US to unveil high-tech B-21 stealth bomber

On Friday, the US Air Force will unveil its new B-21 Raider, a high-tech stealth bomber that can carry nuclear and conventional weapons and is designed to be able to fly without a crew on board. “The B-21 will be the backbone of our future bomber force. It will possess the range, access and payload to penetrate the most highly-contested threat environments and hold any target around the globe at risk,” US Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told AFP. The B-21, which is on track to cost nearly $700 million per plane and is the first new US bomber in decades, will gradually replace the B-1 and B-2 aircraft, which first flew during the Cold War.

China: Scattered easing of COVID curbs after week of unrest

Beijing: Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules in a marked shift in virus policies after widespread protests across the country. According to the sources, China is set to announce an easing of its COVID quarantine rules in coming days and a reduction in mass testing, even as cases nationwide remain near record highs.

PIA flight leaves behind passengers’ luggage at Dubai airport

Islamabad: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Thursday night brought back passengers but left their luggage at Dubai airport. According to details, the PIA flight, P-212, which reached Karachi from Islamabad, had left behind the luggage of 20 passengers back at the city’s airport. The troubled passengers protested against the PIA authority over their mismanagement and irresponsibility. The protestors appealed to the higher authorities to take notice of the incident.

Two abductees recovered by police after gunfight with bandits

Shikarpur: On Thursday, two persons who had been abducted by bandits 15 days ago were recovered by Shikarpur police after a gunfight. Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Shikarpur told the media that two abducted citizens were recovered from bandits after a gunfight in the vicinity of the Napar Kot police station. He said that the bandits were transporting the abductees to another location when police raided on a tip-off.

KP govt ready for next elections: CM Mehmood Khan

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said on Thursday that preparations have been started for the next elections. Mahmood Khan, while addressing an event said that he would not delay any orders that come from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. The KP CM said that assemblies will be dissolved immediately following Imran Khan’s orders.

ANP lawmaker’s house attacked in Shangla

Shangla: It is reported on Friday that several armed men attacked the house of Awami National Party’s MPA Faisal Zeb Khan in Shangla, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP). According to police, the house of the ANP lawmaker Faisal Zeb Khan came under heavy fire when he was not at home. As a result of heavy firing by these armed men the house was badly damaged, but they escaped the area after the exchange of fire with police.

Smog: LHC orders closure of schools across Punjab

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered the closure of government and private schools thrice a week amid the increasing threat of smog in Punjab, especially in Lahore. The court in its verdict said that the Punjab government has utterly failed in addressing the smog issue and directed the provincial government to contact the centre for help in controlling the threat.

Arjun Kapoor slams media for spreading fake news

On December 1, Bollywood’s Arjun Kapoor had Indian media on his radar after reports of his actor-girlfriend Malaika Arora being pregnant started circulating online. Taking to his Instagram stories, Kapoor condemned the fake reports and warned the media not to “play” with their personal lives. Sharing a now-deleted news post by Pinkvilla, Kapoor wrote, “This is the lowest that you could have gone and you have done it by being casual, insensitive, and absolutely unethical in carrying garbage news…..This is not done. Don’t dare to play with our personal lives.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo is 50-50 to play v S.Korea”: Coach Santos

Al Rayyan: On December 1, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability was still in question for their closing Group H match against South Korea on Friday. “I think it is 50-50 if he plays or not, we’ll see,” Santos said at a news conference. “It will depend on if and how he practices today, if we see he is in good condition… There is a plan for if he is not available,” he added.

Former Chinese leader’s body arrives in Beijing

The body of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin arrived in Beijing on Thursday ahead of a public memorial service, Chinese state media said. Hundreds of people gathered in his hometown to pay their respects. A special flight carrying Jiang’s remains from Shanghai was met at the airport by President Xi Jinping. State broadcaster CCTV announced that a public memorial service would be held on Tuesday morning in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

PDM to table no-confidence motions in Punjab, KP assemblies: Zardari

On Thursday, former president and PPP chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that the coalition government had decided to table no-confidence motions in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies. The statement came days after PTI chairman Imran Khan announced plans to “quit the corrupt system and leave all the assemblies”. “It’s too immature and too soon to say anything about the elections. I don’t think there is a possibility of the establishment forcing early elections,” Zardari said.

