US launches airstrikes in aid of Afghan forces

Kabul, Jul. 24: The United States has carried out airstrikes to support Afghan government forces who have been under pressure from the Taliban as US-led foreign forces carry out the final stages of their withdrawal from the country. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the airstrikes were in support of Afghan…

07/24/2021

EU weighs more funds to check Afghanistan refugees

Brussels, Jul. 23: The European Union is weighing a new package of financial aid to Afghanistan and its neighbours to help limit the flow of refugees from the country, ravaged by intense fighting between government forces and the Taliban, two officials said. The ongoing withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan…

07/23/2021

Israel eyes spyware export curbs; Macron, Merkel troubled by abuse reports

Jerusalem, Jul. 22: An Israeli parliamentary panel may seek changes to defence export policy over reports that software sold by Israel's NSO Group was used to spy on journalists, officials and rights activists in several countries, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday. Among suspected targets of NSO's Pegasus software is…

07/22/2021

India successfully flight-tests indigenous man-portable anti-tank guided missile

New Delhi, Jul. 21: India successfully flight-tested its indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) on Wednesday. The step is seen as a major boost to 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat' (Self-Reliant India) and strengthening the Indian Army. The missile was developed by the Defence Research and…

07/21/2021

Extradite Rana to India, US admn urges court

Washington, Jul. 21: The Biden administration has urged a federal court in Los Angeles to extradite Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Rana, 59, has been declared a fugitive by India, where he is facing multiple…

07/21/2021

India may become first country to have DNA-based Covid vaccine: Mandaviya

New Delhi, Jul. 20: Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said several Indian companies are increasing their production of Covid-19 vaccines and that the country may become the first in the world to develop a DNA-based vaccine. Replying to a short duration discussion on Covid-19 management in Rajya Sabha,…

07/20/2021

Blasts: Lanka’s failure to act on Indian intel highlighted

Colombo, Jul. 20: Sri Lanka's former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday highlighted in Parliament the police's failure to act on the intelligence provided by India on the impending Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 270 persons, including 11 Indians, in 2019. Nine suicide bombers, belonging to local Islamist extremist group…

07/20/2021

Australia deports British commentator Katie Hopkins for quarantine boast

Canberra, Jul.19: Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday after she boasted on social media that she planned to breach the country’s quarantine rules. Hopkins travelled to Australia to appear in a reality television programme and was in a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney before…

07/19/2021

US hits Iran for delay in nuclear and prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul. 18: The Biden administration lashed out at Iran on Saturday for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks. The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were…

07/18/2021

US Navy hands over MH-60R maritime helicopters to India

Washington, Jul. 18: In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy to bolster its capabilities to ward off regional threats and to strengthen homeland defence. The Indian Navy is procuring 24…

07/18/2021

Imran, Ghani spar at Tashkent meeting

New Delhi, Jul. 17: The connectivity conference in Tashkent, attended by almost all foreign ministers from Central and South Asia, saw sparks fly between Pakistan and Afghanistan before both sides cooled the tensions with a meeting between their leaders Imran Khan and Ashraf Ghani. Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar…

07/17/2021

Pulitzer-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Taliban attack

New Delhi, Jul. 16: Danish Siddiqui, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with Reuters, was reportedly killed in an attack by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, in Afghanistan. Danish, who headed Reuter’s multimedia team in India, was killed during the clashes on the night of July 15. He was embedded…

07/16/2021

Indian PM on Yogi’s steps to curb Covid

New Delhi, Jul. 16: With high-stakes Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections next year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled multiple development projects worth more than Rs 1,500 crore in his constituency Varanasi and praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the “remarkable and unprecedented” work during the second wave of the…

07/16/2021

More than 30 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods

Berlin, Jul. 15: More than 30 people have died and dozens of people were missing Thursday in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse. Storms across parts of Western Europe in recent days caused rivers…

07/15/2021

India presents 3-point roadmap to bring peace to Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jul. 14: Emphasising that the future of Afghanistan cannot be its past, India on Wednesday presented a three-point roadmap for the conflict-ridden country that entailed cessation of violence and terrorist attacks, settlement of the conflict through political dialogue and steps to ensure that neighbouring countries are not threatened…

07/14/2021

Pak govt retains ban on radical Islamist party

Islamabad, Jul. 14: The Pakistan government on Tuesday decided to retain the ban imposed on a radical Islamist party that carried out violent protests in the country over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year. The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) outfit was banned on April 14 under the Terrorism Act…

07/14/2021

How to prevent third Covid wave should be our main concern: Modi

New Delhi, Jul. 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern on the rising number of cases in 90 districts, including several in the northeast, saying containment of the third Covid wave should be the top concern for everyone. According to the Indian Media, Interacting with the chief…

07/13/2021

Top US commander in Afghanistan hands over command

Kabul, Jul. 13: The top US commander in Afghanistan relinquished his command at a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, taking the United States a step closer to ending its 20-year war. The move came as Taliban insurgents continue to gain territory across the country. Another four-star…

07/13/2021

California wildfire advances as heat wave blankets US West

San Francisco, Jul. 11: Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave hits the US West this weekend, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas. On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130…

07/11/2021

India evacuates diplomats, security personnel from Kandahar as Taliban captures new areas

New Delhi, Jul. 11: India has pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan in view of the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban gaining control of new areas around the southern Afghan city, people familiar with the development said on Sunday. A…

07/11/2021

Paris nightclubs open for 1st time in 16 months

Paris, Jul. 10: Music is pulsing from Paris nightclubs for the first time in 16 months as other European countries shut nightlife down again because of rising coronavirus cases. The reopening of Paris dance clubs Friday night was the final step in France's process of lifting pandemic restrictions. The move…

07/10/2021

Hot air balloon crashes in New Zealand injuring 11 people

Wellington, Jul. 9: Two people were seriously injured while nine others suffered bruises after a hot air balloon crashed in a popular tourist town in the South Island of New Zealand on Friday. The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. local time near Morven Ferry Road in Arrowtown, police officials…

07/09/2021

With 43 new ministers, Indian PM Modi affects a massive reshuffle and expansion

New Delhi, Jul. 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday affected a major reshuffle and expansion of his council, promoting seven existing ministers of state to the rank of the Cabinet, adding 36 new faces and dropping 12 senior ministers. According to the Indian Media, Those inducted today included…

07/08/2021

US President Joe Biden terms Jan 6 Capitol riot ‘existential crisis’

Washington, Jul. 7: US President Joe Biden has said that the January 6 riot at the US Capitol was not dissent but disorder and termed the “vicious attack” an “existential crisis”, asserting that while the American democracy survived, it must be protected by standing up to hate, lies and extremism.…

07/07/2021

Wreckage found in Russia after plane with 28 went missing

Moscow, Jul. 6: Wreckage from a plane that went missing Tuesday in Russia’s Far East region of Kamchatka was found around 5 km away from a runway at an airport on the coast where it was supposed to land, officials said. An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six…

07/06/2021

Twitter will be in trouble if it fails to comply with India rules: Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Jul. 6: In a major setback for Twitter in India, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the micro-blogging site for failing to appoint a resident grievance officer (RGO), saying, "How long will your process take place? This cannot be allowed", even as the court free pass…

