China views US as ‘competitor’; treats itself as ‘lone competitor’: Report

China views the United States as a “competitor” and treats itself also as the “lone competitor”, “capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system”, said a Canada-based think tank. Citing the detailed report, titled “Military and Security Developments […]

Former IS-K chief Asif Farooqi killed in Afghanistan

Aslam Farooqi, the former chief of the Islamic State-Khurasan (IS-K), was killed during a shootout in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, a media report said on Monday. Farooqi, who hailed from Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, was reportedly killed during an investigation against organized kidnappers and criminal mafia, Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reported. The investigation resulted in […]

Japan to develop comprehensive relations with Russia, including on energy

The Japanese government intends to continue negotiations with Russia to resolve the territorial issue and conclude a peace treaty, as well as to comprehensively develop relations with Moscow, including the cooperation in the energy sector, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday. “In order to meet the national interests, we intend to comprehensively develop relations between Japan and Russia, including the energy […]

China likely ramp up pressure on Taiwan next year: UK academician

China is likely to increase pressure on Taiwan next year, a prominent British historian and writer said while adding that deterrence is key to withstanding Beijing’s military threats. Niall Ferguson, who is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, made the remarks last week at a virtual event organized by the Taipei School of Economics and […]

French National Assembly adopts vaccine pass law

The French National Assembly, or the lower house of the Parliament, adopted on Sunday evening a law which will transform the health pass into a stricter vaccine pass in a bid to curb the country’s surging COVID-19 cases. The National Assembly adopted the law by a vote of 215 for and 58 against and after debates […]

Two shots of Sputnik V accepted for international travel to Australia

 Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recognized the two-dose course of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 as an acceptable form of coronavirus vaccination for travellers.“Today, the TGA determined that an additional COVID-19 vaccine, the two-dose course of the Gamaleya Institute vaccine (Sputnik V, Russian Federation) would be ‘recognized’ for the purpose […]

225 people killed in Kazakhstan recent unrest

At least 225 people, including security personnel, have been killed during violent protests and violence in Kazakhstan recently, according to Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday. On Sunday, the head of the city police department, Kanat Taimerdenov, said that during the several days that Almaty was shaken up by riots, there were seven attacks […]

Jamat-e-Islami chief calls Imran Khan ‘international beggar’ amid Pakistan’s mounting financial woes

Dubbing Imran Khan as an “international beggar”, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul-Haq on Sunday stated that Pakistan Prime Minister’s departure is ‘the only solution’ to all the problems of the country marred with financial woes. Speaking at a gathering ahead of local body polls in Lahore, Haq called for a fresh election in the country. Slamming Khan’s […]

Beijing reports first local Omicron case: Report

Weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics, China’s capital Beijing has reported its first locally transmitted infection of Omicron variant, local media reported on Sunday. Global Times reported citing Beijing authorities that they have confirmed that a new local COVID-19 case reported on Saturday belongs to the Omicron strain. According to an official statement, the patient […]

38 killed, several injured in Afghanistan violence last week: Report

At least 32 people were killed and 16 others injured in separate incidents in Afghanistan’s Kabul, Herat, Faryab, Laghman, and Nangarhar provinces during the last week, local media reported on Sunday. According to reports, unidentified people killed a money changer in Heart and five members of a family were killed in Laghman and injured a sixth, according […]