Thursday, May 28, 2020

Russia postpones SCO, BRICS summits; new dates to be announced later
Asia | May 28, 2020 2:11:37 AM IST
Moscow [Russia], May 28 (Sputnik/ANI): The BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits, expected to be held in Russia in July, will be postponed, and new dates will be determined to take into consideration the epidemiological situation devel ... read..

PM Modi speaks to Mahinda Rajapaksa, assures help to Sri Lanka during COVID-19 crisis
New Delhi | May 28, 2020 1:41:41 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa and assured him that India will extend all possible support to the island nation during the challenging times amid coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

Boeing to announce 2,500 voluntary layoffs in initial phase
Washington D.C. | May 28, 2020 1:12:01 AM IST
With the coronavirus pandemic taking a toll on the global economy, Boeing Co will this week announce about 2,500 voluntary layoffs in the first phase of broader cuts, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing Union Officials. ... read..

NASA, SpaceX to launch American astronauts to Space Station from US soil today
Washington DC | May 28, 2020 1:11:55 AM IST
NASA and SpaceX are scheduled to launch astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken on a mission to the International Space Station at 4:33 pm Eastern Time (2 am IST) on Wednesday. ... read..

Pakistani villager claims to be owner of 'spy' pigeon captured by locals in Kathua
Sialkot | May 28, 2020 1:11:54 AM IST
A Pakistani villager named Habibullah, resident of Bagga-Shakargarh village, has claimed that he is the owner of 'spy' pigeon captured by locals in India a few days back. ... read..

Pak Army claims to have shot down 'Indian spying quadcopter' along LoC
New Delhi | May 27, 2020 10:41:52 PM IST
Pakistani Army on Wednesday claimed to have shot down what it said was 'Indian spying quadcopter' along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rakhchikri sector. ... read..

China's muscle-flexing against India & others, a challenge to US supremacy
New Delhi/Beijing | Wednesday, 2020 10:15:06 PM IST
China's simultaneous muscle-flexing along the boundaries with India and as well as in the sea against Southeast Asian nations is rapidly establishing that Beijing remains steadfast in challenging the US supremacy in the post-coronavirus world. ... read..

Christian girl beaten, suffers nasal fracture in Pakistan's Kasur city
Kasur | May 27, 2020 10:11:43 PM IST
A Christian teenage girl was brutally beaten by local goons in Sabari Colony of Kasur city in Pakistan's Punjab province on Wednesday. ... read..

US ready to mediate 'raging border dispute' between India, China: Trump
Washington D.C. | May 27, 2020 8:41:41 PM IST
Amid the stand-off between India and China in Ladakh region, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that US is 'ready' and 'willing' to mediate their 'raging border dispute'. ... read..

Expat stuck in India, family runs out of money in Sharjah
Sharjah | Wednesday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
An Indian family here has run out of money as their sole breadwinner has been stranded in India due to COVID-19 flight suspension. Sephali Panigrahi, who lives in Al Nahda with her two daughters aged 17 and 12 years, said they are facing an acute financia ... read..

HK arrests protesters ahead of controversial law discussion
Hong Kong | Wednesday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
At least 15 people were arrested here on Wednesday by security forces, who have been deployed in greater numbers on the streets in recent hours, ahead of a controversial bill criminalising disrespect to the Chinese anthem being presented before in the Leg ... read..

Pashtuns pay tributes to Kharqamar martyrs while criticising Pakistan Army
North Waziristan | May 27, 2020 7:11:38 PM IST
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, central leaders of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) including Member of National Assembly Mohsin Javed Dawar visited the graves of Kharqamar martyrs on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the barbaric incident in which 14 peacef ... read..

Should never let our differences shadow overall bilateral cooperation, says Chinese Envoy
New Delhi | May 27, 2020 6:11:38 PM IST
In the backdrop of growing tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Wednesday said the two countries need to view differences correctly and differences should not impact the bilateral coo ... read..

