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Universally effective antibodies found in Covid-19 patients — Study

Washington, May 27 (PTI): A study of 149 people who recovered from Covid-19 shows that most individuals had generated at least some antibodies that were intrinsically capable of neutralising the SARS-CoV-2 virus, scientists say, a finding that may he...

27 May 2020

Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases surpass 115,000

Addis Ababa, May 27 (IANS): The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across the African continent surpassed 115,616 as the death toll from the ongoing pandemic surged to 3,479, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has said...

27 May 2020

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

Hong Kong, May 26 (PTI/AP): Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China’s legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory’s civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move ...

26 May 2020

Afghan govt releases another 900 Taliban inmates

Kabul, May 26 (IANS): The Afghan government on Tuesday released another batch of 900 Taliban inmates in the latest move to further advance the intra-Afghan peace talks with the militant group, a spokesperson for the Office of the National Security Co...

26 May 2020

Global Covid-19 cases cross 5.5 million: Johns Hopkins University

Washington, May 26 (IANS): The overall number of global Covid-19 cases on Tuesday surpassed the 5.5 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 346,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Currently, the total number of cases s...

26 May 2020

WHO warns of Covid-19 ‘second peak’ as lockdowns ease

Geneva, May 26 (IANS) Countries could see a “second peak” of coronavirus cases during the first wave of the pandemic if lockdown restrictions were lifted too soon, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Mike Ryan, the WHO...

26 May 2020

WHO suspends HCQ clinical trial on Covid-19 patients

Geneva, May 26 (IANS): Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, said that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on Covid-19 patients has come to “a temporary pause”, while the safety...

26 May 2020

WHO appreciates China’s openness on identifying Covid-19 source

Geneva, May 26 (IANS): The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it appreciates China’s openness to joint efforts by the international science community to identify the source of the virus, and that such a scientific mission should consist o...

26 May 2020

50% chance Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial will yield ‘no result’

London, May 25 (IANS): Due to a decline in infection rate, the team at Oxford University developing a Covid-19 vaccine believe that the chances of the trial yielding “no result” is now 50 per cent, The Telegraph reported. The University o...

25 May 2020

China has no legal authority to enact security law for Hong Kong — HK Bar Association

Beijing/Hong Kong, May 25 (PTI): China’s proposed new security law to firm up its control over Hong Kong could run into problems in courts, the city’s Bar Association has warned, stressing that Beijing has no legal authority to enact its ...

25 May 2020

Crashed PIA plane’s pilot ignored 3 warnings to lower altitude — Report

Karachi, May 25 (PTI): The pilot of the crashed Pakistan International Airlines plane ignored three warnings from the air traffic controllers about the aircraft’s altitude and speed before the landing, according to media reports on Monday. The ...

25 May 2020

180 arrested, tear gas fired in fresh HK protests

Hong Kong, May 25 (IANS): Police fired multiple rounds of tears gas and attested some 180 people as thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against China’s planned national security law for the city, it was reported on Monday. Dur...

25 May 2020

US aircraft carrier’s Indo-Pacific deployment begins

Washington, May 24 (IANS): The Yokosuka-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan officially began its Indo-Pacific deployment this week, the US Navy has said in a statement. More than 1,000 tonnes of ordnance, 5,000 crew and more than 60 aircraf...

24 May 2020

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’

New York, May 24 (AP/PTI): Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a pure fabrication,” the institute’s director said. ...

24 May 2020

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
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