07/06/2021

South Africa’s new coronavirus cases surge to record levels

Johannesburg, Jul. 5: South Africa’s resurgence of Covid-19 is setting record numbers of new daily cases, centered in Johannesburg and driven by the delta variant, health officials said Sunday. More than 26,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, up from 24,000 the previous day, according to the National Institute for…

07/05/2021

Philippine military plane crashes; 31 dead, 50 rescued

Manila, Jul. 4: A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops crashed in a southern province while landing Sunday, killing at least 29 army soldiers on board and two civilians on the ground, while at least 50 were rescued from the burning wreckage, officials said. Some soldiers were seen…

07/04/2021

Indian-origin doctors’ chief wants face masks to stay beyond lockdown in UK

London, Jul. 3: An Indian-origin doctors’ association chief in the UK on Saturday called upon the government to keep some compulsory safety measures in place to not “throw away” the progress made in the fight against Covid-19 when lockdown restrictions are lifted later this month. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the Council…

07/03/2021

Drone spotted over Indian mission in Islamabad; India lodges protest

Islamabad, Jul. 2: A drone was spotted over the Indian High Commission complex in Islamabad late last week, prompting India to lodge a strong protest with Pakistan over the incident, people familiar with the development said on Friday. They said India considered the incident as a breach of security that…

07/02/2021

Vaccinate at least 10% of population of every country by Sept to control pandemic: WHO

London, Jul. 2: Voicing concern over many countries failing to vaccinate their people, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday called for vaccinating at least 10 per cent of the population of every country by September as he emphasised that vaccination is the best way to control the pandemic…

07/02/2021

Vaccines: India for reciprocity

New Delhi, Jul. 1: Indian diplomats are working with EU member states to ensure that citizens vaccinated with Covishield and Covaxin do not face travel issues. India has conveyed to the EU it will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU digital Covid certificate. If and when Covishield…

07/01/2021

India opens doors for import of Moderna, its fourth vaccine

New Delhi, June 30: India on Tuesday licensed its fourth Covid-19 vaccine for restricted emergency use with the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approving Cipla’s request for import of US firm Moderna’s jabs. According to the Indian Media, Moderna will be the first internationally manufactured ready-to-inject shot to enter…

06/30/2021

Moscow, Beijing extend friendship treaty by 5 years

Moscow, June 29: The leaders of Russia and China on Monday hailed increasingly close ties between their countries and announced the extension of a 20-year-old friendship treaty, a show of unity amid their tensions with the West. Speaking in a video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir…

06/29/2021

British Columbia town sets new high temperature for Canada

Vancouver, June 28: The village of Lytton in the interior of southern British Columbia sizzled under a new all-time high temperature for Canada on Sunday, reaching 46.1 degrees Celsius. The reading by Environment Canada in Lytton surpassed the previous national high of 45 C, which was set in Saskatchewan in…

06/28/2021

Indian PM Modi touches upon early struggles of Indian athletes, remembers Milkha Singh in his Mann Ki Baat

New Delhi, June 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the citizens to support the Indian contingent, as the countdown for the Tokyo Olympics gets ever so near. Addressing the nation in the 78th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, PM Modi touched upon the struggles of some…

06/27/2021

India, China agree to hold next round of talks soon

New Delhi, June 26: India and China decided to maintain “stability on the ground and prevent any untoward incident” in the border area in eastern Ladakh at the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held on Friday after a gap of…

06/26/2021

Britain, Russia engage in war of words over Black Sea passage

London, June 25: Britain said it would not accept unlawful interference with innocent passage at sea, and that its navy would uphold international law, in a written statement to Parliament following a warship confrontation with Russia. “The Royal Navy will always uphold international law and will not accept unlawful interference…

06/25/2021

Indian PM Modi holds all-party meeting with J-K leaders

New Delhi, June 24: A meeting of the leaders of all the Jammu and Kashmir political parties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held in New Delhi on Thursday. This was a crucial meet with 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers, in attendance to chalk out the future…

06/24/2021

Indian PM Modi launches Olympics quiz, winners to get Indian Team fan jerseys

New Delhi, June 24: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched an Olympics Quiz to create awareness about Indian participation at the games. The launch coincides with the International Olympic Day, which is observed to mark the foundation day of the International Olympic Committee. “In a few weeks, @Tokyo2020…

06/24/2021

Russian forces fire warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea: Interfax

Moscow, June 23: Russia said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British destroyer sailing in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea peninsula, which Russia seized and annexed from Ukraine. Britain's Ministry of Defence said no Russian warning shots…

06/23/2021

10K refugees fled to India, Thailand from Myanmar: UN special envoy

United Nations, June 22: As many as 10,000 refugees have fled from Myanmar to India and Thailand as nationwide clashes in the country led to "acute" new displacements of hundreds of thousands of civilians, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar has said, warning that the regional threat of…

06/22/2021

Yoga remains 'ray of hope' as world fights Covid: Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, June 21: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said yoga remains a "ray of hope" as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic and asserted that in these difficult times it has become a source of inner strength.  Addressing the 7th International Yoga Day programme, Modi also said…

06/21/2021

Ahead of J-K outreach, Indian PM Modi holds high-level ministerial meeting

New Delhi, June 20: Ahead of the June 24 Jammu and Kashmir political outreach by the government a high-level ministerial meeting is under way at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence. According to the Indian Media, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh are attending the meeting which…

06/20/2021

Amid low turnout, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

Tehran, June 20: Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory yesterday in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege into Tehran's highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history. The election of Ebrahim Raisi, already sanctioned by the…

06/20/2021

Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Jerusalem, June 18: It’s not just massive under-reporting of COVID deaths that has come to light in Tamil Nadu. But more importantly, medical officials in many state hospitals are not recording a critical World Health Organisation (WHO) code ‘U07.2’ in COVID death medical certification, as per the guidelines of the…

06/18/2021

North Korea’s Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

Seoul, June 18: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, days after the United States and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Kim issued the…

06/18/2021

Biden ambassador nominees include envoys to Israel, Mexico, Sri Lanka

Geneva, June 16: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled picks for nine ambassadorial postings, tapping career diplomats steeped in foreign policy experience — as well as political allies and aviation hero ”Sully” Sullenberger. The picks include former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico and former Deputy Secretary…

06/17/2021

China urges NATO to stop exaggerating 'China threat theory'

Beijing, June 15: China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presents "systemic challenges". NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe…

06/15/2021

Eager to work with India, says Naftali Bennett

Jerusalem, June 15: Israel’s newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he was looking forward to working with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to further develop the “unique and warm relations” between the two democracies. Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party who on Sunday…

06/15/2021

Indian PM Modi congratulates new Israel PM Naftali Benett

New Delhi, June 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Naftali Bennett on being sworn in as Israel's new prime minister, and said he looked forward to meeting him and deepening their countries' strategic partnership as they celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic ties next year.…

06/14/2021

India natural ally of G7 in taking on global challenges: Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, June 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is a natural ally for the G7 countries in defending the shared values from a host of threats stemming from authoritarianism, terrorism and violent extremism, disinformation and economic coercion. In a virtual address at a session on…

06/14/2021

As summit ends, G-7 urged to deliver on vaccines, climate

Falmouth (England), June 13: The Group of Seven leaders are aiming to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises. Those will include vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of…

06/13/2021

Provincial govt in Pakistan's Punjab to block SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens

Punjab (Pakistan), June 12: In what comes as an unusual move to tackle coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine hesitancy, the provincial government in Pakistan's Punjab has now decided to block the SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens, news agency ANI reported on Friday. The decision, as per ARY News, was taken at…

06/12/2021

Indian PM Modi to address virtual dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought at UN next week

United Nations, June 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a virtual high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought at the UN convened by the President of the General Assembly next week. Modi, President of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to…

06/11/2021

S Jaishankar meets Qatar NSA on way to Kuwait

New Delhi, June 10: External affairs minister of India, S Jaishankar met the Qatari National Security Adviser during a stopover in Doha while on his way to Kuwait on Wednesday, with the meeting coming against the backdrop of separate interactions in Qatar involving US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban…

06/10/2021

Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla holds talks with US envoy Daniel B Smith on ways to combat Covid

New Delhi, June 10: Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met acting US ambassador to India Daniel B Smith and discussed vaccine supplies from the US, visas for students and other issues. “Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla had a productive meeting today with US Acting Ambassador Daniel B. Smith @USAmbIndia about India-US…

06/10/2021

10 HALO Trust staff killed northern Afghanistan: Official

Kabul (Afghanistan), June 9: An Afghan interior ministry official says gunmen killed 10 people and wounded 14 others in an attack on the HALO Trust de-mining organization in Afghanistan. Spokesman Tariq Arian blames the Taliban for the Tuesday night attack on the group’s camp in the Baghlan Markazi district of…

06/09/2021

UNSC recommends Antonio Guterres for second term as UN chief

United Nations, June 9: The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to give Secretary General Antonio Guterres a second term, with conflict resolution set to top his agenda at the world body's helm. The 72-year-old former prime minister of Portugal has held the office since 2017 and faced no competition…

06/09/2021

Russia confirms exit from overflight treaty

Moscow, June 8: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities, following the U.S. exit from the pact. The bill was endorsed by Russian lawmakers after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that President Joe Biden’s administration…

06/08/2021

US lawmakers hail move to send Covid vaccines to India, other countries

Washington, June 7: Top American lawmakers on Friday applauded the Biden Administration for its decision to distribute 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to India and other countries. I applaud the Biden Administration's commitment to getting COVID-19 vaccines to countries that need them most, Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the…

06/07/2021

11 killed in roadside bombing in north: Afghan official

Kabul, June 6: An Afghan official says a minivan carrying civilian passengers was hit by a roadside bomb in northwest Afghanistan, leaving at least 11 passengers dead, including three children. Badghis provincial Gov. Hesamuddin Shams said Sunday the minivan fell into a valley with the shock of Saturday’s explosion. He…

06/06/2021

Modi, Xi capable of resolving issues on their own: Putin

New Delhi, June 6: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were capable of resolving issues between the two countries, and that it was important that no “extra-regional power” should interfere in the process. “Yes, I do know that there are…

06/06/2021

Non-EU member Norway reaches post-Brexit trade deal with UK

Copenhagen, June 5: Non-European Union member Norway said Friday it has reached a post-Brexit trade deal with its greatest trading partner, Britain, which left the EU last year following a 2016 referendum. The agreement includes Iceland and Liechtenstein, which also are outside the bloc and together with the Norwegians form…

06/05/2021

Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment

Washington, June 4: China has vehemently objected to U.S. President Joe Biden’s expansion of a list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors. The executive order issued late Thursday nearly doubled the number of companies subject to the ban. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson says Beijing will…

06/04/2021

Israel's Opposition declares new govt, set to unseat PM Netanyahu

Jerusalem, June 3: Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he officially told the country’s president that he has reached agreements with political allies to form a new government. About 35 minutes before a Wednesday midnight deadline, the centrist Yair Lapid told President Reuven Rivlin…

06/03/2021

ICC gives India time till June 28 to decide on T20 WC: ICC Board sources

New Delhi, June 2: The International Cricket Council has given Board of Control for Cricket in India time till June 28 to take a call on whether it would host the marquee T20 World Cup in India amid the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.              The ICC Board met…

06/02/2021

Netanyahu: Will risk friction with US over Iran

Telaviv, Israel, June 2: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he's prepared to risk tension with the U.S. if that is what it takes to neutralize Iran's nuclear capabilities. The embattled premier, whose political future is in question just 11 days out from a bruising war, said Israel's biggest threat…

06/02/2021

Vatican law criminalises abuse of adults by priests, laity

Vatican City, June 1: Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalise the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. The new provisions, released on June 1 after 14 years…

06/01/2021

WHO agrees to study major reforms, meet again on pandemic treaty

Geneva, May 31: The World Health Orgnization, battling to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, agreed on Monday to study recommendations for ambitious reforms made by independent experts to strengthen the agency. Under the resolution put forward by the European Union, and adopted by consensus, member states are…

05/31/2021

Israel, Egypt officials meet to solidify Gaza rebuilding plan

Cairo, May 31: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Egypt’s intelligence chief and sent Israel’s Foreign Minister to Cairo on Sunday, amid efforts to build on a ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas a week ago that ended the worst violence in years. Egypt helped broker the truce that has held…

05/31/2021

India has given befitting response to those who conspire against it, says Indian PM Modi

New Delhi, May 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday listed out the achievements of his government over the last seven years in areas such as national security, strategic independence, connectivity, housing, electricity access, tap water and financial inclusion. During his monthly radio programme, Mann ki Baat, on 30…

05/30/2021

Pakistan security forces arrest three terrorists in Punjab province, 400 kg explosives recovered

Lahore, May 30: Pakistani security forces on Saturday arrested three terrorists belonging to different proscribed organisations and recovered 400 kg of explosives from them in the country's Punjab province. The explosive material recovered from them was to be used to target law enforcers and government buildings, the Counter Terrorism Department…

05/30/2021

S Jaishankar meets top US officials on vaccine, security

New Delhi, May 29: External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar met several top US Cabinet ministers, lawmakers and officials to discuss developments pertaining to the Quad, Indo-US cooperation on vaccines and Afghanistan on Thursday. Jaishankar also interacted with members of the US-India Business Council and the US Global Task…

05/29/2021

Stability in S Asia hinges on India-Pak ties: UNGA

Islamabad, May 28: The peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia hinged on normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India, a top UN official said here on Thursday as he urged the two neighbours to work for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir,…

05/28/2021

Biden nominates Indian-American to key administration post

Washington, May 27: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate Indian-American Arun Venkataraman to a key position in his administration related to foreign commercial service. Venkataraman is the nominee for Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets,…

05/27/2021

Dominica has agreed to Choksi's repatriation to India, Antigua will not accept him back: Browne

Antigua/New Delhi, May 27: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, who was captured in Dominica after fleeing from Antigua, will be repatriated to India, news agency ANI reported citing Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Speaking to ANI, Gaston Browne said that Choksi will be repatriated to India and Indian authorities…

05/27/2021

US security assistance to Pakistan remains suspended: Pentagon

Washington/Islamabad, May 26: US President Joe Biden has continued his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy on suspending security assistance to Pakistan and there is no clarity if the administration will change its stance in the future, the Pentagon has said. Former US President Trump suspended all security assistance to Pakistan in…

05/26/2021

Blinken arrives in Israel to try to bolster Gaza ceasefire

Jerusalem, May 25: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a Middle East visit in Israel on Tuesday, seeking to bolster its ceasefire with Gaza's ruling Hamas group and help speed humanitarian aid to the devastated Palestinian enclave. In tandem with Blinken's mission, Israeli authorities said they were allowing fuel,…

