Cricket

CSA fully confident of hosting series in secure bio-environment

Cape Town [South Africa] : The Proteas men’s team has been part of no less than eight international cricket bio-secure environments (BSEs) in total – these have ranged from home tours against England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and most recently the Netherlands, to away tours to Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland, Sri Lanka and the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arad Emirates (UAE) and Oman.South Africa is slated to host India in three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is with the tour to commence on December 17. According to the CSA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra: “CSA has instituted world-class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff and officials are protected within this environment. Our main focus was to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon.”Dr Manjra has emphasized that the BSE…

Bengaluru City News

COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.” Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added.Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has…

Bengaluru City News

Seven-day quarantine must for all international passengers : Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : After two South Africa-returnees tested positive for COVID-19 and amid increasing concern over the new variant ‘Omicron’, the Bengaluru airport has made seven days quarantine compulsory for all international passengers.Addressing the media after inspecting Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) airport yesterday, the Bengaluru Rural District Health Officer Tippeswamy said, “All international passengers who test negative for COVID-19 on arrival in Bengaluru will be put in quarantine for seven days. They will be tested again after seven days.” 598 such passengers are under surveillance, he informed.Tippeswamy conducted a video conference with senior officials of the health and airport authorities and said that they are mainly checking the vaccination report, RT PCR test and Rapid antigen test reports of the passengers coming from high-risk countries.“We are also conducting RT PCR test at the airport for the passengers arriving from high-risk countries. If…

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Gujarat announces new rules for international flyers amid concerns over ‘Omicron’

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Amid the rise in concern due to the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the Gujarat Government has mandated RT-PCR testing for travellers landing at the airport from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier in the day, chaired a meeting with top officials on the COVID-19 situation and said that the country needs to be proactive in light of the new variant while laying emphasis on the precautions to contain the virus. PM Modi was briefed about the Covid-19 situation across the world, including the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, as per the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).He further highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at…

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PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Noida Jewar International Airport

Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.The PM was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia at the project site. “Noida International Airport will be a multi-modal connectivity hub. It will create employment opportunities for more than 1 lakh people. Soon we will see 17 airports including an international airport at Ayodhya in the state,” Scindia said.The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.With the construction of the airport, it is…

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International Flights Expected To Return To Normal By End Of Year: Centre

New Delhi [India] : International flight operations are expected to return to normal “by the end of the year”, Rajiv Bansal, the Aviation Ministry Secretary, was quoted by news agency PTI on Wednesday. All international flights (except those on repatriation missions and carrying essential goods, like medicines and food) were grounded in March last year, as the country went into a Covid lockdown. Restrictions were eased once the number of cases dropped and as vaccination coverage increased, with ‘air bubble’ arrangements negotiated with other countries. India currently has 25 such deals. Under an air bubble arrangement, international passenger flights can be operated by member countries’ respective carriers into each other’s territories, subject to certain conditions. He said that while the government was keen for things to return to normal, it would take measures to guard against a renewed wave of coronavirus infections, particularly since…

PMO

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Noida International Airport

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on November 25 at 1 pm.According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Uttar Pradesh will become the only state in India to have five international airports. The development of the airport is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector.“A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under-construction international airport at Ayodhya,” it said.This airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi NCR. It will help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.As per PMO, the airport is strategically located…

South Asian Countries

Taliban to appoint new envoys, officials to Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions abroad

Kabul [Afghanistan] : The Taliban on Monday said that new envoys and officials will be appointed to Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions abroad.Inamullah Samangnai, the Deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said currently most of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions abroad are run by envoys appointed by the former government. He said the Islamic Emirate is in contact with the Afghanistan embassies abroad. “Soon activities will improve, and some people will be introduced instead of those who are not present and have left their jobs. Or, some people who are a better alternative will be introduced in embassies and consulates,” he said.Meanwhile, a number of former diplomats said the appointment of ambassadors to Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions by the Taliban is not possible, unless the international community recognizes the Islamic Emirate, reported Tolo News.“Appointing new people to the diplomatic missions is not possible unless the Taliban government is recognized…

International World Updates

Brazil currently has no immediate plans to join OPEC

Brasilia [Brazil] : Brazil does not plan to join the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the moment, but is determined to interact with it in the format of cooperation, Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Costa Lima Albuquerque said on Wednesday.“At the moment there are no plans to join OPEC. But we continue to work with them in the format of cooperation,” the minister said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. He stressed that Brazil is the seventh largest oil producer and exporter in the world.“Therefore, we decided that we must have good relations with OPEC and OPEC+,” the minister added.In October 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that he would like to see his country in OPEC. In his opinion, Brazil has capacity to join the organization, since there are large oil reserves…

Games Sports

First SAI Institutional Awards

New Delhi [India] : A total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches were conferred with awards in the Outstanding Award and Best Award category for their performance in national and international competitions on Wednesday.The first-ever SAI Institutional Awards for Athletes and Coaches were given out by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday, in the presence of the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik. The athletes and coaches were given cash awards amounting to a total of Rs 85.02 lakhs during the ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.According to a statement, the awards acknowledged the exceptional performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international level from 2016. The awards thus have been granted to the deserving candidates for…

International World Updates

Healthy US-China relations imperative for effective response to global challenges: Xi at virtual Summit

Beijing [China] : Healthy and stable relations between China and the United States are imperative to maintain a stable international environment and effectively respond to global challenges, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday during a virtual summit with US President Joe Biden.“A healthy and sustainable relationship between China and the United States is essential to advance the development of the two countries and ensure a peaceful and stable international environment, including an effective response to global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sputnik reported quoting Chinese Foreign Ministry reported. Xi Jinping expressed his readiness to work with US President Joe Biden to build consensus to move China-US relations forward, adding that both the countries are at critical stages of development and the “global village” of humanity faces multiple challenges. Xi made these remarks during his highly-anticipated virtual meeting with Biden,…

Business Markets

TerraPay partners with MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited to aid real-time international money transfers into key international corridors

The Hague [Netherland] : TerraPay, a global payments infrastructure company, today announced its association with MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited, a leading telecom operator in Uganda and part of the MTN Group.The partnership will enable MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited in facilitating international digital cross border remittances and speedy money transfers to beneficiaries in regions such as India and China. Since 2020, TerraPay has been offering inbound remittances to MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited’s mobile wallets. In its drive to build global payments highways that interconnect mobile wallets and banks across the world, TerraPay aims to cultivate inclusivity, independence, digital mobility and empowerment amongst everyone, with the additional outbound remittance channels now opened up.Speaking on the occasion, Willie Kanyeki, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, TerraPay said, “Since last year, TerraPay has partnered with MTN Mobile Money Uganda Limited as a digital payments infrastructure…

South Asian Countries

Imran Khan govt again plans to increase petroleum prices

Islamabad [Pakistan] : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government has again expressed the intention to increase the petroleum development levy on petroleum products in the coming days amid condemnation by the Opposition parties after a recent hike in prices of petroleum products.“The International Monetary Fund [IMF] has also asked to increase the petroleum development levy [PDL] but it will depend on the global prices of petroleum products,” Geo News quoted Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin on Saturday. “If the global price of oil goes down, it will be easy for the government to increase the PDL,” Tarin said, adding that the prices of petroleum products were increased because they were directly linked with the international market, where the prices touched their peak in the last several years, Geo News reported.Earlier on Friday, Imran Khan led-government had increased petroleum prices by…

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G20 leaders have reached historic agreement for effective international tax system, says Italian PM

