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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies

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United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs stated on Friday. He was additionally ruler of Abu Dhabi emirate.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns to the UAE individuals, Arab and Islamic nations and the world the loss of life of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who handed away on Friday,” the ministry stated in a press release on state media with out giving additional particulars.

Underneath the structure, vice-president and premier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, would act as president till the federal council which teams the rulers of the seven emirates meets inside 30 days to elect a brand new president.

Khalifa, born in 1948, had hardly ever been seen in public since struggling a stroke in 2014 and his half-brother Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, often known as MbZ, has been the de facto ruler of the US-allied UAE, an Opec oil producer.

“The UAE has misplaced its righteous son and chief of the ’empowerment section’ and guardian of its blessed journey,” MbZ stated on Twitter, praising Khalifa’s knowledge and generosity.

 

The UAE would observe a 40-day mourning interval with flags flown at half-mast as of Friday and droop work in any respect private and non-private sector entities for 3 days, the ministry stated.

Condolences began pouring in from Arab leaders together with Bahrain’s king, Egypt’s president and Iraq’s prime minister.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated he was deeply grieved to listen to about Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed’s loss of life.

The PM condemned the demise of Sheikh Khalifa by stating that “the Authorities and folks of Pakistan be part of me in conveying our profound sympathies and condolences over the passing away of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates”

He added that “the demise of Sheikh Khalifa is an incredible loss. The world has misplaced a statesman of excessive stature, the UAE an important visionary and smart chief, and Pakistan a real good friend and trusted accomplice. A humanist, with distinguished and numerous public service, the late President was ever near his individuals, deeply dedicated to their well-being and prosperity. His imaginative and prescient of reform, growth and modernization led the UAE to its rightful place within the comity of countries. The monumental legacy of the late President will proceed to encourage the generations of Emiratis.”

He additional acknowledged that “below the sagacious management of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, the connection between Pakistan and the UAE scaled new heights. The strategic steering supplied by him contributed immensely to the strengthening of our fraternal ties and deepening of bilateral cooperation throughout the entire spectrum. His invaluable contributions won’t ever be forgotten by the federal government and the individuals of Pakistan”

The PM concluded by stating that “on this second of grief, our ideas and prayers are with the Al-Nahyan household. Could Allah grant the bereaved members of his household and the brotherly individuals of the UAE, the energy and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Ameen! We pray to the Almighty to bathe everlasting blessings on the departed soul and to at all times maintain UAE and its individuals secure, safe and affluent.”

 

Chief of Military Workers (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa too supplied his condolences.

“Pak has misplaced an important good friend. Could Allah Almighty bless his soul & give energy to bereaved household 2 bear this irreparable loss,” the military chief stated.

 

“Heartfelt and deepest condolences on the unhappy demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. Our ideas and prayers are with the Royal household and the individuals of the UAE,” International Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari tweeted.

 

Former prime minister Imran Khan stated he was actually saddened to listen to concerning the UAE president’s passing away.

He paid tribute to Khalifa, calling him an important good friend of Pakistan and a visionary chief of his individuals.

 

Khalifa got here to energy in 2004 within the richest emirate Abu Dhabi and have become the top of state. He’s anticipated to be succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed.

Abu Dhabi, which holds many of the Gulf state’s oil wealth, has held the presidency because the founding of the UAE federation by Khalifa’s father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, in 1971.

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Greater than 100 million individuals forcibly displaced: UN

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GENEVA: Russia’s warfare in Ukraine has pushed the variety of forcibly displaced individuals world wide above 100 million for the primary time ever, the United Nations mentioned Monday.

“The variety of individuals pressured to flee battle, violence, human rights violations and persecution has now crossed the staggering milestone of 100 million for the primary time on document, propelled by the warfare in Ukraine and different lethal conflicts,” mentioned UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company.

The “alarming” determine should shake the world into ending the conflicts forcing document numbers to flee their very own properties, the UNHCR mentioned in an announcement.

UNHCR mentioned the numbers of forcibly displaced individuals rose in direction of 90 million by the tip of 2021, spurred by violence in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and since then, greater than eight million individuals have been displaced inside the nation, whereas greater than six million refugees have fled throughout the borders.

‘Wake-up name’

“100 million is a stark determine — sobering and alarming in equal measure. It’s a document that ought to by no means have been set,” mentioned UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.

“This should function a wake-up name to resolve and stop harmful conflicts, finish persecution, and handle the underlying causes that power harmless individuals to flee their properties.”

The 100 million determine quantities to a couple of % of the worldwide inhabitants, whereas solely 13 nations have an even bigger inhabitants than the variety of forcibly displaced individuals on this planet.

The figures mix refugees, asylum-seekers, in addition to greater than 50 million individuals displaced inside their very own nations.

“The worldwide response to individuals fleeing warfare in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly constructive,” mentioned Grandi.

“Compassion is alive and we want an analogous mobilisation for all crises world wide. However finally, humanitarian support is a palliative, not a treatment.

“To reverse this development, the one reply is peace and stability in order that harmless persons are not pressured to gamble between acute hazard at residence or precarious flight and exile.”

