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Powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan's northeastern coast rocks Fukushima, Miyagi

13 Feb 2021

Powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan's northeastern coast rocks Fukushima, Miyagi

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of northeastern Japan late on Saturday, jolting Fukushima, Miyagi, and Tokyo, among other areas.

Dilip Kumar was keen to gift Pakistan ancestral property: Nephew

13 Feb 2021

Dilip Kumar was keen to gift Pakistan ancestral property: Nephew

Dilip Kumar's nephew in Pakistan, Fuad Ishaque on Friday claimed to have with him the proper and legal power of attorney of Kumar's prime property in Peshawar.

UK media watchdog fines Khalsa TV for violence, terror references

13 Feb 2021

UK media watchdog fines Khalsa TV for violence, terror references

The UK's media watchdog, Office of Communication, has imposed a fine of £50,000 on Khalsa Television Limited in Britain for broadcasting a music video and discussion program that was an indirect call for British-Sikh to commit violence and contained terror reference.

WHO Chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

13 Feb 2021

WHO Chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections around the world was encouraging, but cautioned against relaxing restrictions that have helped curb its spread.

Biden will try to close Guantanamo after robust review

13 Feb 2021

Biden will try to close Guantanamo after robust review

President Joe Biden will seek to close the prison on the US base at Guantanamo Bay following a review process, resuming a project that began under Obama's administration, the White House said.

China bans BBC; 'unacceptable curtailing of media freedom,' says UK

12 Feb 2021

China bans BBC; 'unacceptable curtailing of media freedom,' says UK

In a controversial move, China's broadcasting regulator on Thursday banned BBC World News.

Indian-American engineer pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud charges

12 Feb 2021

Indian-American engineer pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud charges

An Indian-American engineer in the US has pleaded guilty to the charge of seeking more than $10 million in loans under a coronavirus relief program set up to help small businesses, the Department of Justice has said.

India is a red-hot investment for clean energy transition: Kerry

12 Feb 2021

India is a red-hot investment for clean energy transition: Kerry

India is actually a red-hot investment opportunity for clean energy transition, top US official John Kerry said on Thursday.

Meghan Markle wins privacy claim against UK newspaper

12 Feb 2021

Meghan Markle wins privacy claim against UK newspaper

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry's wife won her privacy claim against the Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over articles that published extracts of a letter to her father at the High Court in London on Thursday.

COVID-19 defying nun toasts 117th birthday with wine and prayer

12 Feb 2021

COVID-19 defying nun toasts 117th birthday with wine and prayer

A French nun, who is believed to be the world's second-oldest person, celebrated her 117th birthday in style on Thursday, with multiple treats, well-wishes, cards, and flowers to fete her exceptional longevity through two world wars and a recent coronavirus infection.

US Senate begins Trump's impeachment trial

11 Feb 2021

US Senate begins Trump's impeachment trial

The US Senate began the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, on Wednesday with impeachment managers from the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives making a strong case.

Biden announces sanctions against military leaders of Myanmar

11 Feb 2021

Biden announces sanctions against military leaders of Myanmar

US President Joe Biden has announced a series of sanctions on the military leaders of Myanmar in response to their recent action to overthrow a democratically elected government in a coup.

Biden talks to Jinping for first time after assuming office

11 Feb 2021

Biden talks to Jinping for first time after assuming office

United States President Joe Biden spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday evening (local time) for the first time since his January 20 inauguration.

Yemen rebel attack on Saudi airport sets plane on fire

11 Feb 2021

Yemen rebel attack on Saudi airport sets plane on fire

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday targeted an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia with bomb-laden drones, causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire, the kingdom's state television reported. The attack threatened to escalate Yemen's grinding war.

Tsunami warning sounded after 7.7 magnitude earthquake jolts South Pacific

10 Feb 2021

Tsunami warning sounded after 7.7 magnitude earthquake jolts South Pacific

A tsunami warning has been sounded for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and other nations in the South Pacific after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit the region on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Singapore: Indian restaurant to be charged for breaching COVID-19 measures

10 Feb 2021

Singapore: Indian restaurant to be charged for breaching COVID-19 measures

Singapore's leading Indian restaurant chain "Banana Leaf Apolo" will be charged in a court next week with breaching safety management measures, including having a self-service buffet, at its outlet in the Little India precinct.

South Africa scraps AstraZeneca vaccine, will give J&J jabs

10 Feb 2021

South Africa scraps AstraZeneca vaccine, will give J&J jabs

South Africa will give the unapproved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its frontline healthcare workers beginning next week as a study to see what protection it provides from COVID-19, particularly against the variant dominant in South Africa, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday.

Indian drugmaker to pay $50 million fine for destroying records

10 Feb 2021

Indian drugmaker to pay $50 million fine for destroying records

Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited agreed to plead guilty to concealing and destroying records prior to a 2013 US Food and Drug Administration's inspection of its plant and pay $50 million in fines and forfeiture.

Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight

10 Feb 2021

Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight

A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world's first interplanetary mission.

Senate declares Donald Trump's second impeachment constitutional

10 Feb 2021

Senate declares Donald Trump's second impeachment constitutional

The second impeachment trial of former United States President Donald Trump is constitutional, the Senate said on Tuesday, allowing the proceedings to begin.

WHO team probing coronavirus origins identifies two 'most likely' scenarios

09 Feb 2021

WHO team probing coronavirus origins identifies two 'most likely' scenarios

A team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts investigating the origin of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in China has identified two "most likely" scenarios.

