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Glasgow climate summit at risk of failure, warns UN chief

NEW YORK: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some

Russia offered US use of Central Asia bases for Afghan operations: Report

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin in June offered US counterpart Joe Biden the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia for information gathering from Afghanistan, a Russian newspaper reported as American troops leave the country. Taliban fighters have made major

Biden holds ‘constructive’ dialogue with Putin in Geneva summit

GENEVA: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin decided at a “pragmatic” first summit on Wednesday to hold arms control and cyber-security talks and return their respective ambassadors, while agreeing to differ on other issues. The discussions at

NATO adopts tough line on China at Biden’s debut summit

BRUSSELS: NATO leaders warned that China presents “systemic challenges,” taking a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance. The US president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s

David Attenborough named COP26 People’s Advocate ahead of climate summit

LONDON: Britain has tasked naturalist David Attenborough to tackle the issue of climate change as its People’s Advocate ahead of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 could accelerate measures by the world’s biggest

Chinese President Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit

BEIJING: China’s President Xi Jinping will attend a US-led climate change summit at the invitation of President Joe Biden, in the first meeting between the two leaders since the advent of the new US administration. Biden has invited dozens of

Turkey to host ten-day Afghanistan peace summit

ANKARA: Turkey will host a peace summit for Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 meant to jump-start efforts to end the war and sketch out a possible political settlement, Turkish authorities said. The meeting would include the United Nations

Biden’s climate summit

President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the ‘Leaders Summit on Climate’. The two-day conference will start on 22 April – Earth Day, and will come ahead of a major UN meeting on the crisis, scheduled for November

Greta Thunberg to skip UN climate summit over unfair vaccine rollouts

STOCKHOLM: Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg said she plans to skip the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, saying the uneven rollout of COVID-19 vaccine campaigns would mean countries could not participate on even terms. The 18-year-old activist deplored

PM to attend virtual D-8 summit hosted by Bangladesh

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead a delegation to 10th D-8 summit being hosted by Bangladesh in virtual format on April 8. The theme of the summit is ‘Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing Power of Youth and Technology

PM dismisses cacophony over being uninvited to climate summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has responded after he was shunned from a climate change summit being hosted by United States President Joe Biden. The US President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he

Biden snubs Pakistan

US President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders including his Russian and Chinese counterparts to a virtual climate change summit next month. However, the US president conveniently excluded Pakistan from the list of invitees, raising questions about the government’s

Biden invites 40 world leaders to climate summit, excludes Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: United States President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to participate in the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22-23 but surprisingly left out Pakistan, a country severely affected by climate change. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John

Biden invites Xi, Putin at virtual climate summit

WASHINGTON: The United States has invited the leaders of China and Russia to participate in a global summit on climate change in April, said US President Joe Biden. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among 40

Rescue operation launched for missing mountaineers on K2

ISLAMABAD: A rescue operation was launched on Saturday morning for three mountaineers who have reportedly gone missing during a K2 winter summit attempt. Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara, Chile’s John Snorri and Iceland’s JP Mohr Prieto have been missing since Friday

PDM to finalize strategy for Senate elections, long march

ISLAMABAD:  The opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will hold a crucial meeting on Thursday (today) to finalize its plan of action against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. The meeting in Islamabad will be chaired by PDM President and JUI-F

Pakistan ready to host SAARC summit in Islamabad: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s willingness to host the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad at the earliest. Qureshi was virtually addressing the meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers on the sidelines of 75th session of the UN

Aid summit raises $300 million for Lebanon

BEIRUT: A host of nations pledged nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance for Lebanon at a conference aimed at garnering support for the crisis-hit country days after deadly explosions in Beirut. In a joint statement after Sunday’s virtual event, the

New Zealand to host virtual APEC summit next year

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will use virtual digital platforms to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, amid uncertainty around travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. “What we’ve done is we’ve determined

MOFA publishes booklet on nuclear security for IAEA summit

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a booklet on “Pakistan’s Nuclear Security Regime” on the occasion of the third International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS) organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna from 10-14 February

Imran Khan appears on Time cover ahead of WEF meeting

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will be in attendance as the rich and powerful from across the globe assemble this week at the Swiss ski resort town of Davos. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event in the

President Alvi attends inaugural session of NAM Summit

BAKU: President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday.attended the inaugural ceremony of the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan.  More than hundreds heads of state and government attended the inaugural session. President Alvi also met several heads of states on

Trump abandons plan to host 2020 G7 meeting at his Florida resort

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump abandoned plans late on Saturday to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and others had decried the selection as evidence of the president misusing his office for

Trump to host next year’s G7 summit at his Florida golf resort

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year’s Group of Seven economic summit of developed world leaders at one of his own properties, the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, a White House official said. White House acting

EU, Britain scramble to reach Brexit deal before summit

LONDON: British and EU negotiators on Tuesday scrambled to put together a draft text for a Brexit deal with just two days to go before a key European summit. Both sides voiced cautious optimism that an outline agreement could be

Hosting SAARC summit

Pakistan hosting the next SAARC Summit in Islamabad will be a golden opportunity to once again highlight the Kashmir issue. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is confident that all member countries, except India, have agreed to attend the event at