The World Last Week
Updated 21 October 2018
Commander jailed for taking bribe.
Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise
what he was doing was illegal.
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.
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.
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
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.
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%,
Malaysia Set To Abolish
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
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
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
turnover to triple by 2025 The volume of trade between Russia and India
has been growing and exceeded $10 billion last year.
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.
ordered 18 international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the
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.
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.
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
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
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
Hundreds of Bangladeshi women working as domestic helps in Saudi households
have accused their employers of committing severe physical, mental and
Asia Cup 2018.
ICC grants ODI status to Hong Kong's group fixtures against India and
Criminal Cases . The former military chief was indicted in murder
case in January
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
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
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.
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
Migrants in Iran.
Afghans in Iran are undocumented and most are employed in the informal
England Vs India, 2018. As fourth Test Match gets underway problems of English
top order continue to persist.
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
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
announcement comes just a week after Pakistan had sought to ban Twitter
following the refusal to block a few offensive tweets aimed at Pakistani
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
Pakistan visit not political: Navjot
Sidhu Under fire for the Pakistan visit, Navjot Singh
Sidhu asserted it was a personal invite from Imran Khan.
explained that he was unable to attend Vajpayee’s funeral as the news
reached him late.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
politician takes own life after claiming rape by ‘Muslim gang’
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).
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.
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
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
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
US approaches Moscow
The summit would aim at resolving longstanding differences between the
U.S. and Russia on issues including Syria, Ukraine, and nuclear arms
US at War with EU
EU, Canada and other
traditional allies are upset over America First Tariffs
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.
Results Shock US and Iran.
Result is blow
to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by
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
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.
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
peace prize for Trump?
deserves credit for this momentous meeting and the push toward peace?
Donald Trump, says South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.
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
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
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
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
Saudi Arabia to Go Nuclear.
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
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
are under investigation for sedition over a protest in September, in which a
crowd blocked Civil Guard officers inside a building in Barcelona.