India hosts fourth Indo-Japan cyber dialogue, reviews progress in cyber security

New Delhi [India], June 30 (ANI): India virtually hosted the fourth India-Japan Cyber Dialogue on Thursday as both sides discussed areas of bilateral cyber cooperation and reviewed the progress achieved in the areas of cybersecurity.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 15:43 IST

Xi Jinping reaches Hong Kong to mark 25th anniversary of return to China

Hong Kong, June 30 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping reached Hong Kong on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China, Xinhua reported.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 15:40 IST

Pakistan: Lahore High Court annuls Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz's election

Lahore [Pakistan], June 30 (ANI): Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday annulled Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz's election.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 15:32 IST

Paris terror attack trial: All defendants found guilty, including Salah Abdeslam

Paris [France], June 30 (ANI): A French court on Wednesday (local time) found all the defendants in the 2015 Paris terrorist attack case guilty, including Salah Abdeslam, that organized and conducted the attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 15:25 IST

Pakistan reports 641 new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 30 (ANI): Pakistan has registered 641 new COVID-19 cases, according to the figures released by the National Institute of Health on Thursday.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 15:12 IST

Afghan grand assembly 'Loya Jirga' opens in Kabul, women debarred

Kabul [Afghanistan], June 30 (ANI): The first-ever 'Loya Jirga' or grand assembly of religious scholars and elders opened in Kabul on Thursday, Xinhua reported citing the Afghan caretaker government's chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 14:21 IST

Pakistan open to importing cheap oil from Russia

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 30 (ANI): Amid a financial crunch, rising inflation and deepening economic crisis, Pakistan is mulling oil imports from Russia.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 13:48 IST

Sixth Round of Foreign Office Consultations held between India and Mexico

Mexico City [Mexico], June 30 (ANI): India and Mexico held the sixth round of the Foreign Office Consultations on June 29 in Mexico City to discuss a wide range of issues and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 13:17 IST

Sikh body SGPC in coordination with Indian govt facilitate transfer of distressed Afghan minorities

New Delhi [India], June 30 (ANI): Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday in coordination with the Indian World Forum and the Government of India commenced the transfer of distressed Afghan minorities - Hindus and Sikhs.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 12:51 IST

Petrol Shipment to arrive in Sri Lanka by July 22

Colombo [Sri Lanka], June 30 (ANI): Amid the fuel shortage in the country, Sri Lanka's Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister Sagala Ratnayake stated that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has confirmed a Petrol shipment that is likely to arrive in the country on July 22.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 12:36 IST

Hong Kong bars some journalists from covering official ceremonies during Xi's visit

Hong Kong, June 30 (ANI): Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Hong Kong later this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China, Beijing has barred journalists from leading international media organizations from covering official ceremonies.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 12:09 IST

S.Korea reports 9,595 new COVID-19 cases

Seoul [South Korea], June 30 (ANI/Xinhua): South Korea reported 9,595 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 18,359,341, the health authorities said Thursday.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 11:40 IST

Ecuadoran president declares state of emergency in 4 provinces

Quito [Ecuador], June 30 (ANI/Xinhua): Ecuadoran President Guillermo Lasso on Wednesday declared a 30-day state of emergency in four provinces of Azuay, Imbabura, Sucumbios and Orellana, citing an escalation of violence in the indigenous protest.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 11:30 IST

Marcos Jr sworn in as Phillipines 17th President

Manila [Philippines], June 30 (ANI): Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr was sworn in as the 17th president of the Philippines in Manila City in front of thousands of people on Thursday.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 11:23 IST

Pak PM Shebaz Sharif meets senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, pledges to strengthen bilateral ties

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 30 (ANI): Pakistan and China pledged to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation on Wednesday during the meeting between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, who is on a two-day visit to Islamabad.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 10:52 IST

Sweden, Finland's decision to join NATO will make us more secure: Joe Biden

Madrid [Spain], June 30 (ANI): Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) said that the decision of Sweden and Finland to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would enhance the collective strength of the alliance and make it stronger and more secure.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 10:52 IST

Men will represent women at religious gathering: Taliban

Kabul [Afghanistan], June 30 (ANI): Ahead of the religious scholars' grand gathering of Taliban, the deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi announced on Wednesday that the meeting will convene without the participation of women.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 10:04 IST

Ghanaian FM calls for urgent attention to root out insecurity in West Africa

Accra [Ghana], June 30 (ANI/Xinhua): Urgent attention is required to root out insecurity in West Africa, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said Wednesday.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 09:26 IST

Pakistan needs to pass budget agreed with IMF to get loan assistance

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 30 (ANI): Pakistan will have to take two more "prior actions" to secure economic relief package from International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Passing the federal budget as agreed with the monetary organization, as well as, presenting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) duly signed by the provincial governments.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 09:16 IST

China retains zero-Covid policy while cutting travel quarantine to 7 days

Beijing [China], June 30 (ANI): Despite the palpable anger from the public, China on Wednesday retained its strict "zero-Covid" policy, while easing its quarantine policy for international arrivals from fourteen to seven days.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022 08:45 IST

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