A wave of fast-moving cyber attacks hit the globe on Friday, said to have exploited a flaw in a document from the US National Security Agency. These attacks affected dozens of countries and used a technique known as ransomware that locks users´ files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual currency Bitcoin. British Prime Minister Theresa May called it an international attack.
Nepal is all set to hold its first election in two decades this Sunday and hopes to successfully transfer back to democracy. The last local representatives were elected in 1997. “If there were elected representatives at the local level, the civil servants wouldn´t dare to ask for bribes from us,” said a Nepal citizen. The country of Nepal is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in South Asia.
US: US President Donald Trump affirmed on Thursday that he always intended to fire FBI director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials. Opponents have been quoted saying: Comey’s shock sacking was a bid to stall an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
LONDON: On Friday, Britain´s National Health Service has said that it was responding to a cyber-attack, which hospitals across the country said had caused them to cancel appointments and divert patients. A spokesman for NHS Digital has said, “We are aware of a cyber security incident and we are working on a response.”
DUBAI: On Thursday, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and various other areas of the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates were hit by moderate to heavy rain with hail. The UAE does not usually experience rain or hail so the weather came as a surprise for its residents. Police patrols have been deployed on the roads to regulate traffic as rainwater filled many interior roads and highways.
According to the police, a rare Harry Potter prequel which was handwritten by author J.K. Rowling on a postcard has been stolen during a burglary in central England. The police has now appealed for help from fans of the wizard across the world. The 800-word story, set three years before Harry Potter is born and which sold for 25,000 pounds ($32,152) at a charity auction in 2008.
South Korea has accepted an invitation from China to a conference on a new Silk Road. The acceptance came days after a new president took office on Seoul who pledges to engage in discussions with Beijing to ease tension over a U.S. anti-missile system. Ties between S.Korea and China have been strained by Seoul’s decision to host a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system.
KATHMANDU: On Friday, Nepal signed up to China´s new Silk Road drive, a huge project of infrastructure spanning around 65 countries at the centre of the Asian giant. “We believe China will bring more investment to Nepal, helping the country overcome its status as a landlocked and least developed nation,” said Nepal Foreign Minister Prakash Saran Mahat at the signing of the deal on Friday.
Two Italian climbers became the first to reach the top of the world’s 14 highest mountains. Romano Benet and his wife Nives Meroi, both 55, reached the 8,091-metre Annapurna summit in Nepal on Thursday without using oxygen or porters. Only 34 mountain climbers had been able to conquer the Earth’s 14 highest summits, before the Italian couple, out of which only half of them were able to do it without oxygen.
Marine Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency has said the United States needs to place American military advisers closer to the front lines of battle, or risk losing all that has been invested in Afghanistan in recent years. “Afghanistan will almost certainly deteriorate through 2018 even with a modest increase in military assistance.” intelligence official Dan also warned.
JAIPUR: A wall smashed down on an Indian wedding ceremony during a storm on Thursday killed at least 24 people including four children. The scene was horrific, a rescuer claimed. Scores of others wounded when the 13 foot high concrete wall collapsed, having guests who had taken shelter from violent rain in a tin shack trapped on Wednesday night, police superintendent, Anil reported to the AFP.
Israeli Police on Thursday freed a 14 year old boy who had been kept captovated at home by his parents ever since his birth. A neighbor of the family reported the case to the social services in the town of Hadera, who then informed police. Police arrested the parents who were around 60 years old and handed over the boy to social services for medical treatment.
LIMA: Kylie Jenner, famed fashion model and the younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian, was suffering breathing difficulty and was forced to use an oxygen mask during a trip to the Peruvian city of Cusco, high in the Andes. Kylie recently posted 19 pictures on snapchat that showed her treatment with an oxygen mask in her hotel room in the mountainous city.
On Thursday, two Italian climbers reached the top of Nepal’s Annapurna peak to set a record as the first couple to conquer the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks. Romano Benet and his wife Nives Meroi, both 55 year old, made it to the top of 8,091-metre Annapurna on Thursday morning, said the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera. Earlier, only 34 mountaineers have been able to conquer these 14 peaks.
KARACHI: As Pakistan Hockey federation aims for the direct qualification to the next year’s Hockey World Cup, it has announced a strong squad for the FIH World Hockey League semi-finals, which holds the status of World Cup qualifiers. Abdul Haseem Khan has been named as captain of Pakistan’s Hockey team while Umar Bhutta has been named as his deputy.
On Wednesday, ‘Bieber mania’ had swept the city when the Canadian pop star landed in Mumbai for his first-ever concert in India in front of 45,000 fans. According to various media reports, the award-winning artist, ‘Sorry’ singer had performed for approximately 90 minutes, most of which was lip synced. Numerous Bollywood stars including Alia Bhatt, Siri Devi and Malaika Arora turned up to attend the concert
PARIS: Researchers have said on Thursday, that the life expectancy of HIV-infected people in Europe and the United States has been boosted by a decade since anti-AIDS drugs became available in the mid-1990s. Conducted in Europe and America, the study included data on more than 88,000 HIV patients. The World Health Organisation recommends that ART be started in all people as soon as possible after diagnosis.
