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UK daily coronavirus death toll hits 1,041; highest since April

07 Jan 2021

UK daily coronavirus death toll hits 1,041; highest since April

The UK recorded 1,041 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest since the peak of the pandemic in April last year. Members of Parliament retrospectively voted on a new nationwide lockdown that is already legally enforceable.

Disgraceful, horrific, distressing: World leaders condemn chaos at US Capitol

07 Jan 2021

Disgraceful, horrific, distressing: World leaders condemn chaos at US Capitol

Leaders from across the world denounced the violence at the United States Capitol, saying that the mayhem was in sharp contrast to the democratic values of the nation.

EU agency authorizes Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

07 Jan 2021

EU agency authorizes Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union's medicines agency gave the green light to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

Twitter, Facebook temporarily lock Donald Trump's accounts amid Capitol assault

07 Jan 2021

Twitter, Facebook temporarily lock Donald Trump's accounts amid Capitol assault

Twitter and Facebook accounts of outgoing United States President Donald Trump were temporarily locked by the tech giants on Wednesday in wake of the chaos that took over the Capitol just as a ceremonial session of Congress was underway.

US: Pro-Trump mob storms Capitol, four die in rampage

07 Jan 2021

US: Pro-Trump mob storms Capitol, four die in rampage

The United States Capitol, one of the most iconic structures of the oldest democracy in the world, slipped into chaos and mayhem on Wednesday after hundreds of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building to disrupt a ceremonial session of Congress that was convened to formally announce President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Trump orders ban on transactions with eight more Chinese apps

06 Jan 2021

Trump orders ban on transactions with eight more Chinese apps

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring transactions with eight Chinese apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay, to protect national security, citing India's step to ban more than 200 China-linked software applications.

China blocks investigation into coronavirus origins, WHO chief 'disappointed'

06 Jan 2021

China blocks investigation into coronavirus origins, WHO chief 'disappointed'

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed disappointment after China blocked an investigation into the origins of coronavirus.

UK PM cancels R-Day India visit citing new coronavirus strain

05 Jan 2021

UK PM cancels R-Day India visit citing new coronavirus strain

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled his visit to India for the Republic Day event, a Downing Street spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19

05 Jan 2021

Global leaders hail India's scientific innovation to combat COVID-19

Global leaders have lauded India's leadership in scientific innovation and decisive action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 60,000 babies born in India on New Year: UNICEF

05 Jan 2021

Nearly 60,000 babies born in India on New Year: UNICEF

UNICEF said more than 3,71,500 babies were born worldwide on New Year's Day and India is estimated to have recorded the highest number of births at around 60,000, according to the UN's children's agency.

Jeff Bezos donates $10 billion to fight climate change

05 Jan 2021

Jeff Bezos donates $10 billion to fight climate change

The world's richest person made the single-largest charitable contribution in 2020, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of top donations, a $10 billion gift that is intended to help fight climate change.

US welcomes India to UN Security Council

05 Jan 2021

US welcomes India to UN Security Council

The United States welcomed India to the United Nations Security Council, saying that it looks forward to working over shared interests toward a peaceful and secure India-Pacific region and the world.

Full lockdown imposed in England as coronavirus cases surge

05 Jan 2021

Full lockdown imposed in England as coronavirus cases surge

England's 56 million people were ordered to stay at home by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, as the United Kingdom struggles to contain a new variant of coronavirus.

Vaccinations are increasing in a 'glimmer of hope'

04 Jan 2021

Vaccinations are increasing in a 'glimmer of hope'

The US ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in the past few days, bringing the number of shots dispensed to about four million people, government health officials said on Sunday.

UK judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

04 Jan 2021

UK judge refuses extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

A British judge has rejected the United States' request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 175 years, saying it would be oppressive because of his mental health.

Alibaba founder suspected to be missing after criticizing Chinese government

04 Jan 2021

Alibaba founder suspected to be missing after criticizing Chinese government

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not been seen in public for more than two months now, a development that has sparked questions about his whereabouts.

Biden's inauguration to include presidential escort, virtual parade

04 Jan 2021

Biden's inauguration to include presidential escort, virtual parade

President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20 will include a Pass in Review on the East Front, a presidential escort to the White House, and a virtual parade across the US.

South Korea's population declines for the first time ever

04 Jan 2021

South Korea's population declines for the first time ever

South Korea's population has dipped for the first time in its history as the Asian country recorded more deaths than births in 2020.

