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Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering three million

17 Apr 2021

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering three million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering three million people on Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign.

Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba

17 Apr 2021

Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Raul Castro said on Friday that he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

UK finds cases of COVID-19 variant first found in India

16 Apr 2021

UK finds cases of COVID-19 variant first found in India

UK health authorities identified 77 cases of the highly infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus which causes COVID-19, first found in India, and designated it a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).

Prince Philips's funeral ceremony tomorrow: Details here

16 Apr 2021

Prince Philips's funeral ceremony tomorrow: Details here

Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, will be held tomorrow.

US: 8 killed at FedEx facility in Indianapolis mass shooting

16 Apr 2021

US: 8 killed at FedEx facility in Indianapolis mass shooting

At least eight people were killed in a tragic mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, United States, on Thursday night.

Six Indians win lucky draw worth over $2,72,000 in UAE

16 Apr 2021

Six Indians win lucky draw worth over $2,72,000 in UAE

Six Indians in the UAE have jointly won a lucky draw worth one million dirhams.

COVID-19 vaccine production hit as US, Europe obstruct raw material

15 Apr 2021

COVID-19 vaccine production hit as US, Europe obstruct raw material

As India faces a record surge in coronavirus infections, Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has raised concerns about the United States and Europe holding back key vaccine raw material.

Denmark becomes first European country to permanently drop AstraZeneca vaccine

15 Apr 2021

Denmark becomes first European country to permanently drop AstraZeneca vaccine

Even as vaccines became the world's biggest hope against the highly contagious coronavirus, Denmark has stopped using the one made by British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca.

UN report: Women in poor nations can't say, 'No sex'

15 Apr 2021

UN report: Women in poor nations can't say, 'No sex'

Less than half the women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to say no to sex with their partners, to decide whether to use contraception or to seek health care, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.

South Africa suspends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

15 Apr 2021

South Africa suspends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

South Africa has joined the US in suspending its roll-out of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports that six women who received the immunization doses had developed unusual blood clots with low platelet count.

Australia: Indian-origin truck driver gets 22-year jail for killing cops

14 Apr 2021

Australia: Indian-origin truck driver gets 22-year jail for killing cops

A 48-year-old Indian-origin drug-affected and sleep-deprived truck driver was jailed on Wednesday for 22 years for plowing his heavy vehicle into Australian police officers and killing four of them last year on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway, according to various media reports.

Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan before 9/11 anniversary

14 Apr 2021

Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan before 9/11 anniversary

On Wednesday, United States President Joe Biden is expected to make a formal announcement about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US will pull the remaining combat troops from the war-torn country by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks.

United States recommends 'pause' on J&J vaccine after clotting concerns

13 Apr 2021

United States recommends 'pause' on J&J vaccine after clotting concerns

The United States government recommended a "pause" in the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine amid concerns of a "rare and severe type of blood clot."

UK expands COVID-19 vaccine program to those over 45

13 Apr 2021

UK expands COVID-19 vaccine program to those over 45

The National Health Service (NHS) in England on Tuesday expanded the COVID-19 vaccination program to the next cohort on its age-based priority list to all above 45 years of age after it announced that the target to cover over-50s had been met ahead of the April 15 deadline.

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over, says WHO chief

13 Apr 2021

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over, says WHO chief

Even though more than 780 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered globally, the pandemic is a long way from over but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

Sri Lanka Police warn shoppers against breaking COVID-19 health guidelines

12 Apr 2021

Sri Lanka Police warn shoppers against breaking COVID-19 health guidelines

Sri Lankan Police has warned of strict action against shoppers flouting the COVID-19 health guidelines ahead of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to be celebrated on Wednesday.

Bhutan vaccinates 93% of adults in 16 days

12 Apr 2021

Bhutan vaccinates 93% of adults in 16 days

When plotted on a graph, the curve of Bhutan's COVID-19 vaccination drive shoots upwards from the very first day, crossing Israel, United States, Bahrain, and other countries vaccinating people rapidly.

Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip's funeral sans Meghan Markle

12 Apr 2021

Prince Harry to attend Prince Philip's funeral sans Meghan Markle

The funeral of the British Royal family's patriarch, Prince Philip, will be held on April 17.

5-year-old Indian-American reads 36 books in 105 minutes; sets record

11 Apr 2021

5-year-old Indian-American reads 36 books in 105 minutes; sets record

A five-year-old Indian-American girl has set a record for reading the maximum number of books non-stop.

UK: Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, dies at 99

09 Apr 2021

UK: Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, dies at 99

Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip (99), has died, the British Royal Family announced in a statement on Friday. He would have turned 100 on June 10, 2021.

One dead, five injured in Texas cabinet plant shooting

09 Apr 2021

One dead, five injured in Texas cabinet plant shooting

One person was killed and five people were wounded in the wake of a shooting at a cabinet-making business in Bryan, Texas, US, authorities said, and a state trooper was later shot during a manhunt that resulted in the suspected shooter being taken into custody.

Countries worldwide hit new records for coronavirus cases, deaths

09 Apr 2021

Countries worldwide hit new records for coronavirus cases, deaths

Nations around the world set new records on Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new infections, and the disease surged even in countries that have kept the virus in check.

India's Serum Institute refunds South Africa for undelivered coronavirus vaccines

09 Apr 2021

India's Serum Institute refunds South Africa for undelivered coronavirus vaccines

Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has fully refunded South Africa for 500,000 undelivered doses of the coronavirus vaccine, reports PTI.

US: Neighbors spot kid crying, later find her parents dead

09 Apr 2021

US: Neighbors spot kid crying, later find her parents dead

An Indian IT professional and his wife were found dead at their apartment in New Jersey, United States.

AstraZeneca serves legal notice to Serum Institute over vaccine delays

08 Apr 2021

AstraZeneca serves legal notice to Serum Institute over vaccine delays

Serum Institute of India (SII), the manufacturer of the coronavirus vaccine Covishield, has been served a legal notice by the drug maker AstraZeneca over delays in vaccine supply, the company's CEO Adar Poonawalla confirmed in an interview earlier this week.

New Zealand suspends travel with India as COVID-19 cases rise

08 Apr 2021

New Zealand suspends travel with India as COVID-19 cases rise

New Zealand has decided to suspend entry for all travelers from India as the latter is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Indonesia landslides: Death toll rises to 126, dozens missing

07 Apr 2021

Indonesia landslides: Death toll rises to 126, dozens missing

The death toll from mudslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 126 with scores still missing, officials said Wednesday, as the rain continued to pound the region and hamper the search.

North Korea tells WHO it is still virus-free

07 Apr 2021

North Korea tells WHO it is still virus-free

Isolated North Korea has continued to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World Health Organization (WHO).

COVID-19 spike in India will hit global vaccine supply: Gavi

06 Apr 2021

COVID-19 spike in India will hit global vaccine supply: Gavi

India, which is experiencing a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, is now likely to make available a smaller number of vaccines to the rest of the world, the head of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization has said.

Bangladesh: Ferry collides with cargo vessel, capsizes; 27 dead

05 Apr 2021

Bangladesh: Ferry collides with cargo vessel, capsizes; 27 dead

At least 27 people died after a small launch (motorboat) capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel in Bangladesh's Shitalakkhya River, officials said on Monday.

Scottish politician claims gay marriages caused COVID-19 pandemic

05 Apr 2021

Scottish politician claims gay marriages caused COVID-19 pandemic

A Scottish politician has sparked outrage after claiming that the coronavirus pandemic has been caused due to gay marriages.

Nepal to administer Chinese vaccines to citizens from April 7

05 Apr 2021

Nepal to administer Chinese vaccines to citizens from April 7

Nepal will start its second phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive from April 7 using a China-donated vaccine to fight against the deadly infection, according to the health ministry.

