Biden dials Johnson over transatlantic ties

Washington, Jan. 25: Joe Biden conveyed his intention to strengthen the “special relationship” with the UK in his first call as the US President with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during which the two leaders re-committed to the NATO alliance and agreed to cooperate on combating climate change and containing…

01/25/2021

Impeachment trial in Senate from February 8

Washington, Jan. 24: The US Senate will begin the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “The Jan 6 insurrection at the Capitol, incited by Trump, was a day none of us will ever forget... healing and unity will only come…

01/24/2021

EU leaders agree to keep borders open

Brussels, Jan. 23: European Union (EU) leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit. Expressing great concern over the virus mutations, the 27 leaders looked at further border restrictions like limits on all non-essential travel, better…

01/23/2021

Biden sends immigration Bill to Congress

Washington, Jan. 22: US President Joe Biden on the first day of his presidency sent a comprehensive immigration Bill to Congress. The Bill proposes a major overhaul in the immigration system, including granting legal status and a path to citizenship to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and other groups…

01/22/2021

First big suicide attack in Baghdad for 3 years kills at least 32

Baghdad, Jan. 21: Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of the Islamic State. Reuters journalists arriving after the blasts…

01/21/2021

Biden to immediately roll back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

Washington, Jan. 20: Joe Biden will sign 15 executive actions after he is sworn in as US president on Wednesday, aides said, undoing policies put in place by outgoing President Donald Trump and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate change. To address the "crises" of the pandemic,…

01/20/2021

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris to take oath today, Washington turns into fortress

Washington, Jan. 20: Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, while Kamala Harris will take oath as the first woman Vice-President on Wednesday, in the midst of growing concerns over the safety of the historic inauguration following the recent violent attack on the…

01/20/2021

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Bangkok, Jan. 19: A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts…

01/19/2021

Biden ropes in 20 Indian-Americans, 17 in key White House positions

Washington, Jan. 18: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his incoming administration, a record for the small ethnic community that constitutes one per cent of America’s population. As many as 17 of them, including Neera Tanden who has been…

01/18/2021

UK invites Indian PM Modi to attend G7 Summit, says Boris Johnson likely to visit ahead of it

New Delhi, Jan. 17: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to be held in the Cornwall region from June 11 to 13. Johnson also plans to visit India before the summit after…

01/17/2021

Indonesia earthquake kills 67

Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 16: A 6.2-magnitude tremor shook Sulawesi in Indonesia, toppling buildings, triggering landslides and killing atleast 67 people. There are reports of many people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Over 600 are injured. Officials are still assessing the full scale of damage. US Geological Survey said…

01/16/2021

Joe Biden unveils plan to pump $1.9 trillion into pandemic-hit economy

Wilmington, Jan. 15: President-elect Joe Biden outlined a $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal on Thursday, saying bold investment was needed to jump-start the economy and accelerate the distribution of vaccines to bring the coronavirus under control. Biden campaigned last year on a promise to take the pandemic more seriously than President Donald…

01/15/2021

South Korea court upholds jail for ex-President Park Geun-hye

Seoul, Jan. 14: South Korea’s top court has upheld a 20-year jail sentence for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader. The verdict on Thursday brought end…

01/14/2021

Kim Jong-un Uses Party Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

Seoul, Jan. 13:  As North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, convened ​a party congress over the past ​eight days, outside analysts wondered if his failure to improve the economic lives of his people would affect the dictator’s nuclear ambitions. At the gathering of his ruling Workers’ Party,  Kim provided an unequivocal answer: absolutely…

01/13/2021

Pakistan PM Imran Khan issues special permit for Dubai royals to hunt internationally protected bird

Islamabad, Jan. 12: The Pakistan government has issued at least seven special permits to Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and six other members of the ruling family to hunt the internationally protected bird houbara bustard during the 2020-21 hunting season, according to a media report on Tuesday. Prime…

01/12/2021

British Hindus seek Boris Johnson’s intervention over Pak minority persecution

London, Jan. 11: British Hindu umbrella organisations have issued a joint letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking urgent action from Pakistan over the rampant persecution of Hindus in the country, highlighting the burning of a temple in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province last month as the most recent example.…

01/11/2021

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Vatican City, Jan. 10: Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others. “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said…

01/10/2021

Pak court asks police to arrest JeM chief Masood Azhar by Jan 18

Lahore, Jan. 9: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has asked the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police to arrest banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar by January 18 in a terror financing case, a court official said on Saturday. The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Gujranwala, issued an arrest warrant against…

01/09/2021

India to chair UNSC panels on counter-terrorism, sanctions

New Delhi, Jan. 9: India is poised to play a vital role in the Afghanistan peace process and in Libya after it was named the chair of the UN Security Council’s sanction committees on Taliban and Libya. According to the Indian Media, In the new allocation of responsibilities at the…

01/09/2021

Republicans splinter over whether to make a full break from Trump

Washington, Jan. 8: US President Donald Trump not only inspired a mob to storm the Capitol on Wednesday. He also brought the Republican Party close to a breaking point. Having lost the presidency, the House and now the Senate on Trump’s watch, Republicans are so deeply divided that many are…

01/08/2021

Trump says 'there will be an orderly transition on January 20th'

Washington, Jan. 7: US President Donald Trump early Thursday said there would be "an orderly transition on January 20th." The president released the statement through the White House minutes after Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's win.  In his statement, the president again made false claims about the outcome of the…

01/07/2021

Woman is shot to death during storming of US Capitol

Washington, Jan. 7: The violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday included the fatal shooting of a woman, according to the District of Columbia police. A police spokesman, Alaina Gertz, provided no further details, including who shot the victim or if anyone had been arrested in the episode. After the…

01/07/2021

As Georgians prepare to vote, Trump interference draws rebuke

Atlanta, Jan. 5: Ms. Loeffler, a rich businesswoman dealing with off towards Mr. Warnock, deflected questions on Mr. Trump and his telephone name as she campaigned across the state earlier than heading to be part of the president Monday night time. “My sole focus is on tomorrow, Jan. 5,” she…

01/05/2021

South Korean-flagged tanker seized by Iran, Seoul demands release

Dubai, Seoul, Jan. 5: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew, Iranian media said on Monday, amid tensions between Tehran and Seoul over Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks due to US sanctions. Seoul confirmed the seizure of a South…

01/05/2021

India to start world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination programme, says Indian PM Modi; thanks scientists

New Delhi, Jan. 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the new year had brought a “big achievement” with the development of not one, but “two Made in India” COVID vaccines. Speaking at the 75th jubilee of the National Physical Laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial…

01/04/2021

UK judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

London, Jan. 4: A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Monday Assange was likely to commit suicide if sent to the U.S. The…

01/04/2021

Massive rallies against killing of Iran general

Baghdad, Jan. 4: Tens of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans streamed to Baghdad’s central square on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The gathering coincided with increasing tensions between Iran and the US…

01/04/2021

India approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi, Jan. 3: India has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, paving the way for a huge immunization campaign in the world’s second most populous country. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Saturday the vaccine had been given the green light on Friday,…

01/03/2021

Ruling on extradition of Assange to US tomorrow

London, Jan. 3: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out on Monday whether he can be extradited from the UK to the US to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military documents. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser is due to deliver her decision at London’s Old Bailey courthouse…

01/03/2021

In Georgia, Biden’s presidency meets early defining moment

Atlanta, Jan. 2: Usually, it’s a President’s first midterm election that reorders a White House’s political approach and priorities. For President-elect Joe Biden, his most defining congressional election is coming before he takes office. Two runoffs on Tuesday in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate and, thus, how…

01/02/2021

Pakistan-based terror groups blocked, says US

Washington, Jan. 2: The US blocked $63 million in funds of designated terrorist groups, including Pakistan-based LeT and JeM, in 2019 as part of its crackdown on foreign terror organisations, according to the treasury department. It blocked $342,000 of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), $1,725 of the Jaish-e Mohammed (JeM) and $45,798…

01/02/2021

North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards

Seoul, Jan. 1: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support "in the difficult times" and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year's Day cards sent to his people. Kim usually gives a televised speech on Jan. 1, but he…

01/01/2021

30 arrested for damaging temple in Pak

Peshawar, Jan. 1: Over 30 persons, mostly members of a radical Islamist party, were arrested after a Hindu temple was vandalised and set on fire by a mob protesting against its expansion work in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Thursday. As many as 350 have been booked. The attack on…

01/01/2021

25 killed, 110 injured in blast at Aden airport in Yemen

Sanna, Dec. 31: A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said. At least 25 people were killed and 110 wounded in the blast. Yemen's internationally recognised government said Iran-backed Houthi rebels…

