Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug ivermectin for COVID-19

Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug ivermectin for COVID-19

Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of a decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there’s little evidence it helps. With a fourth wave of infections, more Americans are turning to ivermectin, a cheap drug used to kill worms […]

India has no option but to wait and watch: Ex-diplomats on Afghanistan

India has no option but to wait and watch: Ex-diplomats on Afghanistan

New Delhi: With Pakistan’s intelligence chief dashing to Afghanistan amidst efforts by the Taliban to finalise a government, former Indian diplomats on Sunday said the situation in the war-torn country was still in a “flux” and India has no other option but to wait and watch, while avoiding any “knee-jerk reaction”. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) […]

Some domestic flights resume at Afghanistan’s international airport in Kabul

Some domestic flights resume at Afghanistan’s international airport in Kabul

KABUL: Some domestic flights have resumed at Afghanistan’s international airport in Kabul, with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airline operating flights to three provinces. Shershah Stor, the airline’s station manager at the airport, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the flights took place Saturday to western Herat, southern Kandahar and northern Balkh provinces. He said […]

Jeans, sportswear not parliamentary dress code, Speaker Hoyle warns British MPs

Jeans, sportswear not parliamentary dress code, Speaker Hoyle warns British MPs

London: Britain’s members of Parliament will return to the House of Commons on Monday at the end of their summer recess and have been issued a warning note by the Speaker to dress appropriately in “business attire”. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, has updated the “Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of […]

Nepal govt warns citizens against any action that may hurt friendly nations

Kathmandu: The Nepal government on Sunday warned its citizens against carrying out any “reprehensible and disgraceful” actions that may hurt the dignity of the friendly nations after some people burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during protests in the country. In a statement, Nepal’s Home Ministry said that in the past few days, “the […]

Legacy pharma firm which sold dysentery drug to Afghans waits and watches after Taliban takeover

Satarupa Mukherjee, director of the 85-year-old East India Pharmaceuticals, is a worried businesswoman as she digests the impact of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Her firm, based out of Little Russel Street in the heart of Kolkata, used to ship multiple containers every month of its best-selling drug Enteroquinol, used to treat amoebic dysentery, a […]

Taliban again postpone Afghan govt formation announcement

Taliban again postpone Afghan govt formation announcement

Peshawar: The Taliban have postponed the formation of a new government in Afghanistan for next week, their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Saturday, as the insurgent group struggles to give shape to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the international community. The insurgent group was expected to announce on Saturday the formation of the […]

Expect to have a real, inclusive government in Afghanistan: US

Expect to have a real, inclusive government in Afghanistan: US

Washington; The United States and the international community expects the Taliban to form an inclusive government with representations from different communities and interests, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. “As we’ve said and as countries around the world have said, there is an expectation that any government that emerges now will have some […]

China eyes BRI extension to Afghanistan

China eyes BRI extension to Afghanistan

Beijing: China on Friday expressed hope to extend its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) into Afghanistan, saying the Taliban believes that the initiative is good for development and prosperity in the war-ravaged country and the broader region. China in the recent past has outlined plans to extend its USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor […]

Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has pledged robust federal help for the Northeastern and Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida and for Western states beset by wildfires with the catastrophes serving as deadly reminders that the climate crisis has arrived. These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here, Biden said in a White House speech. […]