Argentina extends border closure to June 25

Buenos Aires, June 13 (IANS) The Argentinean government has decided to extend the closure of the country’s borders to non-resident foreigners until June 25 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The measure announced on Saturday also allows the continuation of suspension of all direct flights to and from the UK […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 175.5mn

Washington, June 13 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 175.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.79 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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UN chief saddened by death of former IOM leader

United Nations, June 13 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed his sadness over the death of William Swing, a former leader of the UN migration agency. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend William Swing, the former director-general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and past […]

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US state Illinois fully reopens

Chicago, June 12 (IANS) The US midwest state of Illinois, including the country’s third largest city of Chicago, has fully reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic. By fully reopening, it means going outside without a mask or gathering in small groups with other vaccinated friends, increasing social interactions and dropping restrictions incrementally, reports Xinhua news agency. […]

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Justice Dept to probe subpoenas seeking Democrats’ records

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The US Justice Department’s (DoJ) internal watchdog said it will launch a probe into subpoenas seeking secret seizure of data from Democratic lawmakers and reporters during investigations initiated under former President Donald Trump’s administration. “The review will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such […]

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Iran regains voting rights at UNGA

United Nations, June 12 (IANS) Iran has regained its voting rights at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) after a partial payment of its dues in arrears, a spokesman at the world body has confirmed. “I can confirm to you today that the Islamic Republic of Iran has paid the minimum amount due and is no […]

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Biden to host Merkel in WH on July 15

Washington, June 12 (IANS) US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the US and Germany,” Psaki said in a statement on Friday. “The leaders will discuss their commitment to close […]

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Indian-origin journo wins Pulitzer for exposing China’s Muslim detention camps

By Arul LouisNew York, June 12 (IANS) Indian-origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan has won the US’ top journalism award, the Pulitzer Prize, for innovative investigative reports harnessing satellite technology that exposed China’s mass detention camps for Muslim Uighurs and other minority ethnicites. The award in the international reporting category that she shared with two colleagues from […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 175mn

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.78 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Pentagon announces $150mn in security assistance for Ukraine

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The Pentagon has announced $150 million of security assistance package for Ukraine to enhance its defense capability. The US will provide Ukraine with counter-artillery radars, counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, electronic warfare and military medical evacuation equipment, and training and equipment to improve the operational safety and capacity of Ukrainian […]

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Twitter India seeks rockstar ‘designer’ amid silence on compliance officer

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, June 11 (IANS) After getting slammed for not complying with Indias new Digital Media Ethics Code which dramatically alters intermediary liability in the country and mandates the appointment of a chief compliance officer, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter is scrambling to hire a “staff designer” who can “locally tailor” its “global product” for […]

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US Senate confirms 1st Muslim federal judge

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi to become the first Muslim American federal judge in the country’s history. Senators on Thursday voted 81-16 to confirm Quraishi to serve as a district judge for the district court of New Jersey, Xinhua news agency reported. As many as 32 Republican Senators joined […]

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3 dead in Florida supermarket shooting

Miami, June 11 (IANS) Three people, including a child, were killed in a shooting inside a supermarket in the US state of Florida, local media reported. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the shooter is among the vitims of Thursday’s shooting inside the Publix supermarket, reports Xinhua news agency. The store’s parking lot was […]

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Peru prosecutor requests preventive detention of prez candidate

Lima, June 11 (IANS) Peru’s anti-corruption prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez has requested a new pre-trial detention of presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori to prevent her from interfering in an ongoing investigation. “It has been determined once again that the defendant Fujimori Higuchi does not comply with the restriction of not communicating with witnesses,” Perez said in […]

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US budget deficit tops $2tn

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US budget deficit soared to $2.1 trillion during the first eight months of fiscal year 2021, which ends on September 30, the Treasury Department reported. Federal revenue for the eight-month period ending in May rose to $2.6 trillion, while total outlays rose to $4.7 trillion, driven by payments for jobless […]

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US sanctions network financing Houthis

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US Treasury Department has sanctioned members of a smuggling network that helps fund the Houthi militia in Yemen and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). In a statement on Thursday, the Department said the network, led by Iran-based Houthi financier Sa’id al-Jamal, generates tens of millions of dollars in […]

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San Francisco to fully reopen on June 15

San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) Staring from June 15, the city of San Francisco will fully reopen and eliminate capacity limits, according to an announcement by Mayor London Breed. Based on the draft guidelines that the state had released in advance, San Francisco has determined that it will fully align with the state plan with […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 174.7mn

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.76 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Biden revokes executive orders targeting TikTok, WeChat