Rome [Italy]: Leaders of G20 nations have reached an “historic agreement” for a fairer and more effective international tax system that would set a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax.“We reached a historic agreement for a fairer and more effective international tax system,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at the opening of the G20 summit on Saturday. The OECD had finalised a major reform of the international tax system earlier this month under which Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) will be subject to a minimum 15 per cent tax rate from 2023. The deal was agreed by 136 countries and jurisdictions representing more than 90 per cent of global GDP.The global minimum tax seeks to block corporations from moving jobs or profits overseas in order to avoid paying taxes.According to Hill, the agreement would set a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax rate…

International

UN expresses concerns over Sudan coup reports, calls for the immediate release of detained

The United Nations on has expressed concern over reports of a military coup in Sudan and has called on the security forces of the North African country to “immediately” release those reported to have been detained. Khartoum [Sudan] : A statement issued by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sudan, Volker Perthes on Monday said: “I am very concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine the political transition in Sudan. The prolonged detentions of the Prime Minister, government officials and politicians are reportedly unacceptable.” According to various media outlets, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been put under house arrest after an unidentified military force besieged his house early on Monday. Citing Arab News daily, Sputnik reported that four of Sudan’s cabinet ministers and one civilian representative of the Sovereign Council were also arrested in the early…

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Taliban warns Pakistan International Airlines to reduce fares or face ban

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban has warned the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Afghanistan’s Kam Air to reduce the fares of Kabul to Islamabad flights or they would be banned from landing in Afghanistan, local media reported on Friday.“Pakistan’s PIA and Afghanistan’s Kam Air will be banned to conduct flights from Kabul to Islamabad if they do not charge the same price as they did prior to their takeover,” Khaama Press reported citing Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Administration statement. The statement said: “Airlines will be fined and punished if they violate the rules.”The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan warned the Airlines after PIA started charging up to USD 2,500 for each ticket from Kabul to Islamabad, the publication reported.The statement has also asked people to cooperate with the administration in reporting violation of the new rules. They have asked people to report the documented violation to them,…

South Asian Countries

National Identity Card centres to reopen in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan] : The National Statistics and Information Authority in Afghanistan said that electronic National Identity Card (eNIC) centres are going to reopen across the country on Wednesday.This comes after the recent announcement by the Taliban to issue and distribute national identity cards. In the first step, about 30,000 identity cards that were already created would be distributed to Afghan nationals, said NSIA officials, TOLOnews reported.“30,000 identity cards have been printed and are ready to be distributed. The process will begin on Wednesday,” said Yousuf Ahadi, who is in charge of information technology at the NSIA.According to TOLOnews, many local residents said they need ID cards for numerous reasons.Shabir Ahmad, a Kabul resident said that he wants to travel abroad in order to get medical attention for a family member.Shabir Ahmad said: “We seriously need ID cards. Everyone needs to take their patients abroad.…

International UK News

Political Activism, British MPs operate from behind veil of charity

London [UK] : According to an expert, some British Parliamentarians are getting paid to frame the Kashmir issue during debates about the region. Italian political advisor Sergio Restelli in his writing for the news website InsideOver, claimed that British MPs get paid for spewing “venom” against New Delhi . They get paid either in terms of votes or sketchy donations or all-expenses-paid trips funded by the Pakistan government. Far from being hauled up for financial gain in exchange for pushing the agenda of their benefactors, Restelli stated that such behaviour is condoned and pushed under the carpet.While naming British MP Debbie Abrahams, who was deported from India in 2011, the Italian political advisor explained that some British MPs deliberately bring up the rights issue of selective areas.“Who can take exception to such high principles that the Hon. Abrahams espoused? The only problem is that…

Corona Updates TOP NEWS UPDATES

Russia records 18,856 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia registered 18,856 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 18,985 the day before, bringing the overall tally to 6,975,174, the country’s response center said on Friday. “Over the past day, 18,856 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,336 cases (7.1%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.27%.Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 1,633 daily infections, down from 1,864 the day before. The Russian capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 1,437 new cases, up from 1,330, and the Moscow region with 681 new cases, up from 614. The response center reported 799 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 798 the day before, raising the country’s death toll to 185,611. In the same 24 hours, 18,690 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across…

International

United Kingdom in talks with Taliban over further evacuations

It comes after Taliban pledge to allow further departures. As per an official statement by the UK govt, over 17,000 people had been evacuated by the UK from Afghanistan so far London, UK, September 1 : The UK is reportedly in talks with the Taliban over furthering the evacuation process and securing a safe passage out of Afghanistan for British nationals and Afghans who remain there. “The Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghan transition, Simon Gass, has travelled to Doha and is meeting with senior Taliban representatives to underline the importance of safe passage out of Afghanistan for British nationals, and those Afghans who have worked with us over the past 20 years,” the BBC quoted a government spokesman as saying. It comes after a Taliban pledge to allow further departures. As per an official statement by the UK government, over 17,000 people had…

International

Louisiana reports first death due to Hurricane Ida

Washington, Aug 30: The first death caused by Hurricane Ida has occurred in the US state of Louisiana, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) informed on Monday. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Ida weakened to a Category 2 storm on Sunday, but still poses danger with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kilometers per hour) reported in Louisiana.

International

North Korea appears to have restarted its nuclear reactor: UN

Pyongyang, Aug 30(UNI) According to the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) North Korea has secretly restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, a report by the UN atomic agency said here on Sunday. The agency said that the reactor is believed to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, the BBC reported here on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was expelled by Pyongyang in 2009 and relies on satellite imagery to carry out its assessments. Its latest report said there were indications of activity “consistent with the operation of the reactor” since early July.

Cricket

Turkey withdraw from Women’s T20 WC Europe Qualifer

Dubai, Aug 25: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that Turkey have withdrawn from the Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier as the necessary approval and travel documentation required due to COVID-19 restrictions for the team was not able to be secured from the Turkish Sports Ministry.The event due to start on Thursday in La Manga, Spain will now see the Qualifier be played as five-team tournament with a revised fixture.”It is with great regret that Turkey will not be taking part in the Europe Qualifier at La Manga. We have been in communication with the Federation over the past month to provide any assistance to secure their arrival into Spain in time for the event and would like to thank the Federation for their efforts in trying to secure the documentation,” said Andy Wright, ICC Regional Development Manager – Europe in…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES

Massive A74 iceberg, nearly the size of Greater London, brushes past the Antarctic coast

Many thought a big nudge from the passing A74 iceberg might be the event that made it all happen. But it didn’t; or at least, it hasn’t happened yet. A massive iceberg, nearly the size of Greater London, has brushed past the coast of Antarctica. The A-74 iceberg has been floating in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea and has remained close to the shelf due to ocean currents that spun it around the western tip of Brunt. According to the details, the A74 iceberg is made just a faint contact with the coast, with reports saying it would probably have knocked off a similarly sized iceberg had it been any firmer.  Scientists in the United Kingdom have been keeping a close watch on the icy liaison because one of their bases is nearby.  According to a report , Dr. Ollie Marsh from the British Antarctic Survey…

International

Sending troops to Afghanistan not in Russia’s interests: Deputy Foreign Minister

Moscow, Aug 23: Russia has no plans of sending a military contingent to Afghanistan and the Taliban is in no need of military support, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik.“Such phrasing of the question is not relevant,” Syromolotov said when asked about the possibility of Russia sending troops to Afghanistan. “Such a step would not be in our interests. In addition, the new Afghan authorities have started to restore order in the country and do not need anyone’s military support,” he added.The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and fled the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if the militants had to fight for the city.The chief of the political office of the Taliban, Abdul Ghani Baradar, will likely announce the decision concerning the structure of the future Afghan government…

International

Malaysia reports 22,262 new COVID-19 cases, 223 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], August 21: Malaysia reported another 22,262 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Saturday, bringing the national total to 1,535,286.Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 40 of the new cases are imported and 22,222 are local transmissions. Another 223 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 13,936.Some 18,576 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 1,260,470, or 82.1 percent of all cases.Of the remaining 260,880 active cases, 1,035 are being held in intensive care units and 513 of those are in need of assisted breathing. 

