Sunday, December 5, 2021

Blizzard warning issued in Hawaii
Los Angeles | Sunday, 2021 6:15:08 PM IST
A blizzard warning is in effect for Hawaii's Big Island mountain summits, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, both taller than 13,000 feet (3,962.4 meters). ... read..

Man wielding knife in Florida varsity campus killed
Washington | Sunday, 2021 6:15:08 PM IST
Police shot and killed a man wielding a knife inside a residence hall on the campus of a university in the US state of Florida on Friday night, authorities said. ... read..

Gang leader killed, 8 robbers held in Afghan provinces
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 6:15:08 PM IST
A gang leader of multiple high-profile crimes and theft was killed and eight armed robbers were arrested in two Afghan provinces, multiple sources confirmed on Sunday. ... read..

Cuba tightens travel rules in wake of Omicron threat
Havana | Sunday, 2021 6:15:08 PM IST
The Cuban government continued to take precautions amid mounting global concern over the Covid-19 Omicron variant. ... read..

PM Modi, Putin to meet tomorrow with spotlight on India-Russia special, privileged strategic partnership
New Delhi | December 5, 2021 5:48:53 PM IST
As India prepares to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual India-Russia summit, New Delhi's time-tested and all-weather partnership with Moscow is back in the limelight. ... read..

CNN fires Chris Cuomo for breach of journalistic ethics
Los Angeles | Sunday, 2021 5:45:09 PM IST
American TV journalist Chris Cuomo has been fired from CNN in the wake of revelations that he had helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, while he faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment, doing so in ways of which CNN management ... read..

6.2 magnitude tremor hits central Indonesia, no casualty reported
Jakarta | Sunday, 2021 5:15:08 PM IST
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off North Sulawesi province in central Indonesia on Sunday, and no report of casualty or damages was issued, officials said. ... read..

31 killed in central Mali attack
Bamako | Sunday, 2021 5:15:08 PM IST
At least 31 people have been killed and 17 others injured when armed men attacked a truck carrying civilians in central Mali, authorities said in a statement. ... read..

Afghans lodge most asylum applications in EU: report
Brussels | December 5, 2021 4:49:26 PM IST
The asylum requests by Afghan people to Europe have increased dramatically and is now the biggest country that lodges the highest number of asylum requests in Europe, according to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). ... read..

Sri Lankan national killed in Pakistan was tortured to an extreme degree, confirms post-mortem report
Islamabad | December 5, 2021 4:49:15 PM IST
A Sri Lankan factory manager, who was killed by a mob in Pakistan over alleged blasphemy, was tortured to an extreme degree and his skull and other bones of the body also had severe damage, the post-mortem report revealed, reported local media. ... read..

South African President says hospital admissions not increasing despite spread of Omicron
Asia | December 5, 2021 4:18:52 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): Hospital admissions in South Africa are not on the rise, despite a jump in active COVID-19 cases triggered by the new Omicron coronavirus strain, the country's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, told reporters. ... read..

China creates atmosphere that emboldens military to seize power in Africa: Report
Beijing | December 5, 2021 3:49:18 PM IST
As Western powers continue to retreat from Africa, China is busy creating an atmosphere that emboldens generals and military cliques to seize power in one of the largest continent in the world, said a media report. ... read..

Explosions heard inside US base in Syria
Damascus | December 5, 2021 3:49:14 PM IST
Explosions were heard on Sunday inside a US military base in Syria, state news agency SANA reported. ... read..

Philippines logs 603 new COVID-19 cases, 156 deaths
Asia | December 5, 2021 3:19:13 PM IST
Manila [Philippines], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 603 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections on Sunday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,834,775. ... read..

Russia confirms 32,602 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours
Europe | December 5, 2021 3:19:08 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia has confirmed 32,602 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,801,613, the federal response center said on Sunday. ... read..

Rights group condemns brutal murder of Sri Lankan in Pakistan's Sialkot
Washington | December 5, 2021 3:19:06 PM IST
Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) has condemned the horrific incident in Pakistan's Sialkot where a man from Sri Lanka was beaten and burnt alive on December 3 by a mob alleging a blasphemous act. ... read..

Tehreek-E-Labbaik Pakistan expanding after release of its leader Saad Hussain Rizvi: Report
Islamabad | December 5, 2021 2:49:12 PM IST
Formerly banned organization Tehreek-E-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is on a surge after the release of its leader Saad Hussain Rizvi and revoking of its ban by the Imran Khan government. ... read..