Hyderabad court sends former DC Matiari to jail

On Thursday, a Hyderabad anti-corruption court remanded former Matiari deputy commissioner Adnan Rasheed to judicial custody till December 7. The decision is related to an investigation into a scam concerning land acquisition for the M6 (Hyderabad-Sukkur) motorway. Rasheed was arrested by Hyderabad’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on November 17. Former Saeedabad assistant commissioner Mansoor Abbasi was also involved in the scandal as well as the Saeedabad branch of Sindh Bank.

Netflix to air documentary on UK royals

London: On Dec 1, the first clip from the much-awaited documentary was issued ahead of the series’ expected release next week. “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear the story from us?” says Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the trailer for the Netflix documentary series about Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife.

Biden welcomes ‘unwavering partner’ Macron at White House

Washington: On December 1, U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House to celebrate more than 200 years of U.S.-French relations. “France is our oldest ally, our unwavering partner in freedom’s cause,” Biden said, welcoming “the enduring strength and vitality of the great friendship between France and the United States of America.”

U.S. embassy becomes latest target of ‘letter bombs’

Madrid: On December 1, bomb disposal experts defused a letter bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. This is the sixth such device sent to high-profile targets in a wave that prompted Spain to step up security. The campaign began with a package sent to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Nov. 24. “What must be very clear is that none of these deliveries or any other violent action will change the clear and firm commitment of Spain, NATO countries, and the European Union to support Ukraine,” Defence Minister Margarita Robles asserted.

Nakba film streams on Netflix despite Israeli threats

On Thursday, a Jordanian film began airing ‘Farha’ on Netflix despite attacks from Israeli politicians. The movie depicts the ethnic cleansing of Palestine during the 1948 Nakba when Zionist forces declared the creation of the State of Israel. Despite an Israeli campaign to stop it from appearing on Netflix, Netflix stuck by its decision to carry the film on its streaming platform, where it became available to view on Thursday.

Macron, Biden discuss Russia during US state visit

President Emmanuel Macron called for France and the United States to be “brothers in arms” at the start of a state visit to the White House. Emphasizing the history of the US-France alliance, Macron said, “We bear a duty to this shared history as war returns to European soil following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. And in light of the multiple crises our nations and our societies face, we need to become brothers in arms once more”.

Pakistan asks Russia for discount on crude oil

Islamabad: Russia refused to give Pakistan a 30-40% discount on Russian crude oil, saying that it could not offer anything right now as all volumes were committed. The Pakistan delegation, comprising of State Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik, joint secretary and officials of the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow, asked for a discount during talks in Moscow. The talks ended with no cogent conclusion but the Russian side promised to consider Pakistan’s demand and to share its mind later on through diplomatic channels.

Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a ‘misunderstanding’

Twitter owner Elon Musk said he met with Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday and “resolved the misunderstanding” that prompted him to declare war on the iPhone maker’s App Store. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store,” Musk tweeted.

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine as NATO seeks support

Russian forces tried to advance in eastern Ukraine and trained tank, mortar and artillery fire on Kherson in the south, the Ukrainian military said, as Western allies sought to buttress Ukraine and its neighbours against Moscow. While in Washington, a $1.2 billion contract for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for Ukraine is awarded to Raytheon, the Pentagon said.

Russia, China conduct joint military drills amid growing tensions with West

Russian and Chinese air forces took part in joint military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russian defence ministry said, as Moscow and Beijing sought to put on a united face to an increasingly hostile West. Russian strategic missile carriers TU-95 and Chinese Xian H-6 flew over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea for eight hours, according to a statement from Moscow. “The Russian Air Force and the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China conducted another joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region,” the ministry said in a statement.

Türkiye, Pakistan celebrate 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Türkiye and Pakistan commemorated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations, earlier described by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as “two hearts, one soul”. Sapling plantation ceremonies were held in the foreign ministries of both countries to mark the event, according to official statements on Wednesday.