05/25/2021

Over 200 injured in metro train collision in Kuala Lumpur: Reports

Kuala Lumpur, May 25: Over 200 people were wounded, including 47 suffering serious injuries, as two metro light rail trains collided in a tunnel in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday, media reports said. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. local time as an empty train collided head-on with another…

05/25/2021

Extreme cold conditions kill 21 marathon runners in China

Beijing, May 24: An ultramarathon that was supposed to promote tourism in Gansu province in northwestern China ended in tragedy as 21 people were killd when extreme cold weather struck seemingly out of nowhere. These weren’t inexperienced runners. Two of the dead were among China’s top marathon athletes: Liang Jing, an…

05/24/2021

UK minister Priti Patel to unveil US-style digital visas to count migrants

London, May 23: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to unveil a new US-style digital visa regime at the country's borders in order to measure immigration levels in and out of the country, according to UK media reports on Sunday. The senior Indian-origin Cabinet minister is to confirm the…

05/23/2021

Bill Gates spotted in public for first time since announcing divorce from Melinda

Washington, May 23: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was spotted on his first public outing in Manhattan on Saturday (local time), since declaring his separation from Melinda. As per Fox News, the 65-year-old tycoon Gates is all smiles as he takes a stroll through the Big Apple, according to pictures got by…

05/23/2021

Egypt, Israel FMs discuss solidifying ceasefire

Cairo, May 22: Egypt Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry has spoken with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, about stabilising the Cairo-brokered Gaza cease-fire deal. A statement by Egypt's Foreign Ministry said the two diplomats on Friday discussed shoring up the deal, which has mostly brought a halt to fighting between Israel…

05/22/2021

Election chief mulls dissolving Suu Kyi’s NLD

Naypyitaw, May 22: The head of Myanmar's military-appointed state election commission said Friday that his agency would consider dissolving Aung San Suu Kyi’s former ruling party for its alleged involvement in electoral fraud and have its leaders charged with treason. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party was set to…

05/22/2021

India and Pfizer at impasse over vaccine indemnity demand

New Delhi/New York,  May 21: Pfizer and the Indian government are at loggerheads over a demand by the U.S. drugmaker for legal protection from any claims linked to the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in one of the world's biggest markets, two sources told Reuters. India has not given any…

05/21/2021

US President poised to sign anti-Asian hate crime Bill

Washington, May 20: The US House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to pass a Bill aimed at combating the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the country, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk for signature. The Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act passed in a 364-62 vote in the House, with…

05/20/2021

Cyclone Tauktae: Indian PM Modi to visit Gujarat, Diu to take stock of damage caused

New Delhi, May 19: Ahead of the Indian PM's visit, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday discussed with his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani the impact of Cyclone Tauktae in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday to review the damage caused in both…

05/19/2021

Joe Biden dials Benjamin Netanyahu, supports Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’

Washington, May 19: US President Joe Biden, in a telephonic call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, supported Israel's "right to defend itself" against indiscriminate rocket attacks and encouraged him to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians, the White House has said. Biden welcomed efforts to address…

05/19/2021

Report says Myanmar internet a 'virtual battlefield'

Bangkok, May 18: Myanmar's military rulers are seeking to limit access to the internet to an internal network of only “whitelisted” sites to quash opposition to their seizure of power, according to a report by the International Crisis Group. It likened the internet to a “virtual battlefield" where the military…

05/18/2021

New York ends Covid-19 mask requirements for vaccinated people

New York, May 18: New York state will no longer require people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks in many public spaces, adopting the new guidance issued last week by federal health officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. "Unvaccinated people should continue to wear…

05/18/2021

DRDO's 1st batch of anti-Covid drug 2DG launched in India

New Delhi, May 17: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday released the first batch of Anti-COVID drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The drug has been developed by DRDO's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences…

05/17/2021

Islamic nations hold emergency summit on Israel-Gaza attacks

Dubai, May 16: The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation opened an emergency meeting Sunday over the heavy fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers, the first major move among Mideast nations still grappling with how to address the conflict. While the Arab League and organisations like the…

05/16/2021

15 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes

Gaza/Jerusalem, May 16: Israel pummelled Gaza with air strikes and Palestinian militants launched rockets at Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday, with no sign yet of an end to their worst escalation since 2014. The Israeli bombardment killed more than 15 Palestinians in Gaza overnight and on Saturday, medics…

05/16/2021

Indian-American Neera Tanden appointed White House senior adviser

Washington, May 15: Indian-American Neera Tanden has been appointed senior adviser to US President Joe Biden, two months after she withdrew her nomination as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget due to stiff opposition from Republican senators. Tanden (50) is slated to join the White House…

05/15/2021

Kabul mosque blast kills 12 during Friday prayers

Kabul, May 15: An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least 12 people during Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday during a ceasefire. The Taliban insurgent group, which declared the three-day truce for the holiday, condemned the attack in…

05/15/2021

Spain is on track for herd immunity: PM Pedro Sanchez

Madrid, May 14: More than two-thirds of Spain’s 47 million people will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-August, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday. The vaccination rollout has sped up over the past weeks and Spain is due to receive 13 million doses of Pfizer vaccine next month,…

05/14/2021

Israel kills Hamas commander

Gaza/Jerusalem, May 13: Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas armed wing in Gaza in a barrage on Wednesday and Palestinian militants rained rockets into Israel as Washington said it would send an envoy to try to calm their most intense hostilities in years. At least 56 people…

05/13/2021

India's decision allowing 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one: US

Washington, May 12: India's recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China.…

05/12/2021

UK’s PM Johnson announces COVID-19 public inquiry

London, May 12: Britain will hold a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “This process will place the state’s actions under the microscope,” he told parliament. The inquiry will have the backing of legislation giving it far-reaching…

05/12/2021

26 die as Israel hits Hamas

Gaza City (Gaza Strip), May 12: Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday, hitting a pair of high-rise buildings believed to be housing militants, as Hamas and other armed groups bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of rockets. The conflict escalated relentlessly throughout the day, and Israel vowed that its…

05/12/2021

Pakistan says Indian variant of COVID-19 not present in country

Islamabad, May 11: The Indian variant of the coronavirus has not been found yet in Pakistan, a senior minister in-charge of the coronavirus task force has said, rejecting reports that the Indian strain of the virus reached Thailand from the country. According to reports, health authorities in Thailand on Monday…

05/11/2021

Pakistan to set new rules to meet FATF norms

Islamabad, May 11: Pakistan, keen to exit from the grey list of the FATF, is set to introduce new rules relating to anti-money laundering cases and change the prosecution process to meet its remaining tough conditions, a media report said on Monday. Pakistan was put on the grey list by…

05/11/2021

Boyfriend kills 6 people, then self at Colorado birthday party

Colorado Spring, May 10: A man fatally shot six people, including his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself early on Sunday at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but did not fire on traumatised children who were present inside a trailer at a mobile home park. Police arrived to…

05/10/2021

Blasts targeting Afghan school in Kabul kill 40, injures dozens

Kabul, May 9: Multiple blasts targeted a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens more, mostly students, a senior interior ministry official said. The official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the casualties were students coming out of…