International

Curfew imposed on parts of Australia’s Sydney with lockdown extended one more month

Sydney, Aug 20: Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), epicentre of the country’s current COVID outbreak, announced Friday to extend the lockdown on Greater Sydney until the end of September and to impose curfew on some areas of concern. For residents and businesses in the local government areas of concern, the curfew will be introduced from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care from Monday Aug. 23. Outdoor exercise will be limited to one hour per day. In Greater Sydney, mask wearing will be mandatory when the residents are outside home, except when exercising, from Monday Aug. 23. The current lockdown on Greater Sydney and surrounding areas, that is scheduled to end on Aug. 28, will be extended until the end of September. The announcement came after the state recorded 644 new locally…

International

World cannot remain indifferent to asymmetrical threats faced by UN peacekeepers: India at UN

United Nations, Aug 18: India on Wednesday said that with UN peacekeepers being faced with more asymmetrical threats in their line of duty in countries, the world body cannot remain indifferent to the dangers they face, and announced that it is supporting the UN in the rollout of the UNITE Aware platform to improve the safety and security of peacekeepers. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, chairing the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Technology and Peacekeeping, during India’s month-long presidency, also announced four points for the protection of UN peacekeepers. “Since deploying for the first time in 1948, UN peacekeeping missions continue to operate in a variety of challenging settings. This could involve armed groups, non-state actors and terrorists,” he said. “Because the nature of peacekeeping missions and their attendant threats have become more complex, it is vital that our capabilities to secure…

International

UN pledges continued Humanitarian support for Haiti after earthquake : Guterres

Moscow, Aug 18: The United Nations will continue to provide aid for Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake, including medical support and emergency shelter, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday. “My message to the people of Haiti: You are not alone. We stand by your side in these trying times. The @UN continues to assist those affected by Saturday’s deadly earthquake with humanitarian aid, including medical supplies & health care, clean water, emergency shelter & more,” Guterres wrote on Twitter. On Monday, the UN allocated $8 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund to support the humanitarian response in Haiti. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday, claiming the lives of nearly 2,000 people. On Monday, the Haitian government declared three days of national mourning for the disaster’s victims.

International

US has moved over 3,000 Afghans in past three days – UN Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield

United Nations, Aug 18: The United States in the past three days has taken out of Afghanistan more than 3,000 Afghans who were in danger, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said. “You know, we are working around the clock to get vulnerable Afghans who want to leave Afghanistan out of Afghanistan. We have secured the airport and we are getting planes out 24 hours a day,” Thomas-Greenfield told CNN in an interview. “In the past three days we’ve moved more than 3,000 people, and we will continue to take people out who are vulnerable as quickly as we possibly can until we finish the job,” she said. On August 15, the Taliban (terrorist group, banned in Russia) completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would…

International

Trump compares US expenses for operation in Afghanistan with Russia’s military budget

Washington, Aug 18: Former US President Donald Trump compared the annual state expenses for operation in Afghanistan with the Russian military budget. “We were spending $42 billion a year. Think of it, 42 billion. I understand Russia spends $50 billion a year for their entire military, we are spending $42 billion,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “And we get nothing,” he said. On August 15, the Taliban (terrorist group, banned in Russia) completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants had to fight for the city. Most countries have reduced or evacuated their diplomatic missions in the Central Asian country following the events.

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On this day in 2008: Virat Kohli made his international debut

New Delhi [India]: Thirteen years ago on this day (August 18), skipper Virat Kohli took his first steps on the international stage as he made his ODI debut for India.However, his stint at the crease was short-lived as Kohli scored just 12 runs in his first international match. Kohli had opened the batting India, and he faced 22 balls and batted for 33 minutes at the crease before Sri Lankan bowler Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed him in the eight over.The MS Dhoni-led side was bundled out for 146 in this particular match as Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan both picked three wickets each.Sri Lanka chased down the target with 91 balls to spare and defeated India by eight wickets. Kohli had to wait for 14 matches for his first century, and he finally breached the 100-run mark against Sri Lanka at Kolkata in 2009.He went…

International

Airport of Kabul resumes commercial flights – Pentagon

Washington, Aug 16: The international airport of Kabul has resumed commercial flights suspended over the seizure of the city by the Taliban Islamist movement (banned in Russia), Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Sputnik. “US Forces have now assumed responsibilities for air traffic control at the airport, supported by Afghan counterparts. Commercial traffic continues, though it has experienced some sporadic stoppages and delay,” Kirby said on late Sunday. On Sunday, the Taliban entered Kabul, after which President Ashraf Ghani announced resignation and left the country. Ghani said his decision was dictated by the desire to prevent violence as the militants were ready to carry out an attack on the capital. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said that the movement had put an end to the 20-year war in the country

International

Another 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

Moscow, Aug 15 : A new 5.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Haiti, a day after a more powerful deadly tremor, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said on Sunday. The earthquake was registered at 03:20 GMT, with the epicenter located 41 kilometers (25 miles) northwestern of the southern city of Les Cayes at a depth of 30 kilometers. On Saturday, Haiti faced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that left more than 300 people dead and over 1,800 more injured.

International South Asian Countries

60 Taliban terrorists killed in Afghan air force airstrikes

Kabul [Afghanistan]: At least 60 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Dihdadi district of the country’s Balkh province, informed the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense on Saturday. “60 Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes conducted by AAF in Dihdadi district of Balkh province, yesterday. Also, 40 motorbikes, a large amount of their weapons & amos (ammunition) were destroyed,” Ministry of Defense, Afghanistan tweeted. Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence as the Taliban has intensified its offensive against Afghan forces and civilians with the complete pullback of foreign forces just a few weeks away. Earlier on Friday, the UN had said Afghans displaced by fighting are streaming into Kabul and other large cities. “Due to the conflict that we’re seeing across the country, many people are arriving in Kabul and other large cities, trying to seek safety…

International

Libya releases 84 Nigerian inmates

Tripoli, Aug 14: The Libyan Ministry of Justice said Friday that it had released 84 inmates, along with their children, and had deported them back to their country, Nigeria. “The deportation was carried out by the team tasked with following up all the legal procedures of those who were released by court orders, whether they are illegal migrants or criminally convicted,” the Ministry said in a statement. The deportation was done in presence of both countries’ officials.

International

US FDA allows emergency use of 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised people

Washington, Aug 13: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of a third dose of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 for immunocompromised people.“The country has entered yet another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the FDA is especially cognizant that immunocompromised people are particularly at risk for severe disease. After a thorough review of the available data, the FDA determined that this small, vulnerable group may benefit from a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccines,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said on late Thursday, as quoted by the body’s statement.“Today’s action allows doctors to boost immunity in certain immunocompromised individuals who need extra protection from COVID-19. As we’ve previously stated, other individuals who are fully vaccinated are adequately protected and do not need an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this time,” Woodcock added.

International

Philippines extends travel ban on India, 9 other countries as Delta variant spreads

Manila, Aug 13: The Philippines has extended its travel ban for all inbound travelers from India and nine other countries to Aug 31 as Delta variant cases rise across the country, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday. The Delta variant has spread in the Philippines, where 627 cases have been reported, including 11 deaths. Aside from India where the Delta variant was first detected, the Philippines also banned travelers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, where the variant has spread. However, the country allows returning overseas Filipino workers under its repatriation program, but they will be isolated for 14 days upon the arrival. The Philippines is grappling with soaring COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, prompting the government to reimpose a hard lockdown in Metro Manila and other regions. The Philippines…

International

Moldova intends to intensify contacts with Russia to strengthen dialogue: President Sandu

Chisinau, Aug 12: Moldovan President Maia Sandu, after a meeting with Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak, said she intends to intensify bilateral contacts with Russia to strengthen dialogue between the countries.Kozak arrived in Chisinau on a working visit on Wednesday. He has met with Sandu, Foreign Minister Nicolae Popescu and other officials.“We have an extensive bilateral agenda with the Russian Federation and many topics of mutual interest to our states and citizens. We discussed them at today’s meeting and are ready to continue their detailed consideration, including through the intensification of bilateral contacts,” Sandu wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting with Kozak.

