US urges countries to make law over access to Tibet

US urges countries to make law over access to Tibet

WASHINGTON: Slamming China for its alleged repressive regime in Tibet, a top American diplomat has urged other countries to pass their own versions of a US law that calls for denying access to the US for Chinese officials known to be involved in restricting visits to the remote Himalayan region. Robert A Destro, Special Coordinator […]

Biden says his administration will be most diverse ever

Biden says his administration will be most diverse ever

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that his administration would be the most diverse than it has ever been both in the Cabinet and inside the White House. Biden, 78, is due to take over as the 46th US President on January 20. African-American groups have been asking Biden, a Democrat, to nominate one […]

US Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says China is top threat to America

US Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says China is top threat to America

WASHINGTON: China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II, outgoing National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said Thursday as the Trump administration ramps up anti-Chinese rhetoric to pressure President-elect Joe Biden to be tough on Beijing. “The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. […]

Bangladesh moves ahead with Rohingya refugee relocation

Bangladesh moves ahead with Rohingya refugee relocation

Dhaka: Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday started sending a first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The 1,642 refugees were boarding seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to Bhashan Char, according to […]

India urges Israel, Palestine to re-engage in direct talks to advance goal of two-state solution

India urges Israel, Palestine to re-engage in direct talks to advance goal of two-state solution

UNITED NATIONS: Welcoming the decision to resume coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, India has urged the leadership of both sides to use the opportunity and re-engage in direct negotiations to advance the goal of a two-state solution. The two-state solution has for decades been the primary focus of efforts to achieve peace in […]

All SCO member states appreciated India hosting first SCO heads of government meeting: China

All SCO member states appreciated India hosting first SCO heads of government meeting: China

BEIJING: China on Wednesday complimented India for hosting the heads of the government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for the first time, saying all member states spoke highly of the outcomes reached and appreciated India for organising the conference. This is the first-time India hosted the SCO heads of government meeting after it […]

UK one of first countries to start vaccinating its population, approves shots from ‘next week’

UK one of first countries to start vaccinating its population, approves shots from ‘next week’

LONDON: Pfizer and BioNTech say they’ve won permission on Wednesday for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science — and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin vaccinating its population as it […]

Syria, Russia under pressure at chemical weapons watchdog OPCW over nerve agent attacks allegations

Syria, Russia under pressure at chemical weapons watchdog OPCW over nerve agent attacks allegations

THE HAGUE: Syria and Russia faced renewed pressure over allegations of chemical weapons use as member countries of the global toxic arms watchdog met on Monday. Moscow was urged by Western nations to “transparently” reveal the circumstances of the Novichok nerve agent poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Meanwhile, Damascus faced calls for sanctions at […]

China questions coronavirus origin to Wuhan ahead of WHO probe

China questions coronavirus origin to Wuhan ahead of WHO probe

BEIJING: Battling global adversity over the coronavirus and bracing for a WHO inquiry over its origin, China on Friday claimed that just because COVID-19 cases were first reported in Wuhan does not mean the contagion originated from the central Chinese city. Various outlets of the state-run Chinese media have been carrying reports in recent days […]

34 killed in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province

34 killed in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province

KABUL: At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. In eastern Ghazni province, 31 soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a military humvee full of explosives onto an army commando base before […]

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