Monday, March 04, 2024


India-France strategic partnership growing from strength to strength: EAM Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday said that the strategic partnership between India and France is growing from strength to strength.

New govt on anvil in Nepal as PM Prachanda splits with coalition partner

KATHMANDU: A reshuffle of the cabinet is on the cards in Nepal on Monday with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) severing its alliance with its coalition partner Nepali Congress.

Israel expects heightened tensions near West Bank as ceasefire talks hit roadblock

TEL AVIV: Israel's war cabinet fears heightened tension near the West Bank and Temple Mount during the upcoming month of Ramadan after the ceasefire talks failed to yield the desired results.

US Vice Prez Harris calls for increasing flow of aid to Gaza

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Kamala Harris has urged Israel to "significantly increase the flow of aid" to Gaza by opening new border crossings and not imposing "any unnecessary restrictions".

Several killed in Israeli attack on Gazans waiting for aid: Hamas

GAZA: Dozens of Palestinians were killed and injured in an Israeli attack while they were waiting for aid in Gaza City, Hamas-run Health Ministry Spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra has said in a press statement.

Hamas delegation joins mediators in Cairo for Gaza ceasefire talks

GAZA: A Hamas delegation has joined Qatari and US mediators in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for talks on a new ceasefire amid indications that Israel had "more or less accepted" a six-week phased hostage and truce deal before the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

US Vice Prez Harris calls for increasing flow of aid to Gaza

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Kamala Harris has urged Israel to "significantly increase the flow of aid" to Gaza by opening new border crossings and not imposing "any unnecessary restrictions".

Shehbaz Sharif - the only Pak politician to be elected PM for second consecutive term

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday took over the country's premiership for the second time after he bagged 201 votes in the National Assembly, becoming the 24th prime minsiter.

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD: President Shehbaz Sharif was elected 24th Prime Minister of Pakistan on Sunday.


Demand for key minerals to soar with growth of EVs

SEOUL: South Korea's demand for key minerals is expected to see 19-fold jump from 2021 to 2040 due to expansion in the electric car and wind power industries, a report showed on Sunday.

UNSC expresses 'deep concern' over Gaza food convoy deaths, mentions Israeli forces' 'involvement'

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council has expressed "deep concern" over more than 100 deaths in Gaza around a humanitarian convoy and to cite the "involvement" of Israeli defence forces in the incident.

The Third Eye: Munich tests India's foreign policy

NEW DELHI: In the background of India's clear stand on the Hamas-Israel conflict denouncing the "terror" attack of Hamas on Israel on October 7 last year and endorsing the support of the US for the initial Israeli response to the same, and the country's independent line on the much older Ukraine-Russia military confrontation which led India to even abstain from voting on the anti-Soviet resolution moved early on by the US in the UNGA, it was no surprise that at the Munich Security Conference held from February 16 to 18, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar faced some searching questions on India's foreign policy, in one of the interactive sessions.

Iraqi intelligence rescues Yazidi woman kidnapped by IS militants

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS) has said that its members rescued a Yazidi woman kidnapped ten years ago by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.

Jordan, US conduct joint aid airdrops to Gaza

AMMAN: Jordan and the US have jointly carried out airdrops of aid to Gaza, the first time that the US participated in the multinational humanitarian effort.

Iran invites foreign investors in energy projects: President

TEHRAN: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has invited international investors and the member states of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) to participate in the country's energy projects.

Trump wins Missouri's Republican presidential caucus

Sanctions won't work on solving Russia-Ukraine crisis: Slovak FM

ANTALYA (TURKEY): Slovak Foreign Minister Juraj Blanar has said that his country opposes imposing sanctions on Russia and won't send any weapons or troops to Ukraine to escalate the war.

Congressional review over, US sale of MQ-9B drones to India ready for next steps

WASHINTON: The decks are clear now for India to take the next steps in acquiring 31 MQ-9B SkyGuardian armed drones with ammunition with the lapse on Friday of the 30-day period for Congressional review of the deal.

Another Pakistan airlines cabin crew member goes missing in Canada

RAWALPINDI: Another steward of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reportedly gone missing from Canada, making it the second such incident in a week, a media report said.