Attacks on two Niger villages kill at least 100

04 Jan 2021

Attacks on two Niger villages kill at least 100

Islamic extremists attacked two villages in Niger near its border with Mali, killing at least 100 people.

Trump calls Georgia's top official, demands to overturn election results

04 Jan 2021

Trump calls Georgia's top official, demands to overturn election results

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump directed the top election official in Georgia to "find enough votes" to change the poll outcome in an extraordinary phone call on Saturday, excerpts of which were released by the Washington Post on Sunday.

Italian nurse proposes to girlfriend using his PPE kit

03 Jan 2021

Italian nurse proposes to girlfriend using his PPE kit

Love will perhaps always find a way even in the time of a raging pandemic.

Woman falls down 650ft cliff moments after accepting proposal

03 Jan 2021

Woman falls down 650ft cliff moments after accepting proposal

What was supposed to be a romantic marriage proposal turned deadly after a woman fell down a 650-foot cliff merely moments after saying "yes" to her partner.

26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi arrested in Pakistan

02 Jan 2021

26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi arrested in Pakistan

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, has been arrested in Pakistan on Saturday.

India begins its two-year tenure as non-permanent member of UNSC

02 Jan 2021

India begins its two-year tenure as non-permanent member of UNSC

India, which has been at the forefront of years-long efforts to reform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on Friday began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful organ of the world body.

Donald Trump extends restrictions on work visas, immigration till March

01 Jan 2021

Donald Trump extends restrictions on work visas, immigration till March

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump extended curbs on legal immigration and visas, that allowed foreigners to temporarily work in the country, till March 31, 2021, just hours before the restrictions were set to lapse yesterday.

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

01 Jan 2021

WHO approves Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday granted "emergency validation" to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, making it the first vaccine to be given such an approval by the United Nations body.

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

31 Dec 2020

China grants conditional approval to its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

China has granted conditional approval to the country's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, an official announcement said on Thursday.

Bill legalizing abortion passed in Pope's native Argentina

31 Dec 2020

Bill legalizing abortion passed in Pope's native Argentina

Argentina on Wednesday became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion, a triumph for a feminist movement that overcame a last-minute appeal by Pope Francis to his compatriots.

UK PM signs 'historic' Brexit deal after vote in Parliament

31 Dec 2020

UK PM signs 'historic' Brexit deal after vote in Parliament

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU) on Wednesday after members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly, 521 votes to 73 in the House of Commons.

Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110: Yemeni officials

31 Dec 2020

Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110: Yemeni officials

A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said.

Chinese drugmaker: Vaccine 79.3% effective in final tests

30 Dec 2020

Chinese drugmaker: Vaccine 79.3% effective in final tests

A Chinese drugmaker on Wednesday said its coronavirus vaccine was found to be 79.3% effective at preventing infection in preliminary data from the final round of testing, moving Beijing closer to possibly being able to fulfill its pledge to supply them to developing countries.

Harris receives the first dose of Moderna vaccine on camera

30 Dec 2020

Harris receives the first dose of Moderna vaccine on camera

The US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine live on television as part of efforts to build public trust in the inoculation process

After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

30 Dec 2020

After Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine approved in UK

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.

French designer Pierre Cardin, licensing pioneer, dies at 98

30 Dec 2020

French designer Pierre Cardin, licensing pioneer, dies at 98

French designer Pierre Cardin, who was the ultimate entrepreneurial designer, passed away on Tuesday. He was 98.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Croatia

30 Dec 2020

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Croatia

A strong earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, crumbling buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a town southeast of the capital.

Singapore starts COVID -19 vaccination for healthcare workers

30 Dec 2020

Singapore starts COVID -19 vaccination for healthcare workers

Singapore became the first Asian country to start vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

29 Dec 2020

Coronavirus pandemic 'not necessarily the big one,' warn WHO experts

While the coronavirus pandemic is severe, it is "necessarily not the big one," experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned as they urged the world for greater preparedness for future outbreaks.

Saudi women's rights activist gets nearly 6-year jail term

29 Dec 2020

Saudi women's rights activist gets nearly 6-year jail term

Prominent women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was sentenced to nearly six years in jail by a Saudi court on Monday, her family said.

More COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline as US ramps up effort

29 Dec 2020

More COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline as US ramps up effort

A US study of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate got underway as states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the first shots.

Trump signs law on Dalai Lama's succession, Beijing furious

28 Dec 2020

Trump signs law on Dalai Lama's succession, Beijing furious

During his last days at office, outgoing United States President Donald Trump has taken a decision that has left his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping miffed.