12/31/2020

At least five killed in Yemen's Aden airport attack, security source says

Dubai, Dec. 30: At least five people were killed and dozens more were wounded in an attack on Aden airport, shortly after a plane carrying Yemen's newly-formed government arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, a local security source told Reuters. The cabinet members, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, were transferred…

12/30/2020

India-born Aisha in Biden digital team

Washington, Dec. 30: US President-elect Joe Biden has announced members of his White House Office of Digital Strategy, where Kashmir (India)-born Aisha Shah has bagged a senior position. Shah has been named Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, which would be headed by Rob Flaherty, Director…

12/30/2020

Serum Institute expects regulatory approval for Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine in a few days

Kolkata/Ahmedabad, Dec 29: The Serum Institute of India, the local maker of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, said on Monday it expected the British and Indian governments to approve shots for emergency use within a few days. “You will be hearing some good news from the UK very soon,” Serum’s Chief…

12/29/2020

Trump ratifies Covid relief Bill

Washington, Dec. 29: US President Donald Trump has signed into law a massive $2.3 trillion spending Bill that includes a $900 billion Covid relief package, averting a government shutdown and extending Covid aid to millions suffering from the economic impact of the pandemic. Trump initially refused to approve the legislation,…

12/29/2020

7 soldiers killed in Balochistan terror attack

Islamabad, Dec. 28: At least seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in the country's restive Balochistan province, the Army said on Sunday. The militants fire-raided a Frontier Corps (FC) outpost in Harnai region of the province late last night, it said. During the intense exchange of fire,…

12/28/2020

Four Pakistan Army personnel killed as military chopper crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan during rescue operation

Islamabad, Dec. 27: Four Pakistan Army personnel were killed when a military helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation due to technical reasons in Gilgit-Baltistan, the army said on Sunday. The chopper crashed in Minimarg area of Astore district on Saturday evening, the army said in a statement. It was transporting…

12/27/2020

French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon

Beirut, Dec. 27: A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a Lebanese justice ministry official said Saturday. The official gave no specific date or details of what information the investigators would seek from Ghosn. Former auto executive…

12/27/2020

Queen references Diwali, Vaisakhi and Eid in Christmas message

London, Dec. 26: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chose a theme of diversity and hope as she referenced all major festivals spent in lockdown this year as part of her traditional Christmas Day speech. The 94-year-old monarch, who spent her first Christmas in decades without a larger royal family gathering, called…

12/26/2020

EU nations assess Brexit deal with UK

Brussels, Dec. 26: European Union ambassadors were convening on Christmas Day to start assessing the massive free-trade deal the bloc struck with Britain that should kick off next week when the acrimonious Brexit divorce process finally comes to an end. After the deal was announced on Thursday, EU nations already…

12/26/2020

Baloch activist appeals to Trudeau for investigation into death of Karima Baloch

Quetta (Pakistan), Dec. 25: Dr Abdul Hakeem Lehri, president of the Baloch People's Congress, appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately and effectively investigate the death of Karima Baloch. Karima was a prominent student leader of Balochistan, who escaped Pakistan in 2016 to take refuge in Canada. She…

12/25/2020

Pak court frees convicts in Pearl murder case

Karachi, Dec. 25: In a surprise move, a Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the release of British-born Al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his three aides, who were convicted and sentenced in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl. A two-judge Bench of the Sindh High…

12/25/2020

UK identifies new South African coronavirus variant, tightens lockdown

London, Dec. 24: Two cases of another new strain of COVID-19 linked to South Africa have been identified in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed here on Wednesday. Like the UK variant identified earlier, the new variant of the novel coronavirus is also driving a massive resurgence of the…

12/24/2020

EU, UK chiefs expected to hold another Brexit call: Sources

Brussels, Dec. 23: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to hold another call on a trade deal on Wednesday or Thursday, sources with the bloc said. The two spoke on Monday as they try to bridge gaps on allocating fish catches…

12/23/2020

Trump refuses to sign COVID-19 relief bill, seeks USD 2,000 stimulus payment

Washington, Dec. 23: US President Donald Trump has refused to sign the COVID-19 relief bill, saying the USD 600 stimulus payment to most Americans was not enough as he asked Congress to increase the amount to USD 2,000. Trump, in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, said that…

12/23/2020

WHO calls meeting on new virus variant, European head says

Geneva, Dec.22: The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a meeting of members to discuss strategies to counter a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that emerged in Britain, its European chief said on Tuesday. He did not give a date for the meeting. "Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent…

12/22/2020

Japan to spend more on defence sector amid Chinese threat

Tokyo, Dec. 22: Japan’s Cabinet approved a ninth straight increase in the nation’s defence budget as the government bolsters funding to develop longer-range cruise missiles and stealth fighters to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. The record 5.34 trillion yen (USD 51.7 billion) defence budget planned for fiscal…

12/22/2020

Sydney imposes lockdown on beach suburbs as COVID cluster grows

Sydney, Dec. 19: A quarter-million people in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs were ordered on Saturday into a strict lockdown until Christmas Eve to help contain a coronavirus cluster with authorities fearing it may spread across Australia’s most populous city. New South Wales (NSW) state government is to announce on Sunday…

12/19/2020

Iran begins N-site work amid tension with US

Dubai, Dec. 19: Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic programme, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show. Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West…

12/19/2020

Any leniency on sanctions against Taliban will be counter-productive to peace process: Afghanistan

United Nations, Dec. 18: Afghanistan has said the Taliban have increased their levels of violence and continued relationship with global terror groups, asserting that any leniency on the sanctions against the insurgent outfit, without real progress and reciprocity from them, will be counter-productive and detrimental to the peace negotiations. Afghanistan’s…

12/18/2020

US Presidential inauguration to be a low-key affair with restricted attendance: Organisers

Washington, Dec. 17: The inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 will be a low-key affair restricted for the public, the organisers said, urging people to participate in the historic event from home given the coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural…

12/17/2020

Nigeria’s Boko Haram behind schoolboys’ abduction: Audio message

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Dec. 16: A man identifying himself as the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram said on Tuesday the Islamist group was behind the abduction of more than 300 schoolboys, as anxious parents begged the government to secure their release. Pupils who escaped kidnap on Friday, by jumping over the…

12/16/2020

Govt is there 24 hours to address any doubts farmers may have, Modi says in Gujarat

New Delhi, Dec. 15: Amid the ongoing protest by farmers on the Delhi borders against the Centre's new agricultural laws, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the three Central farm laws had been rolled out keeping in mind the benefit of farmers.  According to the Indian Media, Reaching…

12/15/2020

‘Time to turn the page’, says Biden after EC confirms his win in US election

Washington, Dec. 15: It is time to “unite, heal and turn the page” on the US election, President-elect Joe Biden told Americans, hours after the Electoral College affirmed his victory over Republican President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede his loss and filed a litany of legal challenges to…

12/15/2020

Indian-American TIME’s Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao focuses on effective COVID-19 vaccine distribution

New York, Dec. 14: Young Indian-American scientist Gitanjali Rao, TIME magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, has said she is brainstorming about solutions for the effective vaccine distribution to address a pressing challenge posed by the coronavirus, and has set her sights on preventing future pandemics. In an interview with PTI, the 15-year-old…

12/14/2020

Bomb and gun attacks in Afghan capital kill 3: Officials

  Kabul, Dec. 13: Separate bomb and gun attacks on Sunday left at least three dead in Afghanistan’s capital, local police said, a day after a barrage of mortar shells shook the city. A sticky bomb attached to an armoured vehicle in northern Kabul killed two, and wounded at least…

12/13/2020

South Korea issues temporary nationwide standstill order to contain bird flu

Seoul, Dec. 12: South Korea's agriculture ministry issued a temporary nationwide standstill order for poultry farms and related transport on Saturday in a bid to contain a wider spread of highly pathogenic bird flu. The movement control order has been put in place for 48 hours, effective from midnight (11pm…

12/12/2020

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris named Time ‘2020 Person of the Year’

Washington, Dec. 11: US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been named by the prestigious TIME magazine as '2020 Person of the Year' for changing the American story, showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division and sharing a vision of healing…

12/11/2020

US sues Facebook over its WhatsApp, Instagram acquisition; alleges it crushed smaller rivals

Washington, Dec. 10: The US government and 48 states have filed parallel antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of anti-competitive conduct by abusing its market power to create a monopoly and crushing smaller competitors, a move which may force it to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. Soon after…

