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TURKEY: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Turkey to participate in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Qureshi will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Regional Cooperation in Asia’ along with other Foreign Ministers from the region and highlight Pakistan’s vision for regional cooperation, economic development and connectivity, the Foreign Office statement said. https://twitter.com/SMQureshiPTI/status/1405455774734815234 On the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, the Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts and key regional and international partners, it added. Antalya Diplomacy Forum will feature high-level participation of political leaders, diplomats,…

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is on her first official visit to Ankara. Talks with her Turkish counterpart are expected to focus on NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and tensions in the Mediterranean. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to hold talks with her Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in Ankara on Thursday. The visit is Kramp-Karrenbauer’s first-ever to NATO partner Turkey. She is expected to address a number of conflicts. A German Defense Ministry spokeswoman said the two ministers would likely discuss tensions in the Mediterranean and the outcomes from this week’s NATO summit. Germany has taken on the role of mediator in the dispute between Turkey and…

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Two people have now died of rare blood clots after receiving the shot. The Australian government has called the move a fresh “challenge” to the slow vaccine rollout in the country. Australia raised the recommended age for receiving the AstraZeneca vaccineto 60 on Thursday. It comes after a 52-year-old woman died of rare blood clots in the brain after receiving the shot. That was the second death in the country blamed on the AstraZeneca vaccine. A 48-year-old woman died in April of similar problems. The government then recommended that the vaccine should only be given to people over the age of 50. Health Minister Greg Hunt…

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ISLAMABAD: The successful ascent of Mount Everest by Pakistani mountaineer Sirbaz Khan was feted at a reception here by Serena Hotels on Wednesday evening. Sirbaz on May 12 had summitted the world’s tallest peak as part of “Mission 14”, his quest to scale all 14 peaks over 8000m around the world. At the event, the phenomenal journey of Sirbaz Khan was highlighted and celebrated. Hailing from Hunza, he began climbing as a mountain guide and kitchen crew member with international climbing expeditions for over 11 years before becoming a professional mountaineer. The most remarkable thing about his expeditions is that…

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BEIJING: Some Chinese experts warned India not to attempt to provoke fresh conflicts along the border, as it would only result in unbearable consequences for India. “I would rather sacrifice my life than lose one inch of my country’s territory,” soldiers with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command said after they had recently participated in activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), according to Global Times. The command recently organized troops in Xinjiang to carry out activities under the theme “We’re with the Heroes” to learn how PLA…

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BEIJING: Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Vladimir Norov said that with the accession of Pakistan and India in 2017, the scope of SCO activities has been significantly expanded, and cooperation in ensuring regional security, while expanding and deepening economic and cultural cooperation, has also increased. “The rising geopolitical tensions, common threats, and challenges today call for our collective efforts to build a more just and polycentric world order and to develop comprehensive programs to combat these threats,” he said in an interview with Global Times on Thursday. He said, the growing negative trends in the international community and…

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ISLAMABAD: The national tally on Thursday of total active COVID-19 cases was recorded 36,215 with 1,119 more people tested positive for the deadly virus and 2,763 people recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours. Forty-six corona patients have died during past 24 hours, 40 of whom were under treatment in the hospitals and six out of the hospitals had perished in their respective quarantines or homes, according to the latest update issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). During the past 24 hours, most of the deaths have occurred in the Punjab followed by Sindh. Out…

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LAHORE: Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh has said that Sports Board Punjab is going to launch a 2-month Summer Tennis Camp at Bagh-e-Jinnah Lawn Tennis Academy here from June 21. He said the players of 5 to 13 years of age will participate in the camp being organized under the supervision of veteran tennis coach Rashid Malik. “Four more coaches will assist Rashid Malik in the training of young boys and girls. This training activity will definitely help us in finding and grooming young tennis players from grassroots level for the country”. Adnan Arshad Aulakh further said that…

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Israeli troops shot a Palestinian motorist on Wednesday who tried to ram them in the occupied West Bank and then brandished a knife, the Israeli military said. The Palestinian health ministry said the woman had died of her injuries. There was no word of Israeli casualties. The incident follows a rise in tensions after a Jewish nationalist march in Jerusalem on Tuesday drew the launch of incendiary balloons across the Gaza border and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.  The Israeli military said the Palestinian woman “attempted to ram into a number of IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers” near the Palestinian village of Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem. “After the…

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With deep disagreements likely and expectations of solving them low, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down in a lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday for their first summit since Biden took office. Both have said they hope their talks can lead to more stable and predictable relations, even though they are at odds over everything from arms control and cyber-hacking to election interference and Ukraine. Putin and Biden shook hands on arrival before going inside. “Mr President, I’d like to thank you for your initiative to meet today,” Putin said, sitting next to Biden, adding: “US and Russian relations have…

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