Sunday, January 23, 2022

Blinken discusses Afghanistan situation with UN official, President of Red Cross
Washington | January 15, 2022 8:51:03 AM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday (local time) virtually met UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer and discussed the Afghanistan situation. ... read..

Turkish President, British PM discuss cooperation over phone
Istanbul | Saturday, 2022 8:45:08 AM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed cooperation opportunities between their countries in a phone conversation, Turkey's Directorate of Communications has said. ... read..

US Texas Governor blames White House for border crisis
Moscow | Saturday, 2022 8:45:08 AM IST
Governor of the US state of Texas, Greg Abbott has criticised the White House for causing illegal crossings on the border with Mexico, Russian state media has reported. ... read..

Sweden records highest inflation since 1993
Stockholm | Saturday, 2022 8:15:07 AM IST
Sweden recorded the highest inflation since 1993 in December 2021, as consumer prices measured with a fixed interest rate were up 4.1 per cent from the same period a year earlier, Statistics Sweden has said. ... read..

Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 2.7 million
Europe | January 15, 2022 7:50:06 AM IST
Ottawa [Canada], January 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Canada reported 20,036 new COVID-19 cases Friday noon, raising its national total to 2,706,977 cases with 31,306 deaths, according to local media CTV. ... read..

China reports 104 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases
Beijing | January 15, 2022 7:50:04 AM IST
China on Friday reported 104 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, local media reported on Saturday. ... read..

Not Maradona or Sabatini, India talks trade with Argentina
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 7:45:07 AM IST
For Indians, Argentina stands for the 'banana kick' soccer magician Diego Maradona or yesteryears' tennis player Gabriela Sabatini, who's mesmerising dusky looks made Indians to watch Tennis in her playing years in 90s; but for S. Jaishankar, India's Exte ... read..

Terrorist killed, 2 arrested in military operation in Pakistan: Army
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 7:45:07 AM IST
A terrorist was killed and two others were arrested during an exchange of fire with security forces in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Military has said. ... read..

China's Zhuhai becomes second Chinese city to report Omicron variant
Beijing | January 15, 2022 7:19:52 AM IST
South China's Zhuhai becomes the second Chinese city after Tianjin to report the COVID-19 Omicron variant. ... read..

After Tianjin, Zhuhai becomes second Chinese city to report Omicron variant
Beijing | January 15, 2022 7:19:49 AM IST
South China's Zhuhai becomes the second Chinese city after Tianjin to report the COVID-19 Omicron variant. ... read..

Turkey issues arrest warrant for 19 suspects over failed coup in 2016
Ankara | Saturday, 2022 7:15:07 AM IST
Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for 19 suspected former police chiefs over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, the capital Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office said. ... read..

6.6-magnitude quake jolts off Indonesia's Banten, strong tremors felt in Jakarta
Jakarta | Saturday, 2022 7:15:07 AM IST
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted off the Banten province of Indonesia with strong tremors felt in the capital Jakarta, the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said. ... read..

China compares UK's concern of 'political interference' with James Bond films
Beijing | January 15, 2022 6:50:24 AM IST
China on Friday slammed UK Military Intelligence, Section 5 (MI5) report that a British lawyer of Chinese descent is "involved in political interference activities" in the UK Parliament on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC). ... read..

Friends, not foes: To land of Samba, from land of Yoga; Jaishankar to Brazilian counterpart
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 6:45:07 AM IST
Two decades back, they were considered to be archrivals as both the countries, India and Brazil, started campaigning hard for the permanent seat in United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since they were the two countries with striking similarities, one in ... read..

Turkey launches 1st indigenous intelligence ship
Istanbul | Saturday, 2022 6:45:07 AM IST
Turkey's first intelligence ship, TCG Ufuk, produced with national resources, was put into service in Istanbul as part of the country's efforts to increase its naval power with a warship program. ... read..

US intelligence points to possible Russian false-flag operation in Ukraine
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | January 15, 2022 6:20:03 AM IST
The US Intelligence agencies monitoring Russian cyber operations against Ukraine believe Russia's pattern of activity could signal a ground invasion of Ukraine within the next 30 days, US officials said on Friday. ... read..