International

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits 124 km E of Pondaguitan, Philippines : USGS

Hong Kong, Aug 12: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 jolted 124 km E of Pondaguitan, the Philippines at 02:26 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 35 km, was initially determined to be at 6.1616 degrees north latitude and 127.2883 degrees east longitude.

International

Belarus proposes to US to reduce embassy staff until September 1 – Foreign Ministry

Minsk, Aug 11: The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has proposed to the United States to reduce the number of its embassy staff to five people until September 1, the ministry’s spokesman, Anatoly Glaz, told Sputnik on Wednesday.Earlier this week, the US imposed new sanctions against Belarus, and Minsk vowed to evaluate possible response measures.“Our response to their unfriendly and even aggressive actions was reported to the American side today at the Foreign Ministry during a meeting with Charge d’Affaires Ruben Harutunian … Amid Washington’s actions to reduce cooperation in all spheres and economic strangulation of our country, we also quite objectively see no point in the presence of such significant personnel of the American diplomatic mission in Belarus,” Glaz said.The spokesman added that it is hard to understand “what will they do” in current circumstances.“In this regard, a proposal was made to the US side…

International

US-China trade in January-July 2021 grew 40 pc to $404.57 Billion: Chinese Customs

Beijing, Aug 11: In the first seven months of 2021, trade between the United States and China increased by 40 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to $404.57 billion, China’s General Administration of Customs said.Exports from China to the United States in the first seven months of this year rose 36.9 percent to $302.446 billion, while the United States imported $102.125 billion worth of goods into China, up 50.4 percent than in the same period last year.Separately, in July, US-China trade amounted to $63.756 billion; exports from China to the United States reached $49.592 billion, and China’s imports from the United States reached $14.164 billion.Trade between the United States and China, despite the protracted trade war and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 grew by 8.3 percent to $586 billion.

International

Canada’s Spavor, detained by China in 2018, sentenced to 11 years, to be deported: Reports

Moscow, Aug 11: Canadian Michael Spavor, detained by China in late 2018, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Chinese court on spying charges, CBC reported. The court also called for Spavor’s deportation and confiscation of some $10,000 of personal property. It was not immediately clear when the Canadian could be forced to leave China. China detained Spavor in December 2018 – several days after Huawei Technologies’ Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.

International

Australian state sees worst day with highest new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Sydney, Aug 10: The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) saw another disastrous day with a record daily high of 356 new local cases and four deaths on Tuesday. What is more concerning is around one third of the new locally acquired cases were in the community while infectious. Among the four deaths, three cases were linked to the current outbreak triggered by Delta variant and one case got infected overseas, NSW Health said. Despite the climbing local transmission, the government is reluctant to further tighten restrictions. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not take “any strategies that aren’t going to work” and is against the idea of imposing a ring of steel around the epicentre areas in southwest Sydney. Berejiklian said the current restrictions for the eight local government areas in western and southwest Sydney had prevented a further skyrocketing of…

International

Shooting kills 1 police officer, injures another in Chicago

Chicago [US], August 8 : A Chicago police officer was killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting Saturday night in the South Side area of the U.S. city, local media reported.Both officers were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where one of them, a female officer, was pronounced dead, while the other was in critical condition, according to local authorities cited by media. Police said two suspects were taken into custody shortly after the shooting incident.

International

SARS-CoV-2 variants could be named after star constellations if Greek letters run out: WHO

London, Aug 8: Future variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, could be named after star constellations when Greek letters run out, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) technical chief for COVID-19, told The Telegraph. In late May, the WHO said that the strains of COVID-19 would be named with Greek letters in order to avoid associating them with certain territories and countries. There are 24 letters in the Greek alphabet. “We’re actually considering star constellations … We were going to go with Greek gods or goddesses, and I said please, please don’t make me say that publicly,” Van Kerkhove said. She confirmed that there was a real threat of the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 mutations that could make existing vaccines ineffective.

International

Number of COVID-19 cases in Brazil rises by 43,033 to over 20.15Mln – Ministry of Health

Brasilia, Aug 8: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 43,033 to 20,151,779 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Saturday. According to the ministry, the death toll has risen by 990 to 562,752 people within the same period of time. More than 18.89 million patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak. A day earlier, the country confirmed 42,159 new coronavirus cases, with 1,056 fatalities. Brazil comes second in terms of the death toll following the United States with more than 616,000 fatalities, and third in terms of the number of confirmed cases after the US and India. The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. To date, more than 202.11 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 4.28 million fatalities, according…

International

Latvian border guards detain 38 migrants for illegally crossing border from Belarus

Riga, Aug 7: Nearly 40 undocumented migrants were detained when trying to cross into Latvia’s border from Belarus, the country’s State Border Guard said on Saturday.“Thirty-eight individuals who have crossed the state border illegally have been detained in accordance with the procedures set by the immigration law and placed in accommodation centers for detained foreigners,” the border agency said in a statement.Latvia has recently witnessed a rise in the numbers of migrants crossing into its territory from Belarus after its neighbor, Lithuania, became a new “eastern front” for illegal migration to the European Union.Europe believes Minsk is using migrants to get back at the European Union’s decision to impose political and economic sanctions on the country. The Belarusian authorities, in turn, argue that they cannot deal with the migration issue due to Western sanctions.

South Asian Countries

Bangladesh and Pakistan – a study in contrast: International Think Tank

Dhaka, Aug 5: Emerging from the dark shadows of Pakistani rule 50 years ago, Bangladesh today surpasses Pakistan in almost every socio-economic indicators. The two countries are a study in contrast in how Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success starting from being called a ‘basket case’ in 1971 to a miracle economy in 2021 while Pakistan has slid down on all parameters.A report brought out by the Canadian think tank International Forum for Right and Security (IFFRAS) provides some sharp contrast and comparison between the two countries.The growth rate of Bangladesh is way above that of Pakistan. Even before the pandemic, in 2018-19 Bangladesh recorded 7.8 percent growth rate compared to Pakistan’s 5.8 percent.In May 2021, Bangladesh had a forex reserve of over 45 billion USD while Pakistan’s forex reserves stood at less than half at 17.1 billion USD.Starting off 70 percent richer than Bangladesh…

International

Singapore reports 98 new COVID-19 cases

Singapore, Aug 5: Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 98 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally in the country to 65,508. The new infections included 96 locally transmitted cases, of which 38 were linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine, while 20 were linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance, and 38 were currently unlinked. The other two were imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. A total of 577 cases are currently warded in the hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 40 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

International

US advocacy group sues Texas Governor to block order on banning transportation of migrants

Washington, Aug 5: A lawsuit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott seeks to halt enforcement of an executive order requiring police to stop cars suspected of transporting migrants, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Thursday.The lawsuit follows a court ruling on Tuesday in a separate Justice Department challenge, in which the judge paused the enforcement of the executive order for ten days, the release said.The ACLU lawsuit differs from the Justice Department because it names as plaintiffs several charitable organizations that operate shelters and provide other services for migrants, asylum seekers and their families in border communities, the release added.Plaintiffs include Annunciation House, one of the largest shelter providers on the border, Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, a volunteer organization that aids migrants; Jennifer Harbury, a humanitarian volunteer who frequently drives migrants; and FIEL Houston, an immigrants’ rights organization.The…

International

Tornado destroys several buildings in Pennsylvania, injures 5 people

Washington, Jul 30: A powerful tornado has destroyed several buildings in the US state of Pennsylvania, injuring five people, the local Bucks County Courier Times newspaper reported Friday.According to the news, two consecutive tornadoes hit Bensalem, a northeastern suburb of Philadelphia, on Thursday night, tearing through a mobile home park and destroying a car dealership, as well as damaging several other buildings in the area. The storm reportedly lasted for about an hour.“This was a devastating tornado that came through the Faulkner area, looked like a TV show. It looked like a bomb went off,” Fred Harran, Bensalem public safety director, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.The official noted that in his 34-year career he had never seen such damage from a storm, the news said.Five people received light injuries, at least 7,000 people have been cut off from the electricity.