05/09/2021

Not clear how serious Iran is on N-deal: US

Washington/Vienna, May 8: US President Joe Biden said on Friday he believed Iran was serious about negotiations over its nuclear programme, but it was unclear how serious. His reaction came as world powers held the fourth round of high-level talks in Austria, aiming to bring the US back into the…

05/08/2021

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

Beijing/Sydney, May 7: China “indefinitely” suspended all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner said on Thursday. This is the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries. China also rejected criticism of its human rights and economic record by G7 members. “Recently, some Australian…

05/07/2021

US announces support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver as proposed by India, South Africa

Washington, May 6: The Biden administration has announced to support India and South Africa's proposal before the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive anti-COVID vaccine patents to boost its supply. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said this is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the…

05/06/2021

Invest in India, Sandhu urges US pharma cos

Washington, May 6: India has reached out to top US pharma companies seeking investment in the country’s pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, which gains urgency in view of a devastating second wave of the Covid pandemic. India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has held virtual meetings with Pfizer…

05/06/2021

India-UK free trade dialogue in autumn

London, May 6: India and the UK will begin negotiations for a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement from autumn this year after the Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) was formally signed between the trade ministers on both sides on Wednesday. Following a virtual meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, UK…

05/06/2021

UK, India lay ‘2030 Roadmap’ to boost ties

New Delhi, May 5: Indian Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Of UK Boris Johnson have agreed on ambitious plans for the next decade of the UK-India relationship. The two countries also agreed to elevate the status of the relationship to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. The two leaders had…

05/05/2021

Oz defends move to sanction India travel

Sydney, May 4: Australia on Monday defended its decision to penalise its own citizens entering the country within two weeks of being in Covid-ravaged India, saying it had “strong, clear and absolute” belief the move was legal. Health Minister Greg Hunt pointed to the alarming surge of Covid cases in…

05/04/2021

UK to send 1,000 more ventilators ahead of Modi-Johnson virtual talks on Tuesday

London, May 3: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to agree a "huge range" of commitments to deepen cooperation between the two countries, including on combating the coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street said on Sunday. The government confirmed the talks…

05/03/2021

North Korea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Joe Biden speech

Seoul, May 2: North Korea on Sunday warned the United States will face “a very grave situation” because President Joe Biden “made a big blunder” in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intent to maintain a hostile policy toward it. Last week, Biden,…

05/02/2021

Biden sending top diplomat Daniel Smith as interim envoy to India

Washington, May 1: US President Joe Biden is sending top American diplomat Daniel Smith as its interim envoy to India amidst the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country to spearhead close cooperation with it and ensure the two nations continue to advance their shared priorities, including overcoming the Covid pandemic.…

05/01/2021

US considers major rollback of Iran curbs

Washington, Apr. 30: The Biden administration is considering a major rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to get the Islamic Republic to return to compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear accord, according to current and former US officials besides others familiar…

04/30/2021

Russia: Ties with US worse than during Cold War

Moscow, Apr. 29: Russia's top diplomat said on Wednesday that relations with the United States were even worse than during the Cold War times because of a lack of mutual respect. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow stood ready to normalise the ties with Washington, but warned that the…

04/29/2021

Biden's first 100 days: COVID-19, jobs, foreign policy, immigration, guns and dogs

Washington, Apr. 27: U.S. President Joe Biden marks 100 days in office on Friday, April 30. Judging a president's performance after 100 days in office is an American political tradition that historians say began with Franklin Roosevelt's first term in 1933, when he embarked on a rapid-fire rollout of measures…

04/27/2021

Putin, Biden may meet in June

Moscow, Apr. 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden may meet in June, RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a Kremlin aide, amid simmering tensions between Moscow and the West. The foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said a firm decision on the meeting has not…

04/26/2021

Joe Biden: Climate partnership to be core pillar of US-India relations

Washington, Apr. 25: US President Joe Biden has said he wants to make achieving climate and energy goals “a core pillar” of bilateral cooperation with India and is looking forward to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Biden’s remarks came a day after the two countries announced…

04/25/2021

100 hurt, over 50 held in Jerusalem clashes

Jerusalem,  Apr. 24: After a night of violence in Jerusalem, the Israeli police made over 50 arrests and Palestinian medics said 100 were injured during Ramadan clashes in the contested city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From late Thursday night into early Friday, the police in riot gear…

04/24/2021

Indian Prime Minister Modi addresses the Leaders’ Summit on Climate

New Delhi, Apr. 23: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on 22 April, 2021  in the session on “Our Collective Sprint to 2030”. During his remarks Prime Minister Modi urged everyone to make this a ‘Decade of Action against Climate Change. He added that…

04/23/2021

EU set for legal war against AstraZeneca over shortfall

Brussels, Apr. 23: The European Commission, led by president Ursula von der Leyen, is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker cut Covid vaccine deliveries to the European Union, sources familiar with the matter said. The move would mark a further step in an EU plan to sever…

04/23/2021

Greta Thunberg docuseries amplifies her climate change fight

New York, Apr. 22: Greta Thunberg turned 18 in January, but she’s already made peace with her future: While most college students will change their concentrations multiple times, the Swedish high school student says climate change activism will be her life’s mission. “In a perfect world, there wouldn’t need to…

04/22/2021

US warns against travel to 80% nations amid surge

Washington, Apr. 21: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider travelling to 80 per cent of the world. It has also warned them against travelling to India, even if they are fully vaccinated as there is a 'very high level' of Covid-19 in the country. They have been asked…

04/21/2021

US, China agree to work on climate crisis with urgency

Seoul, Apr. 19: China and the United States, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, have agreed to cooperate with other countries to fight climate change. The joint statement on Sunday followed two days of talks between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart, John Kerry, in Shanghai. “The…

04/19/2021

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60 per cent, its highest level ever

Dubai, Apr. 16: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran has started 60 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz nuclear facility, days after an explosion at the site that Tehran blamed on Israel. “We are now getting nine grams [almost a third of an ounce] per hour,” Ali Akbar Salehi…

04/16/2021

Raisina Dialogue 2021: Indian PM Modi inaugurates 6th edition of dialogue

New Delhi, Apr. 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 6th edition of the Raisina Dialogue on Tuesday. The inaugural session of the dialogue was also joined by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Raisina Dialogue 2021 will be held in…

04/15/2021

Pak moves to ban Islamist party for violent anti-blasphemy stir

Islamabad/Lahore, Apr. 15: Pakistan on Wednesday decided to ban a radical Islamist party under the Terrorism Act after its supporters clashed with law enforcement agencies’ personnel for the third consecutive day, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP)…

04/15/2021

US to withdraw troops from Kabul by September 11

Washington, Apr. 14: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he had planned to have all American troops out of war-torn Afghanistan by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York. The President is deeply grateful for the…

04/14/2021

Blaming Israel for N-plant outage, Iran vows revenge

Dubai, Apr. 13: Iran on Monday accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war. Iran’s semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production…

04/13/2021

Renowned India-born Pak human rights defender, journalist IA Rehman dies

Lahore, Apr. 12: Eminent Pakistani human rights activist and journalist IA Rehman, a strong voice for the country’s minorities including Christians and Hindus and an advocate of peace between India and Pakistan, died here on Monday at the age of 90, according to his family. Rehman, who was born in…

04/12/2021

Electrical problem strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility

Tehran, Apr. 11: Iran’s Natanz nuclear site suffered a problem on Sunday involving its electrical distribution grid just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges that more quickly enrich uranium, state TV reported. It was the latest incident to strike one of Tehran’s most-secured sites amid negotiations over the tattered…