US to ban all flights to China ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics
Washington | January 15, 2022 4:50:25 AM IST
The US will be banning all commercial flights to China from January 19 as Beijing tries to keep coronavirus infections at bay ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. ... read..

Argentina registers record 139,853 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours
Others | January 15, 2022 4:50:24 AM IST
Buenos Aires [Argentina], January 15 (ANI/Sputnik): Argentina has registered 139,853 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the national Ministry of Health said. ... read..

Afghanistan: Number of teenagers involved in hard labour rises in Ghor province
Kabul | January 15, 2022 4:50:22 AM IST
Post-Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the number of poverty-stricken Ghor children involved in hard labour had surged. ... read..

Taliban blames ethnic conflicts for death of democracy in Afghanistan
Kabul | January 15, 2022 3:50:33 AM IST
Amid reports of ethnic discrimination in the northern Faryab province by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban on Friday blamed that inherited ethnic conflicts as the cause of death of democracy in Afghanistan. ... read..

Biden administration to begin distributing at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans for free
Washington | January 15, 2022 3:20:01 AM IST
The Biden administration has decided to build on significant actions to expand testing capacity and increase access by distributing at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans for free. ... read..

China detains over 103,000 suspects for internet-related crimes in 2021
Beijing | January 15, 2022 3:19:57 AM IST
China has detained over 103,000 suspects involved in more than 62,000 cases of internet-related crimes. ... read..

Biden nominates three for Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, Lisa Cook becomes first black woman to serve on board
Washington | January 15, 2022 2:50:18 AM IST
Lisa Cook became the first black woman in American history to serve the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. ... read..

Portugal logs highest daily COVID-19 deaths in 10 months
Europe | January 15, 2022 2:50:16 AM IST
Lisbon [Portugal], January 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Portugal reported 34 new deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily toll since March 3, 2021. The country has had 19,237 fatalities since the start of the pandemic, Portugal's Directorate-General fo ... read..

Afghan family holds Taliban accountable for shooting, killing young girl
Kabul | January 15, 2022 2:20:08 AM IST
An Afghan family held the Taliban accountable for shooting and killing a young girl at a security checkpoint while she was on her way home from a wedding along with other relatives. ... read..

Taliban denies Human Rights Watch report characterizing human rights situation in Afghanistan as 'crisis'
Kabul | January 15, 2022 1:20:59 AM IST
The Taliban on Friday denied Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that characterized the human rights situation in Afghanistan as a "crisis" and said that the situation has become better compared to the previous years in the country. ... read..

Pak opposition terms January 13 'darkest day' after National Assembly passes 'mini-budget'
Islamabad | January 15, 2022 1:20:54 AM IST
The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday lambasted Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government for approving the supplementary bills or 'mini-budget', and said that January 13 was the "darkest day in the history of Pakis ... read..

UNSC condemns Houthi seizure of UAE flagged vessel Rwabee
New York | January 15, 2022 12:50:25 AM IST
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday condemned the seizure of UAE flagged vessel Rwabee by the Houthis and demanded immediate release of the vessel and crew. ... read..

UN mission welcomes return of 'relative' calm in Kazakhstan
US | January 14, 2022 11:20:36 PM IST
New York [US], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The UN mission in Kazakhstan appreciates that "relative" calm and order have been restored in the country following violent protests in early January, spokeswoman Elnara Bainazarova told Sputnik on Friday. ... read..

Plot to kill Pakistani origin activist Goraya revealed during UK trial
Islamabad | January 14, 2022 11:20:35 PM IST
A plot to murder exiled blogger and activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya has been revealed before a court in the United Kingdom, during the trial of 31-year-old Gohir Khan, a British-Pakistani based in the UK, local media reported. ... read..

Bus accident claims 8 lives in east Nigeria
Others | January 14, 2022 11:20:26 PM IST
Abuja [Nigeria], January 14 (ANI/Xinhua): Eight people were killed and another severely injured after a bus lost one of its tyres in motion and somersaulted several times on a highway in Nigeria's eastern state of Taraba, said the police on Friday. ... read..

Polish special services claim Russian involvement in cyberattacks on Ukraine
Europe | January 14, 2022 11:20:24 PM IST
Warsaw [Poland], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): Poland's special services suspect Russian involvement in cyberattacks against Ukrainian government websites, the spokesman for the Polish Minister Coordinator of Special Services said on Friday. ... read..