Pakistan reports 372 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths
Islamabad | December 5, 2021 2:19:01 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday confirmed 372 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday. ... read..

Traditional Chinese medicine leading to destruction of African biodiversity: Report
Beijing | December 5, 2021 2:19:00 PM IST
China is systematically destroying the biodiversity and pursuing growth of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCMs) in Africa, said a Canada-based think tank. ... read..

India-Russia to ink several pacts, discuss important issues during President Putin's visit
New Delhi | December 5, 2021 1:49:33 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to arrive in India on Monday for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. ... read..

6.1-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines
Manila | Sunday, 2021 1:45:09 PM IST
An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 struck Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. ... read..

124 arrested so far in connection with mob lynching of Sri Lankan executive in Pakistan's Sialkot
Islamabad | December 5, 2021 1:19:11 PM IST
As many as 124 people have been arrested so far in Sialkot after a mob of factory workers and others lynched a Sri Lankan export manager of a factory and burnt his body. ... read..

Protest in Colombo against lynching of Sri Lankan executive in Pakistan
Colombo | December 5, 2021 12:19:36 PM IST
A protest was held outside Pakistan High Commission in Colombo on Sunday by a large crowd, including a group of monks, against the killing of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot city of Pakistan's Punjab province. ... read..

Pak envoy meets Taliban's acting FM, discusses bilateral cooperation
Kabul | December 5, 2021 12:19:28 PM IST
Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed bilateral cooperation between both countries. ... read..

China manipulating Bangladesh's institutions: Report
Dhaka | December 5, 2021 12:19:11 PM IST
Bangladesh's institutions are being manipulated by China to serve its increasing economic footprint. ... read..

Putin, Biden to hold online meeting on Tuesday
Moscow | Sunday, 2021 12:15:08 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US President Joe Biden will have a videoconference on Tuesday, RIA Novosti news agency has reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. ... read..

Major milestones expected during Putin's visit to India
New Delhi | December 5, 2021 11:50:43 AM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to arrive in the national capital here on Monday for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. This will be the first face-to-face meeting between Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after their meeting on the ... read..

Over dozen people dead following eruption of Semeru volcano in Indonesia
Asia | December 5, 2021 11:50:37 AM IST
Jakarta [Indonesia], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): The death toll from the eruption of Indonesia's Semeru volcano has gone up to 13, the country's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday. ... read..

China's cultural genocide in Tibet
Beijing | December 5, 2021 11:18:55 AM IST
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has implemented President Xi Jinping's philosophy of "Tibetan Buddhism with Socialist Character". ... read..

Indian Army contingent departs for Maldives for joint military exercise
Asia | December 5, 2021 10:20:10 AM IST
New Delhi [India], December 5 [ANI]: Indian Army's contingent has left for the Maldives to participate in the Indo-Maldives joint military exercises codenamed 'Ex-Ekuverin'. ... read..

At 5th Indian Ocean conference, focus on global power axis in region
Abu Dhabi | December 5, 2021 9:49:14 AM IST
The Fifth Indian Ocean held in Abu Dhabi focuses on the global power axis and the importance of the Indo-Pacific in the international system. ... read..

Afghanistan to resume issuing passports in 17 provinces
Kabul | December 5, 2021 9:19:04 AM IST
Passport Department has been opened in 17 provinces in Afghanistan and will soon start them in the rest of the provinces, local media reported citing officials as saying. ... read..

Sri Lankan killed by mob in Sialkot had 'apologised for misunderstanding'
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 9:15:08 AM IST
Two key suspects have "confessed" to the police of their involvement in the torture and killing of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot, The News reported. ... read..

6.1 magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines
Asia | December 5, 2021 8:49:19 AM IST
Manila [Philippines], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 struck Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. ... read..

US, other world powers condemn Taliban over summary killings in Afghanistan
Washington | December 5, 2021 8:49:14 AM IST
The United States joined other international powers in expressing "deep concern" over the summary killings and enforced disappearances in Afghanistan after the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban in August this year. ... read..

New Zealand reports 108 new cases of COVID-19
Pacific | December 5, 2021 8:49:12 AM IST
Wellington [New Zealand], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): New Zealand reported 108 new cases of COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday. ... read..

China reports 59 new COVID-19 cases
Beijing | December 5, 2021 8:49:11 AM IST
At least 59 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Chinese mainland on Saturday, local media reported on Sunday. ... read..

S.Korea reports 5,128 more COVID-19 cases
Asia | December 5, 2021 8:18:41 AM IST
Seoul [South Korea], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): South Korea reported 5,128 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 473,034. ... read..

Saudi Arabia, France agree to strengthen cooperation
Riyadh | Sunday, 2021 8:15:08 AM IST
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on Saturday met with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in Jeddah, where they agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. ... read..

CNN terminates anchor Chris Cuomo
New York | December 5, 2021 7:19:53 AM IST
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been fired, confirmed CNN on Saturday. The termination is effective immediately. ... read..

6.2-magnitude quake hits central Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued
Asia | December 5, 2021 7:19:51 AM IST
Jakarta [Indonesia], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off North Sulawesi province in central parts of Indonesia on Sunday, with no potential for a tsunami. ... read..

Chile reports first case of Omicron variant
Others | December 5, 2021 7:19:47 AM IST
Santiago [Chile], December 5 (ANI/Xinhua): Chile reported on Saturday its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after confirming that the case was discovered in a person entering the country from Ghana on November 25. ... read..

Pakistan's reliance on China for digitization indicates dependency, poses higher risks
Beijing | December 5, 2021 6:49:23 AM IST
For digital transformation, Pakistan mostly relies on China's digital silk road, making it look more dependent. The China-Pakistan economic corridor is undergoing digital transformation with special emphasis on technology and telecommunications, reported ... read..

US ready to support Ukraine, help Kiev with defense, Pentagon chief says
US | December 5, 2021 6:49:21 AM IST
Washington [US], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says Washington is concerned about the situation in Ukraine and is ready to support Kiev. ... read..

Consequences of China's growing capabilities are particularly profound, says Jaishankar addressing 5th Indian Ocean Conference 2021
Abu Dhabi | December 5, 2021 5:49:44 AM IST
External Affairs Minister (EAM), S Jaishankar while addressing the 5th Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) 2021 emphasized a number of significant geopolitical issues including the emergence of China and caution in the US power projection. ... read..

Pentagon chief says US ready to support Taiwan in face of China's military rise
US | December 5, 2021 5:49:42 AM IST
Washington [US], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): China is rapidly strengthening its nuclear capabilities, but Washington is prepared for competition and will also work on supporting Taiwan's ability to defend itself, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. ... read..

Biden-Putin to hold talks over video call on December 7: White House
By Reena Bharadwaj

Washington | December 5, 2021 5:49:39 AM IST
US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold a video call on Tuesday, confirmed White House in a statement, as tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border that' ... read..

Omicron scare: Stringent quarantine rules in Japan for travellers from India, Romania, Greece, 4 US states
Tokyo | December 5, 2021 3:48:51 AM IST
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 variant Omicron, Japan will add India, Greece, Romania and four US states under strict quarantine vigilance. ... read..

US thinks opportunity to restore nuclear deal with Iran exists - State Department
US | December 5, 2021 2:18:59 AM IST
Washington [US], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States does not lose hope that the nuclear deal with Iran is still possible and thinks it premature to speak about it is salvageable, a US State Department official said on Saturday. ... read..

Iran abandons compromises during Vienna talks, makes new demands - US State Department
US | December 5, 2021 2:18:57 AM IST
Washington [US], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): Iran adopted a harsher stance during the last round of nuclear talks in Vienna, abandoning its previously suggested compromises and making additional demands, a US State Department official said on Saturday. ... read..

Free trade agreement between India-Israel to conclude by June 2022: Envoy Gilon
New Delhi | December 5, 2021 1:48:47 AM IST
The free trade agreement (FTA) between India and Israel will conclude by June 2022, stated Israel Ambassador to India Naor Gilon on Saturday. ... read..

Volcano eruption in Indonesia kills 1, injures 41: Reports
Asia | December 5, 2021 12:50:02 AM IST
Jakarta [Indonesia], December 5 (ANI/Sputnik): One person died and 41 suffered burn injuries as a result of the eruption of Mount Semeru in Indonesia, the Channel News Asia broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing the deputy head of the Lumajang district. ... read..

India, US, UAE, Israel likely to meet in Dubai to discuss infrastructure: Envoy Gilon
New Delhi | December 5, 2021 12:50:00 AM IST
Four nations, India, Israel, UAE and the US are expected to hold a meeting on infrastructure cooperation in Dubai, stated Israel Ambassador to India Naor Gilon on Saturday. ... read..

