Biden expresses outrage over civilian killings in Myanmar

Biden expresses outrage over civilian killings in Myanmar

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has expressed outrage over the recent killings of innocent people by the security forces in Myanmar, where military junta overthrew a democratically elected government. It’s terrible. It’s absolutely outrageous. And based on the reporting I’ve gotten, an awful lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily,” Biden said on Sunday. […]

Giant container ship that blocked Suez Canal set free

SUEZ( EGYPT): Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week had clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to […]

Myanmar protests continue a day after junta killed more than 100

Myanmar protests continue a day after junta killed more than 100

YANGON: Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup. Protests were held in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s two biggest cities, as well as elsewhere. Some […]

Australian PM greets ‘good friend’ Modi on Holi

MELBOURNE: Australian Premier Scott Morrison on Sunday extended greetings to his “good friend” Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Holi, the festival of colours. Morrison took to Twitter to wish Modi and the Hindu community in Australia. “Wishing our Hindu Australian community, my good friend @narendramodi and all the people who are celebrating it, a […]

Microplastics in sewage become ‘hubs’ for drug-resistant bacteria: Study

New York: Ultra-fine plastic particles can become ‘hubs’ for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pathogens to grow once they wash down household drains and enter wastewater treatment plants, a new study says. According to the scientists, including those from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in the US, these plastic particles less than five millimeters in […]

Vaccines may need regular updates as coronavirus evolves, say scientists

Scientists have assessed the course of evolution of the novel coronavirus and predicted that COVID-19 vaccines currently in use across the world may need regular updates to counter new variants of the virus which are capable of escaping the body’s protective antibodies. The study, published in the journal Virus Evolution, assessed whether, over the long […]

PM Modi holds talks with Sheikh Hasina; India, Bangladesh sign five MoUs

PM Modi holds talks with Sheikh Hasina; India, Bangladesh sign five MoUs

DHAKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday and discussed the progress achieved in areas like connectivity, energy, trade, health and developmental cooperation following which the two countries signed five MoUs covering a number of areas of bilateral cooperation. Modi, who is visiting Bangladesh on his first trip to a […]

Iran-China to sign 25-year cooperation pact: Tehran

Iran-China to sign 25-year cooperation pact: Tehran

TEHRAN: Iran and China are to sign a 25-year cooperation agreement later Saturday, Tehran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said, as the US rivals move closer together. China is Iran’s leading trade partner and was the biggest buyer of Iranian oil before then US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018 after abandoning […]

Afghan president, rejecting US peace plan, to offer election in six months, officials say

Afghan president, rejecting US peace plan, to offer election in six months, officials say

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will propose a new presidential election within six months under a peace plan he will put forward as a counter-offer to a US proposal that he rejects, two senior government officials told Reuters. Ghani will unveil his proposal at an international gathering in Turkey next month, signalling his refusal to […]

Pakistan reaches out to China to ensure supply of Covid-19 vaccine

Pakistan reaches out to China to ensure supply of Covid-19 vaccine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday reached out to its all-weather ally China for ensuring the supply of the coronavirus vaccine, as the country is grappling to contain the third wave of the pandemic that has also hit Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Chinese […]