Canadian official to examine Chinese election interference

TORONTO: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he will appoint a special investigator to decide whether there should be a public inquiry into reports of Chinese interference in Canada’s elections.Trudeau also is having a Parliament national security committee examine classified information on the matter.The Globe and Mail, citing unidentified intelligence sources, reported last month that … Read more

Pro-Ukrainian group likely behind Nord Stream sabotage: US officials

WASHINGTON: New intelligence reviewed by US officials suggests that a pro-Ukrainian group carried out the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines last year, a step toward determining responsibility for an act of sabotage that has confounded investigators on both sides of the Atlantic for months. US officials said that they had no evidence President Zelensky … Read more

‘Invisible hand’: Xi Jinping condemns US-led ‘suppression of China’

NEW DELHI: In a rare, direct aim at America, Chinese President Xi Jinpingcriticized the United States‘s attempts to suppress and contain China during his speech to delegates at an annual congress in Beijing.China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), began its annual session on Sunday and is expected to unveil the biggest government reshuffle … Read more

Non-bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan’s ousted PM Imran Khan suspended till March 13 in Toshakhana case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended till March 13 the non-bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan‘s ousted prime minister Imran Khan for his failure to appear before a sessions court here for the fourth time in the Toshakhana case.The IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, announcing the verdict that he reserved earlier in the … Read more

Thousands of people in Ukraine have complex war-related injuries: WHO

LONDON: Thousands of people in Ukraine have sustained complex injuries linked to the war and need rehabilitation services and equipment to help them, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday.Attacks on healthcare facilities, fewer healthcare workers due to displacement and power shortages were all making it difficult for people to get care, … Read more

Sri Lanka president says China agrees to restructure loans

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka‘s president said Tuesday that China had agreed to restructure its loans to the bankrupt island nation, clearing the final obstacle to a long-awaited International Monetary Fund bailout.An unprecedented economic crisis has seen Sri Lanka’s 22 million people suffer acute food, fuel and medicine shortages, along with extended blackouts and runaway inflation.President Ranil … Read more

Pakistan’s ousted PM Imran Khan again evades court hearing in Toshakhana case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan‘s ousted prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday failed to appear before an Islamabad court for the fourth time in the Toshakhana case even as the court refused to cancel the arrest warrant against him.The former premier’s counsel Sher Afzal Marwat, who appeared before the court, said 70-year-old Khan was unwell and “disabled” after … Read more