12/10/2020

Pak lawmakers to resign en masse to paralyse govt: PDM chief Rehman

Islamabad, Dec. 9: The political crisis in Pakistan has deepened after an 11-party Opposition alliance announced that their lawmakers will resign en masse by the end of this month from parliament to paralyse the government and force Prime Minister Imran Khan to call early snap polls. The decision was taken…

12/09/2020

Australia to make Facebook, Google pay news outlets for content

Sydney, Dec. 8: Australia locked in plans on Tuesday to make Facebook Inc and Google pay its media outlets for news content, a world-first move aimed at protecting independent journalism that has drawn strong opposition from the internet giants. Under laws to be introduced to parliament on Wednesday, Treasurer Josh…

12/08/2020

‘Uneasy deterrence’ reached with Iran, says US Navy official

Dubai, Dec. 7: The top US Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme. Vice Adm Sam Paparo, who…

12/07/2020

Japan, France, US plan their first joint military drills in May: Paper

Tokyo, Dec. 6: Japan, France, and the United States will hold joint military drills on land and sea for the first time in May next year as the Chinese military steps up activity in the region, the Sankei newspaper said on Sunday. The exercises, conducted on one of Japan’s uninhabited…

12/06/2020

US urges countries to make law over access to Tibet

Washington, Dec. 5: Slamming China for its alleged repressive regime in Tibet, a prime American diplomat has urged different countries to cross their very own variations of a US law that requires denying access to the U.S. for Chinese officers recognized to be concerned in proscribing visits to the distant…

12/05/2020

Pakistan court sentences three more JuD leaders to 15 years in jail in terror financing cases

Lahore, Dec. 4: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced three more leaders of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) to 15 years imprisonment each in two more terror financing cases. Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore Judge Ijaz Ahmad Buttar handed down the sentence to Abdul Salam bin Muhammad, Zafar…

12/04/2020

US Senate passes bill eliminating per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas

Washington, Dec. 3: The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill that eliminates the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrant visas and raises it for family-based visas, a legislation that will hugely benefit hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals in America who have been waiting for years to get their…

12/03/2020

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in world first

London, Dec. 2: The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to…

12/02/2020

US govt opposes release of Tahawwur Rana, says he is a flight risk

Washington, Dec. 1: The US government has moved a motion in a federal court in California opposing the release of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, describing him a flight risk. Rana, 59,…

12/01/2020

Thai protest leaders hear police charges of defaming king

Bangkok, Nov. 30: Five leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement reported to police Monday to acknowledge charges that they defamed the king, the most serious of many offenses of which they stand accused. The five are part of the student-led movement that for several months has been campaigning for Prime Minister…

11/30/2020

Biden announces all-female senior White House communications team

Washington, Nov. 30: President-elect Joe Biden turned to two Obama administration veterans on Sunday to head up his White House’s communications strategy and serve as its public face. Kate Bedingfield, who served as Biden’s communications director while he was vice president and on his presidential campaign, will be the White…

11/30/2020

Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria

Maidguri, Negeria, Nov. 29: Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria’s northern Borno State, officials said. The attack was staged Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe, a Borno community known for…

11/29/2020

Rouhani says Iran will retaliate for scientist killing ‘at proper time’

Tehran, Nov. 28: Iran’s president vowed Saturday to exact revenge over the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program as he joined other officials in blaming Israel for the slaying. Israel, long suspected of killing scientists a decade ago amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has…

11/28/2020

President-elect Joe Biden prioritises experience with Cabinet picks

New York, Nov. 25: US President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy. With…

11/25/2020

Trump administration gives green light to proceed with Biden transition

Washington, Nov. 24: After weeks of defiance, US President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to President-elect Joe Biden, giving his Democratic rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results. Trump, a Republican, has…

11/24/2020

Biden push to restore US global role starts with Blinken

Wilmington, Delaware/ New York, Nov. 23: US President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward on his campaign pledge to restore America as a leader on the global stage and lean on experts, tapping veteran diplomats for key posts even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede. Biden will name…

11/23/2020

Trump bid to overturn election stumbles as judge tosses Pennsylvania lawsuit

Washington, Nov. 22: US President Donald Trump’s desperate bid to overturn the US election was dealt a new setback on Saturday when a federal judge threw out his campaign’s attempt to invalidate millions of  votes in Pennsylvania. US District Court Judge Matthew Brann ruled that the Trump campaign’s efforts to…

11/22/2020

Michigan election staff recommends state to OK Biden victory

Detroit, Nov. 21: Michigan's elections agency on Friday recommended that the November 3 results be certified next week by state canvassers, a decision that would bless Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump but likely not cool partisan strife over the vote. The recommendation was posted online with the formal…

11/21/2020

China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO: Biden

Washington, Nov. 20: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules and announced that his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation. Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted…

11/20/2020

Pakistan’s anti-terror court sentences JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two more cases

Lahore, Nov. 19: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror cases. Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on…

11/19/2020

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

San Francisko, Nov. 18: US President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cellphone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks. While the campaign may be winding down, the data strategy is very much alive,…

11/18/2020

Certain elements inside Pak military had links to al-Qaeda: Obama on raid that killed Osama

Washington, Nov. 17: Barack Obama has said that he had ruled out involving Pakistan in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout because it was an “open secret” that certain elements inside Pakistan’s military, and especially its intelligence services, maintained links to the Taliban and perhaps even al-Qaeda, sometimes using…

11/17/2020

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister for seventh time in 2 decades

Patana (India), Nov. 16: Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as chief minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term in Raj Bhavan on Monday evening.  Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumar at 4:30 pm in the presence of senior BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president…

11/16/2020

Violence erupts in Washington as Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters

Washington, Nov. 15: Violence erupted on the streets of downtown Washington after thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump held a protest rally to back his unproven claims of massive voter fraud and electoral malpractices during the 2020 presidential elections. The “Million MAGA March”, held a week after Democrat…

11/15/2020

With historic win in Georgia, Biden's projected electoral college vote tally matches Trump’s in 2016

Washington, Nov. 14: President-elect Joe Biden has wrested Georgia and President Donald Trump has retained North Carolina, major US media outlets have projected, bringing the closely-fought and bitter 2020 presidential race to a close. Trump, who has not yet conceded the election to the projected winner, Biden, has repeatedly asserted,…

11/14/2020

Facebook founder Zuckerberg first tech giant head to acknowledge Joe Biden as next US President

Washington, Nov. 13: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has change into the primary head of a US tech big who has acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden as the subsequent president of the nation, a media report has mentioned. Mr. Zuckerberg informed his staff that the result of the November 3 election is now…

11/13/2020

Sputnik-V 92% effective: Russia

New Delhi, Nov. 12: Two days after US pharma giant Pfizer claimed 90 per cent effectiveness for its Covid vaccine, Russia Wednesday announced that the world’s first registered vaccine against SARS-CoV2, Sputnik V, had demonstrated 92 per cent efficacy after the second dose. The Russian Direct Investment Fund said the…

11/12/2020

Police expose global child abuse ring centred in Australia, arrest 16 persons

Canberra, Nov. 11: A tip from US authorities has exposed a major child sex abuse ring in Australia with links to the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and New Zealand, police said on Wednesday. A childcare worker and a children’s soccer coach were among 16 men arrested in the Australian…

11/11/2020

First images of final design of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple released

Dubai, Nov. 10: The majestic stone façade of the first Hindu temple coming up in Abu Dhabi will be adorned with scenes from Hindu epics, scriptures and ancient stories from India, as well as motifs popular in the Gulf countries, according to a media report on Tuesday. The temple management…

11/10/2020

Biden plans for White House as Trump plans rallies to protest his election loss

Wilmington,Del./Washington, Nov. 9:  Democrat Joe Biden began preparing on Sunday to deal with the coronavirus and other problems that will confront him as president of a divided America, while President Donald Trump planned campaign-style rallies to contest the election. One day after Biden clinched enough states to win the presidency,…

11/09/2020

World leaders express hope, relief after Biden win

Washington, Nov. 8: World leaders congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, cheering it as an opportunity to fortify global democracy and celebrating the significance of Americans having their first female vice president. Although President Donald Trump did not concede defeat, relief was a common theme expressed in many…

11/08/2020

Rapper King Von shot to death outside a nightclub in Atlanta

Atlanta, Nov. 7: Chicago rapper King Von was among three people shot and killed in a shooting early on Friday outside a nightclub in Atlanta that also left three people wounded, state investigators said. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, and a group of men left…

11/07/2020

Trump falsely claims victory with votes uncounted, rival Biden confident

Wilmington/Washington, Nov. 4: US President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory over Democratic rival Joe Biden on Wednesday with millions of votes still uncounted in a White House race that will not be decided until tallying is completed over the coming hours or days. By early Wednesday, the race was down…

