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Hundreds protest in Hong Kong against China’s planned national security law

Hong Kong, May 24 (IANS): Hong Kong police fired multiple rounds of tear gas on Sunday as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest China’s planned national security law for the city, denouncing the proposed legislation as a threat to c...

24 May 2020

‘Preliminary report of PIA plane crash raises new questions’

Karachi, May 24 (PTI): A preliminary report on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash, in which 97 people were killed, has raised serious questions about the pilot’s handling of the aircraft and what prevented the crew in the coc...

24 May 2020

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day ceasefire for Eid holiday

Islamabad, May 24 (PTI/AP): The Taliban and Afghanistan’s president announced late Saturday a three-day ceasefire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramzan. The Taliban order, whi...

24 May 2020

Trump back on golf course as US gradually reopens

Washington, May 24 (IANS): US President Donald Trump returned to a gold course at one of his properties as jurisdictions across America reopened additional public spaces for people eager to take advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend amid the Co...

24 May 2020

10 days of national mourning for Spain Covid-19 victims

Madrid, May 24 (IANS): Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared 10 days of national mourning for victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made the announcement in a televised TV broadcast on Saturday, a day after the Health Ministry gave the regions...

24 May 2020

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

United Nations, May 23 (PTI/AP): The UN disarmament chief warned Friday that cyber crime is on the rise, with a 600 per cent increase in malicious emails during the Covid-19 pandemic. Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the UN Security Counci...

23 May 2020

Trump declares churches ‘essential,’ calls on them to reopen

Washington, May 23 (PTI/AP): President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The ...

23 May 2020

Hong Kong’s Lam vows ‘full support’ for national security law

Hong Kong, May 23 (IANS): Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has insisted that the city’s freedoms and fundamentals would remain sound as she welcomed a national security law to be passed by China that would require new institutions to safegu...

23 May 2020

97 dead, 2 survived in Pakistan plane crash — Officials

Karachi, May 23 (PTI): Ninety-seven people were killed and two passengers miraculously survived a deadly crash after a Pakistan International Airlines plane with 99 travellers on board plunged into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah...

23 May 2020

Covid-19 vaccines must be recognised as public goods — WHO

Geneva, May 23 (IANS): The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated that Covid-19 vaccines must be recognised as public goods for the whole world, and that all countries must contribute. “We can’t prevent pathogens, germs from cross...

23 May 2020

Chinese mainland reports no new confirmed Covid-19 cases

Beijing, May 23 (IANS): Chinese health authority said on Saturday that it saw no new confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Chinese mainland on Friday. No deaths related to the disease were reported on Friday, according to the National Health Commission, ad...

23 May 2020

Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine moves to next stage of human trial

London, May 22 (PTI): University of Oxford researchers working on a vaccine to protect against coronavirus on Friday confirmed that they are moving to the next level as they begin recruiting over 10,000 people for the second phase of human trials. Th...

22 May 2020

China introduces new security bill in parliament to tighten controls over Hong Kong

Beijing, May 22 (PTI): China on Friday introduced the draft of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong in its parliament to tighten Beijing’s control over the former British colony, in what could be the biggest blow to the territory&...

22 May 2020

UN launches global initiative to combat Covid-19 misinformation

United Nations, May 22 (IANS): The UN on Thursday launched an initiative called “Verified” to counter Covid-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information. “We cannot cede our virtual spaces t...

22 May 2020

Global Covid-19 cases top 5.1 million: Johns Hopkins University

Washington, May 22 (IANS): The overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surged to over 5.1 million, while the death toll stood at 332,900, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,101,9...

22 May 2020

Trump announces plans to exit Open Skies Treaty

Washington, May 21 (PTI/AP): The Trump administration notified international partners on Thursday that it is pulling out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed, observation flights over each other’s territory overflights se...

21 May 2020

China kicks off delayed annual Parliament session as Covid-19 abates

Beijing, May 21 (PTI): China on Thursday kicked off its truncated annual political season with the commencement of a week-long meeting of the top advisory body, signalling the abatement of the Covid-19 pandemic which forced Beijing to postpone the se...

21 May 2020

Covid-19 pandemic to cause profound health issues globally

New York, May 21 (IANS): The coronavirus pandemic’s life-altering effects are likely to result in lasting physical and mental health consequences for several people, warn researchers. For the findings, published in the journal Proceedings of th...

21 May 2020

Cyclone Amphan kills 12 in Bangladesh

Dhaka, May 21 (IANS): Cyclone Amphan has killed at least 12 people in seven coastal districts of Bangladesh before turning into a land depression, authorities said on Thursday. The cyclone is likely to move further in a north-northeasterly direction ...

21 May 2020

Covid-19: US President Trump says China is on ‘massive disinformation’ campaign

Trump, who has expressed disappointment over China’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, claimed that it was the “incompetence” of Beijing that led to the mass killing across the globe. “China is on a massive disinformation cam...

21 May 2020

World Bank names Harvard professor as chief economist

Washington, May 21 (IANS): World Bank Group President David Malpass announced that Harvard University professor, Carmen Reinhart has been appointed as its new vice president and chief economist, effective on June 15. “I am very pleased to welco...

21 May 2020

China reports 33 new coronavirus cases; spike in asymptomatic infections in Wuhan

Beijing, May 21 (PTI): China has reported 33 new coronavirus cases, including 31 asymptomatic ones, majority of them in Wuhan, the first epicentre of the Covid-19 where the city’s 11 million people are being tested in order to prevent a second ...

21 May 2020

Cyclone Amphan: Bangladesh shifts over two million people; armed forces put on alert

Dhaka, May 20 (PTI): Bangladesh has shifted over two million people to storm shelters and deployed the military to deal with the powerful cyclone ‘Amphan’ which is set to make a landfall on the costal districts, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasi...

20 May 2020

SARS antibody found to neutralise Covid-19 virus

San Francisco, May 20 (IANS): An antibody first identified in a blood sample from a patient who recovered from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 has demonstrated ability to prevent SARS-CoV-2 live virus infection of cells in laboratory...

20 May 2020

Plea in SC seeks mechanism to check content on Twitter

New Delhi, May 20 (PTI): A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a mechanism to check Twitter content and advertisements spreading hatred through fake news and instigative messages via bogus accounts. The petition, filed by BJP leader Vini...

20 May 2020
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