India, China should not let differences overshadow relations: Chinese Envoy
New Delhi | May 27, 2020 5:41:48 PM IST
Amid the stand-off between the two countries in eastern Ladakh region, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Wednesday said the two countries should resolve their differences through communication and not allow them to overshadow bilateral relations. ... read..

Japan's Nippon Foundation supports emergency medical care system to fight corona crisis
Tokyo | May 27, 2020 5:11:43 PM IST
Japan-based Nippon Foundation is spearheading a private emergency medical care system to fight the coronavirus crisis. ... read..

Monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th c CE unearthed by ASI in Vietnam temple, informs EAM
New Delhi | May 27, 2020 4:41:37 PM IST
A monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th c CE has been unearthed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar informed on Wednesday. ... read..

90 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast: IOM
Tripoli | Wednesday, 2020 4:15:05 PM IST
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that another 90 illegal immigrants were rescued off the Libyan coast. ... read..

Nepal postpones scheduled discussion on constitutional amendment to update map
Kathmandu | May 27, 2020 2:41:43 PM IST
The discussion to amend Nepal's constitution to update the country's map, earlier slated for Wednesday, now has been taken out of schedule. ... read..

Nepal to initiate constitutional amendment process today to include updated map
Kathmandu | May 27, 2020 2:11:44 PM IST
Nepal's House of Representative will on Wednesday hold a discussion in the Parliament to amend the constitution to update the country's map that has been delayed by some time as parties decided to seek a national consensus on the matter. ... read..

Twitter adds fact-check labels to Trump's tweets on mail-in voting
San Francisco | Wednesday, 2020 1:45:06 PM IST
Micro-blogging site Twitter has tagged two tweets of US President Donald Trump on mail-in voting with a fact-checking warning label. ... read..

John Ratcliffe sworn in as US spy chief
Washington | Wednesday, 2020 1:15:06 PM IST
US Congressman John Ratcliffe from Texas has been sworn in as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the country's spy chief. ... read..

Russia to hold postponed Victory Day parade on June 24: Putin
Moscow | Wednesday, 2020 1:15:06 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the country's military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24. ... read..

Facebook shuts down efforts to make site less divisive among users
Washington D.C. | May 27, 2020 11:11:49 AM IST
Facebook have shelved their own research to understand how the social media platform shaped user behaviour and how the company might address potential harms of polarizing its users, people familiar with the matter told The WallStreet Journal. ... read..

Boeing, Airbus study covid behaviour during air travel
Washington D.C. | May 27, 2020 9:41:50 AM IST
The unprecedented decline in the global air traffic because of governments closing borders worldwide and ordering would-be fliers to stay home has pushed multinational aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus to conduct a study to find how the coronavirus behav ... read..

Twitter interfering in 2020 election, says Trump after his tweets were labelled as misleading
Washington DC | May 27, 2020 6:11:41 AM IST
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (local time) hit back at Twitter for labelling his two tweets as misleading, saying the social media platform is "interfering" in the 2020 presidential election and completely "stifling" free speech. ... read..

Global coronavirus count tops 5.4 million with over 343,000 deaths
Europe | May 27, 2020 6:11:37 AM IST
Geneva [Switzerland], May 27 (Sputnik/ANI): The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide has increased by nearly 100,000 over the past 24 hours to surpass 5.4 million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. ... read..

In a first, Twitter labels Trump's tweets as misleading
Washington DC | May 27, 2020 5:41:38 AM IST
In an unprecedented move, Twitter on Tuesday (local time) labelled tweets from US President Donald Trump as misleading. ... read..

Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29
Berlin | May 27, 2020 4:41:40 AM IST
Germany has extended social distancing measures until June 29 in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. ... read..

US aims to reduce number of troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 in July
US | May 27, 2020 4:11:39 AM IST
Washington [USA], May 27 (Sputnik/ANI): The United States remains on track to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 8,600 personnel in July in line with its agreements with the Taliban, US Department of Defence spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said ... read..