11/04/2020

5 dead in Vienna attack; attacker sympathised with IS, had previous conviction

  Vienna, Nov. 3: Five people died, including an assailant, and 17 others were wounded in a shooting in the heart of Vienna hours before a coronavirus lockdown started, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday. The dead attacker was a 20-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian dual national who had a previous terror conviction.…

11/03/2020

Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin Minister: Report

Mailbourne, Nov. 2: Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought five new ministers into her executive. Born in India, Radhakrishnan, 41, went to school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to further her education. She has spent her work life…

11/02/2020

French manhunt underway after shooting of Greek priest

Lyon (France), Nov. 1: French police interrogated one suspect and searched for others on Sunday after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot and critically wounded while closing the door to his church in the French city of Lyon. Investigators are trying to determine whether a man arrested Saturday night was…

11/01/2020

Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of context

Kuala Lumpur, Oct. 31: Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he is disgusted because his comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his blog on Thursday that Muslims have a right to be…

10/31/2020

Thousands protest in Bangladesh over Macron remarks after killings in France

Singapore, Oct. 30: Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday after killings by a knife-wielding assailant in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief. French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France -…

10/30/2020

Trump admn proposes to scrap computerised lottery system to select H-1B visas

Washington, Oct. 29: The Trump administration has proposed to scrap the computerised lottery system to grant H-1B work visas to foreign technology professionals and replace it with a wage-level-based selection process, a move that is expected to counter the downward pressure on the wages of US workers. A notification on…

10/29/2020

Trump slams his ‘favourite’ Fox News for covering Obama’s campaign

Washington, Oct. 28: US President Donald Trump Tuesday slammed his “favourite” Fox News channel for broadcasting live his predecessor Barack Obama’s poll campaign for his opponent and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “Fox (News) puts him on all the time and they put sleepy Joe on all the time and…

10/28/2020

India, US ink defence pact; Pompeo says US stands with India, mentions killing of Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley

New Delhi, Oct. 27: India and the US signed the landmark defence pact, BECA, that will allow sharing of high-end military technology, geospatial maps and classified satellite data between their militaries as the two countries held a high-level dialogue on Tuesday, and vowed to ramp up their security ties and…

10/27/2020

US sees highest number of new Covid cases in past two days

Washington, Oct. 26: The United States has seen its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, keeping the pandemic a top election issue as Vice President Mike Pence travels the country to campaign despite close aides testing positive. The United States reported 79,852 new infections…

10/26/2020

On Trump’s ‘filthy India’ remark, Biden says 'deeply value friendship with India'

Washington, Oct. 25: Slamming US President Donald Trump for his comment on India's air pollution, former vice president and Democratic Party's presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday said he and his running mate Kamala Harris deeply value America's partnership with India. “President Trump called India 'filthy'. It's not how you…

10/25/2020

France bans Islamist group after killing of teacher: Govt spokesman

Paris, Oct. 21: France will ban an Islamist group named after the late Sheikh Yassin as part of a crackdown on militants following the murder of a French schoolteacher last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen…

10/21/2020

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

Cairo, Oct. 20: US President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families but some hurt in the attacks weren’t happy with…

10/20/2020

Indian-Americans hold rally in California in support of Biden, Harris

New York, Oct. 19: Indian-Americans held a Get out the Vote (GOTV) rally in the US state of California in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris for the November 3 elections. For the future of this and next generation of Indian-Americans and to…

10/19/2020

Car bombing in Afghanistan kills 12, wounds more than 100

Kabul, Oct. 18: A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, officials said. The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light…

10/18/2020

Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party registers landslide victory in New Zealand general election

Wellington, Oct. 17: Jecinda Ardern swept to a landslide victory in the New Zealand general election on Saturday, securing a second term as voters rewarded her for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. With 95 per cent of votes counted, Ms Ardern’s Labour Party were on course to gain 49…

10/17/2020

It's time to prepare for no-trade deal Brexit: UK PM Johnson

London, Oct. 16: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously and that unless Brussels changed course there would not be an agreement. A tumultuous "no deal" finale to the…

10/16/2020

EU imposes sanctions on 6 Russians over Navalny poisoning

Brussels, Oct. 15: The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and one organisation over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a Soviet-era nerve agent. The move came a day after Russia’s foreign minister warned that Moscow might respond with similar measures. The decision…

10/15/2020

9 dead after two army helicopters collide in Afghanistan

Lashkar Gah (Afghanistan), Oct. 14: Two Afghan army helicopters collided while transporting wounded soldiers amid renewed fighting against Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province, killing nine Afghan service members, the country's Defense Ministry and local officials said Wednesday. The two Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters crashed due to technical problems while…

10/14/2020

'I have failed': Kim Jong Un shows tearful side in confronting North Korea's hardships

Seoul, Oct. 13: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his "man of the people" persona to tackle his country's deepening crises. Though the young…

10/13/2020

Bus-train collision in central Thailand leaves 17 dead

Bangkok, Oct. 11: At least 17 people died early on Sunday when a train collided with a bus in central Thailand, officials said. The tour bus was travelling with 65 passengers on board when it crossed the railway track during rain in Chacheongsao, 80 kilometres east of Bangkok, where a…

10/11/2020

Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Baku/Yerevan, Oct. 10: Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of swiftly violating the terms of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday, raising questions about how meaningful the truce, brokered by Russia, would turn out to be. The ceasefire, clinched after marathon talks in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin, was…

10/10/2020

UN's World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, Oct. 9: The United Nations' World Food Programme on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The organisation provided assistance to almost 100 million people in 88 countries around the world last year. “I think this is…

10/09/2020

Kamala Harris describes Trump administration's handling of COVID-19 as 'greatest failure'

Washington, Oct. 8: Democratic vice president nominee Kamala Harris described the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the "greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history" of the US as she opened the only vice presidential debate with a sharp attack on Vice President Mike Pence, who…

10/08/2020

By 2021, as many as 150 mn people likely to be in extreme poverty due to COVID-19: World Bank

Washington, Oct. 7: The World Bank on Wednesday warned that by 2021, as many as 150 million people are likely to be in extreme poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic and countries will have to prepare for a "different economy" post-COVID by allowing capital, labour, skills and innovation to move…

10/07/2020

Trump returns to White House after 4-day stay at hospital; tells people not to fear coronavirus

Washington, Oct. 6: US President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday night after spending four days at a military hospital where he was treated for coronavirus. Trump, 74, looked healthy. Showing his fitness, Trump in an unusual decision climbed up the South Portico stairs, instead of the…

10/06/2020

Pakistan ex-president Asif Ali Zardari indicted in Park Lane and Thatta Water case

Islamabad, Oct. 5: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Park Lane and Thatta Water Supply cases. Zardari, 63, the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was present in the Islamabad-based court and pleaded not guilty. During the hearing, the court indicted…

10/05/2020

Donald Trump undergoing Remdesivir therapy at military hospital; says ‘doing well’

Washington, Oct. 3: US President Donald Trump was shifted to a military hospital where he was given Remdesivir therapy following treatment with an experimental drug after testing positive for COVID-19, a development that upended his election campaign just weeks before the presidential polls. Trump, 74, and his wife First Lady…

10/03/2020

Messages for sick Trump split between ‘get well’ and ‘told you so’

Washington, Oct. 2: Get well messages for US President Donald Trump poured in from foreign capitals on Friday after he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus but some had little sympathy for a leader whose response to the pandemic has been widely criticised. Trump, who might be voted…

10/02/2020

Suicide bomber kills 9 at checkpoint in south Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Oct. 1: An Afghan official says that at least nine people including four civilians have been killed by a suicide car bomber who targeted a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the provincial governor in Helmand says Thursday a child and three security personnel were wounded in…

10/01/2020

Will you shut up, man: Personal attacks rule 1st Trump-Biden debate

New York, Sept. 30: "Clown", "Liar", "just shush for a minute" and "keep yapping" were the insults that will forever be the highlight of the first Trump-Biden US presidential debate 2020 with Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace coming in for serious flak based on how he allowed American…

09/30/2020

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

Paris, Sept. 29: France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday that…

09/29/2020

G20 leaders summit to be held virtually on Nov 21-22

Dubai, Sept. 28: The G20 leaders summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21-22, Saudi Arabia said on Monday. The summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the Pandemic and by laying down foundations for a better future, the government said in a statement.”…

09/28/2020

Facing Islamic State, last embattled Sikhs, Hindus leave Afghanistan

 Kabul, (Afghanistan), Sept. 27:  Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels ever. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity. A once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members,…

