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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary. Like other travelers during these times, the elephant needed to be tested for Covid-19 before his flight. Once his large metal crate was safely on board, Kaavan was provided with in-flight snacks — 440 pounds of them — for the seven-hour journey. The flight was uneventful, which is all you can ask for when you transfer an elephant,” Khalil said. Amir Khalil, head of project development at Four Paws, with Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan in September.
Persons: Kaavan, Amir Khalil, ” Khalil, Saheli, Cher, Eric Margolis, Saiyna Bashir, Martin Bauer, Bauer, Kaaven Organizations: American, Kaavan, NBC Locations: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Pakistani, Vienna, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Marghazar, Islamabad
Kaavan, Pakistan's lonesome elephant, starts new life in Cambodia
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan arrived in Cambodia by cargo plane on Monday to start a new life with 600 fellow pachyderms at a local sanctuary, the result of years of campaigning for his relocation by American singer Cher. Animal rescue organisation Four Paws said 36-year-old Kaavan, who had spent most of his life at Islamabad Zoo without a companion, would be released from his crate in daylight on Tuesday at a sanctuary. “Kaavan was eating, was not stressed, he was even a little bit sleeping, standing leaning at the crate wall. Cher had written songs pressing for Kaavan’s release from grim, isolated conditions at Islamabad Zoo and she had spent the last few days with him in Pakistan. “Cambodia is pleased to welcome Kaavan.
Persons: Kaavan, Cher, , Amir Khalil, Neth Pheaktra Organizations: Reuters, Islamabad, Islamabad Zoo, State, Environment Ministry Locations: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, American, Cambodia’s, Siem Reap, Pakistan
Pakistan shuts schools to curb new coronavirus infections
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Umar Farooq | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan shut its schools and postponed exams on Thursday to try to curb new coronavirus infections and a rise in the number of people in hospital with COVID-19. Pakistan reported 3,306 new cases on Wednesday, and 40 deaths from the pandemic, with 2,485 patients currently admitted in hospitals, according to officials. The decision to close schools, officials have said, was based on an increase in the rate of positive test results in the country. The rate of people testing positive in June was as high as 23%, but dropped to a low of 1.7% by September. State television and radio stations were used to broadcast lessons for students at home for students in government schools.
Persons: Shafqat Mahmood, Imran Khan, , doesn’t Organizations: , World Locations: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, COVID
India seeks to implicate Pakistan in dossier to U.N. Security Council members
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Monday handed a dossier to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council about a major attack that it said militants from Pakistan had attempted in the Indian part of Kashmir last week, government officials said. The four militants, belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, infiltrated into Indian Kashmir through a tunnel in the Samba area, the government said. The heavily armed men carried radio sets, a mobile phone, medicines and foods all made in Pakistan, it said. India says Pakistan gives material support to the militants fighting its rule in Muslim majority Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies. Last week’s incident was part of Pakistan’s ongoing terror campaign in Kashmir, Shringla told the envoys.
Persons: Harsh Shringla, Shringla Organizations: . Security Council, Security, Indian Locations: DELHI, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Samba, Nagrota, United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Islamabad
Thousands attend Pakistani cleric's funeral despite COVID-19 curbs
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Mubasher Bukhari | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral of a hardline Pakistani cleric in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, defying a government ban on large public gatherings in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Despite the coronavirus curbs, tens of thousands turned out to mourn Rizvi, and organisers of the funeral said the government had not told them to limit the gathering. Government officials did not respond to a request for comment about the funeral, which wreaked havoc in Lahore as cellphone services were shut down and major roads blocked for security reasons. A local official, who asked not to be named, said he estimated that close to 200,000 people had attended the event. Earlier this month, the cleric led a march joined by thousands of protesters to Islamabad that blocked a main entry road for hours and saw demonstrators clash with police.
Persons: Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Prophet Muhammad, Rizvi Organizations: Reuters Locations: LAHORE, Pakistan, Pakistani, Lahore, Islamabad, France
India summons Pakistani diplomat over Kashmir gun battle
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Sanjeev Miglani | Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India on Saturday summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat over what New Delhi said was a foiled attack this week in the frontier territory of Jammu and Kashmir by a Pakistan-based militant group, a charge the neighbouring country denied. FILE PHOTO: An armed policeman stands guard outside Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2019. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said a protest was lodged with Pakistan’s charge d’affaires in New Delhi. Tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has sharpened since last August, when Modi’s government ended the autonomy of its only Muslim-majority region. India will hold district-level elections this month in Jammu and Kashmir, the first such exercise there since the federal government took away the area’s statehood more than a year ago.