FRANKFURT: On Thursday, the German industrial conglomerate Siemens has said that it would slash 1,700 jobs in Germany in the coming years. The decision comes as a result of a restructuring and efficiency drive. However, the Munich-based Siemens said that it would help employees concerned to apply for other positions in the group, which plans to hire around 9,000 people in Germany over the same period.
In a statement issued on Thursday, UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders have urged the Indian government to lift a ban on social media sites and mobile internet service in the India-held portion of Kashmir. Indian authorities late last month banned 22 social media sites and says it is necessary for public safety.
ISLAMABAD: According to a BBC Urdu report, Pakistan’s civil leadership had informed high-level officials of the army that the recent meeting that had taken between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian tycoon Sajjan Jindal was a part of back-channel diplomacy. The foreign office had declined to comment on the meeting which gained much ire from the opposition circles.
President Donald Trump defended the firing of Federal Investigation Bureau Chief Comey. Comey was heading the probe into Moscow’s alleged meddling in last year’s US election. “He wasn’t doing a good job, it’s very simple, he was not doing a good job,” Trump told reporters. The White House says Comey was fired because of his handling of the investigations and Trump defended his decision on Twitter.
Chief Justice of Supreme Court. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of chopping of a hand of a boy by landlady for refusing to feed cattle. The notice was taken after media reported of the incident of a landlady who cut the hand of a 13-year old boy in Wahiwala village. The Chief Justice also ordered the Inspector General of Police, Punjab, to submit a report on the incident within 48 hours.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the United States to take back decision regarding arming the Syrian Kurdish fighters which are considered to be a terrorist group in Ankara. “I hope very much that this mistake will be reversed immediately,” Erdogan said. He also vowed to bring up the issue in talks with the in the first meeting with the US President Donald Trump on May 16 in Washington.
SEATTLE: On Wednesday, the Microsoft has unveiled new tools which are intended to democratize artificial intelligence by enabling machine smarts to be built into software from smartphone games to factory floors. Microsoft’s rivals including Amazon, Apple, Google and IBM all have also been aggressively pursing the promise and potential of artificial intelligence.
Snapchat announced that it is reorganizing the layout of its creative tools, and has added a Magic Eraser and set the timer to infinity. Explaining the reason for the new change, the company explained, “We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it, and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like.”
OSLO: On Wednesday, Norway has planned to launch the first autonomous and fully electric cargo ship next year that the project´s backers will save 40,000 truck journeys per year. According to the project´s director, Bjorn Tore Orvik, with a range of more than 65 nautical miles, the ship will be able to haul roughly 100 containers at a speed of 12 to 15 knots.
A beach that was previously swept away more than 33 years ago in the year 1984 from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has now reappeared after thousands of tonnes of sand was deposited on top of the rocky coastline. The island, the largest off the coast of Ireland, forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Former President of US, Barack Obama on Tuesday revealed his relief at not being the leader of the Free World anymore, however now he is “captive to selfies,” he joked. While addressing to an audience of 3,000 who had paid $700-925 to see him and listen to him in Milan, Italy, he said that, “being the president of the US is unique in its isolation.”
On Monday, officials from both sides, Pakistan and Afghanistan have planned to use Google Maps in order to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week. On Friday, Pakistan had closed the border after Afghan forces had attacked on the census staff and security personnel escorting them which left 12 people dead and 40 others injured.
LONDON: Michael Sandford, 21, arrested on charges of trying to kill Trump, has had a history of mental health issues, has told The Sun newspaper. Sandford said that screaming voices in his head urged him to lunge for a policeman’s gun. The incident happened on June 18 last year as the Republican candidate was campaigning in the Nevada gambling city.
On Tuesday, a source at the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has shared that PSO cancelled a tender to buy jet fuel of about 10,000 tonnes for delivery in June amid a border dispute between the South Asian country and Afghanistan. About 70 to 80 percent of the company´s imports of jet fuel are re-exported to neighbouring Afghanistan, the source added.
On Tuesday, the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan was called to the Foreign Office for conveying Pakistan’s concerns over the reported remarks of the Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces with regard to the cross border actions. The foreign office said the message was conveyed to the Iranian ambassador that such remarks were against the spirit of brotherly relations existing between the two countries.
It seems the Whatsapp video calling as is now as popular as the app’s primary functions as reports suggest that out of the total 1.2 billion users 340 million users use video calling feature to make more than 55 million calls per day. Whatsapp is now making the feature ever more prominent for Android users as the video call icon will now appear next to voice calling although an iOS update is yet to come.