Jaishankar speaks with foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil
New Delhi | January 14, 2022 11:20:21 PM IST
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Friday spoke separately with his counterparts from Argentina and Brazil and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations. ... read..

US Capitol attack: House panel raps Meta, YouTube, Twitter
Washington | Friday, 2022 11:15:08 PM IST
Disappointed after months of engagement, a US House panel has slammed YouTube parent company Alphabet, Meta (formerly Facebook), online discussion forum Reddit and Twitter for failing to provide additional information on how those platforms were used to o ... read..

Myanmar reports 3 more Omicron cases of COVID-19
Asia | January 14, 2022 10:50:28 PM IST
Naypyitaw [Myanmar], January 14 (ANI/Xinhua): Myanmar reported three more cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the tally to 66, according to a release from the Ministry of Health. ... read..

Afghan women despair over closed public universities, lack of employment opportunities
Kabul | January 14, 2022 10:50:25 PM IST
As women in Afghanistan continue to wait for the Taliban regime to provide them with basic rights to study and work, a number of female students in eastern Nangarhar province voiced mounting despair about the lack of access to public universities and lack ... read..

Boris Johnson's office apologizes to Queen Elizabeth for holding parties on eve of Prince Philip's funeral
London | January 14, 2022 10:20:17 PM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office on Friday apologized to the royal family for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year, when COVID-19 rules barred indoor socializing. ... read..

Myanmar: Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces additional corruption charges
Naypyitaw | January 14, 2022 10:20:15 PM IST
Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday filed new corruption charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in connection with purchase of a helicopter. ... read..

CIA oversees training program for Ukrainian paramilitaries: Reports
US | January 14, 2022 9:50:00 PM IST
Washington [US], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been overseeing a secret US training program for elite Ukrainian special forces and other intelligence personnel, YahooNews reported Friday, citing five former intelli ... read..

Russia says China lifts restrictions on railroad cargo imports
Moscow | January 14, 2022 9:49:55 PM IST
The Russian Railways (RZD) company has been notified by Chinese authorities that the restriction on cross-border cargo deliveries, imposed on November 30 as part of COVID-19 measures, no longer applies starting Friday, local news reported. ... read..

Malnutrition rate in Afghan children up 30 pc: Report
Kabul | January 14, 2022 9:49:53 PM IST
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has expressed concern over a 30 per cent surge in the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Afghanistan, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. ... read..

6.7-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued
Jakarta | Friday, 2022 9:45:08 PM IST
An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia on Friday, but there was no tsunami alert issued. ... read..

N.Korea fires 2 suspected ballistic missiles: Seoul
Seoul | Friday, 2022 9:45:08 PM IST
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 said. ... read..

Omicron variant detected in over 50 pc of coronavirus-infected people in Moscow
Europe | January 14, 2022 9:20:12 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The Omicron variant is detected in over 50per cent of coronavirus-infected people in Moscow, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Friday. ... read..

Indonesia reports 850 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths
Asia | January 14, 2022 9:20:01 PM IST
Jakarta [Indonesia], January 14 (ANI/Xinhua): Indonesia on Friday confirmed 850 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's tally of infections to nearly 4.27 million, according to the Indonesian Health Ministry. ... read..

DGGI bust network involving fake invoices worth over Rs 4.500 crore, 1 held
New Delhi | January 14, 2022 9:19:50 PM IST
Directorate General of GST Intelligence has busted a Kolkata-based syndicate involving fake invoices worth rupees 4.500 crores of 636 fake firms and arrested a man related to the matter, the DGGI officials said in a statement on Friday. ... read..

Aussie states prepare to reopen schools amid surge
Canberra | Friday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
Authorities in several Australian states have remained steadfast that in-person classed would go ahead without delay at the end of January despite an ongoing Covid-19 resurgence. ... read..

Self-isolation period to be shortened in England
London | Friday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
Starting from January 17, the self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people in England who test positive for Covid-19 will be reduced from seven days to five days, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced. ... read..

China expanding mass surveillance systems
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
China devoted resources to expanding mass surveillance systems nationwide, in the absence of meaningful legal protections against unlawful or abusive government surveillance, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its World Report 2022. ... read..

