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Biden to speak with Ukraine leader after warning Russia not to invade

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky are due to speak by phone on Sunday amid growing fears that a Russian military buildup near the border with its pro-Western neighbour heralds an invasion. The show of US support for Ukraine comes days after Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe consequences if Moscow invades the former Soviet country. Using some of his most direct language yet, Biden said Friday, “I’m not going to negotiate here in public, but we made it clear he cannot — I’ll emphasise,Read More

Bulgaria detects first cases of Omicron coronavirus variant

Bulgaria has detected its first 12 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Balkan country’s chief health inspector Angel Kunchev said on Sunday. “We have confirmed the new variant in samples from 12 people,” Kunchev told reporters. Kunchev said the infected people, mainly from the capital Sofia, were experiencing mild symptoms and none was hospitalised.

2022 to be the year of economic stability: Fawad Hussain

Nazir Siyal / DNA KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said the country is moving towards economic stability and 2022 would be the year of country’s progress.   He stated this while talking to media persons after condoling with leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Alamgir Khan, over death of his father Dilawan Khan here at his residence.  Fawad said independent and autonomous State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was in the interest of the country’s economy.    The Federal Minister said there was no other option theyRead More

Massive hike in power tariff likely

ISLAMABAD, JAN 02 (DNA) — After increasing prices of petroleum products, the government is preparing to put more burden on masses by increasing the power tariff, electricity distribution companies have approached NEPRA to increase the tariff. According to the plea filed by the power distribution companies, the increase in power tariff has been requested in the context of the first quarter adjustment of current financial year. The increase in tariff will put an additional burden of Rs 17.85 billion on consumers while the increase will be in terms of capacityRead More

UNICEF: Afghanistan accounts for over quarter of children affected by war

In 2020, 26,425 cases of gross violations of children’s rights were registered in the world. According to preliminary data for the first quarter of 2021, the number of such cases decreased slightly. Still, the number of cases of child abduction and sexual violence against minors continued to grow at an alarming rate, Report informs with reference to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Most abductions occurred in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, Somalia and the Central African Republic (CAR) have the highest number of cases ofRead More

Bangladesh urges U.S. to review sanctions against elite police force

DHAKA, JAN 2: Bangladesh on Sunday urged the US to review its sanctions against the country’s elite force of police and several of its officers. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the request in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which he also expressed his New Year greetings. The US Treasury on Dec. 10 imposed sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and six current and former officials, including Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Benazir Ahmed and RAB Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, for human rights violations. Besides theRead More