Hijab diversity campaign dropped after French backlash

STRASBOURG: Europe’s top human rights organisation has withdrawn images from a social media campaign promoting diversity among women and their freedom to wear the hijab. Posters featuring young women wearing Islamic headscarves were removed from Twitter just days after the

Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal

SYDNEY: Australia defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago. Canberra’s move enraged Paris,

French President seeks forgiveness over Rwandan genocide

KIGALI: French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognised his country’s role in the Rwandan genocide and hoped for forgiveness at a memorial in Kigali, seeking to reset relations after years of Rwandan accusations that France was complicit in the 1994

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

My Twitter account got suspended for tweeting against France: Rabi Pirzada

Former Pakistani singer and actress Rabi Pirzada has claimed that her Twitter handler has recently been suspended for tweeting against France. In a message on Instagram, Rabi Pirzada, who left the showbiz industry for the sake of Islam, wrote that

France irked by President Alvi’s criticism of ‘separatism’ bill

PARIS: The French foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan’s envoy to protest against claims by President Arif Alvi that a French bill cracking down on what it terms “Islamist extremism” stigmatises Muslims. Addressing a conference on religion on Saturday, Alvi said:

World’s most powerful passports for 2021 revealed

The latest ranking of the world’s powerful passports in 2021 amid the new wave of coronavirus pandemic has been announced. The Henley Passport Index released the latest ranking of the world’s powerful passports in 2021 when many countries are planning

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

French policemen detained for racially abusing, beating black man

PARIS: French authorities have detained four police officers suspected of beating and racially abusing a black music producer in Paris. A video released by a website shows how music producer Michel Zecler was repeatedly beaten by officers for several minutes

Open Skies Treaty: US withdraws from another global agreement

WASHINGTON: The United States has withdrawn from another international agreement. The US formally announced to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies. Under the agreement, countries could observe each other’s forces. The US government notified the parties of its withdrawal.

Mazari deletes tweet linking French President Macron with Nazis

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has withdrawn a tweet claiming that French President Emmanuel Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in World War 2. The foreign ministry of France had demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw

China bans arrivals from France over COVID-19 fears

BEIJING: China banned foreign arrivals from France and a host of other countries, the latest in a growing number of entry bans as the country closes itself off from a world still battling the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 first emerged in

France-Muslim fallout

The fallout between France and the Muslim world is growing over the publication of blasphemous sketches and rising Islamophobia. There are now fears of retribution from both sides and collective punishment. Muslim leaders have condemned and French President Macron including

I am Muslim

The Muslim world is furious and has expressed outrage over the blasphemous remarks by the French President against our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and for expressing support towards those who published offensive caricatures and displayed them. A

Woman beheaded, two injured in knife attack at French church

PARIS: A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people at a church in the French city of Nice. Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said the incident had happened in or near Notre

Pakistan summons French envoy over Islamophobic campaign

ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of France to Pakistan was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to convey the deep concerns over the recent systematic resurgence of blasphemous republication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

France calls on Arab countries to end boycott

PARIS: France has called on Arab countries to end boycotts of its products. The French Foreign Ministry said that the ‘baseless’ announcement of a boycott of French products is being fueled by an extremist minority. French products have been removed

France imposes month-long curfew to curb COVID-19

PARIS: France has imposed a month-long curfew in the country including in order to curb coronavirus. According to details, the restaurants, bars, and cafes were crowded before the curfew started at midnight in Paris and other cities. The curfew is

Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new cases prompt fresh curbs

WASHINGTON: Officials around the world reintroduced new restrictions in coronavirus hotspots as the official global death toll passed 650,000. European countries are trying to repair the economic damage caused by the earlier lockdowns to balance keeping tourism open while guarding

Eiffel Tower reopens after three months with strict restrictions

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower has reopened after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic allowing Parisians to once again visit and admire the view of the French capital. Visitors to the famous monument will have to take the stairs

Macron rejects tearing down statues in France

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would not erase elements of history or take down statues of controversial public figures. In an address to the nation, Macron said France would be “uncompromising” in its fight against racism after days

France’s COVID-19 tracing app expected to enter testing next week

PARIS: France’s state-supported ‘StopCOVID’ contact-tracing app should enter its testing phase in the week of May 11 when the country starts to unwind its lockdown, a government minister said. Minister for Digital Affairs Cedric O, a member of President Emmanuel

Cannes Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus

PARIS: The Cannes Film Festival,  the world’s most prestigious film festival and cinema’s largest annual gathering, has postponed its 73rd edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers confirmed on Thursday evening that the film festival will no longer take place

Asia Bibi receives honourary citizenship of Paris

PARIS: Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent years on death row conviction of blasphemy, has said that she was seeking political asylum in France. “My great desire is to live in France,” Bibi said in an interview with RTL

UNSC postpones meeting after France disagrees over Kashmir

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session has been postponed on Tuesday as France disagreed to attend the meeting to discuss the dispute of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).  The UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, “We are, obviously

Syrian President’s uncle on trial in France on graft charges

PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to go on trial in Paris on charges of building up a property empire in France using funds from Syrian exchequer. The 82-year-old Rifaat al-Assad is the younger brother of

The relevance of NATO

The future of NATO and its relevance is once being questioned just as leaders gather in London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. The meeting will ensure that NATO remains fit for the future. The latest controversy

Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws Paris pact

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. The joint declaration came at the end

Vietnam arrests eight over UK truck deaths

HANOI: Vietnam has arrested eight more people in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Britain who are believed to be Vietnamese, police said on Monday. Eight women and 31 men were found in a

Bus mishap injures 33 passengers in France

NORTHERN FRANCE: At least 33 people injured when a Paris-London carrying passengers from nine countries overturned in Northern France. According to reports, the Flixbus vehicle met the incident when it took the exit from the A1 motorway. This is one