The National Security Committee of the Pakistan cabinet on Friday dismissed former prime minister Imran Khan's claim that there was a foreign conspiracy to topple his government. Friday's meeting was chaired by prime minister Shehbaz Sharif. The content of the telegram was again discussed at Friday's meeting and it was concluded that there was no evidence of foreign conspiracy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries was released as the couple made claims against the royal family while talking of their life after stepping down from their roles in 2020. The first three episodes of the couple's highly-anticipated six-part series, Meghan & Harry, landed on streaming giant Netflix- and it's already causing quite a stir. But some of the claims have now proven to be untrue.
Schools were closed across Sri Lanka on Friday due to high air pollution levels as a cyclonic storm passed by its coast, raising strong winds and rain, with forecasts that it will make landfall on India's southeastern coast around midnight. Authorities deployed nearly 400 disaster relief personnel in Tamil Nadu state, and urged people to stock up on essentials and be prepared to move to shelters as cyclone 'Mandous' approached.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the West's desire to maintain its dominance on the world stage was increasing the risks of conflict. The Russian leader was speaking in a video message to a summit of defence ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and a group of ex-Soviet countries that was published by the Kremlin.
Ahead of Christmas, US president Joe Biden shared a glimpse of the White House on Twitter, decked up for the "most wonderful time of the year". "Simply beautiful, yet nothing simple about it. It looks like the White House again, classy elegance," a user responded. According to the White House, "Each room and design element throughout the White House holiday decor represents what brings us together during the holidays and throughout the year."
The first coins bearing the likeness of Britain's King Charles III entered circulation Thursday, The Royal Mint announced. The new 50 pence (60 US cent) piece features an effigy of Charles, who became king after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in September. The Royal Mint, official producer of UK banknotes and coins, is initially releasing 4.9 million of the coins via transactions made at the country's postal offices.
A team set up by the Pakistani government to probe the killing of a well-known Pakistani journalist in Nairobi said it found several contradictions in the version given by Kenyan authorities, and believes it was a case of pre-meditated murder. TV journalist Arshad Sharif, who had fled Pakistan citing threats to his life, was shot dead in Nairobi in October.
This is the Lava Show, Iceland's latest tourist attraction, that uses reheated lava from a real eruption of the island's Katla volcano more than 100 years ago. Read more: Don't miss: Three brutal Prince Harry digs at royal family in Netflix docuseries The heat emanating from the molten rock is tangible, so much so that some of the spectators shuffle in their seats to remove their coats. Not all Icelandic eruptions are safe.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is ready to play its part in revitalising the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to tap the vast potential of the region. He also said the people of SAARC countries were ?victims of these missed opportunities? and added: ?Pakistan is ready to play its part for revival of SAARC.? SAARC's members include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Ukraine's finance minister says crucial Western financial support is ?not charity? but ?self-preservation? in the fight to defend democracy as Serhiy Marchenko's country deals with growing costs to repair electrical and heating infrastructure wrecked by Russian attacks. ?It's not charity to support Ukraine,? Marchenko said. ?We are trying to protect freedom and democracy of all (the) civilized world."
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund praised China's "decisive" move away from its hardline zero-Covid policy at a press briefing with the heads of other major economic institutions on Friday. Read more: Qatar World Cup chief says 'death is a part of life' after reported worker death "China's performance matters (not just) to China -- it matters to the world economy as well."
A video of an allegedly intoxicated Vladimir Putin discussing the Russia-Ukraine war was widely shared on Twitter. The video, posted by a user named Dmitri, says that ?Drunk Putin explains why strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure will continue.? The video could not be independently verified by Hindustan Times. A journalist based in Moscow, Anna Nemtsova, tweeted that Putin's alleged intoxication is a first during his time in office.
Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami has presented Doraiswami's credentials to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London, marking the formal start of his posting in the country. Doraiswami is the first Indian envoy to be received at the palace by the King since the death of Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in September.
Several districts of southern Paris were plunged into darkness on Thursday night due to a power outage that French grid operator RTE tied to a technical glitch on an electrical transformer of energy supplier Enedis. The incident comes amid worries that power blackouts could cripple infrastructure in France as the first cold snap of the winter tests the resilience of the power network.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attacked the royal family in their new Netflix docuseries. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal life in 2020, in a move that was dubbed as Megxit. Meghan Markle has made claims against the royal family several times before as well. In the docuseries, Meghan Markle claimed that she was "surprised" by the behind the scenes formality of members of the royal family.
Vietnam Airlines said on Friday it has restarted its first regular commercial flight to China after nearly three years of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. "As China has eased its COVID-19 restrictions, Vietnam Airlines has reopened some of its routes between the two countries to meet travel demand," it said in a statement. Vietnam's flag carrier said it now was operating 600 international flights per week, or 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity.