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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
23,462
4024hr
Pakistan Cases
1,039,695
4,85824hr
8.61% positivity
Sindh
385,414
Punjab
357,735
Balochistan
30,502
Islamabad
88,093
KPK
144,848

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Towards economic security

Towards economic security

While the realization that economic imperatives should drive foreign policy and internal security has been present...
Published 13 Jul, 2021 08:10am
One million US vaccine doses due in Malaysia on Monday
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One million US vaccine doses due in Malaysia on Monday

  • The doses are from an initial batch of 80 million US-made vaccines the Biden administration pledged last month to share globally amid concern about the disparity in vaccination rates between advanced and developing countries.
Updated 03 Jul, 2021 05:38pm
U.S. to complete Afghan withdrawal by mid-July ahead of Biden’s September deadline, reports NYT
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U.S. to complete Afghan withdrawal by mid-July ahead of Biden’s September deadline, reports NYT

  • The United States and their NATO allies have accelerated their withdrawal from Afghanistan, intending to be out of the war-torn country as early as mid-July, which is significantly earlier to their original September 11 deadline.
  • The Pentagon has yet to determine how terrorist threats like an Al Qaeda resurgence could be contained in the absence of American military presence.
Updated 26 May, 2021 12:56pm
Blinken says US to provide $75mn in assistance to Palestinians
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Blinken says US to provide $75mn in assistance to Palestinians

  • Speaking after his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken said the United States would also provide $5.5 million in immediate disaster assistance for Gaza and $32 million to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Published 25 May, 2021 08:21pm
US to waive sanctions on firm, CEO behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline
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US to waive sanctions on firm, CEO behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

  • The department's review, required by Congress, concludes that Nord Stream 2 AG and CEO Matthias Warnig, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, engaged in sanctionable activity but that it was in the US national interests to waive the sanctions, the source said.
  • Russian officials on Wednesday signaled that the move could help mend Washington's fraught ties with Moscow.
Published 19 May, 2021 06:48pm
House Democrats question Biden Administration's $735 million arms sale to Israel amidst crisis in Gaza
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House Democrats question Biden Administration's $735 million arms sale to Israel amidst crisis in Gaza

  • The Biden Administration has formally approved the sale of $735 million worth of precision-guided weapons technology to Israel, drawing the ire of House Democrats who are questioning the government's support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • At least 200 Palestinians in Gaza, including 58 children, have been killed by Israeli strikes since the beginning of this crisis on the 10th of May.
Updated 18 May, 2021 03:33pm
Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel
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Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel

  • Three congressional aides said Congress was officially notified of the intended commercial sale on May 5, as part of the regular review process before major foreign weapons sales agreements can go ahead.
  • The sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, made by Boeing Co, was considered routine at the time, before the start last week of the fiercest hostilities in the region in years.
Published 17 May, 2021 09:38pm
Fuel shortages worsen on sixth day of top US fuel pipeline outage
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Fuel shortages worsen on sixth day of top US fuel pipeline outage

  • A ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline last week halted 2.5 million barrels per day of fuel shipments in the most disruptive cyberattack on US energy infrastructure. The pipeline stretches 5,500 miles (8,850 km) from US Gulf Coast oil refineries to consumers in Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states.
Published 12 May, 2021 06:51pm
US to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions for Chinese students
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US to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions for Chinese students

  • The US State Department is set to announce later on Tuesday it is expanding its national interest exemptions to cover students and academics around the world starting on Aug. 1 after it made the change in March for European students, officials said.
  • In the 2019-20 academic year 372,000 Chinese nationals attended universities and colleges in the United States, the IEE said in a November 2020 report.
Published 27 Apr, 2021 08:34pm
U.S ‘first and foremost’ wants to vaccinate the American people,’ State Dept on COVID vaccine export to embattled India
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U.S ‘first and foremost’ wants to vaccinate the American people,’ State Dept on COVID vaccine export to embattled India

  • According to the State Department, the United States under the Biden Administration "first and foremost" wants to vaccinate the American people, facing accusations of vaccine hoarding by the broader international community.
  • The Biden Administration has come under fire for its alleged hoarding of essential vaccines for domestic use, without sharing even a portion of its supplies with the international community.
Updated 23 Apr, 2021 07:59pm
U.S. CDC probes new death, hospitalisation after J&J vaccine shots - officials
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U.S. CDC probes new death, hospitalisation after J&J vaccine shots - officials

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of an Oregon woman and the hospitalisation of another in Texas after receiving Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials said.
  • The incidents come as advisers to the CDC are set to meet on Friday to consider whether it is safe to resume injections of the single-dose vaccine, while senior health officials prepare for a green light.
Published 23 Apr, 2021 12:01pm
Biden’s climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming
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Biden’s climate summit zeroes in on technology to help fight global warming

  • U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate summit will turn to the issue of technology on Friday, featuring remarks from entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, after Thursday’s Earth Day kickoff sought to rally world ambition to reduce global warming.
  • The Democratic president, who returned the United States to the pact, announced a new U.S. target on Thursday to reduce its emissions 50%-52% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. Japan and Canada also raised their targets. read more
Published 23 Apr, 2021 11:56am
Pakistan urges Taliban to 'remain engaged' in peace process, amidst stalling negotiations
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Pakistan urges Taliban to 'remain engaged' in peace process, amidst stalling negotiations

  • Pakistan has urged the Taliban to remain engaged in the Afghan peace process, after the group announced that it would not attend any multilateral summits until all foreign forces withdraw from the country.
  • The Taliban's refusal has thrown the peace process into a state of disarray, with the group refusing to take part in a Turkey-hosted summit that diplomats had hoped could create new momentum towards a political settlement.
Updated 20 Apr, 2021 01:58pm
Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants
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Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants

  • "The original strain of COVID-19 comprises only about half of all cases in America today. New and potentially dangerous strains of the virus make up the other half," the White House said in a statement.
  • The White House also offered a state-by-state breakdown of the funds with California receiving over $17 million, Texas over $15 million and Florida over $12 million.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 07:37pm
Biden ready to announce U.S. withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan
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Biden ready to announce U.S. withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan

  • President Joe Biden’s planned announcement on Wednesday of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 aims to close the book on America’s longest war, as critics warn that peace is anything but assured after two decades of fighting.
  • As officials disclosed Biden’s pullout plans, the U.S. intelligence community renewed deep concerns on Tuesday about the outlook for the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is clinging to an eroding stalemate.
Published 14 Apr, 2021 01:45pm
Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal
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Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal

  • On Monday, a Taliban spokesperson stated that the religious militia group will not be attending a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, jeopardising U.S. efforts to facilitate a practical peace plan.
  • Officials from the Biden Administration, the United States and Turkey stated that they intended to begin the conference on Friday, which was set to last around 10 days.
Updated 13 Apr, 2021 12:47pm
Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan
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Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan

  • In one of the most significant recent attacks against American forces in Afghanistan, sources have revealed that the Taliban targeted one of the most heavily guarded bases in the country late last month.
  • Top US officials have convened at an unusually high rate over the past month to discuss what to do in Afghanistan but have been unable to reach a consensus.
Updated 09 Apr, 2021 06:28pm
US to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians
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US to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians

  • Democratic President Joe Biden has made clear he intends to roll back parts of his Republican predecessor's approach that Palestinians denounced as heavily biased in favor of Israel.
  • Biden's aides have also made clear they want to re-establish the goal of a negotiated two-state solution as a priority in US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Published 07 Apr, 2021 08:31pm