Russian-Indian axis remains strong, isn't affected by third parties' pressure, says Moscow-based analyst
By Rohit

New Delhi | December 4, 2021 11:48:50 PM IST
Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Delhi beginning Monday, a Moscow-based political analyst has said that the Russian-Indian axis remains strong and isn't affected by third parties' pressure. ... read..

Remaining 6 Rafale jets will be delivered to India by April next year, COVID-19 has not disrupted it: French Envoy
New Delhi | December 4, 2021 11:48:44 PM IST
Emphasising that the COVID-19 has not disrupted the delivery of the remaining Rafale fighter jets to India, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said that right now 30 aircraft have been delivered while six will be delivered by April next year. ... read..

Lithuania 'removed' from China's customs registry, exporters face issues
Taipei | December 4, 2021 11:48:43 PM IST
Lithuania -- the European nation which has been strengthening ties with Taiwan in recent days -- has been reportedly removed from China's custom's registry in retaliation for warming ties with Taipei, reported local media. ... read..

Displacements in northern Ethiopia up relief needs: UN
United Nations | Saturday, 2021 11:45:08 PM IST
The conflict in northern Ethiopia is increasing relief needs as it drives more people from their homes, causing a loss of livelihoods and access to markets, food and essential services, UN Humanitarians said. ... read..

UN extends mandate for international forces fighting piracy off coast of Somalia
U0nited Nations | Saturday, 2021 11:45:08 PM IST
The UN Security Council has renewed for an additional three months its authorisation for states and regional organisations cooperating with Somalia to use all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of the East African country. ... read..

People with disabilities among hardest hit by pandemic: UN chief
United Nations | Saturday, 2021 11:15:08 PM IST
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which falls on December 3 annually, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that people with disabilities were among those most affected by the pandemic. ... read..

Armed attacks forced over 11,500 Nigerians to flee to Niger in Nov: UNHCR
Lagos | Saturday, 2021 11:15:08 PM IST
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said repeated attacks in northwest Nigeria forced over 11,500 Nigerians to flee across the border to neighbouring Niger in November, resulting in a humanitarian crisis. ... read..

Sri Lankan Prez urges world to support vaccination drive of less wealthy nations amid Omicron scare
Abu Dhabi | December 4, 2021 10:49:00 PM IST
Underlining the threat posed by the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday called upon nations that have the wherewithal to support the vaccination drive of less wealthy countries more effectively. ... read..

Uyghur policeman tortured to death for helping detainee: Report
Washington | December 4, 2021 10:48:45 PM IST
A Uyghur police officer in China's Xinjiang province who was said to have committed suicide was instead tortured to death for helping a camp detainee, Radio Free Asia (RSA) has reported. ... read..

Taliban discusses humanitarian aid, trade with Chinese envoy in Kabul
Kabul | December 4, 2021 10:19:23 PM IST
Taliban appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi on Saturday met the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu and discussed the issues of humanitarian aid, trade, and development in Afghanistan. ... read..

Nepal unveils plan to regulate Internet of Things, machine to machine communication
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2021 10:15:08 PM IST
The Nepali authorities have come up with a plan to regulate Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) communication by prioritising data security. ... read..

Blast rocks Kabul, no casualties reported
Kabul | Saturday, 2021 10:15:08 PM IST
A bomb blast rocked Police District 4 of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday with no casualties confirmed, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti said. ... read..

Parents of US teen shooter charged with involuntary manslaughter
Chicago | Saturday, 2021 9:45:08 PM IST
Parents of the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four students and injuring seven at Oxford High School in the US state of Michigan have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each, the prosecutor of Oakland County said at a press conf ... read..

Pakistan struggles to pay Chinese debts amid ballooning external payments
Islamabad | December 4, 2021 9:19:08 PM IST
Beijing's debts are squeezing Pakistan's pinched finances as external payments are set to balloon to USD 14 billion at the end of this financial year and nearly half is owed to Chinese commercial banks, largely for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) relat ... read..

US, EU expresses concern about Beijing's 'problematic' actions in South China Sea
Washington | December 4, 2021 9:18:59 PM IST
The United States and the European Union have expressed concerns over China's growing military aggression in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, saying that they would work together to manage their rivalry with Beijing. ... read..

Presence of China's nuclear submarines in Taiwan strait could spark unintended conflict: Expert
Asia | December 4, 2021 9:18:55 PM IST
The presence of a Chinese submarine recently in the Taiwan Strait underlines the danger of military vessels in the narrow waterway, which, analysts warn, could spark an unintended conflict, a media report said. ... read..

Mexican govt accepts temporary restart of 'Stay in Mexico' scheme
Mexico city | Saturday, 2021 8:45:08 PM IST
The Mexico government said on Thursday that it accepted the temporary reinstatement of an immigration programme that forces asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are being heard in the US. ... read..

'So-called 'democracy summit' by US will polarize the world'
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 8:45:08 PM IST
The so-called "Summit for Democracy" led by the US goes against the basic spirit of democracy and will further polarize the world, resulting in the emergence of new blocs, Pakistan's The News International reported on Thursday. ... read..

3 Cameroon soldiers killed in separatist attack in restive Anglophone
Yaounde | Saturday, 2021 8:15:08 PM IST
At least three soldiers were killed and others were wounded when a military outpost was attacked in Cameroon's restive Anglophone region of Northwest, according to local and military sources. ... read..

One Boko Haram militant killed in Cameroon
Yaounde | Saturday, 2021 8:15:08 PM IST
At least one Boko Haram militant has been killed in a repelled attack in Cameroon's Far North, according to local and security sources. ... read..

France rejects joint patrols with UK over French waters
Paris | Saturday, 2021 8:15:08 PM IST
France expressed on Thursday its disagreement of having France-UK joint patrols of police officers or militaries over French waters, according to local media report. ... read..

Several Iranian guards suffer casualties after border clashes near Afghanistan, say Taliban
Kabul | December 4, 2021 7:48:57 PM IST
The Iranian forces had suffered at least nine casualties during clashes on the Afghanistan-Iran border after fuel smuggling attempts from the Iranian side, the Taliban authorities said on Thursday, reported The Frontier Post. ... read..

Pakistan's Embassy in US delays salaries of some staffers over fund redundancies
Washington | December 4, 2021 7:48:52 PM IST
The Pakistani Embassy in the US had run out of funds to pay salaries for at least four months to some of its employees, though the Pakistani ambassador's active engagement saved the day, reported The News citing sources. ... read..

Sri Lankan PM shocked over lynching of his country's citizen in Pakistan, says his heart goes out to victim's family
Colombo | December 4, 2021 7:19:46 PM IST
Expressing grief over the lynching of his country's citizen in Pakistan, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha said that he was "shocked to see the brutal and fatal attack" on Priyantha Diyawadana by "extremist mobs in Pakistan". ... read..

National Party chief warns Imran Khan govt against use of force to quell Gwadar protest
Balochistan | December 4, 2021 7:19:39 PM IST
As the ongoing demonstrations refuse to quell down in the port city of Gwadar, Pakistan's National Party (NP) president Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has warned Imran Khan government against the use of force to end sit-in staged by the people. ... read..

Cambodia, Philippines pledge broad cooperation in post-Covid era
Phnom Penh | Saturday, 2021 6:45:08 PM IST
Cambodia and the Philippines have pledged to broaden their cooperation in various fields during the post-Covid-19 era for mutual benefits, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ... read..

Vladimir Putin's visit to India will provide new impetus to bilateral ties: Russian Ambassador
New Delhi | December 4, 2021 6:20:05 PM IST
Emphasising that Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Delhi would result in pragmatic economic outcomes, Russian envoy to India Nikolai Kudashev said that the visit will provide impetus to the bilateral relationship of Moscow and New Delhi ... read..

Pakistani hackers targeting Indian, Afghan government, military officials: Report
New Delhi | December 4, 2021 6:19:42 PM IST
A report by has revealed that Pakistani hackers are targeting the Indian and Afghan governments, especially the military officials to steal sensitive Google, Twitter and Facebook credentials from its targets and stealthily obtain access ... read..

UN extends mandate for int'l forces fighting piracy off coast of Somalia
Others | December 4, 2021 6:19:41 PM IST
New York [US], December 4 (ANI/Xinhua): The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday renewed for an additional three months its authorization for states and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia to use all necessary means to fight piracy o ... read..

Sizeable amount of agreements, formidable joint political statement to be signed during Putin's India visit, says Russian envoy
By Naveen Kapoor

New Delhi | December 4, 2021 5:49:22 PM IST
India and Russia are working on a series of agreements for Russian President Putin's visit to India, scheduled to take place on Monday. More than 10 agreements will be inked including issues like connectivity, shipping, space, military-technical cooperati ... read..

