Decision on extension for Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa can wait: PM Imran Khan

Decision on extension for Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa can wait: PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he has not yet thought about an extension to Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure as there is still time for his term to end, according to a media report on Friday. Talking about the contentious issue of the extension in Bajwa’s tenure, […]

Pakistan PM Imran to visit China for bilateral talks, investments

Pakistan PM Imran to visit China for bilateral talks, investments

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan plans to visit China early next month to further strengthen the all-weather bilateral ties and seek more investments in various projects under the ambitious CPEC, according to a top official. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Khalid Mansoor said this on Wednesday while addressing […]

Covid vaccine does not increase preterm birth risk: Study

Covid vaccine does not increase preterm birth risk: Study

Washington: COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy is not associated with complications such as preterm birth or smaller than normal weight of babies, according to a study. The researchers at the Yale University in the US noted that pregnant people who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of disease severity and death. One barrier to vaccine acceptance […]

Omicron: Hong Kong bans flights from India, 7 other countries until Jan 21

Omicron: Hong Kong bans flights from India, 7 other countries until Jan 21

BEIJING: Hong Kong on Wednesday reimposed some of its toughest COVID-19 restrictions, banning flights from eight countries including India until January 21, in a bid to arrest the rising number of Omicron cases. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that travellers from eight countries, Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the […]

China reports major drop in virus cases in locked-down Xi’an

BEIJING: China on Wednesday reported a major drop in local COVID-19 infections in the northern city of Xi’an, which has been under a tight lockdown for the past two weeks that has tested the city’s ability to provide supplies for those confined to their homes. With the Beijing Olympics beginning Feb. 4, China is doubling […]

Bangladesh police registers complaints over alleged desecration of three temples

Bangladesh police registers complaints over alleged desecration of three temples

DHAKA: Police have registered complaints over alleged desecration of three temples in Bangladesh as the members of the minority Hindu community staged protests demanding the arrest of culprits behind the incident in Lalmonirhat district, bordering India, a media report said on Sunday. The protests began after raw beef packed in polythene bags were hung on […]

22 injured after 5.5-magnitude earthquake rattles China’s Yunnan province

22 injured after 5.5-magnitude earthquake rattles China’s Yunnan province

Beijing: At least 22 people were injured in a 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the county of Ninglang in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Sunday, local authorities said. The earthquake struck around 3.02 pm, and its epicentre was about 60 km away from the county seat of Ninglang, in the city of Lijiang, and 3 km […]

Taiwan leader urges China to curb ‘military adventurism’

Taiwan leader urges China to curb ‘military adventurism’

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s president on Saturday urged China to curb its “military adventurism”, with tensions between the two sides at their highest level in years. Beijing has ramped up military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, as she rejects the stance that the island is Chinese territory. Chinese warplanes […]

Omicron variant resistant to antibodies, two vaccine doses: Study

Omicron variant resistant to antibodies, two vaccine doses: Study

The Omicron variant of coronavirus is largely resistant to antibodies from people who recover from COVID-19 infection, and those vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Cell, also shows that several antibodies used to treat COVID-19 will be ineffective against Omicron. However, a third […]

US woman tests positive for COVID-19 mid-flight, isolates for 5 hours in bathroom

US woman tests positive for COVID-19 mid-flight, isolates for 5 hours in bathroom

A US woman was quarantined in an aeroplane bathroom for three hours after testing positive for COVID-19 halfway through a flight from Chicago to Iceland, according to media reports. Marisa Fotieo, a teacher from Michigan, said her throat began to hurt halfway through the trip on December 19 so she went to the bathroom to […]