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Travel advisory for Pakistan issued by Canada

ISLAMABAD: Beware of the current security situation, threat of terrorism, civil unrest, sectarian violence, and kidnapping. Canadian citizens living in Pakistan are advised to travel with extreme caution.

The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for individuals planning to visit Pakistan, as well as for the safety of Canadian citizens residing in Pakistan, according to diplomatic sources in Islamabad.

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The advisory, which was published on January 4, cautioned Canadian citizens not to travel within 50 kilometers of the Afghanistan border, within 10 kilometers of the borders with China, India, and Iran, or within 10 kilometers of the Line of Control, with the exception of the designated border crossings at Wagah Border and Khunjerab Pass.

A portion of the Karakoram Highway from Mansehra to Chilas, Kashmir, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with the exception of Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Buner, and the Chitral district, was also listed in the travel advisory as areas that were dangerous to travel through.

Canada also cautioned its citizens against making unnecessary trips to Karachi because of the violence and threat of terrorism.

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Terrorist activity in Pakistan has increased since the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) broke their ceasefire with the government in November, particularly in KP and Balochistan.

India halts visa services for Canadians citing security threats

Tensions between India and Canada have flared as India suspends visa services for Canadian citizens, intensifying a diplomatic dispute following Canada’s allegations that India may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist on Canadian soil.

BLS International, the agency responsible for processing Indian visa applications in Canada, delivered a letter to Indian stock exchanges on Thursday, formally declaring the suspension of visa services “till further notice” due to operational reasons, effective from September 21, 2023.

Previously, BLS International had posted on its website that India had suspended visa services for Canadians starting on Thursday, citing information from the Indian mission. The notice briefly disappeared on Thursday before resurfacing without explanation.

This development follows India’s stern travel advisory issued the previous day, urging its citizens in Canada to exercise caution and vigilance due to “politically condoned hate crimes.” The advisory also highlighted threats targeting Indian diplomats and segments of the Indian community opposing anti-India agendas, particularly mentioning Indian students.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement regarding “credible allegations” of a potential link between “agents of the government of India” and the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh Canadian citizen who was fatally shot by masked assailants in June.

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India has vehemently denied these allegations, deeming them “absurd and motivated” and insisting that Canada has provided no specific evidence to substantiate Indian involvement.

India’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, highlighted that India had shared specific evidence of criminal activities by individuals on Canadian soil but had seen no action taken by Canadian authorities. In response to Trudeau’s statement, both India and Canada have expelled senior diplomats, straining their relations and raising concerns of an awkward rift between significant US partners.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a vocal advocate for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland that would encompass parts of India’s Punjab state, was gunned down outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, in June. The Khalistan movement is outlawed in India and regarded as a national security threat.

Nijjar’s name appeared on India’s list of UAPA terrorists, and in 2020, the Indian National Investigation Agency accused him of attempting to radicalise the Sikh community worldwide in favour of Khalistan.

The assassination of Nijjar deeply affected Canada’s Sikh community, one of the largest outside India, with over 770,000 Sikh members. Canadian authorities have not arrested any suspects in connection with his murder but have been actively investigating the case.

Canada says it suspects India involved in Sikh leader murder

Canada said on Monday that it was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia in June, dealing a further blow to diplomatic ties between the countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an emergency statement to the House of Commons that any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen was “an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty”.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a Sikh temple on June 18 in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a large Sikh population. Nijjar supported a Sikh homeland in the form of an independent Khalistani state and was designated by India as a “terrorist” in July 2020.

“Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India” and Nijjar’s death, Trudeau said.

He said he had raised the murder directly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi last week, and urged the government of India to “cooperate with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter”.

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“Canada has declared its deep concerns to the top intelligence and security officials of the Indian government. Last week at the G20 I brought them personally and directly to Prime Minister Modi in no uncertain terms,” he said.

Canada also expelled India’s top intelligence agent in the country on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said, without providing details. The Indian high commission in Ottawa did not respond to requests for comment.

Trudeau’s comments mark a significant escalation in tensions between Canada and the world’s largest democracy, with New Delhi unhappy over Sikh separatist activity in Canada.

Modi conveyed his strong concerns to Trudeau at the G20 summit over recent demonstrations in Canada by Sikhs calling for an independent state.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Squads and group stage schedule announced

With Australia and New Zealand as hosts, the much-anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup is drawing closer to its commencement on July 20.

The ninth edition of the global football event for women will feature 64 matches, with the first game to begin following a celebratory opening ceremony at Eden Park in New Zealand’s Auckland city.

The grand finale, meanwhile, will be held a month later, on August 20, at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

For the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, the tournament will see two nations jointly host the prestigious event which will be spread across ten stadiums, as football enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate this global showcase of women’s football talent.

Here’s the complete group stage schedule and squads list for the grand football event:

Complete group stage schedule

Thursday, July 20

Group A: New Zealand vs. Norway

Group B: Australia vs. Ireland

Group B: Nigeria vs. Canada

Friday, July 21

Group A: Philippines vs. Switzerland

Group C: Spain vs. Costa Rica

Group E: United States vs. Vietnam

Saturday, July 22

Group C: Zambia vs. Japan

Group D: England vs. Haiti

Group D: Denmark vs. China

Sunday, July 23

Group G: Sweden vs. South Africa

Group E: Netherlands vs. Portugal

Group F: France vs. Jamaica

Monday, July 24

Group G: Italy vs Argentina

Group H: Germany vs. Morocco

Group F: Brazil vs. Panama

Group H: Colombia vs. South Korea

Tuesday, July 25

Group A: New Zealand vs. Philippines

Group A: Switzerland vs. Norway

Wednesday, July 26

Group C: Japan vs. Costa Rica

Group C: Spain vs. Zambia

Group B: Canada vs. Ireland

Group E: United States vs. Netherlands

Thursday, July 27

Group E: Portugal vs. Vietnam

Group B: Australia vs. Nigeria

Group G: Argentina vs. South Africa

Friday, July 28

Group D: England vs. Denmark

Group D: China vs. Haiti

Saturday, July 29

Group G: Sweden vs. Italy

Group F: France vs. Brazil

Group F: Panama vs. Jamaica

Sunday, July 30

Group H: South Korea vs. Morocco

Group A: Switzerland vs. New Zealand

Group A: Norway vs. Philippines

Group H: Germany vs. Colombia

Monday, July 31

Group C: Japan vs. Spain

Group C: Costa Rica vs. Zambia

Group B: Canada vs. Australia

Group B: Ireland vs. Nigeria

Tuesday, August 1

Group E: Portugal vs. United States

Group E: Vietnam vs. Netherlands

Group D: China vs. England

Group D: Haiti vs. Denmark

Wednesday, August 2

Group G: Argentina vs. Sweden

Group G: South Africa vs. Italy

Group F: Panama vs. France

Group F: Jamaica vs. Brazil

Thursday, August 3

Group H: South Korea vs. Germany

Group H: Morocco vs. Colombia

Complete Squads


Goalkeepers: Vanina Correa (Rosario Central), Lara Esponda (River Plate), Abigail Chaves (Huracán).

Defenders: Adriana Sachs (Santos), Eliana Stabile (Santos), Julieta Cruz (Boca Juniors), Aldana Cometti (Madrid CFF), Sophia Braun (Leon), Miriam Mayorga (Boca), Gabriela Chavez (Estudiantes)

Midfielders: Vanesa Santana (unattached), Romina Nunez (UAI Urquiza), Daiana Falfan (UAI Urquiza), Dalila Ippolito (Parma), Lorena Benítez (Palmeiras), Camila Gomez Ares (Universidad de Concepcion), Estefania Banini (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Paulina Gramaglia (Red Bull Bragantino), Yamila Rodriguez (Palmeiras), Florencia Bonsegundo (Madrid CFF), Mariana Larroquette (Orlando Pride), Chiara Singarella (University of Alabama), Erica Lonigro (Rosario Central).


Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham), Teagan Micah (Rosengard), Lydia Williams (Brighton).

Defenders: Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Steph Catley (Arsenal), Charlotte Grant (Vittsjo GIK), Clare Hunt (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City), Aivi Luik (BK Hacken), Courtney Nevin (Leicester City on loan from Hammarby), Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK).

Midfielders: Alex Chidiac (Racing Louisville), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Hammarby IF), Katrina Gorry (Vittsjo GIK), Emily van Egmond (San Diego Wave), Clare Wheeler (Everton), Tameka Yallop (SK Brann).

Forwards: Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Manchester City) Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Hayley Raso (Free agent), Kyah Simon (Free agent), Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC).


Goalkeepers: Leticia Izidoro (Corinthians), Barbara (Flamengo), Camila (Santos).

Defenders: Antonia (Levante), Bruninha (Gotham FC), Kathellen (Real Madrid), Lauren (Madrid CFF), Monica (Madrid CFF), Rafaelle (unattached), Tamires (Corinthians).

Midfielders: Duda Sampaio (Corinthians), Kerolin (North Carolina Courage), Luana (Corinthians), Adriana (Orlando Pride), Ana Vitoria (unattached), Ary Borges (Louisville City).

Forwards: Andressa Alves (unattached), Geyse (Barcelona), Nycole (Benfica), Bia Zaneratto (Palmeiras), Debinha (Kansas City Current), Gabi Nunes (unattached), Marta (Orlando Pride).


Goalkeepers: Kailen Sheridan (San Diego Wave FC), Sabrina D’Angelo (Arsenal FC), Lysianne Proulx (SCU Torreense).

Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea FC), Gabrielle Carle (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Vanessa Gilles (Olympique Lyonnais), Ashley Lawrence (Chelsea FC), Jayde Riviere (Manchester United), Shelina Zadaorsky (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Simi Awujo (University of Southern California), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea FC), Julia Grosso (Juventus), Quinn (OL Reign), Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash).

Forwards: Olivia Smith (Penn State), Jordyn Huitema (OL Reign), Cloe Lacasse (Arsenal FC), Adriana Leon (Portland Thorns), Deanne Rose (Reading FC), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Evelyne Viens (Kristianstad).


Goalkeepers: Pan Hongyan (Beijing Phoenix), Xu Huan (Jiangsu), Zhu Yu (SCRB FC).

Defenders: Gao Chen (Changchung DZZY), Wu Haiyan (Wuhan Jiangda University), Dou Jiaxing (Jiangsu), Wang Linlin (SCRB FC), Li Mengwen (PSG), Chen Qiaozhu (Meizhou Huijun), Yao Wei (Wuhan Jiangda University).

Midfielders: Wu Chengshu (Canberra United), Yang Lina (Levante), Yao Lingwei (Wuhan Jiangda University), Zhang Linyan (Zurich), Shen Mengyu (Celtic), Zhang Rui (Wuhan Jiangda University), Zhang Xin (SCRB FC), Gu Yasha (Wuhan Jiangda University).

Forwards: Lou Jiahui (Wuhan Jiangda University), Tang Jiali (SCRB FC), Wang Shanshan (Wuhan Jiangda University), Wang Shuang (Racing Louisville), Xiao Yuyi (SCRB FC).


Goalkeepers: Catalina Perez (SE Kindermann-Avai), Sandra Sepulveda (Independiente Medellin), Natalia Giraldo (America de Cali).

Defenders: Ana Maria Guzman (Deportivo Pereira), Angela Baron (Atletico Nacional), Carolina Arias (Junior FC), Daniela Arias (America de Cali), Daniela Caracas (Espanyol), Jorelyn Carabali (Atletico Mineiro), Monica Ramos (Gremio).

Midfielders: Daniela Montoya (Atletico Nacional), Diana Ospina (America de Cali), Lorena Bedoya (Real Brasilia), Manuela Vanegas (Real Sociedad), Marcela Restrepo (Dux Logrono), Maria Camila Reyes (Independiente Santa Fe), Lady Andrade (Real Brasilia), Leicy Santos (Atletico Madrid), Mayra Ramirez (Levante).

Forwards: Catalina Usme (America de Cali), Elexa Bahr (America de Cali), Ivonne Chacon (Valencia), Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid).

Costa Rica

Goalkeepers: Priscila Tapia (Saprissa FF), Daniela Solera (Sporting FC), Genesis Perez (University of Central Florida).

Defenders: Mariana Benavides (Saprissa FF), Maria Paula Elizondo (Saprissa FF), Valeria del Campo (Monterrey), Fabiola Villalobos (Alajuelense), Maria Paula Coto (Alajuelense), Gabriela Guillen (Alajuelense), Carol Sanchez (Sporting FC).

Midfielders: Katherine Alvarado (Saprissa FF), Mariela Campos (Saprissa FF), Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa FF), Emilie Valenciano (Libre), Melissa Herrera (Bordeaux), Cristin Granados (Sporting FC), Alexandra Pinell (Alajuelense), Raquel Rodriguez (Portland Thorns), Emilie Valenciano (LDA).

Forwards: Catalina Estrada (Saprissa FF), Priscila Chinchilla (Libre), Sofia Varela (Libre), Maria Paula Salas (Monterrey).


Goalkeepers: Lene Christensen (Rosenborg), Kathrine Larsen (Brondby), Maja Bay Ostergaard (FC Thy-Thisted).

Defenders: Simone Boye Sorensen (Hammaby), Luna Gevitz (Montpellier), Stine Ballisager Pedersen (Valerenga), Rikke Sevecke (Everton), Sofie Svava (Real Madrid), Frederikke Thorgersen (Inter Milan), Katrine Veje (Everton).

Midfielders: Josefine Hasbo (Harvard), Kathrine Kuhl (Arsenal), Janni Thomsen (Valerenga), Karen Holmgaard (Everton), Sofie Junge Pedersen (Juventus), Nicoline Sorensen (Everton), Emma Snerle (West Ham), Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen (Reading).

Forwards: Signe Bruun (Lyon), Mille Gejl (North Carolina), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Rikke Marie Madsen (North Carolina), Amalie Vangsgaard (Paris St-Germain).


Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Chelsea), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United).

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp, (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Arsenal).


Goalkeepers: Solene Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus), Constance Picaud (PSG).

Defenders: Selma Bacha (Lyon), Estelle Cascarino (Manchester United), Elisa De Almeida (PSG), Sakina Karchaoui (PSG), Maelle Lakrar (Montpellier), Eve Perisset (Chelsea), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Aissatou Tounkara (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Kenza Dali (Aston Villa), Laurina Fazer (PSG), Grace Geyoro (PSG), Lea Le Garrec (FC Fleury), Amel Majri (Lyon), Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid).

Forwards: Viviane Asseyi (West Ham), Vicki Becho (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Naomie Feller (Real Madrid), Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon), Clara Mateo (Paris FC).


Goalkeepers: Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea), Merle Frohms (Wolfsburg), Stina Johannes (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Defenders: Sara Doorsoun (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marina Hegering (Wolfsburg), Kathrin Hendrich (Wolfsburg), Sophia Kleinherne (Eintracht Frankfurt), Sjoeke Nusken (Eintracht Frankfurt, joining Chelsea in July), Felicitas Rauch (Wolfsburg).

