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Saudi Arabia Reaffirms Support for Pakistan’s “Core National Issues”

Saudi FM visits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appreciated the growing economic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and the Saudi commitment for investment in various sectors, particularly petrochemicals, mining and renewable energy, Daily Times reported Friday. Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al …

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US Ready to Deal with any North Korean Christmas Gift: Trump

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump shrugged off North Korea’s threat of a “Christmas gift” on Dec. 24, saying the US should “deal with it very effectively,” despite US fears that Pyongyang may be planning a long-range missile test. Meanwhile, China, North Korea’s most powerful patron, urged Washington to take …

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Hong Kong Leader Calls for Peaceful End to University Standoff

Hong Kong

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam called for a peaceful resolution Tuesday to a standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters still trapped within a university. Lam said during a news conference that roughly 100 protesters were still holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 600 had …

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Pakistan, China Agree to Bolster Cooperation

China

ISLAMABAD – China and Pakistan have agreed to bolster cooperation in matters pertaining to economy, politics, accountability, climate change as well as the ongoing smog crisis. All these matters were discussed in a meeting of Chairperson of the Senate Special Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Sherry Rehman …

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China Sentences 9 to Jail for Smuggling Fentanyl to US

Fentanyl

XINGTAI, CHINA – Nine people, one with a suspended death sentence, were imprisoned by a Chinese court on Thursday for smuggling fentanyl into the United States, saying that this was the first such case on which the two countries worked together. China faced US criticism for not doing enough to …

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China Asks WTO for $2.4 Billion Sanctions Against US

China

BEIJING – China seeks $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for failing to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in a case highlighting the White House’s claims against the US world trade organization. The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) will examine the case that dates …

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China to Attract Foreign Investment with Better Business Environment

Taiwan

BEIJING – China will introduce more measures and foster a more enabling business environment to facilitate foreign investment, according to State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, Xinhua news reported Thursday. The meeting decided to open up more areas. Restrictive measures outside the national and pilot free trade …

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2.5 Million Muslims Begin Hajj Pilgrimage

Hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Muslims gathered from around the globe in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia have begun this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. According to local media, about 2.5 million believers are participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which started on Friday. Each and every able-bodied Muslim, male …

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China Warns India on Consequences of Huawei Ban

Huawei

BEIJING – The Chinese government increased its pressure on India not to heed US warnings and ban Huawei from selling its network gear in the country due to security concerns, indicating it could retaliate against Indian companies doing business in China, Reuters reported. Sources told the news agency, that “Chinese …

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