France's COVID-19 toll exceeds 28,500
Asia | May 27, 2020 3:41:39 AM IST
Paris [France], May 27 (Sputnik/ANI): The number of people who have died in France from coronavirus-related complications has reached 28,530, an increase of 315 since the latest previous reported figures last week, the French Public Health Agency (DGS) sa ... read..

China downplays evacuation operation, says border tension 'media speculation'
| Wednesday, 2020 3:15:06 AM IST
China on Tuesday downplayed the much-publicised evacuation of its citizens from India in the backdrop of the border tension between both the countries. ... read..

Over 30,000 Indians evacuated under Vande Bharat Mission till May 25: Hardeep Puri
New Delhi | May 27, 2020 3:11:39 AM IST
India has evacuated over 30,000 stranded Indians on 158 flights from different countries under Vande Bharat Mission till Monday, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. ... read..

India to operate 11 more flights from US in 2nd phase of Vande Bharat Mission
Washington | May 27, 2020 2:41:37 AM IST
India has decided to operate additional Air India non-scheduled commercial flights in the ongoing second phase of Vande Bharat Mission, from the United States to various cities in India, the Indian Embassy here said. ... read..

Vande Bharat Mission: Flight with 276 Indians departs from Amsterdam
Amsterdam | May 27, 2020 2:11:40 AM IST
A special flight from Amsterdam with 276 stranded Indians on board departed for Mumbai on Tuesday under the Vande Bharat Mission. ... read..

Peak of coronavirus considered passed in Russia, says President Putin
Moscow | May 26, 2020 11:41:53 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that Russia has passed the peak of coronavirus cases. ... read..

PM Modi, Austrian President exchange views on managing health, economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic
New Delhi | May 26, 2020 11:41:41 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, during which the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation. ... read..

Virtual summit for healthy, resilient ocean
Geneva | Tuesday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
A healthy and resilient ocean can help tackle climate change while providing sustainable food sources and jobs around the world. ... read..

UK PM's approval rating drops by 20 pts after aide scandal
London | Tuesday, 2020 9:45:07 PM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsons approval rating has dropped 20 points to -1 per cent after he refused to sack his chief aide, Dominic Cummings for allegedly breaking coronavirus lockdown rules, it was reported on Tuesday. ... read..

445 people died from Aus bushfires smoke: Experts
Canberra | Tuesday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
Smoke from Australia's devastating 2019-20 bushfires killed at least 445 people, health experts revealed on Tuesday. ... read..

UK Minister resigns over PM aide's row
London | Tuesday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
A UK Minister resigned on Tuesday over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief aide, Dominic Cummings' alleged breaking of coronavirus lockdown rules. ... read..

Tokyo starts new normal after lifting health alert
Tokyo | Tuesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Tokyo started a new normal way of life on Tuesday after lifting its health alert for the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

Iran restaurants, cafes reopen after 2 months
Tehran | Tuesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Restaurants and cafes reopened in Iran on Tuesday after over two months of closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

Australian universities hit by COVID-19 pandemic
Canberra | Tuesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Australia's universities were mulling ways on how to resume face-to-face classes during the COVID-19 crisis, while pressure mounts on international students who remain outside the country due to border shutdown. ... read..

Global COVID-19 cases top 5.5 mn: Johns Hopkins (Ld)
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
The overall number of global coronavirus 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. ... read..

90 new cases of COVID-19 registered in Nepal in last 24 hours: Health Ministry
Kathmandu | May 26, 2020 9:11:58 PM IST
Nepal in past 24 hours has recorded 90 new cases of COVID-19 taking the national tally to 772, the Ministry of Health and Population announced. ... read..

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India Express flight departs from Bahrain International Airport
Manama | May 26, 2020 9:11:50 PM IST
Air India Express flight with 179 passengers on board has departed from Bahrain International Airport, according to Indian Embassy in Bahrain. ... read..

WHO warns of COVID-19 'second peak' as lockdowns ease
Geneva | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
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. ... read..

New York Stock Exchange trading floor to reopen
New York | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is set to reopen its trading floor on Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

UK non-essential shops to reopen from June 15: PM
London | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
All non-essential retailers across the UK will be able to reopen from June 15, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, as part of plans to further ease the COVID-19 lockdown in the country. ... read..

