No indication Covid-19 variants can escape current vaccines: Expert

New York, Jan 28 (IANS) Study so far has proved that the current vaccines remained effective against the variants of the Covid-19, which already infected over 100 million people worldwide, Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) news portal on Wednesday quoted an expert as saying. “Unfortunately, several recent mutations appear to have been beneficial to the […]

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UN chief calls for renewed approach to multilateralism

United Nations, Jan 28 (IANS) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation through a new peacebuilding appeal. “An approach that goes beyond crisis response and boosts long-term investments in prevention and peacebuilding, hand-in-hand with our efforts to deliver the Sustainable Developments Goals,” the UN chief […]

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Senate confirms Blinken as Secretary of State with mission to redirect US diplomacy

By Arul LouisNew York, Jan 27 (IANS) Anthony Blinken has been confirmed as the Secretary of State to steer US diplomacy in a new direction of greater engagement with international organisations and recasting ties with allies. President Joe Biden’s nominee received the Senate confirmation on Tuesday with 78 votes to 22, the dissenters being Republicans […]

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Biden appoints 2 Indian Americans to leadership posts at US mission to UN

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Jan 26 (IANS) President Joe Biden appointed two Indian Americans, Sohini Chatterjee and Aditi Gorur, to the leadership team of the US mission to the UN on Tuesday. The mission said that the appointments “reflect President Biden and Vice President (Kamala) Harris’s commitment to building a talented, experienced, and diverse administration […]

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Anyone who wants Covid vaccine could get it ‘this Spring’: Biden

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Joe Biden’s underpromise-overdeliver strategy on Covid-19 vaccine allocation landed its most optimistic message yet, pointing to vaccination for any American who wants a shot by “this Spring”. Responding to a reporter’s question on when ordinary Americans can hope to get the vaccine on demand, Biden said, […]

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California lifts regional stay-at-home order for all regions

Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) California lifted all regional stay-at-home orders in the most populous state in the US, public health officials announced on Monday. Although three of California’s five designated regions, including 12-county San Joaquin Valley, 11-county Bay Area and 11-county Southern California, were still under the order, state officials said four-week intensive care […]

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Canada’s Covid-19 cases surpass 7,50,000

Ottawa, Jan 26 (IANS) Canada’s Covid-19 cases surpassed 7,50,000 on Monday morning, with the total hitting 7,50,546, including 17,847 deaths, according to media reports. Canada’s most populous province of Ontario reported 1,958 new cases of the Covid-19 on Monday, fewer than 2,000 new Covid-19 cases when the province marks the anniversary of detecting its first […]

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UN chief urges donor countries, banks to increase climate finance

United Nations, Jan 25 (IANS) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged donor countries and banks to significantly increase the volume and predictability of their finance for climate change adaptation and resilience. “Donor countries and multilateral, regional and national development banks need to significantly increase the volume and predictability of their finance for adaptation […]

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Boeing to deliver commercial planes on sustainable fuels by 2030

Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) American airplane giant Boeing has announced that the company is setting a target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum […]

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Bolsonaro says ‘Dhanyavaad’ to Modi for vaccine exports

Brasilia, Jan 23 (IANS) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said “Dhanyavaad” (thank you) to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for helping the South American nation with Covid-19 vaccine exports. Taking to Twitter on Friday night, the President said: “Namaskar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Brazil is honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle. […]

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3 killed in Madrid explosion

Madrid, Jan 21 (IANS) Three people were killed and several others injured after a large explosion destroyed a building in the centre of Madrid, according to authorities. Addressing reporters, the Spanish capital’s Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida said that an 85-year-old woman and man died in the blast, which occurred at Toledo Street close to the […]

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Dutch govt to impose curfew, flight ban

The Hague, Jan 21 (IANS) The caretaker government of the Netherlands has decided to ban flights from the UK, South Africa and the whole of South America and also planned to introduce a night-time curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced. “This is a critical moment for national security […]

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Democrats take control of US Senate

Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) The Democratic Party has taken control of the US Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three party Senators as new members of the upper chamber. Stepping onto the Senate floor for the first time as Vice President, which also makes her the President of the Senate, Harris on Wednesday […]

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Biden reverses US withdrawal from WHO

Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has reversed the US process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO). Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order ceasing a withdrawal process that his predecessor Donald Trump initiated last year, Xinhua news […]

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UN chief welcomes US re-entry into Paris Agreement

United Nations, Jan 21 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the announcement of the new US administration to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climate change. “I warmly welcome President (Joe) Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climate change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and people taking ambitious […]

