Digest for international stories for week May 16 - May 22, 2020

Saturday Washington/New Delhi: The US will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID-19 patients and help it fight the 'invisible enemy', President Donald Trump has announced, as he underlined the close bilateral ties and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his 'good friend'.

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday said it has reported 1,581 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total infections in the country to 38,799 with 834 deaths, the health ministry said.

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday resumed domestic flight operations in a phased manner as the government eased the nationwide-lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has claimed the lives of over 830 people in the country.

Sunday Jerusalem: The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said.

London: The British government has turned down India's request for the extradition of Tiger Hanif, an alleged aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim wanted in India in connection with two bomb blasts in Surat in 1993, the UK Home Office has confirmed.

Islamabad,: Pakistan President Arif Alvi has promulgated an order to form a caretaker government as well as to conduct elections in Gilgit-Baltistan province, a move strongly opposed by India.

Monday Geneva: The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which has been clouded by finger-pointing between the U.S. and China over a pandemic that has killed over 300,000 people and leveled the global economy.

Beijing: Global stock markets and U.S. futures rebounded Monday from losses last week after the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve expressed optimism that the American economy might start to recover this year from the coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing/Geneva: President Xi Jinping on Monday announced a USD two billion fund to help countries hit by the COVID-19 as he firmly backed the World Health Organisation and its leadership, amid the growing pressure faced by China over the global spread of the deadly virus and the criticism from his US counterpart Donald Trump.

Tuesday Moscow: New coronavirus cases have been spiking from India to South Africa to Mexico in a clear indication that the pandemic is far from over, while Russia and Brazil now sit behind only the United States in the number of reported infections.

Kathmandu: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Tuesday asserted that Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to 'reclaim' them from India through political and diplomatic efforts, as his Cabinet endorsed a new political map showing the three areas as Nepalese territory.

Washington: In an ultimatum to the WHO, US President Donald Trump has said he would 'reconsider' America's membership of the UN health body and threatened to 'permanently freeze' the funding to it if it failed to demonstrate its 'independence' from China in the next 30 days.

Wednesday Washington: President Donald Trump has said it is a 'badge of honour' for America to 'lead' the world with 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases since it means the US is testing more people for the disease that has killed over 300,000 people across the world.

Washington: Amidst the global economic recession due to the coronavirus pandemic, foreign investors have pulled out an estimated USD 26 billion from developing Asian economies and over USD 16 billion out of India, according to a Congressional report.

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that people should have to learn to live with the coronavirus until a vaccine is developed to treat the disease as the number of infected cases in the country soared up to 45,898 with 985 deaths.

Thursday Beijing: China on Thursday said it will not accept any 'unwarranted lawsuit' or demand for compensation from the US over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and warned of countermeasures if America passes any legislation or legal cases blaming Beijing for the deadly virus.

Washington: President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the US to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other's territory, but he hinted it's possible the US will reconsider the decision.

Washington: The US has backed India amidst a flare-up of border tensions with China with a top diplomat describing Beijing's aggression as 'not always rhetorical' and accusing it of continuing with its 'provocative and disturbing behaviour' to try to shift the status quo.

Friday Karachi: At least 66 people were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines plane with 99 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here on Friday, officials said, nearly a week after the COVID-19-induced air travel restrictions were lifted by the government.

Beijing: China on Friday introduced the draft of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong in its parliament to tighten Beijing's control over the former British colony, in what could be the biggest blow to the territory's autonomy and personal freedoms since 1997 when it came under Chinese rule.

Yangon: Myanmar says it will submit a report due Saturday outlining its claims of compliance with an order from the International Court of Justice to protect members of its Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority. MAH MAH