Biden emerges from quarantine on Memorial Day
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden has made his first public appearance at a Memorial Day event after more than two months in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the media reported on Tuesday. ... read..

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens after 3 months
Jerusalem | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:07 PM IST
Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopened its doors on Tuesday after being closed for almost three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

Court mulls moving Netanyahu's trial to new location
Jerusalem | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:07 PM IST
Officials were considering moving the corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Jerusalem District Court to a different location due to the turmoil caused by having to secure the site for the premier, it was reported. ... read..

Thousands still flying into Canada despite restrictions
Ottawa | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
While US and international flights coming into Canada have been significantly curtailed since the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of passengers were still arriving each week at the country's airports despite restrictions, it was reported. ... read..

US university announces furloughs amid pandemic
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
The University of Washington Medicine announced that it was moving forward with furloughs for about 4,000 members of its unionized workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..

Indian-American Senate candidate launches medicines campaign
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Indian-American Rik Mehta, the frontrunner to take on Democrat New Jersey Senator Cory Booker this year, recently launched his "Made in America" medicines campaign that will require companies to disclose the country of origin of their prescription drugs, ... read..

Air India flight with 136 passengers on board departs from Moscow
Moscow | May 26, 2020 7:11:39 PM IST
Air India repatriation flight with 136 passengers on board left from Domodedovo Airport, according to Indian Embassy in Russia. ... read..

Indian COVID-19 survivor falls to death in Dubai
Dubai | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
An Indian expat, who recently recovered from COVID-19, fell to his death from a building in Dubai, police said. ... read..

Planned national security law won't harm HK economy: Lam
Hong Kong | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday reassured residents that China's planned national security law will not have negative consequences for the citys economy, pointing out that Western democracies have enacted similar laws without scaring inves ... read..

Covid-19: Tourism industry in Gilgit-Baltistan bearing brunt of lockdown; government remains apathetic
Gilgit | May 26, 2020 6:41:40 PM IST
The tourism industry of Gilgit Baltistan is bearing the brunt of the lockdown imposed in the wake of the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

S.Korea's 2nd phase of school reopening set for Wednesday
Seoul | Tuesday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
South Korea is on track for its second phase of school reopening on Wednesday, bringing back more than 2 million students to their schools nationwide amid the new coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

N.Korean paper warns against imitating foreign films, music
Seoul | Tuesday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
North Korea's main newspaper on Tuesday warned its people against imitating foreign films and music, saying the inflow of "bourgeois culture" hinders the country from progress. ... read..

9 people detained after shooting at Moscow parking lot
Moscow | Tuesday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
The police have detained nine people after a shooting at a parking lot near a residential compound in the south of Moscow, a Russian law enforcement source said. ... read..

Increasing CSTO peacekeeping potential may enable participation in UN operations, says Russian Foreign Minister
Europe | May 26, 2020 5:41:55 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], May 26 (Sputnik/ANI): Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed on Tuesday the need to boost the peacekeeping potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), expressing the belief that this would enable the organiza ... read..

S.Korea begins 'no mask, no ride' policy on buses, taxies
Seoul | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
South Korea on Tuesday began the so-called "no mask, no ride" policy on buses and taxes in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 while using public transportation. ... read..

S'pore set for worst recession due to pandemic
Singapore | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Singapore's economy is set for its worst recession in the history of the city state, with its 2020 GDP growth forecast downgraded to between -7 per cent and -4 per cent due to the economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said on ... read..

Brazilian regions start reopening ahead of COVID-19 peak
Brasilia | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Various regions of Brazil were beginning a gradual reopening despite a study showing that the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to reach its peak in the country, which is now second most-affected in the world with 374,898 cases and 23,473 deaths. ... read..

Louvre Abu Dhabi brings treasures to the internet
Abu Dhabi | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
With the Louvre Abu Dhabi "closed until further notice" due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum's website was now offering videos, audio and images of art and archaeological pieces, as well as educational activities for children. ... read..