09/27/2020

New documents reveal Russians interfered in 2016 election, says Trump

Washington, Sept. 26: US President Donald Trump has alleged that a new set of documents have revealed that Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential elections on behalf of his then rival and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The alleged Russian interference in US elections in 2016 was one of the…

09/26/2020

Trump admin proposes fixed time limit for students’, researchers’, journalists’ visas

Washington, Sept. 25: The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a fixed time limit on visas of students, researchers and foreign journalists in the United States, noting that it is concerned about the liberal existing visa programme being abused and a potential for increased risk to national security. The proposal scheduled…

09/25/2020

Japan PM Suga tells SouthKorea's Moon both nations need to repair damaged relations

Tokyo, Sept. 24: Japan’s new Prime Minister, Mr Yoshihide Suga, spoke to South Korea’s President for the first time on Thursday (Sept 24), calling for both countries to repair their frayed ties and cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea. Relations between the two US allies have deteriorated sharply over…

09/24/2020

If Biden wins, China will win, says Trump

Washington, Sept. 23: Former US vice president Joe Biden has enormously harmed the US economy in his five decades as a politician, US President Donald Trump has said, adding that if the Democratic leader wins the November 3 polls it would be a win for China. Biden, 77, and his running mate Kamala Harris are…

09/23/2020

UK faces soaring COVID-19 death rate unless it moves fast, medics warn

London, Sept. 21: Britain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 within weeks unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government moves urgently to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country's senior medics say. The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in…

09/21/2020

Why Thai protesters are challenging the monarchy

Bangkok, Sept. 20: Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers. Protesters have grown ever bolder during two months of demonstrations against Thailand's palace and military-dominated establishment, breaking…

09/20/2020

TikTok files complaint against Trump administration to try to block US ban

New York, Sept. 19: Popular video-sharing app TikTok has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network, according to court documents filed late on Friday. TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance Ltd., filed a complaint in a Washington federal…

09/19/2020

Pakistan govt sends arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Sept. 18: The Pakistan government has sent arrest warrants through its mission in London for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in the UK for medical treatment, a media report said on Friday. Sharif (70) has been in London since November last year after the Lahore…

09/18/2020

UK defends planned Brexit deal breach as Biden slams move

London, Sept. 17: The British government is struggling to overcome American opposition to its plans to breach the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is the latest U.S. politician to express alarm. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to break parts of the EU divorce…

09/17/2020

Russia to supply 100 mn doses of Sputnik COVID vaccine to India’s Dr Reddy, inks pact

New Delhi, Sept. 16: Russian Direct Investment Fund has inked a deal with Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to conduct a clinical trial and distribution of Sputnik V in India. Under the agreement, Russia's sovereign wealth fund will supply 100 million doses of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine to Indian drug maker. Both the…

09/16/2020

Putin opponent Navalny posts photo from hospital, says he can breathe by himself

Moscow, Sept. 15: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Tuesday shared a photo from a Berlin hospital, sitting in bed and surrounded by family, and said he can now breathe independently following his suspected poisoning last month. “Hi, it’s Navalny. I miss you all, ”he wrote in the caption to…

09/15/2020

25 Indian MPs test positive for Covid-19 on first day of Parliament’s monsoon session

New Delhi, Sept. 14: Twenty-five members of Parliament tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on the first day of the monsoon session, secretariat officials told Hindustan Times on Monday. According to the Indian Media, Junior railways minister Suresh Angadi, the BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parvesh Sahib Singh,…

09/14/2020

Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister

Tokyo, Sept. 14: Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan's ruling party on Monday, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country's next prime minister.          Suga received 377 votes in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party election to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced…

09/14/2020

Former UK leaders unite to slam Boris Johnson on Brexit plan

London, Sept. 13: Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces on Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the UK’s reputation. In…

09/13/2020

Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Dubai, Sept. 12: Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations on Saturday for the first time aimed at ending decades of war, bringing together delegates appointed by the Afghan government and the Taliban. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the opening ceremony, which was held in Qatar where the meetings will…

09/12/2020

AstraZeneca says should know if vaccine works by year-end if trials resume

London, Sept. 10: AstraZeneca’s chief executive Pascal Soriot said on Thursday that it should know before the end of the year whether its experimental vaccine would protect people from COVID-19, if the British drugmaker is allowed to resume trials which were paused this week. It suspended the late-stage trials after…

09/10/2020

Trump says he is willing to spend his own money on presidential campaign

Washington, Sept 9: US President Donald Trump, facing the possibility of a cash crunch, said on Tuesday he would spend his own money to finance his 2020 presidential campaign against Democrat Joe Biden if he had to. The Republican president told reporters before taking off for a trip to Florida…

09/09/2020

First batch of Russian vaccine produced for civilian circulation

Moscow/New Delhi, Sept. 8: In some good news for millions living in hope for a COVID-19 vaccine shot, the Russian Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine has been produced for civilian circulation. The supplies of the medication to the Russian regions were expected…

09/08/2020

India successfully tests hypersonic missile

New Delhi, Sept. 7: India Monday successfully test-fired Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), making it only the fourth country in the world after the US, China and Russia to develop and test the technology that will pave the way for missiles that will travel at six times the speed of…

09/07/2020

UNICEF to lead global procurement, supply of Covid vaccines

United Nations, Sept. 7: Amidst the race amongst individual nations to get hold of a Covid-19 vaccine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will undertake the responsibility of procuring and supplying an effective vaccine to about 92 low and middle-income countries of the world under the Covax Global Vaccines Facility,…

09/07/2020

NY attorney general to form grand jury after Prude death

New York, Sept. 6: The New York attorney general said a grand jury would be formed to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, an unarmed black man who suffocated after being detained by police. Mr Prude – who suffered from mental health problems – died after officers put him in…

09/06/2020

Indian-Americans will vote for me, says Trump

Washington, Sept. 5: Highlighting the great relationship that he has developed with Indian Americans and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump said that he would think that Indian Americans would vote for him in the November 3 presidential election. “We have great support from India. We have great…

09/05/2020

12 killed, 25 injured as six air conditioners explode in Bangladesh mosque

Dhaka, Sept. 5: At least 12 worshippers, including a child, were killed and 25 others injured when a suspected gas leak caused six air conditioners to explode almost simultaneously in a mosque on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, fire officials said on Saturday. The explosions took place during prayers…

09/05/2020

We should see Covid vaccine rollout by mid-2021; WHO chief scientist

Geneva, Sept. 4: The World Health Organization is hopeful that a novel coronavirus vaccine will be ready internationally by mid-2021, its chief scientist said on Friday. "Certainly by the middle of 2021, we should start to see some vaccines moving into countries and populations," Soumya Swaminathan said at a news…

09/04/2020

In historic verdict, Bangladesh Hindu widows to get share of husbands' properties

Dhaka, Sept. 3: In a landmark verdict, the Bangladesh High Court ruled that Hindu widows were entitled to shares in all properties owned by their late husbands and not just their properties. Previously, Hindu widows in the country were only entitled to the family property of their spouse and not…

09/03/2020

China took ‘naive’ US for a ride; America now learning who are its real friends: Nikki Haley

Washington, Sept. 2: China has taken a "naive" US and its leaders for a ride over the past several decades, according to former top Indian-American diplomat Nikky Haley, who said the Trump administration through its robust Indo-Pacific strategy is now learning who its real friends are. Speaking at the third India-US…

09/02/2020

Opening up societies too quickly amid Covid pandemic 'recipe for disaster': WHO chief

Geneva, Sept. 1: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that opening up societies too quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic is a "recipe for disaster." Tedros advised that "the more control countries have over the virus, the more they can open up," and insists that countries that…

09/01/2020

People’s President Pranab Mukherjee is no more

New Delhi, Aug. 31: Former President and distinguished parliamentarian of India Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the Army Research and Referral Hospital on Monday evening after suffering septic shock this morning during the course of his lung infection treatment. Mukherjee was 84. According to the Indian Media, He had been…

08/31/2020

1 killed as Trump supporters, protesters clash in Portland

Portland (US), Aug. 30: One person was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a large caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets, police said. It wasn't clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a…

08/30/2020

Afghan security forces kill 44 Taliban militants

Kabul, Aug. 29: At least 44 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province as security forces stepped up operations in the area, an army statement said on Saturday. According to the statement, three local commanders of the armed group were among those killed in the operations backed by…

08/29/2020

Japan PM Shinzo Abe says he’s resigning for health reasons

Tokyo, Aug. 28: Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he intends to step down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave so many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and…

08/28/2020

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns amid US pressure to sell video app