Midfielders: Sara Dabritz (Lyon), Chantal Hagel (Hoffenheim), Svenja Huth (Wolfsburg), Lena Lattwein (Wolfsburg), Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea), Sydney Lohmann (Bayern Munich), Lina Magull (Bayern Munich), Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg).

Forwards: Nicole Anyomi (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jule Brand (Wolfsburg), Klara Buhl (Bayern Munich), Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), Lea Schuller (Bayern Munich).


Goalkeepers: Nahomie Ambroise (Little Haiti), Lara-Sofia Larco (Georgetown University), Kerly Theus (Miami City).

Defenders: Tabita Joseph (Stade Brestois 29), Kethna Louis (Montpellier), Ruthny Mathurin (Mississippi States Soccer), Betina Petit-Frere (Stade Brestois 29), Milan Raquel Pierre-Jerome (Georges Mason University), Chelsea Surpris (Grenoble), Jennyfer Limage (Grenoble), Maudeline Moryl (Grenoble) Joseph Esthericove (Exafoot).

Midfielders: Melchie Dumornay (Lyon), Danielle Etienne (Fordham Rams), Noa Olivia Ganthier (Weston), Sherly Jeudy (Grenoble), Dayana Pierre-Louis (GPSO Issy).

Forwards: Roselord Borgella (Dijon), Roseline Eloissaint (Nantes), Florsie Darlina Joseph (Grenoble), Shwendesky Macelus Joseph (Zenith St Petersburg), Batcheba Louis (FC Fleury), Nerilia Mondesir (Montpellier).


Goalkeepers: Rachele Baldi (Fiorentina), Francesca Durante (Inter), Laura Giuliani (Milan).

Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Roma), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Lucia di Guglielmo (Roma), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (Roma), Benedetta Orsi (Sassuolo), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus).

Midfielders: Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Manuela Giugliano (Roma), Giada Greggi (Roma), Emma Severini (Fiorentina).

Forwards: Chiara Beccari (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Sofia Cantore (Juventus), Valentina Giacinti (Roma), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Annamaria Serturini (Roma).


Goalkeepers: Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham), Sydney Schneider (Sparta Prague), Liya Brooks (Hawaii Surf).

Defenders: Allyson Swaby (Paris St-Germain), Chantelle Swaby (FC Fluery 91), Konya Plummer (unattached), Deneisha Blackwood (GPSO 92 Issy), Vyan Sampson (Hearts), Tiernny Wiltshire (unattached).

Midfielders: Peyton McNamara (Ohio State), Drew Spence (Tottenham), Trudi Carter (Levante), Solai Washington (Concorde Fire), Atlanta Primus (London City Lionesses), Havana Solaun (Houston Dash).

Forwards: Khadija Shaw (Manchester City), Jody Brown (Florida State), Tiffany Cameron (ETO FC Gyor), Kameron Simmonds (University of Tennessee), Kiki van Zanten (Notre Dame), Paige Bailey-Gayle (Crystal Palace), Cheyna Matthews (Chicago), Kayla McKenna (Rangers).


Goalkeepers: Ayaka Yamashita (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Momoko Tanaka (Tokyo Verdy Beleza), Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata).

Defenders: Risa Shimizu (West Ham), Moeka Minami (Roma), Saki Kumagai (Roma), Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Kiko Seike (Urawa Reds), Miyabi Moriya (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Rion Ishikawa (Urawa Reds), Hana Takahashi (Urawa Reds).

Midfielders: Fuka Nagano (Liverpool), Hinata Miyazawa (MyNavi Sendai), Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Reds), Jun Endo (Angel City), Yui Hasegawa (Manchester City), Hina Sugita (Portland Thorns), Honoka Hayashi (West Ham), Aoba Fujino (Tokyo Verdy Beleza).

Forwards: Riko Ueki (Tokyo Verdy Beleza), Mina Tanaka (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Maika Hamano (Hammarby), Remina Chiba (JEF United).


Goalkeepers: Ines Arouaissa (Cannes), Khadija Er-Rmichi (ASFAR), Assia Zouhair (SCCM).

Defenders: Hanane Ait El Haj (ASFAR), Nouhaila Benzina (ASFAR), Nesryne El Chad (Lille), Rkia Mazrouai (Charleroi), Yasmin Mrabet (Levante), Zineb Redouani (ASFAR), Sabah Seghir (Sampdoria).

Midfielders: Najat Badri (ASFAR), Anissa Lahmari (Guingamp), Sarah Kassi (Fleury), Elodie Nakkach (Servette), Salma Amani (Metz).

Forwards: Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur), Ghizlane Chebbak (ASFAR), Sofia Bouftini (RS Berkane), Kenza Chapelle (Nantes), Fatima Gharbi (CE Europa), Ibtissam Jraidi (Al-Ahli), Sakina Ouzraoui Diki (Bruges),Fatima Tagnaout (ASFAR).


Goalkeepers: Daphne van Domselaar (FC Twente), Lize Kop (Ajax), Jacintha Weimar (Feyenoord).

Defenders: Kerstin Casparij (Manchester City), Caitlin Dijkstra (Twente), Merel van Dongen (Atletico Madrid), Stefanie van der Gragt (Inter Milan), Dominique Janssen (Wolfsburg), Aniek Nouwen (AC Milan), Lynn Wilms (Wolfsburg).

Midfielders: Jill Baijings (Bayer Leverkusen), Danielle van de Donk (Lyon), Damaris Egurrola (Lyon), Jackie Groenen (PSG), Wieke Kaptein (FC Twente) Victoria Pelova (Arsenal), Jill Roord (Wolfsburg), Sherida Spitse (Ajax).

Forwards: Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus), Esmee Brugts (PSV), Renate Jansen (FC Twente), Lieke Martens (PSG), Katja Snoeijs (Everton).

New Zealand

Goalkeepers: Victoria Esson (Rangers), Anna Leat (Aston Villa), Erin Nayler (IFK Norrkoping).

Defenders: Liz Anton (Perth Glory), CJ Bott (Leicester City), Katie Bowen (unattached), Claudia Bunge (Melbourne Victory), Michaela Foster (unattached), Ali Riley (Angel City), Rebekah Stott (Brighton & Hove Albion), Daisy Cleverley (HB Koge).

Midfielders: Olivia Chance (Celtic), Betsy Hassett (Stjarnan), Annalie Longo (unattached), Ria Percival (Tottenham Hotspur), Malia Steinmetz (unattached).

Forwards: Milly Clegg (unattached), Jacqui Hand (Aland United), Grace Jale (unattached), Hannah Wilkinson (Melbourne City), Gabi Rennie (Arizona State University), Indiah-Paige Riley (unattached), Paige Satchell (unattached).


Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC), Tochukwu Oluehi (Hakkarigucu Spor), Yewande Balogun (AS Saint-Etienne).

Defenders: Onome Ebi (Abia Angels), Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves), Glory Ogbonna (Besiktas), Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City), Rofiat Imuran (Stade de Reims), Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash) Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims).

Midfielders: Halimatu Ayinde (Rosengard FC), Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid), Toni Payne (Sevilla), Christy Ucheibe (Benfica), Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angels), Jennifer Echegini (Florida State University).

Forwards: Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville), Gift Monday (UDG Tenerife), Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC), Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona), Desire Oparanozie (Wuhan Chegu Jianghan), Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow), Esther Okoronkwo (AS Saint-Etienne).


Goalkeepers: Cecilie Fiskerstrand (LSK Kvinner), Guro Pettersen (Valerenga), Aurora Mikalsen (Brann).

