International

Won’t negotiate with Russia: Zelensky At UN


Kyiv: Kyiv will not be able to negotiate with Russia after Moscow held annexation "referendums" in four occupied Ukrainian regions, President Volodymyr Zelensky told the United Nations General Assembly. "Russia's recognition of the pseudo-referendums as 'normal', implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario, and yet another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory mean that there is nothing to...

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince named prime minister


New York: Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has been named prime minister, a post traditionally held by the king, in a government shuffle announced. Mohammed bin Salman, who has been the kingdom's de facto ruler for several years, was previously serving as deputy prime minister under King Salman as well as defense minister. He is being replaced...

Russia grants citizenship to NSA whistleblower Snowden


New York: President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been in the country since 2013 and was granted permanent residency in 2020, media reports said. His name was included in a list of 72 foreigners who became citizens, RT reported, citing the TASS news agency. There was no comment...

Over 75 killed as anti-hijab protests intensify in Iran


Washington: As the protests entered their 12th day over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities. Ten days after her death, the protests have now spread across at least 46 Iranian cities, towns, and villages. Meanwhile, a rights group claimed that over 75 people...

India-Bhutan border gates reopen after two years


New Delhi: After keeping its borders closed for 30 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bhutan lifted restrictions on the entry of foreigners recently, officials posted at the Himalayan country’s border with India said. Bhutanese nationals were also allowed to cross the border into India. The cost of visiting Bhutan – a popular destination among Indians...

World running out of patience with Taliban: UN envoy


New York: A UN envoy has stressed the need for the international community to engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Markus Potzel, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan saw international engagement as the most realistic approach, Xinhua news agency reported. If the Taliban do not respond to the needs of all elements of Afghan...

Sharif’s UN speech leaves Afghanistan fuming


New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session has further escalated tensions between Pakistan and the Afghan interim government. During his speech, Pakistan PM exhorted the international community to remain engaged with the Afghan Taliban and also highlighted global worries over the presence of banned terrorist groups on...

Pakistan-US ties no longer hyphenated: Bilawal Bhutto


New York: Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Pakistan-US ties are no longer hyphenated with Afghanistan and India as Washington and Islamabad are discussing ways to enhance trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, media reports said. "Not only I am presently surprised, but I am absolutely impressed by the new foreign...

Pakistan and its Avoidable Climate Catastrophe


By David Fickling If you’re looking for an emblem of why Pakistan will struggle to recover from the floods that have killed more than 1,000 since June, consider its latest bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed. The infusion of $1.16 billion might help unlock enough cash to get the country through the next...