Jacinda Ardern, Sanna Marin dismiss sexist question

The leaders of New Zealand and Finland have dismissed a journalist’s suggestion that they arranged a meeting because they are “similar in age”. At a press conference in Auckland, Finland’s Sanna Marin and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern said they met because they are prime ministers, not because they are both young, female leaders. Ms Ardern also questioned if male leaders would have faced the same question.  

ECP seeks billions of funds to organize general elections

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sought funds worth Rs47 billion for the organisation of general elections. The election commission will be given Rs27 billion in the current fiscal year, whereas, the ECP sought immediate disbursement of Rs18 billion for commencing the preparations for the general elections.

Students killed as bomb blast hits Afghan school

At least 17 people have been killed and 26 injured after a bomb blast hit a madrassah in northern Afghanistan. The blast took place in the city of Aybak in Samangan province, reportedly as people were leaving prayers. The majority of those killed are believed to be children aged 9 to 15. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the death toll could increase.

Azam Nazeer Tarar takes charge as law minister

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday appointed Azam Nazeer Tarar as law minister. The decision came a day after refusing his resignation that he had submitted to the premier a month ago. According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division today, “in terms of rule 3(4) of the Rules of Business, 1973, the prime minister has been pleased to allocate the portfolio of law and Justice to Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, Federal Minister, with immediate effect. Consequently, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Political Affairs, shall cease to hold the portfolio of law and Justice.”

Former Chinaese leader Jiang Zemin passes away: State media

On Wednesday, China’s former leader Jiang Zemin died at the age of 96, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Jiang took power in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and led the world’s most populous nation toward its emergence as a powerhouse on the global stage. “Jiang Zemin passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12:13 pm on November 30, 2022, at the age of 96, it was announced on Wednesday,” Xinhua reported.

9 killed, 4 injured in Orakzai coal mine explosion

On Wednesday, officials stated that Nine laborers were killed while four others were injured in an explosion at a coal mine in Orakzai tribal region’s Doli area. Orakzai Deputy Commissioner Adnan Farid said that 13 laborers were working in the mine when the incident took place and were subsequently trapped. He added that rescue officials, local volunteers, and the police rushed to the scene and managed to recover nine bodies.

Kim Kardashian gets child support settlement from Ye: Reports

On Nov 30, Kim Kardashian and Ye reached a divorce settlement that included joint custody of their four children and dividing up their real estate assets. Though they will have joint custody of their children, ages 3, 4, 6, and 9, Kardashian, reportedly, will receive $200,000 a month in child support, as they will spend most of their time with her.

Two Chinese cities ease COVID curbs after protests spread

Shanghai: On Nov 30, the giant Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Chongqing announced an easing of COVID curbs. The decision came a day after demonstrators in southern Guangzhou clashed with police amid a string of protests against the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. The southwestern city of Chongqing will allow close contacts of people with COVID-19, who fulfil certain conditions, to quarantine at home, a city official said.

Female fans feel safe at Qatar World Cup

Doha: On Dec 6, many female fans expressed that the ban on alcohol in Qatar had led to a safer experience at the tournament. “I was expecting a very dangerous place for women. I didn’t think I was going to be safe here … from coming here that’s not been the case, as a traveling female fan I can say that I have felt very safe,” stated Ellie Molloson, 19, a fan from England. Mollidon said that the lack of alcohol had contributed to a less bawdy atmosphere around the games at the World Cup, but in her opinion, it was mostly cultural.

FO expresses concern over more ‘Babri mosque tragedies’

The Foreign Office expressed concern on Tuesday about a reprisal of further “tragedies” in India like the Babri mosque incident on the occasion of its 30th demolition anniversary. The demolition had sparked nationwide riots that killed more than 3,000 people in a decades-long dispute that has fueled Hindu-Muslim tension. “There is a persistent assault on the religious freedoms of Indian Muslims. The ruling party in India continues to incite hysteria and hatred against Muslims,” the press release reads.