Microsoft to review Bill Gates inquiry, sexual harassment policies
San Francisco | Friday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
Microsoft's board of directors has hired a reputed law firm to review the effectiveness of the company's sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies and practices, including the inquiry against Bill Gates. ... read..

MI5 alerts on Chinese woman spy infiltrating UK Parliament
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
MI5, the UK's domestic intelligence agency, has warned British lawmakers that a woman connected to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been working to interfere in the political process, CNN reported. ... read..

UN to allocate record high USD 150 million to support humanitarian operations in 13 countries
Europe | January 14, 2022 8:50:18 PM IST
Geneva [Switzerland], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The UN Central Emergence Response Fund will allocate record high USD 150 million this year to support humanitarian operations in 13 countries in different regions of the world, UN Humanitarian Office Spokesm ... read..

Remaining Pak-Afghan border fence to be completed with Kabul's consent, says Sheikh Rashid
Islamabad | January 14, 2022 8:50:17 PM IST
Amid Taliban's objection over border fencing, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday said that the remaining fencing of the Pak-Afghan border would be completed with the consent of the neighbouring country. ... read..

Students in Indonesia hold anti-China protest, demand boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
Jakarta | January 14, 2022 8:50:12 PM IST
Students from various campuses under the aegis of the Islamic Student Alliance (AMI) staged a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy, Jakarta on Friday. ... read..

Reducing high inflation most important task: US Fed Guv
Washington | Friday, 2022 8:45:08 PM IST
US Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said that reducing high inflation is the central bank's "most important task". ... read..

Unrest in Kazakhstan was not about LPG prices; it was a conspiracy against a stable country
By Inderveer Singh

Nur Sultan | January 14, 2022 8:20:15 PM IST
Kazakhstan has had a rocky start to the New Year, with protests spreading across the huge country. This is how a spike in the cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prompted thousands to take to the streets. ... read..

Surging global electricity demand peaks emissions to record levels: IEA
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 8:15:08 PM IST
Global electricity demand surged in 2021, creating strains in major markets, pushing prices to unprecedented levels and driving the power sector's emissions to a record high, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. ... read..

S.Korean court suspends vax pass enforcement at big stores
Seoul | Friday, 2022 8:15:08 PM IST
A South Korean court on Friday suspended the enforcement of the government's vaccine pass programme at department and discount stores, while also halting the requirement for minors aged 12-18 at all facilities. ... read..

Prices of petroleum products in Pakistan likely to increase by over Rs 5 per litre
Islamabad | January 14, 2022 7:50:26 PM IST
The prices of key petroleum products are estimated to jump by up to Pakistani Rs 6.30 per litre on January 15 for the next fortnight, local media reported on Friday. ... read..

Chinese embassy refutes reports of Beijing's 'political interference activities' in British parliament
London | January 14, 2022 7:50:20 PM IST
The Chinese embassy in Britain has refuted reports that a British lawyer of Chinese descent is "involved in political interference activities" in British parliament, media reported on Friday. ... read..

China's increasingly negative perceptions in the world
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 7:45:08 PM IST
The Chinese government's rights record and its "wolf warrior" diplomacy resulted in increasingly negative public perceptions of the government in some countries abroad, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its World Report 2022. ... read..

NY apartment building owners face lawsuit after deadly fire
New York | Friday, 2022 7:45:07 PM IST
A lawsuit has been filed against current and former owners of a residential building in the Bronx borough of New York City on behalf of victims of a major fire that erupted earlier this week, a media report said. ... read..

No breakthrough in OSCE talks between Russia, West
Vienna | Friday, 2022 7:45:07 PM IST
The latest round of talks aimed at defusing tensions between Russia and the West within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has ended here without a breakthrough as both sides warned of potential escalation. ... read..

Japanese expert explains how Fukushima's wastewater will be discharged into sea
Tokyo | January 14, 2022 7:21:19 PM IST
When Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was launched by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), many options for disposal of stored ALPS treated water were studied by a special independent subcommittee of experts. ... read..

Taliban welcomes UN chief's call to lift ban on fund
Kabul | January 14, 2022 7:21:15 PM IST
Taliban on Friday welcomed remarks of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling on the international comunity to lift a ban on Afghan assets. ... read..

