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Europe stocks dive after Russia attacks Ukraine

LONDON: European stock markets tumbled Thursday after Russia launched an attack on neighbouring Ukraine. At the start of trade, London stocks sank almost three percent, while Frankfurt and Paris each slumped by more than four percent before paring losses. Around

Pakistani’s will be able to travel Belarus with on-arrival visa facility

EUROPE: Belarus has included Pakistan on the list of 76 countries that will be provided with an on-arrival visa facility. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in an official statement that passport holders from 76 countries including Pakistan and

Governor Punjab meets European parliamentarians in Brussels

BRUSSELS: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar met with Vice President of European Parliament Dr Fabio and eleven other members of European Parliament in a bid to win support on GSP Plus status extension issue. Chaudhry Sarwar also held a meeting

Iceland falls short of Europe’s first women-majority parliament

REYKJAVIK: Iceland looked to have elected a woman-majority parliament but a recount of votes on Sunday showed there will still be more men than women in the chamber. Thirty women were elected to the 63-seat parliament in Saturday’s election, up

European countries to shut down Kabul embassies, reduce staff

BERLIN: European countries have decided to close their embassies or reduce staff in Kabul amid the Taliban offensive after similar announcements by the United States and other Western governments. Germany will reduce its embassy staff in Kabul to the bare

EU approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents

BRUSSELS: The European Commission has authorised Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12, paving the way for a broader rollout in the bloc after similar clearances in the United States and Canada. The

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators march in Europe

LONDON: Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through London and other British cities on Saturday to protest against Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Protesters called for sanctions on Israel during the march in London. Some were draped in Palestinian flags

EU agrees to open doors for vaccinated foreigners

BRUSSELS: European Union countries agreed to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc’s door to all Britons and vaccinated Americans. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved

Europe needs $355 billion for 5G rollout, says industrial study

BRUSSELS: Europe needs to pump 300 billion euros ($355 billion) into its telecoms infrastructure by 2025 if it wants to roll out superfast 5G to boost economic growth and tap the potential of the technology. The study by consulting firm

US says ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal

PARIS: The United States said it was ready to talk to Iran about both nations returning to a 2015 agreement that aimed to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, seeking to revive a deal that Washington itself abandoned nearly three

EU approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

BRUSSELS: The European Union medical regulator has authorised AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for use in people 18 and over throughout the bloc. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) licenced the vaccine for people aged 18 and over. The shot is the third

Europe rolls out mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

BRUSSELS: Europe launches a cross-border vaccination programme of unprecedented scale on Sunday as part of efforts to end a COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives around the world. The region of 450 million

EU safety ban – Will PIA regain its lost glory?

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has expressed hope that the ban on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights to and from the European countries would be lifted soon. The ban on flight operations have not only tarnished Pakistani’s image

Dual standards of freedom

A wise person should understand another’s feelings and respect their sentiments irrespective of their religious belief. It is unacceptable to mock religion and esteemed personalities and then take an aggressive stance on the pretext of defending freedom of speech and

Global coronavirus cases rise by record half a million

WASHINGTON: Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 500,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as many countries reported daily spikes. Global daily COVID-19 cases have risen by nearly 25 percent in less than two weeks as the

WHO warns of two million COVID-19 deaths as Europe clamps down

PARIS: The World Health Organisation warned that coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million if safety measures are not kept up as Europe faces mounting cases and the US crossed another bleak milestone. Global deaths had reached 985,707

WHO reports record daily increase in new coronavirus cases

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a daily increase in the number of new coronavirus cases. In addition to this, the WHO has reported 307,930 new cases in the last 24 hours. Moreover, More than 5,500 patients have

Rising Islamophobia in Europe

There has been an increase in the number of Islamophobic and xenophobic cases around the world particularly Europe. Many countries under the garb of freedom of speech and expression have hurt the religious sentiments of over a billion Muslims and

Pakistan to appeal against flight ban in Europe: Aviation Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said Pakistan will file an appeal for the resumption of flight operations in Europe by the end of this month. Responding to a call attention notice in the Senate, the minister said

PIA allowed to operate Europe, UK flights till July 3

ISLAMABAD: The European Union has given permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to temporarily operate flights till 3rd July. The permission was given to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad after hectic efforts by the government. European Union has relaxed the

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

NEW YORK: The death toll from COVID-19 reached half a million people, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave. The respiratory

Coronavirus in Africa

The novel coronavirus – which emerged last December in China – has now engulfed the entire world and has swallowed thousands of lives. For the first two months, no one unfortunately took the matter seriously. US President Trump mocked it

Six people dead by storm, heavy rain in Europe

BERLIN: A strong storm hit Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, killing at least six people and creating major travel delays as it moved throughout the continent to the east and crossed Germany. In Germany one individual disappeared on

Goodbye, Europe

After almost half a century, the United Kingdom is finally out of the European Union. The Union Jack has been removed from the regional bloc’s headquarters in Brussels. Now Britain has embarked on an uncertain future outside Europe. Britain became

Blasphemy in Europe

The desecration of the Holy Quran in Norway has drawn worldwide condemnation and outrage. It has also raised questions about the rising Islamophobia and widespread anti-Muslim sentiments in the West. The extreme right-wing group ‘Stop the Islamisation of Norway’ attempted

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

BUDAPEST: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat on Thursday to “open the gates” for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided. Erdogan held talks

Study identifies largest flying animal in history

PARIS (AFP): Scientists has unveiled a new species pterosaur, the plane-sized reptiles that lorded over primeval skies above T-rex, Triceratops and other dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous. With a wingspan of ten metres and weighing 250 kilos, Cryodrakon boreas rivals