Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Trump visited only one DC restaurant in last 4 years, that too his own
Washington | January 20, 2021 11:13:06 AM IST
Donald Trump who leaves his presidency has never in his four-year term in office attempted to be part of the local community. A case in point is that unlike his predecessors, Trump has visited only one restaurant - the one in his own Pennsylvania Avenue h ... read..

Trump amends order to deal with malicious cyber-enabled activities
Washington | January 20, 2021 10:43:14 AM IST
The outgoing US President Donald Trump on Tuesday amended an executive order to deal with the national emergency related to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities. ... read..

National Mall illuminated with pillars of light, 'Field of Flags' for Americans who can't attend Biden's inauguration
By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington | January 20, 2021 10:13:03 AM IST
Thousands of US flags have been placed at the National Mall in honour of the nearly 200,000 Americans who cannot be present for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic ... read..

French A-400M tactical aircraft arrives in Jodhpur for Exercise Desert Knight 21
Jodhpur | January 20, 2021 9:43:10 AM IST
French A-400M tactical aircraft arrived at Jodhpur on Tuesday to participate in the Indo-French bilateral exercise Desert Knight 21. ... read..

UN assists India's mammoth COVID-19 vaccine rollout
New York | January 20, 2021 9:13:18 AM IST
India on January 16 began its mammoth coronavirus vaccine rollout by administering 207,229 shots on the first day with the help of hundreds of thousands of health workers who were trained and assisted by the UN agencies. ... read..

Will review US force presence in Mideast to address Russia, China challenges: Biden's nominee for Defense Secy
US | January 20, 2021 7:43:07 AM IST
Washington [US], January 20 (ANI/Sputnik): President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, said during his Senate confirmation hearing that he will review the US force presence in the Middle East to address challenges from Russia ... read..

Blinken promises US embassy to stay in Jerusalem
US | January 20, 2021 7:43:05 AM IST
Washington [US], January 20 (ANI/Sputnik): US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken committed to keeping the American embassy in Jerusalem and continuing to view the disputed city as the capital of Israel. ... read..

78-yr-old Joe Biden will be oldest US president to take oath
New Delhi | January 20, 2021 7:43:04 AM IST
With a promise to 'heal' America, which in recent months witnessed a chaotic election and messy transition of power, Joseph R Biden will take the oath to become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. ... read..

Turkey accused of trading Uyghurs for Chinese COVID-19 vaccine: Report
Ankara | January 20, 2021 7:43:10 AM IST
Turkey started mass vaccination against COVID-19 with China's 'Sinovac' vaccine but its orders for the vaccine suffered many delays, which led to the Turkish opposition questioning whether Ankara was being punished for dragging its feet in ratifying an ex ... read..

Germany to extend COVID-related restrictions until Feb 14: Merkel
Others | January 20, 2021 6:42:59 AM IST
Berlin [Germany], January 20 (ANI/Sputnik): Germany will extend and strengthen the coronavirus-related restrictive measures until February 14, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. ... read..

US has 'urgent' responsibility to ensure Iran doesn't acquire nuclear weapon: Biden's State Department pick
Tehran | January 20, 2021 6:42:57 AM IST
The United States has an "urgent" responsibility to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, said state secretary nominee Antony Blinken, adding that the upcoming Biden administration is "a long way" from executing its plan to return to the Ira ... read..

Tonight will begin healing together: Biden, Harris pay tribute to Americans who died of COVID-19
Washington | January 20, 2021 6:13:02 AM IST
US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday (local time) paid tribute to the thousands of lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic at a memorial held by the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall in Wash ... read..

US, India have 'very strong' potential to work together, says State Secretary nominee Blinken
Washington | January 20, 2021 5:43:03 AM IST
India and the United States have "very strong" potential to work together and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a "very strong" advocate of renewable energy and different technologies, said US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken on Tuesday. ... read..

France registers 23,608 new COVID-19 cases, 656 deaths
Europe | January 20, 2021 5:43:02 AM IST
Paris [France], January 20 (ANI/Xinhua): France registered 23,608 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its accumulative total since the outbreak of the epidemic to 2,938,333, data from the health authorities showed on Tuesday. ... read..

