London Police to Tackle Groups of Youths Gathering on Streets Amid ‘Very Worrying’ Spate of Violence

Just 30 minutes after Tanesha was killed, 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor was shot in Walthamstow and died in hospital the following day. An officer on the front line of London’s knife-crime policing has vowed to stop groups of youths congregating in hotspots and creating trouble. It comes as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the spate […]

Financial Inclusion Funding In Sub-Saharan Africa Rise 270 Percent to $4.7Bln

OLGA TOMILOVA & EDLIRA DASHI—For the first time in over a decade, Sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority for international funders investing in financial inclusion, with 30 percent of all active projects focused on the region. Ten years ago, the 23 largest international funders who reported to the CGAP Cross-Border Funder Survey committed $1.73 billion […]

Castro’s Successor to Inherit Long-Standing Conflict Between Cuba and the U.S.

PATRICIA GROGG — Cuba’s tense relations with the United States under the administration of Donald Trump reflect a scenario of conflict that is not alien to the generation that will take over the country on April 19, when President Raúl Castro is set to step down. Since the 1960s, Cuba’s nationalist stance has drawn on […]

OIC Condemns New Wave of Violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir (Pics, Videos)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said heavy weaponry was being used by the Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) and continuing ceasefire violations by them could pave way for a major war between the two neighboring countries. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat has condemned indiscriminate use of force […]

Kashmir Bleeds: 20 Youth Killed by Indian Forces in Himalayan Valley

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir opened fire on villagers trying to stop the arrest of suspected armed separatists. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Twenty people were killed in India-held Kashmir in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region, police said on Sunday, as authorities braced for more violence. Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants […]

China Hammers US Products With Tariffs as ‘Sparks’ Fly in Trade War

(BE2C2) — China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 US products, including certain fruits and nuts, escalating a dispute between the world’s biggest economies in response to US duties on imports of aluminum and steel imposed by the Trump administration. The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on […]

KPMG Hit by Hong Kong High Court in US$400 Million China Medical Fraud

(BE2C2) — Global accounting firm KPMG has suffered a major setback in its battle against liquidators of former U.S.-listed healthcare firm China Medical Technologies Inc, whose executives have been charged in the U.S. with defrauding investors out of over US$400 million. The China Medical case is the most high-profile and closely watched contest in years […]

Can Saudi Arabia Help Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan? The U.S. Hopes So

(PKONWEB Report) — Saudi Arabia has agreed to play a leading role in starting a new peace process in Afghanistan, part of the latest U.S.-led two-pronged strategy to find a political solution to America’s longest war while militarily scaling up efforts to force the Taliban to the negotiating table. The Department of Defense has said […]

Afghan Air Force Drops its First Laser-Guided Bomb to Take Out a Taliban Compound

(PKONWEB Report) — Afghan Air Force has dropped its first laser-guided bomb with the A-29 Super Tucano, using the GBU-58 Paveway to take out this Taliban compound in Farah. U.S. now is working to triple the size of the AAF “by 2023,” says Resolute Support’s director of future operations report Aviation Week. The Afghan Air […]

Sexual Abuse Where UN Chief Has No Jurisdiction To Act

THALIF DEEN— As sexual harassment charges in the UN system keep piling up, the UN Secretariat has a new administrative problem on its hands: accusations of sexual abuse in the New York office of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) whose members are elected by the 193-member General Assembly – but not answerable either to […]

Pak Army Chief in Brunei; What’s Behind the Sultanate’s New Defense Budget Hike?

(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Brunei Darussalam, met leadership of the country. The Army Chief met sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah. Matters of mutual interest including bilateral defense cooperation and military to military ties between both the countries […]

Greece Arrests 3 Pakistani Traffickers Holding 21 Migrants Hostage

Greek police in the northern city of Thessaloniki say they have arrested three Pakistanis who allegedly held 21 migrants hostage in a warehouse on the outskirts of the city, demanding money to release them. The migrants — 13 Eritreans, 7 Pakistanis and one person from Myanmar — had crossed over from Turkey on Wednesday and […]

Armed Groups in Libya Torturing Migrants, Selling Slaves, U.N. Says

Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials. Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled […]

South Indian Leader Wants Separation From India, Welcomes Demands for ‘Dravida Nadu’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M. K. Stalin on Friday said he would welcome demands for the southern States to come together for ‘Dravida Nadu’. The statement by the leader has raised the specter of Southern India secessionism in the minds of many northerners. At a press conference addressed by Mr. Stalin […]

FBI Catches Students Selling Drugs in Bitcoins on Silk Road, the Underground Marketplace on Dark Web

Five Manchester University students are facing jail after the FBI caught them selling $1million in Ecstasy, ketamine and LSD to dark web users in New Zealand and across the globe. The group, led by a former grammar school pupil, sold the drugs in Bitcoin in a bid to cover their tracks and make it harder […]

Clean Belt and Road: China Establishes New Super Anti-Graft Agency

IRSHAD SALIM: China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday wrapped up a historic legislative session that voted to amend the constitution, scrap presidential term limits and grant President Xi Jinping a mandate to rule indefinitely– his new term ends in 2023. The two-week annual session also paved the way for Xi to become China’s most powerful […]

Paradise Lost? India’s Waning Influence in Maldives

Having been unable to regain its clout in its immediate neighborhood, India seems to be exploring other options in its dealings with China. Indulging in a geopolitical competition with China has not proved practical and India cannot afford a conflict. However, it remains to be seen how the scenario will play out as there are […]

Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma to Faces Corruption Charges

Jacob Zuma To Be Prosecuted On Long-Dormant — And Now Revived — Corruption Charges South Africa’s Attorney General Shaun Abrahams announced Friday his decision to reinstate corruption charges against former President Jacob Zuma that had been dismissed in 2009– civil society welcomed the decision. “At last the axe has eventually fallen,” Ben Theron, chief operating […]

Despite Rhetoric From Washington, Americans’ Favorable Views of China Keep Climbing

Americans’ Positive Views of China Reach Near 30-Year High. As US politicians pump up the confrontational talk on trade and security issues related to China, the American public is warming to the image emanating from the Middle Kingdom. A Gallup poll released last week showed that more than 50% of Americans hold a favorable view […]