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Sharbat Gula, who became an international symbol of Afghan refugees after her portrait was published on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985, was evacuated to Rome after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the Italian government said Thursday. Ever since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in August, nonprofit organizations had appealed for help in evacuating Ms. Gula, the government said in a statement. “The prime minister’s office has brought about and organized her transfer to Italy,” the statement said. Ms. Gula, now in her late 40s and the mother of several children, was believed to be 12 when Steve McCurry photographed her, with a piercing, green-eyed stare, in 1984 in a refugee camp in Pakistan for National Geographic. He did not learn her name until 2002, when he found her in the mountains of Afghanistan and was able to verify her identity.
Persons: Sharbat Gula, Gula, Steve McCurry Organizations: Geographic, National Geographic Locations: Rome, Afghanistan, U.S, Italy, Pakistan
Activists are pushing companies to "fully extricate their supply chains from the Uyghur Region," meaning Xinjiang. Researchers say that cotton from that region of China is still ending up in stores. In 2020, the United States banned the import of certain Xinjiang products, including cotton, over concerns about forced labor in the region. Murphy spearheaded the report "Laundering Cotton: How Xinjiang Cotton is Obscured in International Supply Chains." In her research, she initially identified five Chinese companies selling cotton yarn or fabric that was sourced from the Xinjiang region.
Persons: that's, Laura Murphy, Helena Kennedy, Murphy, Joe Biden's, Wang Yi, Eileen Fisher, Marks, Jo Ann, . Bean, Brooks, Eddie Bauer, Guess, Hanes, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss, Lilly Pulitzer, Lucky Brand, Madewell, Marco Polo, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo, JCPenney, L.L . Bean, Bean, Lacoste, Timothy Voit Organizations: Service, Privacy, Coalition, Labour, United, China's International Press Center, Helena, Helena Kennedy Center for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, US Treasury Department, Rights Watch, UN Human Rights, Reuters, Spencer Group, Carrefour, Costco, Home Depot, Ikea, Kmart, Kohl's, Sears, Target, Walmart, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Duluth Trading, Inc, Vineyard, Nike, Tesco Locations: China, Xinjiang, Uyghur Region, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, Beijing, United States, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mexico, Macy's, Patagonia, Chico's, Duluth, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous, Lacoste, Australia, Turkey, Peru, Thomaston
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Sharbat Gula, famously known as the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” from National Geographic's 1985 magazine cover, has received refuge in Italy amid efforts to evacuate Afghans after the Taliban took over the country three months ago when the U.S. withdrew its remaining troops from Afghanistan. Gula is now in the city of Rome, according to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Italian government will help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said. Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, meets with National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" Sharbat Gulla in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2016. Gula's travel to Italy is “part of the wider evacuation program in place for Afghan citizens and the government’s plan for their reception and integration,” the European nation added.
Persons: Sharbat Gula, Gula, Steve McCurry, McCurry, Ashraf Ghani, Rahmat Gul Organizations: U.S, Ministers, National, Taliban Locations: Italy, Afghanistan, Rome, Kabul, Pakistan
People wait for their turn to get petrol at a petrol station, after Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) announced a countrywide strike, in Karachi, Pakistan November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar SoomroISLAMABAD, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Pakistan's petrol retailers began a nationwide strike on Thursday as the main industry body flagged low profit margins, exacerbated by the government's move to raise taxes and boost revenue under its agreements with the International Monetary Fund. We will not make our pumps operational till our demands are met," Khwaja Asif Ahmed, secretary of information at Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, told reporters in Lahore on Wednesday evening. "Anyone involved in oil disruptions causing public inconvenience shall be dealt strictly in accordance with OGRA laws." Pakistan's gas station association has said profit margins have already dropped over the last few months as the government previously increased the petroleum levy.
