US envoy seeks Taiwanese activist’s release in China

Taipei, March 12 (IANS) The US Ambassador for Religious Freedom said on Tuesday that his country’s government was very concerned over the imprisonment of a Taiwanese activist in China and called for his... Read more »

UK joined Singapore, Australia and others in banning Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

London, March 12 (IANS) The UK on Tuesday joined Singapore, Australia and a number of other countries in banning Boeing 737 Max planes from operating in or over its airspace, following the crash... Read more »

Legal risk of backstop not eliminated: UK AG

London, March 12 (IANS) UK’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Tuesday said the government’s last-ditch legal changes to the Brexit agreement reduced but did not rule out the risk that the country could... Read more »

UK MPs to vote on May’s Brexit deal

London, March 12 (IANS) UK MPs will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday after she secured “legally binding” changes to the agreement following last-minute talks with the EU in... Read more »

Pakistan made OIC body’s deputy chair

Islamabad, March 12 (IANS) Pakistan has clinched the slot of the deputy chairman of the general body of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC), media reported on Tuesday. According to... Read more »

Seoul to seek meetings with Pyongyang to revive talks with US

Seoul, March 12 (IANS) The South Korean government said on Tuesday that it will seek meetings with North Korea this year to strengthen ties and revive the dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington on... Read more »

US to withdraw remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

Washington, March 12 (IANS) The US will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, citing the “deteriorating situation in Venezuela”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The announcement follows... Read more »

Now, Singapore suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights

Singapore, March 12 (IANS) Following China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, now Singapore’s aviation regulator on Tuesday temporarily suspended Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights in its airspace after an Ethiopian Airlines crashed minutes after take-off killing... Read more »

May, EU’s Juncker agree ‘legally binding’ changes to Brexit deal

Strasbourg (France), March 12 (IANS) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May said here that they agreed to “clarifications and guarantees” regarding the Brexit provision to prevent the return... Read more »

Venezuela announces measures to deal with blackout

Caracas, March 12 (IANS) Venezuela’s government has announced four measures to deal with a blackout that has plunged the country in darkness since late Thursday. Planning Minister Ricardo Menendez on Monday said the... Read more »

Ethiopia air crash: UN mourns deaths of staff members

United Nations, March 12 (IANS) The UN General Assembly and the Security Council separately observed a minute of silence for the UN staff members who lost their lives in Sunday’s air crash in... Read more »

US imposes sanctions on Russian bank over Venezuela links

Washington, March 12 (IANS) In a fresh move to drain off financial support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, the US imposed sanctions on a Russian bank, which it claimed has business ties... Read more »

British PM May secures ‘legally binding’ changes to Brexit deal

(IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May has secured “legally binding” changes to her Brexit deal just less than 24 hours before a meaningful vote in the Parliament on the deal, according to... Read more »

Gokhale, Pompeo discuss ‘urgency’ of Pakistan acting against terrorist groups

(IANS) In the first high-level face-to-face India-US meeting after the Pulwama terrorist attack, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale discussed on Monday “the importance of bringing those responsible... Read more »

Guaido calls for blackout emergency decree, confirms 17 dead

(IANS) The head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Parliament, Juan Guaido, who has been recognised as the country’s interim president by about 50 governments around the world, has announced that he will ask lawmakers... Read more »

At least 14 killed in Mexico bar attack

(IANS) At least 14 people were killed and several others injured in a bar attack in central Mexico, media reported on Saturday. The attack was carried out by a group of armed men... Read more »

Plane crash kills 12 in Colombia

IANS) A total of 12 people were killed following a plane crash in Colombia on Saturday, the Special Administrative Unit of Colombia’s Civil Aeronautics (Aerocivil) said. The plane was identified as a Douglas... Read more »

Pakistan court to hear Khan’s disqualification plea on March 11

(IANS) The Lahore High Court on Saturday said it will hear a petition seeking Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s disqualification on March 11. The appeal claims that Khan had concealed the alleged parentage... Read more »

Guaido announces tour, giant rally to assert his power in Venezuela

 (IANS) The speaker of the Venezuelan legislature, Juan Guaido, recognised by some 50 countries as the acting president of Venezuela, announced this Saturday a tour of the country and a giant rally in... Read more »

First Hindu female lawmaker chairs Pakistan Senate on Women’s Day

(IANS) The first-ever Thari Hindu woman to be elected to Pakistan’s Senate, Krishna Kumari Kohli chaired the session of the Upper House on occasion of International Women’s Day. “Chairman Senate of Pakistan decided... Read more »