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Dr Arif Alvi officially declared as 13th President of Pakistan

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s election commission Wednesday officially declared Dr Arif Alvi as the 13th President of the country after an official count showed he had secured 352 votes — 44 more than his two rivals could collectively obtain. Dr Arif Alvi, a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ... Read More »

Pompeo, Qureshi discuss ‘bilateral, regional and international issues’: FO

PTI Islamabad US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday discussed “bilateral, regional and international issues” during their crucial talks, in a bid to reset the strained bilateral ties on basis of “mutual trust and respect”. This is the US’ first high-level dialogue with Pakistan since the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan ... Read More »

Typhoon wreaks havoc in Japan

AFP Tokyo Japan scrambled Wednesday to evacuate passengers trapped at a major airport when a tanker slammed into its only access bridge during the most powerful typhoon to hit the country for 25 years. Typhoon Jebi left a trail of destruction across the country, killing 11 people and injuring hundreds more as it battered western Japan with ferocious winds and ... Read More »

Aurora Prize laureate Aung to donate US$ 1 mln award money

PTI   Washington An activist who has spent 40 years fighting for Rohingya rights in Myanmar will donate US$ 1 million, he received as prize money for his work, to provide medical aid and assistance to around 3,75,000 Rohingya refugees staying across South East Asia. More than 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s violence hit Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh ... Read More »

Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, over 600 flights cancelled

IANS   Tokyo Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, made landfall in Tokushima Prefecture on Tuesday afternoon, the weather office said. The typhoon has heavily disrupted transportation services, causing cancellation of flights and rail services, as well as some commercial facilities’ operations, Xinhua news agency reported. More than 600 flights have been cancelled by ... Read More »

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

AFP   Kabul The Taliban announced Tuesday the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former CIA asset whose eponymous militant group is now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin, an Afghan mujahideen commander fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s with the help of the ... Read More »

Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection

IANS Brasilia Brazilian President Michel Temer has said that his government is seeking funding from companies and banks to help rebuild the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was destroyed by fire. Education Minister Rossieli Soares said international help was also being sought and talks with the UN’s cultural body, Unesco, were under way, the BBC reported. Museum ... Read More »

Pakistan to hold president election today

PTI   Islamabad Pakistani lawmakers are set to choose a new President on Tuesday, an election in which the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party’s candidate Arif Alvi is expected to win as the Opposition parties failed to field a joint candidate. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday completed preparations for the election. Polling stations have been set up in ... Read More »

Duterte apologises for cursing Obama

AFP   Jerusalem Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has apologised to former US president Barack Obama for calling him a “son of a whore” in 2016, which sparked a new low in their nations’ long alliance. Duterte lobbed the insult in response to steady criticism from the United States over his violent drug crackdown, which has been a target for international ... Read More »

Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar ‘state secrets’ case

AFP Yangon Two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims were jailed for seven years Monday, fuelling further international outrage a week after the army was accused of genocide. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been held in Yangon’s Insein prison since their arrest in December, ... Read More »