Syrian lab found wheat seeds offered by US contain harmful worm infection
Damascus | Saturday, 2021 5:15:09 PM IST
Syrian agriculture officials and farmers have been complaining that the wheat seeds, recently provided by the US for farmers in Syria's northeastern province of al-Hasakah, contain a high degree of nematode (plant-parasitic worm) infection that would harm ... read..

US State Department officials' iPhones hacked by Pegasus: Report
Washington | Saturday, 2021 5:15:09 PM IST
At least 11 US State Department officials' iPhones have been hacked by Israel-based NSO Group which is the seller of infamous Pegasus spyware to the governments, the media reported. ... read..

Terrorist attack claims dozens of lives in central Mali
Others | December 4, 2021 8:18:51 PM IST
Bamako [Mali], December 4 (ANI/Xinhua): A terrorist attack at Songho Gare, a small town between Sevare and Bandiagara in central Mali, claimed dozens of lives, a local official and witnesses told Xinhua on Friday. ... read..

Pakistan's Punjab province witnesses surge in dengue cases
Islamabad | December 4, 2021 4:19:56 PM IST
Pakistan's Punjab province is witnessing a surge in dengue cases as the province has claimed three more lives and reported 73 new cases during the past 24 hours, local media reported on Saturday. ... read..

'Chinese firms exploiting workers overseas, multiple reports of violations pour in'
Beijing | December 4, 2021 3:49:50 PM IST
Chinese companies are exploiting workers overseas with multiple reports of violations pouring in from areas including Laos, where workers who were hired for construction projects, undertaken six years ago are still waiting for their payments. ... read..

Outrage on social media over Sri Lankan national's lynching in Pakistan's Sialkot
Islamabad | December 4, 2021 3:49:45 PM IST
The shocking incident of the lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Pakistan's Sialkot has triggered a huge outrage in social media with people expressing outrage at the brutality and condeming the perpetrators. ... read..

Philippines logs 517 new COVID-19 cases, death toll tops 49,000
Asia | December 4, 2021 3:49:35 PM IST
Manila [Philippines], December 4 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 517 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,834,294. ... read..

Iran says Vienna talks to continue next week
Tehran | Saturday, 2021 3:15:08 PM IST
Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said on Friday that the delegations of participating parties in the nuclear talks will return to their capitals for consultations, and the talks will resume in Vienna next week. ... read..

'Solution to Ukraine conflict won't be found in near future'
Stockholm | Saturday, 2021 3:15:08 PM IST
The escalating Ukraine conflict with Russia will not be resolved "in the near future," Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anne Linde said on Friday. ... read..

'Much more needed', says US envoy after Taliban decree on women's rights
Washington | December 4, 2021 2:48:57 PM IST
US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West welcomed an order of the Taliban, under which a woman can not be married against her will, but noted that much more needs to be done to ensure women's rights in all spheres in the country. ... read..

Russia confirms 32,974 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours
Europe | December 4, 2021 2:48:55 PM IST
Moscow [Russia] December 4 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia has confirmed 32,974 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,769,011, the federal response center said on Saturday. ... read..

'Missing India factor dents Afghanistan's progress after Taliban takeover'
Kabul | December 4, 2021 2:48:51 PM IST
With Afghanistan facing a severe humanitarian crisis, the Taliban regime is making a big mistake by alienating India, which has for over two decades been assisting the country's progress including humanitarian, civil aviation, telecommunication, transport ... read..

France evacuates over 300 people from Afghanistan
Paris | December 4, 2021 2:19:11 PM IST
France has evacuated more than 300 people from Afghanistan, said the French Foreign Ministry. ... read..

Explosion occurs in Afghanistan's capital Kabul
Kabul | December 4, 2021 2:19:10 PM IST
An explosion occurred in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday, said local media. ... read..

Ahead of Putin's visit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to arrive in India tomorrow
New Delhi | December 4, 2021 1:49:43 PM IST
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to visit India on December 5-6 and will participate in the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the two nations, ahead of Russian President Vladamir Putin's visit to the country. ... read..

Mongolian delegation visits Mahabodhi temple in Bihar
Gaya (Bihar) | December 4, 2021 1:49:24 PM IST
Mongolian delegation, who is on a trip to India, has visited the world heritage Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Gaya and performed prayers. ... read..

Putin's visit much more important than ever for India-Russia ties, say experts
New Delhi | December 4, 2021 1:49:21 PM IST
As India gears up to host Vladimir Putin on Monday, experts highlight the significance of the visit of the Russian President for the annual summit between the leaders of both countries, which was postponed last year due to the COVID pandemic, and amid inc ... read..

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