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FATF retains Pakistan on grey list till June 2020

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

PARIS (Monitoring Desk): The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday announced that it was retaining Pakistan in the ‘grey list’ till June, giving it another four months to fully comply with the goals. The global terror-financing and money-laundering watchdog made it clear that it hoped Pakistan would completely achieve all the targets by the…

FATF has given Pakistan more time to implement action plan, Chinese official confirms

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

BEIJING (Monitoring Desk): A Chinese official on Monday revealed that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had, after its latest plenary meeting, decided to allow Pakistan more time to continue implementing the action plan prescribed by the watchdog. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the revelation at a press briefing on Friday after he…

PM launches Ehsaas Amdan Programme in Layyah

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAYYAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the formation of Islamic welfare state on the pattern of Madina is a vision of PTI government. Addressing the launching ceremony of Ehsaas Amdan Programme in Layyah on Friday, he said the government is working on different projects to establish as an Islamic welfare state on the…

PSL 5: Karachi Kings defeat Peshawar Zalmi in last-over thriller

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Karachi Kings defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in an interesting last-over contest during the first match of both teams in 2020’s PSL 5 played at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) on Friday. Despite strong retaliation from Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal 43 and Liam Livingstone not out 54 to 202-run chase, Kings managed to…

US-Taliban agreement to be signed on February 29: Pompeo

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

KABUL (AFP): The United States and the Afghan Taliban’s agreement to scale back violence and bring about peace in the country will be signed on February 29, 2020, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.  “Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward,” read…

Justice Qazi Faez Isa case: Govt seeks case postponement for three weeks

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Federal government on Friday sought three weeks adjournment in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case in the backdrop of Anwar Mansoor Khan’s resignation from attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) post. Government sought time to appoint new AGP. The application was submitted by Additional Attorney General Ch Amir Rehman in apex court. On the…

Global

Assange’s fate hangs in balance

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret US documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States. A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by critics as…

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FATF places Iran on terror financing blacklist

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

PARIS (Reuters): The global dirty money watchdog placed Iran on its blacklist on Friday after it failed to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms, a move that will deepen the country’s isolation from financial markets. The decision came after more than three years of warnings from the Paris-based Financial Action Task force (FATF) urging the…

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Turkish, Russian leaders talk developments in Idlib, Syria

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

ANKARA (AA): In a phone conversation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart spoke on Friday about the latest developments in embattled Idlib, northwestern Syria. Erdogan told Vladimir Putin that the Assad regime must show restraint and the humanitarian crisis must end in Idlib, northwestern Syria, where around a million civilians have fled…

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Indian girl slapped with sedition case after chanting ‘Pakistan zindabad’ at anti-CAA rally

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): An Indian girl was charged with sedition after she chanted a ‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogan at a rally against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act bill, held in Bengaluru. The student, Amulya Leona, was present at a ‘Save Constitution’ rally under the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul- Muslimeen (AIMIM), where she was also invited to…

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Germany to tighten mosque security after racist attack

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

BERLIN (AA): Germany will step up security around mosques and migrant organizations following a racist terror attack in Hanau, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Friday. “What happened in Hanau was clearly a racism motivated terror attack,” Seehofer told a news conference in Berlin, adding that far-right extremism has become a very serious threat to…

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UK: Far-right leader charged with terror offense

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

LONDON (AA): The leader of the far-right Britain First group was charged with a terrorist offense on Friday. Paul Golding, 38, refused to give police access and passwords to his phone and electronic devices. He was charged with refusing to comply with Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, and is due to appear at Westminster…

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Pakistan

Two die, five hurt in road mishap in Jamrud

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Ahmad Nabi LANDI KOTAL: Two persons including a child were dead and five others sustained injuries when three vehicles collided here in Prang Sam area of, Jamrud on Friday. As per the local administration official Peshawar bound taxi car collided with opposite pickup vehicle and then another car, hit the pickup at its rare portion.…

Top court orders to make KCR functional in six months

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has ordered to make Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) functional in six months. During the hearing at Karachi registry, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed has warned of issuing contempt of court notices to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Murad Ali…

FATF satisfied with Pakistan’s initiatives to exit grey list

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report PARIS: Pakistan has completed its briefing to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) over implementation of the 27 recommendations about the anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) mechanism. Sources familiar with the matter told local news channel on Friday that the intergovernmental organization is satisfied with Pakistan’s measures. Pakistan will presumably…

Islamabad condemns attacks in Germany

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday has strongly condemned the heinous attacks in Hanau, Germany which resulted in the loss of a number of innocent lives and injuries to many others. In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan stands in solidarity with the government and people of Germany in this hour of…

