Uganda asks China to amend airport loan clauses, Monitor reports

Uganda is seeking to amend a loan agreement it signed with China in 2015 to ensure the government doesn’t lose control of the nation’s only international airport, the Monitor newspaper reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The East African nation borrowed $200 million from the Export-Import Bank of China to expand the Entebbe […]

Afghanistan: What Taliban’s new media rules mean for female actors

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers unveiled a new set of restrictions on Afghan media earlier this week, banning television channels from showing dramas and soap operas featuring women actors. The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — which replaced the Ministry of Women’s Affairs after the Islamic fundamentalist group seized power in the […]

After Channel deaths, pope urges leaders to respect migrants’ humanity

Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for authorities to “respect the humanity” of migrants and strive to help them, after Britain and France traded barbs over the deaths of 27 migrants as they tried to cross the Channel. Francis dedicated nearly all of his Sunday message to the defence of migrants, telling several thousand people in […]

Afghan economy nears collapse as pressure builds to ease US sanctions

Racing down the cratered highways at dawn, Mohammad Rasool knew his nine-year-old daughter was running out of time. She had been battling pneumonia for two weeks, and he had run out of cash to buy her medicine after the bank in his rural town closed. So he used his last few dollars on a taxi […]

Pakistan: Harry Potter’s magical Hogwarts world now inside vintage GC University, Lahore campus

After the Great War, Harry and his friends killed the Dark Lord Many hundred years have passed, but still There are believers that dark forces will once again rise And bring chaos to the magical world…   The team has also been trying to get in touch with Rowling but has not had any luck […]

Black Friday draws US shoppers, but many go online

Bargain hunters ventured out in chilly weather to buy Christmas gifts on Black Friday only to discover that many US retailers offered smaller price markdowns this year amid tight supplies. Covid fears and fewer “doorbuster” sales thinned crowds the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, which kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season. On the […]

Being ‘punished’ for early detection of Omicron variant: South Africa

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement urged world leaders not to implement “knee-jerk” policy decisions in response to the detection of the Omicron variant. The latest round of travel bans is “akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker. Excellent […]

Covid-19 variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The UK on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases. […]

Afghan prime minister defends Taliban’s rule amid crisis

Afghanistan’s Taliban prime minister defended the group’s rule in a public address Saturday, saying it was not to blame for a worsening economic crisis and is working to repair the corruption of the ousted government. He also dismissed international pressure for the formation of a more inclusive Cabinet. The half-hour audio played on state-run media […]

World takes action as new variant emerges in southern Africa

A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible Covid-19 variant. “The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” said German Health Minister […]