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Biden appoints Jagadesan as acting USIDFC head

By Arul LouisNew York, Jan 21 (IANS) President Joe Biden as appointed Dev Jagadesan as the acting head of the US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC), the White House has announced. With all the senior political appointees in key positions leaving office after Donald Trump’s term ended on Wednesday, Biden made interim appointments pending the […]

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Possible allergic reactions to Moderna Covid vaccine under probe

New York, Jan 20 (IANS) US-based drugmaker Moderna has confirmed that it has received a report from California’s health department that several individuals at one vaccination centre in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine. The company is “fully cooperating” with the California Department […]

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Canada to lift Boeing 737 MAX flight ban

Ottawa, Jan 19 (IANS) The Canadian government has decided to allow the globally grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft fleet to fly again in the country’s airspace starting from Wednesday, the Transport Ministry announced in a statement. In the statement issued on Monday, the Ministry said it has completed its nearly two-year review of the aircraft […]

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US Covid cases top 24mn ahead of Biden’s inauguration (Ld)

Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Reaching yet another grim milestone, the overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, currently the hardest-hit country, has surpassed the 24 million mark, about 24 hours ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering […]

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Washington DC mayor concerned about attacks on residential area

Washington, Jan 18 (IANS) Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday expressed concern about possible attacks on the city’s residential area as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration approached. “I’m not only concerned about other state capitols. I’m also concerned about other parts of Washington, DC,” Bowser said during an appearance on NBC News’ Meet the Press, […]

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Trump administration slaps fresh sanctions against Iran

Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) The United States designated three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation, doubling down its maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement on Friday announced sanctions against Iran’s Marine Industries Organization (MIO), Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), and the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Xinhua news agency […]

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US Capitol Police probing officers over riot

Washington, Jan 12 (IANS) The US Capitol Police (USCP) has confirmed that it was investigating some officers over their actions during the January 6 riot at the Capitol building staged by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump. In a statement issued on Monday, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said: “The Department has been actively […]

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‘US move to designate Houthis as terrorists may have repercussions’

United Nations, Jan 12 (IANS) The US government’s decision to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi militia, as terrorists is likely to have serious repercussions, a UN spokesperson said. “It’s clear that the decision is likely to have serious humanitarian and political repercussions,” Xinhua news agency quoted Stephane Dujarric, spokesman […]

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Biden aims to release nearly every available Covid vaccine dose

Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden has recently announced a controversial shift in Covid-19 vaccination strategy, aiming to release all available doses as soon as possible. According to a CNN report, it could also be a risky strategy as both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses, administered at specific intervals and vaccine […]

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4 killed in US shooting rampage

Chicago, Jan 10 (IANS) At least four people were killed and two others severely injured in a shooting rampage in the US state of Illinois, a media report said, adding the suspect was shot and killed by the police. The NBC Chicago report said the first shooting took place at a pharmacy in Chicago on […]

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140,000 jobs lost in US in Dec 2020

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US employers slashed 140,000 jobs in December 2020, the first monthly decline in employment since April 2020, as recent Covid-19 spikes have stalled the recovery of the labour market, an official report said. “The decline in payroll employment reflects the recent increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and efforts to contain the […]

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San Francisco Mayor announces initiatives to combat human trafficking

San Francisco, Jan 9 (IANS) San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced new initiatives to combat and prevent human trafficking in the US city. Starting this month, the Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Inspectors will begin incorporating new anti-human trafficking training into their inspection process, Xinhua news agency quoted the Mayor as saying in […]

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Canada’s 2nd largest airline cuts jobs, flights

Ottawa, Jan 9 (IANS) WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, has announced that it would lay off 1,000 people and cut flights due to the official travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “Immediately following the federal government’s inbound testing announcement on December 31, 2020, and with the continuation of the 14-day quarantine, […]

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‘Incredibly accomplished’ Indian Americans on Biden national security team

New York, Jan 9 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden, continuing to fill out top posts to align with a diverse country’s shifting demographics, on Friday appointed to his national security council “incredibly accomplished” Indian Americans who will serve under National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Tarun Chhabra, a first-generation American and a graduate of Stanford University, […]

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Pompeo meets with Biden’s secretary of state nominee

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he had met with President-Elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to facilitate an orderly transition. “Today, I met with President-Elect @JoeBiden’s Secretary-Designate @ABlinken in order to facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad,” Pompeo tweeted […]

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