Talks with IMF in ‘advanced stage’: Finance Division

On Tuesday, the Finance Division said that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the ninth review of Pakistan’s $7bn Extended Fund Facility (EFF) were at the “advanced stage”. “With the efforts of the current government, the IMF program has come back on track,” it stated in a press release. In a statement issued today, the Finance Division said that the government remained committed to completing the IMF program while meeting all external debt repayments on time.

US, UK, China to support Pakistan in flood rehabilitation

Islamabad: Ambassadors from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of their full support to Pakistan in the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. Islamabad has been trying to shore up the support of the international community to provide all possible relief to the calamity-stricken people. According to the Finance Division, the ambassadors held separate meetings with the finance minister, where matters related to bilateral relations, the economy, and the government’s works in the flood-hit areas came under discussion.

Morocco dumps Spain to reach historic FIFA World Cup quarters

On Tuesday, Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty to send Spain crashing out and Morocco into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. Morocco won 3-0 in a shoot-out after a 0-0 draw. Walid Regragui’s side will face Portugal or Switzerland in what is uncharted territory for them, with their previous best being a last-16 exit in 1986.

ANP lawmaker’s house attacked in Shangla

Shangla: It is reported on Friday that several armed men attacked the house of Awami National Party’s MPA Faisal Zeb Khan in Shangla, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP). According to police, the house of the ANP lawmaker Faisal Zeb Khan came under heavy fire when he was not at home. As a result of heavy firing by these armed men the house was badly damaged, but they escaped the area after the exchange of fire with police.

Smog: LHC orders closure of schools across Punjab

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered the closure of government and private schools thrice a week amid the increasing threat of smog in Punjab, especially in Lahore. The court in its verdict said that the Punjab government has utterly failed in addressing the smog issue and directed the provincial government to contact the centre for help in controlling the threat.

Arjun Kapoor slams media for spreading fake news

On December 1, Bollywood’s Arjun Kapoor had Indian media on his radar after reports of his actor-girlfriend Malaika Arora being pregnant started circulating online. Taking to his Instagram stories, Kapoor condemned the fake reports and warned the media not to “play” with their personal lives. Sharing a now-deleted news post by Pinkvilla, Kapoor wrote, “This is the lowest that you could have gone and you have done it by being casual, insensitive, and absolutely unethical in carrying garbage news…..This is not done. Don’t dare to play with our personal lives.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo is 50-50 to play v S.Korea”: Coach Santos

Al Rayyan: On December 1, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability was still in question for their closing Group H match against South Korea on Friday. “I think it is 50-50 if he plays or not, we’ll see,” Santos said at a news conference. “It will depend on if and how he practices today, if we see he is in good condition… There is a plan for if he is not available,” he added.

Former Chinese leader’s body arrives in Beijing

The body of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin arrived in Beijing on Thursday ahead of a public memorial service, Chinese state media said. Hundreds of people gathered in his hometown to pay their respects. A special flight carrying Jiang’s remains from Shanghai was met at the airport by President Xi Jinping. State broadcaster CCTV announced that a public memorial service would be held on Tuesday morning in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

PDM to table no-confidence motions in Punjab, KP assemblies: Zardari

On Thursday, former president and PPP chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that the coalition government had decided to table no-confidence motions in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies. The statement came days after PTI chairman Imran Khan announced plans to “quit the corrupt system and leave all the assemblies”. “It’s too immature and too soon to say anything about the elections. I don’t think there is a possibility of the establishment forcing early elections,” Zardari said.

Hyderabad court sends former DC Matiari to jail

On Thursday, a Hyderabad anti-corruption court remanded former Matiari deputy commissioner Adnan Rasheed to judicial custody till December 7. The decision is related to an investigation into a scam concerning land acquisition for the M6 (Hyderabad-Sukkur) motorway. Rasheed was arrested by Hyderabad’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on November 17. Former Saeedabad assistant commissioner Mansoor Abbasi was also involved in the scandal as well as the Saeedabad branch of Sindh Bank.

Netflix to air documentary on UK royals

London: On Dec 1, the first clip from the much-awaited documentary was issued ahead of the series’ expected release next week. “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear the story from us?” says Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in the trailer for the Netflix documentary series about Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife.

