Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

KABUL: Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents were minor and the truce could still hold. The Taliban have remained silent on government appeals for an extension of the ceasefire, which was announced for […]

Twitter labels Trump tweets with fact checks for 1st time, prez threatens to close down social media

Twitter labels Trump tweets with fact checks for 1st time, prez threatens to close down social media

Washington: For the first time, Twitter put a warning label under two posts by Donald Trump, prompting the US president to accuse the it of “interfering” in the presidential election and even threatened to close down the social media platforms. Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead […]

France bans hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus treatment

France bans hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus treatment

Paris: The French government on Wednesday banned treatment of COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine, a controversial and potentially harmful drug that US President Donald Trump has said he is taking preventively. The move came after two French advisory bodies and the World Health Organization warned this week that the drug — a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis […]

WHO suspends testing hydroxychloroquine on virus patients

WHO suspends testing hydroxychloroquine on virus patients

Geneva: The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. Hydroxychloroquine has been touted by Donald Trump and many others as a possible treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The U.S. President has said […]

Brazil surpasses US in daily coronavirus death toll

Brazil surpasses US in daily coronavirus death toll

Sao Paulo: Brazil daily coronavirus deaths were higher than fatalities in the United States for the first time over the last 24 hours, according to the country’s Health Ministry. Brazil registered 807 deaths over the last 24 hours, whereas 620 died in the United States. Brazil has the second-worst outbreak in the world, with 374,898 […]

You’ve my total commitment to reject anti-Muslim bigotry, hate: UN chief to OIC members

You’ve my total commitment to reject anti-Muslim bigotry, hate: UN chief to OIC members

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced his “total commitment” to rejecting anti-Muslim bigotry, hate and all forms of intolerance, urging all to draw from Ramzan the lessons of compassion, mutual respect and solidarity. Guterres, in his remarks on Friday to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states on “COVID-19 Solidarity: Promoting Co-Existence […]

Only two survivors from Pakistan air disaster

Only two survivors from Pakistan air disaster

KARACHI: A day after a Pakistan Airlines passenger plane crashed into a Karachi neighbourhood, authorities said there were two survivors and 97 victims in the disaster. The bodies of the passengers and crew killed were recovered from the site near the city’s airport, the Sindh Health Ministry said. The rescue operation following Friday’s crash ended […]

China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time

China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time

SHANGAI: China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland for May 22, the first time it had seen no daily rise in the number of cases since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019. The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Saturday (May 23, 2020) […]

Plane with 107 on board crashes in Pakistan

Plane with 107 on board crashes in Pakistan

Karachi: Many people are feared dead after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here on Friday, officials said, nearly a week after commercial flights were resumed on a limited scale amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Flight […]

Mosques to stay shut for Eid prayers in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Mosques to stay shut for Eid prayers in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Dubai: Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr festival, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, may fall on Saturday […]