Namibia to temporarily scrap negative Covid tests for fully jabbed citizens
Windhoek | Friday, 2022 7:15:08 PM IST
Fully vaccinated Namibians, permanent residents and truck drivers will no longer be required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test result upon entry into the country starting from Sunday, an official said. ... read..

Under Xi Jinping, China doubled down on repression
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 7:15:08 PM IST
With President Xi Jinping at the helm, the Chinese government doubled down on repression inside and outside the country in 2021, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its World Report 2022. ... read..

N.Korea fires unidentified projectile eastward: Seoul
Seoul | Friday, 2022 6:45:09 PM IST
North Korea fired an unidentified projectile eastward on Friday, hours after it warned of a "stronger and certain" response following the US' imposition of new sanctions, South Korea's military said. ... read..

Top Sudanese police official killed in fresh protests
Khartoum | Friday, 2022 6:45:09 PM IST
A high-ranking Sudanese police officer was killed during fresh protests in capital Khartoum demanding a civilian rule in the country. ... read..

S.African Parliament fire suspect starts mental observation
Cape Town | Friday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
The man who is suspected of setting fire to the South African Parliament, which gutted buildings in the legislative capital Cape Town, has started 30-day mental observation at a psychiatric hospital, authorities said. ... read..

Petrol price in Pakistan likely to hit all-time high
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, petrol price is expected to hit 150 PKR per litre amid soaring prices of crude oil in the international market, said sources in oil marketing companies. ... read..

Experts say discharge of tritium from Fukushima into sea is safe
Tokyo | January 14, 2022 6:20:18 PM IST
Water from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is discharged into the sea after removing harmful nuclear materials through Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS). ... read..

North Korea's missile tests pose a serious threat to Japan, global community, says Hirokazu Matsuno, secretary-general of Japanese Government
Asia | January 14, 2022 6:20:15 PM IST
Tokyo [Japan], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): North Korea's missile tests pose a serious threat to Japan and the global community, Hirokazu Matsuno, secretary-general of the Japanese Government, said on Friday. ... read..

Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites
Kyiv | January 14, 2022 6:20:08 PM IST
A number of Ukrainian government websites have been hit by "a massive cyberattack" warning Ukrainians to "be afraid and wait for the worst" and claiming that all their personal information had been hacked, CNN reported on Friday. ... read..

Plot to kill exiled Pak activist emerges in UK trial
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
The trial of 31-year-old Gohir Khan, a British Pakistani based in the UK, began at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court, with the prosecution revealing details of an alleged plot to murder exiled blogger and activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya who is based in Ro ... read..

Pak Defence Minister confronts Imran Khan
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced an awkward situation during a meeting of the parliamentary party of the ruling alliance when Pak Defence Minister Pervez Khattak complained about the neglect of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by the Centre, Dawn reported. ... read..

Indian-American man jailed for selling stolen Apple products
San Francisco | Friday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
Indian-American Saurabh Chawla, who bought stolen Apple products from school employees in the US and sold those on eBay and Amazon, has been sentenced to 66 months in prison. ... read..

Over 140 health workers infected with COVID-19 in Nepal
Kathmandu | January 14, 2022 5:50:49 PM IST
With the third wave of COVID-19 taking a foothold in Nepal, a large number of health workers and other officials have been infected with the coronavirus in Himalayan nation, local media reported on Friday. ... read..

ATEEZ's 'Wonderland' MV hits 100 million views on YouTube
Asia | January 14, 2022 5:50:44 PM IST
Seoul [South Korea], January 14 (ANI/ Global Economic): K-pop group ATEEZ's music video (MV) has surpassed 100 million views for the first time. ... read..

Pakistan to face full-fledged financial crisis by end of fiscal year
Islamabad | January 14, 2022 5:50:42 PM IST
A full-fledged crisis will be knocking at the doors of Pakistan's struggling economy by end of the current fiscal year if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program does not revive by the end of January or early February this year, said a recent report ... read..

Hong Kong airport suspends passenger transit services for 150 countries over Omicron variant
Hong Kong | January 14, 2022 5:50:37 PM IST
Hong Kong International Airport on Friday announced that it is suspendig passenger transit services for 150 countries in order to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19. ... read..