Persons: Anushree, Narendra Modi, Mohammed Organizations: NEW, Pakistan, Commission, REUTERS, External Affairs, India, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: NEW DELHI, ISLAMABAD, India, Pakistani, New Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Pakistan, India’s, Afghanistan
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai siege, to 10 years in prison on two charges of terrorism financing, his lawyer said. REUTERS/Faisal MahmoodThe sentences for the two charges - five years each - will run concurrently. He denies any involvement with militancy, including the 2008 Mumbai siege in which 160 people were killed, including Americans. The conviction comes as Pakistan tries to avoid punitive blacklisting by global dirty money watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which judges a country’s ability to combat illicit financing, including to militant organisations. In FATF’s last review in October, Pakistan was urged to complete an internationally agreed action plan by February 2021 and to demonstrate that terrorism financing probes resulted in effective sanctions.
Persons: Hafiz Saeed, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JuD, Saeed Ahmed Gujar, Faisal Mahmood, Saeed, Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Saeed, Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Mujahid, ” Saeed’s, Imran Fazal Gill, Jammaat, , , Gill Organizations: Reuters, Milli Muslim League, REUTERS, Appeals, United Locations: LAHORE, Pakistan, United States, India, Mumbai, Islamabad, Lahore
Slideshow ( 2 images )This will be Khan’s first visit to Afghanistan since assuming office over two years ago. It is the highest profile visit by a Pakistani official to Kabul since peace talks began between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the Qatari capital of Doha. Mistrust has cloaked relations between the neighbours, due to Pakistan’s covert support for the Taliban during the past two decades. Washington’s special representative for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad has a made a number of trips to Islamabad to discuss the peace process. “The focus will be mainly on the peace process but we won’t keep our hopes high,” said a source in the Afghan presidential palace.
Persons: Imran Khan, Ashraf Ghani, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Khan, Zalmay Khalilzad, Ghani, Dawa Khan Minapal, , Tariq Arian Organizations: Pakistan’s, Pentagon, United States, Afghan Interior Ministry Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Afghanistan, Qatari, Doha, United, Pakistan, Washington, Islamabad
Islamists say Pakistan agrees to French boycott, end protest
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Asif Shahzad | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Islamist group called off protests over cartoons of Prophet Mohammad on Tuesday saying the government had agreed to their demand for a boycott of French products, the group’s spokesman said. The French embassy in Islamabad declined to comment and Pakistan’s foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Also, all detained protesters and their leaders would be set free immediately, the spokesman said, shortly after he was released. There is a history of violent reactions to perceived incidents of blasphemy in Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Mohammad carries the death penalty. The Islamist group called off a similar protest in 2017, in which one police and six protesters were killed, after the government agreed to its demands, which included the resignation of the then law minister.
Persons: Prophet Mohammad, Ejaz, Mohammad Organizations: Reuters Locations: ISLAMABAD, Pakistani, Islamabad, France, Pakistan, French
The highway assault shook the women of Pakistan, but it did not shock us. We grew up with stories of women killed for “honor” and women raped for revenge. In the two months since the highway assault, a police officer raped a woman in her home. A teenager committed suicide after being blackmailed by the men who raped her and videotaped the assault. Her reporting on women in Pakistan has been supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.
Persons: , Imran Khan, Khan, , Mercedes, Don’t, Fatima Bhojani, Media Foundation’s Howard G Organizations: International, Media, Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, The, New York, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, New Delhi, India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria
Walsh spent nearly a decade living in and covering Pakistan, first for The Guardian, then for The Times. [ This book was one of our most anticipated titles of November. During Walsh’s years in Pakistan, he produced news story after news story, until, in 2013, he became one himself. He was unceremoniously kicked out of the country by the government, presented the decision by police officers who showed up at his Islamabad home in the middle of the night. Among the group was a bearded man in civilian clothes, who handed him an envelope marked “By Special Messenger,” containing a letter giving him 72 hours to leave.
Persons: Walsh, United States fraying, Osama bin, ” Walsh, , Organizations: The Guardian, The Times, United, American Special Forces Locations: Pakistan, United States, Islamabad
The attack took place at a time of growing anger among Muslims in many countries over the issue of French cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which they deem insulting and blasphemous. France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years, has defended the right to publish such cartoons. In Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Palestinian territories, tens of thousands of Muslims staged anti-French protests after Friday prayers. Slideshow ( 5 images )In Nice, residents mourned the victims of what was the second attack in the Mediterranean city in recent years. “She was still talking, she was saying that there was someone inside (the church),” Jelloule told France Television.
