Thursday, July 2, 2015

About 1,250 Perished In Pakistani Heatwave, Officials Say

dpa, (TNS)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan government said on Wednesday that about 1,250 people died in a severe heatwave that last month gripped the country’s southern province of Sindh.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the worst-hit city of Karachi and was briefed by officials over the heatwave deaths.
According to an official statement, Sharif was informed that in addition to the lives lost, another 65,000 people were treated for heat-related illnesses.

“Most of those who lost their lives were shelterless people, including beggars, whose dehydration was aggravated due to fasting (in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan) in extreme weather,” said the statement.…

Read More

U.S. and Cuba Agree To Open Embassies And Restore Diplomatic Relations

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — In the most significant move yet toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the Obama administration said Tuesday that the two had agreed to open embassies in each other’s countries.

The diplomatic development is the most authoritative move the Obama administration can make unilaterally without an act of Congress, which still holds the power to lift or retain the Cuban economic embargo that has been in place for decades. It comes six months after President Barack Obama ordered the opening of relations, ending more than half a century of Cold War standoff as he promised to “cut loose the shackles of the past.”

Obama and Secretary of State John F.…

Read More

Greece Misses Debt Payment, Is Cut Off From Financial Lifelines

By Henry Chu and Pavlos Zafiropoulos, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

ATHENS — A near-bankrupt Greece was cut off from its financial lifelines Tuesday after it became the world’s first developed country to fail to repay money due the International Monetary Fund and lost access to the European bailout loans that have helped keep it solvent.

A last-minute request by Athens for an extension of its current bailout, which expired late Tuesday, was rejected by the other 18 nations that use the euro currency. But they left the door ajar to Greece’s proposal for a new rescue package — its third in five years — though fresh aid could take weeks or even months to negotiate.…

Read More

Menu Title