Defenders: Anja Sonstevold (Inter Milan), Mathilde Harviken (Rosenborg), Tuva Hansen (Bayern Munich), Maren Mjelde (Chelsea), Marit Bratberg Lund (Brann), Guro Bergsvand (Brighton), Thea Bjelde (Valerenga), Sara Horte (Rosenborg).

Midfielders: Ingrid Syrstad Engen (Barcelona), Vilde Boe Risa (Manchester United), Guro Reiten (Chelsea), Frida Maanum (Arsenal), Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona), Amalie Eikeland (Reading), Julie Blakstad (Manchester City), Emilie Haavi (Roma).

Forwards: Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Sophie Roman Haug (Roma), Karina Saevik (Avaldsnes), Anna Josendal (Rosenborg).


Goalkeepers: Yenith Bailey (Tauro), Farissa Cordoba (Nanas), Sasha Fabrega (Independiente).

Defenders: Carina Baltrip Reyes (Maritimo), Katherine Castillo (Tauro), Rebeca Espinosa (Sporting SM), Hilary Jaen (Jones College), Wendy Natis (America de Cali), Yomira Pinzon (Saprissa), Nicole de Obaldia (Herediano), Rosario Vargas (Rayo Vallecano).

Midfielders: Laurie Batista (Tauro), Emily Cedeno (Tauro), Marta Cox (Pachuca), Schiandra Gonzalez (Tauro), Erika Hernandez (Plaza Amador), Natalia Mills (Alajuelense), Carmen Montenegro (Sporting SM), Aldrith Quintero (Alhama), Deysire Salazar (Tauro).

Forwards: Lineth Cedeno (Sporting SM), Karla Riley (Sporting), Riley Tanner (Washington Spirit).


Goalkeepers: Kiara Fontanilla (Central Coast Mariners), Kaiya Jota (LA Breakers), Olivia McDaniel (So Cal Union).

Defenders: Alicia Barker (Free agent), Angela Beard (Western United), Reina Bonta (Santos), Malea Cesar (Blacktown City), Jessika Cowart (Kalmar), Sofia Harrison (Free agent), Hali Long (Kaya), Dominique Randle (Por Akureyri).

Midfielders: Tahnai Annis (Por Akureyri), Ryley Bugay (Free agent), Anicka Castañeda (Mount Druitt Rangers), Sara Eggesvik (KIL/Hemne), Quinley Quezada (Crvena Zvezda), Jaclyn Sawicki (Western United).

Forwards: Sarina Bolden (Illawara Stingrays), Isabella Flanigan (Free agent), Carleigh Frilles (Blacktown Spartans), Katrina Guillou (Pitea IF), Chandler McDaniel (So Cal Union), Meryll Serrano (Stabaek).


Goalkeepers: Rute Costa (Benfica), Ines Pereira (Servette), Patricia Morais (Braga).

Defenders: Ana Seica (Benfica), Carole da Silva Costa (Benfica), Catarina Amado (Benfica), Diana Gomes (Sevilla), Joana Marchao (Parma), Lucia Alves (Benfica), Silvia Rebelo (Benfica).

Midfielders: Ana Rute (Braga), Andreia Norton (Benfica), Andreia Jacinto (Real Sociedad), Dolores Silva (Braga), Fatima Pinto (Deportivo Alaves), Kika Nazareth (Benfica), Tatiana Pinto (Levante).

Forwards: Ana Borges (Sporting CP), Ana Capeta (Sporting CP), Carolina Mendes (Braga), Diana Silva (Sporting CP), Jessica Silva (Benfica), Telma Encarnacao (CS Maritimo).

Republic of Ireland

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (unattached).

Defenders: Heather Payne (Florida State), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Aine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham), Megan Connolly (unattached).

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Sinead Farrelly (Gotham City NYC), Ruesha Littlejohn (unattached).

Forwards: Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit).

South Africa

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Kaylin Swart (JVW FC), Kebotseng Moletsane (Royal AM).

Defenders: Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Fikile Magama (UWC), Lebohang Ramalepe (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Noko Matlou (SD Eibar), Bambanani Mbane (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Bongeka Gamede (UWC).

Midfielders: Kholosa Biyana (UWC), Refiloe Jane (Sassoulo FC), Sibulele Holweni (UWC), Nomvula Kgoale (TS Galaxy), Linda Motlhalo (Glasgow City), Robyn Moodaly (JVC FC).

Forwards: Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC), Jermaine Seoposenwe (CF Monterrey), Noxolo Cesane (unattached), Melinda Kgadiete (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Wendy Shongwe (University of Pretoria), Hildah Magaia (Sejong Sportstoto), Thembi Kgatlana (Racing Louisville).

South Korea

Goalkeepers: Ryu Ji-soo (Seoul), Kim Jung-mi (Incheon Hyundai), Yoon Young-guel (BK Hacken).

Defenders: Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon), Lee Young-ju (Madrid CFF), Lim Seon-joo (Incheon Hyundai), Kim Hye-ri (Incheon Hyundai), Jang Sel-ji (Incheon Hyundai), Choo Hyo-joo (Suwon), Hong Hye-ji (Incheon Hyundai).

Midfielders: Kim Yun-ji (Suwon), Jeon Eun-ha (Suwon), Bae Ye-bin (Uiduk University), Cho So-hyun (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee Geum-min (Brighton), Ji So-yun (Suwon), Chun Ga-ram (Hwacheon).

Forwards: Kang Chae-rim (Incheon Hyundai), Son Hwa-yeon (Incheon Hyundai), Moon Mi-ra (Suwon), Park Eun-sun (Seoul), Choe Yu-ri (Incheon Hyundai), Casey Phair (unattached).


Goalkeepers: Cata Coll (Barcelona), Misa Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Enith Salon (Valencia).

Defenders: Ivana Andres (Real Madrid), Ona Batlle (Barcelona), Olga Carmona (Real Madrid), Laia Codina (Barcelona), Rocio Galvez (Real Madrid), Oihane Hernandez (Athletic Club), Irene Paredes (Barcelona).

Midfielders: Teresa Abelleira (Real Madrid), Aitana Bonmati (Barceona), Irene Guerrero (Atletico Madrid), Jennifer Hermoso (Pachuca), Maria Perez (Barcelona), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Claudia Zornoza (Real Madrid).

Forwards: Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona), Marta Cardona (Atletico Madrid), Athenea del Castillo (Real Madrid), Esther Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Eva Navarro (Atletico Madrid), Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona).


Goalkeepers: Tove Enblom (KIF Orebro), Jennifer Falk (Hacken), Zecira Musovic (Chelsea).

Defenders: Jonna Andersson (Hammarby), Nathalie Bjorn (Everton), Magdalena Eriksson (Bayern Munich), Amanda Ilestedt (PSG), Hanna Lundkvist (Atletico Madrid), Anna Sandberg (Hacken), Linda Sembrant (Juventus).

Midfielders: Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City), Kosovare Asllani (AC Milan), Hanna Bennison (Everton), Elin Rubensson (Hacken), Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea), Olivia Schough (Rosengard), Caroline Seger (Rosengard).

Forwards: Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal), Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg), Lina Hurtig (Arsenal), Sofia Jakobsson (San Diego Wave), Madelen Janogy (Hammarby), Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona).


Goalkeepers: Seraina Friedli (Zurich), Livia Peng (Levante), Gaelle Thalmann (Real Betis).

Defenders: Eseosa Aigbogun (Paris FC), Luana Buhler (Hoffenheim), Viola Calligaris (Levante), Laura Felber (Servette), Noelle Maritz (Arsenal), Lara Marti (Bayer Leverkusen), Nadine Riesen (Zurich), Julia Stierli (Zurich).

