China & Pak vow to protect CPEC from ‘adversaries’

China & Pak vow to protect CPEC from ‘adversaries’

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | ISLAMABAD/BEIJING

Pakistan and China on Friday vowed to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from its “detractors and adversaries”, as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang and assured Beijing of providing complete security to Chinese personnel working on the USD 65 billion project. Sharif is currently on a...

S African opp parties holding crunch talks on ANC’s unity plan

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | jOHANNESBURG

South African opposition parties were meeting Friday and will continue crunch talks into next week to consider the ruling African National Congress’ offer to become part of a government of national unity.   ANC failed to secure a majority in last week’s highly contested election, but some opposition parties are already...

‘Fewer women, children died in Israeli strike on school than reported earlier’

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | DEIR-AL-BALAH

The hospital where bodies were brought after an Israeli strike on a school-turned-shelter in the Gaza Strip has amended its records to show that fewer women and children were among those killed.  The Israeli military says it carried out a precise strike early Thursday on three classrooms in the U.N.-run...

‘Actions against Philippines in SCS threaten global security’

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | MANILA

Sweden’s defense chief has expressed alarm over Beijing’s repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippine vessels in the South China Sea, saying such actions threaten security, undermine stability and underscore the need to invest “for our security and freedom.” Defense Minister Pål Jonson spoke Thursday night in a diplomatic reception in Manila...

Sunak apologises for skipping D-Day ceremony

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | London

(): British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologised on Friday for leaving D-Day commemorations in France early to return to the election campaign trail — a decision slammed as disgraceful by his political rivals. Sunak, who is fighting to keep his job in Britain’s July 4 election, said that, “on reflection”...

‘Houthi rebels detain 9 UN staff in sudden crackdown’

Saturday, 08 June 2024 | AP | dubai

At least nine Yemeni employees of United Nations agencies have been detained by Yemen’s Houthi rebels under unclear circumstances, authorities said Friday, as the rebels face increasing financial pressure and airstrikes from a US-led coalition. Others working for aid groups also likely have been taken.   The detentions come as the...

Italian premier Giorgia Meloni visits Albania

Thursday, 06 June 2024 | AP | tirana

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni is travelling to Albania to thank the country for its willingness to host thousands of asylum seekers and tour the sites of two migrant detention centres, a visit coming just days before local and European Parliament elections, where migration is a top campaign issue. In November, Meloni...

In France, D-Day evokes joys of liberation

Thursday, 06 June 2024 | AP | carenten-les-marais

n Shortly after D-Day in 1944, the American soldiers heading out to more fighting against Adolf Hitler’s forces couldn’t help but notice the hungry French boy by the side of the road, hoping for handouts.One by one, the men fished fragrant, brightly-coloured spheres from their pockets and deposited them in...

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