World Updates

  • Samoa’s first female PM to review big-budget China-backed projects
    Apia [Samoa]: Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, who has assumed office as Samoa’s first female prime minister, is likely to review China-funded infrastructure development projects as they have increased the country’s debt.Mata’afa plans to scrap a 100 million dollars port development project backed by Beijing, reported Nikkei […]
  • United Nations: Poor, conflict nations worst affected by COVID in 2021
    The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting conflict-ridden and impoverished countries much worse this year than in 2020, with many facing higher caseloads and rising deaths, the U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief warned Monday. Ramesh Rajasingham said in a closed briefing to the UN Security Council that these surges […]
  • Saudi foreign minister eyes mending ties during Pakistan visit tomorrow
    Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud is scheduled to visit Pakistan on Tuesday to meet the country’s leadership on bilateral and global issues, Islamabad said on Monday. The Saudi minister’s visit is aimed at boosting bilateral ties with Pakistan which has […]
  • Singapore to ease Covid curbs, aims to allow quarantine-free travel from September
    Singapore is planning to allow quarantine-free travel from September, with the aim to relax Covid-19 curbs. The country expects to vaccinate 80 per cent of its population by then, placing the nation in a solid position to move forward with the reopening, Bangkok Post reported […]
  • South Africa loosens COVID restrictions as new cases see dip
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the lifting of certain coronavirus restrictions, including relaxation on inter-provincial travel, sale of alcohol and larger public gatherings, as the country recorded a dip in new COVID-19 cases. In an address to the nation on Sunday evening, Ramaphosa […]
  • UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for leadership of G20 on climate action
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for leadership of the Group of 20 (G20) on global climate action. “The world urgently needs a clear and unambiguous commitment to the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement from all G20 nations. There is no pathway to […]
  • ‘Vacate carbon space’, India urges G20 nations with high greenhouse gas emission
    India has urged the group of 20 developed nations (G20) with per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions above the world average to reduce the levels which will support the developmental aspirations of the developing nations. The request was conveyed by the Union minister of power […]
  • New Zealand, Australia travel bubble faced minor snags – Then came the Delta variant
    New Zealand has suspended the trans-Tasman travel bubble for at least eight weeks starting Saturday amid worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Australia. Announcing the decision, New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said it was the right thing to do given the high transmissibility of […]
  • ‘I’m sorry’: Australian PM on slow vaccine rollout amid spike in Covid-19 cases
    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday apologised to his country for the slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccination campaign, even as cases due to the virus outbreak continue to see a spike amid lockdown. Talking to reporters, Morrison said, “I’m sorry that we haven’t been […]
  • Australia again in Lockdown, record Jump In New Covid Cases
    New South Wales state, home to the country’s most populous city Sydney, logged 110 new cases, up from 78 the day before, nearly four weeks into a lockdown of the city and surrounding areas to contain an outbreak of the virulent Delta variant. ydney:  Australia’s […]
  • Canada’s British Columbia declares emergency state from Wednesday over raging wildfires
    Canada’s western province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency starting July 21 over raging wildfires triggered by abnormally high-temperature levels. “The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation,” the government […]
  • New NATO chief might be chosen from among three female politicians from eastern Europe
    Brussels: The possible candidates for the post of NATO Secretary-General might be three female politicians from Eastern Europe, Politico reported on Monday, citing sources inside the alliance.The incumbent NATO chief, former Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg, has occupied the post since October 2014. His […]
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