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Pakistan sends more aid to earthquake-affected Afghans

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected people landed at the Khost airport on Saturday, officials said, as tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region. Thousands were left homeless or injured by

Beijing to reopen schools as Shanghai declares victory over COVID

BEIJING: Beijing on Saturday said it would allow primary and secondary schools to resume in-person classes and Shanghai’s top party boss declared victory over COVID-19 after the city reported zero new local cases for the first time in two months.

Putin defends Russia’s stance on global food crisis

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s military action in Ukraine was not responsible for the global food crisis, instead blaming the West for preventing the export of Russian grain. “The food market is unbalanced in the most serious way,”

Two dead, 14 wounded in Norway nightclub shooting

OSLO: Two people were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub and in nearby streets in Norway’s capital Oslo, Norwegian police said. A suspect believed to be the sole perpetrator was apprehended, police told reporters.

Stanford research lauds Pak’s Ehsaas Program, calls it a world-leading anti-poverty effort

Stanford, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, has published a paper about Pakistan’s Ehsaas program and how the world can learn from Imran Khan’s concept of welfare state which is inspired by “Medina”, the first ever Muslim

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade abortion landmark

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Friday took the dramatic step of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to Republicans and

Who was Sheikh Mahmud Effendi?

The whole world including Pakistanis is mourning the death of Turkish Islamic scholar Sheikh Mahmud Effendi. Turkey’s most influential Islamic scholar Sheikh Mahmud Effendi recently passed away at the age of 93. He had been in intensive care for a

EU grants candidate status to Ukraine

LONDON: The European Parliament voted in favor of granting European Union candidate status to Ukraine as fighting in the war-torn country continues, four months after the Russian invasion. Of the 588 votes, an overwhelming 529 were in support of the

Pakistan starts treatment of Afghan earthquake survivors

PESHAWAR: Following the deadly earthquake in neighboring Afghanistan which has killed more than 1,000 people so far, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Rescue 1122 has started treatment of survivors in the hospitals across the borders. The injured are being moved to the

Iran demands US pay billions in compensation for slain nuke scientists

TEHRAN: A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported.  The largely symbolic

Negative effects of internet shutdowns on people’s lives are enormous: UN

GENEVA: The dramatic real-life effects of Internet shutdowns on people’s lives and human rights have been vastly underestimated, the UN Human Rights Office warns in a report published Thursday on its website. The report urges states not to impose Internet

China ready for providing relief supplies to Afghanistan after earthquake

BEIJING: China is in close contact with relevant parties on the heavy causalities and property losses in the intense earthquake in eastern Afghanistan and is willing to provide emergency relief assistance according to the needs of the Afghan people, a

Russia seeks new fuel markets in Africa, Middle East

MOSCOW: Russia is increasing gasoline and naphtha supplies to Africa and the Middle East as it struggles to sell fuel in Europe, while Asia is already taking bigger volumes of Russian crude, Refinitiv Eikon data showed and sources said. The

Sri Lankan PM says economy has ‘collapsed,’ unable to buy oil

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, its prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday, in comments underscoring the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

One of world’s oldest known mosques uncovered in Israel

ISRAEL: A team of Israeli archaeologists has identified and excavated what is one of the oldest known mosques in the world. The small 7th-century CE prayer hall was uncovered on Wednesday during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of new

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000, more trapped in rubble

KABUL: The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll is expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Houses were reduced

Strong earthquake kills at least 250 in Afghanistan

KABUL: An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 250 people, authorities said. Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6 temblor that struck Paktika province, but it comes as the international community largely has left Afghanistan after the

Railway union observe wheel jam strike in UK

LONDON: Railway workers have observed a complete wheel jam strike, the biggest strike in three decades. Due to the strike, people are facing severe difficulties in getting around. According to foreign media reports, 40,000 employees have gone on strike by

Saudi Arabia, Egypt sign deals worth $7.7 bn

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman departed for Jordan after wrapping up a visit to Egypt following talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The two leaders discussed a wide range of topics, including ties between the two

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF: As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they’re part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to

No place for burkinis in Grenoble’s public pools, rules top French court

PARIS: Full-body swimwear including the Burkini should not be worn in public pools in the city of Grenoble, France’s top administrative court ruled on Tuesday, upholding an earlier order by a lower court. “The new rules of procedure for the

More than 170,000 pilgrims arrive in Madinah ahead of Hajj

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s authorities have registered a total of 172,562 pilgrims who have traveled from across the globe to Madinah so far ahead of this year’s Hajj. Statistics on arriving and departing pilgrims in Madinah, issued by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry

Indian troops martyr 3 more youths in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Indian troops have martyred three more youths in Illegal Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIoJK), Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday. The three were martyred in two different encounters. Indian troops and paramilitary forces murdered two during their cordon and

Russian Journalist Nobel Prize Fetches Record $103m for Ukrainian refugees children

MOSCOW: The Russian Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Dmitry Muratov who earlier announced to auction off his prize to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees has sold his prize for $103.5 million, breaking the record for a Nobel Prize auction. “I

UK set for biggest rail strike in decades

LONDON:  UK’s railway network this week faces its biggest strike action in more than three decades in a row over pay, as soaring inflation erodes earnings, triggering fears of wider industrial action. Last-ditch talks to avert a strike broke down

Saudi crown prince heads to Egypt on start of tour

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman headed to Egypt, state news agency SPA said, starting his first tour outside the Gulf region in over three years. He will also visit Jordan and Turkey. The prince s trip comes

Afghan Taliban release five UK citizens

LONDON: Afghanistan has released five UK nationals from detention, London said Monday, adding that it regretted the episode and offering apologies to the authorities in Kabul. “Pleased the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan,”

Emmanuel Macron loses parliament majority in stunning setback

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday lost his parliamentary majority after major election gains by a newly formed left-wing alliance and the far right, in a stunning blow to his plans for major second-term reform. The result from Sunday’s

Four Kashmiris martyred in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred four Kashmiri youth in two different areas of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, today. The troops martyred two youth during a cordon and search operation in Lolab area

Protests intensify over Indian military recruitment plan

LUCKNOW: Protesters in India’s eastern state of Bihar damaged public property and ransacked offices in a railway station on Saturday, expressing outrage at a new military recruitment plan and demanding the government reverse course. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has