Midfielders: Amira Arfaoui (Bayer Leverkusen), Sandrine Mauron (Servette), Seraina Piubel (Zurich), Geraldine Reuteler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marion Rey (Zurich), Coumba Sow (Servette), Lia Walti (Arsenal).

Forwards: Ramona Bachmann, (Paris St-Germain), Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (Barcelona), Fabienne Humm (Zurich), Alisha Lehmann (Aston Villa), Meriame Terchoun (Dijon).

United States

Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).

Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Sonnett (OL Reign).

Midfielders: Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville), Julie Ertz (Angel City), Lindsey Horan (Lyon), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).

Forwards: Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Thompson (Angel City), Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham).


Goalkeepers: Tran Thị Kim Thanh (Ho Chi Minh), Khong Thị Hang (Than KSVN), Dao Thị Kieu Oanh (Hanoi).

Defenders: Chuong Thị Kieu (Ho Chi Minh), Tran Thị Thu Thao (Ho Chi Minh), Tran Thị Thu (Ho Chi Minh), Hoang Thị Loan (Hanoi), Tran Thị Hai Linh (Hanoi), Le Thi Diem My (Than KSVN), Luong Thị Thu Thuong (Than KSVN), Nguyen Thị My Anh (Thai Nguyen), Tran Thị Thuy Nga (Thai Nguyen).

Midfielders: Nguyen Thị Tuyet Dung (Ha Nam), Nguyen Thị Bich Thuy (Ho Chi Minh), Tran Thị Thuy Trang (Ho Chi Minh), Ngan Thị Vạn Su (Hanoi), Nguyen Thị Thanh Nha (Hanoi), Thai Thị Thao (Hanoi), Duong Thị Van (Than KSVN).

Forwards: Pham Hai Yen (Hanoi), Vu Thi Hoa (Ho Chi Minh), Nguyen Thị Thuy Hang (Than KSVN), Huynh Nhu (Lank Vilaverdense).


Goalkeepers: Catherine Musonda (Tomiris Turan), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi), Hazel Nali (Fatih Vatan).

Defenders: Esther Banda (BUSA), Margaret Belemu (Shanghai Shengli), Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Agness Musase (Green Buffaloes), Lushomo Mweemba (Green Buffaloes), Vast Phiri (ZESCO), Judith Soko (YASA), Martha Tembo (BIIK Shymkent).

Midfielders: Susan Banda (Red Arrows), Hellen Chanda (BIIK Shymkent), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Evarine Katongo (ZISD), Ireen Lungu (BIIK Shymkent), Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows).

Forwards: Barbra Banda (Shanghai Shengli), Grace Chanda (Madrid CFF), Racheal Kundananji (Madrid CFF), Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (Red Arrows), Xiomara Mapepa (Elite Ladies), Hellen Mubanga (Zaragoza).

How Shahid Afridi offered help to Sanam Jung after street crime

How Shahid Afridi offered help to Sanam Jung after street crime. Sanam Jung is a loved celebrity in Pakistan. She started her career as a VJ and later transitioned into acting with the drama Dil e Muztar which made her a household name. She has since done many dramas in her career and she also hosted a morning show for several years which made her more famous among the audiences. Sanam Jung is married to a pilot Qassam Jafri and the couple is blessed with a baby girl Alaya whom Sanam talks about a lot.

She was a guest on a podcast where she shared that she was once travelling to Canada with her mother and decided to go for a shopping spree. That is when she was robbed of 5000 dollars while she was busy taking selfies. She was really stunned and asked her husband to cancel is credit cards which she had. Sanam then told her mom about what had happened and they went back to the hotel.

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Sanam revealed that she met Shahid Afridi in Toronto the same day who had been there for some event. On getting to know about Sanam’s predicament, he offered to help her and asked if she needed any money.

Sanam felt nice about his gesture and kindness and told him that her mother was with her but she still will always remember his humility.

This is what she shared:

Deadly bus accident claims 15 lives in Manitoba, Canada

In a devastating accident near the town of Carberry in Manitoba, Canada, a collision between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying seniors has resulted in a significant loss of life.

The crash, one of the deadliest road accidents in recent Canadian history, has left at least 15 people dead and 10 others injured.

The incident occurred at the junction of two major roads, where the bus, carrying approximately 25 people, collided with the truck. Most of the passengers aboard the bus were elderly individuals on their way to a casino in Carberry. The crash site was marked by burned vehicles and tarpaulins covering the victims, adding to the grim scene.

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Authorities swiftly responded to the mass casualty collision, with first responders and Royal Canadian Mounted Police units arriving at the scene. Police confirmed the tragic death toll and provided updates on the injured, who were transported to hospitals in the region. Medical facilities were put on high alert to handle the influx of victims.

As investigations into the accident continue, details about the cause and responsibility remain undisclosed. However, initial reports stated that the vehicle operated by Handi-Transit, which provides transportation services for the elderly and disabled, was initially misidentified as a van.

The crash in Manitoba echoes the pain and grief felt in neighboring Saskatchewan in 2018, when a truck collided with a bus carrying young ice hockey players, resulting in the loss of 15 lives. The recent tragedy has deeply saddened the nation, prompting expressions of condolences from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. Both leaders offered their sympathies to those affected by the accident and pledged support during this difficult time.

The collision has forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions near Carberry, and motorists have been urged to avoid the area. The investigation into the accident will aim to shed light on the circumstances that led to this tragic event.

The tight-knit community of Carberry, Manitoba, and the wider nation are left grieving as they come to terms with this heartbreaking accident, which has taken away the lives of cherished individuals.

Amid rising risks, world powers join hands for global AI ‘code of conduct’

Amid rising risks, world powers join hands for global AI ‘code of conduct’. With the warnings against the risks of unregulated artificial intelligence (AI) growing louder and louder, the risk-averse world powers have decided to take action before this technology turns into a loose cannon and annihilates humanity.

World’s technology leaders including ChatGPT-developer OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Google’s former artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer Geoffrey Everest Hinton — also known as the godfather of AI — have strongly raised alarms that without proper regulation this technology can lead to serious threats.

After talks with EU officials in Sweden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Western partners felt the “fierce urgency” to act following the emergence of the technology, in which China has been a growing force.

The voluntary code “would be open to all like-minded countries,” Blinken told reporters.

“There’s almost always a gap when new technologies emerge,” Blinken said, with “the time it takes for governments and institutions to figure out how to legislate or regulate.”

European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager added that a draft would be put forward “within weeks.”

“We think it’s really important that citizens can see that democracies can deliver,” she said.

She voiced hope “to do that in the broadest possible circle — with our friends in Canada, in the UK, in Japan, in India, bringing as many onboard as possible.”

Sam Altman, whose firm OpenAI created the popular AI-driven ChatGPT bot, took part in the talks of the Trade and Technology Council between the EU and the United States, this year hosted in the northern Swedish city of Lulea.

The forum was set up in 2021 to ease trade friction after the turbulent presidency of Donald Trump but has since set its sights largely on artificial intelligence.

In a joint statement, the two sides called AI a “transformative technology with great promise for our people, offering opportunities to increase prosperity and equity.”

“But in order to seize the opportunities it presents, we must mitigate its risks,” it said.

“The European Union and the United States reaffirm their commitment to a risk-based approach to AI to advance trustworthy and responsible AI technologies.”

It said that experts from the two sides would work on “cooperation on AI standards and tools for trustworthy AI and risk management.”

The EU has been moving forward on the world’s first regulations on AI which would ban biometric surveillance and ensure human control, although the rules would not enter into force before 2025 at the earliest.