Biden welcomes ‘unwavering partner’ Macron at White House

Washington: On December 1, U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House to celebrate more than 200 years of U.S.-French relations. “France is our oldest ally, our unwavering partner in freedom’s cause,” Biden said, welcoming “the enduring strength and vitality of the great friendship between France and the United States of America.”

U.S. embassy becomes latest target of ‘letter bombs’

Madrid: On December 1, bomb disposal experts defused a letter bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. This is the sixth such device sent to high-profile targets in a wave that prompted Spain to step up security. The campaign began with a package sent to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Nov. 24. “What must be very clear is that none of these deliveries or any other violent action will change the clear and firm commitment of Spain, NATO countries, and the European Union to support Ukraine,” Defence Minister Margarita Robles asserted.

Nakba film streams on Netflix despite Israeli threats

On Thursday, a Jordanian film began airing ‘Farha’ on Netflix despite attacks from Israeli politicians. The movie depicts the ethnic cleansing of Palestine during the 1948 Nakba when Zionist forces declared the creation of the State of Israel. Despite an Israeli campaign to stop it from appearing on Netflix, Netflix stuck by its decision to carry the film on its streaming platform, where it became available to view on Thursday.

Macron, Biden discuss Russia during US state visit

President Emmanuel Macron called for France and the United States to be “brothers in arms” at the start of a state visit to the White House. Emphasizing the history of the US-France alliance, Macron said, “We bear a duty to this shared history as war returns to European soil following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. And in light of the multiple crises our nations and our societies face, we need to become brothers in arms once more”.

Pakistan asks Russia for discount on crude oil

Islamabad: Russia refused to give Pakistan a 30-40% discount on Russian crude oil, saying that it could not offer anything right now as all volumes were committed. The Pakistan delegation, comprising of State Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik, joint secretary and officials of the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow, asked for a discount during talks in Moscow. The talks ended with no cogent conclusion but the Russian side promised to consider Pakistan’s demand and to share its mind later on through diplomatic channels.

Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a ‘misunderstanding’

Twitter owner Elon Musk said he met with Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday and “resolved the misunderstanding” that prompted him to declare war on the iPhone maker’s App Store. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store,” Musk tweeted.

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine as NATO seeks support

Russian forces tried to advance in eastern Ukraine and trained tank, mortar and artillery fire on Kherson in the south, the Ukrainian military said, as Western allies sought to buttress Ukraine and its neighbours against Moscow. While in Washington, a $1.2 billion contract for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for Ukraine is awarded to Raytheon, the Pentagon said.

Russia, China conduct joint military drills amid growing tensions with West

Russian and Chinese air forces took part in joint military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russian defence ministry said, as Moscow and Beijing sought to put on a united face to an increasingly hostile West. Russian strategic missile carriers TU-95 and Chinese Xian H-6 flew over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea for eight hours, according to a statement from Moscow. “The Russian Air Force and the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China conducted another joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region,” the ministry said in a statement.

Türkiye, Pakistan celebrate 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Türkiye and Pakistan commemorated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations, earlier described by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as “two hearts, one soul”. Sapling plantation ceremonies were held in the foreign ministries of both countries to mark the event, according to official statements on Wednesday.

Jacinda Ardern, Sanna Marin dismiss sexist question

The leaders of New Zealand and Finland have dismissed a journalist’s suggestion that they arranged a meeting because they are “similar in age”. At a press conference in Auckland, Finland’s Sanna Marin and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern said they met because they are prime ministers, not because they are both young, female leaders. Ms Ardern also questioned if male leaders would have faced the same question.  

ECP seeks billions of funds to organize general elections

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sought funds worth Rs47 billion for the organisation of general elections. The election commission will be given Rs27 billion in the current fiscal year, whereas, the ECP sought immediate disbursement of Rs18 billion for commencing the preparations for the general elections.

Students killed as bomb blast hits Afghan school

At least 17 people have been killed and 26 injured after a bomb blast hit a madrassah in northern Afghanistan. The blast took place in the city of Aybak in Samangan province, reportedly as people were leaving prayers. The majority of those killed are believed to be children aged 9 to 15. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the death toll could increase.

