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Israel-UAE deal: A timeline of the failed peace initiatives in the Middle East

JERUSALEM: The Trump-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday is followed by decades of failed peace initiatives that were aimed to bring about harmony between Israel, Palestine and Arab countries. Most Arab nations, including the UAE, have not recognised Israel or had formal diplomatic or economic relations with it because of what they regard as...

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Stop Being Judgmental: Empathy missing from society

By: Sabeen Aijaz Ubuntu Nguni Bantu (language spoken in south africa)term meaning "humanity." It is often translated as "I am because we are," I dont know why but the glitter in this actor’s eyes and his smile is not letting me believe that he committed the horrific act of suicide . He being a hindu or an Indian doesn't stop...

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Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, found dead at residence

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajpur, who starred in a string of Bollywood box-office hits, was found dead in his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Sunday, according to Indian media. In what is being reported as a suicide, the 34-year-old actor was found hanging in his house. His representative has confirmed his death. His death comes surprisingly a week after his...

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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has tested positive for the coronavirus, he announced through Twitter on Saturday. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m COVID-19 positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” the 40-year-old tweeted. https://twitter.com/SAfridiOfficial/status/1271720209657630720 Teammates Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal sent best wishes and...

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Afghan ministry says four killed, several wounded in Kabul mosque blast

KABUL: A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded many more, Afghanistan’s interior ministry said on Friday. “Explosives placed inside the Shir Shah-E-Suri Mosque exploded during Friday prayers,” said a Ministry of Interior statement, adding that the West Kabul mosque’s Imam was among those killed. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the...

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Atif Aslam’s Biggest Desire Is To Deliver “Azaan” At Holy Ka’aba, debunks quitting singing rumors

A few days back, while being quarantined, Singer Atif Aslam released a video of delivering the ‘Azaan’ in his mesmerizing voice which was highly praised and loved by his fans. Speaking on a private TV program, Atif Aslam expressed his desire to deliver Azaan at the Holy Ka’aba. In response to a question, the singer said, “I am trying to...

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New study suggests widespread mask-wearing could prevent second wave of coronavirus

A new study published on Wednesday has suggested that population-wide facemask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels and could prevent further waves of the pandemic spread. The research, led by scientists at the Britain’s Cambridge and Greenwich Universities, suggests lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but that even homemade masks can...

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Iran sentences informant convicted of spying on Soleimani for CIA

DUBAI: Iranian judiciary announced on Tuesday that one of its citizens who provided information to US and Israeli intelligence agencies regarding the whereabouts of Iran’s slain Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani has been sentenced to death. On January 3, a US drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks...

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New Zealand declares itself coronavirus free, PM Ardern says ‘did a little dance’

WELLINGTON: New Zealand health authorities on Monday announced that the country had no active cases of COVID-19 cases after the country´s final patient was given the all-clear and released from isolation. The milestone was "really good news" and an achievement the whole of New Zealand could take heart from, health department director-general Ashley Bloomfield said. "Having no active cases for...

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Statue honouring Ertugrul placed in Lahore

The community members of an area in Lahore are so smitten by the Turkish television series, based on the character of Ertugrul, that they have paid a tribute to him by erecting a statue in their neighbourhood. The TV series, Ertugrul Ghazi, originally Dirilis: Ertugrul in Turkish is being aired on the Pakistan Television in Urdu language and has been endorsed by Prime...

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French forces kill leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali

French forces have killed the leader of militant group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, in northern Mali, France's defence minister said. Droukdel was killed on Thursday near the Algerian border, where the group has bases from which it has carried out attacks and abductions of Westerners in the sub-Saharan Sahel zone, Defence Minister Florence Parly said...

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WHO releases guidelines on mask use against coronavirus

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday released guidelines on the use of masks as controversy swirls in some countries due to political leaders’ remarks over their use. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a thrice-weekly video press conference that he wanted to talk about who should wear masks, what materials they should be made of and when they...

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Biodiversity: World Environment Day 2020 being observed today

Every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is celebrated to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. World Environment Day 2020 History World Environment Day was established by the...

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Slain George Floyd had contracted coronavirus, autopsy reveals

George Floyd, whose death has caused a global outcry over racial discrimination by US law enforcement agencies, had tested positive for COVID-19, his autopsy report revealed, while the infection was not listed as a factor for his death. The official cause of death, according to the full 20-page report made public on Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office,...

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Elephant in India dies from eating crackers, police investigating

Following the death of a pregnant elephant who died after consuming explosive-filled pineapples in Kerala, India and drew immense outrage on social media, another elephant is suspected to have died from similar causes. The elephant suffered jaw fractures that "could have been through something it consumed," but it is not confirmed yet, the post-mortem report reveals. However, forest officials stated...

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Minor domestic labourer tortured to death in Rawalpindi by employers for letting parrots free

An eight-year-old domestic labourer was tortured to death in Rawalpindi by her employers after she accidentally freed two expensive parrots, local media reported on Wednesday. According to reports, the eight-year-old, who hailed from Muzaffargarh, was hired to look after the child of a man identified as Hassan Siddiqui who worked in buying and selling birds and property. Police officials told The...

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Shahroz Sabzwari ‘defends’ marriage with Sadaf Kanwal, family amid severe backlash in new video

Pakistani actor Shahroz Sabzwari issued a video statement in defence of his family and newlywed wife, Sadaf Kanwal, after receiving severe backlash on Monday. Shahroz had become a subject of intense criticism after netizens started accusing him of cheating on his former wife, Syra Yousuf, with famed model Sadaf. Addressing all the allegations, as well as the online hate he...

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