Sat, 25 Jun 2022

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced a new relief package worth 28 billion rupees (around 140 million U.S. dollars) per month to mitigate the impact of the increase in the prices of petroleum products on the lower-income people of the country.

In a televised address to the nation Friday night on National TV, Sharif said the relief package will provide around 14 million deserving families with immediate assistance of 2,000 rupees each on monthly basis. (Pakistan-Relief Package)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 43,150,215 on Saturday, including 2,685 new cases registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, 33 deaths from the pandemic registered across the country since Friday morning took the total death toll to 524,572. (India-COVID-19)

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APIA -- Samoan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Saturday, with both sides reaffirming commitment to the mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation.

During their talks, Fiame congratulated the Communist Party of China (CPC) on its centennial last year and wished the 20th National Congress of the CPC a great success. (Samoa-China-Visit)

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SUVA -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday that China-U.S. relations are not a zero-sum game and the U.S. should address the bilateral ties based on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.

In response to a recent policy speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who described China as "the most serious long-term challenge to the international order," Wang said there are major misconceptions in the U.S. views about the world, China and China-U.S. relations. (China-US-Ties)

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