Persons: Akhtar Soomro, Khwaja Asif Ahmed, Charlotte Greenfield, Asif Shahzad Organizations: Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association, REUTERS, International Monetary Fund, Gas Regulatory Authority, IMF, Thomson Locations: Karachi, Pakistan, Akhtar Soomro ISLAMABAD, Lahore
Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business) The Biden administration is piling more pressure on Chinese companies it claims could undermine US national security. The US Commerce Department on Wednesday added a dozen Chinese companies to a trade blacklist, saying that some of the firms have supported the modernization of China's army. The Commerce Department also cited concerns about China's "ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption." And it said that several entities from China and Pakistan were added to the list for contributing to Pakistan's nuclear activities or ballistic missile program. Tensions between the United States and China that escalated under former President Donald Trump have continued to simmer under President Joe Biden.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Read Organizations: CNN, US Commerce Department, Commerce Locations: Hong Kong, Washington, China, Pakistan, United States, Beijing
Bjarke Mikkelsen, CEO of the e-commerce retail platform Daraz, speaks with Reuters during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Asif ShahzadISLAMABAD, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Pakistan's largest e-commerce retail platform Daraz aims to host up to 300,000 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in two years, its CEO said, as the firm seeks to bolster its position in its home market in the face of potential competition from global giant Amazon. Daraz, founded in 2012 in Pakistan and acquired by Chinese giant Alibaba (9988.HK) in 2018, has 100,000 SMEs in Pakistan on its platform. Out of the 70 million users who visited the Daraz website last month, 35 million were from Pakistan. He added that e-commerce in the South Asian nations where Daraz operates was only 2% of the retail market, which could be scaled up 10 to 20 times.
Persons: Bjarke Mikkelsen, Asif Shahzad, Pakistan's, Mikkelsen, Imran Khan, Khan, Daraz, Emelia Sithole Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Walmart, India's Reliance, Tata, HK, Amazon, Thomson Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal
Pakistan is expected to grow about 5% in the current fiscal year that ends in June 2022, the country's central bank governor told CNBC on Tuesday. In exchange, Pakistan had to stabilize its economy through structural reforms and by reducing public debt. The South Asian nation faced an economic crisis in 2018 when its foreign exchange reserves fell to multi-year low, which put pressure on the Pakistani rupee. Annual economic growth in calendar year 2018 was 5.8% but that figure plunged to 0.99% a year later, according to the World Bank's data. The coronavirus pandemic dealt another blow to the economy and in 2020, growth slipped further to 0.53%.
Persons: Reza Baqir, CNBC's Organizations: CNBC, Monetary Fund, IMF Locations: Pakistan
Hong Kong (CNN Business) JPMorgan has made significant inroads in China over the last couple of years. Speaking at an event in Boston on Tuesday,CEO Jamie Dimon said he "made a joke" during a recent trip to Hong Kong, referencing the ruling Chinese Communist Party's 100th anniversary. "I can't say that in China," Dimon added with a chuckle. Dimon cited that trip on Tuesday, saying, "Obviously, I don't have freedom of speech in China ... like I have in Hong Kong. Dimon also dismissed criticism that JPMorgan "shouldn't do business in China" because of opposition to some of its policies.
Persons: Jamie Dimon, Dimon, Carrie Lam, We've, I'd, wouldn't Organizations: CNN Business, JPMorgan, Communist, Communist Party, JPMorgan Chase, Boston College Locations: Hong Kong, China, Boston, Hong, American, United States, America, Russia, We're, Pakistan, Egypt
Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021. WASHINGTON – The Biden administration added a dozen Chinese companies to its trade blacklist on Wednesday citing national security as well as foreign policy concerns. In all, the Biden administration added 27 entities and individuals located in the People's Republic of China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan and Singapore. "Global trade and commerce should support peace, prosperity, and good-paying jobs, not national security risks," wrote U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in a statement. "The Department of Commerce is committed to effectively using export controls to protect our national security."
Persons: WASHINGTON –, Biden, Gina Raimondo Organizations: WASHINGTON, People's Liberation Army, Chinese Communist Party, Commerce Department, of Commerce, Embassy Locations: Shanghai, China, People's Republic of China, Pakistan, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Washington
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPakistan's central bank explains why it's dialing back stimulus sooner than expectedReza Baqir, governor of State Bank of Pakistan, discusses three factors that led to the central bank's decision to taper monetary stimulus "a bit faster" than anticipated.