Kamala Harris to take oath of office on 'second mother's' Bible
New York | Wednesday, 2021 5:15:06 AM IST
A Black woman's Bible has featured in every single big moment of Kamala Harris' political career up till now. She laid her left hand upon it as she took the oath of office to be Attorney General of California, and it was there when she swore to defend the ... read..

In farewell address, Trump celebrates his legacy, extends best wishes to next administration
Washington | January 20, 2021 4:43:01 AM IST
US President Donald Trump, in his farewell address on Tuesday, highlighted his accomplishment as president and offered luck as well as "best wishes" to the incoming administration. ... read..

US President-elect Biden lands at Joint Base Andrews ahead of his inauguration
Washington | January 20, 2021 4:13:03 AM IST
US President-elect Joe Biden has landed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on the eve of his inauguration in Washington. ... read..

Joe Biden's to-do list on Day One of Presidency
New York | Wednesday, 2021 3:45:06 AM IST
Day One of Joe Biden's presidency will kick off with a rash of executive orders. Covid-19 will overshadow everything else for the first 100 days but subsumed within will be efforts to push forward quick fixes on immigration, healthcare and a battered econ ... read..

UK registers largest single-day rise in COVID-19 deaths to 1,610
Europe | January 20, 2021 3:43:10 AM IST
London [UK], January 20 (ANI/Sputnik): The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll rose by 1,610 on Tuesday, the largest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic, the UK Department for Health and Social Care said. ... read..

Confrontation with China needs to be approached with strength, not weakness: US secy of state nominee Blinken
Washington | January 20, 2021 3:43:07 AM IST
China poses the most significant challenge "of any nation-state to the United States", said Anthony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, adding that the means of confronting Beijing are "fully within our control". ... read..

India, Brazil understand Russia, China are threats to their people, claims Pompeo
Washington | January 20, 2021 3:13:12 AM IST
In a parting shot against China and Russia, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday (local time) claimed that India and Brazil have understood that Beijing and Moscow are threats to their people. ... read..

'Should be introducing him as president': Emotional Biden remembers late son Beau in farewell to Delaware
Delaware | January 20, 2021 2:43:04 AM IST
US President-elect Joe Biden got emotional as he bid goodbye to his home state of Delaware before departing for Washington on the eve of his inauguration ceremony. ... read..

India, US defence ties to strengthen further in face of rising China
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2021 2:15:06 AM IST
The defence relationship has emerged as a major pillar in ties between India and the US over the last few years with intensification in defence trade, joint exercises, personnel exchanges, and cooperation in maritime security and counter-piracy. ... read..

Mike Pence expected to skip Trump's departure ceremony: Report
Washington | January 20, 2021 2:12:58 AM IST
US Vice President Mike Pence is not expected to attend President Donald Trump's departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, CNN reported citing two Pence sources. ... read..

In final act, outgoing Trump administration declares China's atrocities against Uyghurs as 'genocide'
Washington | January 20, 2021 1:43:06 AM IST
In a final blow to Beijing, the outgoing Trump administration on Tuesday (local time) determined that China has committed genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang and said that Chinese Communist Party (CCP ... read..

India has mainstreamed 'Indo-Pacific', says Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla
New Delhi | January 20, 2021 1:13:02 AM IST
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said that India has not only mainstreamed "Indo-Pacific", but also encouraged others to perceive and define the region to its full extent. ... read..

Denmark mulls Taiwan's WHO return despite opposition from China
Taipei | January 20, 2021 12:43:04 AM IST
Denmark's parliament is reportedly considering a resolution to support Taiwan's bid to return to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite opposition from China, according to Danish media and Taiwan's representative office. ... read..

Hardeep Puri discusses enhanced trade partnership with UK int'l trade minister
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 11:43:24 PM IST
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday held talks with UK Minister for International Trade, Ranil Jayawardena via video conferencing, wherein he discussed early harvest agreement to enhance trade partnership. ... read..

China-Pakistan spat over Belt and Road Initiative may delay CPEC summit, believe experts
Karachi | January 19, 2021 11:43:12 PM IST
The annual bilateral summit of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been delayed due to a serious disagreement between Pakistan and China over the Belt and Road Initiative. ... read..

Nepal SC to continue hearing on dissolution of Parliament tomorrow
Kathmandu | January 19, 2021 11:13:05 PM IST
Nepal's Supreme Court will continue the hearing on Wednesday on writ petitions filed against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. ... read..

Qatar reports 225 new COVID-19 cases, 147,729 in total
Middle East | January 19, 2021 11:13:02 PM IST
Doha [Qatar], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): The Qatari health ministry on Tuesday announced 225 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 147,729, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. ... read..

Kamala Harris - breaker of glass ceilings who lives her American dream
Washington | January 19, 2021 9:43:00 PM IST
Kamala Harris, who will take oath on Wednesday as the first woman, the first Indian-American and the first African-American US Vice President, has broken many glass ceilings in her career. ... read..

Medical experts sent to assist trapped Chinese miners' rescue
Beijing | Tuesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
China's National Health Commission (NHC) on Tuesday sent an expert team to Qixia in Shandong province to guide and assist the rescue mission for the trapped gold mine workers. ... read..

Hong Kong's unemployment rate hits 16-yr high
Hong Kong | Tuesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
Hong Kong's unemployment rate hit a 16-year high in the period between October-December 2020 as the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic further compounded the city's labour market situation, official data revealed on Tuesday. ... read..

Woman trying to 'sell Pelosi's laptop to Russians' arrested
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
A woman who according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the January 6 Capitol riots and tried to sell it to Russians, has been arrested. ... read..

Won't be part of Trump's defence at Senate trial: Guiliani
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 8:45:05 PM IST
Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has said that he will not be a part of the outgoing US President defence team during the impeachment trial at the Senate, which stemmed as a result of the January 6 Capitol riots. ... read..

Trump to leave office with lowest approval rating
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 8:45:05 PM IST
As US President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as the 46th President of the US on Wednesday, outgoing President Donald Trump will leave office with the lowest approval rating since he occupied the White House in 2017, a new poll has revealed. ... read..

India to begin COVID-19 vaccine supply to six countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar from Wednesday
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 8:43:01 PM IST
India will begin supplies of COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday. ... read..

Imran Khan 'biggest thief', PTI foreign funding case biggest fraud: Maryam Nawaz
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 8:13:01 PM IST
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling him "the biggest thief" and termed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) foreign funding case the "biggest fraud in Pakistan's ... read..

UN concerned about consequences of US' Houthi designation
United Nations | Tuesday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The UN has continued to express concerns over the consequences of the US designation of the Houthi militia in Yemen as a terrorist organisation, a spokesman said here. ... read..

US police officer killed in armed standoff
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
A police officer was shot dead during an armed standoff in the US state of Ohio, authorities said. ... read..

India strongly condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 7:43:19 PM IST
India on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). ... read..

Indians in UAE prep for low key R-Day celebrations
Abu Dhabi | Tuesday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Indian missions and organisations across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are prepping for scaled-down Republic Day celebrations this January 26 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

We can try to do better: Under-fire China responds to criticism of its COVID-19 response
Beijing | January 19, 2021 7:13:03 PM IST
After an independent panel slammed China for acting "too slowly" on the COVID-19 outbreak, an under-fire China responded to the criticism by saying that it agrees there is always room for improvement, while denying that the country was poorly handling the ... read..

Iraq approves Sinopharm, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use
Middle East | January 19, 2021 7:13:01 PM IST
Cairo [Egypt], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): The Iraqi authorities have approved the coronavirus vaccines by UK-Swedish company AstraZeneca and China's Sinopharm for emergency use, the Iraqi Ministry of Health said on Tuesday. ... read..

Biden spokesperson dismisses Trump's plan to lift travel curbs
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
US President-elect Joe Biden's spokesperson has dismissed outgoing President Donald Trump's plan to lift travel restrictions on much of Europe and Brazil starting from January 26. ... read..

COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh rise to 529,031, death toll reaches 7,942
Asia | January 19, 2021 6:43:17 PM IST
Dhaka [Bangladesh], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Bangladesh reported 702 new COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths on Tuesday, taking the tally to 529,031 and death toll at 7,942, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said. ... read..

Jaishankar meets African envoys, discusses issues including Covid vaccines
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 6:43:13 PM IST
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday held talks with envoys of African countries, including Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. ... read..

Thailand court sentences woman to 43 years in prison for insulting monarchy
Bangkok | January 19, 2021 6:43:04 PM IST
Breaking all its previous records, the Criminal Court of Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a woman to over 43 years in jail for sharing clips deemed insulting to the monarchy. ... read..

In saga of immigration, Indians travel from exclusion to Vice Presidency
New York | Tuesday, 2021 6:15:07 PM IST
The first Indian recorded to have reached the shores of the US is a man from Madras (now Chennai), the area from where the family of Shyamala Gopalan, mother of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, hails. ... read..

EU plans to start spending huge recovery fund in months
Brussels | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The European Union (EU) has planned to start raising and allocating in the next few months the main part of the 750 billion euro ($906 billion) recovery fund, designed to bail out the bloc's economies hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, EU Commissioner for ... read..

23 killed in clashes between Yemeni army, Houthis
Sanaa | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
At least 23 fighters from both Yemeni army and Houthi militia were killed in clashes in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a local government military source said. ... read..

Remains of Roman fort unearthed in Egypt's Aswan
Cairo | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the discovery of remains of a Roman fort in the country's Aswan Governorate. ... read..

UAE temporarily suspends visa-free deal with Israel
Tel Aviv | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended a visa-exemption deal with the Jewish state, citing coronavirus fears. ... read..

'Israel racing to increase settlements before Biden takes office'
Ramallah | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:05 PM IST
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that the Israeli government was racing to build more settlements before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Wednesday. ... read..

Pak opposition rallies reach Islamabad to protest against foreign funding case outside Election Commission
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 5:43:16 PM IST
Separate rallies led by different constituent members of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)--the opposition's 11-party alliance--have reached here to hold a protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against an 'unacceptable delay' in t ... read..

Iran reports 5,917 new COVID-19 cases, 1,342,134 in total
Middle East | January 19, 2021 5:43:15 PM IST
Tehran [Iran], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Iran health ministry reported 5,917 daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,342,134. ... read..

Russian Embassy in India honours military specialists heading for S-400 training courses
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 5:43:07 PM IST
The Russian Embassy in India on Monday hosted a farewell event in the honour of the first group of the Indian military specialists heading to Moscow for the S-400 air defence systems training courses. ... read..

WEF announces dates, theme for Davos Agenda 2021
Geneva | Tuesday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced that its Davos Agenda event would take place virtually from January 25-29 under the theme "A Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust". ... read..

Iraqi political bloc confirms commitment to withdrawing foreign forces
Baghdad | Tuesday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
A leading Iraqi political bloc has confirmed it would not retreat from demanding the government to implement Parliament's decision to withdraw foreign forces from the country. ... read..

Italian PM wins confidence vote ahead of Senate test
Rome | Tuesday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has won the first of two confidence votes at the Lower House of Parliament by 321 in favour, 259 against and 27 abstaining. ... read..

Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129
Khartoum | Tuesday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
The death toll due to the bloody tribal violence which broke up in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur State, has increased to 129, while the number of the injured stood at 198, according to authorities. ... read..

Third time lucky: Joe Biden to be sworn in as US President on Wednesday
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 5:13:08 PM IST
With a promise to 'heal' America, which in recent months witnessed a chaotic election and messy transition of power, Joseph R Biden will take the oath to become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. ... read..

Egypt resumes commercial flights to Qatar
Cairo | Tuesday, 2021 4:45:06 PM IST
In a first since 2017, Egypt has resumed commercial flights to Qatar following a milestone agreement between the two Arab nations to resume bilateral ties. ... read..

UNSC condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping mission
United Nations | Tuesday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
The UN Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned last week's attack against a peacekeeping mission in Mali, which killed one personnel from Egypt. ... read..

At least 11 injured in explosion in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province
Uruzgan | January 19, 2021 4:43:11 PM IST
At least 11 people, including two security force members, were wounded in an explosion in the city of Tarinkot, Uruzgan province, TOLO News reported citing sources on Tuesday. ... read..

UNHCR discloses funding gap to meet needs of Ethiopian refugees, IDPs
Addis Ababa | Tuesday, 2021 4:15:05 PM IST
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) disclosed that it has only received 39 per cent of the $385.1 million it needs to meet the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Ethiopia. ... read..

Number of unemployed people in Israel reach over 657,000
Tel Aviv | Tuesday, 2021 4:15:05 PM IST
Amid an ongoing complete lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of unemployed people in Israel has increased to more than 657,000, official data revealed. ... read..

Kamala Harris resigns from Senate ahead of inauguration
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 3:45:05 PM IST
Ahead of her inauguration as the 49th Vice President of the US on Wednesday, Kamala Harris has formally resigned from the Senate. ... read..

Pakistan crosses grim milestone of 11k COVID-19 deaths
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 3:43:10 PM IST
The number of coronavirus deaths in Pakistan reached 11,055 on Tuesday according to the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) tally. ... read..

Thailand confirms 171 new COVID-19 cases
Asia | January 19, 2021 3:43:04 PM IST
Bangkok [Thailand], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Thailand on Tuesday confirmed 171 new COVID-19 cases, mostly detected through active testing, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). ... read..

Canada to lift Boeing 737 MAX flight ban
Ottawa | Tuesday, 2021 3:15:06 PM IST
The Canadian government has decided to allow the globally grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft fleet to fly again in the country's airspace starting from Wednesday, the Transport Ministry announced in a statement. ... read..

Melania Trump asks to choose 'love over hatred' in farewell speech
Washington | Tuesday, 2021 3:15:06 PM IST
With just one day left for Joe Biden to be inaugurated as the 46th President of the US, outgoing First Lady Melania Trump bode farewell to the nation, asking every American to "always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yoursel ... read..

Uyghur activist calls for help to end 'genocide' in China
New Delhi | January 19, 2021 2:43:10 PM IST
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing Uyghurs to be subjected to an even more brutal crackdown in China, a human rights activist called the world for help to end the 'genocide' against the community. ... read..

Cambodian PM Hun Sen seeks India's assistance for COVID-19 vaccine
Phnom Penh | January 19, 2021 2:13:18 PM IST
The Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday requested the Indian government to provide the COVID-19 vaccine during his meeting with the new Indian ambassador to Cambodia Devyani Uttamkhobragade, reported The Phnom Penh Post. ... read..

Russia registers 21,734 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours
Europe | January 19, 2021 2:13:13 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia registered 21,734 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 22,857 the day before, taking the tally to 3,612,800, the coronavirus response center said on Tuesday. ... read..

Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture to introduce alert mode over UK Covid variant
Asia | January 19, 2021 1:13:19 PM IST
Tokyo [Japan], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): The Shizuoka prefecture in Japan is to declare a high alert mode over the spread of the UK strain of the coronavirus, which was recently found in people with no record of traveling to the United Kingdom, the NHK p ... read..

US Covid-19 catastrophe is Biden's problem now
New York | Tuesday, 2021 12:45:05 PM IST
At noon on January 20, 2021, almost a full year after the first coronavirus case was reported in the US, Covid-19 will no longer be Donald Trump's problem to solve. It will be incoming US president Joe Biden's. ... read..

Iran, six other nations lose right to vote in UNGA
New York | January 19, 2021 12:43:05 PM IST
Iran and six other nations lost their right to vote in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) because they have not paid their dues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, reported Jerusalem Post. ... read..

Foreign funding case "biggest scandal" whose central character is Imran Khan: PDM chief Fazlur Rehman
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 12:13:13 PM IST
Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday said that the foreign funding case is "the biggest scandal in Pakistan's political history" and its central character is Prime Minister Imran Khan, reported Dawn. ... read..

Security situation in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray likely to cause humanitarian crisis
Others | January 19, 2021 10:43:13 AM IST
Addis Ababa [Ethiopia], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): The security situation of civilians and internally displaced persons in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray regional state "risks becoming a humanitarian crisis," the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) sai ... read..

Trump receives lowest job approval rating in final days as President
Washington | January 19, 2021 10:43:07 AM IST
Outgoing US President Donald Trump's approval ratings have reached a record low among the American public, according to the latest Gallup survey. ... read..

US Covid cases surpass 24 million: Johns Hopkins University
New York | Tuesday, 2021 9:45:06 AM IST
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 24 million on Monday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. ... read..

Number of COVID-19 cases in US surpass 24 million
US | January 19, 2021 9:43:17 AM IST
Baltimore [US], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): The number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States has surpassed 24 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. ... read..

