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Ex Minister Fawad Chaudhry arrested in Pakistan


Islamabad: Police in Pakistan early Wednesday arrested a senior leader of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party on charges of threatening the chief of the elections oversight body and other government officials. The arrest of Fawad Chaudhry, an outspoken critic of the government, is a major setback for the party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in which...

Chris Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st PM


Wellington: Chris Hipkins was sworn as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the “pandemic of inflation.” He will have less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls...

US, Germany set to send battle tanks to Ukraine


New York: The United States and Germany will send heavy tanks to Ukraine, sources said, reported news agency Reuters. This decision will reshape the war with Russia, Kyiv said. Just hours before turning 45 today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed allies to move forward with providing over five to 15 modern tanks to reinforce Ukraine’s military...

India, Pak came ‘close’ to nuclear war after 2019: Pompeo


New Delhi: India and Pakistan came close to a nuclear war in the aftermath of the 2019 Pulwama suicide attack, former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has written in his new book, 'Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love'. “I do not think the world properly knows just how close the India-Pakistan...

Third Hindu temple vandalized in Australia with anti-India rant on walls


Another Hindu temple has been vandalized in Australia allegedly by Khalistani supporters, with India hate rant scribbled on walls once again. This is the third such attack on Hindu temples in the country in at least two weeks.  The walls of the temple have been smeared with anti-India slogans like "Hindustan Murdabad", "Khalistan Zindabad." Hate...

Cost-of-living crisis overshadows climate at Davos


Davos, Switzerland: Climate change is the global economy’s biggest long-term challenge but one the world is least prepared to tackle because of short-term problems led by a cost-of-living crisis, the World Economic Forum said in a report Wednesday. The group’s Global Risks Report, released ahead of its annual gathering of government leaders and business elites next week in...

Political crisis galore in Pak as Imran Khan’s party dissolves two assemblies


Peshawar, Pakistan: The party of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday dissolved a provincial assembly in the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where it held majority seats. Its rival, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, criticized the move, saying it meant to deepen the political crisis and force early parliamentary elections. On Wednesday,...

World’s oldest known person from France dies aged 118


Paris: The world's oldest known person, French nun Lucile Randon, has died aged 118, media reports said. Randon, known as Sister Andre, was born in southern France on February 11, 1904, when World War I was still a decade away. She died in her sleep at her nursing home in Toulon, spokesman David Tavella said. "There...

UK teachers, nurses to strike further over pay disputes


London: Further strikes were announced by teachers and nurses in the UK, amid the continued cost-of-living crisis and lengthy disputes over pay. If progress is not made in negotiations by the end of January, February will see the most widespread strike so far by National Health Service (NHS) nursing staff, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)...