Coronavirus is China’s ‘biggest health emergency’: President Xi Jinping

The coronavirus epidemic that has killed over 2,400 people is communist China’s “largest public health emergency” since its founding in 1949, President Xi Jinping said Sunday. It is necessary to learn from “obvious shortcomings exposed” during China’s response, Xi added at an official meeting to coordinate the virus fight — a rare acknowledgement by a … Read more Coronavirus is China’s ‘biggest health emergency’: President Xi Jinping

Jordan bars travellers from China, Iran, SKorea over virus

Jordan said on Sunday it would bar entry to citizens of China, Iran and South Korea and other foreigners travelling from those countries in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The minister of state for media affairs, Amjad Adayleh, said the decision was part of “preemptive measures… following the rise in cases of coronavirus in … Read more Jordan bars travellers from China, Iran, SKorea over virus

Questions hang over fate of Saudi crew in Yemen jet crash

The fate of the crew of a Saudi warplane that crashed in Yemen remained uncertain Sunday after Iran-linked Huthi rebels claimed to have shot down the aircraft. The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said the two officers ejected from the plane before it crashed in northern Al-Jawf province Friday but that the rebels opened … Read more Questions hang over fate of Saudi crew in Yemen jet crash

Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Afghan capital: Police

Gunmen shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, shining a light on chronic drug abuse in the world’s biggest producer of opium but a rare incident of apparently coordinated violence against addicts. The motive for the Saturday night attack by the unidentified gunmen in Kabul was not known … Read more Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Afghan capital: Police

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives in Pakistan for three-day visit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Pakistan for a three-day visit. Guterres was received by Munir Akram who is Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations at the Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi. This is the first visit by a UN chief to Pakistan since 2014 though Guterres had earlier visited the country … Read more UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives in Pakistan for three-day visit

COVID-19: Countries issue travel and health advisories to citizens

Countries around the world have issued travel and health advisories to citizens travelling by air to different parts of the world to combat coronavirus. Most airlines with their flights to China or halts in China has been cancelled. However, since airports around the world have become hotbeds for transmission of the coronavirus, strict instructions have … Read more COVID-19: Countries issue travel and health advisories to citizens

British Man arrested in Egypt for ‘patting officer on the back’

A British man has been thrown into jail in Egypt for allegedly “sexually assaulting” a police officer at the airport; however, the family claims that he just patted the officer on the back. According to reports, the incident occurred while Tony Camoccio was at the Hurghada International Airport. He was undergoing routine security check ahead … Read more British Man arrested in Egypt for ‘patting officer on the back’

Portugal pitches for enhancing bilateral trade with India

Portugal on Saturday called for enhancing bilateral trade, saying the two countries have the potential to take it to the next level. The trade between India and Portugal stood at $876 million in 2019-20, according to industry estimates. “I would like to say that the prospects of our relation are very positive. We have historical … Read more Portugal pitches for enhancing bilateral trade with India

Amid criticism, Google mulls licensing deals with news media: Report

Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks. Negotiations between the internet giant and news outlets were said to be in the early stages, with most of the publishers located in … Read more Amid criticism, Google mulls licensing deals with news media: Report

Iran foreign minister says Donald Trump misled by advisors

International efforts to mediate between Tehran and the US are being thwarted by President Donald Trump’s advisors misleading him into thinking the Iranian regime is collapsing, the country’s foreign minister said Saturday. France and Japan have both sought to foster dialogue between the two foes in recent months in a bid to calm spiralling tensions, … Read more Iran foreign minister says Donald Trump misled by advisors

375 million dollars from foreign countries to Ivy League schools, US Department of Education investigates

Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale are now being investigated by the US Department of Education on suspicion that they received undisclosed funds from foreign countries. As per reports, elite schools are not fully reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts. Responses are allegedly being prepared by both universities … Read more 375 million dollars from foreign countries to Ivy League schools, US Department of Education investigates

Air pollution grips China’s capital despite reduced emissions from coronavirus economic slowdown

