US commander warns against attacks on troops in Afghanistan

KABUL: The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan warned it would be a mistake for the Taliban to attack foreign troops still present in the country after the passing of a May 1 deadline for withdrawal. US Army General Scott

Afghan parties urged to reach negotiated settlement, reduce violence

DOHA: The extended Troika on peaceful settlement in Afghanistan – the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan – in a joint statement expressed hope that the Taliban will prevent terrorist groups from using Afghan territory to threaten the security of

India’s coronavirus cases cross 18m, US to send $100m supplies

MUMBAI: India reported a record rise in coronavirus cases and deaths over the last 24 hours on Thursday, with its overall caseload rising above 18 million. With 379,257 new cases and 3,645 new deaths, India’s total number of cases and

Global vaccine doses pass one billion mark as cases top new record

NEW YORK: The number of COVID-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark, even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly due to an explosion of infections in India. At least 1,002,938,540 vaccine

Kerry, UN envoy launch global finance plan to boost climate action

NEW YORK: UN climate envoy Mark Carney and US peer John Kerry announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. While many large banks, insurers

US adds 116 countries to its ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory list

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has added at least 116 countries this week to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list, putting the UK, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others on the list, citing a “very high level

Ex-policeman found guilty of George Floyd’s murder

MINNEAPOLIS: Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of murdering African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States. A 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty

Afghan President’s irresponsible remarks

Asserting that China and India are to be a factor in the regional prosperity, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said it is “a moment of choice” for neighbouring Pakistan as all its calculations have been “wrong” so far. Ghani’s statement

Biden to raise US cap on refugee admissions after criticism

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden said he will raise the cap on the number of refugees admitted this year to the United States, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to keep the historically low figure in

NASA chooses SpaceX to take humans back to Moon

MIAMI: NASA has selected SpaceX to land the first astronauts on the surface of the Moon since 1972, in a huge victory for Elon Musk’s company. The contract, worth $2.9 billion, involves the prototype Starship spacecraft that is being tested

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in retaliation over sanctions

MOSCOW: Russia has asked 10 US diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats over alleged malign activity and suggested the US ambassador return home for consultations. The measures, part of

US exits Afghanistan

September 11 – This date is highly symbolic for the United States as it invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Now nearly 20 years after almost 2,400 US military and thousands of Afghan deaths, spending nearly $1 trillion, the US

NATO troops to leave Afghanistan along with US

BRUSSELS: Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a US pull-out by September 11, NATO allies pledged, while agreeing to start removing troops on May 1 after two decades of war. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg,

‘Time to end the forever war’: Biden announces US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden announced it’s “time to end” America’s longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, where they have spent two decades in an increasingly futile battle against the Taliban. Dubbed the “forever war,” the US

Gen Bajwa, US Secretary of State Blinken discuss Afghan peace process

RAWALINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had a telephonic conversation with United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.         During the conversation matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including latest developments in Afghan peace process

Iran holds ‘constructive’ talks on reviving nuclear deal

VIENNA: Iran and world powers held what they described as “constructive” talks and agreed to form working groups to discuss the sanctions Washington might lift and the nuclear curbs Tehran might observe as they try to revive the 2015 nuclear

Story of China and its Muslims (Part 3)

The propaganda that is being peddled shows there is no greater champion of human rights in the world than the West. The reality is that China’s advancement in industry and trade has bewildered Western nations. Now the West has resorted

Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran wants the United States to lift all sanctions and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of restrictions, the foreign ministry said ahead of planned talks in Vienna next week on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. The comments came as France

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

Police officer killed in vehicle attack on US Capitol

WASHINGTON: A motorist rammed a car into US Capitol police on Friday, brandishing a knife and killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to lockdown. Police shot and killed the suspect. Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing America’s crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and delivering a “once-in-a-generation” investment that will enable the country to beat China on the global economic stage. Biden

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

Myanmar bloodshed ‘absolutely outrageous’: US President Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden decried the bloodshed unleashed against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as “absolutely outrageous,” after security forces killed more than 100 people including at least seven children. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted and

US accuses China of campaign against companies over Xinjiang ties

WASHINGTON: The United States condemned what it called a “state-led” social media campaign in China against US and other international companies for deciding not to use cotton from China’s Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns. State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter

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

‘He likes to be called Harry,’ says prince’s new boss at mental health company

SAN FRANCISCO: Prince Harry’s new boss at mental health start-up BetterUp said that the new British royal hire would be known in the office simply as “Harry.” “In the workplace, he likes to be called Harry. He’s a colleague, he’s

Pakistan’s exports to USA increase 11.86% in fiscal year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s exports of goods and services to the United States of America (USA) witnessed a surge of 11.86 percent during the eight months of financial year (2020-21) compared to the corresponding period last year. The overall exports to USA

North Korea fires two short-range missiles, US still open to dialogue

WASHINGTON: North Korea fired two short-range missiles at the weekend but Washington played down the first such tests under President Joe Biden and said it was still open to dialogue with Pyongyang. The North Korean activity involved weapons systems at

West sanctions China over Uighur abuses, Beijing hits back at EU

BRUSSELS: The European Union, United States, Britain and Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Chinese officials over the crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, and Beijing responded by hitting Europeans with immediate tit-for-tat measures. Brussels, London and Ottawa blacklisted former

Ten killed in Colorado supermarket shooting

DENVER: A gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people including a police officer, before being arrested, marking the second deadly US mass shooting in less than a week. Police gave few immediate details of the