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 […]

Xanana Gusmão condemned over visit to paedophile priest

Xanana Gusmão, independence hero and East Timor’s former president, has drawn rare condemnation after being accused of whitewashing the crimes of a disgraced American priest who is due to stand trial next week in a landmark child-sex abuse case in the Catholic-majority Southeast Asian nation. The controversial meeting took place on January 26 – the […]

‘Event management’: Foreign envoys visit Kashmir amid shutdown

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – A delegation of foreign envoys, including from African, European and Latin American countries, began their two-day tour of Indian-administered Kashmir amid an increased blanket of security and a spontaneous shutdown in some parts of the region. Soon after their arrival on Wednesday in Srinagar, the region’s main city, the envoys were […]

WHO-led COVID experts visit Wuhan animal facility

Team’s attempt to find the origins of the virus has been described as a ‘detective story’. A team of investigators led by the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived on Tuesday at an animal health facility in China’s central city of Wuhan in their continuing search for clues about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

WHO team meets with Chinese, plans to visit key Wuhan sites

DHAKA: A group of more than 1,700 Rohingya Muslim refugees set sail for a remote island in the Bay of Bengal with more readying to go on Saturday, a Bangladesh navy official said, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site.They are the newest addition to the roughly 3,500 Rohingya refugees […]

Pope to meet top Shia leader Sistani on Iraq visit: Cardinal

Pope Francis is set to be in Iraq from March 5-8, with visits planned to Baghdad, the northern city of Mosul, and Ur. Pope Francis will meet top Shia religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March, a senior Catholic cleric told the AFP news agency on Thursday. […]

Israel hails first official visit to Sudan as relations begin

In Khartoum, Israeli and Sudanese officials discuss diplomatic, security and economic issues after launching ties. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen led a delegation to Khartoum months after Sudan agreed to normalise relations. Monday’s visit marked the first time an Israeli minister headed an official delegation to the North African state, Cohen’s office said on Tuesday. […]

Uganda accuses US of ‘subversion’ after envoy tries to visit Bobi Wine

US Ambassador Natalie E Brown was stopped from visiting Bobi Wine who is effectively under house arrest. Uganda’s government spokesman has accused the United States of trying to “subvert” last week’s presidential elections after the US ambassador attempted to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest since Thursday. Former pop star-turned-legislator […]

US calls off UN envoy’s Taiwan visit to focus on Biden transition

Taiwan says it ‘respects’ US decision, but analysts say island might be quietly relieved. A trip by Kelly Craft, the US Ambassador to the United Nations to Taiwan this week was cancelled suddenly on Wednesday after the Trump Administration called off all official engagements as part of its transition efforts to help US President-elect Joe […]

US’s Pompeo to visit Brussels on Wednesday to meet NATO chief

Trip to the NATO headquarters expected to be secretary of state’s last trip as the top diplomat of outgoing President Donald Trump. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Brussels this week for meetings with NATO officials, the State Department said, in what is expected to be his last trip as the top […]

‘A cudgel against Beijing’: US ambassador to UN to visit Taiwan

It began with a surprise phone call and will end with a surprise trip, but the Trump Administration’s close relationship with Taiwan will reach a finale next week when Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, arrives in Taipei just days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

UK PM Johnson cancels India visit amid COVID crisis

The UK is in search of new trade deals after leaving the EU but alarming rise in COVID cases forces change to PM’s plans. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a trip to India scheduled for later this month, citing the need to oversee the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United Kingdom. Johnson informed […]

North Korea’s Kim marks New Year with visit to family tomb

The North Korean leader also thanked the people for their support in a letter shared by state media. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked the arrival of 2021 with a handwritten letter to the country’s citizens and a visit the tomb of his father and grandfather, state media reported, but there was no immediate […]

Macron gave el-Sisi highest French award on Paris visit: Official

A presidential official says the controversial gesture was an unavoidable part of protocol on a state visit. French President Emmanuel Macron gave his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi France’s highest award on his state visit to Paris this week, a presidential official has said, adding to the controversy over the hugely contentious trip. Activists who […]

South Korea, China agree on North Korea talks, early Xi visit

China’s top diplomat Wang visited South Korea and Japan as the two US allies prepare for change under a new US administration. South Korea and China have agreed to cooperate on stalled talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme and to prepare for a visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping, following high-level talks. South […]

Israel’s Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Bahrain followed the UAE in normalising ties with Israel in a US-brokered deal that marked alignment against Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa. Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in normalising ties with Israel in a deal […]

Senior US admiral in unannounced Taiwan visit: Report #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Reuters news agency says Rear Admiral Michael Studeman who oversees regional military intelligence arrived on Sunday. A two-star Navy admiral who oversees US military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources told the Reuters news agency on Sunday, in a high-level trip that could upset China. The sources, […]

Pakistan PM Khan headed for his maiden Afghan visit #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Imran Khan’s trip to the western neighbour comes as peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban have stalled. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit the Afghan capital Kabul for delegation-level talks with President Ashraf Ghani on bilateral ties, the stuttering Afghan peace process and other issues, a Pakistani statement […]