Pakistan

UAE Lends Pakistan Billions, Competing with China

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday the UAE will roll over a $2 billion loan and “extend every possible support” in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, UAE's Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan gestures during a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via …

Muslims Begin Second Ramadan of Pandemic Era

Muslims around the world are beginning to celebrate the second Ramadan holy month of the pandemic era, once again seeking to navigate different lockdowns and social distancing requirements in various countries, plus economic travails and factional conflicts exacerbated by the coronavirus.

People buy food on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Al-Zawiya market in Old Gaza on April 13, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Millions of Muslims around the world began observing the holy month of Ramadan amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Notably Missing from China’s Vaccine Efforts

China’s effort to promote its coronavirus vaccines is not quite an “all hands on deck” effort, because one set of hands is notably missing: dictator Xi Jinping, who has evidently not been vaccinated himself and is putting very little personal effort into convincing his skeptical subjects to trust Chinese vaccine products.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. China's president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began …