Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state. In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the “most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers” in the world. Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President […]

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot

Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children, the UN says. The UN’s human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were shot on sight. Meanwhile, the UN children’s agency cited a doctor as saying a building housing as […]

Boxer Amir Khan’s parents respond to Faryal Makhdoom’s abuse allegations

Boxer Amir Khan’s parents respond to Faryal Makhdoom’s abuse allegations

Last week, Faryal Makhdoom, the wife of British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan, alleged that she has long suffered harassment at the hands of her in-laws. In a story on social media platform Snapchat, Faryal claimed that her in-laws attempted to hit her and also tried to engineer a divorce when she was nine months pregnant with […]

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as Secretary General of the United Nations, becoming the ninth UN chief in the body’s 71-year history. The former UN refugee chief was elected to the top job by acclamation in the General Assembly in October. He takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. […]

Young Afghan ‘Messi fan’ meets idol Leo in Doha

Young Afghan ‘Messi fan’ meets idol Leo in Doha

An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral finally got to meet his superstar idol on Tuesday. Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions are due to play a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli […]

Cyclone kills 10 in south India’s tech hub Chennai

Cyclone kills 10 in south India’s tech hub Chennai

At least 10 people were killed when Cyclone Vardah slammed into the southern Indian tech hub of Chennai, bringing down houses and cutting off the electricity supply, authorities said Tuesday. Most were crushed by trees uprooted in winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour, which also cut power across large swathes of southern India […]

LUMS student found dead in hostel

LUMS student found dead in hostel

A Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) student was found dead in his hostel room on Monday, police said. Initial reports suggest Karachi resident Shahmir died either of a cardiac arrest or of a drug overdose, Superintendent Police (SP) Cantonment Tahir Rehman told Dawn. A notice issued by LUMS administration said Shahmir was found unresponsive […]

Pakistan Navy’s special ‘Task Force-88’ set up to guard Gwadar port’s sea lanes

Pakistan Navy’s special ‘Task Force-88’ set up to guard Gwadar port’s sea lanes

Pakistan Navy’s special ‘Task Force-88’ (TF-88) was established Tuesday for maritime security of Gwadar port and protection of associated sea lanes against both conventional and non-traditional threats. An International Maritime Conference on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held at Gwadar today to commission the TF-88 force. The creation of the special maritime force has […]

Imran ends parliament boycott, will attend session on Wednesday

Imran ends parliament boycott, will attend session on Wednesday

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday announced his decision to attend the session of parliament on Wednesday, ending his boycott of attending parliament sessions. The PTI chairman, while talking to media persons in the federal capital, alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lied to the parliament and the people in the wake […]

India developing atomic submarines: Tasneem Aslam

India developing atomic submarines: Tasneem Aslam

Additional Secretary (United Nations and Economic Cooperation) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tasneem Aslam on Tuesday said that India is developing atomic submarines, Radio Pakistan reported. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad, Aslam claimed that India is building its atomic stockpile ‘day by day’. “In these circumstances, Pakistan has no option but to keep itself […]

World Bank pauses dam arbitration to ‘protect Indus Waters Treaty’

World Bank pauses dam arbitration to ‘protect Indus Waters Treaty’

The World Bank (WB) on Monday announced a pause in arbitration between Islamabad and New Delhi on the matter of the two dams being constructed by India, calling on both countries “to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements”. In the aftermath of rising cross-border tensions following the Uri army base attack and an alleged […]