Ayman al-Zawahiri assassination: The Taliban’s biggest crisis

The drone attack that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has plunged the Taliban into an internal crisis. The group has been humiliated by a unilateral US military action and its relentless claims that it has denied space to “terrorists” have been exposed as lies. This imperils two core, and contradictory, Taliban goals: Maintaining the...

Taiwan: Nancy Pelosi meets President Tsai to Beijing’s fury

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi has met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in a visit that has been strongly condemned by China. Ms Pelosi, the most senior US politician in 25 years to visit Taiwan, said her delegation had come to make it "unequivocally clear" that the US would not "abandon" the island.

China signals it could miss economic growth target

China has signalled that it may miss its annual economic growth target, as Covid restrictions weigh on the world's second largest economy. On Thursday, the Politburo - the ruling Communist Party's top policy-making body - said it aims to keep growth within "a reasonable range". It did not mention the...

Ayman al-Zawahiri: Who was al-Qaeda leader killed by US?

Ayman al-Zawahiri, who has been killed by a US drone strike in Afghanistan, was often referred to as the chief ideologue of al-Qaeda. An eye surgeon who helped found the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group, he took over the leadership of al-Qaeda following the killing by US forces of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

The EAC Election Observation Mission sets off to Kenya

The East African Community (EAC) officially launched the EAC Election Observation Mission on Monday, the mission is set to observe the upcoming General Elections in the Republic of Kenya which will be led by H.E Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Dr. Kikwete announced that the mission comprised...

Millions in Pakistan without digital ID card: Rights activists

After three years of repeated attempts to get her digital national identity card, Rubina, a woman from Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, decided to take her battle to court, winning a landmark victory. Until then, Pakistanis had not been able to get the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) unless they presented their father’s ID...

Nepal activist’s protest outside UN office over execution of 4 prisoners in Myanmar

Human rights activists and advocates have demonstrated in front of the United Nations Nepal Office against the execution of four prisoners in military-ruled Myanmar. Dozens of activists held banners and pamphlets decrying the recent execution of four Myanmar activists namely Phyo Zeya Thaw (former lawmaker), Ko Jimmy (writer and activist), Hla Myo Aung (writer...

Protesters in Pakistan slam ‘theft’ of ex-PM Imran Khan’s mandate

Protests have been held in major cities across Pakistan to denounce what they called a “theft” of the mandate of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party in the Punjab provincial assembly. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party on Friday lost a key vote in the local assembly in Pakistan’s most populous Punjab province, despite winning...

Evergrande: Crisis-hit property giant faces deadline after bosses quit

Embattled Chinese real estate giant Evergrande is expected to deliver a preliminary restructuring plan this week, following the exit of two bosses. The firm says its chief executive and finance head have resigned, after an internal probe found that they misused around $2bn (£1.7bn) in loans. Evergrande has more than...

Lack of biotechnology hampers Pakistan’s capacity to produce COVID vaccine

Pakistan has not been able to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine, partly blamed on lack of a biotechnology plant. The World Trade Organisation has however, paved the way for the production of jabs using mRNA technology, however, Pakistan does not have a biotechnology plant to manufacture the latest type of vaccines, University of Health...
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