Hong Kong, Aug. 27: TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned on Thursday amid the US pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app, which the White House says is a security risk. In a letter to employees, Mayer said his decision to leave comes after the “political environment…

08/27/2020

2 killed, 1 injured in Wisconsin protests over shooting of black man: Kenosha Police

Kenosha, Aug. 26: Two people died and one person was injured as shots were fired late Tuesday in Kenosha during the third night of unrest in Wisconsin following the shooting of a Black man by police, Kenosha police said. The shooting was reported at about 11:45 p.m. in an area…

08/26/2020

14 killed, 75 injured in bomb attacks in south Philippines

Manila, Aug. 24: Muslim militants allied with the Islamic State group set off a powerful motorcycle explosive followed by a suicide bombing that together killed 14 people on Monday, many of them soldiers, in the worst extremist attack in the Philippines this year, military officials said. At least 75 soldiers,…

08/24/2020

Trump ordered to pay $44,100 in Stormy Daniels legal fees

Los Angeles, Aug. 23: A California court ordered President Donald Trump this week to pay USD 44,100 in attorney fees to porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay for her legal battle over her effort to cancel a hush-money deal brokered to keep her quiet about their sexual relationship a decade…

08/23/2020

Biden says he’d close country if experts said to

Washington, Aug. 22: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would do whatever was needed to keep the country safe amid the coronavirus pandemic even if that meant shutting down the country. Biden made the comment in an interview with ABC. The interview airs Sunday night but clips were provided…

08/22/2020

Libya’s government announces ceasefire; calls for elections

Cairo, Aug. 21: Libya’s UN-supported government on Friday announced a ceasefire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarising the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces. In a separate statement Aguila Saleh, speaker of the rival east-based House of Representatives, also called for a ceasefire. The…

08/21/2020

UK issues urgent call for more Indian, South Asian COVID-19 plasma donors

London, Aug. 21: The UK's state-funded National Health Service (NHS) on Friday issued an urgent call for people of Indian and South Asian heritage who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma to help save lives of others infected with the deadly virus. According to experts, people from a…

08/21/2020

Both camps out to woo Hindu voters

Washington, Aug. 20: In a sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America, the Trump and Biden campaigns are wooing this small religious minority community like never before. Hinduism is the fourth largest faith in the US, representing approximately one per cent of the US population in 2016.…

08/20/2020

Mali President resigns after soldiers detain him at gunpoint

Bamako, Aug, 19: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis. Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast…

08/19/2020

Sweden temporarily pulls its diplomats out of North Korea

Stockholm, Aug. 18: Sweden said on Tuesday it had temporarily withdrawn all its diplomats from North Korea, where its embassy also represents the interests of the United States and several other nations, partly due to issues linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Most other Western nations that have diplomatic relations with…

08/18/2020

Trump's younger brother Robert dies at 71

New York, Aug. 16: US President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, a businessman known for an even keel that seemed almost incompatible with the family name, died Saturday night after being hospitalised in New York, the president said in a statement. He was 71. The president visited his brother…

08/16/2020

TikTok deal must provide 'total security' and 'substantially' benefit US: Trump

Washington, Aug. 14: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that any deal to sell Chinese-owned social media app Tik Tok to an American company must "substantially" benefit the United States and provide "total security." Trump made the remarks after issuing an executive order banning transactions with TikTok's Chinese parent…

08/14/2020

UK sees deepest slump in 11 years, more jobs at stake

London, Aug. 13: The UK economy plunged into a deep recession as it shrank 20.4 per cent between April and June at the height of the Covid lockdown, according to new figures released on Wednesday. Reacting to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted that…

08/13/2020

Joe Biden names Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris as running mate

Washington, Aug. 12: Joe Biden has picked Indian-origin Senator Kamala Devi Harris as his running mate, recognising the crucial role Black voters could play in his determined bid to defeat President Donald Trump in the US presidential election in November.   By naming the 55-year-old lawyer and politician from California…

08/12/2020

19 inmates killed in Somalia prison rioting

Nairobi, Aug. 12: At least, 19 persons were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, said the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. Gen Mahad Abdirahman, commander of the custodial…

08/12/2020

Russia becomes first country to approve Covid vaccine, says Putin

Moscow, Aug. 11: President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a  COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The development paves the…

08/11/2020

Hong Kong media mogul arrested under new security law

Hong Kong, Aug. 11: The Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital Group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence. Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officials…

08/11/2020

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee test positive for coronavirus

New Delhi, Aug. 10: Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. "On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today," he tweeted. "I request the people who came in contact with me in the…

08/10/2020

Trump signs coronavirus relief orders after talks with Congress break down

Bedminster, Aug. 9: President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Saturday partly restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, as the United States marked a grim milestone of 5 million cases. Negotiations broke down this week between the White…

08/09/2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launches ‘Covid poll’ campaign with job promise

Wellington, Aug. 9: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday launched her re-election campaign promising a “laser-like” focus on boosting jobs and economic growth hit by the Covid pandemic. The charismatic 40-year-old leader is on track for a comfortable victory in the September 19 election, according to opinion polls,…

08/09/2020

Russia acting against Joe Biden; China opposes Prez Trump: US intel

Washington, Aug. 8: US intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, the country’s counterintelligence chief said in the most specific…

08/08/2020

17 killed as Air India Express flight overshoots runway in heavy rain in Kozhikode in Kerala; both pilots among dead

Kozhikode, Aug. 8: Seventeen persons were killed and scores injured when an Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 on board overshot the tabletop runway in Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday night while landing in heavy rain and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into…

08/08/2020

Lanka's Rajapaksa clan registers landslide win in parliamentary polls

Colombo, Aug. 7: Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister for the fourth time on Sunday after his party registered a landslide victory in the general elections, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament needed to amend the Constitution to further consolidate the powerful Rajapaksa family's grip on…

08/07/2020

Donald Trump hangs on to financial edge in race against Joe Biden

New York, Aug. 6: US President Donald Trump thwarted efforts to cripple his re-election campaign's financial advantage, as Republican donors forked over record cash in July, campaign disclosures showed on Wednesday. Trump's campaign and closely allied groups pulled in $165 million during the typically sluggish political fundraising month of July,…

08/06/2020

Indian PM Modi lays stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, says Ram belongs to all

Ayodhya (India), Aug. 5: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The Indian Prime Minister performed the 'bhoomi poojan' before laying the stone. After performing the ‘bhoomi pujan’, Prime Minister Modi said the wait of centuries has ended and India is creating a…

08/05/2020

Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

Beirut, Aug. 5: A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent seismic shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Officials said they expected the death toll to rise further after…

08/05/2020

Modi, Ghani discuss security situation

New Delhi, Aug. 4: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani discussed the evolving security situation in the region and other areas of mutual and bilateral interest on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office said. During a phone call, the two also exchanged Eid al–Adha greetings. President Ghani…

08/04/2020

SpaceX brings NASA crew back to earth in first splashdown in 45 years

Cape Canaveral, Aug. 3: Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by US astronauts in 45 years, with the…

08/03/2020

Islamic State attack on Afghan prison, killing 21, rages on

Kabul, Aug. 3: An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said. Another 43 people have been wounded in the attack that began late Sunday when an…

08/03/2020

Indian Home Minister Amit Shah tests positive for COVID-19

New Delhi, Aug. 2: Union Home Minister of India Amit Shah tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, he informed in a tweet. Shah, 55, stated this on his Twitter handle. “I have undergone a coronavirus test after showing initial symptoms and have tested positive. My health is fine but I…

08/02/2020

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

Berlin, Aug. 1: Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections. A crowd of people whistling and cheering, and with few masks in sight,…

08/01/2020

Hours after raising possibility on Twitter, Trump denies intention to delay November election

Washington, July 31: US President Donald Trump said that he doesn't want to delay the November election, hours after raising the possibility on Twitter. "Do I want to see a date change? No," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.…

07/31/2020

UK extends coronavirus quarantine period from 7 to 10 days

London, July 30: People who test positive for coronavirus or display some of the obvious symptoms must self-isolate or quarantine for a period of 10 days instead of just a week, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers announced in a guidance update on Thursday. Until now, those displaying symptoms such as…

07/30/2020

Do passenger testing or lose ‘quarantine roulette’, Heathrow tells UK

London, July 29: Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest airport, called on Britain to urgently introduce a passenger testing regime, warning that without one it would lose a game of global “quarantine roulette” coronavirus stalled aviation. The worst public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak has wrought economic turmoil across the…

