Julian Assange Sentenced By A London Court To 50 Weeks In Jail For Breaching Bail Conditions

New Delhi: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced by a London court to 50 weeks in jail for breaching bail conditions, after he submitted a letter to the court, apologising to those who “consider I’ve disrespected them”.

The sentence at the Southwark Crown Court was about Assange’s bail conditions, while he faces another hearing in the extradition case at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday brought by United States, where he is wanted to face charges of breaching secrecy laws.

Assange, 47, was found guilty of breaching bail laws after his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy on April 11. He took refuge in the country’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he has denied.


China Signals Sharp Change In Its Stand On Blacklisting The Pakistan-Based Jaish-E-Mohammed Chief

New Delhi: China signaled a sharp change in its stand on blacklisting the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief a day before the UN sanctions committee is to decide on a global terrorist tag for Masood Azhar. Beijing, which has blocked four attempts by the United Nations Security Council over the last decade, on Tuesday spoke about the “positive progress” that had been made.

“This problem can be properly solved,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said to a question on media reports that Beijing was finally ready to lift its technical hold on blacklisting the Jaish terror group founder.

China is likely to go along with the terrorist tag for Masood Azhar. In the past, Beijing has cited both lack of evidence and consensus on why it had stood in the way.


Sri Lankan Security Officials Warn Some More Islamist Militants’ Suicide Attacks Imminently

New Delhi: Sri Lankan security officials have warned that the Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday’s deadly suicide bombings were planning more attacks imminently, using a van and bombers disguised in military uniforms.

“There could be another wave of attacks,” the head of ministerial security division (MSD), a unit of the police, said in a letter to lawmakers and other security sections, seen by Reuters on Monday.

“The relevant information further notes that persons dressed in military uniforms and using a van could be involved in the attacks,” the letter said. It said the militants were targeting five locations for attacks on Sunday or Monday.


UAE Government Gives Birth Certificate To A Girl Born To An Indian Hindu Father And A Muslim Mother

New Delhi: The United Arab Emirate (UAE) government has given birth certificate to a nine-month old girl probably the first incidence, who was born to an Indian Hindu father and a Muslim mother, setting aside the country’s marriage rules for expatriates during the Year of Tolerance.

As per the marriage rules for expatriates in UAE, a Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim woman but a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man.

Sharjah-based expat Kiran Babu and Sanam Saboo Siddique, who got married in Kerala in 2016, faced and unusual situation when their daughter was born in July 2018. “I have an Abu Dhabi visa. I get my insurance coverage there and got my wife admitted to Medeor 24X7 Hospital in the emirate. But after the baby’s delivery, the birth certificate was rejected as I am a Hindu,” Babu said.


Pakistan And China Ready To Start The Second Phase Of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

New Delhi: Prime Minister Imran Khan said in Beijing that Pakistan and China are ready to start the second phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He added that the two countries have made substantial progress in implementing the first raft of projects under the flagship bilateral venture.

The CPEC is the most high-profile artery in President Xi Jinping’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), multi-billion dollar inter-continental connectivity plan that aims to revive ancient land and sea trade routes between China, rest of Asia and Europe.