04/11/2021

India, Japan plan high-level engagements

New Delhi, Apr. 11: The governments of Japan and India are arranging a meeting of their Foreign and Defence Ministers in Tokyo later this month which will be followed by Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide visiting India as part of a two-nation tour that might include the Philippines, reported the…

04/11/2021

Myanmar security forces kill over 80 anti-coup protesters -group

Yangon, Apr. 10: Myanmar security forces killed over 80 anti-coup protesters in Bago town on Thursday night and Friday, near the main city of Yangon, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group and a domestic news outlet said. Troops used rifle grenades to break up a protest in…

04/10/2021

Troops kill 10 anti-coup protesters

Yangon, Apr. 10: Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, and that it would hold elections within two years, the first timeframe it has given for a return to democracy since its February 1 coup. Troops fired rifle grenades…

04/10/2021

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

London, Apr. 9: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that…

04/09/2021

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Yangon, Apr. 7: Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta. More than 580 people have been killed, according to an activist group, in the turmoil in…

04/07/2021

Iran, US begin indirect talks to revive nuclear deal

Vienna, Apr. 7: European intermediaries began shuttling between Iranian and US officials in Vienna on Tuesday as they sought to bring both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago. Iran has steadily overstepped the accord's limits on its nuclear programme in…

04/07/2021

Pham Minh Chinh elected Vietnam PM

Hanoi, Apr. 6: Vietnam's National Assembly confirmed Pham Minh Chinh, a career security official, as the south east Asian country's next prime minister at an official ceremony on Monday. The move completes the five-yearly renewal of Vietnam's top four positions, as it looks to maintain economic growth, keep the coronavirus…

04/06/2021

Japan PM to take up China-Taiwan tension on US visit

Tokyo, Apr. 5: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said Taiwan's peace and stability was key to the region and that Japan would cooperate with the United States to calm rising tensions between China and Taiwan. Suga is set to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington next week,…

04/05/2021

Seven blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca jab

London, Apr. 4: After more than 18 million people have received vaccinations with AstraZeneca's jab in the UK, the country's health regulator said seven people had died due to rare blood clots, although the cause remains unclear. “The benefits in preventing a Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh…

04/04/2021

US, Iran indirect nuke talks next week

Brussels, Apr. 3: Iran and the United States said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. Tehran has ruled out face-to-face bilateral discussions, but the presence of both Iran and…

04/03/2021

OPEC+ agrees oil output rise from May, after US call to Saudi

London/ Dubai/ Moscow, Apr. 2: OPEC+ agreed on Thursday to gradually ease its oil output cuts from May, after the new US administration called on Saudi Arabia to keep energy affordable, mirroring Donald Trump's practice of calling OPEC's leader over oil policy. The group, which has been implementing deep cuts…

04/02/2021

Biden spells out steps to stem anti-Asian violence

Washington, Apr. 1: US President Joe Biden has announced additional actions to respond to the violence and xenophobia perpetrated against Asian Americans. The announcements include reinstating and reinvigorating the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), with initial focus on anti-Asian bias and violence. "We can't be…

04/01/2021

OCI card holders no longer required to carry old passports for India travel

Washington, Mar. 30: People of Indian origin and Indian diaspora having overseas citizens of India (OCI) card are now not required to carry their old, expired passports for travel to India, as required earlier, according to a statement. "The requirement of carrying old passports, along with the OCI card, has…

03/30/2021

Czech Republic's richest man among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

Anchorage (US), Mar. 29: A contracted helicopter carrying guides and guests from a lodge on a heli-skiing trip in Alaska’s backcountry crashed, killing the pilot and four others, including the Czech Republic’s richest man. The only other person on board was in serious condition but stable on Sunday at an…

03/29/2021

Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, UN investigator condemns ‘mass murder’

Yangon (Myanmar), Mar. 28: Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on February 1, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule. Children were among those killed on…

03/28/2021

Beijing bans UK politicians after abuse sanctions

London, Mar. 27: : China has imposed sanctions on British politicians and organisations as a tit-for-tat retaliation over the UK government's sanctions against Chinese officials for alleged human rights violations against its Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province. Members of Parliament (MPs) including former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and…

03/27/2021

Indian PM Modi begins 2-day visit to Bangladesh from today

New Delhi, Mar. 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his visit to Bangladesh this week, his first foreign trip after the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, will serve to underline India’s support for the neighbouring country’s economic and developmental achievements. In a statement issued a day ahead…

03/26/2021

UK, EU working out ‘win-win’ solution to end vax supply row

London, Mar. 26: The UK and European Union (EU) have issued a conciliatory joint statement, pledging to find a "win-win” solution to a row over the supply of Covid-19 vaccines. The EU has been struggling to meet its member-countries requirements and has piled pressure on British-Swedish biopharma giant AstraZeneca to…

03/26/2021

Senate confirms Indian-American Murthy as US Surgeon General

Washington, Mar. 25: Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy has been confirmed by the Senate as President Joe Biden's Surgeon General, a role in which his top priority will be responding to the pandemic that has severely hit the country. Dr Murthy, 43, will occupy the position of America's Surgeon General for…

03/25/2021

Indo-Pak Indus officials discuss new Indian dams

New Delhi, Mar. 25: The two-day annual assembly of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) comprising Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan mentioned the designs of two Indian initiatives  — Pakal Dul (1,000 MW) and Lower Kalnai (48 MW). The Indian aspect held that these initiatives are totally compliant with the provisions…

03/25/2021

Worried over rise in violence against Asians: UN chief

United Nations, Mar. 24: Compounding the general scourge of racism unleashed by COVID-19 in the United States last week, an outpouring of fear and anger grew following the shooting to death of six women of Asian descent in and around Atlanta by a lone gunman, which left eight dead overall. The…

03/24/2021

Gandhi Peace Prize for Mujibur Rahman, late Sultan of Oman

New Delhi, Mar. 23: The government of India on Monday announced to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh, and 2019 edition of the award on the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al Said. According to the Indian Media, The Gandhi…

03/23/2021

Austin in Kabul, talks may focus on troop withdrawal

Kabul, Mar. 22: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived on Sunday in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, amid swirling questions about how long American troops will remain in the country, state media said. Austin was expected to meet senior Afghan government officials, including President Ashraf…

03/22/2021

North Korean diplomats leaving Malaysia after ties are severed

Kuala Lumpur, Mar. 21: North Korean diplomats vacated their embassy in Malaysia and were expelled Sunday, after the two nations cut diplomatic relations in a spat over the extradition of a North Korean criminal suspect to the United States. The North Korean flag and embassy signage were removed from the…

03/21/2021

India, US to share high-end tech

New Delhi, Mar. 21: India and the US on Saturday discussed the contours of sharing high-end technology and “operationalising” the three existing agreements that cover everything from geospatial mapping to logistics and secure military-to-military communication. In a statement after a meeting with his US counterpart General Lloyd Austin, Indian Defence…

03/21/2021

Afghan govt, Taliban agree to step up peace talks after Moscow summit

Moscow, Mar. 20: The Afghan government and the Taliban agreed on Friday to try to accelerate peace talks, at a meeting in Moscow that followed an international conference there on the peace process, a senior Afghan official was quoted as saying. The US, Russia, China and Pakistan called on Afghanistan's…

