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EU watchdog investigates border patrol in Greece boat disaster

BRUSSELS: The EU’s watchdog announced a probe into the bloc’s border enforcement agency Frontex on Wednesday, following the sinking of a boat carrying migrants off the coast of Greece last month, which killed hundreds. According to ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the investigation is “aimed at clarifying Frontex’s role in search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea following the drowning of…

US Federal Reserve expected to raise interest rates to 22-year high

The US Federal Reserve is expected to announce a new quarter-point increase in its benchmark lending rate on Wednesday to combat inflation while leaving the door open for further increases in the coming months. After ten consecutive rate rises, the Fed paused its aggressive monetary tightening campaign last month to give officials more time to analyze the health of the…

US State Department reacts to PEMRA Amendment Bill

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, responded to Pakistan’s PEMRA Amendment Bill by expressing worry about press freedom in Pakistan and around the world. In a news conference on Tuesday, Vedant Patel stated that the US has long expressed concerns about press freedom in Pakistan and around the world. He went on to say that…

China’s Wang Yi returns as foreign minister

WASHINGTON: China’s choice to re-appoint top diplomat Wang Yi as foreign minister just one month after erstwhile rising star Qin Gang vanished from public view means that Washington will be dealing with a familiar face in its efforts to maintain relations with its primary strategic foe. However, Wang’s return to a position he occupied for the majority of the last…

US deeply concerned by India sexual assault case in viral videos

The US expressed grave worry about reports of viral videos showing two women paraded naked in India’s northeastern state of Manipur, a sexual assault case that outraged the country. The incident, in which a mob allegedly assaulted and paraded naked women, occurred over two months ago, but the footage went viral on social media in the last week, capturing national…

BJP planning another Pulwama-style staged incident: Banerjee

NEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of India’s West Bengal state, alleged on Saturday that the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was organizing another staged attack similar to the one that killed dozens of paramilitary personnel in India-held Kashmir in February 2019. During a rally in Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the Pulwama terror attack…

Afghan soil will not be used against anyone: Taliban assures Pakistan

KABUL: The Taliban administration told Pakistan on Friday that Kabul will not allow anyone to use Afghan soil against another country. The pledge was given during a meeting between acting Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Maulavi Abdul Kabir and Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Asif Durrani, who arrived in Kabul to discuss the region’s current security situation. During the meeting, Afghan…

Cars go flying up in air after Johannesburg explosion

According to a video posted on social media, one person was killed and 48 people were injured as an underground gas explosion tore across a major metalled road in Johannesburg, sending parked and moving automobiles flying into the air. “In the early hours of this morning,” said emergency management services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi, “we managed to recover a body of…

Iran deports 59 more illegal Pakistani migrants

CHAGAI: Iranian border officials deported 59 Pakistani nationals who had unlawfully entered the country on Saturday. According to Pakistani border officials, people deported from Iran have been turned over to the Federal Investigation Agency’s anti-human trafficking cell for investigation. “The deportees were intending to illegally emigrate to European countries via Iran,” border officials claimed. People from Pakistan used to cross…

US condemns ‘heinous acts’ like burning Quran, religious books: State Dept spox

WASHINGTON: According to Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller, the United States (US) condemns ‘heinous acts’ such as burning or desecrating the Quran and other holy literature. In a news briefing, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that the burning and desecration of holy books is a horrific conduct in the United States. He stated that they understand the significance…