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The World Last Week

Updated 21 October 2018

 

US Navy Commander jailed for taking bribe. Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise what he was doing was illegal.

 

Afghanistan Elections. The poll is seen as a crucial test for next year's presidential election and an important milestone ahead of a UN meeting in Geneva in November where Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on "democratic processes".

 

Pakistan cricket star Danish Kaneria admits to match-fixing  A former Pakistan cricket star has confessed to his role in a spot-fixing scandal in England, after denying it for six years.

 

Top Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar shooting The most important power broker in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead just days before parliamentary elections, along with at least one other top official, leaving a power vacuum in the Taliban’s birthplace.

 

Khashoggi Disappearance. THE Saudi journalist who disappeared in mysterious circumstances was drugged and butchered to pieces while still alive in a grisly seven-minute killing, sources have claimed

 

Workers in China owned factory attacked by police. Female workers started picketing the Chinese-owned Fu Yuen Garment Co Ltd factory in Yangon nearly two months ago over alleged poor conditions and mistreatment, in a country that is becoming Asia's latest hub for low-cost clothing.

 

BTS Makes History. South Korean seven-member boy band, which topped the US charts this year, is among the magazine’s list of ‘Next Generation Leaders’ as it continues its world tour

 

Warning shot? China sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has sold $3 billion of sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move by Beijing in the last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a 30-year maturity.

 

England Wins 3rd ODI. Morgan's runs were the difference between the two sides and he was named the man of the match.

 

Inflation in Pakistan  Inflation would likely reach double digits, while gas and oil prices would increase by 15%

Interest rate might further rise by 2.5% to 4%,

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Malaysia Set To Abolish Death Penalty. The decision, welcomed by human rights groups, will affect more than 1,200 people who are on death row for crimes including murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.

 

PTI deletes tweet calling Nawaz Sharif 'beggar' over IMF bailout The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Lahore unit recently deleted a tweet from October 2015, wherein they termed then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a beggar over borrowing funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

 

U.S. adviser on Afghanistan holds talks with Pakistan The appointment last month of Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, highlighted the U.S. administration's fresh efforts to convince Taliban leaders to participate in the Afghan peace process.

 

Pakistan navy quits anti-piracy task force amid worsening US ties Pakistan's navy is no longer part of the counter-piracy Combined Task Force (CTF) that operates in the western Indian Ocean

 

Imran taps overseas housing expertise Prime Minister Imran Khan’s friend, British Pakistani businessman Aneel Musarrat, has revealed that the premier will announce the 5mn houses project

 

Is this just the beginning of 'belt and road' disputes between China and its partners? Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to improve regional and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for disputes to arise as contracts mature

 

Russia-India trade turnover to triple by 2025 The volume of trade between Russia and India has been growing and exceeded $10 billion last year. 

 

Conor McGregor loses to Khabib Nurmagomedov amid ugly scenes. Seconds after landing a fourth-round submission, the Russian vaulted the cage and headed towards Irishman McGregor's team, prompting a melee.

With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia. Pakistan is also considering slashing its planned spending on a CPEC project to rehabilitate its horribly outdated national railways network. Priced at about US$8 billion, it would constitute the single largest project of the enormous programme.

Blasphemy Case hearing in SC Asia Bibi case is being closely watched internationally and nationally as a test of Pakistan's tolerance for its minorities.

 

Saudi Arabia to Invest in Pakistan Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan's growing deep sea port of Gwadar,

 

Pakistan Bans 18 NGOs. Pakistan has ordered 18 international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country.

 

Ranbir and Neetu did not attend Krishna Raj Kapoor's funeral. Here's why? Her funeral was held on Monday evening and some of the biggest names from Bollywood were seen in attendance, including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji.

 

China condemns U.S. for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

 

Pakistan cuts Chinese 'Silk Road' rail project by $2 billion due to debt concerns The mega project to revamp the colonial-era line stretching 1,872 km (1,163 miles) from Karachi to the northwestern city of Peshawar was initially priced at $8.2 billion, but wrangling over costs has led to delays.

 

Why India is furious about a set of stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

 

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".

 

Why Gen Bajwa is in China. Dawood, in an interview with the Financial Times, also suggested the CPEC contracts had been unfairly negotiated by the previous government and were too favorable to the Chinese. Later he said the comments were taken out of context, but did not dispute their veracity.

