Monday, May 29, 2023


F-16s to Ukraine would be 'unacceptable escalation', warns Russia

MOSCOW: Charging the US and its allies with "playing with fire" by increasing support for Ukraine amid the conflict with Moscow, including planning to provide it US-made F-16s, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the delivery of the fighters would be an "unacceptable esclation".

6.0 magnitude quake jolts parts of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A 6.0 magnitude quake - epicentred at the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region - jolted parts of Pakistan on Sunday, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), local media reported.

3 killed, 5 wounded in shooting at motorcycle rally in New Mexico 

HOUSTON: At least three people were killed and nine wounded at a motorcycle rally in Red River, US state of New Mexico, local media reported.

Canadian province allows Sikh motorcyclists to ride without helmets for special events

TORONTO: The government in Canada's Saskatchewan province has granted Sikh motorcyclists a temporary exemption from wearing helmets during special events like charity rides.

Imran vs. Military Top Brass: Romance over, now it's state of war

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has had his fair share of love, extended support and unrelenting promotion by the countrys powerful military establishment before coming to power in 2018.

Pak govt cancels diplomatic passports of nine PTI leaders

ISLAMABAD: The government in Islamabad has cancelled the diplomatic passports of nine Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders.

Nepal, India plan to ink deals during PM's visit

KATHMANDU: During Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's upcoming trip to India, the two neighbouring countries are planning to sign a series of agreements, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu said on Saturday.

Finland to see biggest drop in housing prices in 30 yrs

HELSINKI: Housing prices in Finland are expected to have the biggest drop this year since 1993, according to a housing market review conducted by Hypo, a credit institution specialising in the sector.

Serbian President announces withdrawal from ruling party leadership

BELGRADE: In front of tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced he will resign from the leadership of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) on Saturday, to promote national unity at a time of crisis.

Maryam Nawaz expresses concern over CJP hearing case of mother-in-law

LAHORE: PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz said it is not acceptable that a son-in-law should hear the case against the mother-in-law.

Canadian party calls on govt to stop deportation of 150 Punjabi students

TORONTO: Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP) has called on the government not to deport 150 Punjabi students who were told to leave the country as they arrived on fake college admission letters, according to the Canadian Border Security Agency.

Serbian Army on high alert after protest clashes in Kosovo

BELGRADE: The Serbian army has been placed on full combat alert and ordered to move closer to the border with Kosovo after protesters clashed with the latter country's police in the majority Serb town of Zvecan.

Ukraine seeks to fix perspective of NATO membership during July summit

KIEV: Ukraine is seeking to fix its perspective of joining the NATO during the alliance's upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July, top government offical Andriy Yermak said.

Egypt steps up efforts to tackle overpopulation

CAIRO: As the most populous Arab country with about 105 million people, Egypt is stepping up population-control efforts, trying to make it an asset, rather than a liability.

Your game is over, Imran Khan: Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: "Your game is over, Imran Khan," Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz said while addressing a large number of vibrant party supporters.

Sudanese army calls on retired soldiers to get arms for self-defence

KHARTOUM: Sudan's acting Defence Minister Yassin Ibrahim Yassin has called on retired soldiers and whoever is able to carry arms to report to the nearest army base amidst the ongoing conflict.

China will save Pakistan from default: Shehbaz

KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that an agreement is not being reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but underscored that Chinas support will play a crucial role in preventing the country from facing any potential default.

US congressional panel on China suggests NATO+ status for India

WASHINGTON: A US congressional committee has recommended that India should be added to an expanded group of close American allies currently called NATO+5 as part of a broader effort to deter any Chinese military aggression against Taiwan.

UN working on facilitation of Russian food and fertiliser exports

UNITED NATIONS: The world body continues to push for Russian food and fertiliser exports as a parallel agreement with the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which allows Ukrainian agricultural exports from Black Sea ports, said a UN spokesman.

Iranian FM calls for expansion of banking ties with Iraq

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein, calling for expanding Iran-Iraq banking relations.

