Thursday, April 22, 2021



12 Afghan forces killed in Taliban attacks, in spite of peace efforts

At least 12 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in several violent overnight attacks, officials said on Tuesday.

Pakistans oxygen supply under stress as virus cases surge

Pakistan on Monday reported its highest count of coronavirus patients in critical condition to date and said oxygen supply capacity in the country was under stress amid a third wave of the pandemic.

Implications of Pantami saga for deradicalisation, national security

A series of publications targeted at an Islamic cleric and Nigerian government minister has led to scrutiny of his previous extremist rhetoric; but these tensed debates, if not managed properly can risk undermining efforts to promote deradicalisation and counter-extremism.

Pakistan blocks social media over anti-France protests

Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

Biden to announce U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — Official

President Joe Biden will on Wednesday announce a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, to close the book on America’s longest war.

FIFA suspends Pakistan, Chad football federations

World football ruling body FIFA has suspended the national federations of Pakistan and Chad with immediate effect.

Pakistan shuts schools as case numbers rise among children

Pakistani authorities announced on Tuesday that most schools would remain closed for another three weeks as thousands of children were infected with the virus amid a third of wave of cases.

Apple expands repair provider program to 200 countries

Tech giant, Apple Inc., AAPL, is expanding its ‘Independent Repair Provider’, IRP, programme to more than 200 countries.

2 Nigerian Professors appointed as NIFPWA President, Director-General

The Non-Interest Finance Professionals of West Africa, NIFPWA, has appointed two Nigerian financial experts, Professors Kabir Isa-Dandago and Busari S Akande as President and Director-General of the union respectively.

IMF approves $500m support for Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, has approved 500 million dollars disbursement to Pakistan for budget support.

In defence of US$1.5 billion Port Harcourt Refinery project, by Ibrahim Sanyi-Sanyi

The approval of US$ 1.5 billion contract for the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt Refinery Company Ltd (PHRC) by Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday,...

More troubles for Sheikh Abduljabbar as Sheikh Pakistan drags cleric to court over threat to life, defamation

A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the state Commissioner of Police to conduct an investigation into the alleged threat to life and...

India, Pakistan agree to stop cross-border firing in Kashmir

India and Pakistan’s militaries said, on Thursday, that they had agreed to stop firing along their disputed border in Kashmir.

Indian air ambulance runs short of fuel, makes emergency landing in Pakistan

An Indian air ambulance has made an emergency landing at Pakistan’s Islamabad International airport for refuelling, media reports on Monday said.

COVID-19: Pakistan approves China’s CanSino vaccine

China’s CanSino vaccine has become the second Chinese COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan for emergency use in the country.

Pakistani teenager kills minority Ahmadiyya man

A Pakistani teenager shot and killed a man from the minority Ahmadiyya community, police said on Friday, the latest in a series of hate crimes against the persecuted group.

Nigerian Customs hands over 4,907 cartons of expired chocolates to NAFDAC

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has handed over 4,907 cartons of seized expired sweets and chocolates valued at N23.7 million to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.

COVID-19: Saudi bars entry from 20 countries

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended entry from 20 countries, ranging from some neighbouring states to the United States, in a bid to curb a jump in coronavirus infections.

COVID-19: Pakistan administers Chinese vaccines to health worker

A drive to administer the China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers was formally kicked off across Pakistan on Wednesday, the National Command and Operation Center, NCOC, said.

Pakistan receives 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China

A military plane loaded with 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China, on Monday, landed in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court frees extremist accused of beheading U.S. journalist

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday acquitted and discharged Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, an Islamist accused of beheading a U.S. journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Afghanistan begins polio vaccination targeting 9.9m children

Afghanistan on Monday launched a nationwide campaign to give polio vaccination does to 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Public Health Ministry announced.

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

India and Pakistan on Friday exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between the two countries.

Afghan forces arrest 10 suspected Chinese spies

Afghanistan security forces said on Tuesday they had uncovered and arrested 10 suspected members of a Chinese intelligence network who had been operating in Afghanistan for about six months.

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