Category: World

Mexican mayor tied to truck, dragged through street in protest

Mexican mayor Escandon dragged through the town in southern Mexico from the back of a pickup truck by the angry farmers in protest. The mayor was dragged several meters down the street before police stepped in and freed him. Escandon inculpated the farmers of trying to coerce him.  The attackers were demanding more public resources, including direct cash transfers, for their rural community according to the State prosecutor. 

Scotland Yard charges Altaf Hussain for ‘encouraging terrorism’ in Karachi in 2016

The founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has been charged by Scotland Yard in incitement speech inquiry for Intentionally Encouraging or Assisting Offences, Contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. The police announced that the MQM founder has been charged in relation to 16 August 2016 speech, which was  made in London and in whose aftermath

India receives first Rafale fighter jet from France

France has delivered to India its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2016. Defence Minister Florence Parly and her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, who is on a three-day visit to France, attended a ceremony at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, southwestern France. The $8.78 billion deal sparked controversy in India last year.

Saudi Arabia allows women to serve in armed forces

Saudi Arabia has now announced that it will allow women in the kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms. The move is latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing rights of women in the kingdom, allowing women to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant.

Turkey launches military operation against the Kurds in Syria

Turkish President announced military operation against US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria three days after Trump administration unexpectedly announced withdrawal of US troops stationed in the region. The Turkish leader discussed the operations’s goal that was to neutralise terror threats against Turkey and preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity which will lead to establishment of safe zone. 

Pakistani makes it to Fortune’s most influential under 40 list

39-year-old Omer Ismail becomes the only person of Pakistani origin tp be named in Fortune’s Most Influential Under 40 List for 2019. Ismail who hails from Karachi, was selected for making waves in the finance industry. He is currently serving as a partner at Goldman Sachs, one of the leading investment banks in the world, where he oversees entire US consumer business.

Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy and obliterate’ Turkey’s economy

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey (NATO ally) to destroy its economy if Ankara takes any action in Syria that he considered “off-limits”.  Leaders from both parties and both houses of Congress joined in the criticism. The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syrian border giving Turkey a green light to move into the area who has repeatedly threatened to carry out invasion in the same region. 

US senators urge India to end occupied Kashmir ‘humanitarian crisis’

American lawmakers took legislative measures against India, expressing solicitude over the humanitarian crisis in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK), for the first time ever. The report submitted to the Senate notes with concern to the current situation in (IOK) and calls on Indian government to lift the lock down and curfew in occupied territories; restore telecommunication and internet services and release the detainees.   

Saudi Arabia allows foreign couples to share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without even proving they are related, after the conservative Muslim kingdom launched a new tourist visa regime to entice tourists. Similarly, women including nationals are also permitted to rent hotel rooms by themselves which was against the law previously. These regulations would attract tourism and allow the Saudi government to diversify its economy. 

Corrupt Communist party official could be the new richest man in China

Recovery of thousands of gold bars and bricks from the residence of senior Communist Party official could make him the richest man in China. With gold worth up to £520m, Zhang Qi would have been richer than Jack Ma, the wealthiest man in China worth $37 billion. China’s anti-corruption watchdog also discovered 268 billion yuan (£30 billion) in suspected bribes from Zhang Qi’s account.