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Omicron variant detected in 15 countries; here's a list

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Israel PM warns state of emergency over new coronavirus variant

26 Nov 2021

Israel PM warns state of emergency over new coronavirus variant

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday said the country is currently on the verge of a state of emergency.

Francisca Susano, 'world's oldest person,' passes away at 124

26 Nov 2021

Francisca Susano, 'world's oldest person,' passes away at 124

Francisca Susano, the Filipino woman who was thought to be the oldest person in the world, died at the age of 124 recently.

India raises alert as new, heavily-mutated coronavirus variant is found

26 Nov 2021

India raises alert as new, heavily-mutated coronavirus variant is found

A new variant of the coronavirus has been found in South Africa and several other countries.

Why surge in COVID-19 infections in Europe is a concern?

25 Nov 2021

Why surge in COVID-19 infections in Europe is a concern?

Europe is witnessing a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, as over 60% of the world's cases and deaths were reported from the continent over the last week.

5 dead in US as SUV rams into Christmas parade

22 Nov 2021

5 dead in US as SUV rams into Christmas parade

A speeding vehicle rammed into a Christmas parade in the US state of Wisconsin, leaving at least five people dead and injuring more than 40.

First known COVID-19 case was vendor at Wuhan market: Study

20 Nov 2021

First known COVID-19 case was vendor at Wuhan market: Study

The first confirmed case of symptomatic COVID-19 can be traced to a female seafood vendor at an animal market in China's Wuhan.

Pakistan clears bill allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal against death sentence

18 Nov 2021

Pakistan clears bill allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal against death sentence

Pakistan's Parliament on Wednesday passed a law to give Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav (51) the right to appeal against his conviction.

UN responds to Elon Musk's challenge with $6.6bn famine plan

16 Nov 2021

UN responds to Elon Musk's challenge with $6.6bn famine plan

The United Nations (UN) has responded to Tesla CEO Elon Musk's challenge where he had asked the agency to prove how $6 billion of his wealth could solve world hunger.

China overtakes US as world's richest; experts sound caution

16 Nov 2021

China overtakes US as world's richest; experts sound caution

China has overtaken the United States as the world's richest country, a recent report by the research arm of consultants McKinsey & Co. revealed.

COP26: UN seeks explanation from India, China over coal move

15 Nov 2021

COP26: UN seeks explanation from India, China over coal move

COP26 Summit's President Alok Sharma said Sunday that India and China would need to explain to climate-vulnerable countries why they opposed an agreement to "phase out" coal-fired power.

COP26: New global climate deal struck; India's coal pushback accepted

14 Nov 2021

COP26: New global climate deal struck; India's coal pushback accepted

A new deal to tackle climate change has been struck at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow after its extra time plenary concluded on Saturday.

China's Xi Jinping eyes third term after historic resolution

12 Nov 2021

China's Xi Jinping eyes third term after historic resolution

Leaders of China's ruling Communist Party on Thursday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to begin his third term next year.

COP26 draft deal published; UK PM Boris Johnson urges action

10 Nov 2021

COP26 draft deal published; UK PM Boris Johnson urges action

The United Nations climate agency has published the first draft of an agreement on how countries will cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Malala Yousafzai is now married! Here's all we know

10 Nov 2021

Malala Yousafzai is now married! Here's all we know

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is now married.

Canadian woman first to be 'suffering from climate change'

10 Nov 2021

Canadian woman first to be 'suffering from climate change'

A 70-year-old woman in Canada is possibly the world's first patient to be diagnosed as suffering from "climate change."

China delivers its most advanced warship to Pakistan

09 Nov 2021

China delivers its most advanced warship to Pakistan

China on Monday delivered its largest and most advanced warship to Pakistan, the Chinese state media reported.

US: House passes $1tn infrastructure bill, heads to Biden's desk

06 Nov 2021

US: House passes $1tn infrastructure bill, heads to Biden's desk

Following months of tense negotiations and a daylong standoff, the US House of Representatives has passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Friday night, sending it to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Pfizer pill cuts risk of severe COVID-19 by 89%

05 Nov 2021

Pfizer pill cuts risk of severe COVID-19 by 89%

American company Pfizer's experimental antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 cuts the risk of hospitalization and death by 89% in vulnerable adults, according to clinical trial results.

How Taliban's foreign currency ban affects Afghanistan

03 Nov 2021

How Taliban's foreign currency ban affects Afghanistan

The Taliban has banned all foreign currency in Afghanistan and ordered its citizens to only use Afghan currency for trade.

China imposes curbs as COVID-19 rears its head again

03 Nov 2021

China imposes curbs as COVID-19 rears its head again

COVID-19 is rearing its head again in China, from where the deadly disease is believed to have emerged.

Australia accepts COVAXIN as 'recognized' vaccine for incoming travelers

01 Nov 2021

Australia accepts COVAXIN as 'recognized' vaccine for incoming travelers

Australia on Monday accepted India's indigenous vaccine, COVAXIN, as a "recognized" vaccine for the purpose of travel to the country.

Taliban government's continued non-recognition 'could become world's problem'

31 Oct 2021

Taliban government's continued non-recognition 'could become world's problem'

The Taliban on Saturday warned the United States that continued non-recognition of the Afghanistan government could become a problem for the world.

