Death toll from Pakistan passenger plane crash rises to 97

The flight data recorder from the Pakistani airliner that crashed into a residential neighbourhood of Karachi has been found, an official said on Saturday, as the death toll rose to 97. There were two survivors from onboard the aircraft, while no fatalities were reported in the densely populated area of the city where the aircraft… Read More Death toll from Pakistan passenger plane crash rises to 97

Afghan Taliban declare three-day ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr festivities

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire starting on Sunday, a spokesman for the hard-line Islamist group wrote in a tweet on Saturday, a move that comes as fighting has intensified between the warring sides despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Do not carry out any offensive operations against the enemy anywhere, if any action is taken… Read More Afghan Taliban declare three-day ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr festivities

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows to bolster nuclear war deterrence

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health. Ruling Workers’ Party officials wore face masks to greet Kim as he entered the meeting of the party’s… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows to bolster nuclear war deterrence

Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-earning female athlete

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. She earned $1.4 million more than… Read More Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-earning female athlete

U.S. adds dozens of Chinese companies to economic blacklist

The United States said on Friday it would add 33 Chinese firms and institutions to an economic blacklist for helping Beijing spy on its minority Uighur population or because of ties to weapons of mass destruction and China’s military. The U.S. Commerce Department’s move marked the Trump administration’s latest efforts to crack down on companies… Read More U.S. adds dozens of Chinese companies to economic blacklist

Dozens dead as passenger plane crashes into residential area in Pakistan

A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus jet with 99 people on board crashed into a crowded residential district of the city of Karachi on Friday afternoon while approaching the airport. At least 56 people were confirmed to have died, hospital officials said, though other officials gave different figures and authorities did not release an estimate of… Read More Dozens dead as passenger plane crashes into residential area in Pakistan

U.S. envoy meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, former rival Abdullah Abdullah

The United States’ special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent Taliban. The meeting was the first between the three men since Ghani and Abdullah ended a months-long political impasse in which both claimed to be… Read More U.S. envoy meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, former rival Abdullah Abdullah