Middle order batsman Umar Akmal confesses to meeting bookmaker

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit, has confessed to meeting a bookmaker, on Friday. According to details, the 29-year-old admitted that he met a bookie and received an offer from him in a private gathering. The ACU asked him why he did not inform…

Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by three wickets in opening match of PSL 2020

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Defending champions Quetta Gladiators kicked off their Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 campaign with a victory when they defeated Islamabad United by three wickets in the opening match of the event at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. After being sent in to bat, two-time champions Islamabad United were all…

Afghanistan

US-Taliban agreement to be signed on February 29: Pompeo

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

KABUL (AFP): The United States and the Afghan Taliban’s agreement to scale back violence and bring about peace in the country will be signed on February 29, 2020, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.  “Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward,” read…

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Week-long ‘reduction in violence’ starts Saturday, confirms Afghan NSC

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: An Afghan official announced on Friday that a week-long “reduction in violence” between the Taliban, the US, and Afghan security forces will commence shortly, the ceasefire has come ahead of the signing of a possible deal between Washington and the insurgents. “The reduction in violence will start from 22 February and will…

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Danish calls on parties to respect IEC results

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

KABUL (Agencies): President Ghani’s second vice president, Sarwar Danish, while commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from the country, called on all the campaign teams to respect the authority of the electoral commissions and the rule of law. Danish also called on electoral campaign teams to work together to create an inclusive…

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Dostum rejects results

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

JAWZJAN (Agencies): Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, first vice president, spoke at a gathering in Jawzjan and rejected the election result and called on the people to be ready and that governors will be appointed for the northern provinces of the country. On Tuesday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced President Ashraf Ghani as winner of…

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ARCS plans to offer surgery for heart defects

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) has launched a project to help children with congenital problems, particularly those with Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). The project will offer surgery as a treatment option, according to a statement by the ARCS. The ARCS claims to be the only humanitarian institution in the country providing…

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100s of civilian casualties caused by unexploded ordnance in 2019

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Abdul Jalil Sadiq, head of Mine Action Coordination, in the west of Afghanistan, said that more than 110 civilians have been killed and at least 130 others have been wounded over the past year due to mines and other explosive materials originating from the Soviet invasion-era. Sadiq said that most of the…

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Business

Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade Financial in $13 billion deal

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley (MS.N) said on Thursday it would buy discount brokerage E*Trade Financial Corp (ETFC.O) in an all-stock deal worth about $13 billion, the biggest deal by a Wall Street bank since the financial crisis. The deal will help Morgan Stanley boost its wealth management unit, a business that Chief Executive…

Medicinal imports dip over 9%

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The imports of medicinal products into the country during the first seven months of financial year (2019-20) dipped by 9.95 percent as compared to the corresponding period of last year. Pakistan imported medicinal products of worth $590.783 million during July-January (2019-20) compared to the imports of $656.080 million during July- January (2018-19),…

US’s Forever 21 bought back from bankruptcy

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Retailer Forever 21 has been saved from bankruptcy by three buyers who want to expand internationally. New owners, Authentic Brands, Simon Property and Brookfield Property, also want to keep open most of the chain’s 448 US stores. Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy last September as losses mounted from its international locations. As…

Rupee gains 03 paisas against dollar

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The exchange rate of Pakistani rupee against US dollar increased by 03 paisas to close at Rs154.23 on Thursday against the last day’s trading of Rs154.26, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported. In the open market, the buying and selling rates of Pakistani rupee against dollar stood at Rs154 and Rs154.5 respectively.…

Blue Band launches ‘Barhenge Hum Barhega Pakistan’

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: To address the accelerating issue of Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiency prevailing amongst kids in Pakistan, Blue Band has announced a nationwide Social Mission Program 2020 through a launch event on the 19th of February, 2020 at Ramada Hotel, Lahore. Gracing the event as the chief guest was Dr. Yasmin Rashid…

Current account deficit dips by 72% in seven month: SBP

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report Islamabad: A remarkable dip of 72 percent has been witnessed in current account deficit during current fiscal year. According to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Current account deficit has gone down up to 2.654 billion dollar with decrease  of  6.825 billion dollar during July to January 2019-20. Current account deficit had remained 9.479…

Sports

PSL 5: Karachi Kings defeat Peshawar Zalmi in last-over thriller

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Karachi Kings defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in an interesting last-over contest during the first match of both teams in 2020’s PSL 5 played at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) on Friday. Despite strong retaliation from Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal 43 and Liam Livingstone not out 54 to 202-run chase, Kings managed to…

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Middle order batsman Umar Akmal confesses to meeting bookmaker