07/29/2020

North Korea's Kim boasts of his nukes amid stalled talks with US

Seoul, July 28: North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his country's hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a “reliable, effective” deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported on Tuesday. Kim's comments before war veterans marking the 67th anniversary of the end of…

07/28/2020

UN says over 60 killed in renewed violence in Sudan’s Darfur

Cairo, July 27: A new bout of violence in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region has left more than 60 people dead, the United Nations said Sunday. The clashes threaten to derail a fragile transition to democracy more than a year after the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The UN…

07/27/2020

Fires set, windows shattered during raucous Virginia protest

Richmond (US), July 26: A city dump truck was set on fire as protesters faced off with police in Virginia’s capital during a demonstration in support of protesters on the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon. Virginia State Police and Richmond police worked to clear the crowd of…

07/26/2020

Trump Administration eases export restrictions on unmanned drones

Washington, July 25: In a significant development, the Trump Administration on Friday relaxed standards for exporting drones to friendly countries. Under the new policy, drones that fly at speeds below 800 km per hour are no longer subject to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). “This action, which is consistent…

07/25/2020

Christopher Columbus statue taken down at Chicago park

Chikago, July 24: A statue of Christopher Columbus that drew chaotic protests in Chicago’s Grant Park was taken down early Friday amid a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch federal law enforcement agents to the city. Crews used a large crane to remove the statue from its pedestal as…

07/24/2020

Closure of more Chinese embassies ‘possible’, says Trump as US shuts down consulate in Houston

Washington, July 23: The US does not rule out the possibility of closing more Chinese diplomatic missions in the country, President Donald Trump has said, hours after Washington ordered the closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston to “protect American intellectual property and private information”. The US move came amid a…

07/23/2020

Tsunami warning cancelled after 7.8- magnitude earthquake strikes off Alaska

Anchorage (Alaska), July 22: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the Alaskan peninsula late Tuesday, shaking buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries and the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center canceled an earlier warning of potentially hazardous waves. In Kodiak, the largest community in the earthquake area on…

07/22/2020

Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses

Washington, July 20: US President Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden. Trump says it’s too early…

07/20/2020

NASA releases 'closest ever' breathtaking pictures of the Sun

Cape Canaveral, July 17: A European and NASA spacecraft has snapped the closest pictures ever taken of the sun, revealing countless little "campfires" flaring everywhere. Scientists on Thursday released the first images taken by Solar Orbiter, launched from Cape Canaveral in February. The orbiter was about 48 million miles (77…

07/17/2020

Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk, Gates and others hacked in Bitcoin scam

New York, July 16: Several prominent Twitter accounts, including those of former US president Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, were hacked apparently to promote a Bitcoin scam in what the microblogging site believes to be a "coordinated social engineering attack". The account of former…

07/16/2020

EU top court invalidates data-sharing pact with United States

London, July 16: The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users’ data. The ruling does not mean an immediate…

07/16/2020

UK launches cheaper, fast-track visa for health professionals

London, July 15: Facing severe staff shortage, the Boris Johnson government is rolling out a fast-track visa for doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals from India and other non-EU countries from August, levying a reduced visa application fee compared to other skilled workers. Such professionals will also be exempted from the…

07/15/2020

In big relief to students, including those from India, Trump admn rescinds rule

Washington, July 15: The Trump administration has agreed to rescind its July 6 rule, which temporarily barred international students from staying in the US unless they attend at least one in-person course, a federal district court judge said on Tuesday. The U-turn by the Trump administration comes following a nationwide…

07/15/2020

17 US states, DC file lawsuit against Trump admn's new visa policy for global students

Washington, July 14: As many as 17 US states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's new visa policy for international students, calling it a "cruel, abrupt, and unlawful action” to expel them amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. In its July 6 order, the US…

07/14/2020

Johns Hopkins sues Trump Administration to block rule on foreign students

New York, July 13: Johns Hopkins University has joined a growing list of prestigious higher education institutions in the US suing the Trump Administration over its “cruel” decision not to allow foreign students to take online-only courses this fall semester. The Trump had administration announced new rules for international students…

07/13/2020

Russia ‘first nation’ to finish human trials for Covid-19 vaccine

Moscow, July 13: The clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, told Sputnik, adding that the first group of volunteers would be discharged on…

07/13/2020

Comet Neowise streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

Cape Canaveral (US), July 12: A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise—the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century—swept within Mercury's orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun…

07/12/2020

Trump working on executive order to establish merit-based immigration system: White House

Washington, July 11: US President Donald Trump is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system, the White House has said. The White House statement came soon after Trump, in an interview with Telemundo News channel, said he is working on an executive order on immigration that…

07/11/2020

Singapore votes for new government amid coronavirus pandemic

Singapore, July 10: Wearing face masks and gloves, Singaporeans were voting on Friday in a general election that is expected to return the ruling party once again to power but the result could be a test for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's handling of the economy during the COVID-19 crisis.…

07/10/2020

Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of President

New York, July 8: US President Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday that credits a “perfect storm of catastrophes” for exposing the president at his worst. Mary Trump, a psychologist, writes that the pandemic, the possibility…

07/08/2020

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Reo de janeiro, July 8: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity. Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia. “I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around…

07/08/2020

Trump admn slams door on F-1 visa students whose institutes have moved to online-only mode

New York, July 7: International students in the US are panicking after a shock announcement by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday afternoon that slams the door shut on students with F-1 and M-1 visas if their universities move to online-only instruction during the Fall 2020 semester…

07/07/2020

‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ hymn ignites hope across nation

Los Angeles, July 6: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was created more than a century ago. But the hymn dubbed as the Black national anthem has resurrected a beacon of hope during recent nationwide protests. Countless rallies were held across the United States in recent weeks with arm-locked protesters reciting…

07/06/2020

Japan floods leave 20 dead, many in nursing homes

Tokyo, July 5: Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left about 20 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations on Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen perished and scores are still stranded. Rescue helicopters and boats…

07/05/2020

US sends aircraft carriers to South China Sea during Chinese military drills

Washington, July 4: Two US aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the US Navy said, as China also carried out military drills that have been criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states. China and the United States have accused each other of stoking…

07/04/2020

UK to end quarantine rule for some nations

London, July 4: The British Government on Friday said it was scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed “low risk” for the Covid, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The change take place from July 10. The full list of exempted countries will be…

07/04/2020

19 Sikh pilgrims killed, several injured as train rams into bus in Pakistan's Sheikhupura

Lahore, July 3: At least 19 pilgrims of Pakistan's Sikh community were killed when a train collided with a passenger van in eastern Pakistan on Friday, officials said. According to police, the dead, which include two children, were all residents of the western Pakistani city of Peshawar, home to most…

07/03/2020

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 123 people

Hpakant (Myanmar), July 2: At least 123 people were killed on Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years. A statement from the Ministry of Information said 123 bodies had been recovered from…

07/02/2020

Hong Kong police fire water cannon at crowds protesting new security law

Hongkong, July 1: Hong Kong police fired a water cannon at protesters and arrested at least 30 people for unlawful assembly on Wednesday (July 1), as the global financial hub turned a corner with the new national security law in place on the anniversary of the city's handover to China.…

07/01/2020

Chinese researchers warn of new virus in pigs with human pandemic risk

Shanghai, June 30: A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus”, a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat. A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza…

06/30/2020

Iran issues arrest warrant for US President Trump, asks Interpol to help

Teharan (Iran), June 30: Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday. Interpol later said it wouldn’t…

06/30/2020

Trump exudes confidence of getting re-elected says vast silent majority with him

Washington, June 29: US President Donald Trump on Sunday exuded the confidence of winning the November 3 election, claiming that the vast silent majority is with him. The President’s tweet came as his Democratic rival Joe Biden had been beating Trump in recent polls. Fox News polls released on Thursday…

06/29/2020

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

Beijing, June 28: Globally, the number of infections now stands at over 10 million and nearly 500,000 people have died on Sunday. According to the World Health Organization The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses record annually.-Agencies

06/28/2020

Pakistan’s anti-graft body files corruption case against Nawaz Sharif

Lahore, June 27: Pakistan's anti-graft body has filed a corruption case against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and three others for their alleged involvement in the illegal allotment of land in Punjab province about 34 years ago. An arrest warrant has been issued against the 70-year-old three-time premier who is…

06/27/2020

Confirmed new virus cases hit a new high in US

Washington, June 27: The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the…

06/27/2020

Trump administration urges end to Affordable Care Act as pandemic surges

Washington, June 26: As coronavirus cases rise in more than half of the states, the Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The administration’s high court filing Thursday came the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost…

06/26/2020

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls Osama Bin Laden a 'martyr' in Parliament

