Iran warns of response if security threatened after oil tanker attack

TEHRAN: Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, the foreign ministry said after the United States, Israel and Britain blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman. Tehran has denied any

US, UK blame Iran for attacking Israeli-managed tanker

WASHINGTON: The United States and Britain said they believed Iran carried out an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum tanker off the coast of Oman that killed a Briton and a Romanian, both pledging to work with partners to respond. Iran

UK will work with Taliban if they come to power: British Defence Minister

LONDON: Britain will work with the Taliban should they enter the government in Afghanistan, said Defence Minister Ben Wallace. “Whatever the government of the day is, provided it adheres to certain international norms, the UK government will engage with it,”

The FATF sham

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on June 25 to keep Pakistan on the grey list despite successfully complying with 26 out of 27 demands came as a shock to most Pakistanis and outside observers. I too

USA, UK, China remain top three export destinations

KARACHI: United States of America remained the top export destinations of Pakistani products during the first eleven months of financial year 2020-21, followed by United Kingdom and China. Total exports to the USA during July-May (2020-21) were recorded at $4473.917

Pakistan-origin Sajid Javid named UK health secretary

LONDON: Pakistan-origin Sajid Javid has been appointed as health secretary of the United Kingdom as he returns to a cabinet he abruptly left some 16 months ago. The Bromsgrove MP, 51, previously served as home secretary from 2018 to 2019

US joins UK, EU, and Canada in imposing sanctions on Belarus

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on more than a dozen Belarusian individuals and entities, joining Britain, Canada and the European Union in applying pressure for human rights abuses and the erosion of democracy. Belarus plunged into crisis last

PM postpones UK visit amid US troops withdrawal

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly postponed his visit to the United Kingdom scheduled for next month. The prime minister invited by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a visit during a telephonic conversation between the two leaders earlier

USA, UK, China top three destinations for Pakistani exports

KARACHI: United States of America (USA) remained the top export destination of Pakistani products during the first ten months of financial year 2020-21, followed by United Kingdom (UK) and China. The total exports to the USA during July-April (2020-21) were

Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants

HANOI: Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said. After successfully containing the virus for most of last year,

UK ex-policeman jailed for belonging to neo-Nazi group

LONDON: The first police officer in Britain to be convicted of a terrorism offence was jailed for more than four years for belonging to a banned neo-Nazi group. Benjamin Hannam, 22, who had worked as a probationary police constable with

Tom Jones becomes oldest man to top UK album chart

LONDON: Tom Jones has become the oldest man to top the UK album chart At 80 years of age with his latest album ‘Surrounded By Time’. It comes 56 years after his first album chart placing, his 1965 debut Along

Prince Charles pays tribute to ‘my dear papa’ Philip

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Charles paid a personal tribute to his “dear papa” Prince Philip, saying the royal family missed him enormously and that he would have been amazed at the touching reaction across the world to his death. Philip, the

PIA operated 13 special flights ahead of UK travel ban: SAPM Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has operated thirteen special flights to the United Kingdom ahead of a travel ban being imposed from April 9. Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari thanked

Allies or interests

We have heard the old political adage that nations do not have allies, only interests. Countries have the right to develop policy to safeguard their interests. Foreign policy should not be formed on rewarding your friends first and punishing your

Asad Umar questions UK’s decision to place Pakistan on red list

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Asad Umar has questioned the United Kingdom’s decision of putting Pakistan on the ‘red list’ amid surging coronavirus cases. In a statement on Twitter, Asad Umar said, “Every country has a right

UK adds Pakistan to ‘red list’, imposes travel bans from April 9

LONDON: The United Kingdom has added Pakistan among other countries to the ‘red list’ and imposed travel bans for visitors to protect against the variants of the coronavirus. According a statement by British Foreign Office, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya and Bangladesh

Kate Middleton launches book of portraits to remember pandemic

LONDON: Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has launched a book of photographic portraits taken during Britain’s COVID-19 lockdowns that she said would provide a lasting record of the pandemic. Kate, who is married to Prince William, began the project with

Britain’s lockdown hero Captain Tom Moore dies aged 100

LONDON: World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore who walked into the hearts of a nation in lockdown as he walked in his garden to raise money for healthcare workers has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 100.

Govts around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

WASHINGTON: The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians. The United States “will take action against

Pizza most popular food worldwide for takeaway in 2020

A report published by Money Beach UK  has revealed that 44 countries had ‘pizza takeaway’ or ‘pizza delivery’ as the most-searched phrase on Google. Pizza, an Italian dish, was the most popular food searched for takeaway in a number of

Broadsheet’s revelations

The revelations by the UK firm Broadsheet have snowballed into a much greater issue after it was revealed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif offered to bribe the owner to drop the investigations. This has prompted the government to launch

UK to provide all adults COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

LONDON: Every adult in Britain will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by the autumn, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, in the UK’s biggest ever inoculation campaign. Hancock said public health officials are currently vaccinating 200,000 people daily, as they

WikiLeaks’ Assange denied bail by London court

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail by a British judge who said he might flee justice while the United States tries again to secure his extradition for publishing troves of secret documents. Assange had asked to be freed

Boris Johnson orders new lockdown for England as cases surge

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown in England to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine programme reaches a critical mass. Johnson said

UK judge rules against Jullian Assange’s extradition to US

LONDON: A British judge ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of breaking a spying law and conspiring to hack government computers and publishing hundreds of thousands of

NCOC confirms two cases of UK COVID-19 variant in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19 has confirmed that two new cases of the highly contagious coronavirus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom have been detected in Pakistan. The National Institute of Health (NIH)

UK reactivates emergency COVID-19 hospitals, closes schools in London

LONDON: Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus. With more than 50,000 new daily cases of

Boris Johnson’s father seeks French citizenship

PARIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley confirmed plans to seek French citizenship on the day the United Kingdom broke up with the European Union under the Brexit pact delivered by his son. If his application is accepted, he

Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

LONDON: Britain has finally severed its turbulent half-century partnership with Europe, quitting the EU single market and customs union four-and-a-half years after its shock vote to leave the economic bloc. Brexit became a reality as Big Ben struck 11:00 pm