International

UN’s World Food Programme wins 2020 Peace Nobel


The World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and to improve conditions for peace in conflict areas. The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, revealed the 2020 laureate at the Nobel Institute in Oslo last week. Reiss-Andersen said the committee gave the award to the WFP...

Italian tech whiz could become first millennial saint


Rome: A teenage "computer genius" could be on the path to sainthood after he was beatified by the Catholic Church. Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15 in 2006, was beatified on Oct 10 in the town of Assisi, Italy. Beatification is the penultimate step in the sainthood process, and means the candidate...

Navalny spat: Russia threatens to halt dialogue with EU


Moscow: Russia’s foreign minister warned that Moscow could freeze its contacts with the European Union in response to its sanctions over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny — an unprecedented threat that reflects a bitter Russia-EU strain. The tough statement from Sergey Lavrov comes a day after the EU foreign ministers agreed to impose...

World risks becoming ‘uninhabitable hell’: UN


There has been a "staggering" rise in natural disasters over the past 20 years and the climate crisis is to blame, the United Nations said. Researchers pointed to a failure of political and business leaders to take meaningful action to mitigate the impact of climatic change and stop the planet from turning into "an uninhabitable...

‘I have failed’: North Korea’s Kim breaks into tears


Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broke down in a rare display of emotions on Oct 13. The emotional side of the North Korean leader, whose alleged illness followed by rumors of death and subsequent "resurrection" have been the talking points this year, took the world by surprise. A video taken at a military parade to...

Bangladesh approves death penalty in rape cases


Dhaka: Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape after days of protests sparked by a string of sexual assaults, the government said. Demonstrations have broken out across the country after harrowing footage of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman went viral on social media. Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid signed an ordinance elevating...

China’s encroachment in Nepal: Oli under pressure to speak up


Kathmandu: The K P Sharma Oli government in Nepal is under pressure from several quarters to speak up against the boundary encroachment by China. Recent reports have suggested that China has encroached upon Nepali territory in Humla district and one boundary pillar no 12 has been constructed by the Chinese without notice of the Nepalese side. Without a...

Taliban endorses Trump in US presidential race


Washington: United States President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has received an endorsement from Taliban with the latter hoping that the re-election would lead to withdrawal of US military forces from Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told CBS News that they believe Trump is going to win the election “because he has proved himself a politician who...

FATF regional group keeps Pak in ‘follow-up list’


Islamabad: FATF’s regional group for Asia-Pacific has retained Pakistan in its ‘Enhanced Follow Up’ list due to the country’s poor compliance on terror financing and money laundering. Pakistan complied with only two of the 40 recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force, said the 14-page follow-up report from the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) released ahead of the FATF...