At least three Somali soldiers were killed on Monday by a roadside bomb explosion just 90 km (60 miles) north of the capital, from where Islamist militants were routed six years ago. Militant group, Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab took the responsibility of the blast at a checkpoint on the periphery of the town of Shalanbood in the Lower Shabelle region.
The Norwegian government on Monday initiated the slaughter of a herd of about 2,000 reindeer in its attempt to wipe out a brain-destroying disease, after several disease cases were diagnosed in Norway. The epidemic, chronic-wasting disease (CWD), known as cousin of mad-cow disease turns deer brain spongy, resulting in weight loss and death. The disease is highly contagious among deer and reindeer.
Syrian ambassador to China has said on Monday, up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria. He also added that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. Daesh claimed responsibility for the killing of a Chinese hostage in 2015, highlighting China’s concern about Uighurs it says are fighting in the Middle East.
On Sunday, the spirited speeches were front and center at the MTV Movie and TV awards. At the event the night’s top winners at the usually irreverent awards show took to the stage to champion diversity and inclusion. A spell of wet weather in LA had shut down the red carpet before the awards show, but inside, the host Adam Devine literally set the stage on fire as kicked off MTV’s awards.
On Monday, a spokesperson from the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said and hoped that both Pakistan and Afghanistan would properly address the border issue and jointly uphold peace and stability. On Friday, the Afghan Border Forces had opened unprovoked fire on Pakistani officials when they were conducting population census in a village near Pak-Afghan border in Chaman area of Balochistan.
German Police began the largest post-war operations to defuse World war II bombs as it evacuated 50,000 people from the northern city of Hanover. Authorities said that there were at least five bombs but it turned out there were fewer. Local authorities arranged sports, cultural and leisure activities, including museum visits and film screenings for residents affected by the evacuation and ongoing operation.
Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said on Sunday, over 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured when Pakistan retaliated to unprovoked firing and shelling by Afghan forces at Chaman border. The census was carried out in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir for four days until April 29 when they started to hinder the process.
Speaking to Billboard Magazine in an interview published late on Wednesday, the 24-year-old former Disney star, Miley Cyrus says she is ready to steer away from her eccentric, which has often been frowned-upon, shenanigans and is rolling out a new sound that could help people take her more seriously after she was dubbed one of pop music’s bad girls.
MALAGA, SPAIN: A life-size model of the corpse of Pablo Picasso has been laid on a plinth in his home city of Malaga, with his eyes closed, hands folded. The project is essentially meant to criticize mass tourism and the culture industry of the city as a brand, in which tourism goes against the needs of the residents and where reality is replaced by settings created for the visitors.
A flag meeting between Afghan, Pakistan military authorities is currently under way at Bab-e-Dosti border of the two neighbouring countries. The Pakistani delegation is led by FC Commander North Sector Brigadier Nadeem Sohail, while Afghanistan’s delegation is headed by Colonel Sharif. The meeting is also being attended by Pakistan and Afghanistan’s geological survey teams.
In a recent interview with the Reuters this week, lion star Dev Patel has talked about his views on politics, typecasting in the film industry, and his next film project. On immigration Patel has said: “There are voices of division, divisive voices, and negative voices. But through our art and films such as Lion and many other films this year we can break down those barriers of prejudice.”
According to Kashmir media service, Indian doctors have refused to treat a female patient from India-Held Kashmir (IHK) at Post Graduate Institution of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. The doctors denied the woman a treatment because of her Kashmiri origin. The patient, Nasreen, was asked to leave the hospital premises immediately.
MOSCOW: On Saturday, Russian police arrested seven protesters who participated in an opposition campaign organized to commemorate the fierce rallies held five years earlier in opposition to President Vladimir Putin. The seven men out of many were arrested on Saturday for causing “public disorder.” During the opposition demonstration, people were holding banners in support of a detained protester.
About 350 Pakistanis are decaying in US jails under allegations of various crimes such as terrorism, violation of immigration laws, theft,and burglary, a document issued by the Foreign Ministry revealed on Saturday. The document said, 104 Pakistani citizens were serving prison sentences whereas 253 are under trial. Dr. Aafia, a Pakistani scientist was taken into custody in 2007 for attacking US soldiers.
At least 32 school children, two teachers and the driver were killed in Tanzania’s northern tourist region of Arusha on Saturday when their minibus plunged into a roadside ravine, a senior police official reported. The police official added, “We are still investigating the incident to determine if it was caused by a mechanical defect or human error on the part of the driver.”
The foreign ministry has recently revealed a document according to which more than 350 Pakistanis are languishing in US jails under allegations of various offences, which range from terrorism to violation of immigration laws. The ministry has presented a list of the prisoners, along with the nature of allegations leveled against them.