Monday, 27 January, 2020
Ukrainian passenger jet crashes in Iran, killing all on-board passengers
A Ukrainian passenger plane with 176 people on board has crashed shortly after take-off from the international airport south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, killing all those aboard.
Iranian Supreme Leader vows harsh revenge following assassination of Quds Force Chief

Regional dialogue can deliver peace: Iranian diplomat
A senior Iranian diplomat on Monday suggested an “inclusive and comprehensive intra-regional dialogue” as the way out of the current crisis in the Middle East and said that Tehran would encourage Pakistan to continue its efforts for defusing tensions.
Iranian justice orders military court to conduct immediate probe into plane crash
Iran's judiciary has ordered an immediate probe into the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane which crashed near the capital Tehran earlier this week.
Countries move to evacuate, restrict citizens amid Iranian attack on US bases in Iraq
Countries have been warning their citizens to prepare for evacuation from and avoid traveling to Iraq, following retaliatory missile attacks by Iran against two US military bases in the Arab country.
OIC calls for ensuring safety of Indian Muslims, protection of holy places in India
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has shown serious concern over India’s controversial citizenship law affecting the country’s Muslims, and called for ensuring their safety as the Indian security forces are manhandling the protestors.
Ghani sets to win second presidential term
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears to win a second term, after preliminary election results showed that he secured 50.64% of the vote in the September 28 election, officials declared results today.
Genocide of Muslims in Kashmir, Assam a step away: Genocide Watch warns
An internationally acclaimed expert on genocide has grimly warned that Muslims in the Indian state of Assam and Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) are just one step away from extermination, as he drew parallels between Narendra Modi’s government and Germany under the Nazis.
Netanyahu to contest election for third time in a year
After months of deadlock in negotiations, the Zionist state is moving towards third election in a year. The turmoil happened for the first time in the history of Jewish state due to the indictment of the prime minister over corruption charges.
Pompeo meets King Salman, MBS in Riyadh
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Monday in Riyadh, where he is visiting for talks on a range of Middle East crises, topped by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year.
White House asked Pentagon to 'draw up plans to strike Iran': report
The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
US and Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias
The United States and Israel officially quit of the United Nation's educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organisation fosters anti-Israel bias.
Trump repeats pledge to withdraw troops from ‘never-ending wars’
US President Donald Trump reignited the pullout debate on Monday with a series of tweets, reiterating his pledge to call back all American troops from “never-ending wars.”
Trump declares an end to America’s role as the global 'policeman'
President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq – his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected – to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America’s role as the global ‘policeman.’
UN official: Trump worst perpetrator of fake news
US President Donald Trump is the “worst perpetrator” of fake news himself, according to the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion.
Pope censures materialism in Christmas message
During the Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Francis has denounced the yawning gap between the rich and the poor, calling on people in the developed world to seek a less materialistic life and help the poor.
Bad relations with US unlikely to improve: Russian envoy
Russia's United Nation's ambassador says relations between Moscow and Washington are “practically non-existent", which he says is bad not only for both countries but for the world and he sees little prospect for improvement anytime soon.
 
 
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Pakistan may have weathered the worst of storms, but would have to battle against brisk headwinds of political instability, policy inconsistency, challenging external environment, slow economy and rising inflation among other distractions in its path to recovery in 2020.
The first meeting of the Steering Committee of Higher Education Development in Pakistan (HEDP) project was held at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad.
President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi paid a surprise visit to National Institute of Child Health and admitted that there is dire need of at least one more 500-bed children hospital in the Karachi region.
Asad Qaiser, Speaker of the National Assembly welcomes the decision of China by backing the Pakistan’s request to not change the status of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and asked India to respond to the members of the United Nations Security Council.

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The month of December reminds us of tragic incidents ever happened in the history of Pakistan, either it is Fall of Dhakka, or Army Public School, (APS) Peshawar carnage.
America’s fingerprints are all over the war in Yemen, the New York Times said on Wednesday.
Torn between preventing Pakistan from going nuclear and fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, the United States appears to have decided that pushing the Russians out of Kabul was more important, shows a set of documents released by the US State Department.

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