May, 2020


US pulling Patriot missile systems from Saudi Arabia: Report

NEW YORK: The US military is removing Patriot antimissile systems from Saudi Arabia as part of a shift of forces and equipment in the region following a buildup last year in response to the alleged Iranian threats, The Hill newspaper reported Friday, citing a US official. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Washington was pulling four Patriot missile batteries from the region. The Hill said the US official confirmed that two Patriot systems would come from Saudi Arabia — along with the roughly 300 military personnel deployed to manRead More

Coronavirus pandemic boosting prices of illegal drugs: UN report

UNITED NATIONS: Governmental measures across the world to curb the Coronavirus pandemic have led to the widespread disruption of trafficking routes for illegal drugs, mainly by air and on land, upping some prices, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report. The pandemic is having a mixed effect on drug production in different regions and on smuggling by air, land and sea, but the overall trend in countries where drugs are consumed appears to be relatively uniform, the UNODC said in the report onRead More

Azerbaijan’s president deeply concerned over Indian atrocities against Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev Friday expressed his deep concern over the human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir, saying his country strongly supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir. “Azerbaijan considers Pakistan its close friend and would continue to support it at every forum,” President Aliyev said in a telephonic conversation with President Dr Arif Alvi as the latter called him to discuss the current regional situation amid COVID-19 pandemic, a press statement issued here by President House said. Azerbaijan’s president urged the international community to take notice of theRead More


 Islamabad:  In a video message released today on U.S. Mission Pakistan’s social media platforms, Ambassador Paul Jones discussed how the United States is expanding its partnership with Pakistan to alleviate poverty in the country.  “I’d like to highlight how together we are protecting those most vulnerable to the economic fallout from coronavirus,” said U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones.  The Ambassador announced a new American contribution of $5 million to support Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program and a $2.5 million therapeutic food program for children diagnosed with acute malnutrition.  Since designating Pakistan a priorityRead More

China welcomes WHO’s global anti-epidemic cooperation initiative: Hua Chunying

BEIJING: China firmly supports the international cooperation initiative launched by Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) on accelerating the development, production and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs, and decided to participate in this initiative, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday. “The virus knows no borders, and people of all countries have the right to equal access to vaccines and medicines,” she said during her regular briefing resumed here after May Day holidays. She said after the outbreak, China shared the new coronavirus genome information withRead More

UN agency calls midwives ‘unsung heroes’ on front lines of coronavirus crisis

UNITED NATIONS, New York: With many national health systems totally overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, midwives are demonstrating courage and resilience as they support women and newborns in the toughest of circumstances, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has said. In her statement for the International Day of the Midwife on Tuesday, Natalia Kanem, the UNFPA chief, praised these health professionals for their tireless work during the crisis because “childbirth doesn’t stop for pandemics, and neither do midwives.” However, Ms. Kanem observed that although they are the “backboneRead More

Pakistan has done ‘reasonably well’ in containing spread of coronavirus: Amb. Khan

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s “extensive measures” have helped to contain the spread of coronavirus, but the crisis stemming from the pandemic could not have come at a worse time, Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan has said. “Because of the economic reforms, exports had started to pick up, the exchange rate had stabilized, industrial activity was increasing. All those things now had to stop, so the purchase orders, export orders, the supply chain have been disturbed,” the Pakistani envoy to the United States told The Wall Street Journal. “For a country like PakistanRead More

On World Press Freedom Day, we call on governments — and others — to guarantee that journalists can do their jobs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL VIDEO MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2020 “Journalism Without Fear or Favour” New York: Journalists and media workers are crucial to helping us make informed decisions. As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, those decisions can make the difference between life and death.  On World Press Freedom Day, we call on governments — and others — to guarantee that journalists can do their jobs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  As the pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmfulRead More

UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP, WORLD BANKlNew guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools

NEW YORK/PARIS/ROME  UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and World Bank today issued new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools amidst ongoing closures affecting nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide.   The agencies also warned that the widespread closures of educational facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education and wellbeing, particularly for the most marginalized children who rely on school for their education, health, safety and nutrition. The guidelines offer practical advice for national and local authorities on how to keep children safe when they return toRead More