Is China selling the organs of Uyghur Muslims?

30 Oct 2021

Is China selling the organs of Uyghur Muslims?

China is allegedly making billions of dollars on the black market by forcibly removing and selling the organs of people belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially the long-persecuted Uyghur Muslims.

Why is the Delta variant so infectious? UK study reveals

29 Oct 2021

Why is the Delta variant so infectious? UK study reveals

People vaccinated against COVID-19 are as likely to spread the Delta variant of the virus to their household contacts as those who have not taken the jab, according to a new study conducted in the United Kingdom.

Taiwan's President confirms presence of US military trainers on island

28 Oct 2021

Taiwan's President confirms presence of US military trainers on island

A small number of United States troops are present in Taiwan for training purposes, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has confirmed.

Amid Delta outbreak, China puts city of 4M on lockdown

26 Oct 2021

Amid Delta outbreak, China puts city of 4M on lockdown

China put the Langzhou city under a strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases are starting to rise across the country.

Traveling to the US? Check new rules and exemptions

26 Oct 2021

Traveling to the US? Check new rules and exemptions

United States President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order reopening air travel for foreign travelers with fresh vaccination rules.

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? WHO chief says this

25 Oct 2021

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? WHO chief says this

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

Sudan PM arrested amid coup; what led to the crisis?

25 Oct 2021

Sudan PM arrested amid coup; what led to the crisis?

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been arrested by security forces along with other officials, reports said on Monday.

Delta-plus variant raises global concern: All you need to know

24 Oct 2021

Delta-plus variant raises global concern: All you need to know

The role of the Delta-plus coronavirus variant is being questioned amid surges in COVID-19 infections in parts of the world.

Onion-linked salmonella: US FDA launches probe as hundreds fall ill

22 Oct 2021

Onion-linked salmonella: US FDA launches probe as hundreds fall ill

Hundreds have fallen sick in the United States after a massive salmonella outbreak reported across 37 states in the country.

More contagious Delta subvariant in Russia; what does it mean?

22 Oct 2021

More contagious Delta subvariant in Russia; what does it mean?

A new "more contagious" subvariant of the Delta coronavirus strain has been detected in Russia, the state consumer watchdog's senior researcher said on Thursday.

UK: Calls for probe into Delta-plus grow amid COVID-19 surge

20 Oct 2021

UK: Calls for probe into Delta-plus grow amid COVID-19 surge

With the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom, former United States' Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for an "urgent" probe into the Delta-plus variant.

Bill Gates was advised against flirting with employee in 2008

19 Oct 2021

Bill Gates was advised against flirting with employee in 2008

Citing unnamed sources, a recent Wall Street Journal report claimed 13 years ago, top Microsoft executives told the company's billionaire founder Bill Gates to stop sending "flirtatious emails" to a female employee.

Know all about Bill and Melinda Gates's son-in-law Nayel Nassar

19 Oct 2021

Know all about Bill and Melinda Gates's son-in-law Nayel Nassar

Jennifer Gates, the daughter of Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, married beau Nayel Nassar on Saturday.

Nirav Modi's plea on dismissing fraud allegations rejected by court

19 Oct 2021

Nirav Modi's plea on dismissing fraud allegations rejected by court

A bankruptcy court in the United States has rejected a petition filed by fugitive Indian businessman Nirav Modi and two of his associates, seeking the dismissal of fraud allegations against them.

Former US official Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

18 Oct 2021

Former US official Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Former United States official Colin Luther Powell has died at the age of 84 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

2 Hindu men killed in Bangladesh violence; toll reaches 6

16 Oct 2021

2 Hindu men killed in Bangladesh violence; toll reaches 6

Two Hindu men have been killed in Bangladesh, police officials said, marking fresh casualties in the ongoing communal violence in the neighboring country.

British MP David Amess's killing was terrorism, police says

16 Oct 2021

British MP David Amess's killing was terrorism, police says

UK Member of Parliament Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in England on Friday, an attack that shocked the entire country and raised questions about the security arrangements for parliamentarians.

Dozens killed in blast at Shia mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar

15 Oct 2021

Dozens killed in blast at Shia mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar

Multiple blasts rocked a mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, reports said, marking yet another incidence of violence in the Taliban-ruled country.

Blackouts hit Kabul as Taliban fails to pay power suppliers

14 Oct 2021

Blackouts hit Kabul as Taliban fails to pay power suppliers

There were multiple power outages across the Afghan capital Kabul and several other provinces once again on Wednesday.

US to reopen land borders in November for vaccinated travelers

13 Oct 2021

US to reopen land borders in November for vaccinated travelers

The United States will reopen its land borders with Mexico and Canada for non-essential travels from November onwards.

India, Japan, Australia, US commence phase two of Malabar exercise

12 Oct 2021

India, Japan, Australia, US commence phase two of Malabar exercise

The navies of the Quad countries—India, Australia, Japan, and the United States—have commenced the second phase of the Malabar naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal.

Card, Angrist, and Imbens win 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics

11 Oct 2021

Card, Angrist, and Imbens win 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics

David Card, Joshua D. Angrist, and Guido W. Imbens won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday.