Dongyu, head of the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, has called on the G7 economies to take steps to anticipate future food shortages.

Slain Palestinian journalist buried in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist who was killed while covering clashes in the West Bank, was buried in Jerusalem.

DUP shuts down Northern Ireland Assembly

BELFAST: Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) lived up to its threat and blocked the restoration of the power-sharing government.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away

DUBAI: The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (73), passed away on Friday, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced.

Nigeria warns of potential floods in 32 states

LAGOS: At least 32 states and 233 local government areas are at a high risk of flooding in Nigeria due to the ongoing heavy rain, the Ministry of Water Resources said.

Putin humiliating himself on the world stage: UK Foreign Secy

LONDON: UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is "humiliating himself on the world stage" and called for tougher sanctions on Moscow.

11 dead, 31 rescued after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON: Eleven people died and 31 others were rescued after a vessel capsized off the coast of Puerto Rico, the US Coast Guard said on Friday.

Aus state sets up temporary accommodation for flood victims

CANBERRA: In the wake of continued heavy rain, the government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Friday announced the setting up new temporary accommodation sites for flood-affected communities.

50,000 people affected by heavy rain in China

BEIJING: Some 50,000 residents of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have been affected by floods caused by extensive heavy rain that began on May 8, the regional emergency management department said on Friday.

Ireland's April inflation hits 22-yr high at 7%

DUBLIN: The average prices of goods and services in Ireland, as measured by consumer price index (CPI), were 7 per cent higher in April, marking the largest annual CPI increase since November 2000, said the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Israel approves construction of 4,320 settlement homes in West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israel has pushed forward new plans for building 4,320 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.

S.Korea to ease entry requirements

SEOUL: South Korea on Friday said it has decided to ease requirements to enter the country amid a downward trend in Covid-19 cases.

70% Americans view inflation as very big problem: Survey

WASHINGTON: A new survey has revealed that 70 per cent Americans view inflation as a "very big problem".

Canada to deploy officers to NATO headquarters in Latvia

OTTAWA: Canada will deploy a Canadian Armed Forces general officer and six staff officers to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s Multinational Division North Headquarters based in Adazi of Latvia, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

Britain's GDP shrinks in March as rising cost-of-living crisis bites

LONDON: Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.1 per cent in March after registering no growth in February, the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

N.Korea reports 6 Covid deaths amid 'explosive' spread of fever

SEOUL: North Korea on Friday said six people have died from Covid-19 and symptoms of fever were newly reported among more than 18,000 people nationwide the previous day, as leader Kim Jong-un formally blamed loopholes in the country's virus control and prevention system.

Rizwan praises Pujara's concentration and focus, takes batting tips from senior pro

LONDON: Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan has praised Cheteshwar Pujara's quality, saying that Indian batters' "concentration and focus are unreal" and he took few batting tips from the senior pro during their stint together in County cricket.

Bilawal Bhutto claims PTI minister threatened him on eve of no-trust vote

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari claimed on Thursday that a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minister had threatened him with the imposition of martial law a night before the no-confidence motion against ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan was passed, media reports said.

Somali forces kill 17 al-Shabab terrorists in southern region

MOGADISHU: Somali security forces killed 17 al-Shabab terrorists and wounded several others during security operations in the southern region, officials said on Thursday.

Indices fall for fifth straight session, April CPI data in focus

NEW DELHI: Indian equity benchmarks declined over 2 per cent on Thursday, led by slump in banking, financial and metal stocks.

US won't let Imran-led propaganda damage ties with Pak

ISLAMABAD: US State Department spokesperson Ned Price has said the Joe Biden administration will not let former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's propaganda of a US-led 'foreign conspiracy' ousting his government from power cause any damage to the relationship between the US and Pakistan.

US won't let Imran-led propaganda damage ties with Pak

ISLAMABAD: US State Department spokesperson Ned Price has said the Joe Biden administration will not let former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's propaganda of a US-led 'foreign conspiracy' ousting his government from power cause any damage to the relationship between the US and Pakistan.

IS-K undermines Taliban by attacking central Asian neighbours

KABUL: The ultraradical Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group is trying to undermine the Taliban's hard-line rule by launching attacks on neighbouring countries from Afghanistan, analysts say, RFE/RL reported.