Azam Nazeer Tarar takes charge as law minister

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday appointed Azam Nazeer Tarar as law minister. The decision came a day after refusing his resignation that he had submitted to the premier a month ago. According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division today, “in terms of rule 3(4) of the Rules of Business, 1973, the prime minister has been pleased to allocate the portfolio of law and Justice to Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, Federal Minister, with immediate effect. Consequently, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Political Affairs, shall cease to hold the portfolio of law and Justice.”

Former Chinaese leader Jiang Zemin passes away: State media

On Wednesday, China’s former leader Jiang Zemin died at the age of 96, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Jiang took power in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and led the world’s most populous nation toward its emergence as a powerhouse on the global stage. “Jiang Zemin passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12:13 pm on November 30, 2022, at the age of 96, it was announced on Wednesday,” Xinhua reported.

9 killed, 4 injured in Orakzai coal mine explosion

On Wednesday, officials stated that Nine laborers were killed while four others were injured in an explosion at a coal mine in Orakzai tribal region’s Doli area. Orakzai Deputy Commissioner Adnan Farid said that 13 laborers were working in the mine when the incident took place and were subsequently trapped. He added that rescue officials, local volunteers, and the police rushed to the scene and managed to recover nine bodies.

Kim Kardashian gets child support settlement from Ye: Reports

On Nov 30, Kim Kardashian and Ye reached a divorce settlement that included joint custody of their four children and dividing up their real estate assets. Though they will have joint custody of their children, ages 3, 4, 6, and 9, Kardashian, reportedly, will receive $200,000 a month in child support, as they will spend most of their time with her.

Two Chinese cities ease COVID curbs after protests spread

Shanghai: On Nov 30, the giant Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Chongqing announced an easing of COVID curbs. The decision came a day after demonstrators in southern Guangzhou clashed with police amid a string of protests against the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. The southwestern city of Chongqing will allow close contacts of people with COVID-19, who fulfil certain conditions, to quarantine at home, a city official said.

First female referee is a ‘positive step’: Costa Rica coach

Al Rayyan: On Nov 30, according to Costa Rica manager Luis Fernando Suarez, Stephanie Frappart’s appointment as match referee for Thursday’s crunch World Cup clash between Germany and Costa Rica would be a step forward for women in a “sexist sport”. She stated: “This is another step forward. This speaks volumes for this woman, her commitment, especially in this sport which is a very sexist one. It’s very difficult to reach the point that she has reached, I think it’s good for football and a positive step for football, to show that it’s opening up for everyone.”

Australian parliament censures former PM Morrison over secret ministries

Australia’s parliament on Wednesday voted to censure former Liberal prime minister Scott Morrison after an inquiry found his secret appointment to multiple ministries including health, finance, treasury, resources and home affairs, during the COVID-19 pandemic undermined trust in government. The historic motion, brought by the ruling Labor party, passed by 86 votes to 50 in the country’s lower house.

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first in-orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history, launching operation of the second inhabited outpost in low-Earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station. The spacecraft Shenzhou-15, or “Divine Vessel”, and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket in the Gobi Desert in northwest China, according to state television.

Security forces kill ten terrorists in Hoshab IBO: ISPR

Rawalpindi: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the security forces have gunned down ten terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Balochistan’s Hoshab area. According to military’s media wing, the forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Hoshab area of Balochistan to clear a hideout of terrorists linked to firing incidents targeting security forces and civilians. “During the intense exchange of fire, ten terrorists were killed while another was apprehended in injured condition. Two terrorists managed to escape,” the military’s media wing added.  

PM Shehbaz Sharif rejects resignation of Azam Nazeer Tarar

Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif has rejected the resignation of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator and former law minister Azam Nazeer Tarar. According to details, PM Shehbaz Sharif has rejected the resignation of Tarar and instructed the PML-N senator to resume his duties from today (November 30). It is pertinent to mention here that Azam Nazeer Tarar tendered his resignation on October 25 citing personal reasons.