German court rules against Volkswagen in Dieselgate case
Berlin | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Germanys top civil court has ruled that automaker Volkswagen must partially reimburse a customer whose vehicle had been fitted with software to manipulate emissions during testing. ... read..

WWII-era planes fly over California to commemorate Memorial Day
San Francisco | Tuesday, 2020 4:45:06 PM IST
World War II-era planes flew over southern California to honour veterans and frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers on Memorial Day. ... read..

Libyan Coast Guard rescues over 300 illegal immigrants
Tripoli | Tuesday, 2020 4:45:06 PM IST
The Libyan Coast Guard has rescued more than 300 illegal immigrants and brought them back to the capital Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said. ... read..

'Aus domestic border closures has crippling effect on tourism'
Canberra | Tuesday, 2020 4:45:06 PM IST
Australia's Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham on Tuesday asked the state and territory governments to come up with clear pathways to remove their border restrictions. ... read..

10 shot dead in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend
Chicago | Tuesday, 2020 4:45:06 PM IST
Ten people were shot dead and 32 others injured in Chicago during the city's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015, when 12 persons were killed. ... read..

Blasphemy victim Asia Bibi's brother-in-law killed in Pakistan's Sheikhupura
Sheikhupura | May 26, 2020 4:41:50 PM IST
Younus, the brother-in-law of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, was killed in Sheikhupura city of Punjab province in Pakistan on Monday. ... read..

Activists, families continue protests against human rights violations in Balochistan
Quetta | May 26, 2020 4:41:45 PM IST
Political activists and families of missing persons in Balochistan have been protesting for weeks to secure the safe release of their loved ones. ... read..

NY to provide benefits for fallen COVID-19 frontline workers
New York | Tuesday, 2020 4:15:06 PM IST
New York state and local governments will provide death benefits for the frontline workers who died from COVID-19, said Governor Andrew Cuomo. ... read..

Pakistan's COVID-19 tally stands at 58,278 with 1,202 deaths
Islamabad | May 26, 2020 4:11:41 PM IST
Pakistan's tally of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday reached 58,278 cases including 1,202 deaths, the country's health ministry said. ... read..

Israel's GDP shrinks 7.1% in Q1, sharpest drop in 20 yrs
Jerusalem | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
Israel's GDP contracted by 7.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, the sharpest drop in 20 years, according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics. ... read..

Trump threatens to change RNC site if full attendance not allowed
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
US President Donald Trump said that he would be "reluctantly forced" to move the Republican National Convention (RNC) scheduled to be held in August in North Carolina to a new site if the state's governor cannot guarantee "full attendance" at the event. ... read..

German govt approves $9.8bn rescue package for Lufthansa
Berlin | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
The German government's Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) has approved a 9 billion euro rescue package ($9.8 billion) for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the flag carrier announced in a statement. ... read..

UK PM's aide defends lockdown breaching actions
London | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief aide Dominic Cummings has defended his actions during his first public appearance since a major row erupted over reports that he "broke" the country's COVID-19 lockdown rules. ... read..

Netanyahu determined to push forward West Bank annexation
Jerusalem | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will not miss "the historic opportunity" to annex a portion of occupied West Bank. ... read..

UK lawmaker Douglas Ross resigns over Dominic Cummings' lockdown breach
London | May 26, 2020 3:41:58 PM IST
UK Parliamentarian Douglas Ross announced his resignation on Tuesday in connection with the scandal around coronavirus quarantine violation by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide, Dominic Cummings in March, Sputnik news agency reported. ... read..

Indian Army Major gets UN award for anti-sexual violence campaign
United Nations | Tuesday, 2020 3:15:06 PM IST
An Indian Army Major, who has been selected for the 2019 UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her role in the organisation's anti-sexual violence campaign, has been called a "powerful role model" by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. ... read..

Major highway in Syria partially reopens for traffic
Damascus | Tuesday, 2020 3:15:06 PM IST
The strategic M4 highway in north-west Syria has been reopened partially for traffic after a seven-month closure, state media reported. ... read..