Persons: Reza Baqir Organizations: State Bank of Pakistan
He parks his motorcycle at home and walks to his shop. Many of his shelves are empty because he can’t afford to stock the same supply of candy, soft drinks and cookies that he once did. A growing number of his customers can’t buy his snacks anyway. The global inflation wave has dealt a severe blow to Pakistan, a country of 220 million people already struggling with erratic growth and heavy government debt. “Still, I come here every day, open the shop and wait for customers.”
Persons: Muhammad Nazir, Imran Khan, , ” Mr, Nazir, Locations: Pakistan, Sohawa, Pakistan’s, Islamabad,
The deal, subject to regulatory approvals, will see Telenor and CP Group each owning a third of the combined company, with stock market investors holding the rest. read moreTelenor and CP Group will have equal influence over the new business, the Norwegian firm's CEO said. The tie-up between True and Dtac is set to become the third biggest merger deal between Thai companies, according to Refinitiv data. CP Group will also inject cash, albeit a smaller amount, Telenor said, ensuring the two end up holding equal stakes. Citi is advising Telenor and JPMorgan is advising CP Group.
Persons: Ints, Sigve Brekke, Brekke, Thapana Phanich, Hegland Bachke, Dtac, Chayut, Anshuman, Terje Solsvik, Radhika Anilkumar, Muralikumar Anantharaman, Mark Potter Organizations: Telenor, REUTERS, True Corp, Norway's Telenor, Charoen Pokphand, CP, CP Group, Info Service Pcl, AIS, 5G, reuters.com, CP Group's True Corporation, Reuters, Gulf Energy Development, Intouch Holdings, Gulf Energy, CP Group's, ASEAN subsidiary's, Jefferies, TISCO Securities, Dtac, Citi, JPMorgan, Victoria Klesty, Thomson Locations: Fornebu, Norway, BANGKOK, Thailand, Norwegian, Intouch, Thai, Malaysia, Asia, Pakistan, Oslo, Bangkok, Singapore, Bengaluru
Asia's big three buyers - China, Japan and South Korea - are forecast to discharge 17.77 million tonnes of the super-chilled fuel in November, according to data compiled by commodity consultants Kpler. This is up from 15.41 million tonnes in October, and will be the highest monthly total for the world's top three buyers since February, when 19.01 million tonnes were discharged. That would be well below the 2.33 million tonnes landed in October, and a similar 2.33 million tonnes in November 2020. read moreDespite the potential shortage of natural gas over winter, Europe's LNG imports haven't surged, and November's arrivals are expected to be lower than those for October. Refinitiv pegs Europe's total LNG imports for November at 7.23 million tonnes in November, down from October's 7.28 million but above the 6.20 million from November last year.
Persons: Issei Kato LAUNCESTON, Refinitiv, Kenneth Maxwell Our Organizations: Electric Power Co, REUTERS, LNG, haven't, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Futtsu, Tokyo, Japan, Australia, Asia, Europe, China, South Korea, South Asia, India, Bangladesh, Beijing, Canberra, South, Pakistan, Russia, October's
LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan freed a hardline Islamist leader on Thursday, a week after removing his name from a terrorism watch list under a deal to end weeks of deadly protests by his followers, the government and his lawyer said. Saad Hussain Rizvi, the chief of a Sunni militant group — Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) — was released from a jail in Lahore city, a government spokesman, Hasaan Khawar, told Reuters. Khan's government had designated the TLP a terrorist group and arrested Rizvi amid similar violent protests earlier this year. It entered politics in 2017 and surprised the political elite by securing more than 2 million votes in the 2018 election. The next national election is scheduled for 2023, and analysts expect political groups to start gearing up from early next year.
Persons: Saad Hussain Rizvi, , Hasaan Khawar, Muhammad Rizwan, God, Imran Khan, Prophet Mohammad, Rizvi Organizations: Reuters, NBC Locations: LAHORE, Pakistan, Lahore city
Last month, after South Korea tested a new missile, Pyongyang admonished Seoul for its "reckless ambition." Arzan Tarapore, South Asia research scholar at Stanford University, said Beijing's aggressive posturing and diplomacy under Xi was alarming its neighbors. While Japan's neighbor North Korea is often in the news for its missile program, South Korea is also rapidly expanding its forces. Arzan Tarapore, South Asia research scholar at Stanford UniversityThe limits were put in place in 1979 to prevent a missile development arms race between the two Koreas. But he warned any further aggression by Beijing in the South China Sea could push countries to adopt a more militaristic stance.