China has also discussed regulations but Western powers fear that Beijing, with its growing prowess in the field and willingness to export to fellow authoritarian countries, could set global standards without Western unity.

WATCH: Wildfire in Canada sends thousands fleeing as emergency declared

WATCH: Wildfire in Canada sends thousands fleeing as emergency declared. Thousands of residents have been evacuated from Nova Scotia, the eastern province of Canada, as the authorities declared an emergency after a deadly wildfire — erupted near Halifax on Sunday — engulfed an area of hundreds of acres.

A temporary accommodation centre has also been set up by the Halifax Regional Municipality, reminding residents early Monday that evacuation orders are mandatory.

According to the authorities, the wildfire, fed by strong winds and tinder-dry woods, has damaged dozens of homes and hampered rescue services.

Videos went viral on social media showing thick smoke and huge flames.

Deputy chief of Halifax Fire Dave Meldrum, said Monday that there had been no reports of missing people or injuries but structures had suffered damage or were destroyed.

“Our firefighters and other partners worked hard to evacuate a large area of our city yesterday, and last night, we remained on scene,” Meldrum said.

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“We had 100 firefighters here on scene overnight, fighting spot fires, extinguishing structures that were on fire, preventing more structures from being lost wherever we could,” he added.

Halifax is a port city of about 480,000 people who responded to the blaze, which was still burning in the nearby Tantallon and Hammonds Plains areas.

In a statement from the port city, a residence of 480,000 people, said Monday that more than 60 hectares (148 acres) had burned while about 16,400 people had been evacuated from their homes.

“There is not yet a complete count of damage, but it is anticipated that several structures have been lost,” the municipality said.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said that “water bombers had arrived from the eastern provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador to help local crews.”

“We are in contact with our municipal and federal partners to ensure every resource is exhausted,” Tim Houston wrote on Twitter.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet that his government was “ready to provide any federal support and assistance needed,” adding that “the wildfire situation in Nova Scotia is incredibly serious.”

“We’re keeping everyone affected in our thoughts, and we’re thanking those who are working hard to keep people safe,” he said.

Officials also highlighted that the fires also led to the evacuations of about 400 homes in New Brunswick at the weekend.

Mayor Brad Henderson of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, said Monday that while progress was made, the blaze was still out of control.

Apart from these fires, the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia have been dealing with warm weather that has ignited several out-of-control wildfires, halting oil and gas production. But, most of those fires have since been brought under control.

The causes of the fires, according to experts, are climate change that has worsened extreme weather such as wildfires, heatwaves and tropical storms around the world.

Mike Flannigan, a professor at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia and a fire weather specialist, told Al Jazeera that while wildfires are common in Canada during the spring season, “this year has been very active.”

“We are seeing more extreme weather occurring in Canada and throughout the world because of climate change, leading to more intense wildfires, which are difficult to impossible to extinguish,” Flannigan said.

Canada & Saudi Arabia restore full diplomatic ties

Canada & Saudi Arabia restore full diplomatic ties. In a major breakthrough, Saudi Arabia and Canada have announced ending a diplomatic dispute and restoring full ties following a five-year dispute over human rights.

The development came following discussions between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Bangkok on November 18, 2022, according to the Canadian government’s statement on Wednesday.

The statement said both sides desired for restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries “on the basis of mutual respect and common interests”.

The Ottawa has decided to restore the level of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia to its previous level, the communique said.

“Canada has appointed a new ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jean-Philippe Linteau,” it added.

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In a separate statement, the Saudi Foreign Minister confirmed the development saying, “It has been decided to restore the level of diplomatic relations with Canada to its previous state.”

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the two countries will “appoint new ambassadors” and a Canadian foreign ministry statement named Jean-Phillipe Linteau as Ottawa’s new envoy to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia made no mention of its pick for ambassador.

The latest announcement follows a frenetic stretch of high-stakes Saudi diplomacy triggered by the kingdom’s surprise Chinese-brokered rapprochement deal with Iran announced in March.

Since then, Saudi Arabia has restored bilateral ties with Syria and ramped up a push for peace in Yemen, where it leads a military coalition against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia is also hosting representatives of Sudan’s two warring generals, and, with the US, brokered a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire that took effect Monday.

Wildfires force Canada’s Alberta to declare state of emergency

Wildfires force Canada‘s Alberta to declare state of emergency. The Canadian province of Alberta declared a state of emergency after raging wildfires forced about 25,000 residents out of their homes, media reported.

“We’ve declared a provincial state of emergency to protect the safety, health and welfare of Albertans,” Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said during a press conference.

Smith called the situation “unprecedented” as the province faced at least 103 active wildfires that were worsened by the hot and dry weather. Some of them were listed as out of control.

She said that the government would be able to respond to extreme situations including mobilising additional resources and unlocking emergency funds.

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“The number of wildfires and evacuations has increased again and we must prioritise the safety of Albertans,” the premier wrote on Twitter.

Warnings were issued by the wildfire unit that the province would see extreme wildfires over the weekend due to hotter and windier weather. Moreover, thousands more residents have been asked to abandon their homes.

According to media reports, some 122,000 hectares have been damaged by the wildfires while over 20 communities have been evacuated.

About 8,000 residents of Edson, 7,000 of Drayton Valley and 20 homes in Fox Lake have been asked to leave their houses on an immediate basis.

“I don’t know that I ever recall seeing multiple communities evacuated all at once in fire season,” said Smith.

The weather in the province is expected to remain hot and dry for the time being. Alberta is a major oil-producing region however, no oil sands facilities have reported any danger.

Canadian visa: Important announcement for Pakistani applicants

Canadian visa: Important announcement for Pakistani applicants. Pakistani applicants wishing to visit Canada will now be able to have their visas processed within two months, as Ottawa reduced the duration of visa processing.

The development was announced by Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, who shared the update.

“Pakistani citizens will be able to receive Canada’s visit visa in 60 days instead of 802 days,” the minister said.

He also promised to further lessen the time period for visa processing by speeding up the process to be completed within a month.

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Taking to his Twitter, the minister wrote: “Visa processing times are not 802 days for new applications. Currently, a complete TRV application from Pakistan will be processed in 60 days, and we expect to hit 30 days in the near future.”

He added that the website shows that Canada is processing visas in 802 days because they are processing older applications from when borders were closed due to the pandemic.

“We’ve reduced the backlog for Pakistani TRVs significantly, from 55K to less than 15K,” he added in his tweet.

The Canadian minister also updated regarding his government’s investment in a new processing centre in Islamabad to boost processing and interview capacity in the Indo-Pak region.

“Thanks @PaulChiangMU @Yasir_Naqvi @Shafqat_Ali_1 @SameerZuberi @SalmaZahid15 @iamIqraKhalid for their continued support for the Pakistani community in Canada,” he tweeted.

Jemima Khan spots ‘Imran Khan’ on UK highway

Jemima Khan spots ‘Imran Khan’ on UK highway. British screenwriter and film producer Jemima Khan Saturday spotted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan‘s painting on a truck at the M25 in the United Kingdom.

Jemima, who was travelling on a UK highway saw Khan’s life-size painting on the back of a lorry which was a few vehicles ahead of her car.

Taking to Twitter, Jemima shared two photographs of the lorry she spotted — a wider shot and a closer one for a clearer look.

“Just spotted on the M25 (in the UK),” she tweeted.

Slightly above the PTI chief’s painting, the lorry also featured a verse from the Quran “Iyyaka Na’budu wa Iyyaka Nasta’een (You we worship and You we take refuge in)”, which he is often heard reciting ahead of his public speeches.

