Category Archives: International

Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes in Karachi on flight from Lahore

The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports. Emergency services have arrived at the scene, where homes have been damaged. The plane was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighborhood of Karachi about 3.2km…

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WHO: Africa must “wake up” to coronavirus threat and prepare for the worst

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Africa must “wake up” to the coronavirus threat and prepare for the worst. He warned that while Africa’s confirmed cases were currently low – around 640 – there was no reason for complacency. Health experts warn that strained public health systems…

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Rocket attack injures three service personnel from US-led coalition in Iraq

Three service personnel from the US-led coalition in Iraq and two Iraqis have been injured in a rocket attack on a military base north of Baghdad. The coalition has said the Iraqi military said more than 30 rockets were fired at Camp Taji base.This is the second attack this week on the base. On Wednesday,…

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U.S. to slash Chinese nationals permitted to work at U.S. state-owned media outlets

United States said it was slashing the number of Chinese nationals permitted to work at the U.S. offices of major Chinese state-owned media outlets to retaliate against Beijing’s “long-standing intimidation and harassment of journalists.” Describing the latest U.S. move as political oppression of the Chinese media, Beijing signaled that it intends to respond to the…

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Afghan President, Ashraf Gani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S deal

Afghan President, Ashraf Gani has said his government has not pledged to free Taliban prisoners, as stated in the deal reached by the United States and the militants. Under the landmark agreement signed on Saturday in Qatar, 5000 would be released in exchange of up to 1,000 government detainees by March 10. Ghani said such…

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Saudi Arabian Gov’t to refund Umrah fees to pilgrims following suspension of their entry into the country

Saudi Arabian government says it will refund Umrah fees and service charges of pilgrims and visitors to the prophet’s Mosque, whose travel was affected following the Kingdom’s temporary suspension of their entry into the Kingdom over coronovirus fears. The country’s ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in a statement yesterday, said there was an electronic mechanism…

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Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah visas

Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of visas to pilgrims, who want to perform Umrah (lesser Hajj), due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. The country’s foreign ministry revealed this via a tweet. It explained that Saudi Arabia was “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily.” The…

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Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad resigns

Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has submitted his resignation to the king. Mr Mahathir’s, 94, shock resignation comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition without his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim. The world’s oldest prime minister came into power in 2018. In a shock victory, he ousted then-prime minister Najib Razak, who has…

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Lesotho Prime Minister denies fleeing as murder charges loom

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has denied reports that he has fled to South Africa after he failed to appear in court to face charges of murdering his estranged wife in 2017. His office said he has gone there for a medical checkup. His current wife Maesaiah Thabane has already been charged with the murder.…

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Head of leading hospital in Wuhan dies

The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday while South Korea announced an economic emergency and Singapore Airlines slashed flights. Chinese state television said Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30 a.m, the seventh health…

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