Washington, June 10 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has revoked and replaced executive orders targeting TikTok, WeChat and eight other software applications signed by his predecessor President Donald Trump. “President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s (executive orders) that aimed to prohibit transactions with TikTok, WeChat, and eight other communications and financial technology software applications; […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 174.3mn

Washington, June 10 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.75 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Nicaragua authorities arrest two more possible challengers to Ortega

Managua, June 9 (IANS) Nicaragua authorities have arrested two more potential presidential challengers to veteran leader Daniel Ortega in polls later this year. Felix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastian Chamorro have been accused of terrorism and plotting against Nicaragua’s sovereignty and independence, the BBC reported. They were held under a controversial new security law passed in […]

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Biden-Putin summit both necessary and important: WH

Washington, June 8 (IANS) The White House considers the planned meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on June 16 Geneva both necessary and important. Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in Washington on Monday that the US President was meeting his Russian counterpart not “despite” but precisely because […]

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2 killed in US parking lot shooting

Washington, June 6 (IANS) Two people were killed and two others injured after a shooting at a parking lot in Indianapolis, the capital of the US state of Indiana, police said. Police officers responded to a report of shots fired just after 2 a.m., on Saturday where they found four people shot, Xinhua news agency […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 172.8mn

Washington, June 6 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 172.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.71 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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‘Twitter’ Dorsey on wrong side of Indian hurricane, ‘Koo’ Aprameya says he is ready

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, June 5 (IANS) India on Saturday slammed a notice to billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, giving the microblogging platform one last chance to “immediately” comply with her new information technology rules which came into effect from May 26, 2021. A furious Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) warned Twitter that failure […]

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Guterres launches UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

United Nations, June 5 (IANS) Amidst the triple environmental threats of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched “an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth”. Kicking off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the UN chief said on Friday that the planet was rapidly reaching a “point of no return”, […]

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Huge mystery sinkhole in Mexico growing

Mexico City, June 4 (IANS) A massive water-filled sinkhole which opened up for unknown reasons in a field in central Mexico is getting bigger, local authorities said. The sinkhole, which was just five metres in diameter when it was first discovered in the village of Santa Maria Zacatepec in the central state of Puebla, is […]

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Ex-Canadian Senator urges independent probe over indigenous residential schools

Ottawa, June 4 (IANS) Former Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair has called for an independent investigation into the sites of indigenous residential schools across the country. Addressing the the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee of Parliament on Thursday, Sinclair, also the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), said a search must be conducted outside […]

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Chicago to fully reopen on June 11

Chicago, June 4 (IANS) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the third largest US city will fully reopen on June 11, in line with the date of reopening of the state of Illinois ordered by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The date is three weeks earlier than the target date of July 4 that Lightfoot had initially […]

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World Bank, IMF urge action on Covid vax access

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have called on countries anticipating excess Covid-19 vaccine supplies in the coming months to release their surplus doses as soon as possible to developing nations. “The coronavirus pandemic will not end until everyone has access to vaccines, including people in developing […]

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UN launches initiative to help cope with transnational corruption

United Nations, June 4 (IANS) With factors contributing to transnational corruption becoming increasingly complex, the UN has launched an initiative to “empower all countries” to find practical solutions and better tools to track, investigate and prosecute the scourge. On Thursday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the General Assembly’s first-ever special session against corruption via a video […]

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US Postal Service head under probe for fundraising

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The head of the US Postal Service is under federal investigation over political fundraising made by his employees, a spokesman confirmed. The investigation aims to find out wrong-doings in political fundraising involving Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former business, New Breed Logistics, a supply-chain services provider of which he was the Chief […]

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Mandate of UN mission in Sudan extended

United Nations, June 4 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for a year until June 3, 2022. Resolution 2579, adopted unanimously on Thursday, retains the four strategic objectives for UNITAMS outlined in Resolution 2524, which established the mission on June 3, […]

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US private sector adds 978,000 jobs in May

Washington, June 4 (IANS) Private companies in the US added 978,000 jobs in May, which marked the biggest gain in 11 months and indicated a continued labour market recovery amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report. The service-providing sectors added 850,000 jobs in May, the report released on Thursday by the payroll data company […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 172mn

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 172 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.69 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Biden administration reaffirms commitment to Israel’s security

Washington, June 4 (IANS) Senior US officials met with visiting Israeli Defence Minister Benjamin Gantz on Thursday, reaffirming US commitment to Israel’s security. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Gantz discussed the US-Israel partnership and US ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, according to a readout issued by the State Department, Xinhua news agency reported. “The […]

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Hiker falls to death in US national park

