Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

Kharkiv (Ukraine): Ukrainian forces fought to hold off Russian attempts to advance in the south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the country’s industrial Donbas region, and a senior U.S. defense official said Moscow’s offensive is going much slower than planned. While artillery fire, sirens and explosions were heard Friday in some […]

Policeman killed, five others injured in two separate blasts in Pakistan’s KPK

Peshawar: A policeman has been killed and five others injured in two separate blasts in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said on Saturday. A police constable was killed and another was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated close to the main gate of Nisatta police station in Charsadda district on Friday night, district […]

Years of Iran-Saudi tensions nearing end, Iraq PM says

BAGHDAD: An end to years of tension between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia is near, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi said in an interview published on Saturday. Iraq, a neighbour to both countries, has hosted five rounds of talks over the past year aimed at restoring ties between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, and Shiite-majority […]

US to continue engaging with India over Ukraine: White House says ahead of Quad Summit in May

US to continue engaging with India over Ukraine: White House says ahead of Quad Summit in May

Washington: The US is engaging with India over the issue of Ukraine and this will continue at the Quad summit when President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan next month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has indicated. “We have had a number of engagements, as you know, with leaders in India […]

India-Bhutan development cooperation unique, prompted by moral principles and emotional bonds: Jaishankar

India-Bhutan development cooperation unique, prompted by moral principles and emotional bonds: Jaishankar

Thimphu: The India-Bhutan relationship is based on a genuine concern for each other’s welfare and interests, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Friday, asserting that New Delhi’s development cooperation paradigm with the Himalayan nation is unique, prompted by moral principles and emotional bonds. Jaishankar, who is here on an official visit at the […]

Nato plans troop exercises to deter Russia

LONDON: Tens of thousands of troops from Nato and other north Atlantic nations will take part in a series of military exercises across Europe in the coming weeks as western countries seek to deter Russian aggression. The exercises, backed by aircraft, tanks, artillery and armored assault vehicles, will take place in Finland, Poland, North Macedonia […]

India’s offset requirements major hurdle in defence trade: Ex-Pentagon official

India’s offset requirements major hurdle in defence trade: Ex-Pentagon official

Washington: India offers huge opportunities for the US in bilateral defence trade but its offset requirements pose an enormous challenge in doing business with the country, a former top Pentagon official has told top American lawmakers. Ellen Lord, who previously served as the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), told members of […]

China asks Pak to scale up security for its citizens; demands punishment to perpetrators behind Karachi varsity blast

China asks Pak to scale up security for its citizens; demands punishment to perpetrators behind Karachi varsity blast

BEIJING: China on Wednesday asked Pakistan to scale-up security for its nationals working in the country and demanded a thorough investigation and punishment to the perpetrators behind the suicide attack at the Karachi University which killed three Chinese teachers and injured another. The blood of the Chinese cannot be shed in vain, and those behind […]

Still have ‘hope’ in Ukraine talks, Putin tells UN chief

Still have ‘hope’ in Ukraine talks, Putin tells UN chief

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin told the visiting UN chief Tuesday that he still had hope for negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine. “Despite the fact that the military operation is ongoing, we still hope that we will be able to reach agreements on the diplomatic track,” Putin told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who […]

US urges more arms for Ukraine amid fears of expanding war

TORETSK (Ukraine): The U.S. pressed its allies Tuesday to move “heaven and earth” to keep Kyiv well-supplied with weapons as Russian forces rained fire on eastern and southern Ukraine amid growing new fears the war could spill over the country’s borders. For the second day in a row, explosions rocked the separatist region of Trans-Dniester […]