International

NASA says ISS, Boeing Starliner spacecraft crews in no immediate danger after launch delay

Washington, Jul 30: NASA said there is no immediate danger for the crews of the International Space Station (ISS) and Boeing Starliner spacecraft are in no immediate danger after the incident with module Nauka. “As far as the danger of the crews, there was no immediate danger at any time,” ISS Program Manager Joel Montalbano told reporters on Thursday. Earlier, Russian cosmonauts told ground specialists that Nauka’s engines had unexpectedly activated. This led to a change in the position of the station, and the engines of this module and the Progress MS-17 cargo vehicle had to be switched on in order to compensate for the operation of the Nauka engines.

International

Israelis need to show vaccine certificate to attend events: health ministry

Jerusalem, Jul 29: The Israeli health ministry said it has reimposed its Green Pass system on Thursday amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections. Under the outline of the Green Pass, any person above the age of 12 will need a vaccination certificate to enter venues or participate in events with 100 people or more, which include gyms, restaurants, conferences, tourism sites, synagogues, mosques, and churches. Unvaccinated adults are required to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter gatherings. The measure doesn’t apply to those who have recovered from the disease. The move comes a day after a panel of experts appointed by the health ministry advised the ministry to recommend the elderly to receive third vaccine shots. More than 62 percent of the country’s 9.3 million citizens have been vaccinated with at least one dose and about 57 percent with two doses. Most…

Africa International

Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 6.47 mln: Africa CDC

Addis Ababa, Jul 26 (UNI/Xinhua) The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,475,582 as of Monday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 164,383 while 5,674,552 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Ethiopia are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Africa, at 2,377, 823, while the northern African country Morocco reported 579,272 cases as of Monday, it was noted. In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the…

International US News

US deputy state secretary to visit China as tensions soar

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday. Sherman will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others in the northeastern city of Tianjin on Sunday as part of her current trip to Asia, which also is taking her to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia. Sherman will be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office, though Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan met Wang and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska, in March for what proved to be a contentious first exchange. John Kerry, the Biden administration’s special climate envoy, traveled to Shanghai for meetings with his Chinese counterpart in April, but Sherman now outranks him. Sherman’s…

TOP NEWS UPDATES

South Korea plans warship airlift after mass COVID outbreak

More than 80 percent of the 301 sailors on an anti-piracy mission off Africa have been confirmed as having the virus. South Korea will airlift dozens of sailors from a warship involved in anti-piracy operations in the seas off Africa after the military confirmed its biggest-ever outbreak of coronavirus, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has said in the worst-ever outbreak in the military. A total of 247 sailors from the 301-strong Cheonghae unit tested positive, Yonhap news agency cited the JCS as saying on Monday. The unit first reported six COVID-19 cases last week, which led to virus tests being conducted on the entire crew, it added. Most of the sailors are being isolated on board the ship, Munmu the Great, although 16 have been sent to hospital for treatment. All the crew members are expected to return home on Tuesday after the…

International US News

Nationals game suspended in Washington DC

Washington, Jul 18: A shooting occurred near the Nationals Park baseball park in Washington DC, during the Nationals game against the San Diego Padres, city police said. “MPD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people were shot outside of Nationals Park. This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time,” the DC Police Department said on Twitter on Saturday. Police added that two additional victims walked themselves into area hospitals with gunshot wounds. “As a result of the shooting incident, tonight’s @Nationals game has been suspended,” police said.

International

Russian Plane That Went Missing In Siberia Found

A Russian plane carrying at least 17 people that went missing on Friday in the Siberian region of Tomsk has been found and survivors have been spotted, officials said. The plane, operated by Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA), was flying from the town of Kedrovy to the regional capital Tomsk when communication was lost, Governor Sergei Zhvachkin’s office said in a statement. It said 17 people were on board including three crew members and four children, though the emergencies ministry later said there were 19 people on board. The ministry announced later that the plane had been found, apparently after making a “hard landing”, and that survivors had been seen. Russian news agencies quoted officials saying it appeared that all the passengers and crew had survived. News agency TASS reported that the An-28 plane had passed all safety checks but cited a SiLA executive as…

Europe International

Eiffel Tower Reopens For The First Time In Nine Months

The Eiffel Tower is reopening Friday for the first time in nine months even though the French government introduced new virus rules this week aimed at taming the fast-spreading delta variant. The “Iron Lady” of Paris was ordered shut in October as France battled its second virus surge of the pandemic. The tower remained shut for renovations even after most of France’s major tourist draws reopened last month. Its reopening comes four days after President Emmanuel Macron announced new measures aimed at warding off a fourth surge, including mandatory vaccinations for health workers and mandatory COVID-19 passes to enter restaurants and venues such as the Eiffel Tower. Starting Wednesday, all visitors to the monument over age 18 will need to show a pass proving they’ve been fully vaccinated, had a negative virus test or recently recovered from COVID-19. The number of daily visitors to…

National News Politics

Danish Siddiqui no more

Siddiqui, who worked for Reuters and was based in Mumbai, was also awarded with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Danish Siddiqui, an Indian photojournalist working for an international news agency, has been killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar, multiple reports confirmed on Friday. Siddiqui had been in Kandahar covering the situation in the region after the US forces pulled out of Afghanistan recently.  According to reports, Siddiqui was embedded with Afghan forces that came under attack by Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. Siddiqui, who worked for Reuters and was based in Mumbai, was also awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.  On July 13, Siddiqui had tweeted ‘lucky to be safe’ recalling  how the vehicle he was travelling in came under attack by the Taliban. “The Humvee in which I was travelling with other special forces was also targeted by at least 3 RPG rounds and other weapons.…

International

Sewa International Helps In Transporting Lifesaving Supplies To India

An Indian-American non-profit body said it has raised more than USD 30 million towards its COVID-19 relief efforts in India and has airlifted a fresh lot of medical equipment to the country. Sewa International USA is procuring needed medical equipment like oxygen concentrators and shipping them to India, it said in a statement. Sewa said that a planeload of medical equipment have reached New Delhi marking yet another milestone in its efforts to supply much-needed medical equipment to India to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandeep Khadkekar, vice president, Marketing & Fund Development, Sewa International, said, “I consider it to be a great privilege to be present here as a Sewa International representative at the San Bernardino Airport on this occasion to send oxygen concentrators to India by air.” For this, Sewa partnered with Another Joy Foundation to help in transporting lifesaving…

International US News

Indian Talent Moving To Canada From US Due To Outdated H-1B Visas Policy

The much sought-after Indian talent is moving to Canada from the US due to the country’s outdated immigration policies, particularly on H-1B visas, experts have told American lawmakers. This is mainly because of the per-country quota on issuing the employment-based Green Card or permanent residency, the experts said on Tuesday, urging the US Congress to act fast to prevent the Indian talent from moving to Canada from the United States. Without Congressional action, the total backlog for all three employment-based categories for Indians would increase from an estimated 9,15,497 individuals currently to an estimated 21,95,795 individuals by fiscal 2030, executive director of National Foundation for American Policy Stuart Anderson said. “We should let that number sink in: Within a decade, more than 2 million people will be waiting in line for years or even decades for employment-based green cards,” he submitted in his testimony…