03/20/2021

India looks forward to upping ties with US in 5 areas: Envoy

New Delhi, Mar. 19: India looks forward to closely working with the new US administration and other stakeholders around five immediate baskets of cooperation, India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu told The Tribune in an exclusive interview. According to the Indian Media, Speaking after the February 18 Quad…

03/19/2021

Time for India and Pak to bury the past and move forward: Gen Bajwa

Islamabad, Mar. 18: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward” as he asserted that the peace between the two neighbours would help to “unlock” the potential of South and Central Asia. Addressing…

03/18/2021

Vladimir Putin will ‘pay a price’ for meddling: Joe Biden

Washington, Mar. 18: US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would face consequences for directing efforts to swing the November 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon. "He will pay a price," Biden told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.…

03/18/2021

4 Asian women among 8 dead in shootings at US' Atlanta-area massage parlours; suspect held

Atlanta, Mar. 17: Shootings at two massage parlours in Atlanta and one in the suburbs left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said on Tuesday. A 21-year-old man was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt. Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant…

03/17/2021

UK PM Boris to visit India in April-end

New Delhi, Mar. 17: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April, his first major international tour after London’s exit from the EU. The announcement from London came after the minister for South Asia Tariq Ahmad wrapped up his visits where which included interactions with…

03/17/2021

Michelle Obama says Meghan Markle's interview is heartbreaking

London, Mar. 16: Michelle Obama said Meghan's recollections about a remark made by one member of the British royal family about the possible darkness of her son's skin were heartbreaking and that she hoped Meghan's experiences would be a lesson for the world. Meghan, whose mother is black and father…

03/16/2021

Curbs on Myanmar to worsen situation: India

New Delhi, Mar. 16: India is opposed to global sanctions on Myanmar, an action being pushed by some nations in retaliation to the army coup against the elected government followed by a bloody crackdown on civilian protesters. "We have a slightly different take from those looking (at the Myanmar situation)…

03/16/2021

UK sanctions allies of Syrian President Assad, including foreign minister

London, Mar. 15: Britain on Monday announced sanctions on six allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including his foreign minister and close advisers. The Syrian civil war is 10 years old: in mid-March, 2011, peaceful pro-democracy protests developed into a multi-sided conflict that sucked in world powers, killed hundreds of…

03/15/2021

14 more die in Myanmar protests

Naypyitaw, Mar. 15: Security forces killed at least 14 protesters in the poor, industrial Hlaingthaya suburb of Myanmar’s main city on Sunday after Chinese-financed factories in the area were set ablaze, according to local media. A further 14 people were reported killed elsewhere in Yangon and other parts of Myanmar…

03/15/2021

Pakistani university expels students for ‘hugging’ on campus

Lahore, Mar. 14: A top Pakistani university has expelled two students for hugging and proposing on campus, after a video of the incident went viral on social media. A special disciplinary committee of the University of Lahore held a meeting on Friday and summoned the two students but they failed…

03/14/2021

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut many Islamic schools: Minister

Colombo, Mar. 13: Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said on Saturday, the latest actions affecting the country's minority Muslim population. Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference he had signed a paper…

03/13/2021

July 4 to mark ‘independence’ from deadly virus, says Joe Biden

Washington, Mar. 13: US President Joe Biden has announced that all adult Americans will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination by May 1 under an ambitious plan to get the country, worst-hit by the pandemic, closer to normal by July 4, Independence Day. In his first prime-time address to the nation…

03/13/2021

At least 39 die as two migrant boats sink off Tunisia

Tunis, Mar. 10: At least 39 migrants died when two boats sank off Tunisia on Tuesday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Tunisian defence ministry said. The coastguard rescued 165 others, and searches for more survivors are still ongoing off the coast…

03/10/2021

Thai PM ends presser by spraying reporters with disinfectant

Bangkok, Mar. 9: Politicians are often accused of sanitising the news. On Tuesday, Thailand’s prime minister sanitised members of the press. After fielding a slew of questions from journalists at his weekly news conference in Bangkok, the famously mercurial Prayuth Chan-ocha sprayed back — with disinfectant. Riled by a final…

03/09/2021

2 Pak Navy men killed, 1 injured in attack in Baluchistan

Karachi, Mar. 7: Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying security forces, killing two personnel of the Pakistan Navy and injuring another in the coastal district of Gwadar in the restive Baluchistan province. The Pakistan Navy vehicle came under indiscriminate firing on Saturday while travelling from Ganz to Jewni in Gwadar…

03/07/2021

Three media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Mar. 3: Three media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday while heading home from work, government officials said. Local broadcaster Enikass TV said the three people killed were its employees. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shootings, and…

03/03/2021

Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, handed jail sentence

Paris, Mar. 2: Judges found former president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling on Monday and sentenced him to three years in jail, with two years suspended. Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, had denied any wrongdoing, saying he was the victim…

03/02/2021

Modi takes first dose as age-specific Covid vaccine drive begins

New Delhi, Mar. 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first person to receive the indigenous Covid vaccine Covaxin on Monday as India began age-specific inoculation drive after first administering doses to health-care and frontline workers. The Indian PM tweeted after getting the vaccine, “Took my first dose of…

03/01/2021

My dream is to see India and Pakistan become ‘true good friends’, says Malala Yousafzai

New Delhi, Mar. 1: The old philosophy of having borders and divisions doesn’t work anymore and the people in India and Pakistan want to live in peace, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Sunday, stressing that it is her dream to see the two countries become “good friends”. She also…

03/01/2021

Joe Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan

Washington, Feb. 28: President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by…

02/28/2021

Gunmen abduct 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria, Feb. 27: Unidentified gunmen seized 317 schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria on Friday, the police said, the second such kidnapping in little over a week in a region increasingly targeted by militants. School kidnappings, first practised by jihadist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, have become…

02/27/2021

India, Pak agree on strict observance of LoC pacts

New Delhi, Feb. 26: India and Pakistan on Thursday announced that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, even as Indian Army officials asserted there would be no let-up in its fight against terrorism…

02/26/2021

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads

Yangon, Feb. 25: Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army’s seizure of power on February 1. It said in a statement that it was treating the post-coup situation in…

02/25/2021

Joe Biden administration rolls back Donald Trump-era citizenship test

Washington, Feb. 24: The Biden administration has announced the reversal of the stringent Trump-era policy by reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation test module to make the path to US citizenship more accessible to all eligible individuals. US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it was reverting to…

02/24/2021

UN nuclear chief meets Iran officials over N-surveillance

Tehran, Feb. 22: The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog met Iranian officials on Sunday in a bid to preserve his inspectors’ ability to monitor Tehran’s atomic programme, even as authorities said they planned to cut off their surveillance cameras at those sites. Rafael Grossi’s arrival in Tehran comes…

02/22/2021

Myanmar cops open fire on protesters, two killed

Mandalay, Feb. 21: Two persons were killed in Myanmar's second city Mandalay on Saturday when the police and soldiers fired to disperse protests against the military coup, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Protesters took to the streets in cities and towns across…

02/21/2021

Two killed in Myanmar’s Mandalay city in bloodiest day of protests

Yangon, Feb. 20: Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a February 1 military coup, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations. Protesters took to the streets in several cities and towns…