Persons: Malcolm Davis, Xi Jinping, Mark Milley, Xi, Joe Biden, Arzan, Donald Trump, Biden, Tarapore, Fumio Kishida, Lionel Fatton, Sung Kim, Joko Widodo, ASPI's Davis, Nguyen, Delfin Lorenzana, Davis, Stanford's Tarapore, Peter Layton, Layton, acquiescing Organizations: CNN, Jiangnan Shipyard, South, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, PLA, Pentagon, US Joint Chiefs, Staff, Communist Party, Australian Strategic Policy, Stanford University, Trump, JUST, Japanese, Taiwan, Defense Forces, ., Webster University, US, Beijing, Philippines Defense, ASEAN, Air Defense, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Air Force, Navy, of Navigation Operations, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Griffith University's Asia Institute Locations: Hong Kong, Jiangnan, Taipei, Beijing, Asia, Taiwan, East Asia, Japan, South Korea, China, North Korea, Pyongyang, Seoul, Pakistan, South, Shanghai, South Asia, Philippines, Afghanistan, American, Tokyo, Okinawa, United States, . South Korea, Switzerland, Australia, Washington, London, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jakarta, South China, Vietnam, India, Galwan, Xinjiang, Ladakh, Delhi, Stockholm, Islamabad, Asia Pacific, Taiwan Strait, Europe
KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves decrease by $381 million to $16,945.4 million in the week ending November 12, compared to $17,326.0 in the previous week, the central bank said on Thursday. RESERVES Week ending Previous Week Change/pct ($ billions) Nov 12 Held by the State $16,945.4 mln $17,326.0 mln -2.1 Bank of Pakistan Held by $6,605.2 mln $6,699.5 mln -1.4 commercial banks Total $23,550.6 mln $24,025.5 mln -1.9 During the week ending November 12, Pakistan's central bank reserves decrease by $381 million, the State Bank said on Thursday. (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan)
Persons: Syed Raza Hassan Organizations: Bank of, State Bank Locations: KARACHI, Pakistan, Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan's
(Adds context on weakening rupee, economic outlook, previous decision, adds analyst comment)ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan’s central bank said on Tuesday it was bringing forward its next monetary policy decision to Friday due to “unforeseen developments” affecting the outlook for inflation. The central bank did not specify what developments it was focused on, but analysts pointed to growing questions around the impact an IMF review could have on the economy and policy. The bank had been scheduled to make its next monetary policy announcement a week later on Nov. 26. The concerns around the IMF review have also been partly blamed for a slide in the rupee in recent weeks, adding pressure on an economy struggling with high inflation and a current account deficit. At its meeting in September, the State Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.25%, the first move it had made since slashing borrowing costs last year, and signalled it could lift rates further in future.
Persons: , Mohammed Sohail, Charlotte Greenfield, Andrew Heavens, Alex Richardson Organizations: State Bank of, IMF, Topline Securities Ltd, , State Bank Locations: ISLAMABAD, State Bank of Pakistan, ” Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan’s central bank said on Tuesday it was bringing forward its next monetary policy decision to Friday due to “unforeseen developments” affecting the outlook for inflation. “The meeting has been brought forward in light of recent unforeseen developments that have affected the outlook for inflation and the balance of payments, and to help reduce the uncertainty about monetary settings prevailing in the market,” the State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement. The bank had been scheduled to make its next monetary policy announcement on Nov. 26. (Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Persons: Charlotte Greenfield, Andrew Heavens Organizations: State Bank of Locations: ISLAMABAD, State Bank of Pakistan
An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. Facebook (FB.O) said the group, known in the security industry as SideCopy, shared links to websites hosting malware which could surveil people's devices. It also compromised legitimate websites to manipulate people into giving up their Facebook credentials. Investigators also said Facebook had last month disabled the accounts of two hacking groups which it linked to Syria's Air Force Intelligence. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York Editing by Matthew LewisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kacper, It's, Mike Dvilyanski, Facebook, Facebook's, David Agranovich, Elizabeth Culliford, Matthew Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Reuters, Twitter Inc, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, U.S . State Department, Syria's Air Force Intelligence, Syrian Electronic Army, Free Syrian Army, Syria Civil Defense, Thomson Locations: Warsaw, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kabul, Syria, New York
What the COP26 climate conference really accomplished
  + stars: | 2021-11-16 | by ( Emma Newburger | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +8 min
Young protesters take part in the Fridays For Future rally in Glasgow, Scotland on November 5, 2021, during climate summit COP26. The Global Methane Pledge covers countries that account for nearly half of global methane emissions and 70% of global GDP. US President Joe Biden delivers a speech on stage during a meeting at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks during a joint China and US statement on a declaration enhancing climate action, at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Britain November 10, 2021. A delegate walks past a sign during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 11, 2021.
Persons: António Guterres, Jeff J Mitchell, Young, Daniel Leal, COP26, Ani Dasgupta, Dasgupta, Barry Rabe, " Rabe, Joe Biden, Brendan Smialowski, Vuk Valcic, Jennifer Morgan, John Kerry, John F, Kerry, Yves Herman Organizations: United Nations, Getty, United, Olivas, AFP, World Resources Institute, University of Michigan, Brookings Institution, Greenpeace International, Reuters, Change, Nations Locations: GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, United Nations, Glasgow, Scotland, U.S, China, UN, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico, Russia, India, City of London, Britain, United States
Workers at the ticket desk for Japanese airline All Nippon Airways assist travellers at the departures hall of the San Francisco International Airport, during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in San Francisco, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen NellisWASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised against travel to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Iceland because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. The CDC raised its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High" for the three countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there. The CDC separately lowered its COVID-19 travel advisory to "Level One: Low" for Japan, India, Pakistan, Liberia, Gambia and Mozambique. Reporting by David ShepardsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stephen Nellis WASHINGTON, David Shepardson Organizations: All Nippon Airways, San Francisco International Airport, REUTERS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, Thomson Locations: San Francisco , U.S, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, India, Pakistan, Liberia, Gambia, Mozambique
Over the past two decades, as droughts led to repeated grain shortages in Afghanistan, India, which produces a grain surplus, often came to its aid. But relations between Pakistan and India have been consistently tense including over the disputed Kashmir region, and they plunged to a new low in recent years after deadly militant attacks in India were blamed on support from Pakistan. India has recently largely used the Chabahar Port in Iran to send wheat shipments to Afghanistan, a longer and costlier route. The Taliban’s return to power has further complicated the transit issues. Pakistan, where the Taliban found a haven during their 20-year insurgency, is now in many ways playing gatekeeper for Afghanistan.
Organizations: Indian Locations: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Port, Iran, United,
With millions facing starvation and nearly the entire population teetering on the brink of poverty, Afghanistan could experience the worst humanitarian crisis "we've ever seen," a United Nations Development Programme official told CNBC this week. "Afghanistan is probably facing the worst humanitarian disaster we've ever seen," Al Dardari told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "We have never seen an economic shock of that magnitude and we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of that magnitude," he said. Funding for the humanitarian crisis and for essential services is crucial to maintain lives and livelihood in the Central Asian country, he added. He also urged the international community to fulfill "its collective responsibility to avert a grave humanitarian crisis" in Afghanistan.
Persons: Abdallah Al Dardari, Al Dardari, CNBC's, Hector Retamal, Imran Khan Organizations: United Nations, CNBC, UNDP, AFP, Getty Images Pakistan, U.S . State Department . Locations: Afghanistan, Afghan, Kabul, Islamabad, China, Russia, United States, Pakistan, Germany
Alibaba-owned Daraz on how it'll stay competitive in e-commerce
  + stars: | 2021-11-12 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAlibaba-owned Daraz shares plans to stay competitive in South AsiaBjarke Mikkelsen, CEO at Daraz, says the e-commerce start-up will focus on growing the number of sellers and customers on its platform, improve logistics operations, and build infrastructure to support more digital payments. The Alibaba-owned company operates in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.
Persons: South Asia Bjarke Mikkelsen Locations: South Asia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar
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