Trump hints at 2024 presidential bid, repeats false victory claims

WASHINGTON: Former President Donald Trump told conservatives he was considering running for president again in 2024, as he reasserted dominance over the Republican Party and warned of a “struggle” for America’s very survival. Trump made the remarks during a speech

‘America is back’: Biden makes presidential debut on world stage

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden drew a sharp contrast with the foreign policy of his predecessor Donald Trump and urged democracies to work together to challenge abuses by autocratic states such as China and Russia. Speaking at the annual

FM Qureshi meets Egyptian President in Cairo

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al Sisi during his ongoing visit to Cairo. The foreign minister conveyed warm greetings of Pakistani leadership to the Egyptian President and appreciated the progress

China will ‘eat our lunch’, Biden warns after clashing with President Xi

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first phone call as leaders and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi warned that confrontation would be a “disaster” for both nations. While

Biden, Xi Jinging hold first phone call amid tense US-China relations

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first telephone call as leaders, with Biden saying a free and open Indo-Pacific region was a priority and President Xi warning confrontation would be a ‘disaster’ for

President, PM urge world community to take notice of HR abuses in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD: On the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have urged the international community to take note of gross human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K). In

Turkish President Erdogan says may begin working on new constitution

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his ruling AK Party and its nationalist allies may start work on drafting a new constitution, less than four years after overhauling the previous constitution to grant his office sweeping powers. Turks had voted

President Alvi confers award on Jordan’s military chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has awarded its second-highest civilian medal to Jordan’s military chief, who is in Islamabad on an official visit. President Dr Arif Alvi has conferred Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordanian Armed Forces,

Philippines President tells children to stay home and watch TV

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has reimposed a ban on children aged 10 to 14 leaving home, telling them to watch TV instead, as the country battles an outbreak of a new coronavirus strain. Stay-at-home orders for all children and

Stop hoarding COVID-19 vaccines, South African President tells rich nations

JOHANNESBURG: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged wealthy countries not to hoard surplus COVID-19 vaccine supplies, adding his voice to calls for global production to be shared more equally. With Africa struggling to secure sufficient vaccines to start countrywide inoculation

World Economic Forum: China’s President Xi warns against ‘new Cold War’

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping warned global leaders at an all-virtual World Economic Forum in Davos against starting a “new Cold War”, and urged global unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Having largely curbed the spread of the

Gilgit-Baltistan attracted 2mn tourists last year after peace restoration: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday addressed the concluding ceremony of Winter Sports Festival in the ski resort town of Naltar area in Gilgit-Baltistan. The president said Pakistan has immense tourism potential with snow-capped high peaks and other sightseeing

Trump impeached for unprecedented second time

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week’s violent rampage in

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump

SAN FRANCISCO: Image-centric social network Snapchat said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage. Trump’s access to social media has been largely cut off since

Trump ban sets ‘dangerous’ precedent, says Twitter chief

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network. “Having to ban an account

President confers civil award on Turkish foreign minister

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan, the country’s second-highest civil award, on Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu in recognition of his contribution to strengthen Pak-Turkish ties. The conferment on the Turkish foreign minister was made at a

Trump’s second impeachment

It is less than a week before US President Donald Trump finally leaves office, ending a bitter chapter in American history marked by deeper divisions, racial prejudice and resurrection of white supremacists. The biggest concern for Joe Biden’s inauguration on

FBI warns of armed protests ahead of Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON: The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington and all 50 US state capitals in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The FBI issued warnings for next weekend that run at least

US Congress formally certifies Joe Biden’s election win

WASHINGTON: United States Congress has formally certified Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory, hours after hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol Building. The White House released a statement from Trump in which he pledged an “orderly transition”

President Alvi reaffirms nation’s pledge to follow Quaid’s ideals

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has paid rich tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for his role in the creation of a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent and reaffirmed the nation’s pledge to follow his ideals to make

Biden to receive COVID-19 vaccine next week

WASHINGTON: United States President-elect Joe Biden will get the coronavirus vaccine as soon as next week as authorities try to build public confidence in a measure that promises to stop the deadly pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence will get the

PM Imran Khan discusses peace process with Afghan President

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan peace process for a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. In a telephonic conversation with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, the prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s call on

Indonesian president to receive country’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would be the first person in the country to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as he unveiled a campaign promising free inoculations for everyone in the country. Wikodo’s announcement comes as Indonesia battles misinformation

Hindutva ideology has captured entire Indian society: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Wednesday said India is falling into pitfalls of extremism, hatred and polarisation and is becoming an exclusive society. The president was addressing a seminar titled “Understanding Hindutva Mindset and Indian Hegemonic Aspirations” in Islamabad. He

President Alvi promulgates new anti-rape ordinance

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has promulgated the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 which aims to give strict punishments to sex offenders. Under the Ordinance, special courts will be set up across the country to expedite the trial of rape cases on a

US Supreme Court dismisses Texas suit challenging election result

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by Texas to overturn the results of the presidential election, which Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden, in a fresh setback for the president. The longshot suit lodged late Tuesday against

Three former US presidents pledge to get COVID-19 vaccine publicly

WASHINGTON: Former United States presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteered to have their COVID-19 vaccinations be publicly televised. The trio of two Democrats and one Republican said they would get the jab once it has

Former French President dies from COVID-19 at 94

PARIS: Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19. Giscard was France’s leader from 1974 to 1981 and a key architect of European integration in the early 1970s. He had recently been

President-elect Joe Biden fractures foot while playing with dog

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden suffered hairline fractures in his foot while playing with one of his dogs and will probably have to wear a protective boot for several weeks.  The incident happened on Saturday and Biden visited an orthopedist for

CJCSC Gen Nadeem Raza calls on Tajik President, military leaders

DUSHANBE: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza called on President of Tajikistan Mr Emomali Rahmon during an official visit to the country. Chairman JCSC also had separate meetings with Tajik Defence Minister Colonel General Sherali Mirzo, Minister