UNHCR will define the complete knowledge on pressured displacement in 2021 in its annual World Tendencies Report, due for launch on June 16.

‘By no means been as dangerous’

Greater than two years on because the begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, at the very least 20 nations nonetheless deny entry to asylum for individuals fleeing battle, violence, and persecution primarily based on measures to clamp down on the virus.

Grandi known as Friday for these nations to raise any remaining pandemic-related asylum restrictions, saying they contravene a elementary human proper.

“I’m apprehensive that measures enacted on the pretext of responding to Covid-19 are getting used as cowl to exclude and deny asylum to individuals fleeing violence and persecution,” he mentioned.

A joint report final week by the Inner Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) mentioned round 38 million new inside displacements had been reported in 2021. A few of these had been by individuals pressured to flee a number of occasions in the course of the 12 months.

The determine marks the second-highest annual variety of new inside displacements in a decade after 2020, which noticed record-breaking motion because of a string of pure disasters.

Final 12 months, new inside displacements particularly from battle surged to 14.4 million — marking a 50-percent leap from 2020, the report confirmed.

“It has by no means been as dangerous as this,” NRC chief Jan Egeland advised reporters.

“The world is falling aside.”

Pure disasters continued to account for many new inside displacement, spurring 23.7 million such actions in 2021.

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US-Indo Pacific technique is certain to be a failed one: Wang Yi

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The US-Indo Pacific technique is inflicting increasingly more vigilance and concern on the planet, particularly among the many international locations within the Asia-Pacific area, mentioned Chinese language State Councilor and International Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.

He made the remarks throughout a joint press convention with Pakistani International Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Guangzhou Metropolis, south China’s Guangdong Province.

The White Home mentioned US President Joe Biden will announce the launch of a brand new regional initiative, the Indo-Pacific Financial Framework (IPEF), throughout his go to in Japan.

The technique seeks to erase the cooperation structure that has labored properly within the area, in addition to the achievements and momentum of peaceable improvement created by the concerted efforts of all international locations within the area over the previous many years, he mentioned.

Noting that the development of the occasions within the Asia-Pacific area is to advance regional integration and construct an Asia-Pacific group with a shared future, he mentioned the area has maintained total peace and stability, with GDP development reaching 6.3 % in 2021 towards the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indo-Pacific Technique concocted by the U.S. known as “freedom and openness”, however is eager on forming cliques; it claims to “change China’s surrounding surroundings” in an try and include China, he mentioned.

Information will show that the so-called Indo-Pacific technique is in essence a technique to create division, to incite confrontation and to undermine peace, he added.

He harassed that like different international locations within the area, China welcomes initiatives which might be conducive to strengthening regional cooperation, however opposes makes an attempt to create division and confrontation.

Which class does the U.S. Indo-Pacific Financial Framework fall into, he requested.

Conducive initiatives ought to promote free commerce and never have interaction in disguised protectionism, he mentioned, including that Asia is a area with excessive acceptance of globalization and free commerce and has gained excellent achievements.

In keeping with WTO guidelines, the Regional Complete Financial Partnership settlement (RCEP) has been launched, a regional cooperation platform with ASEAN on the middle has been arrange, and all these have tremendously promoted regional commerce and funding liberalization and facilitation, he mentioned.

Conducive initiatives ought to contribute to world financial restoration and never undermine industrial chain stability; they need to promote openness and cooperation as a substitute of making geopolitical confrontation, he added.

Highlighting China advocates, promotes and upholds cooperation within the Asia-Pacific area, he mentioned that the nation has no geopolitical self-interest, solely sincerity for solidarity and cooperation.

China has develop into the biggest buying and selling accomplice of most international locations within the area, and its pursuits are deeply intertwined with these of different international locations within the area, he mentioned.

China’s large market of 1.4 billion individuals will proceed to be absolutely opened as much as international locations within the area, and the street of mutual profit and win-win outcomes will probably be even broader, he concluded.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards member assassinated in Tehran

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TEHRAN: Gunmen shot lifeless a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Sunday within the east of the capital Tehran, state information company IRNA reported.

“Sayyad Khodai… was assassinated throughout a gun assault carried out by two motorcylists in Tehran’s Mohahedin-e Eslam Avenue,” IRNA mentioned.

The company described him as a “defender of the sanctuary” — a time period used to explain anybody who works on behalf of the Islamic republic in Syria or Iraq.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the ideological arm of Iran’s army, recognized Khodai as a colonel.

In an announcement posted on their web site, the Guards additionally denounced a “terrorist act” they claimed was carried out by “components linked to world vanity” — a reference to the USA and its allies.

The Guards mentioned they launched an investigation to establish the “aggressor or aggressors”.

Based on IRNA, Khodai was killed by 5 bullets as he returned house at round 4:00pm (1130 GMT).

The company printed footage displaying a person slumped over within the driver’s seat of a automobile, with blood across the collar of his blue shirt and on his proper higher arm.

He’s strapped in along with his seat belt and the entrance window on the passenger facet has been shot out.

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