Tarar Khel [PoK], July 23 (ANI): With Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) elections drawing near, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been making tall promises every other day in a last bid effort to woo voters, amid lacklustre support to his party.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -China said on Friday that it has imposed counter-sanctions on U.S. individuals including former U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in response to U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong. The sanctions are the first imposed by China under its new anti-foreign sanction law, passed in June, and come days before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to visit China amid deeply strained ties.
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (Reuters) - A U.S. delegation and other dignitaries were hurried to vehicles as reports emerged of shots fired and crowd control gas used on protesters outside the funeral of late Haitian president Jovenel Moise on Friday. There were no immediate reports of injuries among protesters or authorities, and no indications any guests at the funeral were in danger. A brass band and church choir opened Moise's ceremony minutes earlier as his wife looked on, two weeks after a still-unexplained assassination at their home by foreign mercenaries.
Tokyo [Japan], July 23 (ANI): Okutama Town, located at the northwestern tip of Tokyo, is a popular tourist destination known as the backyard of Tokyo.
The four-time Grand Slam winner lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. It was a choice that could be appreciated worldwide: In Japan, of course, the country where Osaka was born and the nation that she plays for; in embattled Haiti because that’s where her father is from; and surely in the United States, because that’s where the globe’s highest-earning female athlete lives and where she has been outspoken about racial injustice. Plus, everywhere in between, because Osaka is a superstar.
Three quarters of Singapore's COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks were among vaccinated individuals, government data shows, as a rapid ramp-up in the city state's inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated. Singapore has already inoculated nearly 75% of its 5.7 million people, the world's second highest after the United Arab Emirates, a Reuters tracker shows, and half its population is fully vaccinated. It reported 1,096 locally transmitted cases in the last 28 days, of which 484, or 44%, were fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and the remaining 25% were unvaccinated.
Myanmar has selected a new representative to the United Kingdom, replacing the ambassador who was ousted from the embassy in a dramatic standoff after breaking ranks with the military over its Feb. 1 coup, two people familiar with the matter said. One of the sources said the junta's new pick has applied for a visa to travel to Britain and is currently in Myanmar. The Myanmar Accountability Project, a UK-based rights group, said the appointee for the London job was Htun Aung Kyaw, who served as a fighter pilot during a long army career.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait next week for talks on China, the coronavirus and Afghanistan, the State Department said Friday. The trip comes as the Biden administration seeks to shore up U.S. leadership in vaccinating the world against COVID-19, tries to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness, and moves to evacuate vulnerable people from Afghanistan before the U.S. military withdrawal is complete. The State Department said Blinken will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday before traveling to Kuwait City the next day.
New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): Sweden on Friday ratified and deposited the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an initiative of India aimed at promoting renewable energy and sustainable development, informed the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.
Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], July 23 (ANI/Xinhua): Malaysia reported 15,573 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 980,491, the Health Ministry said Friday.
Chase Kalisz knows what’s coming: Pain, and lots of it in the 400-meter individual medley that gets swimming underway at the Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve had races where I was never really nervous for the race but I was more so nervous for the pain that was about to come and how I was going to feel the next day,” Kalisz said.
For the U.S. women’s volleyball team, the road to this Olympics and a quest for the country’s first gold medal in the sport began in the hours after a frustrating semifinal loss to Serbia in the Olympics five years ago. An inspiring letter from beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings about the importance of rebounding from a heartbreaking loss helped the U.S. women claim the bronze medal and give them something to build on for the next Olympic Games. The women’s team made it back for another shot this year and begins the journey for that elusive gold medal in its first pool play match on Sunday against Argentina.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media reported Friday that Xi visited sites in the capital, Lhasa, including the Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and the public square at the base of the Potala Palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas, Tibet’s traditional spiritual and temporal leaders. China has in recent years stepped up controls over Buddhist monasteries and expanded education in the Chinese rather than Tibetan language.
The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group’s negotiating team, laid out the insurgents’ stance on what should come next in a country on the precipice. The Taliban have swiftly captured territory in recent weeks, seized strategic border crossings and are threatening a number of provincial capitals — advances that come as the last U.S. and NATO soldiers leave Afghanistan.
New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar here on Friday met his Maldives Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid, who is on a three-day visit to India.
Amsterdam [Netherlands], July 23 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan's main aim in Afghanistan is to install an interim government that includes the Taliban, a European-based think tank said that the terror group would not be what it is today without Pakistan's unerring backing and support.
Male [Maldives], July 23 (ANI): A group of people demonstrated in front of the Chinese embassy in the Maldives on Friday to protest against Beijing's treatment of its religious minorities.
A typhoon is forecast to bring heavy rains to Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, days after the worst flooding on record in a central Chinese province caused at least 51 deaths. Forecasters say Typhoon In-fa is moving toward China and expected to make landfall in Zhejiang province either Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning. Fujian province to the south has issued similar orders.
China's President Xi Jinping visited the Tibet Autonomous Region on July 21-22, according to the official Xinhua news agency, in his first recorded visit as leader of the nation. Xi flew into the city of Nyingchi on Wednesday and took a train to Tibetan capital Lhasa the following day along a section of the high-elevation railway being built to link the mountainous border region with Sichuan province. In Lhasa, Xi visited a monastery and the Potala Palace Square, and "inspected ethnic religion" and Tibetan cultural heritage protection, according to Xinhua.
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At least one star forward wants to stay at Tottenham. Harry Kane's future is another question. The 29-year-old Son has compiled 107 goals and 64 assists in 280 appearances in all competitions since joining Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015.
Geneva [Switzerland], July 23 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for cooperation from countries in finding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic after China refused to participate in the second probe, saying it is not about "politics and blame game".
The Tokyo Olympics have finally begun. According to the statement by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief, over 16 percent of the American athletes have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine. 83% of American athletes vaccinated before Tokyo Olympics As per the report by Jonathan Finnof, 567 out of 613 American Olympics athletes stated […]
New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and lauded India's continuous support and assistance for the development of the country.
New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): US State Secretary Antony Blinken will visit India next week and the two sides will review the multifaceted bilateral relations while also discussing issues of mutual interest including recovery from COVID-19, the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan and cooperation in the UN.