New Pak naval chief takes over

New Pak naval chief takes over

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new naval chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi on Saturday took command of the navy here amid several security challenges facing the country. Outgoing naval chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah passed the baton of command to Admiral Abbasi at a ceremony in the capital, which was attended by senior officials from the three services and […]

US military is ridding the world of terrorism: Trump

US military is ridding the world of terrorism: Trump

WASHINGTON: The US military is “ridding” the world of terrorism, President Donald Trump has said, asserting that America’s goals were denuclearising North Korea and stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Trump’s remarks came after he held a meeting with top US military leaders yesterday. The meeting was also attended by the President’s advisers, including the […]

ISI runs its own foreign policy; has connections with militant groups: US

ISI runs its own foreign policy; has connections with militant groups: US

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has connections with militant groups and runs its own foreign policy, a top US General said on Wednesday. Pakistan has denied the US’ allegations. “I think it’s clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups,” General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told […]

Sharif re-elected head of ruling Pak PML-N

Sharif re-elected head of ruling Pak PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif was Tuesday re-elected as the president of Pakistan’s ruling PML-N party after Parliament passed a controversial bill, paving the way for the ousted prime minister’s return to politics. Sharif, 67, had to step down as the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was disqualified as the prime minister by […]

More than two million new refugees this year: UN

More than two million new refugees this year: UN

GENEVA: Conflicts, violence and persecution in Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, the UN refugee chief said on Monday. At the end of 2016, a record 65.6 million people had been uprooted from their homes worldwide, with 22.5 million of them registered […]

Sikh man becomes first minority politician to lead major party in Canada

Sikh man becomes first minority politician to lead major party in Canada

TORONTO: Jagmeet Singh, a 38-year-old Sikh criminal lawyer, was on Monday elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, becoming the first non-white politician to head a major party in the country. Singh, the Ontario provincial lawmaker, was elected on the first ballot to lead the party into the 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin […]

China opens new highway in Tibet close to Arunachal border

China opens new highway in Tibet close to Arunachal border

BEIJING: China on Sunday opened a 409-km new expressway costing about USD 5.8 billion linking Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi, which is close to Arunachal Pradesh border. The 409-km toll-free expressway has linked the two major cities which are also tourist attractions in Tibet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The expressway cuts Lhasa-Nyingchi travel […]

Oxford removes Aung San Suu Kyi’s portrait from display

Oxford removes Aung San Suu Kyi’s portrait from display

LONDON: An Oxford University college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied as an undergraduate has removed her portrait from its main entrance amid mounting criticism of the Myanmar leader over the plight of Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi had graduated from St Hugh’s College in 1967 and the portrait had hung prominently at the college entrance […]

Accused UK ‘Imam’ claims to be anti-terror preacher

Accused UK ‘Imam’ claims to be anti-terror preacher

LONDON: A Birmingham-based Muslim ‘Imam’, on trial to be extradited to Spain where he is wanted on terrorism charges, has told a UK court that he is an “anti- terrorist preacher”. Tarik Chadlioui, accused of being a recruiter for the Islamic State (ISIS) through extremist videos, was one of six people arrested across Europe in […]

Pakistan court to indict Sharif on October 2 in corruption cases

Pakistan court to indict Sharif on October 2 in corruption cases

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday decided to indict Nawaz Sharif on October 2 after the embattled ousted prime minister for the first time appeared before it to face graft charges against him in the Panama Papers scandal. The Accountability Court also issued bailable arrest warrants for Sharif’s children Hassan, Hussain, and Maryam, and […]