 

Unions reject US 95 $ as minimum wage in Bangladesh Bangladesh unions staged street protests to reject what they called an "inhuman" $95 a month minimum wage fixed by the government for the country's four million garment workers.

 

Bangladeshi Workers in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of Bangladeshi women working as domestic helps in Saudi households have accused their employers of committing severe physical, mental and sexual abuses.

 

Asia Cup 2018. ICC grants ODI status to Hong Kong's group fixtures against India and Pakistan

 

Musharraf Criminal Cases .  The former military chief was indicted in murder case in January 2015, but was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in 2016. He had ordered a military operation in which Baloch Leader Akbar  Bugti was killed.

 

Pakistan Cricket Coach. Grant Bradburn will step down as national coach of Scotland to take up the role of Pakistan assistant coach.

 

Pakistan to become 5th largest nuclear weapons state by 2025. US' assessment of Pakistan's nuclear weapons security has changed over the last decade from confidence to concern after the introduction of tactical nuclear weapons.

 

'No helmet, no fuel' for Bangladesh bikers The move is part of efforts to quell tensions after the city of nearly 20 million people was rocked by angry protests about poor road safety

 

Mike Pompeo in Pakistan US believes that a Pakistani crackdown on the militants could be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the long-running war in Afghanistan.

 

Kabul Attacked. Twin bombings at a sports club in Kabul on Wednesday killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks in the Afghan capital.

 

Afghan Migrants in Iran. Half the Afghans in Iran are undocumented and most are employed in the informal economy

 

England Vs India, 2018. As fourth Test Match gets underway problems of English top order continue to persist.

 

India says to help Nepal build rail link to Kathmandu. India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, which neighbouring China is also trying to woo with a similar plan.

 

Two Sentenced to death in Karachi. Ruling came five years after gunmen killed 60-year-old Zahra Shahid, who was a provincial vice president of Khan's party at the time.

 

Juhi Chawla is in Karachi and she had a 'delightful' time watching JPNA2 The Bollywood star is in Karachi and she's loving her time in the city. Her first stop was Boat Club for lunch, then she hit the cinema to watch, you guessed it, Humayun Saeed's Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.

 

US Bases in Qatar Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US military facility in the Middle East

 

Imran Khan claim to lift censor from PTV This announcement comes just a week after Pakistan had sought to ban Twitter following the refusal to block a few offensive tweets aimed at Pakistani government.

 

PPP, PML-N likely to field joint presidential candidate. The two main opposition parties in Pakistan, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have, reportedly, reached an understanding to field a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential election in the country next month.

 

Pakistan visit not political: Navjot Sidhu Under fire for the Pakistan visit,  Navjot Singh Sidhu asserted it was a personal invite from Imran Khan. Sidhu explained that he was unable to attend Vajpayee’s funeral as the news reached him late.

 

India Pakistan Dialogue Stressed. Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his desire for dialogue with India to resolve outstanding differences between the two countries including the disputed Kashmir.

 

Pakistan US Relations President Donald Trump's administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs

Indonesian Police Kill Dozens ahead of Asian Games.  Police in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.

Uighurs in Chinese 'internment camps. Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN anti-discrimination body has said.

 

Dutch anti-immigrant politician takes own life after claiming rape by ‘Muslim gang’

Saudi-led air strike on school bus kill at least 40. The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.

 

China mosque demolition sparks standoff in Ningxia Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.

Good News for CSS A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted hearing of the petition and issued notices to the Secretaries Ministry of Defense, Establishment Division and Federal Public Service Commission (FPC).

 

Renowned Bangladeshi writer Shahzahan Bachchu shot dead  Bachchu, the owner of a publishing house 'Bishaka Prokashoni', had received multiple death threats for his outspoken support to secularism. His publishing house is located in Dhaka's Banglabazar area.

Why is Pakistan afraid of happy women? While the stoically suffering woman is embraced, the happy woman can’t even get a foot in the door.

