Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was arrested today after a court sentenced him to three years in jail in a corruption case. An Islamabad trial court barred him from participating in active politics for five years. The 70-year-old politician, also a cricket legend, was found guilty of illegally selling gifts he received from foreign dignitaries during his term as prime minister.
The allegation includes the gifts included watches given by a royal family, according to government officials, who have alleged previously that Khan's aides sold them in Dubai.
Islamabad's district and sessions court judge Humayun Dilawar announced the verdict in a surprise move on Saturday.
Imran Khan denies any wrongdoing and his legal team said they would be filing an immediate appeal. It is a curious case that Rahul Gandhi in India has faced in India recently.
Chinese Premier Xi's border visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin in March has been his sole trip abroad, representing the shortest amount of time he's spent overseas in the first half of a year since taking power, excluding the pandemic. Just two days is all President Xi Jinping has spent outside his country this year, as mounting domestic problems from a faltering economy to rare political scandals demand the Chinese leader's attention at home.
That's a major shift from his pre-Covid schedule, when Xi traveled more often and for longer than his US counterpart. The Chinese leader made an average of 14 overseas trips annually between 2013 and 2019, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of government readouts of Xi's diplomatic meetings.
Now, Xi is making foreign dignitaries come to him. He's met representatives from 36 nations including France, Eritrea and the US in Beijing so far this year. Before the pandemic, Xi hosted an average of 48 dignitaries annually in the same period, meaning his overall in-person dialogue is in decline.
And, unlike in the pandemic, he's not supplementing meetings with video calls: The Chinese leader has had just one this year with the Czech Republic.
"China simply has more urgent domestic priorities," said Sung, noting that Xi's centralization of power means his presence is increasingly required to deal with such problems. "As the opportunity cost of his absence rises, Xi will naturally become even more selective about going on extended visits abroad and he will go abroad less frequently."
The troubles for the former US Prez Donald Trump are mounting with the passing of every day. With his latest Justice Department indictment, former US President Donald Trump now faces a whopping 78 criminal counts. Trump has proclaimed his innocence, but if he were convicted and then sentenced to the maximum term for each count, he would theoretically face hundreds of years in prison.
There's almost no chance of that though, as judges rarely impose maximum sentences and frequently allow defendants to serve sentences for multiple counts concurrently. But the long list of charges and penalties does serve to highlight the seriousness of Trump's legal peril and the extraordinary situation confronting the nation he wishes to lead once more.
This may affect his bid for the 2024 presidency.
Russia's leadership has blamed the West for initiating drone attacks on its soil. Russian claims that three Ukrainian drones were downed over Moscow early Sunday, Russia's defense ministry said, in an attack that briefly shut an international airport. While one of the drones was shot down on the city's outskirts, two others were "suppressed by electronic warfare" and smashed into an office complex. No one was injured.
Moscow and its environs, lying about 500 km (310 miles) from the Ukrainian border, had been rarely targeted during the conflict in Ukraine until several drone attacks this year.
The attack reported Sunday is the latest in a series of recent drone assaults -- including on the Kremlin and Russian towns near the border with Ukraine -- that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv.
The defense ministry called it an "attempted terrorist attack".
The privilege of free Visa travel for US citizens is coming to an end. US citizens currently enjoy visa-free access to most E.U. countries.
According to the official travel site of the European Union, visitors from more than 60 countries that are visa-exempt will be required to apply for European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) approval ahead of their trips starting in 2024. Visitors will need to pay about $8 to apply for ETIAS authorization when traveling to European countries.
The new travel authorization program is being implemented by the Europen Union to protect and strengthen its borders amid mounting terror threats in Europe.
In a boost to its growing space power in the world, India would launch PSLV-C56 carrying DS-SAR satellite of Singapore, along with six co-passengers, from the first launchpad of the ISRO's Sriharikota spaceport at 6.30 am on July 30.
The DS-SAR satellite is developed under a partnership between Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) (representing the Government of Singapore) and ST Engineering.
Once deployed and operational, it will be used to support the satellite imagery requirements of various agencies within the Government of Singapore. ST Engineering will use it for multi-modal and higher responsiveness imagery and geospatial services for their commercial customers.
It is an indication of the worse things to come. Tens of millions were battling dangerously high temperatures in the United States on Saturday as record heat forecasts hung over Europe and Japan, in the latest example of the threat from global warming.
A powerful heatwave stretching from California to Texas was expected to peak as the US National Weather Service warned of an "extremely hot and dangerous weekend". Daytime highs were forecast to range between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in the west.
In Arizona, one of the hardest-hit states, residents face a daily endurance marathon against the sun. State capital Phoenix recorded 16 straight days above 109F (43 degrees Celsius), with temperatures hitting 111F on Saturday en route to an expected 115F.
California's Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth, is also likely to register new peaks on Sunday, with the mercury possibly rising to 130F (54C). Temperatures had already reached 48C by midday on Saturday and even overnight lows could exceed 38C.
As tensions soar in the south pacific zone amid a freeze in military-to-military contacts, China is accusing the United States of militarising outer space, a day after it protested the passage of a US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft through the Taiwan Strait.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesperson Col. Tan Kefei said on Friday that US actions, including the establishment of the Space Force in 2019 as the newest branch of the military, have “had a great negative impact on space security and global strategic stability.”
However, a China defence Ministry spokesman said, “In recent years, the United States has accelerated the militarisation of space,” Tan said. “I would like to reiterate here that China adheres to the peaceful use of space, firmly opposes the weaponisation and the making of space into a battlefield, and opposes any form of arms race in space.” The ministry said Tan was responding to recent concerns expressed by Space Force leaders over China’s rising capabilities, calling that “classic cognitive dissonance.”
China’s advances in space include its own orbiting space station and plans for a crewed lunar mission. In 2007, it faced international condemnation after using a missile to blow up one of its defunct weather satellites, leaving a field of debris that continues to threaten other objects in orbit.
In a historic moment, French President Emmanuel Macron bestowed the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France. It is the highest French honour in military or civilian orders. With this, PM Modi becomes the first Indian PM to receive this honour.
PM Modi thanked French President Macron for the honour on behalf of the people of India. The award ceremony took place at the Elysee Palace where Macron hosted PM Modi for a private dinner.
It is a proud moment for 1.4 billion people of India, said Modi after receiving the award.
While taking a strong view of the poster war initiated by Khalstani separatists, for inciting violence against Indian diplomats surfaced in Canada and a few other countries, India on Thursday said such activities are not at all acceptable.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said that space must not be given to extremist and terrorist elements in the name of freedom of expression.
At a media briefing, he also asserted that the safety of Indian diplomats and the country's missions is of utmost importance to the government. And the government of India will have a zero-tolerance policy on any similar act of aggression in the future.
The Pakistan federal government will officially observe Yaum-e-Taqaddus-e-Quran on Friday to hold countrywide protests against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and convene a joint parliamentary session a day earlier, The decision was made during a meeting that Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over to talk about the problem of the Holy Quran's desecration in Sweden.
It was decided that countrywide protests will take place on Friday, July 7, to condemn the act. The entire country, including all the political parties, was urged to take part in the protest by the prime minister. Also, the Pakistan government said it will call a joint session of parliament on July 6 to develop a national policy on the subject and represent public opinion through the parliamentary process, according to ARY News.
The joint session would also pass a resolution denouncing the Holy Quran's desecration. This is seen as an attempt by the Pakistani establishment to sway away the people's attention from the current economic mess and bind them with the intoxication of religious flare.