Amid COVID-19 pandemic, new virus kills seven, leaves 60 infected in China

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, new virus kills seven, leaves 60 infected in China

BEIJING: A new infectious disease caused by a tick-borne virus has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, official media here reported on Wednesday, warning about the possibility of its human-to-human transmission. More than 37 people in East China’s Jiangsu Province contracted with the SFTS Virus in the first half of the year. […]

Lebanon explosions: Utter devastation as toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

Lebanon explosions: Utter devastation as toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

BEIRUT: Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, […]

Up to 300,000 left homeless by Beirut blast: Governor

Up to 300,000 left homeless by Beirut blast: Governor

BEIRUT: A huge blast in Beirut has left 300,000 people homeless and caused damage across half of the city estimated to cost more than $3 billion, its governor told AFP on Wednesday. “I think there are between 250,000 and 300,000 people who are now without homes,” said Marwan Aboud, adding that the estimated cost of […]

US doing ‘very well’ against Covid-19, India has a ‘tremendous problem’: Trump

US doing ‘very well’ against Covid-19, India has a ‘tremendous problem’: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for their joint news conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 25, 2020. US President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive for their joint news conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 25, 2020. President Donald […]

China, WHO in talks on plans to trace coronavirus origin

China, WHO in talks on plans to trace coronavirus origin

BEIJING: China and the World Health Organization are discussing plans to trace the origin of the coronavirus outbreak following a visit to the country by two experts from the U.N. agency, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters the experts conducted “preparatory consultations on scientific research cooperation on virus tracing” during […]

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran won’t negotiate with US

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran won’t negotiate with US

TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday his country will not negotiate with the United States because America would only use talks for propaganda purposes. The Trump administration has said it is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions,” but that the U.S. will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic […]

US President Trump likely to be only world leader to address UN General Assembly session in person

US President Trump likely to be only world leader to address UN General Assembly session in person

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump is likely to travel to New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly session in September, the only world leader to address this year’s virtual high-level week in person, the US envoy to the UN said. We’re hoping that President Trump will actually be speaking in person in […]

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia

Dubai: Pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. The hajj is one of Islam’s most important and profound requirements, performed once in a […]

Malaysian ex-PM Najib given 12 years in jail in 1MDB scandal

Malaysian ex-PM Najib given 12 years in jail in 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court sentenced former Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve 12 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty in the first of several corruption trials linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that brought down his government two years ago. Najib was calm and stone-faced as […]

43% Indians suffering from depression: Study

43% Indians suffering from depression: Study

NEW DELHI: Ever since the pandemic hit India over five months back, followed by an unprecedented lockdown, stress levels have been on the rise with 43 per cent Indians suffering from depression, according to a new study. Conducted by GOQii, a smart-tech enabled preventive healthcare platform, the study surveyed over 10,000 Indians to understand how […]

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