International UK News

Boris Johnson: All Covid-19 Restrictions To End In UK On July 19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (local time) confirmed that all virus restrictions in England will end on July 19. Johnson told reporters that the move will eliminate mandates to wear masks in public places, social distancing rules, and work-from-home recommendations reported NHK World. Johnson noted that vaccines help to prevent people with the coronavirus from developing serious symptoms. He insisted that, while hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise, they will likely be much lower than during the peak of the outbreak last autumn, reported NHK World. He said, “we cannot simply revert instantly from Monday, July 19 to life as it was before COVID.” Meanwhile, officials said the government recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded indoor areas. Some experts warned that eliminating restrictions when the virus is spreading will be risky, reported NHK World. Britain has seen its daily case…

International

FDA Adds New Warning To J&J Covid-19 Vaccine

US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction but said it’s not entirely clear the shot caused the problem. The Food and Drug Administration announced the new warning, flagging reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Health officials described the side effect as a “small possible risk” for those getting the shot.\ The action comes after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed reports of about 100 people developing the syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine. Almost all of them required hospitalization and one person died, the FDA said Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks some of its nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis that typically is temporary.…

International World Updates

Pakistan’s Private Schools Association Launches Documentary On Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan’s private schools’ association on Monday launched a documentary on Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai for her controversial views on Islam, marriage and her pursuit of the Western agenda. Malala, who turned 24 on Monday, was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Having received the prize at the age of 17, Malala is the youngest Nobel laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India. Addressing a press conference at his office in Gulberg here the All-Pakistan Private Schools Federation president Kashif Mirza said: “Through this documentary film — I am not Malala – we will tell 20 million students in 200,000 private schools across the country about her controversial views on Islam, marriage, pursuing of Western…

International US News

Russia, US must work to prevent armed conflicts due to threat of escalation: Antonov

Washington, Jul 13: Russia and the United States must do everything to prevent armed conflicts between the two countries, as they could potentially escalate to the nuclear level, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has said. “We think that it is necessary to do everything possible to prevent any kind of armed conflict between our countries, which inevitably could escalate up to the nuclear level,” Antonov told Russian-speaking students of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

International World Updates

8 People Dies, 9 Missing In Hotel Collapse In Eastern China

Authorities say at least eight people have died and nine remained missing in a hotel collapse in Suzhou city in eastern China. The hotel building collapsed Monday afternoon, the Suzhou government said. Most people in the building at the time were hotel guests. Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twenty-three people were trapped. Six have been rescued. More than 600 people including earthquake rescue teams and 120 vehicles have been mobilized for the operation. Suzhou city is in Jiangsu province near Shanghai.

International

South Korea’s Capital Seoul Witness Distancing Curbs As Coronavirus Spreads

From Monday, South Korea will impose the highest level of social distancing restrictions (level 4) in its capital Seoul and other neighbouring areas with a view to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). South Korea, which is currently witnessing the fourth wave of the pandemic, has so far recorded 1,69,146 cases and 2,044 deaths due to the viral disease. According to the new regulations, private social gatherings of three or more people will be prohibited after 6pm, churches and night clubs will be closed, and visitors will not be allowed at hospitals and nursing homes. All types of rallies have been banned and only family members can attend funerals and marriages. On Sunday, 1,100 people tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). This is the sixth consecutive day that the daily infections were above the…

International

Nepal’s Supreme Court Orders To Appoint Sher Bahadur Deuba As PM

Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives for a second time in nearly five months, delivering a major blow to Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who is currently heading a minority government after losing a trust vote in the House. A five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Monday also ordered the appointment of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister within two days. The bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana had concluded hearings in the case last week. The bench comprised four other senior most justices — Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Dr Ananda Mohan Bhattarai — at the apex court. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had dissolved the 275-member lower house for the second time in five months on May 22 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli and…

International

Georgia People Protests Over The Journalist’s Death

Several thousand people protested in front of the Georgian parliament on Sunday evening, demanding that the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters. Cameraman Alexander Lashkarava was found dead in his home by his mother earlier Sunday, according to the TV Pirveli channel he worked for. Lashkarava was one of several dozen journalists attacked last Monday by opponents of an LGBT march that had been scheduled to take place that day in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity cancelled the event, saying authorities had not provided adequate security guarantees. Opponents of the march blocked off the capital’s main avenue, denounced journalists covering the protest as pro-LGBT propagandists and threw sticks and bottles at them. Lashkarava, according to his colleague Miranda Baghaturia, was beaten by a mob…

International

Pfizer, US Officials To Meet On Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Pfizer says it plans to meet with top US health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of the third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed. The company said it was scheduled to have the meeting with the Food and Drug Administration and other officials Monday, days after Pfizer asserted that booster shots would be needed within 12 months. Pfizer’s Dr. Mikael Dolsten told The Associated Press last week that early data from the company’s booster study suggests people’s antibody levels jump five- to 10-fold after a third dose, compared to their second dose months earlier — evidence it believes supports the need for a booster. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci didn’t rule out the possibility but said it was too…

International

Russia interested in talks between India, Eurasian Commission on free trade – Lavrov

Moscow : Russia is interested in the start of negotiations between India and the Eurasian Economic Commission on the creation of a free trade zone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.“We are interested in the start of negotiations between India and the Eurasian Economic Commission on the formation of a free trade zone as soon as possible,” Lavrov said following his meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Lavrov says date not fet For high-level Russia-India summit yet The date is not yet set for the Russia-India summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, adding that the leaders will hold a meeting when the COVID-19 situation allows.Russia’s top diplomat said that he had discussed the issue with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.“We paid special attention to the development of political dialogue, preparation of the content of the future Russian-Indian summit,…

International

UNICEF To Supply 220 Million Doses Of The Johnson & Johnson To African Union

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has announced the signing of an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to supply 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose vaccine against Covid-19 for all 55 member states of the African Union (AU) by the end of 2022. Some 35 million doses are to be delivered by the end of 2021, Xinhua news agency quoted Unicef as saying in a statement on Thursday. The agreement between Unicef and Janssen will help implement the Advance Purchase Commitment signed between the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) and Janssen in March 2021. That agreement secured an option to order another 180 million doses, bringing the maximum access up to a total of 400 million doses by the end of 2022, said the UN agency. The AU established AVAT in November 2020 to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to the…

International UK News

PM Boris Johnson Announces Withdrawal Of UK Troops From Afghanistan

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday the withdrawal of all British troops from Afghanistan, signalling the end of Britain’s military mission in a two-decade-long conflict. “All British troops assigned to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan are now returning home,” Johnson told the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament. The Prime Minister would not disclose the exact timetable of the departure for security reasons, but added that most of the 750 remaining British troops had already left, the Xinhua news agency reported. Over the last two decades, 150,000 members of Britain’s armed forces served in Afghanistan, 457 of whom died, according to Johnson. Britain’s move follows the announcement by US President Joe Biden in April that all US troops would leave Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that drew the United States into its longest…

International

26 Injured, 3 Workers Killed In A Massive Fire At Bangladesh Juice Factory

At least three workers, including two women, died and 26 others were injured in a massive fire at a juice factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on Thursday evening, officials said. The fire broke out at the multi-story building of the Shezan Juice Factory of Hashem Foods Ltd in Bhulota Karnagop area in Narayanganj around 5 p.m. and 15 units of fire services are still struggling to contain it, fire service and civil defence media official M. Rayhan told IANS. The deceased has been identified by police as Swapna Rani, 34, of Sylhet, and Mina Akter, 33, of Rupganj while another deceased man was yet to be identified. The injured were sent to hospital, Superintendent of Police, Zayedul Alam, said. The firefighters rescued 12 workers who were trapped on the second and third floors of the building after the fire erupted, Upazila Chief Executive…