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Argentina's San Juan province
Others | January 19, 2021 9:43:14 AM IST
San Juan [Argentina], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred in Argentina, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports. ... read..

Pakistan approves Chinese Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine for emergency use
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 9:43:09 AM IST
The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) on Monday approved Chinese state-owned firm Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the second vaccine to be given approval for use in the country, reported Dawn. ... read..

Pak Senator slams National Accountability Bureau, asks govt to stop mud-slinging
Islamabad | January 19, 2021 9:43:07 AM IST
Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla on Monday said although politicians and businessmen were regularly subjected to media trials, it was now the turn of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officers to be tried in the media, reported Dawn. He stress ... read..

China, WHO acted too slowly on COVID-19, says response panel
Geneva | January 19, 2021 9:43:04 AM IST
An independent panel has slammed China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for "early shortcomings" in the initial response to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

'Trump Baby' blimp to live on in a UK museum
London | January 19, 2021 8:43:08 AM IST
A blimp of the outgoing US President Donald Trump -- known as 'Trump Baby'-- which has travelled across the world in protest of Trump and his administration would be retired at a British museum when he leaves the Oval Office. ... read..

Portugal hardens measures to contain pandemic
Europe | January 19, 2021 8:13:03 AM IST
Lisbon [Portugal], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): The Portuguese government announced on Monday more restrictive measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read..

Fearful Washington hunkers down; fire disrupts inauguration rehearsal
New York | Tuesday, 2021 7:45:05 AM IST
The Capitol area of Washington hunkering down under a pall of fear was put in a lockdown on Monday when a fire broke out in a camp of homeless people near the site of Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. ... read..

China announces sanctions on US officials for 'blatantly intervening' in Hong Kong
Beijing | January 19, 2021 7:43:03 AM IST
Reacting to the US' sanctions imposed on the Chinese and Hong Kong officials, Bejing on Monday (local time) announced sanctions on American officials and lawmakers for having "blatantly intervened" in Hong Kong. ... read..

Bilawal Bhutto's Pakistan's Peoples Party wins Umerkot by-polls
Umerkot | January 19, 2021 7:42:59 AM IST
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has secured a win in the Umerkot by-polls, according to preliminary results. ... read..

China's Heilongjiang reports 27 new confirmed cases
Asia | January 19, 2021 7:13:05 AM IST
Harbin [China], January 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 43 asymptomatic infections on Monday, local health authorities said Tuesday. ... read..

Trump lifts travel ban on UK, Ireland, Brazil despite surge in COVID-19 cases
Washington | January 19, 2021 7:13:06 AM IST
Despite the facts that the US on Monday (local time) surpassed 24 million COVID-19 cases, President Donald Trump has issued an executive order lifting the travel restrictions, which were placed due to the pandemic, on much of Europe and Brazil with effect ... read..

Two UN peacekeepers killed in ambush in Central African Republic
Asia | January 19, 2021 7:13:00 AM IST
Moscow [Russia], January 19 (ANI/Sputnik): Two peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were killed in an ambush in the southeast of the country, MINUSCA said. ... read..

Trump failed to fulfill his role as commander-in-chief, says son of Martin Luther King Jr
Washington | January 19, 2021 6:13:10 AM IST
On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on Monday (local time), the eldest son of civil rights movement leader criticised President Donald Trump for not fulfilling his role as the nation's commander-in-chief. ... read..

Melania Trump breaks tradition of giving official walkthrough to next First Lady
Washington | January 19, 2021 6:13:09 AM IST
For the first time in the US' history, First Lady Melania Trump has not invited the next First Lady Jill Biden to the White House for the official walkthrough of the private living quarters on the second and third floors. ... read..

WHO chief warns against COVID-19 vaccine distribution, says 'world is on brink of catastrophic moral failure'
Geneva | January 19, 2021 5:43:01 AM IST
As several countries have rolled out coronavirus vaccines, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has questioned the fairness in the distribution of the vaccines and said that the world is on the "brink of a catastroph ... read..

US COVID-19 cases surpass 24 million mark
Washington | January 19, 2021 5:43:00 AM IST
As the US continues to remain the worst affected country due to COVID-19, the cumulative count of the cases has crossed 24 million as of Monday. ... read..

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