Pak Presidential polls: Asif Ali Zardari, Mahmood Achakzai file nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: PPP and the PML-N joint candidate Asif Ali Zardari and PTI backed Sunni Ittehad Council's candidate Mahmood Khan Achakzai have filed nomination for the presidential polls in Pakistan, scheduled on March 9.

9,000 women killed in Gaza since October 2023: UN

NEW YORK: The UN has said that an estimated 9,000 women have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces in Gaza in the last five months of the war.

Indian-Americans certain BJP will ride back to power under PM Modi

NEW DELHI: As they keenly wait for the grand electoral spectacle to unfold in their country of origin, most Indian-Americans say they are certain that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will storm back to power under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Canada announces additional ban on imports of Russian diamonds

OTTAWA: Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly has said that Canada is imposing additional import restrictions on Russian diamonds.

US-led airstrikes hit Houthi targets in Yemen

SANAA: The US-British military coalition launched two airstrikes against Houthi military targets in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, residents and the media reported.

Russia has no plan to station nuclear weapons in space: Putin

MOSCOW: Russia does not plan to deploy nuclear weapons in space, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the country's security council members.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 30,228: Ministry

GAZA: The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 30,228 as the Israeli military killed 193 in the past 24 hours, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said.

Ukraine approves plan of cooperation with NATO in 2024

KIEV: Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov signed a plan for the implementation of the adapted Annual National Program of Cooperation with NATO for 2024, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported.

Canada announces additional ban on imports of Russian diamonds

OTTAWA: Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly has said that Canada is imposing additional import restrictions on Russian diamonds.

UN expert urges US to drop charges against WikiLeaks founder Assange

GENEVA: A UN expert has urged the UK authorities not to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the US government to drop the charges.

Israel demands list of hostages alive for further ceasefire talks

TEL AVIV: The mediatory talks for a temporary ceasefire into the ongoing Israel and Hamas war have come to a halt after Israel demanded a list of kidnapped hostages who are alive.

India to implement hybrid power project in Sri Lanka's northern islands

COLOMBO: India on Friday inked a pact with Sri Lanka to provide renewable energy to three islands Delft, Nainativu and Analaitivu off Jaffna which are completely cut off from the national grid.

PTI-backed candidate Ali Amin Gandapur elected K-P CM, PML-N's Sardar Ayaz Sadiq new NA Speaker

ISALAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed candidate Ali Amin Gandapur on Friday was elected as chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while PML-N's Sardar Ayaz Sadiq became the National Assembly Speaker.

Death toll in Bangladesh building fire rises to 45

DHAKA: The death toll in the fire at a multi-storey building in Bangladesh has risen to 45, Health Minister Samanta Lal Sen said on Friday.

Indian envoy thanks governor of quake-hit Ishikawa for helping Indians

TOKYO: Indian Ambassador to Japan Sibi George met Hiroshi Hase, governor of the quake-hit Ishikawa, on Friday and thanked him for all the assistance extended to Indians there.

Russia ready to return crash victims' bodies to Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russia has expressed its readiness to transfer the bodies of those who perished in the crash of a military Il-76 aircraft in the Belgorod region to Ukraine, local media reported on Friday.

South Korea, Japan are partners as they overcome 'painful past': Yoon Suk Yeol

SEOUL: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday said that Seoul and Japan are partners in the pursuit of global peace and prosperity as they work to overcome their "painful past" and move toward a new future.

Amid walkout by trainee doctors, police raid offices of Korean Medical Association

SEOUL: Some offices of the Korean Medical Association (KMA), the country's largest doctors' group, were on Friday raided by police as part of an investigation into five current and former Association leaders accused of instigating a walkout by trainee doctors.

War causes $19.6 bn in losses to Ukraine's culture, tourism: PM

KIEV: Ukraine's ongoing war with Russia has incurred losses of at least $19.6 billion to the country's cultural and tourism sectors, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.

43 killed in Dhaka building fire

DHAKA: At least 43 people were killed in a deadly fire that broke out at a six-storey commercial building on Baily Road in Dhaka late on Thursday night.

Guterres condemns killing of over 100 around food convoy in Gaza

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday condemned the killing of more than 100 people in incidents in northern Gaza and repeated his demands for a ceasefire, his Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.