International

Japan Under The Fourth Covid-19 State Of Emergency

The Japanese government has decided to place capital Tokyo under the fourth Covid-19 state of emergency, covering the entire duration of the upcoming Olympics, in an effort to curb a recent surge in infections. The government announced on Thursday that the emergency will be effective from July 12 to August 22, which may cause the Summer Olympic Games to be held without spectators at venues in the capital, Xinhua news agency reported. Addressing a news conference here, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the occupancy rate of hospital beds and the number of patients in serious condition remain low due to the vaccine rollout, but infection cases in Tokyo were rising due to the spread of the Delta variant. “We must avoid another outbreak starting in Tokyo. With that in mind, we decided to take preemptive measures, and declare a state of emergency for…

International

California To Pay Reparations Of $25,000 To The Survivors Of Forced Sterilisation

The California state in the United States is set to pay reparations of up to $25,000 to the survivors of decades of horrific practice call ‘eugenics’. The practice, which was prevalent from 1909-1979, the government sterilized some people, mostly with mental illness or physical disability, whom it deemed unfit to have children, according to the news agency Associated Press. Some of the victims of this practice include people as young as 13-year-old, the AP report further said. The supporters of the ‘eugenics’ believed the people with such “undesirable traits should not have children” in order to improve the human race. According to the Associated Press, more than 20,000 people were sterilized under this practice until the law was repealed in 1979. Notably, since the practice is so old, only a few hundred people might be alive by now. The state has set aside $7.5…

International

Explosion Erupts On A Container Ship At Major Global Port In Dubai

A fiery explosion erupted on a container ship anchored in Dubai at one of the world’s largest ports late Wednesday, authorities said, sending tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates. The blaze sent up giant orange flames on a vessel at the crucial Jebel Ali Port, the busiest in the Middle East that sits on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. The combustion unleashed a shock wave through the skyscraper-studded city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake in neighborhoods as far as 25 kilometers (15 miles) away from the port. Panicked residents filmed from their high-rises as a fiery ball illuminated the night sky. The blast was powerful enough to be seen from space by a satellite. There were no immediate reports of casualties at the port, which is also the busiest port of call for American warships outside…

International US News

Highly Transmissible Delta Strain Becomes Dominant Variant In US

The highly transmissible Delta strain has overtaken the Alpha variant to become the dominant variant in the US, according to new estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Delta, which was first found in India and is now in over 100 countries, represented 51.7 per cent of new infections in the US over the two weeks ending July 3, Xinhua news agency reported citing the CDC. Meanwhile, the proportion of new cases caused by Alpha, which was first detected in Britain, was just 28.7 per cent over the same time period, according to the CDC. Recently, health officials and experts have warned that the Delta variant was on track to become the dominant variant in the US, as its prevalence in the nation doubles about every two weeks. They are concerned the variant will cause a surge in new cases…

International UK News

Uk Reports 32,548 Coronavirus Cases; The Highest Daily Increase Since January

Britain has reported another 32,548 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, the highest daily increase since January, according to official figures released on Wednesday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,990,916, the Xinhua news agency reported. The country also recorded another 33 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 128,301. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. More than 45.5 million people in Britain have received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and over 34 million people have received two doses, the official figures showed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that most Covid-19 restrictions are set to end on July 19 as part of the final step of England’s roadmap out of the lockdown. This will be confirmed on…

International

Second Explosion At A Chemical Plant In Bangkok; 60 Injured And 30 Admitted To Hospital

A second explosion at a chemical plant in Bangkok left Thailand rattled on Tuesday, hours after the first blaze was extinguished in firefighting operations lasting well over an entire day. At the end of it, only twisted metal frames and charred remains were what remained of the Ming Dih chemical factory warehouses, reported the Associated Press, adding that the back-to-back explosions powerful enough to blow out the windows and doors of nearby residences. Even while the first blaze was being doused with water and foam to keep the highly flammable chemical styrene monomer from reigniting, a second explosion triggered a new fire on Tuesday afternoon that burned for about an hour, the agency added. Earlier, a massive explosion at the plastic pellet manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Bangkok had rattled areas as far as the airport terminal of Thailand’s capital. At least 60…

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“North Korea Likely To Face Food Shortage”: United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation

The acute food shortage in North Korea where the price of a packet of coffee has gone up to $100 is just the beginning of a harsh, lean period in the country, the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation has forwarned, estimating North Korea’s food shortage of this year at around 860,000 tonnes this year. The country could experience a “harsh lean period” as early as next month, the UN body has said. According to the FAO report, as quoted by AFP, North Korea is projected to produce a “near-average level” of 5.6 million tonnes of grain this year, which is around 1.1 million tonnes short of the amount required to feed its entire population. With “commercial imports officially planned at 205,000 tonnes”, North Korea will likely face a food shortage of around 860,000 tonnes. “If this gap is not adequately covered through commercial…

International US News

Bagram The Last Of Military Bases The US Had, Handed Over To Afghan Forces

Bagram is the seventh and last of military bases the US has handed over to Afghan forces as it winds down its presence there of two decades and leave much ahead of the self-imposed deadline of September 11. The United Sates on Tuesday said the Bagram base was turned over after discussions and coordination at “higher levels” in both the Afghanistan government and forces and disputed an Afghan commander’s account of Americans leaving quietly in the night without notifying anyone. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters the “final conversations” with the Afghans took place 48 hours prior and there had been a “general understanding and again, as we got closer, more detail was provided to Afghan leaders”. But, he conceded, “we didn’t go into the exact hour at which all US would leave Bagram” for operational security reasons. A top Afghan general who is…

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Xi Jinping Promotes PLA Commander Xu Qiling To The Rank Of General

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted Xu Qiling, Commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command which oversees the borders with India, to the rank of a General, amid the continued standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Xi, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) – the overall high command of the PLA, promoted 58-year-old Xu to the rank of General – the highest rank for officers in active service in China. The other officers who were promoted to the rank of General included Commander of the Southern Theatre Command Wang Xiubin, Commander of the PLA Army Liu Zhenli, and Commander of the PLA Strategic Support (Missile) Force Ju Qiansheng, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Xi presented certificates of the orders he signed to them at a ceremony held by the CMC in Beijing on…

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Don’t return to era of ‘your terrorists’ and ‘my terrorists’: India cautions UN

India said that the international community should not forget that before the 9/11 terror attacks, the world was divided into “your terrorists” or “my terrorists”. India has cautioned that 20 years after the 9/11 terror attacks, there are attempts again to divide terrorism into different terminologies such as violent nationalism and right wing extremism, asserting that the world should not return to the era of “your terrorists” and “my terrorists” but fight the scourge collectively. Participating in the UN General Assembly debate on adoption of resolution on 7th Review of Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) on Tuesday, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti said that the international community has acknowledged that the threat of terrorism is grave and universal, and can only be defeated by collective efforts of all UN member states, without any exception. “It is only after 9/11…

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Imran Khan, Kim Jong-un And Viktor Orban Among The ‘Press Freedom Predators’ List: RSF

Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released a list of 37 heads of states who massively cracked down on press freedom. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are among the “predators of press freedom”, said RSF. Two women, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Hong Kong’s administrative chief Carrie Lam, have also been added to the list. This is the first time that women leaders have found a place on the press freedom predators’ list. The list was released on Monday. The list has come out after a gap of five years; the RSF released the last list in 2016. The global press body said that 17 of the 37 leaders have been added for the first time on the list. It has accused these leaders of “creating a censorship apparatus, jailing journalists…