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit, has confessed to meeting a bookmaker, on Friday. According to details, the 29-year-old admitted that he met a bookie and received an offer from him in a private gathering. The ACU asked him why he did not inform…

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Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by three wickets in opening match of PSL 2020

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Defending champions Quetta Gladiators kicked off their Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 campaign with a victory when they defeated Islamabad United by three wickets in the opening match of the event at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. After being sent in to bat, two-time champions Islamabad United were all…

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Anwar Ali replaces Akmal in the Gladiators’ squad

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators have replaced Akmal with Anwar Ali in the line-up for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 following the event’s technical committee’s approval. The press release announcing Akmal’s suspension had said that Quetta Gladiators are “allowed to apply for Umar Akmal’s replacement in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020.” The technical…

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Three Pak wrestlers to feature in Asian Wrestling Championship

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Three Pakistani wrestlers would be featuring in the Asian Wrestling Championship scheduled to take place in India from Friday. “Mohammad Bilal 57kg, Tayyab Raza 97kg and Zaman Anwar 125kg were participating in free style event of the championship which was also a qualifying round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Pakistan Wrestling Federation…

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Pakistanis clinch top positions in first-ever snowboarding championship at Malam Jabba

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

MINGORA (Monitoring Desk): In the first-ever International Snowboarding Championship 2020 at Swat’s Malam Jabba, three Pakistanis clinched the top three positions. In the competition, Irfan Khan bagged gold, while Imad Ali and Irshad Ali clinched silver and bronze medals, respectively. A large number of local and foreign tourists, lovers of snow games thronged the scenic…

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Fashion & Movies

Shootings, diversity row mar Berlin film fest opening

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Europe’s first major film festival of 2020 opens in Berlin Thursday, with Helen Mirren and Hillary Clinton among those expected on the red carpet — even as a deadly shooting and diversity row threatened to mar festivities. The opening of the 11-day Berlinale was overshadowed by an attack in the central city…

Trump blasts best-picture Oscar for South Korean film ‘Parasite’

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk COLORADO SPRINGS: US President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the historic best-picture Oscar win for South Korean film Parasite, telling a campaign rally he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Parasite, a dark social satire about the gap between rich and poor in modern Seoul, earlier…

Court allows singer Sanam Marvi’s plea for khula

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: A family court on Thursday dissolved marriage between singer Sanam Marvi and her husband Hamid Ali. The court issued a decree for dissolution of marriage while allowing Sanam Marvi’s plea for Khula. Family Court Judge Sana Afzal Wahla conducted proceedings on the plea and passed the orders after recording statements of the…

Lopez’s latest post attracts huge applause from fashion, music lovers

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Lopez knows the art of raising the heart rates with her amazing fashion and music collections. The singer’s latest Instagram post seems to be a complete dose for the admirers who love to live a stylish life. The music mogul has attracted a massive applause from the music and fashion…

New York fashion college apologizes for ‘racist’ runway show

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: A prestigious New York fashion college apologized on Wednesday after a catwalk featuring models wearing large prosthetic red lips, ears and bushy eyebrows was branded racist. The president of the Fashion Institute of Technology said it was investigating the use of the accessories in the February 7 show, which was part…

Margot Robbie supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Megxit

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Margot Robbie became the most recent supporter of Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior royals. The actress came guns blazing and showcased her full support towards the couple’s decision to step down as senior royals amidst the media backlash. Margot initially met Meghan four years ago…

Science & Technology

What secrets? Apple embroiled in row over book by German former executive

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Apple has become embroiled in a publishing row in Germany after it tried to halt sales of a book written by a former executive, saying it disclosed secrets about the App Store. ‘App Store Confidential’, by self-styled German rapper, ski instructor and marketing manager Tom Sadowski, is part autobiography and part self-help…

SpaceX and a new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across eight separate missions to the International Space Station…

Govt decides to review proposed rules to regulate social media platforms

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over an important meeting to review the proposed rules to regulate social media platforms. The meeting was attended by the officials from the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other relevant authorities. Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran Khan…

Germany to introduce new measures to control online hate speech

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Germany is set to introduce new measures to toughen online speech laws and tighten the screws on social networks as far-right extremist groups and torrents of threats against politicians grow in the country. Ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government are expected to wave through a new package of measures on Wednesday, days…

Mother ‘reunites’ mother with dead daughter in virtual reality show

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk SEOUL: A tearful reunion between a mother and her dead daughter via advanced virtual reality for a South Korean television has become an online hit, triggering fierce debate about voyeurism and exploitation. The footage began with the girl — who died of leukaemia in 2016 — emerging from behind a pile of wood…