San Francisco, June 3 (IANS) A hiker fell to his death about 500 feet from a summit ridge in California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, while another person was injured while trying to grab the man, the media reported. In a statement on Wednesday, the National Park Service said the accident occurred on Monday […]

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US sanctions Bulgarian individuals, entities over corruption

Washington, June 3 (IANS) The US Treasury Department has sanctioned three Bulgarian individuals for their extensive roles in corruption in the country, as well as their networks encompassing 64 entities. On Wednesday, the Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Vassil Kroumov Bojkov, a prominent Bulgarian businessman and oligarch; Delyan Slavchev Peevski, a former […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 171mn

Washington, June 2 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 171 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.55 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Canada allows mixing and matching Covid vaccines

Ottawa, June 2 (IANS) Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has announced its updated guidance to allow mixing and matching approved Covid-19 vaccines in most scenarios. Under the updated guidance, people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may receive Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second dose, unless contraindicated. Four vaccines, developed […]

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‘Low vaccination rates in some countries dangerous for everyone’

Washington, June 2 (IANS) Vaccinating the world is the most effective way to boost global output in the near term, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Tuesday, warning that low vaccination rates in some countries is “dangerous” for everyone. “It is now increasingly clear to leaders everywhere and to ordinary people […]

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Hanoi airport suspends int’l arrivals

Hanoi, June 1 (IANS) The Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Tuesday suspended international arrivals, following the latest Covid-19 resurgence in the country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. The suspension will last until at least June 7, while outbound flights will operate as normal, Xinhua news agency quoted the Authority as […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 170.5mn

Washington, June 1 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 170.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.54 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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6 people dead in Colombia protests

Bogota, May 30 (IANS) At least six people have died in protests in the Colombian city of Cali, local media reported. Newspaper El Tiempo said there were six deaths on Saturday, while RCN Radio put the toll at seven, reprts dpa news agency. President Ivan Duque on Friday night sent additional military assistance to support […]

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Biden’s $6tn budget plan draws mixed reviews

Washington, May 30 (IANS) US President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 has drawn mixed reviews from lawmakers and analysts, setting the stage for a potentially heated debate in Congress. The proposal, which included Biden’s plan to increase investment in infrastructure, education, health care and beyond, would push federal spending to […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 169.7mn

Washington, May 30 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 169.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.52 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Boeing again halts deliveries of 787 aircraft

Washington, May 29 (IANS) American aerospace giant, Boeing has again halted deliveries of its 787 aircraft after US federal regulators sought more information about its production flaws, according to a statement released by the company. In the statement issued on Friday, Boeing said it is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide more […]

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Ex-banker wins Ecuadorian Prez runoff

Quito, April 19 (IANS) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador has proclaimed former banker and three-time presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso as the winner of the second round of presidential elections held on April 11, with 52.36 per cent of votes. Lasso, the right-of-centre candidate in his third presidential campaign, edged out Andres Arauz, a […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 141.1mn

Washington, April 19 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 141.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.01 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Monday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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3 killed in US bar shooting, 1 arrested

Washington, April 19 (IANS) One person has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident at a bar in Wisconsin in the US in which three persons were killed and three injured, officials said. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Sunday that the person, whose name was not released, was arrested […]

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Brazil registers over 370,000 Covid deaths

Brasilia, April 18 (IANS) Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 371,678 after 2,929 fatalities were registered in the past 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health reported. According to the Ministry, another 67,636 cases were registered in the same period, which increased the overall infection tally to 13,900,091, reports Xinhua news agency. Brazil’s death toll […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 140.6mn

Washington, April 18 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 140.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Biden names 2 Indian-Americans to key jobs

Washington, April 16 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has named Radhika Fox and Meera Joshi, two Indian-American women already working in his administration, to be part of a 10 member team to lead on climate and transportation matters across key agencies, the media reported. According to a White House announcement on Wednesday, Fox would become […]

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Shooting at FedEx facility in US city

Washington, April 16 (IANS) A shooting incident took place at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis, police said on Friday, adding that there were multiple people injured. In a report, the city-based WRTV channel said the incident occurred on Thursday night at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport. According to Indianapolis […]

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Biden calls for de-escalation after sanctioning Russia (Ld)

Washington, April 16 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has called for de-escalating the ongoing tensions with Moscow after his administration launched diplomatic and financial offensives against Russian officials and businesses in retaliation for election-meddling and hacking that compromised major federal agencies. In his remarks at the White House on Thursday, Biden detailed his phone call […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 138.8mn

Washington, April 16 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 138.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.98 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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US imposes fresh sanctions on Russia