As soon as Jemima tweeted the images, several Twitter users also shared photos of Khan spotted in different countries on trucks and vehicles.

“On M6, two weeks ago btw, what a proud moment for Kasim & Suleman,” wrote a user named Ihtisham Ul Haq.

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Another user mentioned that Khan is popular around the globe and shared a video of a truck bearing his images in Canada.

Canada appoints first advisor to combat Islamophobia

Canada appoints first advisor to combat Islamophobia. Canada on Thursday appointed its first special representative on combatting Islamophobia, a position created following several recent attacks on Muslims in the country.

Journalist and activist Amira Elghawaby will fill the post to “serve as a champion, advisor, expert and representative to support and enhance the federal government’s efforts in the fight against Islamophobia, systemic racism, racial discrimination and religious intolerance,” a statement by the prime minister’s office said.

An active human rights campaigner, Elghawaby is the communications head for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper, having previously worked for more than a decade at public broadcaster CBC.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Elghawaby’s appointment as “an important step in our fight against Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms.”

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“Diversity truly is one of Canada’s greatest strengths, but for many Muslims, Islamophobia is all too familiar,” he added.

Over the past few years, a series of deadly attacks have targeted Canada’s Muslim community.

In June 2021, four members of a Muslim family were killed when a man ran them over with his truck in London, Ontario.

Four years earlier, six Muslims died and five were injured in an attack on a Quebec City mosque.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Elghawaby listed the names of those killed in the recent attacks, adding: “We must never forget.”

The creation of the new job had been recommended by a national summit on Islamophobia organised by the federal government in June 2021 in response to the attacks.

Canada imposes fresh sanctions on Iran citing death of Mahsa Amini

Canada imposes fresh sanctions on Iran citing death of Mahsa Amini. Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on Monday for alleged human rights violations, including the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iranian Kurdistan who died while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police,” the Canadian government said.

“These sanctions are in response to gross human rights violations that have been committed in Iran, including its systematic persecution of women and in particular, the egregious actions committed by Iran’s so-called “Morality Police”, which led to the death of Mahsa Amini while under their custody,” the Canadian government said in a statement.

These new measures built on Canada’s existing sanctions against Iran and listed 25 individuals and nine entities, including officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its ministry of intelligence and security, the Canadian government said.

Iran’s minister of intelligence, Esmail Khatib, the country’s state-run Press TV and its “Morality Police”, which enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, were also sanctioned by Canada.

“The continued and systemic persecution of Iranian women must stop,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said. “Canada applauds the courage and actions of Iranians and will stand by them as they fight for their rights and dignity.”

Amini was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police. She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma.

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Amini’s family says she was beaten to death in custody. Iran’s police authorities deny those allegations and say Amini died of a heart attack.

Her death sparked huge protests in Iran and by Iranians in other parts of the world. The unrest has spiralled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s authorities in years.

Prior to Monday’s measures, Canada had imposed sanctions on a total of 41 Iranian individuals and 161 Iranian entities, the Canadian government said.

Five things to know about the Nobel prizes

Five things to know about the Nobel prizes.  Since 1901, the Nobel prizes have been awarded to men, women and organisations for work that has led to great advances for mankind, in line with the wishes of inventor Alfred Nobel.

The winners of this year’s prizes will be announced daily from Monday, October 3 through October 10.

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Here are five things to know about the prizes and their creator.

Posthumous awards

Since 1974, the statutes of the Nobel Foundation stipulate that the prize may not be given posthumously. But a person may be awarded if she or he dies between the time of the announcement in October and the formal prize ceremony in December.

Before the change, only two people had won a Nobel posthumously.

One was Dag Hammarskjold, the Swedish secretary general of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961 but was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize later the same year.

And in 1931, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded posthumously to another Swede, Erik Axel Karlfeldt.

In 2011, the medicine prize committee selected Ralph Steinman of Canada, unaware that he had passed away just three days before the prize announcement.

Nevertheless, the foundation decided to give him the award.

A fortune for a Nobel

The Nobel Prizes come with a tidy prize sum, currently set at 10 million kronor ($895,000) per discipline, along with an 18-carat gold medal.

The 2021 Peace Prize laureate, Dmitry Muratov, turned his gold disc into a fortune to benefit Ukrainian children displaced by the war.

In June, his 196-gram medal — including 150 grams of gold — sold at auction for a whopping $103.5 million to an anonymous philanthropist. That smashed the previous record for a Nobel medal 21-fold.

A misunderstanding?

On April 12, 1888, Alfred Nobel’s elder brother Ludvig died in Cannes, France.

But newspaper Le Figaro mixed up the brothers and announced Alfred’s death on its front page under a rather inflammatory headline: “A man who can hardly be called a benefactor of humanity died yesterday in Cannes. He is Nobel, inventor of dynamite”.

Many credit this slight as the inspiration for Nobel’s creation of the prizes, pointing to the wording in his will that the awards should go to those who “have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”.

“But we can only imagine” that this is what happened because the incident is not mentioned in his correspondence, his biographer Ingrid Carlberg told AFP.

As for the visitors who came to offer their condolences at the inventor’s Parisian mansion, they were surprised to be greeted by a very much alive Alfred, as reported by Le Figaro the following day.

1903 Nobel to pioneering … climate researcher

A man of many talents, Swedish physicist and chemist Svante Arrhenius won the 1903 Chemistry Prize for his “electrolytic theory of dissociation”.

But he is now more widely recognised for his other pioneering work: at the end of the 19th century, he was the first to theorise that the combustion of fossil energy — which at the time was primarily coal — emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and leads to global warming.

According to his calculations, a doubling of CO2 emissions would heat the planet by five degrees Celsius; current models suggest a range between 2.6 and 3.9 degrees Celsius.

However, completely unaware of just how much fossil fuel the world would go on to consume, Arrhenius underestimated the speed at which this level would be reached, predicting it would take…3,000 years.

New prizes, even richer

With 120 years under their belt and a name associated throughout the world with excellence, the Nobel prizes are considered the creme de la creme of awards.

But some critics consider them to be archaic, often honouring discoveries made decades ago and not taking into account newer scientific fields.

The Right Livelihood Award was therefore created in 1980 by a German-Swedish philanthropist after the Nobel Foundation refused to create two new prizes for the environment and international development.

Finland created the one-million-euro Millennium Technology Prize in 2002 to recognise the role technology plays in solving global challenges, while the $1 million Kavli Prizes in Norway have since 2008 honoured discoveries in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

But the richest prize of them all is the most recent one, the Breakthrough Prize created in 2010 by a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Dubbed the “Oscars for Science”, they come with a cheque for $3 million, more than three times the winnings of a Nobel Prize.

Canada to provide $5m humanitarian aid for flood victims

Canada to provide $5m humanitarian aid for flood victims. Canada has announced $5 million in aid in an effort to help ‘scale up’ the humanitarian response to flooding in Pakistan.

In a statement, the Canadian government said the country will provide emergency assistance including food and cash assistance for the most severely affected people, adding that the funding will support the work of trusted and experienced partners on the ground.

During a meeting with the office bearers of local Pakistani Canadian organizations in Ottawa, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada Zaheer Janjua thanked the Canadian government for its support.

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The envoy said the expatriate Pakistanis should also come forward  for the help of flood affectees. He pointed out that the floods have caused severe damage to public buildings and infrastructure.

A day earlier, it was reported that tens of millions of people across swathes of Pakistan were battling the worst monsoon floods in a decade, with countless homes washed away, vital farmland destroyed, and the country’s main river threatening to burst its banks.

