Monday, 04 Mar, 2024


More than 30 Pakistani killed in heavy rain

More than 30 people have died in rain-related incidents in Pakistan during days of heavy downpours, with thousands of schools closed, officials said Sunday.  Widespread heavy rain since Thursday has caused severe disruption in some areas of the country, including the closure of

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan PM for second term

Pakistani legislators have elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister for the second time following a controversial election last month. The South Asian country voted on February 8 in an election marred by allegations of large-scale rigging and delayed results. On

India Navy to Open Strategic Base Near Maldives

India's navy has said it is bolstering forces on "strategically important" islands close to the Maldives, with a new base set to open just days before Male starts sending home Indian forces. Relations between India and the Maldives have soured since pro-China President

Trump moves closer to Republican nomination with string of victories

Donald Trump won a string of Republican presidential contests on Saturday, edging closer to becoming the party's candidate in November's election as he attacked his likely opponent Joe Biden. The former president won the Missouri, Michigan and Idaho caucuses comprehensively,

Imran Khan keeps winning even behind bars

Pakistan's recent elections were supposed to bring in a period of stability, badly needed to deal with crippling inflation and bitter political divides in the country, writes author and journalist Mohammed Hanif. Instead, they delivered a minority government - a shaky, reluctant

Israel-Gaza war: US carries out its first aid airdrop in strip

The US has carried out its first airdrop of humanitarian aid for Gaza, with more than 30,000 meals parachuted in by three military planes. The operation, carried out jointly with Jordan's Air Force, was the first of many announced by President Joe Biden. The head of a well-known

Iranians vote in legislative, key assembly polls amid economic concerns

Iranians are voting for a new parliament in an election marred by frustration over economic woes and restrictions on political and social freedoms. The election on Friday is the first formal measure of public opinion since antigovernment protests in 2022-2023 spiralled into some of the

Iris Apfel: US fashion designer dies aged 102

American designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel has died at the age of 102. The self-described "geriatric starlet" was known for her distinctive cropped white hair, oversized glasses, bright lipstick and chunky beads. Apfel reached the peak of her fame in the 1980s and 90s,

UN says many bullet wounds among Gaza convoy injured

Many of the people treated for injuries following a rush on an aid convoy in Gaza on Thursday suffered gunshot wounds, the UN has said. UN observers visited Gaza City's al-Shifa Hospital and saw some of the roughly 200 people still being treated. Hamas, which governs Gaza, has

Media Outlets Call For Protection of Gaza Journalists

More than 30 news organizations signed an open letter Thursday expressing solidarity with journalists working in Gaza and calling for their protection and freedom to report. The letter, coordinated by the Committee to Protect Journalists, was signed by global news agencies AFP, AP and

112 killed as Israel forces fire on Gazans rushing for food aid

Israeli forces in war-torn Gaza opened fire on Palestinians scrambling for food aid in a chaotic melee on Thursday that the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory said killed more than 100 people. The Israeli military said a "stampede" occurred when thousands of desperate

Israeli forces kill 104 people in Gaza waiting for aid

More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israel-Hamas war nearly five months ago, the Hamas-run health ministry and Gaza said.  The surge in numbers came after witnesses said Israeli troops on Thursday fired at a crowd of people

US urges Israel to let Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

The United States on Wednesday (Feb 28) urged Israel to allow Muslims to worship at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem during Ramadan after a far-right minister proposed barring Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from praying there. "As it pertains to Al-Aqsa, we

14 dead as Pick-up vehicle overturns in Madhya Pradesh, India

At least 14 people died and 20 were injured after a pick-up vehicle overturned in Dindori, Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Thursday. The pick-up vehicle lost control and overturned at Badjhar ghat in Dindori at around 1:30 am. The injured are currently undergoing treatment at

Hunger leaves children dead in Gaza as Israel blocks aid 

Six children have died from dehydration and malnutrition at hospitals in northern Gaza, the Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian territory has said, as the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave worsens. Two children died at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City,

S Korea doctors face arrest if they don't return to work

South Korea's government has threatened to arrest thousands of striking junior doctors and revoke their medical licences if they do not return to work on Thursday. Around three quarters of the country's junior doctors have walked out of their jobs over the past week, causing

Top US court will rule on Trump immunity claims

The Supreme Court will decide if ex-President Donald Trump is immune from being prosecuted on charges of trying to overturn the 2020 election. The 6-3 conservative majority court decided on Wednesday to hear Mr Trump's claims that he should be shielded from criminal liability.

EU received over 1.1 million asylum applications in 2023

In 2023, EU+ countries received 1.14 million applications for international protection, reaching a 7-year high.  Syrians continued to lodge the most applications, with Afghans remaining the second largest applicant group, albeit with significantly fewer applications than the

US ‘will not send troops to fight in Ukraine’: White House

The White House said Tuesday that the United States would not send troops to fight in Ukraine, after French President Emmanuel Macron refused to rule out the dispatch of Western forces. “President Biden has been clear that the US will not send troops to fight in Ukraine,”

Forty Moroccan Migrants Cross Ceuta Border by Swimming

According to Spanish news source El Mundo, forty irregular Moroccan migrants, six of them minors, swam across Ceuta border on Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave. Despite the area being affected by a strong downpour, the agency stated that the migrants arrived in Ceuta between Sunday