Washington, April 16 (IANS) The US has launched diplomatic and financial offensives against Russian officials and businesses in retaliation for election-meddling and Moscow-linked hacking that compromised major federal agencies. The move included the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats from the US and sanctions on several organisations and individuals, the White House and State Department said […]

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Bulgarian PM Borisov formally resigns

Sofia, April 15 (IANS) Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Thursday resigned from his coalition government, as expected, after the parliamentary election earlier this month. The announcement was made by the Interim President of the newly elected Parliament, Mika Saykova, during the first session, dpa news agency reported. The resignation of the nationalist government, which […]

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Ex-police officer to face charge for killing African-American man

Washington, April 15 (IANS) Former police officer Kim Potter, who fatally shot 20-year-old African-American man Daunte Wright in the US state of Minnesota, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter for the killing, a prosecutor said. On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said he is filing a second-degree manslaughter charge against Potter, a 48-year-old veteran […]

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IMF chief ‘confident’ to distribute new SDR by Aug

Washington, April 15 (IANS) International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said she is “confident” the financial organisation will distribute a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) to member countries by mid-August. “It is a remarkable demonstration of multilateralism” that the IMF membership has agreed to support a new SDR allocation of $650 […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 138mn

Washington, April 15 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 138 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.97 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Global Covid caseload tops 137.2mn

Washington, April 14 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 137.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.95 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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1 dead in US high school shooting

Washington, April 13 (IANS) One person was shot dead and a police officer was injured during a shooting at a high school in the US state of Tennessee, police said. A gunfight erupted on Monday police officers responded to a report of an armed man at the Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville city, Knoxville […]

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Blinken embarks on Brussels visit

Washington, April 13 (IANS) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday embarked on a visit to Brussels, Belgium, to consult with NATO allies on a range of shared priorities. Taking to Twitter, Blinken said: “Glad to be heading back to Brussels. The US is committed to rebuilding US alliances, particularly with our NATO allies. […]

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Biden picks new chief for border agency

Washington, April 13 (IANS) US President Joe Biden will nominate Chris Magnus, the chief of police in the city of Tucson, Arizona, to lead the Customs and Border Protection, the country’s border enforcement agency that is currently dealing with a migrant influx. On Monday, the White House announced the nomination of Magnus, a critic of […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 136.4mn

Washington, April 13 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 136.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.94 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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California Covid cases top 3.6mn

San Francisco, April 12 (IANS) The total number of Covid-19 cases in California, the most populous state in the US, has surpassed the 3.6 million mark, according to health authorities. The California Department of Public Health reported 4,954 new cases and 105 related deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall infection tally to […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135 million

Washington, April 11 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Bolivia-Brazil border to stay closed

La Paz, April 10 (IANS) The Bolivian government said it has decided to keep the country’s border with Brazil closed for another seven days to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, especially the Brazilian variant of the virus considered to be more contagious and possibly more lethal. Bolivia first closed its border with Brazil […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 134.5mn

Washington, April 10 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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UN chief applauds IMF, World Bank measures to address COVID-related debt crises

United Nations, April 10 (IANS) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the steps announced by the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) and the World Bank Group Development Committee to address debt crises and other financial distress to economies arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement issued via his spokesperson on Friday, the UN […]

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Iran nuclear deal talks resume in Vienna

Vienna, April 10 (IANS) The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, resumed talks here again, with the lifting of sanctions on Iran and nuclear implementation measures on top of the agenda. The European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a press release earlier on Friday […]

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Argentina extends social distancing measures

Buenos Aires, April 9 (IANS) The Argentine government has extended the social, preventive and mandatory distancing measures established to control the Covid-19 pandemic until April 30, according to a presidential decree. The decree stated published on Thursday that “in all areas, both public and private”, people must maintain a minimum distance of two metres from […]

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US gun violence int’l embarrassment: Biden

Washington, April 9 (IANS) US President Joe Biden called gun violence in the country an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment”, as he delivered a speech from the White House introducing new executive actions aimed at addressing the issue. “Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” Biden said in the […]

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US ‘increasingly concerned’ by Russian military build-up on Ukraine border

Washington, April 9 (IANS) The US is “increasingly concerned” by the Russian military build-up on its border with Ukraine, the White House said, adding that Moscow now has more troops on that frontier since 2014. “The US is increasingly concerned by recent escalating Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, including Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s border,” […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 133.7mn

Washington, April 9 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 133.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.90 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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US expresses concern over Tigray crisis

Washington, April 9 (IANS) President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expressed US concern over the crisis in the Tigray region to Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the White House said. In a Wednesday phone call with Mekonnen, Sullivan “expressed the Biden Administration’s grave concern about the continued humanitarian and human rights crisis […]

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