SpaceX launches 60 internet satellites into orbit

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

ANKARA (AA): U.S. rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit on Monday. The company confirmed on Twitter the successful deployment of the satellites, noting that the deployment marked 80th successful flight of Falcon 9 – a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport…

Health

China’s Hubei province reports 115 more coronavirus deaths, toll reaches 2,233

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,233 on Friday after 115 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak. The vast majority of the deaths were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December, according to a daily…

Spread of coronavirus underestimated, review finds

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk STOCKHOLM: The coronavirus probably has a stronger ability to spread than the World Health Organization has estimated so far. This according to a review of previous studies of the coronavirus’ transmissibility performed not least by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden. “Our review shows that the coronavirus is at least as transmissible as…

Gut bacteria could be linked to personality

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: “There has been growing research linking the gut microbiome to the brain and behaviour, known as the microbiome-gut-brain axis,” said Dr. Katerina Johnson, who conducted her Ph.D. in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in the U.K. “Most research has been conducted in animals, whilst studies in humans…

Study finds lifting weights helps you live longer

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk It’s well-know that an active lifestyle and balanced diet will help you live a healthier and longer life, but it seems that strength training, specifically, is the key to living longer. According to a new study conducted by Penn State College of Medicine, lifting weights when aged 65 years or older can really…

Anti-polio drive kicks off across the country

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The nation-wide anti-polio campaign kicked-off today to vaccinate 39.6 million children under the age of five years against the disease, reported Radio Pakistan.  According to an official of the National Emergency Operations Centre, over 265,000 frontline polio workers are taking part in the campaign. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health…

Study suggests even light activity reduces risk of depression in young people

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Adolescents who sit for much of the day have a greater risk of depression by the time they reach adulthood, a UK study has found. Growing numbers of young people with depression and increased time spent sedentary could be two linked trends, researchers at University College London (UCL) believe. They found that…

Travel

‘Bali’s been through a lot’: holiday island’s tourism industry hit by coronavirus fears

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BALI: The idyllic holiday island of Bali has been hit by the ripple effect of the coronavirus crisis, with tourism plummeting and suggestions it “does not have the capacity” to treat patients if they become sick. Indonesia, the largest country in south-east Asia, claims to have no cases of coronavirus, but according to…

Dubai’s tourism at greatest risk due to Coronavirus in the Gulf

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Travel restrictions triggered by the coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf region may pose the biggest risk to Dubai’s hospitality and tourism industry, analysts at ratings agency S&P Global told Reuters news agency on Monday. All members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait – stand…

Kyoto unveils ’empty tourism’ campaign amid coronavirus outbreak

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Kyoto is usually packed with tourists from all over the world. But as the coronavirus outbreak keeps visitors away from the historic streets of Japan’s former capital, a group of shopkeepers has launched an “empty tourism” campaign to lure them back. Merchants from five shopping streets in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood — a…

COVID-19 outbreak: Japan may lose $1.29 billion in tourism revenue

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk TORONTO: Japan could lose $1.29 billion in tourism revenue in the January-March period due to international flight restrictions stemming from the new coronavirus outbreak, according to an estimate by a U.N. agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) attributed the estimate to reductions in Chinese air travelers, with the Chinese city of Wuhan…

Flight of fancy? Aviation industry tries to go green

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk Singapore: From an emissions-reducing model jet that looks like something from a sci-fi movie to electric aircraft and sustainable fuel, the aviation industry is ramping up efforts to go green as consumer pressure grows. In an era when teen climate activist Greta Thunberg opts to travel on an eco-friendly boat and “flight-shaming” is…

Fraport to speed passengers through two Brazilian airports

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIO de JANEIRO: Fraport Brasil has installed SITA’s passenger processing technology at the two airports it manages in Brazil, Fortaleza Airport (FOR) and Porto Alegre Airport (POA). New self-service gates provide passengers with automated entry to the security checking area with a simple scan of their boarding pass. This will reduce queues and…

Articles

Suspected shisha bar gunman published racist manifesto

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk HANAU: A man suspected of shooting dead nine people in shisha bars in a German town before killing himself and his mother had posted a manifesto online including conspiracy theories and deeply racist views, prosecutors said. The presumed attacker – a 43-year-old German man identified as Tobias R. – was found dead close…

Boris and Priti Patel are immigrants too

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Lionel Laurent The children of immigrants aren’t happy about immigration. Donald Trump’s German-born grandfather came to America illegally as a teenager at the end of the 19th century, a fact he doesn’t mention when threatening to deport millions of undocumented migrants. Britain’s exit from the European Union’s free-movement area was championed by Boris Johnson, a…

