Iranian-backed forces seize oil tanker off UAE: sources

LONDON (Reuters): Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, three maritime security sources said, after Britain’s maritime trade agency reported a potential hijack in the area.

Afghans must decide own future as US troops to leave in August, says Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters): United States President Joe Biden, while strongly defending his decision to pull US military forces out of Afghanistan, warned that the Afghan people must decide their own future.  Speaking in the White House East Room, Biden said that

US expands temporary protected status for Yemeni immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The U.S. government has extended Yemeni eligibility for a humanitarian program that grants deportation relief and works permits to immigrants already in the United States who cannot safely return to their home countries. The renewed designation of Temporary

US, NATO troops leave Bagram airbase in Afghanistan

KABUL: All US and Nato troops have left the biggest air base in Afghanistan, a US defence official said on Friday, signalling the complete withdrawal of foreign forces was imminent after two decades of war. Bagram Air Base served as

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88

WASHINGTON: US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was the main architect of the Iraq war until President George W. Bush replaced him, has died at age 88, his family said in a statement. Rumsfeld, who ranks with Vietnam War-era defense

New US FTC chief Lina Khan names top staffers, competition chief

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech critic and the new chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan, has named three top staffers in a signal that the agency could become more aggressive in how it enforces antitrust law and laws against deceptive

China criticises latest US warship transit of Taiwan Strait

BEIJING (Reuters): China has condemned the United States as the region’s greatest security “risk creator” after a U.S. warship again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile

Pakistan would be targeted by terrorists if US given bases: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that Pakistan is ready to be a partner for peace in Afghanistan, but as US troops withdraw, the country will avoid risking further conflict. In his opinion column published in Washington Post, the

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

Pakistani cadet graduates from US Air Force Academy

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani cadet Shahrukh Khan has become the only one from the country to graduate from the prestigious US Air Force Academy in 2021. The US Embassy in Islamabad has congratulated Shahrukh Khan on his achievement. “Congratulations to Flying

US Naval Ship USS Monterey visits Karachi

KARACHI: US guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), deployed with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG), conducted a scheduled port visit in Karachi. During the ship’s visit, US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Lesslie Viguerie met with the crew. “The military-to-military

Reagan’s assailant John Hinckley rebrands as singer on YouTube

NEW YORK: The gunman who attempted to assassinate United States President Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster is now singing songs and uploading them on YouTube. John Hinckley Jr, now 66, won a lengthy court battle last year allowing

US, Egypt working closely to reinforce Gaza ceasefire: Blinken

CAIRO: Egypt and the United States said they would work together to reinforce a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Cairo and Amman on a regional tour. Egypt has longstanding relations with both

EU agrees to open doors for vaccinated foreigners

BRUSSELS: European Union countries agreed to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc’s door to all Britons and vaccinated Americans. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved

China ‘closing in fast,’ Biden warns US Congress

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden proposed a sweeping new $1.8 trillion plan in a speech to a joint session to Congress, pleading with Republican lawmakers to work on divisive issues and to meet the stiff competition posed by China. The Democratic

Human rights violation in US – III

The US Human Rights Violations 2020 report released by the Chinese government also provides a detailed overview of the ongoing racial discrimination, and law and order situation in the United States. The main points of this report regarding racial discrimination

In historic first, two powerful women flank US president

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s address to Congress broke a historic glass ceiling as two women – Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – sat behind the president for the first time in US history. The seating arrangement

George Floyd murder: US ex-cop to be sentenced on June 16

MINNEAPOLIS: Former US police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced on June 16 for the murder of African American George Floyd in a case that sparked nationwide anti-racism protests. The Hennepin County District Court in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis,

Pakistani-American appointed Assistant Chief of Police in US

WASHIGTON: Pakistani-American Yasir Bashir has been appointed Assistant Chief of Houston Police in the state of Houston, becoming the first Muslim in the position. Houston Police chief Troy Finner appointed Pakistani-origin Commander Yasir Bashir, as Head of family violence department

Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff dies in US prison

NEW YORK: Bernie Madoff, mastermind of the largest financial scam in history that unraveled during the 2008 economic crisis, has died in jail. He was 82. Madoff had been suffering from chronic kidney failure and prison chiefs had denied his

US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to list on Nasdaq

SAN FRANCISCO: The largest US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global will list on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche technology to mainstream asset. The listing is by far the biggest yet of

Ex-US Attorney General Ramsey Clark dies at 93

NEW YORK: Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who came to Pakistan in 1976 to defend under-trial Zulfikar Ali Bhutto but was prevented by General Zial-ul-Haq’s military regime from appearing in the Supreme Court, has died at his home in

Meera released from mental asylum, ordered to leave US within two days

It has been reported that actress Meera was released from a mental asylum and has been ordered to leave the United States within two days. Earlier on Thursday, the Baji actress was forcibly admitted to a mental hospital in New

US lifts sanctions on ICC prosecutor, court official

WASHINGTON: The United States has lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that drew international criticism after they were imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump. The move, announced by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,

US, Iran head to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks

WASHIGTON: Iran and the United States said they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but

Honduran president’s brother sentenced in US for drug trafficking

NEW YORK: A former Honduran congressman and brother of the sitting president, Tony Hernandez, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for drug trafficking by a US judge. Hernandez, 42, was convicted on the drug charges and related

US coronavirus cases surpass 30 million

WASHINGTON: The United States crossed 30 million coronavirus cases as states accelerate the vaccination process by lowering age limits. Health authorities are racing to vaccinate in the face of the first uptick in new cases on a weekly basis since

US urges India to avoid buying Russian military equipment

NEW DELHI: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S400 air defence system at a meeting with his Indian counterpart, reiterating that US allies should steer clear of Russian equipment to avoid sanctions. “We certainly urge

YouTube Shorts launched in US to rival TikTok

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube is rolling out a short-form video-streaming service on its platform in the United States as it looks to better compete with rival TikTok. The service, Shorts, lets users record mobile-friendly vertical videos that can be spiced up

US joined by Russia, China, Pakistan call for Afghan ceasefire

MOSCOW: The United States was joined by Russia, China and Pakistan in calling on Afghanistan’s warring sides to reach an immediate ceasefire, at talks that showed Washington’s determination to win backing from regional powers for its plans. Just six weeks