Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

DOHA: Historic peace talks opened between the Taliban and the Afghan government on Saturday, with the warring parties meeting face to face in Qatar even as violence continued on the ground in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, the former chief executive for Afghanistan who is heading the peace process for Kabul, called for an immediate ceasefire and […]

UN adopts Covid response resolution, US votes against

UN adopts Covid response resolution, US votes against

UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES: The United States was supported only by Israel Friday in a vote against a UN resolution for a “comprehensive and coordinated response” to the Covid-19 pandemic, a text that included recognition of the WHO’s leadership role. The measure, which has been negotiated since May, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of […]

Israel razing more Palestinian homes despite virus: UN

Israel razing more Palestinian homes despite virus: UN

JERUSALEM: Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes built without planning permits that are almost impossible to obtain have risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic despite the health risks, the United Nations said on Friday. “The period from March to August 2020 saw the demolition or confiscation of 389 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, on average, […]

US to ASEAN: Reconsider deals with blacklisted China firms

US to ASEAN: Reconsider deals with blacklisted China firms

Hanoi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Southeast Asian nations Thursday to reconsider deals with Chinese companies blacklisted by Washington for building island outposts he says Beijing is using to bully” rival claimants in the disputed South China Sea. Pompeo spoke with counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in an annual conference […]

Indian expatriate wins USD 1 million in Dubai lucky draw

Indian expatriate wins USD 1 million in Dubai lucky draw

Dubai: A 34-year-old Indian software engineer has won a whopping USD 1 million (Rs 7.3 crore) in a lucky draw contest here, according to a media report on Thursday. “I’m really glad and thankful to Dubai Duty Free for this amazing opportunity. This will definitely secure a better future for my family in India, Laxmi […]

Afghan officials: Kabul bomb targets VP, kills 10 civilians

Afghan officials: Kabul bomb targets VP, kills 10 civilians

KABUL: A bombing in the Afghan capital on Wednesday targeted the convoy of the country’s first vice president, killing 10 people and wounding at least 31, including several of the vice president’s bodyguards, the Interior Ministry said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and the Taliban quickly denied they were behind the bombing. […]

Review committee to start work on Covid-19 response: WHO

Review committee to start work on Covid-19 response: WHO

GENEVA: The Review Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) will begin its work on Tuesday to evaluate the functioning of the IHR during the Covid-19 pandemic so far, chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “The International Health Regulations is the most important legal instrument in global health security,” Xinhua news agency quoted […]

Saudi King tells Trump that kingdom is eager to achieve fair solution to Palestinian issue

Saudi King tells Trump that kingdom is eager to achieve fair solution to Palestinian issue

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told US President Donald Trump in a phone call on Sunday that the kingdom was eager to achieve a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was the main starting point of the kingdom’s proposed Arab Peace Initiative, the state news agency reported. The leaders spoke […]

Iran and Russia to jointly produce COVID-19 vaccine

Iran and Russia to jointly produce COVID-19 vaccine

TEHRAN: Cairo, Iran and Russia will cooperate to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in the Islamic republic as COVID-19 cases in Iran surged to 384,666 on Saturday. Meanwhile, an Iraqi health official warned that the citizens should not play down the seriousness of the coronavirus as 4,644 daily new infections were reported. Iran, the hardest-hit country […]

Kamala Harris says Donald Trump not credible on possible COVID-19 vaccine

Kamala Harris says Donald Trump not credible on possible COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON: Democratic U.S. vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would not take President Donald Trump’s word alone on any potential coronavirus vaccine. In an interview excerpt broadcast by CNN on Saturday, Harris said Trump had a track record of suppressing expert opinion about the coronavirus pandemic and that she worried that might happen again […]