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Developed countries urged to honour Paris Agreement

IANS BANGKOK A joint platform of developing countries on Saturday called on the developed nations to make a greater commitment towards honouring the Paris Agreement during the Climate Change Conference being held in the Thai capital. The platform, which brings together around 20 countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuela, called for respecting the vital and delicate balance reached in ... Read More »

Pakistan to open Kartarpur border crossing with India

PTI   Islamabad Pakistan will soon open the Kartarpur border crossing with India for Sikh pilgrims to visit a historic gurdwara there without visas, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said, according to a media report on Friday. Chaudhry said a system was being developed for Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur and “soon some forward movement is expected”. ... Read More »

British Airways travellers’ credit card details hacked

AP   London Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 3,80,000 British Airways travellers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are investigating. ... Read More »

India’s decision to decriminalise gay sex sparks debate in Singapore

PTI   Singapore The Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalise gay sex in India has sparked a debate in Singapore with the Minister for Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam saying the society has to decide which direction it wants to go on an issue related to social values. The Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised part of the Section 377 of ... Read More »

Toll from Japan quake rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors

AFP Tokyo Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. Around 22 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside ... Read More »

Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides

AFP   Tokyo Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens of people missing. As many as 30 are feared buried beneath the earth and rubble of multiple, large-scale landslides that struck sparsely populated countryside on the northern island of Hokkaido ... Read More »

South Sudan judge convicts 10 troops for 2016 rampage

AP   Juba A military judge in South Sudan on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to jail for a 2016 rampage in which a local journalist was killed and five international aid workers were gang-raped. The case was widely seen as a test of South Sudan’s ability to hold its soldiers to account during the five-year civil war here, and diplomats ... Read More »

China’s Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan

PTI   Beijing China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Pakistan Friday to hold talks with the country’s new leadership to consolidate cooperation and elevate the all-weather bilateral strategic partnership. This is the first high-level visit by a Chinese official to Islamabad since the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office after the July 25 elections. The visit ... Read More »

Climate change running faster than we are: Antonio Guterres

PTI United Nations UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres cited the devastating floods in Kerala and the raging wildfires in California to seek action to prevent greater climate-related crises and warned that climate change was “running faster than we are”. The UN Secretary General said last year, climate-related disasters were responsible for thousands of deaths and USD 320 billion dollars in ... Read More »

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 »