Koreas Talk Peace The recent summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un appears to have done all. (Jahangir World Time June 2018)

A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted.But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success. (Jahangir World Time June 2018)

A Worrying New World Order The EU has been slow to act in the Caucasus, and too wary of upsetting Russia, concedes one deeply Atlanticist minister. But the sad reality is that, in Georgia, “the Americans have been struggling to know what to do.” It is a revealing comment

North Korea to publicly close nuclear test site The top Russian diplomat travelled to the North Korean capital last week to discuss the course of intra-Korean negotiations and de-escalation in the region with senior officials. After receiving Putin’s personal letter, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

US approaches Moscow for truce? The summit would aim at resolving longstanding differences between the U.S. and Russia on issues including Syria, Ukraine, and nuclear arms control.

 

US at War with EU over Trade EU, Canada and other traditional allies are upset over America First Tariffs

 

Merck Pharma puts humans on trial. Ebola outbreak in DRC. Is it justified to put humans on trial of a vaccine?

 

China May Get World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.

 

Iraq Election Results Shock US and Iran. Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy

North Korea to publicly close nuclear test site The news follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this month

Sharif says Pakistan isolated because of Mumbai For the first time, Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai.

Pakistan Impose Restrictions on US Diplomats The move comes after the U.S. required Pakistani diplomats to get permission five days in advance to travel more than 25 miles from their embassy.

Nobel peace prize for Trump? Who deserves credit for this momentous meeting and the push toward peace? Donald Trump, says South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Pakistan Wrestlers Fail to Perform at Commonwealth Games 2018. Pakistan's wrestlers were tipped to win atleast 3 Gold Medals at Gold Coast but their performance left them much below the standards.

China Levi Tariffs on US Goods. Beijing will hit 106 American products, including soybean, automobiles, and chemicals, with a 25-percent tariff in response to US levies on Chinese goods, says country's finance ministry.

Western Allies Urged Investment in Wahabi Mosques, Saudi Arabia Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Washington Post that spread of Wahabism in overseas countries was done at request from Western Countries.

 

Facebook Violated Laws Protecting User Privacy, South Korea. The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) slapped Facebook with a 396 million won ($370,000) fine for violating a law against damaging the interests of users.

 

'Punish a Muslim Day' Game Spreads Across U.K. Ominous letters are being sent anonymously around the U.K. urging people to participate in a macabre game called “Punish a Muslim,” which awards points for doing things like burning down a mosque or throwing acid on a Muslim person.

 

Turkey, the most dangerous country. Analysts believe Turkey as the most dangerous in the Middle East region. Because Erdogan is a wild card who shifts his allegiances every five minutes and has so much to prove. Many have equally applied the same argument toward Israel.

 

US - Turkey military clash feared. A US-backed Kurdish militia has deployed fighters to the front line of Syria's Manbij to battle Turkey's military after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it would be next after launching the cross-border Afrin operation.

 

Saudi Arabia to Go Nuclear. As tensions between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran escalated, the Gulf monarchy said it would reserve its right to enrich uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons.

 

The Olympic Ban on Russia Is a Design Triumph. Russians might consider how their government has let them down. Countries trying to develop an effective format for sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia should look no further than the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the Russian Olympic Committee from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Muslim Woman to Stand Against Putin in Russian Elections. Aina Gamzatova, a successful journalist and the head of Russia's largest Muslim media holding, was nominated as a presidential candidate by a local initiative group in the Russian Republic of Dagestan in late December and is running as an independent.

India leads in global milk production India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.

UAE Turkey Row over Madina Manuscript Deepens Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leapt to the defence of an Ottoman military commander after the United Arab Emirates foreign minister retweeted accusations that Ottoman forces looted the holy city of Medina during World War One.

Who Wants a War in Middle East? Among key players, practically everyone wants to fight, as long as someone else does the fighting.

 US Decides to Recognise Jerusalem as Capital of Israel.

German pilots refuse to deport rejected asylum seekers Pilots in Germany are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.

Catalan politicians struggle with Spanish prison regime Catalan politicians are under investigation for sedition over a protest in September, in which a crowd blocked Civil Guard officers inside a building in Barcelona.

Hundreds of Muslim Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution Those who escaped on Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined, a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.

Donald Trump Reminds Pakistan of “Tremendous Advantages” US administration had extended support to successive dictators in Pakistan over the years. The incumbent President just have something in mind.

Privacy of Mobile users in Pakistan threatened VEON holds the power to radically alter consumer privacy vis-à-vis mobile communication.

How Saudi Arabia balances India Pakistan Relations? Disenchanted from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is now leaning towards India, reports Current Affairs Digest. 

   

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