International

Saudi imposes 3-year travel ban for citizens who visit ‘red list’ nations


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens traveling to countries on the kingdom's 'red list' under efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and its new variants, state news agency SPA said. It cited an unnamed Interior Ministry official as saying some Saudi citizens, who in May were allowed to travel abroad...

Putin has a ‘real problem’: Biden


Washington: US President Joe Biden accused his Russian counterpart of seeking to mess with the 2022 congressional elections by spreading "misinformation". "Look at what Russia is doing already about the 2022 elections and misinformation," Biden said during a trip to the office of the director of national intelligence near Washington, referring to information he receives during...

Deuba’s success in getting vote of confidence in Nepal is a good omen for India


by K.S. Tomar The defections from former prime minister, Kharag Prasad Oli’s Nepal Communist Party - NCP(UML) leading to a very comfortable victory to Prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba while recently seeking vote of confidence in parliament  clearly indicates that it is a good omen for India and a big setback to China as Oli had damaged age-old ties between...

China rejects WHO plan to study virus origin


Taipei, Taiwan: China rejects the World Health Organization’s proposal for a second phase of investigation into Covid-19’s origins, including a potential laboratory leak, and has put forward its own proposal to seek evidence in other countries, a top Chinese official said. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus presented member states last week with a plan for further study...

Foreign missions in Afghanistan call for Taliban ceasefire


Kabul: Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Afghanistan urged the Taliban to halt their military offensives just hours after the rival Afghan sides failed to agree on a ceasefire at a peace meeting in Doha. A delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban's political leadership in the Qatari capital over the weekend but...

US asks Pak to “swiftly complete” 27-point terror action plan


Washington: The US has urged Pakistan to continue working with the anti-terror-financing agency FATF to "swiftly complete" its 27-point action plan by demonstrating that terrorism financing probes and prosecutions target terrorists and commanders of the UN-designated terror groups. At its virtual plenary meeting last month, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) retained Pakistan on its...

War of words between Pakistan, China governments


New Delhi: The incident of a blast on a bus in north Pakistan which killed 13 people including two Pakistani soldiers and nine Chinese nationals on July 14 has led to a war of words between the Pakistani and the Chinese governments. Intelligence sources said Pakistan officials have been trying to cover up this incident as...

No evidence Afghan Ambassador’s daughter kidnapped: Pakistan


Islamabad: An investigation into the alleged kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador's daughter has found no evidence of abduction, Pakistan's interior minister said. The Afghan foreign ministry said Silsila Alikhil was riding in a taxi in Islamabad when she was kidnapped and held for several hours, during which she was "severely tortured by unknown persons". Pakistan's foreign...

Canada opens borders for fully vaccinated travelers from Sep 7


Ottawa: The government of Canada announced in a statement that it would open its borders for fully vaccinated travelers from September 7, 2021. The government intends to open Canada's borders to any fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering...