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Typhoon to bring heavy rains to Taiwan, China over weekend

23 Jul 2021

Typhoon to bring heavy rains to Taiwan, China over weekend

A typhoon is forecast to bring heavy rains to Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, days after the worst flooding on record in a central province caused at least 33 deaths.

Coronavirus: China rejects WHO proposal to probe lab leak theory

22 Jul 2021

Coronavirus: China rejects WHO proposal to probe lab leak theory

In its strongest pushback against the "lab leak" theory concerning coronavirus' origins, China has rejected a proposal by the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the matter.

Half of Australians under lockdown again as COVID-19 cases surge

21 Jul 2021

Half of Australians under lockdown again as COVID-19 cases surge

Until recently, Australia had been praised for its strict lockdowns, lengthy border closures, and quarantine norms over COVID-19.

Over 1.5 million children lost caregivers to COVID-19 worldwide: Report

21 Jul 2021

Over 1.5 million children lost caregivers to COVID-19 worldwide: Report

Over 1.5 million children in 21 countries, including 1,19,000 from India, lost their primary and secondary caregivers to COVID-19 during the pandemic's first 14 months, according to a study in The Lancet.

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

21 Jul 2021

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the tally of COVID-19 cases that arise because eliminating risk is impossible, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told sports officials on Wednesday as events began in Japan.

Twelve killed in heavy rain, floods in central China

21 Jul 2021

Twelve killed in heavy rain, floods in central China

At least 12 people were killed while about 100,000 have been relocated to safe places in China's central Henan province which received the highest daily rainfall since the weather record began, state media reported on Wednesday.

Buckingham Palace 'surprised' at Prince Harry's 'accurate, truthful' memoir announcement

21 Jul 2021

Buckingham Palace 'surprised' at Prince Harry's 'accurate, truthful' memoir announcement

The Duke of Sussex's royal life will no longer remain a secret.

US eases travel advisory for India as COVID-19 cases decline

20 Jul 2021

US eases travel advisory for India as COVID-19 cases decline

As India's COVID-19 outbreak subsides, the United States has eased the travel advisory for its citizens traveling to India.

South Korean goes missing after scaling Pakistani peak

20 Jul 2021

South Korean goes missing after scaling Pakistani peak

A famous South Korean climber fell into a crevasse and went missing over the weekend in bad weather after scaling another mountain peak in northern Pakistan, a mountaineering official said on Tuesday.

World Bank deployed $157bn in 15 months to fight COVID-19

20 Jul 2021

World Bank deployed $157bn in 15 months to fight COVID-19

In its largest-ever crisis response, the World Bank deployed over $157 billion to fight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, economic and social fronts over the last 15 months.

US: Largest wildfire grows, forces evacuation of wildlife station

20 Jul 2021

US: Largest wildfire grows, forces evacuation of wildlife station

The largest wildfire in America torched more dry forest in Oregon and forced the evacuation of a wildlife research station on Monday as firefighters had to retreat from the flames for the ninth consecutive day due to erratic and dangerous fire behavior.

Norovirus outbreak reported in the UK. What is it?

19 Jul 2021

Norovirus outbreak reported in the UK. What is it?

The United Kingdom, which is already seeing a surge in coronavirus cases amid relaxation of curbs, has now reported an outbreak of the norovirus.

Azithromycin no more effective against COVID-19 than placebo: Study

19 Jul 2021

Azithromycin no more effective against COVID-19 than placebo: Study

The commonly prescribed antibiotic for COVID-19, azithromycin, is no more effective than a placebo in preventing the viral disease among non-hospitalized patients, and may in fact increase their chance of hospitalization, a study has found.

Around 30 killed, several injured as bus crashes in Pakistan

19 Jul 2021

Around 30 killed, several injured as bus crashes in Pakistan

At least 30 people were killed, mostly laborers who were going to their hometown to celebrate Eid-ul Azha, and over 40 others injured on Monday when a passenger bus collided with a trailer truck on a highway in Dera Ghazi Khan district of Pakistan's Punjab Province.

France allows visitors vaccinated with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine

17 Jul 2021

France allows visitors vaccinated with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine

France will now allow international travelers who have received AstraZeneca's Indian-manufactured vaccine into the country starting Sunday.

First COVID-19 case reported at Tokyo Olympics village, raising fears

17 Jul 2021

First COVID-19 case reported at Tokyo Olympics village, raising fears

A person has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics athletes' village, organizers said on Saturday, marking the first such case there.

WHO chief says COVID-19 lab leak theory possible; China responds

17 Jul 2021

WHO chief says COVID-19 lab leak theory possible; China responds

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has acknowledged the possibility of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 leaking from a laboratory.

Pulitzer-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

16 Jul 2021

Pulitzer-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist, was killed in clashes in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday night.

Indian photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar province

16 Jul 2021

Indian photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar province

Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist, who was working with Reuters news agency has been killed in Afghanistan while covering clashes between Afghan troops and the Taliban.

Over 40 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

16 Jul 2021

Over 40 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

More than 40 people have died and dozens were missing on Thursday in Germany and Belgium as heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.

We're in early stages of third COVID-19 wave: WHO chief

15 Jul 2021

We're in early stages of third COVID-19 wave: WHO chief

Sounding alarm over the rising Delta variant cases of COVID-19, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Thursday warned the world the pandemic is now in the "early stages" of the third wave.

Choksi's extradition could be delayed for years: Here's why

15 Jul 2021

Choksi's extradition could be delayed for years: Here's why

The extradition of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi—accused in the Rs. 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case—to India could possibly be delayed by many years, according to people familiar with the matter.

NewsBytesExplainer: Why do US and Canada see wildfires every year?

15 Jul 2021

NewsBytesExplainer: Why do US and Canada see wildfires every year?

Parts of western United States and Canada in the North American continent are gearing up for the annual wildfire season as several fires have already started ripping through southwest US.

Pakistan bus blast: 9 Chinese engineers killed; China blames 'bombing'

14 Jul 2021

Pakistan bus blast: 9 Chinese engineers killed; China blames 'bombing'

At least 13 people were killed, including nine Chinese engineers in a blast on a bus in northern Pakistan on Wednesday.

Pope Francis discharged from hospital ten days after surgery

14 Jul 2021

Pope Francis discharged from hospital ten days after surgery

Pope Francis was seen leaving the hospital on Wednesday, ten days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

Awaiting greenlight from India to send COVID-19 vaccine help: US

14 Jul 2021

Awaiting greenlight from India to send COVID-19 vaccine help: US

The United States on Tuesday said that it is ready to ship its COVID-19 vaccines expeditiously when it has the green light from the Indian Government which has told the Americans that it needs further time to review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations.

Search ends in Chinese hotel collapse that killed 17 people

14 Jul 2021

Search ends in Chinese hotel collapse that killed 17 people

The death toll in the hotel collapse in China's Suzhou city raised to 17 on Wednesday as authorities ended the search.

Iraqi health officials: 64 dead in fire at coronavirus ward

13 Jul 2021

Iraqi health officials: 64 dead in fire at coronavirus ward

The death toll from a catastrophic blaze that erupted at a coronavirus hospital ward in southern Iraq the previous day rose to 64 on Tuesday, Iraqi medical officials said.

Dominican court grants bail to Mehul Choksi on medical grounds

13 Jul 2021

Dominican court grants bail to Mehul Choksi on medical grounds

In a setback for Indian agencies, fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi was granted bail by a Dominican court on medical grounds, allowing him to travel to Antigua for treatment.

At least eight dead in hotel collapse in eastern China

13 Jul 2021

At least eight dead in hotel collapse in eastern China

Rescue workers were digging through the remains of a collapsed hotel in eastern China looking for any survivors of a disaster that has killed at least eight people and left nine missing, authorities said on Tuesday.

FDA adds warning of rare reaction risk to J&J vaccine

13 Jul 2021

FDA adds warning of rare reaction risk to J&J vaccine

US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction but said it's not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.

Delta variant driving new spike in cases, deaths: WHO

13 Jul 2021

Delta variant driving new spike in cases, deaths: WHO

The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, warning that the variant is expected to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide.

Nepal's SC orders appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba as PM

12 Jul 2021

Nepal's SC orders appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba as PM

Ending a months-long political deadlock, Nepal's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the reinstatement of the dissolved House of Representatives.

'Will get worse,' say experts as UK COVID-19 cases surge

10 Jul 2021

'Will get worse,' say experts as UK COVID-19 cases surge

Coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom are spiralling as the highly-contagious Delta variant has become dominant there.

COVID-19 likely of natural origin, not leaked from lab: Study

09 Jul 2021

COVID-19 likely of natural origin, not leaked from lab: Study

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, most likely spread from an animal source to humans and did not leak from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, according to a review of existing scientific evidence by a global team of scientists.

