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WUHAN: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Saturday said both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping identified terrorism as a major global problem and committed to take steps to eradicate the menace at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

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PANMUNJOM: North and South Korea on Friday agreed to sign a peace treaty formally later this year, ending the 65-year old war between the two countries. The Korean War between the two countries took place between 1950-53 which ended with a ceasefire and signing of an armistice agreement. Technically, both the countries are still at war since no peace treaty has been signed between them.

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WASHINGTON D.C: Testifying before the US senators for the second day in the wake of the data breach scandal and alleged foreign interference in elections, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said that his company had a 200-member counter-terrorism team to deal with objectionable content.

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SEOUL: Breaking his silence on the proposed United States-North Korea summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has highlighted the likelihood of a proposed summit with US President Donald Trump.

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BEIJING: China on Monday imposed trade tariffs on the United States amounting to USD 3 billion in retaliation to the latter's decision of imposing similar trade tariffs on Chinese goods last month.

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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing during the trip, which reportedly took place from March 25 to 28. The Chinese state media on Wednesday confirmed that Kim Jong Un made a surprise trip to Beijing.

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WASHINGTON DC: Former Disney darling Caroline Sunshine is all set to join the White House press team as an assistant. The 22-year-old is best known for her role starring opposite Zendaya on 'Shake It Off' as European exchange student Tinka Hessenheffer.

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LAHORE: A local news channel in Pakistan has claimed to have made history by hiring the country's first transgender news anchor. The channel, Kohenoor News, for the first time in its 10 years, relaunched on Friday with an elaborate 'welcoming ceremony', where it announced the hiring of the transgender news anchor Marvia Malik, a first in Pakistan media's history.

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DUBLIN : A bill tabled by the Irish government to hold a referendum on the repeal of the country's anti-abortion law was passed here, media reported. According to the report in RTE, the lower house of the Irish parliament passed the bill on Wednesday by 97 votes to 25 after the second stage of debate on the bill, which started on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

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WASHINGTON: One after the other, the countries around India are falling prey to China's predatory economics. After Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Maldives has become the latest victim of it, according to US-based think tank Atlantic Council's analysts.

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SAN FRANCISCO: The social media giant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted on Wednesday that his company has made mistakes in a data leak that caused grave concern about user privacy possibly abused for political purposes.

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WASHINGTON D.C: United States President Donald Trump on Monday reiterated that the building of US-Mexico border would help to stem the flow of illegal drugs, such as heroin and narcotics into the country.

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SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong took a stand against protectionism at the end of an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-Australia special summit in Sydney on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is in Washington D.C. for a day and is using his short visit to meet American Congressmen and officials. According to media reports, the Pakistan Prime Minister's visit comes just days after Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Washington for a series of what is being described by observers, experts and diplomats as fence-mending discussions with the U.S. leadership.

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LAHORE: Nine people including five policemen were killed in a suicide attack that took place at a police check post near a religious gathering at Raiwand on Wednesday. As per certain rescue officials, the attack took place near the residence of Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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NEW DELHI : Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday, always warned against Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its growing dominance over humanity. "Earth is becoming too small and humanity is bound to self-destruct, with AI replacing us as the dominant being on the planet," he told wired.com in November 2017.

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LONDON : Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who shaped modern cosmology and inspired millions despite suffering from a life-threatening condition, died on Wednesday. He was 76. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday confirming his death at his home in Cambridge, The Guardian reported.

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NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia is planning to issue its first official tourist visas from April 1, according to tour operators. The plan is a bid to allow non-Muslim tourists visit historic sites such as Jeddah, Riyadh and the ancient city of Mada'in Saleh in the Arabian Desert.

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KATHMANDU : An aircraft of the US-Bangla Airlines with 67 passengers and four members on board crash-landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here on Monday, leaving casualties and injuring 17 people. TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said 25 people were rescued and sent to hospitals, out of which eight were pronounced dead on arrival. The death toll was likely to increase as rescue operations were continuing.

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LONDON: Myanmar is allegedly building military bases on the top of razed Rohingya villages, where the Rohingyas once lived before their persecution by the country's security forces in August last year. The development has raised questions over the safety of hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingyas due to be repatriated from neighbouring Bangladesh to Myanmar.

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WASHINGTON D.C: United States President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation that imposes new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, claiming the revised tariff plans have been introduced to stop "assault on our country".

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Muzaffarabad: Protests have erupted in cities across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over a demand to abolish the Kashmir Council headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. They have demanded constitutional amendments in interim act - 1974 of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to ensure full empowerment of the elected government of PoK through transfer of all powers of the Kashmir Council to the government.

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NEW DELHI: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum invalidated the prestigious Elie Wiesel Award that was presented to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012. In an official statement, the museum stated that the lack of action by the National League for Democracy (NLD), a social-liberal democratic political party founded and lead by the Myanmar State Counsellor, and

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WASHINGTON D.C: United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that he was not worried about Russia's possible meddling in the upcoming midterm elections later this year and asserted that he would 'counteract' any attempt made by Russia to stop them from meddling in the elections.

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LONDON: A 93 million dollars superyacht of liquor baron Vijay Mallya was seized in Malta after he failed to pay more than one million dollars in wages to the crew members. The 95-meter Indian Empress of Mallya was boarded by the port officials and was blocked from leaving the port as part of the legal action against him, reported the Guardian.

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KATHMANDU: The Government of India (GoI) which made a commitment of USD 100 million in the grant for the reconstruction in earthquake-ravaged Nepal is set to build 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of the country respectively.

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WASHINGTON DC: The 'Free Karachi' campaign has launched a new drive to raise global awareness over the plight of ethnic Mohajirs in Pakistan. In this latest phase of the campaign, digital ads are appearing on the official website of a leading newspaper of the Unites States, New York Times, highlighting the Mohajir issue.

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BELGRADE: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that, the humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria can only be resolved through a ceasefire and an inclusive political settlement. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks came during his official visit to Croatia's capital after meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric.

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NEW DELHI: An official government spokesperson on Friday clarified that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been "accorded all freedom to carry out his religious activities in India." The clarification comes in the wake of reports that appeared in a certain section of the media stating that the Centre had allegedly asked to skip Dalai Lama events, in a bid to mend fences with Beijing.

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SEOUL: During a high-level telephonic conversation his US counterpart Donald Trump on Friday, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in said that they will send a special envoy to the North Korea over denuclearisation. According to certain media reports Moon discussed with Trump about the visits of North Korea's delegation to South Kore during the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

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NEW DELHI: King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday received a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. He was received by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival. "I am on my second official visit to India and I am truly honoured to be here," King Abdullah said here.

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has for the very first time opened applications for women to enlist in the military as the kingdom continues to enact reforms granting females more access to a wide range of previously forbidden careers.

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NEW DELHI: Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and training has announced a new partnership with Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of India to expand research opportunities for Indian and Canadian graduate students with academic institutions and industrial partners in each country.

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MALE: Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed on Monday welcomed the case for "targeted sanctions" prepared by an American human rights activist, urging the European Union to impose restrictive measures on "serious human rights abusers in the Maldives".

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KATHMANDU: Nepal will be holding an election to choose the country's new president on March 13, the Election Commission (EC) said. The election body set the date for holding the presidential election after the EC officials held separate meetings with political party leaders including Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Thursday, according to the EC Spokesman Navaraj Dhakal.

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WASHINGTON: The U.S. economic growth rate will increase to 3.1 percent in 2018 and remain above 3 percent through 2020, according to President Donald Trump's first official economic report to Congress released on Wednesday.

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