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Israel lifts outdoor mask mandate, reopens schools


Jerusalem: Israel has lifted a public mask mandate and fully reopened its education system in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions following its mass vaccination drive. All primary and secondary school grades returned to classrooms on April 18, and health officials ended a year-long requirement to wear a mask in public spaces. Masks are still required...

UK puts India on travel ‘red list’; Johnson cancels official visit


London: The United Kingdom has added India to the travel 'red list', country's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on April 19. The announcement came hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his scheduled visit to India. The red list, which includes 39 other countries along with India, denies entry to anyone who has visited the...

Myanmar cracks down on celebrations of new shadow govt


Yangon: Security forces in Myanmar used violence on April 19 against demonstrators who sought to celebrate last week's formation of a shadow government to serve as an alternative to the military junta that has held power since a February coup. Myanmar media and posts on social networks said the violence was especially intense in Myingyan, a...

Pak contributed immensely to Taliban’s success: US Senator


Washington: Pakistan has played on both sides of the field in Afghanistan, contributing to the Taliban's success, a senior US senator said, a day after Washington announced plans to withdraw all troops from the war-torn Asian country by September 11. Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed, on the Senate floor, said: "a crucial...

France recalls 15 diplomats from Pakistan

Post Date: April 20, 2021

Paris: France has recalled 15 diplomats from Pakistan in the wake of violent protests and clashes involving a banned group that is demanding the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammed. A total of 15 French diplomats, mostly secretaries and aides to department heads, have already left Pakistan or...

Pak bans Tehreek-e-Labbaik amid anti-France protests


Lahore: Pakistan on April 14 decided to ban a radical Islamist party under the Terrorism Act after its supporters clashed with the law enforcement agencies, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the media that the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was being banned under the Rule 11-B of Anti-Terrorism...

Artificial Intelligence to aid digitally preserve world-famous Ajanta cave paintings


In an initiative that is unique in every sense of the word, artificial intelligence (AI) has now come to the aid of digitally preserving the world-famous, 2nd Century BC Ajanta cave paintings, so that they last for many lifetimes, safe from disasters of all kinds and for the benefit of generations to come. This...

Don’t play with fire on Taiwan, China warns US


Beijing: China has warned the US “not to play with fire” on the issue of Taiwan just days after Washington issued new guidelines that will continue to enable US officials to freely meet Taiwanese counterparts, angering Beijing. The warning from China came on a day when self-ruled Taiwan, viewed by China as a renegade region, said...

‘Myanmar could be heading towards full-blown conflict’


Nay Pyi Taw: The UN rights chief warned Myanmar could be spiraling towards a “full-blown” Syrian-style conflict, after a two-month crackdown that a local monitoring group says has already claimed more than 700 lives. Myanmar is in chaos and its economy has been paralyzed since the military seized power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi...