Facebook exempts high-profile users from some of its rules

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook exempts certain celebrities, politicians and other high-profile users from some its own rules for posts as part of a program launched as a quality-control mechanism. The program, referred to as “cross check” or “XCheck,” shields millions of

UN sounds alarm over ‘irreversible’ impact of climate change

NEW YORK: The UN panel on climate change sounded a dire warning on Monday, saying the world is dangerously close to runaway warming – and that humans are “unequivocally” to blame. Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are already high

US life expectancy falls 1.5 years due to COVID-19: Report

WASHINGTON: Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the biggest one-year decline

Child labour rises for first time in two decades: UN

NEW YORK: The world has marked the first rise in child labour in two decades and the coronavirus crisis threatens to push millions of more youngsters toward the same fate, the United Nations said. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and

Biden orders intelligence report on COVID origins within 90 days

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident. In a statement

58% Pakistanis see accountancy as an attractive career option: ACCA report

KARACHI: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) have predicted a decade of opportunity for Generation Z accountancy professionals and their employers. A new report ‘Groundbreakers: Gen Z and the future of accountancy’ gathered

Will not allow scourge of terrorism to rise again: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice and strongly condemned the blast outside a hotel in Quetta in which four people were killed and over a dozen others were injured. While monitoring the whole situation till late at night,

Fourteen countries raise concerns over WHO COVID-19 origin report

WASHINGTON: The United States and 13 other countries expressed concerns that the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the origins of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was delayed and lacked access to complete data, according to a joint statement.

COVID-19 jumped from bats through ‘missing link’ animal: WHO report

GENEVA: An international expert mission to Wuhan has concluded it was very likely that COVID-19 first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal but ruled out a laboratory leak. The intermediate host hypothesis was deemed “likely to

Iran’s report on downed Ukrainian jet absolves armed forces

TEHRAN: Iran released its final report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down last year killing 176 people, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces. Iran’s civil aviation body blamed a misaligned radar and an error

1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence: UN

NEW YORK: Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime as the pervasive criminal behaviour increased during the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a new report by the World Health Organization

Turkish court refuses to add US report to Khashoggi trial

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court trying 26 Saudi suspects in absentia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi refused to admit a US report blaming the kingdom’s crown prince for the killing. An Istanbul court is trying two close former aides

Khashoggi report: Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia after the United States released a declassified report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Foreign Office released a statement stating that Pakistan recognizes Saudi efforts and measures to ensure the

Pakistan remains on grey list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list until June 2021. This has been the fourth time Pakistan has been given an extension and has said to have made ‘significant progress’ but there

Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi’s killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it rejected completely “the negative, false and unacceptable” assessment of a US intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an

Biden, Saudi king have phone call ahead of Khashoggi report release

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden told Saudi King Salman he would work for bilateral ties “as strong and transparent as possible,” the White House said, ahead of the expected release of a sensitive US intelligence report on the 2018 murder

Cross border terrorism

Pakistan has hailed a counterterrorism report by the UN Security Council’s monitoring team that identifies the threat from militants based across the border in Afghanistan. The foreign ministry said the report ‘vindicates’ the stance that terror groups such as the

ADB, IMF launch first joint report on financing SDGs

MANILLA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) joined 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in launching the first-ever joint report on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report is released at the end of a

SC suspends SHC order against Sugar Inquiry Commission report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a Sindh High Court (SHC) order declaring the Sugar Inquiry Commission’s (SIC) report as illegal. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed also issued notices to 20 sugar

Federal govt unveils two-year performance report

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday unveiled its two-year performance report highlighting successes on the internal and external fronts as it completes its second parliamentary year. Cabinet members including Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on

SC suspends SHC stay order, allows action against sugar mill owners

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the Sindh High Court’s stay order restraining the federal government from taking action against sugar mills over the inquiry commission’s recommendations. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the federal

Ali Zaidi acted irresponsibly, made JIT report controversial: CM Sindh

ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has said federal minister Ali Zaidi has acted irresponsibly by making the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report on Lyari gangwar kingpin Uzair Baloch controversial. Speaking to the media after his appearance at the

Case of two JIT reports

An unusual situation has been created with the release of the JIT report regarding Lyari gangwar kingpin Uzair Baloch. After years of delay and legal battles, the Sindh government made the JIT report public but doubts were raised that a

Sindh to release Uzair Baloch, Nisar Morai, Baldia Town JIT reports today

KARACHI: Sindh government is all set to make public the joint investigation team reports (JITs) of Uzair Baloch, Nisar Morai, and Baldia Town factory fire today. Earlier, Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab had said in a press conference that the

Justice for Lyari gang war

The political turf is set to shaken with the expected release of the Uzair Baloch and Nisar Morai Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports and this time around the PPP could be on the receiving end. After immense pressure and court

US sent COVID-19 stimulus payments to one million dead people

WASHINGTON: The United States Treasury sent cheques to help stimulate the economy devastated by COVID-19 to more than one million dead people, according to a government watchdog report. The independent Government Accountability Office said that, since the Treasury began sending

IHC bars govt from taking action on sugar inquiry commission report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued stay order in a petition challenging the report of the Sugar Inquiry Commission barring the government from taking any action. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing of the petition moved

Releasing air crash reports

The prime minister silenced many critics when he released a damning report on the sugar crisis implicating even his close aides. The move was unprecedented as previously such investigative reports were brushed aside and never released. Now the prime minister

Tackling sugar barons

The cat is finally out of the bag. Prime Minister Imran Khan has allowed the release of an inquiry report by a commission formed to probe the sugar crisis that rocked the nation early this year, creating artificial shortages and

Govt declares sugar inquiry report public

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday approved to make public the inquiry report of the sugar crisis inquiry commission after a special meeting of the federal cabinet. The cabinet gave approval after the inquiry commission presented a forensic report