Billionaire vs. billionaire: The new norm in US presidential elections

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Taha Meli Arvas How do you describe a man that US President Donald Trump calls a “total racist,” that scapegoats African-Americans, blaming them for the 2008 economic crisis, who attributes most murders to “male minorities” and boasts in his autobiography of having a girlfriend in every city? Normally you would use nonparliamentary words to describe…

Trump is real threat to West, not Huawei

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

George Koo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew to Munich to join the Trump Administration in piling on Huawei, China’s largest telecommunication company. She told the international audience that Huawei’s 5G undermines national security, threatens human rights and democratic values and takes away economic independence. Madam Fu Ying, China’s former vice minister of foreign affairs, who…

Arabs should welcome a future with less oil wealth

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Amr Adly A new report from the International Monetary Fund warns that, by 2034, declining oil demand could gnaw away the $2 trillion in financial wealth amassed by the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Unless they act quickly to reform their hydrocarbon-dependent economies, these countries, which collectively account for a fifth of the world’s…

Reduction in Violence Agreement

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Iqbal Khan The United States has secured a seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ truce with Taliban to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said on February 14. Concurrently, a Taliban official said that the group would begin a “reduction of violence” on the following day. The New York Times has…

Editorial

Surging Islamophobia

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

The wave of Islamophobia in Europe is not receding which has both racist and anti-immigrants shades. A gunman imbibed with far right beliefs killed nine people, five of them Turks, in a shisha par in the German city of Hannu. It merits mention that far right political party Alternative for Free Deutschland (AfD) is gaining…

External balance

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Speaking at the “CEO Summit Asia 2020” Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir expressed concern over falling exports and said that in terms of merchandise exports Pakistan is at par with small economies such as Afghanistan, Yemen Sudan and Ethiopia. However, he claimed that worst phase of stabalisation is over and economy is showing…

Turbat attack

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Terrorists’ attacks in the restive Baluchistan province are again on the rise. A group of militants opened fire on a police check post in Turbat on Thursday, martyring five personnel and injuring three others. In the exchange of fire, three militants were also killed. In a less than one week this is the second incident…

ECC decisions

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet took few decisions in its Thursday meeting, Chaired by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. The decisions included purchase of 8.25 million tonnes of wheat from farmers at minimum support price of Rs.1365 per 40 kilograms in the upcoming harvesting season to build stock…

Anti-smuggling strategy

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to evolve and implement a comprehensive and results oriented strategy to effectively curb the menace of smuggling that  creates shortage of eatables in the country and illegal entry of foreign goods accruing colossal losses to the economy in duties and taxes collection. FBR and authorities of…

Guterres on Indian Muslims rights

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

In an exclusive interview with a private TV Channel, United Nations Secretary General Anonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the enforcement of largely anti-Muslim Citizen Amendment Act ( CAA) of 2019 in India. The law is certainly impinging on the constitutional rights and social status of largest Muslim minority living there. The draconian law…

Arts and Literature

Empires of Vice by Diana S. Kim

By The Frontier Post | February 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk During the late 19th century, opium was integral to European colonial rule in Southeast Asia. The taxation of opium was a major source of revenue for British and French colonizers, who also derived moral authority from imposing a tax on a peculiar vice of their non-European subjects. Yet between the 1890s and the…

Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people. Denied access to school, as a child she taught herself to paint by holding a brush in her mouth, clenching it between her teeth to…

Spanish artists’ dreams of Arabia revealed

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk MALAGA: When we think of Orientalism — the much-studied and, now, often-derided artistic genre through which colonial-era artists created fantasized imagery of the faraway lands of the East — French titans Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s odalisques, slave markets and hamams usually come to mind. However, an exhibition at the Carmen Thyssen Museum…

You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk At work, we are taught to lead the conversation. On social media, we shape our personal narratives. At parties, we talk over one another. So do our politicians. We are not listening. And no one is listening to us. Despite living in a world where technology allows constant digital communication and opportunities to…

How calligraphy became an integral part of Arab identity

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: The Iraqi calligrapher WissamShawkat is sitting quietly at a cafe in Dubai, patiently explaining the intricacies of Arabic calligraphy. “In Latin the letters are separated,” he says. “In Arabic the word is connected, so that creates a lot of ligatures and adds a layer of beauty to the script. One of the…

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

By The Frontier Post | February 14, 2020

Monitoring Desk “The Forty Rules of Love,” written by Elif Shafak, is truly a life-changing book. I have found myself quoting and referencing it in daily life. The central theme of the book is Sufism and preaching the religion of love. The main character, Shams of Tabriz, is a wandering dervish, while Rumi is a…