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Pakistan: Toll raises to 10 in clashes between Islamists and police over Saad Rizvi’s release

Lahore, Oct. 23 (PTI): Six people died on Saturday raising the death toll to 10 in ongoing fierce clashes between the police and radical Islamists in Lahore, as over 8,000 activists of the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) began a procession to...

23 Oct 2021

N Korea slams US for supporting Taiwan in nod to ally China

Seoul, Oct. 23 (PTI/AP): North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of raising military tensions with China through its reckless backing of Taiwan, and said that the growing U.S. military presence in the region constitutes a potential t...

23 Oct 2021

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

United Nations, Oct. 22 (PTI/AP): The UN special envoy for Myanmar has warned that February’s military takeover has led to armed conflict and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way the country will go in the direction o...

22 Oct 2021

PM Deuba inspects flood-hit regions in Nepal, death toll rises to 111

Kathmandu, Oct. 22 (PTI): Nepal Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues on Friday visited western Nepal — part of the Himalayan nation hardest hit by the floods and landslides — to take stock of the situation and ensure relief measures ...

22 Oct 2021

S Korea test launches 1st domestically made space rocket

Seoul, Oct. 21 (PTI/AP): South Korea test launched its first domestically produced space rocket on Thursday in what officials describe as an important step in the country’s pursuit of a satellite launch programme. It wasn’t immediately cl...

21 Oct 2021

Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

Brussels, Oct. 20 (PTI/AP): Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin. In awarding the Sakharov Prize to Navalny, the Europe...

20 Oct 2021

Bus bombs kill 14 in Syria capital; shells elsewhere kill 10

Damascus, Oct. 20 (PTI/AP): Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in...

20 Oct 2021

North Korea tests possible submarine missile, amid tensions

Seoul, Oct. 19 (PTI/AP): North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea in what South Korea’s military described as a weapon likely designed for submarine-based launches, marking possibly the most significant demonstra...

19 Oct 2021

Crowds outside Myanmar’s prisons await freed detainees

Bangkok, Oct. 19 (PTI/AP): Crowds gathered on Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of ...

19 Oct 2021

WHO to meet next week to consider emergency use listing of India’s Covaxin

United Nations/Geneva, Oct. 18 (PTI): The WHO’s technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider the emergency use listing of India’s Covaxin which is being used in the country’s nationwide anti-Covid-19 vaccination prog...

18 Oct 2021

Warning in China of twindemic of Covid combined with influenza in winter

New Delhi, Oct. 17 (IANS): China’s National Health Commission has warned of a potential “twindemic” this winter and it stresses influenza prevention as flu activity in the southern provinces has increased since September with the fl...

17 Oct 2021

US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

San Juan (US), Oct. 17 (AP/PTI): A group of 17 US missionaries, including children, were kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the inciden...

17 Oct 2021

Leaders pay tribute at church where British lawmaker killed

London, Oct. 16 (PTI/AP): Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay tribute to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police have described as a terrorist incident. Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

16 Oct 2021

ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence in summit in major rebuke

Kuala Lumpur, Oct. 16 (PTI/AP): Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar’s participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb 1 military takeover. The Association of Southea...

16 Oct 2021

UK MP dies after being stabbed during constituency meeting

London, Oct .15 (PTI): A 69-year-old Member of Parliament (MP) from the UK’s ruling Conservative Party died on Friday after he was stabbed while meeting his constituents in south-east England. Sir David Amess, who represented Southend West in E...

15 Oct 2021

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 32

Kabul, Oct. 15 (PTI/AP): Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 32 people and wounding 68, according to a Taliban official. There was no immediate claim of r...

15 Oct 2021

Pandemic is exacerbating poverty and inequalities — IMF

Washington, Oct. 15 (PTI): The emergence of new coronavirus variants has increased uncertainty, posing downside risks to the green shoots of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday while ruing that the crisis is exacerbating...

15 Oct 2021

46 killed, 79 injured in Taiwan building fire

Beijing, Oct. 14 (IANS): At least 46 people were killed and least 79 injured as a fire swept through a multi-storey residential and commercial building in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city early on Thursday, media reports said. It took firefighters more ...

14 Oct 2021

Over 100 nations adopt Kunming Declaration to boost biodiversity

Kunming (China), Oct. 13 (IANS): The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) closed on Wednesday with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration in this Chinese city, where over 100 nations committed to develop, adopt and implement...

13 Oct 2021

Typhoon prompts Hong Kong to close schools, stock market

Beijing, Oct. 13 (PTI/AP): Hong Kong suspended classes, stock market trading and government services as a typhoon passed south of the city Wednesday. Heavy rain from Typhoon Kompasu could flood low-lying areas and residents should take precautions, t...

13 Oct 2021

UN chief: Afghanistan faces `make-or-break moment’

United Nations, Oct. 12 (PTI/AP): Warning that Afghanistan is facing a make-or-break moment, the United Nations chief on Monday urged the world to prevent the country’s economy from collapsing. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also appealed t...

12 Oct 2021

Kim vows to build ‘invincible’ military while slamming US

Seoul, Oct. 12 (PTI/AP): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed a rare exhibition of weapons systems and vowed to build an invincible military, as he accused the United States of creating tensions and not taking action to prove it has no hostile in...

12 Oct 2021

Three US-based economists win Nobel prize for societal research

Stockholm, Oct. 11 (PTI/AP): A US-based economist won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for pioneering research that showed an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers, challengi...

11 Oct 2021

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi pleads not guilty to breaking virus rules

Bangkok, Oct. 11 (PTI/AP): Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former President Win Myint pleaded not guilty Monday to violating Covid-19 restrictions, their lawyers said, as the pair were formally indicted after the army seized power. Each wa...

11 Oct 2021

Taiwan rejects China’s ‘path’ amid show of military force

Taipei, Oct. 10 (AP/PTI): Taiwan’s president on Sunday vowed to defend the island from China’s rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing. Speaking at the island’s National Day celebration...

10 Oct 2021