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Students Get Abducted By Group Of Gunmen In Northern Nigeria

Dozens of students were abducted Monday by armed bandits at Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi town of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. A group of gunmen stormed the school early Monday, at around 2 a.m., shooting sporadically as they kidnapped the students, said police spokesman Mohammed Jalije. The exact number of students taken by the bandits is not yet certain, he said. John Hayab, whose son attends the school and who narrowly escaped the abduction, said about 180 students attend the high school. “We cannot give the exact figure of those abducted for now, until those who ran into hiding for safety are back and a census of the students is taken, but we know they took a lot of students,” he said. “I am just speechless, I don’t know what to say. My son was among the…

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Aircraft With 29 People Onboard Goes Missing In Russian Far East region

A Russian aircraft with 29 people onboard has gone missing in Russia’s Far East, local media reported on Tuesday. Twenty-nine people were onboard the aircraft including 6 crew members, Sputnik reported. An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew members, flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana, missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials said. The plane also disappeared from radar, the local transport ministry. The plane belonged to a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise. The plane has been in operation since 1982, Russian state news agency Tass reported. The company’s director, Alexei Khabarov, told the Interfax news agency that the plane was technically sound. An investigation has been launched, and a search mission is underway. Two helicopters and an airplane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane’s route, local officials said. The plane was on approach…

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US Is The Top Threat To Global Cybersecurity: Wang Wenbin

Amid strained ties between Washington and Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Monday said that the United States is “the top threat to global cybersecurity.”  “As facts have proven time and again, it is the US that has been forcing companies to install backdoors and obtaining user data in violation of relevant rules. The US itself is the top threat to global cybersecurity,” Wenbin said during a press briefing. Wenbin stated that the US has long been taking advantage of its advanced tech capacity to run invasive surveillance on people at home and abroad, steal various types of data and violate all kinds of privacy. “The Patriot Act adopted after 9/11 requires cyber companies to offer regular updates on user information. This move has drawn much attention from around the world. France’s CNIL decided in December last year that the French websites…

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Two Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine Induce Good Antibody Response Against SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine induce a “very good” antibody response against the SARS-CoV-2 variants, according to a study on 180 health care workers in Finland. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications on June 28, found that the immune response was as strong against the Alpha variant first identified in the UK, as against the original virus found in Wuhan, China in 2019. The immune response was somewhat decreased against the Beta variant first found in South Africa, but the vaccine generated neutralizing antibodies that give relatively good protection against the variant. A neutralizing antibody is responsible for defending cells from pathogens. The researchers, including those from the University of Turku and University of Helsinki, studied the immune response induced by the coronavirus vaccinations, which started in Finland in December last year. They analyzed vaccine responses in 180 health care…

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Military Plane Crash In Philippines Kills 50 And Injure 49

The death toll in the crash of a transport aircraft in Philippines has reached 50, with 49 others injured, officials said Monday. According to the details, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules was carrying 96 mostly combat troops when it overshot the runway while landing Sunday at the Jolo airport in Sulu province. It slammed into a coconut grove beyond the airport and burst into flames in a noontime disaster witnessed by horrified soldiers and villagers. Troops, police and firefighters rescued 49 military personnel, including a few who jumped off the aircraft before it exploded and was gutted by fire. Seven people on the ground were hit by aircraft parts and debris, and three of them died, the military said. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was one of two refurbished US Air Force aircraft handed over to the Philippines, Washington’s oldest treaty ally in Asia, as part…

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UK Government Plans To Decrease The Gaps Between Two Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccinations

The UK government has ruled out plans to decrease the gaps between two doses of Covid-19 vaccinations, even as infections driven by the Delta variant are surging in the country. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation ruled out the three-week gap and recommended “an interval of 8 to 12 weeks between doses of all the available Covid-19 vaccines”, dashing hopes that the UK might be able to speed up the vaccination program by closing the gaps between doses, the Financial Times reported. The advisory body said this gap would “avoid confusion and simplify booking, and will help to ensure a good balance between achieving rapid and long-lasting protection.” Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK is “very likely” to ease lockdown measures on July 19. It was pushed back by four weeks from June 21 amid concern over the spread…

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Joe Biden: “Today We’re Closer Than Ever To Declaring Our Independence From A Deadly Virus”

Calling a vaccination “the most patriotic thing you can do,” President Joe Biden on Sunday mixed the nation’s birthday party with a celebration of freedom from the worst of the pandemic. He tempered the strides against COVID-19 with a warning that the fight against the virus wasn’t over. “Today, all across this nation, we can say with confidence: America is coming back together,” Biden declared as he hosted more than 1,000 service members, first responders and other guests for a July Fourth celebration on the South Lawn of the White House. For Biden, it was a long-awaited opportunity to highlight the success of the vaccination campaign he championed. The event was the largest yet of his presidency, the clearest indication yet that the U.S. had moved into a new phase of virus response. Shifting from a national emergency to a localized crisis of individual…

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Delta Variant Continues To Evolve And Mutate; WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Warned

The world is in a very “dangerous period” of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by more transmissible variants like Delta, which is continuing to evolve and mutate, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned. He said in countries with low vaccination coverage, terrible scenes of hospitals overflowing are again becoming the norm. “Compounded by more transmissible variants, like Delta, which is quickly becoming the dominant strain in many countries, we are in a very dangerous period of this pandemic,” Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Friday. “But no country is out of the woods yet. The Delta variant is dangerous and is continuing to evolve and mutate, which requires constant evaluation and careful adjustment of the public health response,” he said. Noting that the Delta variant has been detected in at least 98 countries and is spreading quickly in countries with low…

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Death Toll From Northwest Heat Wave Expected To Keep Rising

Each day, more deaths are being linked to the heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest this past week, with medical staff who treated people overwhelmed by temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) saying the toll from the extreme weather will keep creeping up. Hundreds of deaths were being investigated as heat related in Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. The dangerous heat began June 25 and only began to subside in some areas on Tuesday. The death toll in Oregon alone has reached at least 95, the state medical examiner said on Friday, with most occurring in Multnomah County, which encompasses Portland. The deaths include an Guatemalan immigrant who collapsed as he worked at a plant nursery in a rural Oregon town during the soaring heat. In Canada, British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office received reports of at…

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South African Experts: Anti-Covid-19 Vaccines Pfizer And J&J Are More Effective Against The Delta Variant Of The Coronavirus Than The Beta Strain

The anti-COVID-19 vaccines by US pharma majors Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) that are being used in South Africa are more effective against the Delta variant of the coronavirus than the Beta strain, experts have said. The Beta variant, which was first detected in South Africa, caused a second wave at the beginning of this year whereas the Delta variant, first detected in India, is driving the current third wave in South Africa, resulting in increased lockdown restrictions as the number of infections and deaths have already surpassed those of the previous two waves. In a media briefing led by Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Friday, experts said that results in both laboratory research and field studies had shown that the vaccines were effective against the Delta virus. “What we have seen in the in vitro work is that the J&J vaccine…

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Joe Biden: US Troops Not To Leave Afghanistan In Next Few Days

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that the drawdown in Afghanistan is “on track”, but troops will not leave the country in the next few days. When asked by reporters at the White House whether the US will complete withdrawal in the next few days, Biden replied, “No, we’re on track exactly as to where we expect it to be.” “I wanted to make sure there was enough running room that we…wouldn’t be able to do it all till “There’ll still be some forces left, but it’s a rational drawdown with our allies… there is nothing unusual about it.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later told reporters during a daily briefing that the withdrawal is expected to be completed by the end of August. Biden in April ordered all US troops to leave Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the…

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