Indonesia landslides, floods kill 55 people; dozens missing

05 Apr 2021

Indonesia landslides, floods kill 55 people; dozens missing

Multiple disasters caused by torrential rains in eastern Indonesia have killed at least 55 people and displaced thousands, the country's disaster relief agency said on Monday. More than 40 other people are missing.

English woman gives birth to 'twins' conceived 3 weeks apart

04 Apr 2021

English woman gives birth to 'twins' conceived 3 weeks apart

A 39-year-old woman from Wiltshire, England took all by surprise when she revealed on the show Good Morning America that she gave birth to twins that were conceived three weeks apart.

UK: Seven blood-clotting-related deaths in 18mn AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine recipients

03 Apr 2021

UK: Seven blood-clotting-related deaths in 18mn AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine recipients

On Saturday, the United Kingdom's medical regulator said that seven people—out of more than 18 million recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab for COVID-19 in the country—died of unusual blood clots.

Bangladesh imposes seven-day lockdown after record COVID-19 surge

03 Apr 2021

Bangladesh imposes seven-day lockdown after record COVID-19 surge

The Bangladesh Government on Saturday decided to impose a week-long nationwide lockdown from Monday as COVID-19 cases and deaths surged across the country.

Taiwan prosecutors probe train crash that killed 51

03 Apr 2021

Taiwan prosecutors probe train crash that killed 51

Prosecutors in Taiwan said on Saturday that they have questioned the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto a rail track and caused the country's worst train disaster in decades that killed 51 people and injured 146, though no charges have been filed.

Iraq judge who presided over Saddam's trial dies of COVID-19

03 Apr 2021

Iraq judge who presided over Saddam's trial dies of COVID-19

A retired Iraqi judge who presided over the trial of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has died after battling COVID-19, the country's top judicial body said on Friday.

US Capitol attack: Car rams security barricade; 1 officer killed

03 Apr 2021

US Capitol attack: Car rams security barricade; 1 officer killed

A US Capitol Police officer was killed and another was injured in an attack at the Capitol Hill complex in Washington DC on Friday when a man rammed his car into one of the security barricades surrounding the complex.

Bangladesh teen arrested for mocking Modi, Sheikh Hasina in video

02 Apr 2021

Bangladesh teen arrested for mocking Modi, Sheikh Hasina in video

A teenager in Bangladesh was held for making a music video mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

George Floyd's girlfriend breaks down while testifying in Chauvin trial

02 Apr 2021

George Floyd's girlfriend breaks down while testifying in Chauvin trial

George Floyd's girlfriend broke down in tears as she took the witness stand on Thursday at the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former cop accused of murdering Floyd.

Facing delay in securing vaccines, Lanka temporarily suspends COVID-19 jabs

02 Apr 2021

Facing delay in securing vaccines, Lanka temporarily suspends COVID-19 jabs

Sri Lanka has temporarily halted its COVID-19 vaccination program as there was a delay in securing more AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India (SII), a top health minister has said.

Fire kills three in market near Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

02 Apr 2021

Fire kills three in market near Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

A fire on Friday destroyed more than 20 shops in a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people, police and witnesses said.

Taiwan train derails in tunnel, reportedly killing 36 people

02 Apr 2021

Taiwan train derails in tunnel, reportedly killing 36 people

A passenger train carrying an estimated 350 people derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday morning, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, the authorities said, marking the island's deadliest rail accident in decades.

Pakistan makes U-turn; refuses to import Indian cotton, sugar

01 Apr 2021

Pakistan makes U-turn; refuses to import Indian cotton, sugar

Just a day after Pakistan agreed to import cotton and sugar from India, the country on Thursday backtracked on its decision.

Singapore court jails, fines Indian national for molesting Vietnamese woman

01 Apr 2021

Singapore court jails, fines Indian national for molesting Vietnamese woman

An Indian national was sentenced by a Singapore court to four weeks in prison and fined Singapore dollars 8,000 for molesting a Vietnamese woman who worked at his office.