Ex-UK PM questions Trump's leadership over COVID-19 crisis
London | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair questioned US President Donald Trump's leadership over the "terrifying" novel coronavirus pandemic and expressed concerns about the lack of global coordination in tackling the health crisis. ... read..

Iraqi parliamentary committee demands full curfew
Baghdad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
An Iraqi parliamentary crisis committee has demanded to re-impose full curfew after the end of Eid al-Fitr holiday to curb the latest increase of COVID-19 cases, as the authorities announced 163 new infections during the day. ... read..

Most wanted Zakir Naik continues to be bankrolled by Gulf money
Mumbai | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
One of India's moat wanted fugitives, Islamic telly evangelist and zealot Zakir Naik, who is currently based in Malaysia, continues to be engaged in propagation of radical Islamic activities and collection of funds from his wealthy contacts in the Gulf re ... read..

Airbus investigation team reaches Karachi to probe PIA plane crash
Karachi | May 26, 2020 2:41:58 PM IST
An 11-member investigating team of Airbus, a European multinational aerospace corporation, reached Karachi from France on Tuesday to join a probe into the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed at a residential site in the city killing 9 ... read..

HK to further relax social distancing measures
Hong Kong | Tuesday, 2020 2:15:06 PM IST
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said that the city will relax part of the social distancing measures that expire at Thursday midnight in response to the eased COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..

Global COVID-19 cases nearing 5.5 mn: Johns Hopkins
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 2:15:06 PM IST
The overall number of global coronavirus cases was nearing the 5.5 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 346,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. ... read..

Over 9.1 million COVID-19 tests conducted in Russia since the start of outbreak
Moscow | May 26, 2020 2:11:53 PM IST
More than 9.1 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia since the start of the outbreak, the country's public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Tuesday. ... read..

South Korea launches 'No mask, no ride' policy for buses, taxis
Seoul | May 26, 2020 2:11:41 PM IST
The South Korean government on Tuesday launched a 'no mask, no ride' policy on buses and taxis as a persistent rise in coronavirus infections in Seoul and the other surrounding area prompted people to put on face masks. ... read..

Nine COVID-19 patients discharged in Chinese mainland
Beijing | Tuesday, 2020 12:45:05 PM IST
Nine COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery in the Chinese mainland on Monday, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday. ... read..

Now, China's relations with Israel are in steep decline
Jerusalem | May 26, 2020 12:11:51 PM IST
China's onetime cosy relations with Israel are now in steep decline and in line with a pattern which is emerging from Japan to India where China appears to be on an unexplained path of aggression. ... read..

Instamatic: Boundless Spirit
By Ellen Tarver

Texas | May 26, 2020 12:11:42 PM IST
Suvir Saran is at once a Michelin Star chef, an artist, an educator, an entrepreneur, a philosopher, a published author, a mentor, and a nomad. That he lights up any room he enters with creative, mischievous energy is just icing on the cake. I first met S ... read..

'More African nations should heed call for global ceasefire'
United Nations | Tuesday, 2020 11:45:05 AM IST
More African countries should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back deadly COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. ... read..

Trump marks Memorial Day with visits to national cemetery, monument
Washington | Tuesday, 2020 11:15:06 AM IST
US President Donald Trump on Monday visited a national military cemetery and a historic fort to mark the Memorial Day, as the country's coronavirus death toll approaches 100,000. ... read..

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining
Geneva | May 26, 2020 10:41:52 AM IST
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that countries seeing a decline in COVID-19 infections could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak. ... read..

Covid-19's new surge hits rural America
Washington D.C. | May 26, 2020 9:41:45 AM IST
Rural counties in the United States now have some of the highest rates of covid-19 cases and deaths in the country, topping even the hardest-hit New York City boroughs and signaling a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic that could devastate still more o ... read..

WHO temporarily suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine
Geneva | May 26, 2020 7:12:25 AM IST
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday (local time) temporarily suspended the clinical trial of malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus. ... read..

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