02/20/2021

Ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal, says US

Paris/Washington, Feb. 20: The United States (US) on Thursday said it was ready to talk to Iran about both nations returning to a 2015 agreement that aimed to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, seeking to revive a deal that Washington itself abandoned nearly three years ago. The move reflects…

02/20/2021

Indian Prime Minister Modi for SAARC medical visa

New Delhi, Feb. 19: India on Thursday mooted an ambitious regional cooperation plan for seamless movement of doctors, nurses and air ambulances between countries of the SAARC and Indian Ocean Region during medical emergencies noting that greater integration was critical to making the 21st century the century of Asia. Addressing…

02/19/2021

Gunmen kill 1 pupil, abduct some 40 people in north Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 18: Gunmen have attacked a school in Nigeria's north-central Niger State Wednesday, killing at least one student and abducting more than 40 people including students and teachers, according to an official, teacher and a prefect. The gunmen, thought to be bandits, shot dead one student during the…

02/18/2021

Australian PM apologises after woman alleges she was raped in parliament

Canberra, Feb. 16: Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on Tuesday to a woman who alleged that she was raped in parliament two years ago for the way her complaint was handled at that time, ordering a probe into the government's workplace culture. The woman told an online news publication…

02/16/2021

Carlos Menem, flamboyant Argentine president who tried to tame inflation, dies at 90

Buenos Aires, Feb. 15: Carlos Menem, a former Argentine president who delivered short-lived economic stability and forged close ties with the United States in the 1990s even as he navigated scandal and enjoyed an often flamboyant lifestyle, has died on February 14. Argentine President Alberto Fernández confirmed the death of…

02/15/2021

UK PM Boris Johnson to host virtual meeting of G7 leaders

London, Feb. 14: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to host fellow G7 leaders for a virtual meeting on February 19 ahead of its presidency of a summit in June of the Group of Seven countries, including the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, Downing Street said…

02/14/2021

Italy's Mario Draghi sworn in as Prime Minister of unity government

Rome, Feb. 13: The Italian president swore in the former chief of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, as Prime Minister on Saturday at the head of a unity government called on to confront the coronavirus crisis and economic slump. All but one of Italy's major parties have rallied to…

02/13/2021

China bans BBC from broadcasting for 'violating reporting guidelines'

Beijing, Feb. 12: In an apparent tit for tat, China has banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country for seriously violating its guidelines for reporting, China’s television and radio regulator has announced. The move comes a week after Ofcom, the British media regulator, revoked the licence of Chinese…

02/12/2021

Senate proceeds with trial, six Republicans side with Dems

Washington, Feb. 11: Six Republican Senators joined their Democratic colleagues in the US Senate on Tuesday to vote that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional. Democrats begin formally making their case on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should be convicted for inciting the US Capitol…

02/11/2021

Kabul bombs kill police chief, bodyguard: Afghan officials

Kabul, Feb. 10: A chain of bomb explosions targeting Kabul police on Wednesday killed a district police chief and his bodyguard, and also wounded five people, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, which were all caused by so-called sticky bombs, explosive devices attached to vehicles that…

02/10/2021

UN seeks Asian nations’ help against coup

Washington, Feb. 10: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been reaching out to regional leaders in Asia to call for collective and bilateral action to create conditions for the recent military coup in the country to be reversed, his spokesperson has said. In Myanmar, the police cracked down on demonstrators…

02/10/2021

US President Biden and Indian PM Modi commit towards greater Indo-US ties; work against COVID, terrorism

Washington, Feb. 9: US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a phone call on Monday set up an ambitious agenda to take the bilateral relationship to the next level. Biden and Modi committed that the US and India will work closely together to win the fight…

02/09/2021

UNHRC is flawed, needs reform but walking away won’t fix it: US Secretary Blinken

Washington, Feb. 9: The UN Human Rights Council is flawed and needs reform but walking away from it, will not fix the Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, as he announced that Washington was ready to re-engage and lead the inter-governmental rights body. In a tweet,…

02/09/2021

Internet access restored as Myanmar coup protests grow

Yangon, Feb. 7: As enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands marched through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday to protest last week’s coup, their spirits were lifted by the return of internet services that had been blocked a day earlier. Separate protests that began in various parts of…

02/07/2021

H-1B visa registration for 2022 to begin on March 9, lottery results to be notified by March 31

Washington, Feb. 7: The registration process for the H-1B visa application for the next fiscal year will begin on March 9 and the successful applicants through a computerised draw of lots would be notified by March 31, a federal agency has announced. The notification by the US Citizenship and Immigration…

02/07/2021

Thousands protest against coup in Myanmar's biggest city

Yangon, Feb. 6: Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the first such demonstration since the generals seized power. “Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win,” protesters chanted, calling…

02/06/2021

Charges slapped on Suu Kyi, faces detention until February 15

Naypyidaw, Feb. 4: Police in Myanmar levelled their first formal charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, members of her party said Wednesday, giving military authorities who staged a coup a legal reason to detain her till February 15 for investigations. The charge that Suu Kyi was in possession…

02/04/2021

US warns of curbs on Myanmar amid calls for Suu Kyi’s release

Washington, Feb. 3: US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders and called for a concerted international response to press them to relinquish power. Biden condemned the military’s takeover from the civilian-led government on Monday and its detention of…

02/03/2021

NASA names Indian-American Bhavya Lal as acting chief of staff

Washington, Feb. 2: Bhavya Lal, the Indian-American scientist who oversaw NASA’s transition under President Joe Biden’s administration, has been appointed as the Acting Chief of Staff of the US space agency. According to NASA, Lal brings “extensive experience” in engineering and space technology, serving as a member of the research…

02/02/2021

Myanmar Military Declares 1-Year Emergency, Suu Kyi Detained

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 1: Myanmar's military announced Monday that it has seized power and will rule the country for at least one year after detaining its top political leaders. The military declared a state of emergency, detaining State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior members…

02/01/2021

Queen likely to host Joe Biden at Buckingham Palace: Report

London, Jan. 31: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is expected to host US President Joe Biden at Buckingham Palace ahead of the G7 summit scheduled between June 11 and 13, according to a media report on Sunday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to participate in events in the…

01/31/2021

United Arab Emirates says it will offer citizenship to some

Dubai, Jan. 31: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE previously gave citizenship to Palestinians and others who helped form the…

01/31/2021

UN chief takes jab, hails Indian aid to countries

New York, Jan. 30: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received his first dose of the Covid vaccine (Moderna) here and appealed to people to get vaccinated as soon as they can while stressing that nations must ensure the vaccine is available to everyone, everywhere. He said India's vaccine production capacity…

01/30/2021

Pakistan to renovate gurdwaras, temples across country

Lahore, Jan. 29: The Pakistan government has decided to renovate several holy sites belonging to minorities across the country, in a bid to further strengthen its case of providing safety and security to the minorities living in the country. As per details, several gurdwaras and temples will undergo renovation across…

01/29/2021

UNSC seat for India matter of discussion: Biden’s aide

Washington, Jan. 29: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US President Joe Biden's pick for the ambassador to the UN, hasn't explicitly committed support for India to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). The former administrations of George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump had publicly said that the…

01/29/2021

Russia okays extension to arms control pact with US

Moscow, Jan. 28: Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-US arms control treaty, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both the Houses voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years, a day after a…

01/28/2021

‘Crazy and evil’: Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies

London, Jan. 27: Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them. In an interview…

01/27/2021

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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