Trump, Biden clash at fiery first presidential debate

CLEVELAND: US President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely in a chaotic first presidential debate marked by personal insults and repeated interruptions. Trump bulldozed his way through the 90-minute debate claiming that Democrats were trying to steal

‘Ertugrul’ star Selcan Hatun to model for Pakistani fashion designer

ISTANBUL: Famous Pakistani designer Maria B has recently announced to cast Turkish actress Didem Balcin as her model in her brand’s upcoming winter collection.  Famous for her role as Selcan Hatun in the ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, Didem Balcin has signed for

US bans TikTok, WeChat downloads

WASHINGTON: The United States ordered a ban on downloads of popular video app TikTok and blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat on national security grounds. Under the order, WeChat app will stop functioning in the United States from

FIFA president meets Trump to discuss 2026 World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has met United States President Donald Trump to discuss preparations for the 2026 World Cup which the country will co-host with Mexico and Canada. Infantino attended a signing ceremony this week for a diplomatic deal

Microsoft’s offer to buy TikTok’s US operations rejected

WASHINGTON: US tech giant Microsoft said its offer to buy TikTok was rejected as the deadline looms for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations. TikTok has been at the center of a diplomatic storm

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to reach Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will reach Islamabad on Monday to hold talks with Pakistani officials over the Afghan peace process. Khalilzad is expected to hold important meetings with the top political and military leadership

Bahrain recognises Israel

After the United Arab Emirates, another Gulf Arab nation has decided to establish bilateral relations with Israel. US President Trump announced that Bahrain, a tiny nation in the Middle East, will also follow suit in establishing relations with Israel. The

Cynthia Ritchie moves IHC against visa extension denial

ISLAMABAD: US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie on Saturday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging the interior ministry’s decision denying her a visa extension. Ritchie submitted an extension making the interior secretary, deputy secretary, and Director General Federal Investigation Agency

US imposes sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, investigating US soldiers for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, was

US blogger Cynthia Ritchie asked to leave Pakistan within 15 days

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has ordered American blogger Cynthia Ritchie to leave Pakistan within 15 days after rejecting her request for a visa extension. Ritchie confirmed the news and said that the Ministery of Interior has rejected her visa application

US coronavirus cases surpass six million

WASHINGTON: The number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed six million as many states in the Midwest reported increasing infections. Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota have recently reported record one-day increases in new

California’s ‘Golden State Killer’ jailed for life

SACRAMENTO: A US former policeman called the ‘Golden State Killer’ was jailed for life without the possibility of parole for a brutal decade-long crime spree in California. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr, 74, who confessed to 13 murders and dozens of

13 UN Security Council oppose US push for Iran sanctions

NEW YORK: The United States was further isolated over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member UN Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing the move is void as Washington quit the nuclear deal

TikTok removes 380,000 videos in US for hate content

WASHINGTON: TikTok has removed more than 380,000 videos in the United States this year as part of a mission to eliminate hate on the platform. TikTok also banned some 1,300 accounts for breaking rules against hateful content or behaviour and

Kamala Harris accepts US vice presidential nomination

WASHINGTON: United States Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday, imploring the country to elect Joe Biden as president. The first Black woman and Asian-American on a major US presidential ticket, Harris summarised her life

KSWB ex-MD Misbahuddin Farid passes away

KARACHI: Former Managing Director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Misbahuddin Farid passed away in the United States after a prolonged illness. He was reportedly suffering from cardiac issues and underwent bypass surgery a day earlier. He leaves behind

US coronavirus death toll hits 170,000 ahead of flu season

WASHINGTON: The United States surpassed 170,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday as health officials express concerns over COVID-19 complicating the fall flu season. Deaths rose by 483 on Sunday with the states of Florida, Texas and Louisiana leading the rise in

Pakistan attaches high priority to relations with US: Foreign Secretary

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood held wide-ranging consultations with Ambassador David Hale Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department and reviewed bilateral relations and future direction. The foreign secretary said that Pakistan attached high priority to its relationship

China sanctions 11 Americans in retaliatory move

BEIJING: China has sanctioned eleven Americans, including senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for similar US moves prompted by Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong. The United States last week accused eleven officials of suppressing “freedom and democratic processes”

Global coronavirus cases surpass 20 million

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have recovered, and over 734,000 have died from the disease, according to

US hits grim milestone of five million coronavirus cases

WASHINGTON: The United States on Sunday reached the extraordinary milestone of five million coronavirus cases. The US has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic, recording nearly 163,000 deaths. This is by far the highest of any country, ahead only of

China slams US for imposing sanctions on Hong Kong leaders

HONG KONG: China has slammed the United States for imposing sanctions in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong as relations deteriorate between the world’s two biggest economies. The United States sanctioned a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials

US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook steps down

WASHINGTON: United States special representative to Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will take an additional role, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Hook’s departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to

Trump imposes ban on US transactions with WeChat, TikTok

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump announced sweeping bans on transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent operator of the WeChat app within 45 days, The executive order is a major escalation of tensions with Beijing

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump’s posts over coronavirus misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook took down a post by United States President Donald Trump which the company said violated rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip, from an interview earlier in the day, in which

US offers $10 million reward to prevent election interference

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election. The reward marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

TOKYO: Japan marked 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims. Survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended this year’s main

Latin America exceeds five million COVID-19 cases

BRASILIA: Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed five million coronavirus cases on Monday underscoring that the region is world’s hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America than much of the world.

First US recipient of partial face transplant passes away

WASHINGTON: The first US recipient of a partial face transplant has died at age 57, according to Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, where she underwent the delicate operation nearly 12 years ago. The health centre listed no cause of Connie Culp’s death

Trump floats delaying presidential election

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump raised the idea of delaying the United States presidential elections scheduled to be held on 3rd November later this year. The idea was immediately rejected by both Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress – the