Russia to sell 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to India

Russia to sell 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to India

MOSCOW: Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has agreed to supply 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik-V, to Indian drug company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow speeds up plans to distribute its shot abroad. The deal comes after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian manufacturers to […]

Trump says he wanted to kill Assad, but Mattis opposed idea

Trump says he wanted to kill Assad, but Mattis opposed idea

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted to assassinate Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad in 2017, but that his then-secretary of defence Jim Mattis opposed the operation. “I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set,” Trump told the morning show Fox & Friends. “Mattis didn’t want to do it. […]

‘No state can combat this pandemic alone’: UNGA says social distancing not a global solution

UNITED NATIONS: Social distancing at the global level will not help as no country could combat COVID-19 alone, President of the UN General Assembly’s 75th session Volkan Bozkir has said, asserting that multilateralism is the “panacea” to all the problems in the world. Bozkir, addressing the UN ambassadors and delegates, said that since the beginning […]

Pak reopens schools, universities after near-5 month COVID-19 break

Pak reopens schools, universities after near-5 month COVID-19 break

ISLAMABAD: After a break of nearly five months, Pakistan on Tuesday began its phased reopening of schools, in view of the falling number of new cornavirus cases in the country. While high schools, colleges and universities reopened on September 15, classes VI to VIII would start from September 23. Primary school will start from September […]

After UAE and Bahrain deals, is Saudi Arabia softening its stance on Israel?

After UAE and Bahrain deals, is Saudi Arabia softening its stance on Israel?

RIYADH/DUBAI: When one of Saudi Arabia’s leading clerics called this month for Muslims to avoid “passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm” towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. The sermon by Abdulrahman al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, broadcast on […]

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as country suffers one of world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as country suffers one of world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new countrywide lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates. Beginning Friday, the start of the Jewish High Holiday season, schools, restaurants, malls […]

October, November to be ‘tougher’ in Europe with more coronavirus deaths: WHO

October, November to be ‘tougher’ in Europe with more coronavirus deaths: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday. “It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge said, […]

Oxford and Astra Zeneca resume COVID-19 vaccine trial

Oxford and Astra Zeneca resume COVID-19 vaccine trial

LONDON: Oxford University announced Saturday it was resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a U.K. patient. In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites […]

Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

BEIJING: China’s Defense Ministry on Sunday blasted a critical U.S. report on the country’s military ambitions, saying it is the U.S. instead that poses the biggest threat to the international order and world peace. The statement follows the Sept. 2 release of the annual Defense Department report to Congress on Chinese military developments and goals […]

Afghan forces, Taliban continue to clash even as peace talks start

Afghan forces, Taliban continue to clash even as peace talks start

DOHA: Taliban and Afghan government forces clashed across Afghanistan hours after the start of long-awaited peace talks in Doha on Saturday, officials said, underscoring the uphill challenge of settling a 19-year insurgency. Talks between the two sides were to begin shortly after a United States-Taliban agreement in February but began only over the weekend after […]