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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif mulling political comeback after year-long gap

Sharif has been living in London since last November after the Lahore HC granted him permission to go abroad for four weeks for treatment

 The Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday said that travellers from India will not be allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka. (AFP)

Sri Lanka bans travellers from India with immediate effect

Several countries like UK, UAE, Australia and Singapore have already banned travellers from India as well as other South Asian countries

 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. (Twitter/@AbdulRe81179573)

Pak leader likely to be booked for treason over Abhinandan remarks

Posters of Sadiq have also appeared in Lahore, dubbing him a 'traitor'

Sri Lankans wade through an inundated street following heavy rainfall at Malwana, on the outskirts of Colombo. (Photo: AP/PTI)

14 die as heavy rains lash Sri Lanka

Rains have been pounding several districts of the island nation since Thursday night

A healthcare worker prepares COVID-19 vaccine doses at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center on December 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/AFP)

China to start opening vaccination programme to general public

Sichuan is the first province to outline a timeline of its vaccination plans for the general public

Asia

Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reacts as he won in the Liberal Democrat Party leadership election in Tokyo. (Photo: AP)

Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to become new Prime Minister

Kishida replaces outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

A Taliban fighter stands on an armoured vehicle with a Taliban flag during a parade along a road to celebrate after the US pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan, in Kandahar on September 1, 2021 following the Taliban’s military takeover of the country. (Photo:AFP)

India: Want Taliban to keep terror off Afghanistan

India said its primary concern was that Afghan soil should not be used for terror against India

This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, shows long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

The allies say the drills are defensive in nature, but they have cancelled or downsized them in recent years to create space for diplomacy

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Gunfire at Kabul airport kills 1; Taliban mass near Panjshir

The Taliban have pledged amnesty to those who worked with the U.S., NATO and the toppled Afghan govt, but many still fear revenge attacks

Middle East

Administrative Office of the President, Taliban social media account, Sir Simon Gass, the British Prime Minister's high representative for Afghan transition, right, meets with Deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP)

Taliban leaders meet with UK, Iran delegations amid economic woes

The meeting marked Britain’s first diplomatic visit to the country since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan following the U.S. exit

 Israeli protesters hold a poster of their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gagged by a surgical protection mask during an anti-government demonstration in front of Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on September 12, 2020, demanding his resignation over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. (AFP)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Lockdown is credited with having brought down what were much lower infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on Israel's economy

The Taliban said last week that schooling should resume but that males and females should be separated. (AFP file photo)

A curtain divides male, female students as Afghan universities reopen

What happens in universities and schools across the country is being closely watched by foreign powers

 Emirates planes are parked at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

Emirates to fly from India again as Dubai lifts ban over virus

Dubai said that only passengers from India 'who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine' would be allowed to travel to the emirate

Taliban fighters stand guard on the backdrop of shops selling antiques and decorative merchandise at Chicken Street in Kabul on September 26, 2021. The once-bustling hotspot, where aid workers and adventurous tourists would shop for vintage tribal rugs, pottery and metalware, is almost empty of visitors looking for a bargain.  (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

During the Taliban's previous rule, the conservative Islamists demanded that men grow beards

Africa

 Customers have their nails done near the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address the nation later in the day, as case numbers and death from Covid-19 hit the lowest in months. (AP)

South Africa says 12 million 'probably' had coronavirus

Some South African experts suggest that Africa's most developed economy may be approaching herd immunity

 A medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Bengaluru, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (PTI)

Sudan bans travellers from India, imposes other COVID-19 restrictions

Sudan's health emergency committee also warned that cases country could top 100,000-mark by mid-June if restrictions were not imposed

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a televised announcement from Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (AFP)

Maduro announces arrest of 'American spy' near Venezuelan refineries

The arrest occurred after a 'plan to cause an explosion' was 'discovered and dismantled' at El Palito refinery, authorities say

 Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted as president of Mali last month in a military coup, has flown to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, the new junta said on September 5, 2020. Family and airport sources confirmed that Keita, who left hospital on September 3, 2020 after treatment for a mini-stroke, had flown out of the country on September 5, 2020. (AFP)

Ousted Mali president Keita leaves country as transition talks begin

West African leaders, fearing the coup could set a precedent that would undermine their power, initially insisted Keita be restored to power

Europe

The NHS staff has 45,300 more workers in 2021 compared to 2020 to fight the pandemic. (Representational image: ANI)

UK health workers to receive 3 per cent pay rise

Earlier this week, the UK lifted almost all COVID-19 restrictions as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he wants the last stage of the lockdown roadmap to be "irreversible" and has previously dubbed July 19 as "terminus day". (AFP)

UK PM Boris Johnson to set out plans for end of lockdown on July 19

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid will announce the plans for an end to all legal lockdown restrictions from July 19 to Parliament

UNHCR said now 1 per cent of all humanity is displaced, and there are twice as many forcibly displaced people than a decade ago. (Photo: AFP | Representational)

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID-19 crisis

99 of the more than 160 countries that closed their borders due to COVID didn't make exceptions for people seeking protection as refugees

Passengers enter the Delhi International Airport. (Photo: PTI/File)

Vaccine certification for travel must meet 'minimum criteria', says UK

Indian travellers to the UK will continue to be treated as non-vaccinated and therefore required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival

 Climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg. (AFP)

After Rihanna, Greta Thunberg extends support to farmers' protest

Thunberg tweeted soon after singer Rihanna shared a news article highlighting the Centre's crackdown on the farmers

Americas

A child runs through a fountain at a splash park trying to beat the heat in Calgary, Alberta, on June 30, 2021.  (AP)

Hundreds in Canada, US believed dead in heat wave despite efforts to help

Weather experts say the number of heat waves are only likely to rise in the Pacific Northwest, a region normally known for cool weather

Afghan residents and family members of the victims gather next to a damaged vehicle inside a house, day after a US drone airstrike in Kabul. (AFP)

'A tragic mistake': US admits strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, not IS militants

The drone strike killed 10 people, including seven children, according to McKenzie, none of who ultimately were linked to IS

US President Joe Biden participates is a virtual press conference on national security with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House. (Photo: AFP)

US rules out adding India or Japan to security alliance with Australia and UK

On September 15, Joe Biden, Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson jointly announced the formation of AUKUS

General view of the field during a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on September 11, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: AFP)

Newly released FBI memo hints at Saudi involvment with 9/11 hijackers

The memo from April 4, 2016, showed links between Omar Bayoumi and two of the Al-Qaeda operatives

Oceania

 New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her lunch during an event in Welcome Bay near Tauranga, New Zealand. (AP)

New Zealand to lift virus curbs in most of country on September 21

New Zealand on Monday reported one new case of coronavirus in the community, taking the total number of cases to 1,447 and 24 deaths

 New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. (Image:Facebook/Jacinda Ardern)

New Zealand sees first case-free day in five weeks

Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission

 New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moves a motion in the Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, to declare a climate emergency, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Joining more than 30 other countries around the world, New Zealand took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. (AP)

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral government by 2025

New Zealand joins 32 other countries including Japan, Canada, France and Britain that have declared a climate emergency

A health worker administers vaccinations at a mobile clinic Oct. 7, 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Sylvie Whinray/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand Covid cases hit record despite vaccination push

Health authorities announced 94 new virus cases, exceeding the previous daily record of 89 set in April last year during the first wave

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walks to the COVID-19 update press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.  (Mark Mitchell Pool photo via AP)

New Zealand extends Delta outbreak lockdown

PM Jacinda Ardern said the initial three-day lockdown, which would have expired overnight Friday, would be extended by another four days