Beijing witness heavy pollution returning to shroud the skies even though polluting emissions from factories and vehicles were below normal due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. United, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic extend flight ban to China Experts prompted by the subpar air quality stated that China needs to step up its war on pollution … Read more Air pollution grips China’s capital despite reduced emissions from coronavirus economic slowdown

Taliban, Afghan forces clash despite talk of breakthrough in peace deal

Afghan government forces and Taliban insurgents waged war against each other in the past 24 hours despite US officials saying there had been a breakthrough in recent days in peace talks to end the 18-year-old conflict. While negotiators from the warring sides pressed on with meetings in Doha, Qatar, the Taliban and the Afghan government … Read more Taliban, Afghan forces clash despite talk of breakthrough in peace deal

Twitter trolls roast Buttigieg’s robotic ‘Raise the Roof’ dance move

On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was recorded cheering and dancing with supporters by Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes. In a video posted on Twitter, Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana can be seen performing the “Raise the Roof” dance move with New Hampshire congresswoman Annie Kuster. It’s all happening. … Read more Twitter trolls roast Buttigieg’s robotic ‘Raise the Roof’ dance move

US, Taliban have negotiated proposal for 7-day reduction in violence: Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States and the Taliban had negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence. Sources had told Reuters that a US-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month if the Taliban significantly reduces violence, which could lead to an eventual withdrawal of US troops … Read more US, Taliban have negotiated proposal for 7-day reduction in violence: Pentagon chief

Father of British IS bride may seek Bangladesh citizenship for her

The father of a woman who married an Islamic State fighter as a teen told AFP Thursday he would seek citizenship for her if she came to Bangladesh, after she lost an initial bid to restore her British nationality. Shamima Begum left the UK for Syria with two school friends in 2015, when she was … Read more Father of British IS bride may seek Bangladesh citizenship for her

China sacked senior officials over coronavirus outbreak

Several senior officials have been removed from office by China due to their improper handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Preceding was the death toll of people falling victim to the COVID-19, which passed 1,000 at a horrifyingly brisk pace. Head of the Hubei Health Commission and the Party Secretary are two of the most senior … Read more China sacked senior officials over coronavirus outbreak

From working in chemist shop to becoming UK’s new finance minister – Who is Rishi Sunak

Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak replaced Sajid Javid as Finance Minister of the United Kingdom on Thursday. He was appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the cabinet reshuffle. Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys Co-founder and Indian billionaire Narayana Murthy, will join Home secretary Priti Patel on the top government bench as the Chancellor of the … Read more From working in chemist shop to becoming UK’s new finance minister – Who is Rishi Sunak

Efficacy of conviction remains to be seen: India on Hafiz Saeed conviction

India expressed its scepticism over the efficacy of the conviction of Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistani court, official sources said on Thursday. An anti-terrorism court sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder to five-and-a-half years in jail each in two cases. A fine of Rs 15,000 was also imposed on him. However, the combined 11 years of jail … Read more Efficacy of conviction remains to be seen: India on Hafiz Saeed conviction

Italy’s ex-minister Salvini to face trial in migrant detention case

Italian far-right leader and former interior minister Matteo Salvini will face trial after Senators voted on Wednesday to strip him of the parliamentary protection. A court in Sicily had earlier said Salvini faces trial for illegally detaining migrants at sea last July. However, ministers cannot be tried in Italy while in office unless their parliamentary … Read more Italy’s ex-minister Salvini to face trial in migrant detention case

Afghanistan government to rebuild Temples and Gurudwaras

India’s most cherished neighbour – Afghanistan is embracing some inclusive changes. It’s a country that has been marred by religious extremism for two decades. But now – Afghanistan plans to renovate Hindu Temples and Sikh Gurudwaras. A gesture that should serve as a moral beacon for a mutual neighbour Pakistan. The Afghan government is finally … Read more Afghanistan government to rebuild Temples and Gurudwaras