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Security

PM Khan's 'number one' goal in the region is peace with everybody: SAPM Dr. Moeed Yusuf
World

PM Khan's 'number one' goal in the region is peace with everybody: SAPM Dr. Moeed Yusuf

  • In a recent interview, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, stated that the government's primary goal is to ensure that there is peace in the region.
  • Yusuf articulated that "Prime Minister's number one goal for the region is peace with everybody", adding that Pakistan's goal of attaining economic security is not possible without peace in the region.
Updated 11 Feb, 2021 02:48pm
South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge
World

South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

  • A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of U.S. concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
  • Taiwan, meanwhile, reported an incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defence identification zone.
Published 25 Jan, 2021 12:46pm
Iran's Revolutionary Guards reveal new missile base, state media reports
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards reveal new missile base, state media reports

  • The Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps revealed a new underground base, host to high-accuracy missiles with a range of hundreds of kilometers.
  • Salami claimed that the missiles deployed at the base had a range of "hundreds of kilometers," while also being accurate and capable in handling hostile electronic warfare measures.
Updated 08 Jan, 2021 07:17pm
China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks
World

China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks

  • China said on Wednesday it would make a “necessary response” to a planned military dialogue between the United States and Chinese-claimed Taiwan, saying it firmly opposed the event.
  • Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has ramped up military activity near the island.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 05:01pm
Iran vows "decisive response" to any Israeli move against it
World

Iran vows "decisive response" to any Israeli move against it

  • Iran said on Tuesday it would deliver a “decisive response” to any Israeli move against it, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.
  • On Monday, Iran said it resumed 20% uranium enrichment at a nuclear facility, a move that coincides with rising tensions with the United States in the last days of President Donald Trump’s term.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 09:31am
Syrian soldier killed in Israeli air raid near Damascus
World

Syrian soldier killed in Israeli air raid near Damascus

  • One Syrian soldier has been killed, with several others wounded, in an Israeli attack on a military compound in the outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday.
  • Since the start of the prolonged civil war in 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of air raids on Syria, targeting pro-government troops, allied Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters.
Updated 30 Dec, 2020 03:36pm
Gunmen kill 28, burn 800 houses in Niger attack blamed on Boko Haram
World

Gunmen kill 28, burn 800 houses in Niger attack blamed on Boko Haram

  • An attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 28 people and burned 800 homes in an attack in Niger’s Diffa region on Saturday.
  • The Islamist militant group has been waging attacks in the region around Lake Chad since 2009, causing about 250,000 people to flee, according to U.N. figures.
Published 15 Dec, 2020 11:52am
Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources
World

Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources

  • Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments.
  • National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot added that they “are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.”
Published 14 Dec, 2020 02:55pm
Israel normalizes ties with Bhutan
World

Israel normalizes ties with Bhutan

  • Israel has established diplomatic relations with Bhutan for the first time in its history.
  • Bhutan has formal diplomatic relations with only 53 countries, which does not include the United States, the United Kingdom, France or Russia.
Published 12 Dec, 2020 08:44pm
Britain's navy to protect fishing waters in case of no-deal Brexit
World

Britain's navy to protect fishing waters in case of no-deal Brexit

  • Four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready on Jan. 1 to help protect Britain’s fishing waters in the event the Brexit transition period ends without a deal on future ties with the European Union.
  • There are concerns about possible skirmishes between British and foreign fishing vessels if no trade deal is reached.
Published 12 Dec, 2020 05:18pm
Turkey's Erdogan to discuss U.S. strains when Biden takes office
World

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss U.S. strains when Biden takes office

  • President Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss strained U.S. relations with President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office.
  • Bilateral ties have been hit by Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, differences in policy on Syria and the detention of U.S. consulate employees and citizens in Turkey.
Published 09 Dec, 2020 08:05pm
Alongside Sisi, Macron says France will sell arms to Egypt irrespective of rights
World

Alongside Sisi, Macron says France will sell arms to Egypt irrespective of rights

  • French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he would not condition the sale of weapons to Egypt on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo’s ability to counter terrorism in the region.
  • Both states - which share concerns about instability across the Sahel, threats from jihadist groups in Egypt and the political vacuum in Libya - have cultivated closer economic and military ties.
Published 07 Dec, 2020 07:22pm
Iran refuses to renegotiate nuclear deal until Biden Administration re-enters JCPOA, according to Zarif
World

Iran refuses to renegotiate nuclear deal until Biden Administration re-enters JCPOA, according to Zarif

  • On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Rome Mediterranean Dialogue that if the incoming Biden Administration wants to re-enter the Iran Nuclear Deal, it must do so without any preconditions.
  • Zarif also spoke about the latest onslaught of U.S sanctions on Iran, which have hampered the country's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and impeded the regime's ability to provide vaccinations.
Published 04 Dec, 2020 03:44pm