IMF, Ukraine reach staff agreement on next disbursement of $880 mln

Officials from the International Monetary Fund and the Ukrainian government on Thursday reached a staff-level agreement on updated economic policies, paving the way to release about $880 million once approved by the IMF’s board, the fund said. The agreement came after six days of meetings between Ukrainian officials and IMF staff in Warsaw, Poland as […]

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After fleeing war, Ukrainians face uncertain future across Europe

When she arrived in England almost two years ago, Mila Panchenko thought her months-long journey from the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol was over and she could settle down. But, after moving home four times since then, the 55-year-old Ukrainian has been declared homeless and her future is unclear. She has nowhere to return to. […]

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Russian drone strike in Ukraine’s Odesa kills three, Kyiv says

A Russian drone hit a commercial area in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa, killing three people, the Ukrainian military and regional governor Oleh Kiper said on Friday. The military said Russia launched 31 drones at Ukraine overnight, with air defences destroying 23 of them. In a post on the Telegram messaging app, the military’s […]

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Shipping insurance rates soar on Red Sea missile attacks

Attacks by Yemen’s Huthi rebels on commercial ships in the Red Sea have sent insurance premiums surging, exacerbating costs already stretched by soaring freight rates and longer alternative trade routes. The Huthis have carried out relentless attacks since November on shipping transiting the Red Sea, a maritime hub through which 12 percent of global trade […]

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Canadian white nationalist who killed Muslim family gets life sentence

A self-confessed Canadian white nationalist who deliberately ran over and killed four members of a Muslim family with his pick-up truck in 2021 was given a life sentence on Thursday with no chance of parole for 25 years. Nathaniel Veltman, 23, had been found guilty of first-degree murder last November for an attack that shocked […]

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Today’s session is only for oath-taking of members, says Speaker Sibtain Khan

 Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan said on Friday that today’s session was exclusively for oath-taking of newly-elected members. Speaking to Dunya News, he said the first session of the new assembly was reserved for oath taking and there would be no other activity. He, however, said he would not announce schedule for the election of speaker […]

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ECP restores Awn Chaudhry’s victory notification from NA-128

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has restored the victory notification of Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) candidate Awn Chaudhry in National Assembly constituency NA-128.  The ECP says IPP’s Awn Chaudhry is the victorious candidate from NA-128. On the other hand, Muhammad Arqam Khan’s victory notification from the Punjab Assembly constituency PP-68 Gujranwala has been suspended.  IPP’s […]

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MQM-P delegation to meet Shehbaz Sharif today to discuss alliance

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are set to hold discussion on government formation today (Friday).  According to sources, a meeting is expected between an MQM-P delegation and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore. The MQM-P delegation will include Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Farooq Sattar, and Mustafa Kamal. The discussion […]

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PTI challenges general election results in Supreme Court

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat, through a constitutional petition on Friday, challenged results of the general election 2024.  The PTI leader also challenged formation of the committee to probe allegations levelled by former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha.  The petitioner also prayed to the apex court that the appointment of the chief election […]

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Call for raising taxes on tobacco items

Health advocates have stressed the need for raising tobacco taxes, specifically targeting cigarettes, in order to curb smoking. In a statement, Malik Imran Ahmed, the Country Head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), said the policymakers can effectively curtail tobacco consumption by annual increments in cigarette taxes and making them less affordable over time.  […]

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