Pakistan rejects the U.S. State Department’s arbitrary and selective assessment under a U.S. domestic legislation on religious freedom. The designation of Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” is completely against the realities on the ground and raises serious doubts about the credibility of the exercise. Such subjective designations do not contribute towards promoting the cause of religious freedom worldwide.
London, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Investors pushed stock markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and signs of progress on a new US stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful reality of the coronavirus crisis. In foreign exchange, the pound held its own even as European doubts over a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain boiled over.
Washington, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): A drop in new applications for US unemployment benefits offered small comfort to millions of Americans who will see pandemic aid expire without an agreement on a new relief program. With weeks before Joe Biden takes office, Republicans and Democrats remain at odds over what should be included in a new spending package to help businesses and families struggling from the pandemic.
GENEVA (30th Nov, 2020): International politicians have expressed outrage following reports that the United States and Germany have employed a Swiss enterprise for spying on governments across the world. According to reports of Baaghi TV, Swiss politicians have demanded an investigation into the matter that a Swiss encryption company has been used to allegedly spy on international governments by the CIA and its counterpart in Germany.
Washington: President Donald Trump said there is enough evidence to win the elections and now we only need a good judge to hear the arguments. According to the details, Trumo spoke by telephone during a public hearing in Pennsylvania. “Despite the recent election results, the US president is not ready to accept his possible defeat. He still looks like he will run for office again.”
Washington, 25th November: Joe Biden has declared that the US is ready to lead the world again. US President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly said the US will not back down from leading the world, but will fight opposition and join hands with allies. Biden also tweeted on his official Twitter account, “Let’s begin the work to heal and unite America and the world.”
Frankfurt am Main, Nov 25 (AFP/APP): The prospect of former Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen becoming the next US Treasury Secretary is "good news for the US and the world economy", ECB vice president Luis de Guindos said Wednesday. Yellen, who would be the first woman in the job, would face the daunting task of steering the world's largest economy through the COVID19 crisis
Brussels, Nov 9 (AFP/APP): EU said Monday it’s pushing ahead with up to $4 billion in tariffs against the US over illegal state aid to Boeing. "The US imposed tariffs following the WTO ruling in the Airbus case. Now, we have a WTO ruling also in our Boeing case, allowing us to impose tariffs and that's what we are doing", EU Executive VP Valdis Dombrovskis, told reporters.
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories, Nov 8 (AFP/APP): Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday called on US president-elect Joe Biden to "strengthen" relations between the Palestinians and Washington which collapsed during President Donald Trump's term in office. In a statement congratulating Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, Abbas urged the incoming administration "to strengthen the Palestinian-American relationship," and to strive for Middle East "peace, stability and security."
New York, Oct 30 (AFP/APP): Delta Air Lines reached a preliminary agreement with its pilots union to avert furloughs through January 2022, the company and union said Friday. The agreement in principle saves money for Delta at a time when passenger travel is only a fraction of its pre-pandemic level and averts the prospect of involuntary job cuts with the expiration of a federal payroll support plan for carriers.
Washington, Oct 29 (AFP/APP): After the worst downturn on record, the US economy posted the strongest recovery on record as it expanded at a 33.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That came after a 31.4 percent drop in the April-June period during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a five percent drop in the first quarter.