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The Two Faces of Taliban: Bamiyan Stone Buddhas reflect Taliban’s contradictions

The Two Faces of Taliban: Bamiyan Stone Buddhas reflect Taliban’s contradictions

Editor’s Note: The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who started their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from the way they were before, but the […]

Pakistan’s War on Terror: 566 terrorists killed during 2023

Pakistan’s War on Terror: 566 terrorists killed during 2023

By Nasir Aijaz The AsiaN Representative ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s security forces conducted 18,736 intelligence-based operations across the country during the year 2023, resulting in the elimination of 566 terrorists and the apprehension of 5,161 others, says Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military. The data, released by the ISPR shows that Pakistan’s […]

UN Chief calls for peace, climate action in New Year message

UN Chief calls for peace, climate action in New Year message

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for global unity to make 2024 a year for “building trust and hope” following the immense suffering, violence, and climate chaos that characterized 2023. “Humanity is strongest when we stand together. 2024 must be a year for rebuilding trust and restoring hope,” expressed Mr. Guterres in […]

Genocides in Modern History

Genocides in Modern History

By Mayy ElHayawi, Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Egypt CAIRO: No matter how accurate the calculation of the death toll or causalities is, the number of those traumatized by the genocidal memories of killing, burning, torture, burial, rape or escape would always remain a mystery – seemingly revealed in testimonies, narratives, memorials or recollection rituals, […]

South Korea names new foreign minister, National Intelligence Service director

South Korea names new foreign minister, National Intelligence Service director

SEOUL: President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday tapped his national security adviser to become the new spy chief and a former ambassador to the United Nations as the new foreign minister, his office said. National Security Adviser Cho Tae-yong was named to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director […]

The ABCs of Sustainable Development Goals and Sudan’s situation X

The ABCs of Sustainable Development Goals and Sudan’s situation X

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure By Dr. Hassan Humeida Kiel, Germany: The ninth goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals seeks to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. In practice, this goal represents the core basis for global economic growth and sustainable development until 2030. Its importance is […]

Kuwait Amir Shaikh Nawaf dies

Kuwait Amir Shaikh Nawaf dies

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Amir Shaikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah died on Saturday, the Amiri Diwan (Court) has announced. “With deep grief, we mourn the demise of His Highness the Amir Shaikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah who passed away today Saturday,” the court said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). Shaikh Nawaf was […]

Saudi Arabia, NATO review security, stability cooperation; Stoltenberg lauds Saudi leadership role

Saudi Arabia, NATO review security, stability cooperation; Stoltenberg lauds Saudi leadership role

RIYADH: Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the development of closer ties and cooperation across several areas between NATO and Saudi Arabia. Over phone talks with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, Stoltenberg underlined Saudi Arabia’s leading role in the Arab and Muslim world. The talks reviewed areas of cooperation and joint […]

Vision for deeper NATO–Saudi Arabia cooperation set in historic first visit to Riyadh

Vision for deeper NATO–Saudi Arabia cooperation set in historic first visit to Riyadh

RIYADH: Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg set out his vision for deeper cooperation between NATO and Saudi Arabia in an historic visit to Riyadh – the first ever by a sitting Secretary General of NATO. In a public discussion at the Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College December 13, Stoltenberg underlined Saudi Arabia’s leading role […]

Stoltenberg: We value our relationship with Gulf Cooperation Council

Stoltenberg: We value our relationship with Gulf Cooperation Council

 RIYADH: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO valued its relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Stoltenberg on Tuesday made history by becoming the first NATO Secretary General to visit Saudi Arabia, that he started by holding talks with the GCC Secretary-General Jasem Al Budawi. The GCC, founded in 1981, […]

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