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US Senate panel okays Yellen’s nomination as Treasury Secy

Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) The US Senate Finance Committee on Friday unanimously approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be the next US Treasury Secretary.The Senate panel approved Yellen’s nomination by a vote of 26-0, sending it to the full Senate for final confirmation, the Xinhua news agency reported.“I […]

Asia

US to operationalise India as Major Defence Partner: Austin

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) US Secretary of Defense nominee, Lt Gen Lloyd Austin (retd) has said that he would further operationalise India’s major “Major Defence Partner” status. During his confirmation hearing in Congress, the former US Central Command chief was asked on how he would enhance the overall defence relationship between the US and […]

Africa

EU strongly discourages non-essential travel

Brussels, Jan 22 (IANS) Leaders of the European Union (EU) have agreed to consider further restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus by strongly discouraging non-essential travel between member states, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “All non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged both within the country and of course across borders,” […]

Europe

Russia adds 21,513 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 23 (IANS) Russia confirmed 21,513 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 3,677,352, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said in a statement on Friday. The number of deaths increased by 580 to 68,412, the Xinhua news agency reported. Figures show that 3,081,536 people have recovered, including 27,318 recoveries over […]

Middel East

Covid-19: Israel considers alternatives to night curfew

Jerusalem, Dec 9 (IANS) The night curfew in Israel, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, is likely to be cancelled, country’s state-owned Kan News has reported. On Monday, Israel’s coronavirus cabinet decided to impose the curfew due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, Xinhua reported. However, legal difficulties, pointed out by Israel’s Deputy […]

Oceania & Other

New Zealand helps turn 2020 disappointments into hope

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANSlife) It’s been a tough year, with cancellations, postponements, and missed weddings, graduations, birthdays and celebrations. As the first country in the world to welcome in 2021, New Zealand is well placed to make sure that it starts off with a dose of positivity. Tourism New Zealand is partnering with Trees […]

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