The Sunday Leader

New UN Chief Takes Office

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017. Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder [...]

Putin And Trump May Decide Syria’s Future

Russians stepped in to help Assad on September 30, 2015 With the fall of Aleppo, Assad will control Syria’s five major cities The election of Donald Trump could result in an entirely different ball game The most horrendous tragedy in war since World War II was witnessed globally last week in the comfort of sitting [...]

Bamyan Recovers From Taliban Terror

by Abdul Haleem, Jawid Omid BAMYAN, Afghanistan (Xinhua) — “Its natural beauty, panoramic landscapes, historical monuments, hospitable people and, above all, its peaceful environment, has lured me to Bamyan,” tourist Mohammad Haroon told Xinhua recently. Visiting the site of the giant Buddha ruins and lambasting the Taliban for blowing up the cultural heritage with dynamite, [...]

Mass Rapes To Mass Protests: Violence Against Women In 2016

From historic convictions to impunity for gang rapes, 2016 has been a year of highs and lows when it comes to efforts to stem violence against women. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It’s a day to reflect on the pain and resilience of survivors. And it’s a [...]

Prince Harry Helps U.S. Marine Make Poignant Tribute

As she travels Britain on a 1,000-mile trek with fellow wounded veterans, former U.S. Marine Kirstie Ennis is making her own quiet tribute to her fallen colleagues. At about every 40 miles, she leaves a memorial dog tag with the name of an armed forces member, along with a note and a poem. And on [...]

US House Speaker John Boehner To Resign

John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who steered his party to an overwhelming House majority in 2010, told colleagues Friday he’s stepping down as Speaker and will leave Congress at the end of October. The abrupt decision comes after he faced heavy pressure from conservatives to take a harder line on their causes, most recently over [...]

More Than 70 Feared Dead In Migrant Tragedy

The bodies of more than 70 dead migrants are thought to have been been inside a truck found on a highway in Austria on Thursday. The vehicle, which police initially believed contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said [...]

Obama Tells Congress US Will Still Press Iran

In his most comprehensive effort to assure wavering Democrats, President Obama wrote in a letter to Congress that the United States would unilaterally maintain economic pressure and deploy military options if needed to deter Iranian aggression, both during and beyond the proposed nuclear accord. The Aug. 19 letter, obtained by ‘The New York Times’, is [...]

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Nominates 1,147 Candidates

Myanmar’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has nominated 1,147 candidates nationwide to contest the upcoming general election slated for Nov. 8, Party General Secretary U Maung Maung Thein told a meeting welcoming the candidates here on Wednesday. Of the candidates, 320 will compete for House of Representatives (Lower House), 166 for House of [...]

US Long Suspected Pakistan Of Sheltering Late Taliban Leader

U.S. intelligence officials suspected Pakistan of sheltering Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, one of the world’s most wanted men, for years before his death, according to a published report. On Wednesday, Afghan officials announced that they believed Omar had died in a Pakistan hospital sometime in 2013. On Thursday, the Taliban issued a statement confirming [...]

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