Islamabad, June 26: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called the 9/11 mastermind and founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden a ‘shaheed’ (martyr) while speaking in the country’s Parliament. Speaking in Parliament during the budget session, Khan said, "We were very embarrassed when Americans came and…

06/26/2020

Porn star Ron Jeremy charged with rape and sexual assault

Los Angeles, June 25: Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth in incidents in West Hollywood from 2014 to 2019, the Los Angeles County district attorney said on Tuesday. Jeremy, 67, is among the biggest names in the pornography industry, having…

06/25/2020

Trump defends suspending Green Card applications till Dec 31

Washington, June 24: US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to suspend issuing of green cards till the end of the year, saying it was needed to give jobs to Americans. Through an executive order, Trump, in April, had suspended issuing of green cards for 90 days. On Monday,…

06/24/2020

Russia, US hold new nuclear arms talks, but without China

Berlin, June 24: American and Russian negotiators on Tuesday concluded a round of nuclear arms control talks in Vienna, aimed at producing a new agreement to replace the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) that expires in February — the last remaining pact constraining the arsenals of the world's…

06/24/2020

UK lifts more lockdown restrictions, eases mandatory 2-m social-distancing rule halved to 1 metr

London, June 23: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced July 4 as the date for a significant lifting of lockdown restrictions in the country, with cinemas, museums, bars, pubs and restaurants being allowed to open their doors to the public once again. The venues, which have been closed…

06/23/2020

Did TikTok teens, K-Pop fans make Trump's comeback rally fail?

Oakland (US), June 22: Did teens, TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music troll the president of the United States? For more than a week before Donald Trump's first campaign rally in three months on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, these tech-savvy groups opposing the president mobilised to reserve tickets…

06/23/2020

Spain opens border to tourists; Trump wants less testing

Barcelona, June 22: Spain reopened its borders to European tourists on Sunday in a bid to kickstart its economy while Brazil and South Africa struggled with rising coronavirus infections. At a campaign rally, President Donald Trump said he told the US government to reduce testing for the virus, apparently to…

06/22/2020

UK park stabbings that killed 3 declared terrorist attack

London, June 21: UK counter-terrorism officers on Sunday declared a stabbing rampage by a Libyan-origin man in a park in the English town of Reading that left three people dead as a terrorist attack. The local Thames Valley Police had initially launched a murder inquiry and said it was keeping…

06/21/2020

Twitter labels Trump's tweet as 'manipulated media'

New York, June 19: Twitter Inc added a ‘manipulated media’ label on a video posted on U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed on Thursday that showed a doctored news clip with a mis-spelled banner flashing “Terrified todler runs from racist baby.” The original video, which went viral on social media…

06/19/2020

US Prez pleaded with Xi to help him win 2020 re-election: Ex-NSA Bolton

Washington, June 19: President Donald Trump virtually pleaded with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at last year's G-20 summit in Japan to help him win the 2020 US presidential election, former US national security adviser John Bolton has claimed in a new book. The White House has said the forthcoming…

06/19/2020

India Elected Non-Permanent UN Security Council Member for Two-Year Term

United Nations, June 18: India was elected as non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term on Wednesday, winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held Wednesday. India was a candidate for…

06/18/2020

Trump signs order on police reform, doesn’t mention racism

Washington, June 18: Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that he said would encourage better police practices. Trump met privately with the families of several African Americans killed in interactions with police before his Rose Garden signing…

06/18/2020

North Korea rejects South's offer of envoys, vows to redeploy troops to border

Seoul, June 17: North Korea on Wednesday rejected South Korea's offer to send special envoys to ease escalating tensions over defector activity and stalled reconciliation efforts and vowed to redeploy troops to border areas. The announcements made by state media agency KCNA came a day after North Korea blew up…

06/17/2020

Trump to sign order on police changes as Democrats urge more

Washington, June 17: Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump was ready to sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at encouraging better police practices and establishing a database to keep track of officers with a history of excessive use of force. The…

06/17/2020

UN body to check police brutality

Geneva, June 16: The top UN human rights body will hold an urgent debate on allegations of "systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States on Wednesday, a statement said. The decision by the UN Human Rights Council followed a request last week by Burkina…

06/16/2020

Europe starts to reopen borders but no free travel yet

Brussels, June 15: European countries ease some border controls on Monday after coronavirus lockdowns, but Spain’s continued closure, a patchwork of restrictions elsewhere and new ways of working mean pre-pandemic levels of travel are a long way off. The Schengen area of 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and…

06/15/2020

Pak ex-PM Yusuf Raza Gilani tests positive for COVID-19

Islamabad, June 14: Pakistan’s former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, becoming the latest top political figure to contract COVID-19 that has claimed 2,551 lives and infected 132,405 people in the country. Gilani, 67, tested positive after attending a hearing of the National Accountability…

06/14/2020

Senior US, China officials to meet in Hawaii seeking to ease tensions: Reports

Washington, June 13: Senior officials from the United States and China are planning to meet in Hawaii, trying to ease tensions between the world's two largest economies over various issues, according to media reports. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was planning the trip "quietly" and the arrangements were not…

06/13/2020

Trump considering suspending H1B, other visas: Report

Washington, June 12: US President Donald Trump is considering suspending a number of employment visas including the H-1B, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, in view of the massive unemployment in America due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report. The proposed suspension could extend into the government's…

06/12/2020

US Senate confirms first black service chief in unanimous vote

Washington, June 10: The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr as chief of staff of the US Air Force, making him the first black officer to lead one of the nation's military services. Vice President Mike Pence took the unusual step of presiding over the vote, something…

06/10/2020

Airstrikes again hit Syria's rebel area, displace thousands

Beirut, June 9: Suspected Russian airstrikes pounded villages on the edge of the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria, sending thousands of civilians fleeing, activists reported on Tuesday - scenes are unseen in the area since a cease-fire three months ago. The violence at the edge of Idlib province is…

06/09/2020

Pakistan’s former PM Abbasi, Railways Minister Rashid test positive for COVID-19

Islamabad, June 9: Pakistan’s former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and incumbent Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad were tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, making them the latest amongst the country’s top politicians to contract the virus that has infected over one lakh people in the country. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz…

06/09/2020

Global Covid death toll crosses 4 lakh

London, June 8: The worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 4,00,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an under-count because many who died were not tested for the virus. The milestone was reached Sunday, a day after the Brazilian government stopped…

06/08/2020

Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump in November polls

Washington, June 6: Former vice president Joe Biden, a votary for strong US-India relations, has formally become the Democratic presidential nominee to run for the White House against President Donald Trump in the elections in November. Biden, 77, on Friday night took his tally of pledged delegates over the halfway…

06/06/2020

Trump takes victory lap on jobs report, but rate still high

Washington, June 6: US President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was in the rear-view mirror. The unemployment rate dropped…

06/06/2020

'Get your knee off our necks!': George Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

Menneapolis, June 5: Celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of George Floyd's golden casket Thursday for a fiery memorial service for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand, “Get…

06/05/2020

Floyd’s killing: New charges against 4 Minneapolis policemen as protests continue

Minneapolis, June 4: Prosecutors on Wednesday leveled new criminal charges against four Minneapolis policemen implicated in the death of a black man pinned by his neck to the street during an arrest that sparked more than a week of nationwide protest and civil strife. The added murder charge filed against…

06/04/2020

Former Defense Secretary Mattis denounces Trump and military response to crisis

Washington, June 4: After long refusing to explicitly criticize a sitting president, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused President Donald Trump on Wednesday of trying to divide America and roundly denounced a militarization of the US response to civil unrest. The remarks by Mattis, an influential retired Marine general who…

06/04/2020

Trump threatens to call in troops to end unrest

Washington, June 3: President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military if the states fail to take necessary action to "dominate the streets" and "quell" the violent protests that have spread across the country over the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd. During a hurriedly-convened address to the nation…

06/03/2020

Modi confident of getting growth back; says onus now on industry

New Delhi, June 2: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed confidence that India would revert to the high economic growth path if industrialists took advantage of the Rs 20-lakh crore fiscal support package and the opening up of several strategic sectors. According to the Indian Media, Asking the…

06/02/2020

George Floyd died of "neck compression", it was "homicide": Autopsy

Washington, June 2: Two doctors who carried out an independent autopsy of George Floyd, the black man whose death in Minneapolis police custody last week triggered nationwide protests, said on Monday that he died from asphyxiation and that his death was a homicide. The doctors also said Floyd had no…

06/02/2020

Protests heat up as curfews imposed in several US cities

Minniapolis, May 31: Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major US cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck. From Los…

05/31/2020


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