Federal prosecutors have indicted billionaire Jeffery Epstein and charged him with running a sex trafficking ring and abusing dozens of underage girls. Allegations regarding these charges had followed the businessman for years. The authorities arrested him as soon as he returned from Paris and also found evidence while searching his mansion.

Starbucks is opening the world's largest Roastery in Chicago. The company said the restaurant will open on November 15, overtaking Tokyo as its biggest location of the lavish offshoot. The four-story Chicago Roastery is 43,000 square feet and is replacing a former Crate and Barrel location in the city's Magnificent Mile neighborhood.

The South African government has been forced to call in the army to deal with an upsurge of gang violence in Cape Town. The army will work alongside the police to control a suspected turf war between rival gangs. At least 13 people have been killed in the last 24 hours due to gang violence.

The staff report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week mentions the repayment of $14.68 billion due for $21.8 billion bilateral and commercial loans that Pakistan owes to China. The report provided some comfort to the supporters of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as China itself.

Prime Minister Imran Khan may soon visit Afghanistan in a bid to help the peace process as Washington and Islamabad come closer after prolonged tensions. PM Khan had promised to play a ‘more positive’ role in the Afghan peace process. “The US is supporting our dialogue. They (the US) want us to remain engaged,” a senior official said.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham will remain operational round the clock from next month to facilitate bilateral and transit trade activities. The government has also decided to open seven more gates on the border for the same purpose. The border is being opened under the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

US President Donald Trump recently referred to the protests in Hong Kong as "riots", adopting the same language as the Chinese government and indicating that the US will stay out of the matter. He went on to affirm the Chinese government's claim that Hong Kong is a part of China.

The federal cabinet on Friday hailed a statement of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Kashmir and decided to give representation to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and opposition parties in the committee recently formed by the prime minister to explore response to the latest Indian move regarding occupied Kashmir.

The author argues that if it was not forJawaharlal Nehru's insistence on ‘scientific temper’, instead of celebrating the launch of Chandrayaan-2, "Indian scientists would be searching for the fictitious Vimana of Ravana." Pakistan can get its own 'slice of the moon' but for that a culture of science will have to develop. Unfortunately, Pakistan never had a Nehru.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of Greece's center-right New Democracy party, has been sworn in as Prime Minister after his party won the snap elections by a wide margin. His election campaigned focused on reducing taxes, attracting investment and perhaps most importantly, improving the job market. Greece is just emerging from a decade long financial crisis.