Category: World

Obama posts farewell letter on Facebook

​ As Donald Trump is just a few hours away from becoming US’ 45th President, Barack Obama took to Facebook and shared his farewell letter on Facebook. Expressing gratitude to the American people, Obama on Thursday wrote: “Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled…

Palestine: Fatah and Hamas to form unity government

​ The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has agreed to form a unity government with rival organisation Hamas, Al Jazeera has learned. The agreement was reached late on Tuesday after a three-day negotiation in the Russian capital Moscow. The two organisations will form a new National Council, which will include Palestinians in exile, and hold elections.…

New UN chief does not lack interest in solving Kashmir issue: UN spokesperson

      File photo United Nations: New United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres does not “lack interest” in resolving the Kashmir issue but has not been able to speak with leaders of India and Pakistan since he assumed office as the world body’s chief this month, the UN spokesperson said. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric rejected the assertion…

Gen Raheel Sharif joins Saudi-led military coalition

File photo General Raheel Sharif, the former Pakistani army chief, will now head the Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation military coalition formed to serve as a platform for security cooperation and combat terrorism.   The decision to appoint Gen (retd) Raheel, who retired in November 2016, was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence, Defence Minister…

105-year-old French cyclist breaks world record

      Photo by: France 24 A 105-year-old Frenchman set a new one-hour cycling record for his age Wednesday – although Robert Marchand was already in a class of his own. Marchand pedalled for 22.547 kilometres (14.01 miles) in the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines west of Paris to the cheers of hundreds of spectators – and when…

Istanbul nightclub attack: at least 35 killed in New Year’s Eve mass shooting

Dozens of people have been killed as they celebrated New Year at a Turkish nightclub in a suspected terror attack. Officials said at least one gunman reportedly wearing a Santa costume murdered a police officer and a civilian outside Istanbul’s famed Reina nightclub before bursting inside. The attacker opened fire into the crowd of up to 700 people,…