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The outgoing government of Pakistan has passed a raft of legislation during the last 30 days. Many parliamentarians have complained that some of those Bills were not properly debated and oftentimes not even referred to parliamentary committees – sparking fears about the setting of negative precedents in the South Asian country. At...
Chinese mining firm Wanbao, which is operating copper mines in Salingyi Township, Sagaing Region, has seized neighboring farmland. The company has fenced-off farms in old Wethmay village to the east of the mining compound. The village is inside the Letpadaung mining area originally proposed by the company but farmers refused to...
LondonCNN —  A graffiti wall in London’s bustling street art hub of Brick Lane has become an unlikely canvas for protest messages against China’s authoritarian rule, after it was whitewashed and painted over with propaganda slogans promoting Chinese Communist Party ideology. The bright red slogans, spray-painted by a group of young Chinese...
BEIJING - China in July suffered its biggest fall in exports for more than three years, official data showed on Tuesday, as the world’s second-largest economy is battered by sluggish global demand and a domestic slowdown. The data will likely ramp up calls for leaders to do more to revive...
The incident happened Saturday as the Philippine Coast Guard escorted charter boats carrying food, water, fuel and other supplies for Filipino military personnel stationed at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.   Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars in trade passes annually,...
U.S. companies are accelerating efforts to reduce their dependence upon Chinese suppliers, even as officials in Washington and Beijing labor to put a floor under their sour relationship.   Through the first five months of this year, U.S. imports from China were down 24 percent from the same period one year...
In mid-May, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi issued a warning to the Taliban: honor Afghanistan’s water-supply agreement or face the consequences. A well-known Taliban figure offered a mocking gift of a 20-liter water container in response and told him to stop making terrifying ultimatums. About a week later, a skirmish erupted...
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is set to dissolve parliament days before his term expires at the end of the week, a development that comes shortly after popular former leader Imran Khan was imprisoned in a graft case.   “I will dissolve my government and the National Assembly on August 9,”...
In the most recent attack on law enforcement in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a police vehicle in Peshawar’s Badaber was attacked, due to which one policeman embraced martyrdom and two others received injuries.   After the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) broke its truce with Islamabad, a number of terror attacks occurred in the...
Anyone expecting chaos and mayhem on Pakistan’s streets following the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan’s arrest on Saturday 5 August in Lahore must have been disappointed. There was silence and people went about their business.   This was not the case on 9 May or earlier in March when the cricketer-turned-politician’s...