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Pakistan urges India to focus more on its domestic concerns

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi took to Twitter on Sunday to urge the Indian government to focus more on its domestic concerns instead of ‘behaving like an expansionist nation’. “It would serve PM Modi’s government and ‘neighbourhood first’ policy well to realise India’s neighbours pose far less of a problem than their own domestic inadequacies, failures and fascism,” the foreign…

Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case

US President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against individuals involved in an International Criminal Court investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. A senior Trump administration official, without providing details, said the ICC investigation is “being pushed forward by an organization of dubious integrity” and accused Russia of having a role. The…

WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa

The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday. According to an AFP tally, Africa topped the 200,000 mark on Tuesday. “It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases, and only 18 days to move to…

Earlier coronavirus second wave feared in Europe after mass protests

Europe could face a surge of COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks caused by mass protests in the continent over the last days, European Union officials and experts said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of protesters have crowded together in Europe’s big cities in recent days to demonstrate against racism after the killing in the United States of George Floyd…

Palestinians stranded by coronavirus seek way home

Thousands of Palestinians stranded around the world by the coronavirus are still seeking a way home, months after countries closed their borders and grounded flights in the face of the pandemic. Aseel Bader touched down in Tuscany in January, after winning a scholarship for a master’s programme at the University of Florence. Just weeks later Italy imposed a nationwide lockdown…

Govt to get tough on violators of Covid-19 SOPs, warns PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said having witnessed the people ignoring the anti-coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs), the government will get tough on the violators and they will be even ‘locked up’. “So far we had not been much strict. But now will show inflexibility. We will take action through administration and the violators will have to face the…

Pakistan’s GDP down to negative 0.38% in FY2020

Dr Abdul Hafeez ShaikhAdviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said Thursday that country’s economy was stabilizing before the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which inflicted huge losses and derailed it towards negative growth of 0.38%. Addressing the launching ceremony of Pakistan Economic Survey for the outgoing fiscal year 2019-20, the advisor said that the fiscal…

Govt all set to unveil Rs 7.5tr budget today

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is going to present its second budget for the fiscal year 2020-21, with an estimated outlay of around Rs 7.5 trillion on Friday (today). The National Assembly is already in session where the budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 would be presented, official sources said. This year, the budget had been formulated considering the impact of Covid-19…

Shehbaz Sharif, two MPAs test positive as nationwide Covid-19 tally hits 124,000

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) member of Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman and lawmaker from KPIqbal Wazirtested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday as the nationwide tally of coronavirus patients jumped to 123,539, with 45,463 cases reported in Punjab, 46,828 in Sindh, 15,787 in KhyberPakhtunkhwa, 7,673 in Balochistan, 1,018 in GilgitBaltistan, 6,236 in Islamabad…

British pharma giant AstraZeneca 'on track' to roll out virus vaccine in September

LONDON: The chief executive of British pharma giant AstraZeneca said on Friday that his company is "on track" to begin rolling out up to two billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine in September if ongoing trials prove successful. The company is partnering with Oxford University, which has pioneered the vaccine, and is already manufacturing doses before seeking final regulatory approval…
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