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Tough times ahead for Sharif govt as Oppn plans grand alliance, long marches to Islamabad

Islamabad: A grand opposition alliance is in the making in Pakistan which plans to “topple” the coalition government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif by holding massive rallies, protest sit-ins and forming a combined joint resistance.…

Ali Bagheri Kani appointed as Iran’s caretaker FM after Amir-Abdollahian’s death

Tehran: Iran’s Interim President Mohammad Mokhber has appointed Ali Bagheri Kani as the country’s caretaker Foreign Minister, the media reported. Bagheri Kani previously served as Deputy Foreign Minister For Political Affairs, Xinhua news agency reported.…

23 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza

Gaza: At least 23 Palestinians were killed in Israeli raids on various areas in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian sources. The sources said on Wednesday that Israeli forces launched air and artillery strikes on…

Washington criticises ‘announced’ recognition of Palestine

Washington: The US government is sceptical about the announced recognition of Palestine as an independent state by several European countries. “We believe the only way that you are going to achieve a two-state solution that…

President Xi’s purging of Communist officials: Stunning similarities with Stalin

New Delhi: After ascending to power in 2012, President Xi Jinping of China embarked on a journey to strengthen his grip on the country’s already authoritarian regime. Having grown up in a political environment, Xi…

Trump’s aide urges sanction on ICC officials who sought arrest warrant for Netanyahu

Tel Aviv: Robert O’Brien, former national security adviser and top aide of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has said that the US should slap sanctions on officials of International Criminal Court (ICC) officials who sought…

Russia begins tactical nuclear weapons drills: Defence Ministry

Moscow: Russian military has begun the first stage of military exercises involving tactical nuclear weapons, the Russian Defence Ministry said. The drills, which will include “practical training in the preparation and deployment of non-strategic nuclear…

Huge crowd attends funeral procession for Iranian President, FM

Tehran: Funeral ceremonies have begun in Iran for President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other victims of the helicopter crash. On Tuesday, thousands of government supporters flocked to the ceremony in the north-western…

Pakistani journalists reject Defamation Bill, slam government for restricting press freedom in country

Islamabad: Calling it a “black law”, almost all journalist organisations in Pakistan have rejected the controversial 2024 Defamation Bill which was bulldozed and passed by the provincial Assembly of Punjab on Monday. Condemning the bill…

Biden asserts what’s happening in Gaza ‘is not genocide’

Washington: US President Joe Biden has rejected accusations against the Israeli leadership that it is committing genocide in its fight against the Palestinian militant organisation Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “Contrary to allegations against Israel…

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