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N Korea fires 2 suspected ballistic missiles — Seoul

Seoul, Jan. 14 (IANS): North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles eastward on Friday, after Pyongyang publicly warned earlier in the day of a “stronger and certain” response to the new US sanctions, South Korea’s military sa...

14 Jan 2022

Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine

Moscow, Jan. 14 (PTI/AP): Russia on Friday strongly repeated its demand that NATO will not expand eastward, despite the rejection of that by the military alliance amid a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine. It added that it wouldn’t wait indefin...

14 Jan 2022

PM Imran launches Pak’s first-ever National Security Policy; focuses on flagging economy instead of military capabilities

Islamabad, Jan. 14 (PTI): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched Pakistan’s first-ever National Security Policy based on a citizen-centric framework and focusing more on boosting the country’s flagging economy and its standing in th...

14 Jan 2022

Kazakhstan: Russia-led alliance’s troops prepare to pull out

Moscow, Jan. 13 (PTI/AP): Troops of a Russia-led security alliance were preparing to pull out of Kazakhstan on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The withdrawal comes only a week after they were deployed to the ex-Soviet nation on the reque...

13 Jan 2022

8 member states lose right to vote at UN due to unpaid dues

United Nations (New York), Jan. 13 (IANS): Iran and Venezuela are among the eight countries whose rights to vote at the UN have been revoked due to unpaid dues, a UN spokesperson has said. In his letter to the General Assembly on Tuesday, UN Secretar...

13 Jan 2022

WHO cautions against concurrent outbreaks of Covid-19, other diseases

Geneva, Jan. 13 (IANS): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned and urged for preparedness against concurrent outbreaks of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases during the coming spring. Maria van Kerkhove from the WHO’s Health Emer...

13 Jan 2022

Omicron quickly overtaking Delta globally in terms of circulation — WHO

United Nations/Geneva, Jan. 12 (PTI): Omicron is quickly overtaking the Delta variant of Covid-19 and becoming dominant around the world, a senior WHO official has warned, with the global health agency cautioning that there is “increasing evide...

12 Jan 2022

Kazakh leader: Russia-led security group to pull out troops

Moscow, Jan. 11 (PTI/AP): The president of Kazakhstan announced Tuesday that a Russia-led security alliance will start pulling out its troops from the country in two days after completing its mission. The mostly Russian troops were deployed to Kazakh...

11 Jan 2022

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at age 65

Brussels, Jan. 11 (PTI/AP): David Sassoli, the Italian journalist who worked his way up in politics while defending the downtrodden and repressed to become president of the European Union’s parliament, died at a hospital in Italy early Tuesday,...

11 Jan 2022

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Bangkok, Jan. 10 (PTI/AP): A court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions, a lega...

10 Jan 2022

Nearly 8,000 detained in Kazakhstan amid unrest

Moscow, Jan. 10 (PTI/AP): The authorities in Kazakhstan said Monday that nearly 8,000 people were detained by police during protests that descended into violence last week and marked the worst unrest the former Soviet nation has faced since gaining i...

10 Jan 2022

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar probe finds first on-site evidence of water on moon’s surface

Beijing, Jan. 9 (PTI): China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander has found the first-ever on-site evidence of water on the surface of the moon, lending new evidence to the dryness of the satellite. The study published on Saturday in the peer-reviewe...

09 Jan 2022

Prospects dim as US, Russia prepare to meet over Ukraine

Washington, Jan. 9 (AP/PTI):  With the fate of Ukraine and potentially broader post-Cold War European stability at stake, the United States and Russia are holding critical strategic talks that could shape the future of not only their relationshi...

09 Jan 2022

Over 40 killed, many displaced as heavy rains, snowfall hit Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan. 9 (IANS): As Pakistan is currently witnessing its first spell of heavy rainfall and snow of the new year, the country has reported more than 40 deaths with hundreds of people displaced and many houses damaged, officials said. In a mis...

09 Jan 2022

UK records ‘terrible toll’ of 150,000 Covid-19 pandemic deaths

London, Jan. 9 (PTI): The UK crossed another grim Covid-19 milestone after recording 150,000 deaths since the pandemic hit the country in 2020, even as the Omicron variant surge continues with a further 146,390 daily infections and 313 deaths on Satu...

09 Jan 2022

Former anti-terror chief arrested over Kazakhstan protests

Moscow, Jan. 8 (PTI/AP): The former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and anti-terror agency has been arrested on charges of attempted government overthrow in the wake of violent protests that the president has blamed on foreign-backed t...

08 Jan 2022

21 people die trapped in vehicles after heavy snowfall in Pakistan’s Murree

Lahore, Jan. 8 (PTI): Pakistan’s popular hill station Murree was declared a calamity-hit area on Saturday after at least 21 people, including nine children, froze to death in their vehicles due to unprecedented snowfall and rush of tourists to ...

08 Jan 2022

‘New Covid cases increase sharply as new deaths decreased worldwide’

Geneva, Jan. 7 (IANS): The global number of new Covid-19 cases increased sharply by 71 per cent last week compared to the previous week, but the number of new deaths decreased by 10 per cent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. WHO said in ...

07 Jan 2022

Kazakh leader ordered use of lethal force on ‘terrorists’

Moscow, Jan. 7 (PTI/AP): The President of Kazakhstan said Friday he authorised law enforcement to open fire on terrorists and shoot to kill, a move that comes after days of extremely violent protests in the former Soviet nation. In a televised addres...

07 Jan 2022

Biden warns of US peril from Trump’s ‘dagger’ at democracy

Washington, Jan. 7 (PTI/AP): President Joe Biden forcefully blamed Donald Trump and his supporters Thursday for holding a dagger at the throat of democracy with election lies that sparked last year’s deadly assault on the US Capitol, using the ...

07 Jan 2022

Iran holds mass funeral for ’80s war dead amid nuclear talks

Dubai, Jan. 6 (PTI/AP): Thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Iranian cities on Thursday for the mass funeral of 250 victims of the Iran-Iraq war, a testament to the brutal conflict’s widespread scale and enduring legacy 35 years lat...

06 Jan 2022

Trump maintains grip on GOP despite violent insurrection

Palm Beach (US), Jan. 6 (PTI/AP): As a raging band of his supporters scaled walls, smashed windows, used flagpoles to beat police and breached the U.S. Capitol in a bid to overturn a free and fair election, Donald Trump’s excommunication from t...

06 Jan 2022

WHO still recommends 14-day quarantine for Covid-19 patients

Geneva, Jan. 5 (IANS): Although most people recover from Covid-19 within five to seven days of the onset of symptoms, the World Health Organisation (WHO) still recommends a 14-day quarantine, an official from the organisation said at a press briefing...

05 Jan 2022

Five countries start work as elected members of UNSC

United Nations, Jan. 5 (IANS): Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the UAE have begun assuming responsibilities as non-permanent members of the Security Council. Although, their two-year term officially started on January 1, the first working day of th...

05 Jan 2022

Hong Kong’s Lam: Media closures unrelated to press freedom

Hong Kong, Jan. 4 (PTI/AP): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said that the recent closure of two media outlets in the city does not reflect the state of press freedom in Hong Kong as the decisions were made by the outlets themselves. Her commen...

04 Jan 2022