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Tom Cruise ascends to the skies yet again in Top Gun 2 trailer

Top Gun roared back on Thursday when Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con to show the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel to his military action movie. Top Gun: Maverick, due for release in June 2020, sees the return of Cruise’s cocky fighter pilot more than 30 years after the original movie launched his career as a global...

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US conducted cyber attack on Iran in response to drone downing

The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to US media reports. US president Donald Trump secretly authorised US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported on Saturday, shortly after the US president pledged to hit the Islamic...

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US, Taliban to hold to hold another round of talks to end war

WASHINGTON: The United States and the Taliban will open fresh negotiations next week, the US negotiator said Saturday, as he voiced hope for progress in ending America´s longest war. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative on Afghanistan, said the two sides would start their seventh round of talks on June 29. "Based on my recent visits to Afghanistan and Qatar,...

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Donald Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of an unmanned US drone because it could have killed 150 people, and signalled he was open to talks with Tehran. An Iranian surface-to-air missile destroyed a US Global Hawk surveillance drone on Thursday. Tehran said the drone was shot down over...

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Trump calls off Iran strikes at the last minute

WASHINGTON/DUBAI: US President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran on Friday in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone, but called off the attacks at the last minute, the New York Times reported. After weeks of rising tension amid a spate of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, Iran said on Thursday it had shot down...

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Former Premier Benazir Bhutto’s 66th birth anniversary today

The 66th birth anniversary of Pakistan’s iconic former prime minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is being celebrated today. Benazir was born on 21st June 1953 in Karachi to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto. She belonged to an influential political family which became a dynasty in Pakistan. She left for the esteemed Harvard University at the age of 16 to pursue...

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India shows willingness to hold discussions with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has received a positive response from India after Pakistan had extended an offer to resolve reconcilable issues between the two countries. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated him on his re-election as the prime minister of India following general elections. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood...

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Trump launches 2020 bid with promise to ‘keep America great’

President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday much the same way he rode to power in 2016 — with a raucous, nationalist rally stirring fear of illegal immigration and vowing to fight for blue collar workers. Lashing out at his Democratic opponents as radical leftists fuelled by "hatred" and out to "rip your country apart," Trump promised an...

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Egypt’s ex-president Mursi buried in Cairo

CAIRO: Egypt’s Islamist ex-president Mohamed Mursi was buried in a small family ceremony early on Tuesday a day after he suffered a fatal heart attack in court, his sons said, as supporters posted messages of grief and anger. The first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, who was deposed by the army in 2013, was laid to...

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Death toll from China quakes rises to 11

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in...

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Egypt ex-President Mohammed Morsi dies in Court proceedings

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi on Monday collapsed during a court session and died, state television reported. State TV reported that the 67-year-old was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said. "He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became...

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Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria

Thirty people were killed late on Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV. “The death toll...

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ISPR announces high-level appointments in Pakistan Army

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday announced major high-level appointments. According to the official statement issued today, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was appointed as Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) while Lieutenant General Amir Abbasi was appointed Quarter Master General of the Grand Headquarters, Rawalpindi. The Lieutenant General Moazzam Ijaz was appointed as Engineer...

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Maryam invites Bilawal amid reports of escalating cooperation against govt

LAHORE: On the invitation of Maryam Nawaz, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari arrived at Jati Umra on Sunday amid reports of escalating cooperation among opposition parties against the government. The meeting is being held in the backdrop of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari's arrest in the fake accounts case last...

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Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

DUSHANBE: Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after...

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PM Khan calls for establishment of framework to combat corruption

BISHKEK: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday urged members of the Shanghai Organisation Council (SCO) to establish a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white-collar crime. Addressing a session of SCO’s Council Head of the States meeting in Bishkek, the PM said Pakistan provides the vital connectivity between the Middle East and China and Central and South Asia. He said,...

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Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman: shipping firms

DUBAI: Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said Thursday, sending oil prices as much as four percent higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, carrying a cargo of petrochemical feed-stock, was ablaze in...

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