International

Nepal will not compromise on sovereign equality: Oli


Kathmandu: Ahead of the Nepalese foreign minister's visit to New Delhi, Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that his country will not compromise on sovereign equality in its engagement with either India or China. "The area (of) Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani is the territory of Nepal, is (a) very sacred part of...

Afghanistan lets 10 Chinese spies fly back home


Kabul: Days after exposing China’s intelligence network operating in Afghanistan for at least six months, Kabul has allowed the 10 Chinese spies to leave the country. On December 29, it was reported that the Afghan forces have exposed the Chinese intelligence network under which the spies were in contact with the Haqqani network and Afghan Taliban. The...

US asks Pakistan to prosecute 26/11 mastermind

Post Date: January 13, 2021

New Delhi: The US has welcomed the conviction of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on charges of terror financing but called on Pakistan to prosecute him for his role in masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks. A Pakistani anti-terrorism court convicted and sentenced Lakhvi, though India dismissed the development as a “farcical” action made with...

India slams China and Pakistan on terrorism at UNSC


New York: Calling out Pakistan for its support for terrorism and China for providing terrorists cover against sanctions, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has unveiled an eight-point plan against the global scourge. In a speech to a UNSC session — convened to mark two decades since the 1373 anti-terror resolution was passed after the 9/11...

US designates Cuba as ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’


Washington: The US has added Cuba to the list of "State Sponsor of Terrorism", a move to constrain the incoming Joe Biden administration's efforts to improve relations with Havana. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Cuba was designated for "repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to...

Netanyahu removes joint photo with Trump on Twitter


Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu changed his cover photo on Twitter, replacing a picture with outgoing US President Donald Trump with the one in which he is being vaccinated against Covid-19. A joint photo of the two leaders, with Netanyahu sitting next to Trump at a White House meeting, has long been on the prime...

Black box of Indonesia’s crashed plane retrieved


Jakarta: Divers retrieved a black box of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plane that plunged into the water off the coast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta recently, local TV reported here. The black box was found on Jan 12 on the seafloor between Lancang Island and Laki Island of Jakarta Gulf, Xinhua news agency reported. The black...

‘UK now at worst point of pandemic’

Post Date: January 13, 2021

London: Britain is facing the worst weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, its chief medical officer said, with the health service entering a "dangerous time" as deaths and cases hit record highs while a mass vaccination program picks up steam. Deaths from the virus have now exceeded 81,000 in the United Kingdom - the world's fifth-highest toll...

20 million under Covid lockdown in China


Beijing: China locked down a city of 4.9 million residents near Beijing as authorities continued to battle a surge in Covid-19 infections across the country, many of them linked to cases from the northern province of Hebei bordering the capital. The lockdown of Langfang city was announced, with authorities saying residents have been put under home...