Officials say 1,061 people have died since June when the seasonal rains began, but the final toll could be higher as hundreds of villages in the mountainous north have been cut off after flood-swollen rivers washed away roads and bridges.

British scientists behind key COVID trial launch study to test monkeypox treatment

British scientists behind key COVID trial launch study to test monkeypox treatment. The British scientists behind one of the major therapeutic COVID-19 trials have turned their focus to treatments for monkeypox, a viral disease that has been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The team from Oxford University behind the so-called RECOVERY trial – which honed in on four effective COVID treatments – on Tuesday unveiled a new trial, dubbed PLATINUM, to confirm whether SIGA Technologies’ (SIGA.O) tecovirimat is an effective treatment for monkeypox.

Although there are vaccines developed for the closely related smallpox that can reduce the risk of catching monkeypox, there are currently no treatments that have been proven to help hasten recovery in those who develop the disease.

More than 40,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox – including a handful of deaths – in over 80 countries where the virus is not endemic have been reported since early May. Over 35% of the current global case count is in the United States, while the UK has over 3,000 confirmed cases.

The virus is transmitted chiefly through close contact with an infected person. It typically causes mild symptoms including fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes and pus-filled skin lesions. Severe cases can occur, though people tend to recover within two to four weeks, according to the WHO.

Siga’s drug, branded Tpoxx, has been cleared to treat diseases caused by the family of orthopoxvirus that includes smallpox, monkeypox and cowpox by the European Union and United Kingdom, but due to limited trial data it is generally only used in severe cases in Britain.

In the United States and Canada, the drug is only approved to treat smallpox.

Since smallpox has been eradicated, and cases of monkeypox and cowpox typically occur sporadically, studies to assess the effectiveness of the drug in infected people have so far not been carried out.
Instead, its effectiveness is based on studies in animals infected with lethal doses of orthopoxviruses, as well tests of the medicine’s effects in healthy humans.

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The PLATINUM trial, funded by a 3.7 million pound ($4.35 million) UK government grant, aims to recruit at least 500 participants. Participants will either be given a 14-day course of tecovirimat twice daily, or a placebo.

To assess the drug’s effectiveness, the rate at which lesions heal, the time taken until patients test negative for the virus, and the proportion of patients who require hospitalisation due to complications will be tracked.

“I’m hoping that we can have a result before Christmas, but it depends on the rate of recruitment,” said Sir Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infections and Global Health at the University of Oxford and the director of the new Pandemic Sciences Institute.

Earlier this month, U.S. officials indicated they were planning a randomized clinical trial in the country to determine whether tecovirimat should secure U.S. approval for monkeypox.

Siga, which sells an oral and intravenous formulation of the drug, has already received $60 million worth of orders for oral tecovirimat this year.

Meanwhile, the only approved monkeypox vaccine – made by Danish company Bavarian Nordic (BAVA.CO) – is in short supply, pushing countries to stretch existing supplies.

WHO recommends use of two antibody drugs against Ebola

WHO recommends use of two antibody drugs against Ebola. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday recommended two monoclonal antibody treatments against Ebola, saying the use of such drugs combined with better care had “revolutionised” the treatment of a disease once seen as a near-certain killer.

The drugs – Regeneron’s Inmazeb (REGN-EB3) and Ridgeback Bio’s Ebanga (mAb114) – use laboratory-made monoclonal antibodies that mimic natural antibodies in fighting off infections.

“Advances in supportive care and therapeutics over the past decade have revolutionized the treatment of Ebola.

Ebola virus disease used to be perceived as a near certain killer. However, that is no longer the case,” said Robert Fowler, a professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, and co-chair of WHO’s guideline development group.

Effective care and the use of these treatments now leads to the recovery of the “vast majority” of people from Ebola, he said, without giving specific data.

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The new recommendations follow trials of the drugs against the hemorrhagic fever in Democratic Republic of Congo during a 2018-2020 outbreak there. Dr Janet Diaz, lead of the clinical management unit in WHO’s Health Emergencies programme, told journalists the drugs were currently available in Congo but more work was needed to improve affordability.

“Pathways to access is a priority to work on right now,” she said.

Top 10 High CPC Keywords in Pakistan 2021, Cost-Per-Click Keywords

Pakistan is among the low-paying CPC countries in the world compared to nations such as the USA, Canada, Australia, and The UK. However, there are some high-paying CPC keywords in Pakistan that can make website owners and bloggers among other online content creators a decent earning when audiences from Pakistan make impressions and conversions from the clicks on the sites. Below are some of the highest-paying keywords in Pakistan.

1. Banking

Banking ranks highly in Pakistan’s CPC keywords. Content produced along the lines of finance can attract handsome earnings for content creators.

2. Credit 

Content on mortgages, loans, and credit cards can make an income from the businesses that are in the industry and thus advertise accordingly.

3. Technology

This offers a good ground to create content as it is consistently growing and incorporating newness thus always content-rich. Technology content such as smartphones, computers, and smart devices are rewarding for websites as they attract some conversions from the people in Pakistan.

4. Fashion

Fashion is another high CPC keyword in Pakistan as it can offer great rewards for online creators. Men and women fashion businesses can advertise on the appropriate sites and garner some conversions. This then leads to high CPC for websites.

5. Fast Food

Fast food content also attracts high CPC rates in Pakistan. With the growing demand for deliveries and remote access, this is a keyword that earns a high CPC for websites and blogs that produce material in the line.

6. Health

Health and medicine is another high CPC word in Pakistan that covers all content in the field ranging from telehealth, doctors, doctor salaries, best hospitals among others. This field allows creators to partner with groups such as hospitals and consultants to link them with their target audience.

7. Internet

The internet is another keyword for CPC rates in Pakistan. Material revolving around topics like using the internet to make an earning or link with providers can make bloggers earn a rewarding income.

8. Insurance

Insurance particularly for automobiles is a high CPC keyword in Pakistan that can earn online content creators a rewarding income from Google AdSense.

9. Online College

Online college, online learning, and general online education is a high CPC keyword.  This allows websites to make an income by partnering with institutions that offer these to in Pakistan.

10. Free Domains

With the increase in businesses, free domains became a high CPC keyword as people sought means to kick off online business and e-commerce.

Turkey lira slumps to record low after Erdogan orders expulsions

ANKARA: The Turkish lira dropped to record lows on Monday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend ordered the expulsion of the ambassadors of 10 countries, including Germany and the United States.
The envoys had angered the president in calling for the release of Parisian-born philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala, who has been in jail since 2017 without conviction.
The Turkish currency fell to 9.80 against the dollar before rallying slightly to 9.73 after 0500 GMT, a drop of 1.3 percent from the previous day.
The lira has fallen around 24 percent against the dollar since the start of the year.
The currency had already suffered a terrible week after Turkey was placed under surveillance for failing to properly combat money laundering and terrorism financing, as concerns rise over monetary policy and central bank interference by Erdogan.
After sacking three central bank members this month, the bank cut the policy rate from 18 percent to 16 percent on Thursday even as inflation surged to nearly 20 percent in September.
In a joint statement on October 18, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US said the delays in Kavala s case “cast a shadow” over Turkey s democracy and the judicial system.
They were summoned the next day to the Turkish foreign ministry in Ankara.
On Saturday, the Turkish president then aid he ordered the foreign minister to “declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible”, using a diplomatic term that is the first step before expulsion.
There has yet been no official notification from Turkey.
An absence of Western diplomatic representatives in Ankara “will hurt Erdogan,” said BlueBay Asset Management economist, Timothy Ash.
The expulsion of the 10 “will reduce interaction with the Erdogan regime and investment into Turkey will suffer,” he said in an email to clients.
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