Bangladesh: 52 killed, 50 others injured in factory fire

09 Jul 2021

Bangladesh: 52 killed, 50 others injured in factory fire

At least 52 people were killed and over 50 others injured in a massive fire that broke out at a six-story juice factory outside Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, according to media reports on Friday.

Over 7L annual deaths in India linked to abnormal temperature

08 Jul 2021

Over 7L annual deaths in India linked to abnormal temperature

Nearly 740,000 excess deaths in India annually can be attributed to abnormally hot and cold temperatures related to climate change, according to a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.

Malaysia in political crisis; key ally pulls support for PM

08 Jul 2021

Malaysia in political crisis; key ally pulls support for PM

Malaysia plunged into a new political crisis on Thursday after the largest party in the ruling alliance announced it will withdraw support for PM Muhyiddin Yassin and urged him to make way for a new leader.

US coronavirus cases rising sharply as Delta variant spreads

08 Jul 2021

US coronavirus cases rising sharply as Delta variant spreads

Coronavirus cases in the United States have once again begun rising as the highly-contagious Delta variant has spread further and vaccinations have considerably slowed down in the past couple of months.

Thirty-six US states file lawsuit against Google: Here's why

08 Jul 2021

Thirty-six US states file lawsuit against Google: Here's why

As many as 36 US states and Washington DC have filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging the company's control over its Android app store violates antitrust laws.

Global COVID-19 deaths hit four million amid rush to vaccinate

08 Jul 2021

Global COVID-19 deaths hit four million amid rush to vaccinate

The global COVID-19 death toll eclipsed four million Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant.

Dubai: Fiery explosion on container ship sends tremors across city

08 Jul 2021

Dubai: Fiery explosion on container ship sends tremors across city

A fiery explosion erupted on a container ship anchored in Dubai at Jebel Ali Port late Wednesday, sending tremors across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates.

Suez Canal authorities release hulking vessel after settlement deal

07 Jul 2021

Suez Canal authorities release hulking vessel after settlement deal

Suez Canal authorities announced on Wednesday the release of a hulking shipping vessel that blocked the crucial east-west waterway for nearly a week earlier this year.

Lowest weekly COVID-19 deaths since October registered globally: WHO

07 Jul 2021

Lowest weekly COVID-19 deaths since October registered globally: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the number of coronavirus cases ticked up worldwide last week even as the weekly count of COVID-19 deaths dropped to the lowest level since October.

Mehul Choksi moves Dominica HC to quash proceedings against him

07 Jul 2021

Mehul Choksi moves Dominica HC to quash proceedings against him

Alleging that his arrest in Dominica for illegal entry was "dictated" by representatives of the Indian government, absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi has filed a case in the High Court of Roseau, Dominica, seeking to quash the proceedings against him, local media reported.

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at his home

07 Jul 2021

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at his home

Jovenel Moïse, the President of Haiti, was assassinated at his private residence in the early hours of Wednesday near capital Port-au-Prince.

Russia plane crash: None of the passengers, crew members survived

07 Jul 2021

Russia plane crash: None of the passengers, crew members survived

Rescuers on Wednesday found bodies of victims a day after a plane carrying 28 people crashed in a remote area in Russia's Far East.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine induces good immune response against coronavirus variants

05 Jul 2021

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine induces good immune response against coronavirus variants

Two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine induce a "very good" antibody response against the SARS-CoV-2 variants, according to a study on 180 health care workers in Finland.

Scientists identify new post-infection treatment for COVID-19

05 Jul 2021

Scientists identify new post-infection treatment for COVID-19

Scientists have identified a post-infection treatment for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and successfully demonstrated its efficacy in stopping viral reproduction in mice.

Blast at Thai factory shakes Bangkok airport, area evacuated

05 Jul 2021

Blast at Thai factory shakes Bangkok airport, area evacuated

A massive explosion at a factory on the outskirts of Bangkok early Monday shook an airport terminal serving Thailand's capital, injuring at least 11 people and prompting the evacuation of residents from the area, authorities said.

Japan mudslide: Rescuers in Atami slog through mud; 20 missing

05 Jul 2021

Japan mudslide: Rescuers in Atami slog through mud; 20 missing

Rescue workers slogged through mud and debris Monday looking for at least 20 people missing since a giant landslide ripped through a Japanese seaside resort town and killed at least three people.