Iran may pursue a nuclear weapon, Intelligence Minister warns West

09 Feb 2021

Iran may pursue a nuclear weapon, Intelligence Minister warns West

Iran's Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, has warned the West that Iran could push for a nuclear weapon if crippling international sanctions on Tehran remain in place, state television reported on Tuesday.

No indication of coronavirus in Wuhan before December 2019: WHO

09 Feb 2021

No indication of coronavirus in Wuhan before December 2019: WHO

A team of World Health Organization (WHO) probing the origins of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, said on Tuesday that it didn't find any indication of the virus at the epicenter before December 2019.

Indian-origin lawyer to succeed PM's wife as Singapore's Temasek's CEO

09 Feb 2021

Indian-origin lawyer to succeed PM's wife as Singapore's Temasek's CEO

Indian-origin leading corporate lawyer Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara will succeed Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of a state-owned wealth management group.

Arab spacecraft closes in on Mars on historic flight

09 Feb 2021

Arab spacecraft closes in on Mars on historic flight

A spacecraft from United Arab Emirates was set to swing into orbit around Mars in the Arab world's first interplanetary mission on Tuesday, the first of three robotic explorers arriving at the red planet over the next week and a half.

US demands full restoration of democratically elected government in Myanmar

09 Feb 2021

US demands full restoration of democratically elected government in Myanmar

The United States has demanded the immediate and full restoration of the democratically elected government in Myanmar and said that America stands with the elected representatives of the Asian nation.

Polluters must join 'net zero' club for climate: UN Chief

09 Feb 2021

Polluters must join 'net zero' club for climate: UN Chief

Polluters must step up their commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a crucial climate summit in November, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth lobbied to change law to hide 'embarrassing' wealth

08 Feb 2021

Queen Elizabeth lobbied to change law to hide 'embarrassing' wealth

The Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, reportedly lobbied the government to change a draft law to hide her wealth.

Rich nations must vaccinate entire planet against COVID-19: Ex-UNGA president

08 Feb 2021

Rich nations must vaccinate entire planet against COVID-19: Ex-UNGA president

Rich countries must do whatever it takes to vaccinate the entire planet against COVID-19, including easing intellectual property rules to let developing nations manufacture vaccines, according to the former president of UN General Assembly.

Singapore: Indian-origin man sentenced for attempting to promote racial enmity

08 Feb 2021

Singapore: Indian-origin man sentenced for attempting to promote racial enmity

A 52-year-old Indian-origin man was sentenced to two weeks' jail on Monday for attempting to promote racial enmity in Singapore by claiming that the ruling People's Action Party wanted to marginalize Malays in the country.

Police seize $60 million-worth Bitcoins, but need password to access

08 Feb 2021

Police seize $60 million-worth Bitcoins, but need password to access

German prosecutors have seized over 1,700 Bitcoins worth $60 million from a thief who is currently imprisoned for the crime of covertly installing cryptocurrency mining software on other computers.

Revered Hindu sites in Pakistan in state of decay: Report

08 Feb 2021

Revered Hindu sites in Pakistan in state of decay: Report

Most of the revered sites of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan are in poor condition and the authority responsible for their upkeep has failed to maintain them, leaving the ancient worship places in a state of decay, according to a recent report by a Supreme Court-appointed commission.

Indo-Canadians, supporting recent farm reforms, threatened and abused

08 Feb 2021

Indo-Canadians, supporting recent farm reforms, threatened and abused

With the farmers' protests becoming a global matter, comments both for and against the reforms have been dominating the social media.

Owners, authorities urged to end stalemate over legendary actors' houses

08 Feb 2021

Owners, authorities urged to end stalemate over legendary actors' houses

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and owners of the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor have been urged to reach a settlement over the rate fixed for purchase of the two buildings for converting them into museums.

Rescue operation suspended for top Pakistani climber missing on K2

08 Feb 2021

Rescue operation suspended for top Pakistani climber missing on K2

Pakistan Army helicopters on Sunday suspended the search and rescue operations after failing to trace three climbers, including renowned Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara, who went missing two days ago on K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Massachusetts man accidentally swallows Apple AirPods whilst asleep

07 Feb 2021

Massachusetts man accidentally swallows Apple AirPods whilst asleep

Worcester, Massachusetts resident Bradford Gauthier recently woke up with trouble swallowing, and a missing Apple AirPods. His wife and son jokingly suggested he might have swallowed it.

95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp secretary charged over 10,000 murders

06 Feb 2021

95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp secretary charged over 10,000 murders

A 95-year-old woman, a former secretary at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp, has been charged with complicity in murders of as many as 10,000 people, said German prosecutors on Friday.

Nepal to get 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China

06 Feb 2021

Nepal to get 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China

China will provide 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal on a grant basis, officials in Katmandu said on Saturday. It will be the first batch of vaccine aid for the Himalayan nation from China.

UN will seek to unite the world, reverse Myanmar coup

06 Feb 2021

UN will seek to unite the world, reverse Myanmar coup

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged on Friday that the United Nations will do everything to unite the international community and create conditions for reversing the military coup in Myanmar.

Myanmar junta shuts Twitter and Instagram to curb protests

06 Feb 2021

Myanmar junta shuts Twitter and Instagram to curb protests

Military authorities in-charge of Myanmar broadened a ban on social media following this week's coup and ordered communications operators and internet service providers to shut Twitter and Instagram, as residents in the biggest city again banged pots and plastic bottles to show their opposition to the army takeover.