Bill introduced in US to hire foreign health workers on H-1B visa

NEW YORK: Two US Congresswomen have introduced a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veteran Affairs to hire foreign employees on H1-B visas when they cannot find a suitable applicant in the country.

PM urges Australians to be on right side of history on Indigenous Voice

CANBERRA: Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday appealed to the people of the country to be on the right side of history in the referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Japan net external assets hit record in 2022 on yen's sharp decline

TOKYO: Japan's external assets increased to a record high in 2022, with the balance inflated by the yen's steep depreciation, the Finance Ministry said in a report on Friday.

Kim Jong-un's daughter seen in public 'could inherit his power'

SEOUL: The daughter of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who has been seen in public may be his first child and she may be one of the "candidates" who could inherit his power, the head of a South Korean think tank said on Friday.

Egypt hosts 121,000 Sudanese nationals fleeing conflict

CAIRO: Egypt has so far taken in 121,000 Sudanese fleeing the armed conflict that erupted on April 15, the Foreign Ministry here said.

PPP to back bid to ban PTI: Bilawal tells Shehbaz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will not resist any move to impose a ban on the Imran Khan led-PTI "for promoting extremism and violence".

Australian Sikh fined A$57,000 for underpaying Indian student

MELBOURNE: An Australian court has imposed a penalty of more than A$57,000 on a Melbourne-based painting company owned by a Sikh man for breaches affecting an Indian student working for it.

Imran 'thanks' Pak govt for adding his name on no-fly list

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday "thanked" the sitting government for adding his name on the no-fly list and said he had no plans for any foreign travel "because I neither have any properties or businesses abroad nor even a bank account outside the country".

Travel to India proved productive for Pakistan: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who became the first Pakistani Foreign Minister to travel to India since 2011 for a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting earlier this month, said the trip "proved productive and positive" for Islamabad.

PTI faces existential threat as more leaders quit

ISLAMABAD: More leaders have left the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as desertion from the Imran Khan-led party continued while some senior members were arrested and rearrested following their releases on court orders.

FBI documents reveal plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II in 1983

WASHINGTON: Newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents have revealed an alleged plot to assassinate the late Queen Elizabeth II while she was a visit to the US in 1983, the media reported on Friday.

Imran revokes party membership of all PTI defectors

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has revoked the basic membership of all leaders and office-bearers who have quit his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in the last few days.

106 Ukrainian captives freed in prisoner swap with Russia

KIEV: A total of 106 Ukrainian soldiers taken captive in the Bakhmut direction have been released following a prisoner exchange with Russia, the head of the Ukrainian President's Office Andriy Yermak has said.

Iran does not recognise Afghanistan's caretaker govt: FM

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister has said that his country does not recognise Afghanistan's caretaker Taliban government and insists upon the formation of an inclusive government in the country, according to Iranian Students' News Agency.

Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in West Bank: Medics

RAMALLAH: At least eight Palestinians were injured and 14 were arrested during an Israeli army raid in the West Bank city of Jericho, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses said.

UN honours 3 Indian peacekeepers killed in service amid calls for increasing protection

UNITED NATIONS: Three Indian peacekeepers who died in the service of the UN have been honoured with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal amid calls for better protection for personnel in its missions.

Japanese politician's son arrested over stabbing, shooting attack (Ld)

TOKYO: The son of a local Japanese politician was arrested on Friday in connection with a stabbing and shooting incident in Nagano prefecture which claimed the lives of four people.

Travel to India proved productive for Pakistan: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who became the first Pakistani Prime Minister to travel to India since 2011 for a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting earlier this month, said the trip "proved productive and positive" for Islamabad.

Imran Khan, wife barred from travelling abroad

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan federal government has decided to add the names of 80 people, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi, to the no-fly list, the media reported.

China to help Pakistan meet debt repayments worth $2.3 billion

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan struggles to secure the critical pending loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the cash-strapped nation looks towards China to rollover more than $2 billion in debt due next month, media reports said on Thursday.