Foreign Minister responds to Pak-India ceasefire

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while welcoming the ceasefire between Pakistan and India said that he considered it a positive step as opposed to the unilateral steps taken by India on August 5. Details In an exclusive interview with a local news channel, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, referring to the agreement on Pak-India […]

Condemnation as coughing Tanzanian minister gives news conference

Days after President John Mafuguli finally admitted Tanzania has a coronavirus problem, after months of apparent denial and increasing warnings of a resurgence in infections, the sight of the country’s finance minister coughing and gasping during a news conference to defend the state of his health has left many in shock. Finance Minister Philip Mpango, […]

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s welcome to Sri Lanka, salute of cannons

Colombo: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s arrival in Sri Lanka was warmly welcomed and saluted with cannons. This is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first visit to Sri Lanka since taking office. According to details, Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Abdul Razzaq […]

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Former Saudi Oil Minister, Dies at 90

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister and architect of the Arab world’s drive to control its own energy resources in the 1970s and its subsequent ability to affect oil production, fuel prices and international affairs, died in London. He was 90. His death was announced on Tuesday by Saudi state television. In an […]

Long-serving Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Ahmed Zaki Yamani – a long-serving oil minister in Saudi Arabia who led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis and the nationalisation of its state energy company, and later found himself kidnapped by the assassin Carlos the Jackal – has died in London. He was 90. Saudi state television reported his death on Tuesday […]

Hospital elevator suddenly collapsed, former chief minister was also inside

Hospital elevator suddenly collapsed, former chief minister was also inside

  Indore: The elevator of a hospital in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh suddenly collapsed when a former chief minister was also inside. Details According to reports, a lift suddenly fell on former Chief Minister Kamal Nath in the industrial city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, but his life was spared. The former chief […]

Libya’s powerful interior minister survives assassination attempt

Fathi Bashagha was returning from a meeting outside Tripoli when his convoy came under fire by unidentified gunmen. Libya’s powerful interior minister survived an assassination attempt after his motorcade came under fire outside the capital, sources close to him have told Al Jazeera. Fathi Bashagha had finished a meeting on Sunday with the chairman of […]

Argentina health minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Resignation comes after reports of people using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 jabs. Argentina’s health minister has resigned after reports surfaced that people in the South American nation were using connections to jump the queue and receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Gines Gonzalez Garcia said individuals […]

Egypt’s el-Sisi offers support to Libya’s new prime minister

El-Sisi’s welcoming of new interim government in Tripoli represents a recalibration of Egyptian policy, say analysts. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has met incoming Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah in Cairo and offered his country’s support in achieving stability in its troubled neighbour,‮ ‬the presidency said in a statement. Egypt welcomed the announcement of a […]

French minister warns of ‘Islamo-leftism’ in universities

The French minister for higher education has sparked a backlash from university heads after warning about the spread of “Islamo-leftism” in the country’s academic institutions. The term “Islamo-leftism” is often used in France by far-right politicians to discredit left-wing opponents they accuse of being blind to the dangers of what they term “Islamist extremism” and […]

England’s hotel quarantine system working smoothly so far, says health minister

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613390447124587700 Mon, 2021-02-15 11:51 LONDON: England’s new COVID-19 hotel quarantine system for arrivals from high-risk countries is running smoothly after it was introduced earlier on Monday, the health minister said, with border control queues of less than an hour at Heathrow Airport. Britain wants to protect its COVID-19 vaccine […]

Peru’s foreign minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Elizabeth Astete is the second official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving jabs well before the general public. Peru’s foreign minister has resigned, the second top official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving COVID-19 vaccinations well before the general public. Elizabeth Astete tweeted on Sunday that she […]

Peru swears in new health minister after COVID vaccine scandal

Former President Martin Vizcarra receiving COVID-19 jab before it is widely available prompts minister’s resignation. Peru has sworn in a new health minister, the country’s president confirmed on Saturday, after a scandal broke this week over former President Martin Vizcarra receiving a coronavirus vaccine before it was widely available in the South American nation. President […]

Qatar working for a return to Iran nuclear accord: Minister

Qatari foreign minister says Doha seeking to de-escalate regional tensions through a political and diplomatic process. Qatar is working to de-escalate tension in the region by advocating for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, state media quoted Qatar’s foreign minister as saying. The remarks came in briefing notes about two separate calls earlier […]

UAE removes foreign affairs minister Gargash in cabinet reshuffle

Sheikh Shakhbout will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has removed minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash from his post in a cabinet reshuffle. Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President […]

UK minister warns of growing chemical, biological attack threat

LONDON: A “breakdown of world order” has led to a growing threat of chemical and biological attacks, Britain’s defense secretary has warned. Ben Wallace told The Times that hostile states have been ignoring long-established codes of conduct regarding chemical and biological weapons such as nerve agents and lethal pathogens.  After the Salisbury attacks in Britain […]

Sudan’s prime minister names new cabinet

Reshuffle comes as Abdalla Hamdok struggles to push through reforms and secure foreign financing to boost economy. Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed Darfur rebel leader Gibril Ibrahim as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Hamdok announced his new cabinet, which includes ministers from the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of armed groups, […]

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah: Who is Libya’s new prime minister?

Former associate of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi to take country’s reins amid new push to end decade-long conflict. Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a businessman-turned-politician, has been chosen as Libya’s new interim prime minister following lengthy United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at ending a decade of conflict in the North African country. Dbeibah, along with a three-member Presidential […]

Turkish minister says US behind 2016 failed coup: Newspaper

US State Department calls the accusation by Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu ‘unfounded and irresponsible’. Turkey’s interior minister has accused the United States of being behind a 2016 failed coup that Ankara has blamed on a US-based Muslim preacher and businessman, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported, at a time when Turkey is seeking improved ties with […]

DR Congo parliament votes to remove Prime Minister Ilunga

Legislators pass a no-confidence vote against prime minister, collapsing the government amid power struggle. Legislators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have voted to remove Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, collapsing the government and handing President Felix Tshisekedi a chance to appoint loyalists to key ministries. Wednesday’s vote marks the latest episode in […]

Italian prime minister resigns as political crisis deepens

PM Giuseppe Conte hopes Italy’s president will give him the mandate to form a new government. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned from office on Tuesday, two weeks after a key coalition partner quit his government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic downturn. Conte, who has been in office since June […]

Italy’s Prime Minister to Quit, Adding Political Chaos To Pandemic

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy will offer his resignation on Tuesday, his office said on Monday evening, likely triggering the collapse of Italy’s teetering government and plunging the country deeper into political chaos as it faces a still-spiraling coronavius epidemic and a halting vaccine rollout. “Mr. Conte will go see the President, Sergio Mattarella,” […]

COVID ‘could have been contained’: Ex-Taiwan health minister

The coronavirus pandemic could have been contained if the authorities in Wuhan had notified the World Health Organization earlier and allowed an expert team to investigate in December 2019, according to Dr Chen Chien-jen, Taiwan’s former vice-president and health minister who made his name during the SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] outbreak nearly 20 years […]