Category: Asia Pacific

Nepal says Everest climbing continues despite reports of COVID-19

A Nepali government official said on Monday that many foreign climbers were continuing their attempts to summit Mount Everest despite reports of a COVID-19 outbreak at the base camp of the world’s tallest peak. In April, a Norwegian climber was evacuated from the base camp of the 8,848.86 […]

Pakistan’s army chief to meet Afghan president as violence surges -sources

Pakistan’s army chief visited Afghanistan on Monday to meet President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan government sources said, at a time of heightened uncertainty for the region as violence rises while the United States withdraws troops. Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was meeting Ghani as well […]

UK variant accounts for 70% of COVID cases in Pakistan -researcher

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70% of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday. The country has imposed strict nationwide restrictions in the lead up to the Muslim festival of […]

Oil for oxygen: Covid-hit India welcomes Saudi medical aid, boosts oil imports

Indian oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday thanked Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern oil producers for supplying liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to help the country in its battle withthe COVID-19 crisis. In a series of tweets, Pradhan also welcomed offers by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar to […]

India seeks travel exemption for badminton team to compete in Tokyo qualifier

Indian badminton players’ hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics hang in balance, with the country’s sports ministry seeking exemption from the travel ban to compete in a qualifier in Malaysia. In the wake of an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases in India, Malaysia has banned travel from […]

Russian foreign minister visits Pakistan in search of Afghan peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s army chief for talks on the troubled peace process in Afghanistan, where both countries have long histories of involvement. It was the first time a Russian foreign minister had visited Pakistan in […]

Train crash kills 48 in Taiwan’s deadliest rail tragedy for decades

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday, killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66 in the island’s worst rail disaster in almost four decades. Images from the scene showed carriages in the tunnel ripped apart by the impact, with others […]

U.S. remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions: official

WASHINGTON – The United States remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions as the nuclear-armed countries’ militaries remain on alert nearly three weeks after their most dangerous confrontation in decades, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday. The official also indicated that the Trump administration does not think Pakistan […]

U.S. wants to know if Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down Indian warplane

ISLAMABAD  – The United States is “seeking information” on whether Pakistan used U.S.-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday, which may violate the F-16 sale agreements between Washington and Pakistan. Pakistan says it did not use F-16s in shooting […]

India-Pakistan border quiet but Kashmir tense amid militancy crackdown

SRINAGAR, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan  – As India and Pakistan seemingly dial down hostilities that brought the arch enemies to the brink of another war, a massive crackdown on militancy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region is killing both militants and security personnel in big numbers. At the Line of Control […]

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