Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Asia

Ex-Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf dies at 79

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf died on Sunday following a prolonged illness at a hospital in Dubai after years in self-imposed exile.

US imposes visa restrictions on Taliban officials

The US has announced additional visa restrictions on the Taliban regime in response to thei bans on women's rights in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says Iran has asked for $18bn in compensation over gas pipeline project

Tehran has asked Islamabad to construct a portion of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gasline project on its territory till February-March 2024, or be ready to pay a penalty of $18 billion, a Pakistani official has said.

Dozens killed in Blast at mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar

Around three dozen people have been killed and scores more wounded in an explosion at a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to officials.

Dozens killed in Pakistan bus crash

At least 41 people were killed when a bus careered into a ditch and caught fire in the southern Pakistani city of Bela on Sunday.

Uzbek president urges road map for economic cooperation with Iran

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has called for the formation of a joint committee by the Foreign Ministries of Iran and Uzbekistan in order to draw up a road map for economic cooperation between the two countries.

Taliban say they are committed to Iran’s water right

Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan's Taliban Amir Khan Muttaqi emphasized that the rulers are committed to respecting Iran's water rights from the Helmand River.

S. Korea calls in Iran envoy in a tit-for-tat move

Iran and South Korea summoned each other's ambassadors in a deepening spat over the anti-Tehran remarks by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol that described Tehran as the biggest threat to the United Arab Emirates.

UNSC members call on Taliban to reverse restrictions on Afghan women

Several members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have urged the Taliban to end its repressive treatment of women in Afghanistan and respect their rights.

Blast outside Afghan foreign ministry in Kabul causes casualties

An explosion outside Afghanistan's foreign ministry in the capital Kabul on Wednesday caused a number of casualties, a Taliban official has confirmed.

Afghan aid at risk due to Taliban restrictions on women: UN

The United Nation’s lead humanitarian coordinator has warned that UN-supplied aid cannot continue if the Taliban do not lift their ban on women working for humanitarian aid agencies in Afghanistan.

Pentagon misled public on deadly drone raid in Kabul: Report

Erroneous assumptions and biases by US analysts led to the Kabul drone attack that killed ten civilians, including seven children, during the Pentagon’s chaotic August 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan, an internal military investigation has found.

Taliban accuse British royal of committing “war crimes”

The Taliban administration has denounced Britain’s Prince Harry for his admission of killing 25 people while on military duty in Afghanistan, and a senior Afghan official has accused the royal of killing innocent civilians.

Pakistan Taliban threatens to target top political leaders, including PM and FM

Armed group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned the country’s main ruling parties of “concrete action” against their top leadership in the government for “declaring war” against it.

Pakistan says won’t allow others to shelter militants amid tensions with Afghanistan

Pakistan's political and military leadership has vowed no country will be allowed to shelter militants staging attacks against Pakistani soil, as the Asian country is engaged in rising tensions with neighboring Afghanistan.

Iranian universities ready to admit Afghan students after Taliban ban

Three gender-specific universities in Iran have expressed readiness to enroll hundreds of Afghan women after the Taliban barred female students from attending private and public universities in Afghanistan.

Casualties reported as blast rocks military airport in Kabul

An explosion outside the military airport in Kabul has caused multiple casualties, a spokesman for the Taliban-run interior ministry announced.

Putin says Russia-China military cooperation ‘key’ for international stability

The Russian-Chinese strategic partnership has multiple aspects, with military cooperation being a key component, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a call on Friday.

UN suspends programs in Afghanistan following Taliban ban on women

The United Nations has announced that some "time-critical" programs in Afghanistan have temporarily stopped after Taliban banned women from working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to avoid escalation on border

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to prevent aggravation of the situation on the border between the two countries, the Kyrgyz Border Guard Service has confirmed.

Intl. aid NGOs stop work in Afghanistan after Taliban ban on female staff

Four major international aid groups have suspended their operations in Afghanistan following a decision by the Taliban to ban women from working at NGOs.

Condemnations pour in following Taliban ban on female staff in NGOs

Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration has ordered all local and foreign nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to stop female employees from coming to work, according to an economy ministry letter.

Russia says naval drills with China a response to US “aggressive capacity build-up”

The joint naval exercises, air patrols and other drills of Moscow and Beijing are a response to the aggressive build-up of US military potential in the region, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov has said.

Taliban suspend university education for Afghan women

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have ordered an indefinite ban on university education for the country’s women, the Ministry of Higher Education announced in a letter issued to all government and private universities.

Officials say Pakistani forces kills all Taliban hostage-takers in north

Pakistan’s special forces have raided a counterterrorism centre in a remote northwestern district, killing all of the 33 Taliban fighters who overpowered guards at the facility, seized arms and took hostages, officials confirmed.

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