Persons: Prophet Mohammad, Emmanuel Macron, “ Allahu Akbar ”, Samuel Paty, Paty, Macron, , , Akramul Haq, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Gerald Damarnin, Richard Gianotti, Frederic Lefevre, Jean, Francois Ricard, sexton, Ricard, Simone Barreto Silva, Brahim Jelloule, ” Jelloule, Francois Gourdon, Vincent Loques, Aouissaoui’s, Aouissaoui, Afef, Yassin, Samuel Paty, Vincent Loques Organizations: PARIS, Police, “ Boycott, Akramul, Nice, RTL, Nice Police, Reuters, Notre Dame, French, rugby, France Television, PARIS/NICE, France (Reuters) Locations: France, Nice, East, Asia, Africa, Notre Dame, Paris, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Islamabad, Dhaka, India, Lebanon, Somalia, Christianity, Tunisian, Europe, Lampedusa, Tunisia, Brazil, Sfax, Nice, India, Africa
The attack took place at a time of growing anger among Muslims in many countries over the issue of French cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which they deem insulting and blasphemous. France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years, has defended the right to publish such cartoons. In Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Palestinian territories, tens of thousands of Muslims staged anti-French protests after Friday prayers. Slideshow ( 5 images )In Nice, residents mourned the victims of what was the second attack in the Mediterranean city in recent years. “She was still talking, she was saying that there was someone inside (the church),” Jelloule told France Television.
Persons: Prophet Mohammad, Emmanuel Macron, “ Allahu Akbar ”, Samuel Paty, Paty, Macron, , , Akramul Haq, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Gerald Damarnin, Richard Gianotti, Frederic Lefevre, Jean, Francois Ricard, sexton, Ricard, Simone Barreto Silva, Brahim Jelloule, ” Jelloule, Francois Gourdon, Vincent Loques, Aouissaoui’s, Aouissaoui, Afef, Yassin, Samuel Paty, Vincent Loques Organizations: PARIS, Police, “ Boycott, Akramul, Nice, RTL, Nice Police, Reuters, Notre Dame, French, rugby, France Television, PARIS/NICE, France (Reuters) Locations: France, Nice, East, Asia, Africa, Notre Dame, Paris, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Islamabad, Dhaka, India, Lebanon, Somalia, Christianity, Tunisian, Europe, Lampedusa, Tunisia, Brazil, Sfax, Nice, India, Africa
The Latest: Pope Ends Public Audiences Amid Virus Surge
  + stars: | 2020-10-29 | by ( Oct. | At A.M. | ) www.usnews.com   time to read: +17 min
By The Associated PressVATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter. ___WARSAW, Poland — Poland has registered another sharp spike in confirmed coronavirus cases and reported a new daily record of over 20,100. The 54-nation continent now has over 1.7 million confirmed virus cases - an increase of less than 1% from the previous week - and more than 42,000 virus-related deaths. The British government, which is responsible for public health in England, has set out a three-tiered approach to the virus’ resurgence. The small Pacific nation had been among the last places in the world to have no reported cases of the virus.
Persons: Pope Francis ’, Francis, Francis ’, — Germany's Merkel, Vladimir Putin, there’s, ” Putin, ___, Rana Hajjeh, , There’s, Jan Blatny, Prymula, Blatny, Farmer, Heiko Maas, that’s, John Nkengasong, , ” Nkengasong, ____, Jean, Philippe Gaudin, Robert Jenrick, ___ BERLIN, Angela Merkel, Merkel, Robert Koch, virologists, Alexander De Croo, ___ PARIS, Guillaume Faury, Austin Quinn, Davidson, John Nkengasong Organizations: Associated Press, Vatican, WHO, coronavirus, World Health Organization, Management, COVID, NATO, U.S . National Guard, University Hospital, BERLIN —, Foreign Ministry, ___, Poland —, Health Ministry, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, British, European Union, ___ ISLAMABAD —, Airbus, BEIJING —, Alaska —, Marshall, U.S, AP, Rana Hajjeh, PRAGUE, BERLIN, WARSAW, Poland, Kenya, BRUSSELS, Islamabad, Yes, Alaska, New Zealand Locations: Italy, France, Europe, Mississippi, MOSCOW, Russia, ___ CAIRO, Cairo, PRAGUE, Czech, hematology, Brno, Czech Republic, PARIS, Paris, BERLIN, BERLIN — Germany, COVID, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, ___ WARSAW, Poland, Poland — Poland, Poznan, Warsaw, Silesia, NAIROBI, Kenya, Africa, England, Germany’s, BRUSSELS, MADRID, Spanish, Spain, ___ ISLAMABAD, Islamabad, Pakistan, BEIJING, China, Xinjiang, Kashgar prefecture, Kashgar, ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Anchorage , Alaska, ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Hawaii, U.S, Honolulu, Kwajalein, Cairo, Warsaw, Europe, England, Thursday
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