15 million J&J vaccine doses ruined due to human error

01 Apr 2021

15 million J&J vaccine doses ruined due to human error

About 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine have been ruined after a plant in the United States mixed up ingredients, The New York Times has reported.

California office building shooting leaves four dead, including child

01 Apr 2021

California office building shooting leaves four dead, including child

A shooting at a Southern California office building in the US on Wednesday killed four people, including a child, and injured a fifth person before police shot the suspect, police said.

France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

01 Apr 2021

France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced a three-week nationwide school closure and a month-long domestic travel ban, as the rapid spread of the virus ramped up pressure on hospitals.

BBC correspondent leaves China amid safety concerns

31 Mar 2021

BBC correspondent leaves China amid safety concerns

A veteran BBC correspondent whose coverage angered China has left the country amid concerns for his safety, BBC and a journalist organization said.

Indonesia finds Sriwijaya Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

31 Mar 2021

Indonesia finds Sriwijaya Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

Indonesian navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, killing all 62 people on board, officials said Wednesday.

Germany halts AstraZeneca vaccine use for under-60s over clot fears

31 Mar 2021

Germany halts AstraZeneca vaccine use for under-60s over clot fears

Germany will allow general use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine only for people aged above 60 years, imposing restrictions on younger people taking the jab after several severe cases of blood clots were reported, the German government said on Tuesday.

Texas school to be named after Indian-American trailblazer Sonal Bhuchar

31 Mar 2021

Texas school to be named after Indian-American trailblazer Sonal Bhuchar

An elementary school in the US state of Texas will be named after Indian-American trailblazer Sonal Bhuchar so that her legacy in education and philanthropy continues for generations, according to a statement.

'Biggest challenge since WWII': World leaders call for pandemic treaty

30 Mar 2021

'Biggest challenge since WWII': World leaders call for pandemic treaty

Over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, 24 world leaders recognized it as the "greatest challenge" since World War II and called for an international treaty.

90% Americans to be eligible for vaccine by April 19

30 Mar 2021

90% Americans to be eligible for vaccine by April 19

US President Joe Biden has announced that 90 percent of the adults in the country will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination by April 19 and the final 10 percent will be eligible no later than May 1.

Pfizer, Moderna's coronavirus vaccines effective even after first dose: Study

30 Mar 2021

Pfizer, Moderna's coronavirus vaccines effective even after first dose: Study

The coronavirus vaccines developed by American pharma giant Pfizer, with Germany's BioNTech, and the one manufactured by Moderna, another United States company, reduce the risk of infection even after the first dose, a study has found, reports Reuters.

Coronavirus: WHO team spent merely four hours at Wuhan institute

30 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: WHO team spent merely four hours at Wuhan institute

A team of the World Health Organization (WHO), that visited China earlier this year to trace the origins of coronavirus, has ruled out the possibility of a lab leak.

Ever Given: Ship stuck in Suez Canal finally freed

29 Mar 2021

Ever Given: Ship stuck in Suez Canal finally freed

The cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal for days has been freed, authorities and visuals from the passageway confirmed on Monday.

WHO says COVID-19 likely emerged from animals; lab leak unlikely

29 Mar 2021

WHO says COVID-19 likely emerged from animals; lab leak unlikely

The coronavirus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely originated from animals, a draft copy of a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origin of the virus reportedly said.

Ever Given: Cargo ship stuck in Suez Canal 'partially refloated'

29 Mar 2021

Ever Given: Cargo ship stuck in Suez Canal 'partially refloated'

The cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal for days has been "partially refloated," a canal services firm said without providing further details about when the canal would reopen.

British university draws criticism over life-sized Greta Thunberg statue

26 Mar 2021

British university draws criticism over life-sized Greta Thunberg statue

A British university has invited criticism for its plans to erect a life-sized statue for teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on its Hampshire campus.

Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine being tested on children under 12

26 Mar 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine being tested on children under 12

American pharma giant Pfizer and German company BioNTech began testing their coronavirus vaccine on children, aged under 12, reports Reuters.