Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week. Biden told reporters on Thursday that he’s already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before […]

At least eight dead as barrage of rockets hits Kabul

At least eight dead as barrage of rockets hits Kabul

KABUL: At least eight people were killed on Saturday when a barrage of rockets struck densely populated parts of Kabul, marking the latest big attack in a wave of violence sweeping the Afghan capital. The salvo slammed into various parts of central and north Kabul — including in and around the heavily fortified Green Zone […]

In rare phone call, Erdogan and Saudi king agree to enhance ties

In rare phone call, Erdogan and Saudi king agree to enhance ties

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed ways of enhancing ties with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, in a rare phone call since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his office said. The phone call came on the eve of the G20 leaders’ summit hosted by Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday. Erdogan and the Saudi […]

WHO suspends Remdesivir from list of medicines

WHO suspends Remdesivir from list of medicines

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said on Friday it has suspended Gilead’s remdesivir from its so-called prequalification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries, after issuing guidance against its use in hospitalised Covid-19 patients. “Yes we have suspended it from the PQ (prequalification list),” Tarik Jasarevic said […]

China perceives rising India as ‘rival’; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: Report

China perceives rising India as ‘rival’; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: Report

WASHINGTON: China perceives a rising India as a “rival” and wants to constrain its strategic partnership with the US, its allies, and with other democracies, the State Department said in a report, emphasising that Beijing intends to displace America as the world’s foremost power. Coming ahead of the transition of power from Donald Trump’s administration […]

China all set to change its development model from 2021: Xi Jinping

China all set to change its development model from 2021: Xi Jinping

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China is set to change its development model from next year, relying more on domestic consumption than export-reliant growth which propelled it to become the world’s second largest economy next only to the United States. “From next year on, China will embark on new journey toward […]

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate appears safe, induces immune response, preliminary study finds

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate appears safe, induces immune response, preliminary study finds

Beijing: Results from an early-phase clinical trial of a Chinese vaccine candidate, CoronaVac, revealed that the formulation appears safe and induces an antibody response in healthy volunteers aged 18 to 59 years. According to the findings of the phase 1/2 randomised clinical trial, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the vaccine candidate could induce […]

US to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

US to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The US will slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to their lowest levels in nearly 20 years of war after US President Donald Trump pledged to end conflicts abroad, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. Rejecting concerns that precipitous drawdowns could give up all the US has fought for, Acting Defence Secretary Chris Miller […]

In absence of coordination with Trump, there is risk of many more dying: Joe Biden

In absence of coordination with Trump, there is risk of many more dying: Joe Biden

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has said many more Americans are at the risk of dying from coronavirus, if he and incumbent President Donald Trump do not coordinate on tackling the virus outbreak. According to media projections, Democrat Biden has won the November 3 presidential election. However, Trump, a Republican, has alleged election fraud and […]

Iran says US move against it would face ‘crushing’ response

Iran says US move against it would face ‘crushing’ response

DUBAI/JERUSALEM: Any US attack on Iran would face a “crushing” response, an Iranian government spokesman said on Tuesday, following reports US President Donald Trump asked for options for a strike on Iran’s main nuclear site last week but decided against doing so. “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response,” spokesman […]