Pakistan’s Imran Khan on maiden Sri Lanka visit to boost ties

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to arrive in Sri Lanka for a two-day visit where he will meet Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks focusing on increasing trade and investment, Pakistan’s foreign office said. Khan will arrive in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on […]

Philippine security forces arrest nine women with extremist ties

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

China urges US to stop interference, outlines plan to reset ties

Wang Yi calls on Washington to stop meddling in its internal affairs, lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has outlined Beijing’s vision for improving ties with the United States, urging Washington as a first step to stop meddling in its internal affairs, including the sensitive issues of Tibet, Hong […]

Justice Dept. Is Said to Be Examining Stone’s Possible Ties to Capitol Rioters

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is examining communications between right-wing extremists who breached the Capitol and Roger J. Stone Jr., a close associate of former President Donald J. Trump, to determine whether Mr. Stone played any role in the extremists’ plans to disrupt the certification of President Biden’s electoral victory, a person familiar with the […]

McDonald’s ties part of executives’ bonuses to diversity push

The fast-food giant’s diversity track record is mixed. McDonald’s has won praise for championing Black business ownership, but some Black franchisees recently filed suit, saying they were steered toward crime-ridden neighbourhoods and set up to fail. McDonald’s Corp. said it is tying 15% of executives’ bonuses to meeting targets including diversity and inclusion and began disclosing data on the […]

Biden team looks to repair US ties with Europe in first NATO meet

US President Joe Biden’s administration will begin the work of renewing the United States’s relationships with its European allies when NATO defence ministers participate in meetings this week. The two-day meeting, to be held via teleconference on Wednesday and Thursday, is expected to set a more cooperative tone in transatlantic relations as Biden’s Defense Secretary […]

Russia ready to cut ties with EU if hit with painful sanctions

Russia has said it is prepared to cut ties with the European Union, should the bloc follow through with a threat to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow, as the row over Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny escalates. On Friday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in televised remarks that Russia is ready to retaliate if the EU […]

New Zealand suspends Myanmar political, military ties after coup

The February 1 coup and detention of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has brought international condemnation. New Zealand has announced the suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar, the first major international move to isolate the country’s ruling military following a coup. Unveiling the measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday called […]

Taiwan: Ties with US strong amid threats from China

KABUL: Militants shot dead four government employees in central Kabul Tuesday in the latest rush-hour violence to rock the Afghan capital.The city has seen near-daily attacks during the busy morning commute, targeting prominent Afghans including politicians, journalists, activists, judges, and religious scholars.Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz told reporters that gunmen opened fire on a vehicle […]

Israel-Kosovo diplomatic ties slammed by Serbia, Turkey

While Serbia criticises Israeli recognition of Kosovo’s statehood, Turkey says Kosovo’s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem violates international law. Serbia’s foreign minister has expressed dismay over Israel’s decision to recognise Kosovo, a former Serbian province whose statehood Belgrade denies, saying officials were “not happy” with the development. The reaction came a day after Israel […]

Kosovo establishes Israel ties, to open embassy in Jerusalem

The global consensus is against recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until the Palestinian conflict is resolved. Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties on Monday, with the Muslim-majority country recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a ceremony held over Zoom in Jerusalem and Pristina, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his counterpart from Kosovo, […]

Kosovo, Israel to formally establish diplomatic ties Feb. 1

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1611940846820834900 Fri, 2021-01-29 16:25 PRISTINA, Kosovo: Kosovo’s Foreign Minister on Friday said a formal ceremony will be held next week to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, a “historic moment” in the Balkan country’s history. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla said she and her Israeli counterpart Gabriel Ashkenazi would hold a virtual ceremony […]

Turkey, Saudi Arabia eye improved ties after Gulf crisis ends

Ankara, Turkey – Two years ago, relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia stood at one of the lowest points in the history of the two regional powers following the murder in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. His killing in October 2018 at the hands of Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate led to unprecedented Turkish […]

Ghani looks to ‘new beginning’ in US-Afghan ties

Author:  Zaynab Khojji article author:  Sayed Salahuddin ID:  1611242403456464300 Thu, 2021-01-21 18:19 KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has expressed hopes of a new chapter in the country’s relationship with the US, describing Joe Biden’s inauguration as a “historic day.” Experts say that after Kabul’s troubled relationship with the Trump administration, the Afghan leader “will breathe a sigh […]

Biden galvanises COVID fight with US mask mandate, WHO ties

President Joe Biden attempted to jump-start the US government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on his first day in office on Wednesday, signing a string of executive orders intended to lead a country reeling from its worst public health crisis in more than a century. Biden took office a day after the United States marked […]

Biden restores ties with the World Health Organization cut by Trump.

Seeking to unify the global response to the coronavirus, President Biden on his first day in office retracted a decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the World Health Organization. The Biden administration announced that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, would be the head of the U.S. delegation to […]

Philippines sees ‘close and friendly’ ties with Biden administration

THULASENDRAPURAM, India: A tiny, lush-green Indian village surrounded by rice paddy fields was beaming with joy Wednesday hours before its descendant, Kamala Harris, takes her oath of office and becomes the US vice president.Harris is set to make history as the first woman, first woman of color and first person of South Asian descent to […]

Pillow talk: Brands cut ties with My Pillow CEO, a Trump loyalist

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has repeated baseless claims that the 2020 US election was fraudulent and that outgoing President Donald Trump won. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. will stop selling products from bedding company My Pillow, citing poor sales for a brand that has been embroiled in controversy over its founder’s pro-Trump views. “We […]

Going sour on big sugar: Coke cuts ties with powerful food group

The International Life Sciences Institute has been criticised for its attempts to influence public health and nutrition policy. Coca-Cola Co. has ended its long association with the International Life Sciences Institute, a blow to the powerful food organization known for its pro-sugar research and policies. The beverage giant ended its membership at the “global, regional […]

Softened stance: Erdogan promises to put EU ties ‘back on track’

A day after announcing fresh diplomatic talks with rival neighbour Greece, Turkish president offers an olive branch to the EU and France. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he wants to improve relations with the European Union, following a longstanding dispute with Greece and recent feuds with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. During a […]

India says China ties ‘profoundly disturbed’, on upswing with US

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar says trust with China deeply impaired after last year’s deadly border clash. India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has said trust with China had been deeply impaired after last summer’s border clash which resulted in the first combat deaths in 45 years. Ties with the United States, on the other hand, […]

2020 ties 2016 as hottest year on record: EU

JAKARTA, Indonesia: A convicted firebrand cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists walked free from an Indonesian prison Friday after completing his sentence for funding the training of militants.Police said they would continue to monitor the activities of Abu Bakar Bashir, who is now 82 and ailing, and his son said Bashir […]

Pakistan welcomes revival of ties between Qatar, Saudi-led bloc

Pakistan says it hopes ‘spirit of cooperation’ in GCC will ‘augur well for enhanced confidence’ among the Gulf nations. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has welcomed a reduction in tensions between Qatar and its neighbours in the Arabian Gulf, with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi holding talks over the telephone with his counterparts in Qatar, Saudi […]