Iraqi court suspends newly-elected Parliament Speaker
Baghdad | Friday, 2022 5:45:07 PM IST
The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has suspended the newly-elected Parliament Speaker and two deputies over lawsuits filed by lawmakers. ... read..

German police moves against fake Covid vax certificates
Berlin | Friday, 2022 5:45:07 PM IST
Police searched the homes of more than 100 people in Bavaria and other states in southern Germany who allegedly obtained false Covid-19 vaccination certificates, local authorities said. ... read..

LA recorded 397 homicides in 2021, highest in 15 yrs
Los Angeles | Friday, 2022 5:15:08 PM IST
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that there were 397 homicides in the second largest US city in 2021, the largest in the last 15 years. ... read..

Putin to attend Beijing Olympics opening ceremony
Moscow | January 14, 2022 4:50:59 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing and hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 4, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday. ... read..

9 dead, 2 rescued in power station flooding in southwest China
Chengdu | January 14, 2022 4:50:48 PM IST
Nine people have been confirmed dead after a building flooded at a power station in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, local media reported citing authorities as saying on Friday. ... read..

S.Korea to raise private gathering size limit, keep restaurant curfew
Seoul | Friday, 2022 4:45:08 PM IST
The South Korean has government decided to raise the private gathering size limit to six while keeping a 9 p.m. curfew on restaurants and cafes for the next three weeks, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday. ... read..

Russian Foreign Minister may visit Japan in next 2-3 months
Europe | January 14, 2022 4:20:46 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that he may visit Japan in the next two or three months. ... read..

China's Tianjin reports 34 new local COVID-19 cases
Tianjin | January 14, 2022 4:20:41 PM IST
The northern Chinese city of Tianjin reported 34 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, local media reported citing the city's health authority as saying on Friday. ... read..

Saudi-led coalition strike Houthi camp in Sanaa
Sanaa | Friday, 2022 4:15:07 PM IST
Fighter jets of the Saudi-led coalition forces struck a military camp controlled by the Houthis, t in Yemen's capital Sanaa, the militia announced. ... read..

Charge d'Affaires at the US Embassy Patricia Lacina meets Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, discusses Indo-US ties
New Delhi | January 14, 2022 3:50:26 PM IST
Charge d'Affaires at the US Embassy Patricia Lacina met Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla here and discussed the COVID pandemic, India-US relations and regional issues of mutual interest. ... read..

6.6 magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Jakarta
Jakarta | January 14, 2022 3:50:20 PM IST
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia's capital Jakarta, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) informed on Friday. ... read..

Philippines logs 37,207 new COVID-19 cases, highest since outbreak
Asia | January 14, 2022 3:50:17 PM IST
Manila [Philippines] January 14 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines reported 37,207 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, the highest one-day case count since the outbreak, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,129,512. ... read..

Taliban delegation heads for Turkmenistan for trade, energy, TAPI talks
Kabul | January 14, 2022 3:20:10 PM IST
A Taliban delegation has departed for Turkmenistan for talks on trade, energy and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI) gas pipeline, reported Sputnik. ... read..

UK's Prince Andrew loses military titles, royal patronages
London | Friday, 2022 3:15:08 PM IST
The Buckingham Palace has announced that Duke of York Prince Andrew's "military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen" ... read..

S.Korea extends overseas travel advisory
Seoul | Friday, 2022 3:15:07 PM IST
South Korea has extended its special advisory against overseas travel for another month amid the global spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. ... read..

N.Korea warns of 'stronger' reaction after US imposes new sanctions
Seoul | Friday, 2022 3:15:07 PM IST
North Korea on Friday warned that it will have to take "stronger and certain reaction" after the US imposed new sanctions over Pyongyang's recent missile launches. ... read..

NATO to not compromise on alliance's expansion, deployment of troops in East: Chief
Europe | January 14, 2022 2:50:26 PM IST
Warsaw [Poland], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): NATO will not compromise on the expansion of the alliance and the deployment of its forces in the east, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday. ... read..

Portugal investigating naturalization of Russian businessman Abramovich
Europe | January 14, 2022 2:50:23 PM IST
Lisbon [Portugal], January 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The Portuguese Institute of Registries and Notary is investigating the naturalization process of Russian Businessman Roman Abramovich, who became a Portuguese citizen under the law on Sephardic Jews, national m ... read..

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