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31 May 2021Japan
Couples in China can now have 3 children, government says
Married couples in China can now have three children, up from the previous limit of two, the country's ruling Communist Party announced on Monday.
29 May 2021Coronavirus
First case of B.1.617 COVID-19 variant found in Pakistan
The first-ever case of the highly infectious B.1.617 variant of coronavirus, first identified in India, has been detected in Pakistan despite a ban on travelers from the neighboring country since April, the country's top health institute in Islamabad has said.
29 May 2021Sri Lanka
Authorities warn against 'acid rains' due to burning cargo ship
Sri Lanka's apex environment body has warned that there could be slight acid rains due to the emission of nitrogen dioxide from the Singapore-flagged cargo ship which caught fire on May 20, 9.5 nautical miles from the coast in Colombo.
27 May 2021Belarus
Meet Roman Protasevich, journalist arrested by Belarus after plane 'hijack'
Earlier this week, Belarusian authorities drew international criticism for the dramatic arrest of Roman Protasevich, a 26-year-old journalist critical of the nation's government, led by Alexander Lukashenko.
27 May 2021Coronavirus
America's call for virus origin probe politically motivated: China
China on Thursday accused the Biden administration of playing politics and shirking its responsibility in calling for a renewed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that was first detected in China.
27 May 2021Terror Attack
Top Pakistan Taliban leader killed in Balochistan: Police
A top commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who was believed to be involved in the attack on Quetta's Civil Hospital in 2016, has been killed, along with three members of the banned militant outfit in Balochistan province, police said on Thursday.
27 May 2021COVID-19
Production of Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline COVID-19 vaccine to begin within weeks
Production of another potential COVID-19 vaccine will begin within weeks, its developers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday as they launched a large trial enrolling 35,000 adult volunteers in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
26 May 2021London
UK fell 'disastrously short' on COVID-19: Boris Johnson's former aide
Dominic Cummings, a former aide of the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has apologized for the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
26 May 2021Hate Speech
Train driver pulls timely brakes, saves man pushed onto tracks
An Indian-origin driver in the US stopped his train and saved an Asian man who was pushed onto tracks in an apparent hate crime incident, according to media reports.
26 May 2021Coronavirus
UK's vaccine program expanded to cover everyone over age 30
The UK's health service on Wednesday extended its COVID-19 age-based vaccination program to the next cohort to cover everyone aged over 30.
26 May 2021Press Information Bureau
#FakeNewsAlert: Nobel laureate claiming COVID-19-vaccination will kill people is untrue
A viral message doing the rounds on social media and messaging platforms claims that French virologist and Nobel Prize laureate Luc Montagnier said people who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus will die within two years.
25 May 2021Indian Diaspora
US: Indian-origin family returns $1 million lottery ticket to winner
A woman in Massachusetts, US threw away her shot at $1 million but got a second chance when an Indian-origin family returned the discarded lottery ticket to their long-time customer, earning appreciation for their honesty.
25 May 2021World Health Organization
Need more information to give EUL to COVAXIN: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that more information is required from Bharat Biotech, which is seeking emergency use listing (EUL) for its COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN.
24 May 2021Israel
Explained: Why is a solution to Israel-Palestine so complicated?
The growing humanitarian crisis in Israel-Palestine has (again) caught the world's attention. Nearly 250 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since the latest escalation on May 10.
24 May 2021Wuhan
Did COVID-19 escape from Wuhan Lab? New report suggests so
Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China fell sick and sought hospital care in November 2019, weeks before the country officially revealed the outbreak of COVID-19, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a previously undisclosed US intelligence report.
24 May 2021Italy
Italy: Around 13 killed after cable car plunges to ground
A Stresa-Mottarone cable car taking visitors to a mountaintop view of Northern Italy's most picturesque lakes plummeted to the ground on Sunday, killing at least 13 people and sending two children to the hospital.
21 May 2021Iran
Honor killing? Parents murder, dismember Iranian filmmaker for not marrying
Babak Khorramdin, an Iranian film director, was brutally murdered and dismembered by his own parents for not getting married.
21 May 2021Malaysia
New coronavirus found in Malaysia; could be transmitted from dogs
Scientists have found a new type of coronavirus that can infect humans while looking into pneumonia cases in Malaysia.
21 May 2021Israel
Biden and Guterres welcome Israel-Palestine ceasefire
Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday, halting a bruising 11-day war that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip.
21 May 2021England
Two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine 85%-90% effective, real-world data shows
Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are around 85 percent to 90 percent effective against the symptomatic disease, Public Health England (PHE) has said, citing a new analysis of real-world data from the roll-out of the shot in the UK.
21 May 2021BBC
Princes William, Harry lash out at BBC for Diana interview
Princes William and Harry welcomed the independent inquiry launched by former senior judge Lord Dyson into their mother Princess Diana's infamous BBC interview.
20 May 2021Geneva
War, climate displaced tens of millions in 2020: Study
A key group that monitors internal displacement said on Thursday that violence and disasters forced people to relocate within their countries more than 40 million times last year, the highest such tally in over a decade.
20 May 2021Antarctica
World's largest iceberg breaks off from the Antarctica
An enormous slab of ice, almost four times the size of New York City, has broken off the coast of Antarctica, becoming the largest iceberg currently afloat in the world.
20 May 2021USA
India received over $500mn COVID-19 aid from US: White House
The US has so far provided over $500 million in COVID-19 assistance to India— including contributions from the US federal and state governments, American companies and organizations, and private citizens, the White House said on Wednesday.
20 May 2021Vaccine
China's COVID-19 vaccination rates climb as new outbreaks emerge
China has reached a record number of vaccinations, with more than 15 million doses administered on Monday.
19 May 2021United States of America
American vaccines effective against B.1.617 strain found in India: US
COVID-19 vaccines that are available in the US are effective against the deadly variant that was first detected in India, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in Washington.
18 May 2021China
China: 355-meter-tall skyscraper in Shenzhen shakes, evacuated
One of China's tallest skyscrapers inexplicably started wobbling this afternoon, spreading panic among people in the city of Shenzhen and triggering evacuations.
18 May 2021India
US: Lawmakers introduce resolution to support India's fight against COVID-19
The raging second COVID-19 wave is wreaking havoc in India with lakhs of people getting infected every day consecutively for over a month and thousands losing their battle to the deadly disease.
17 May 2021COVID-19
Sanofi-GSK vaccine candidate shows promising results
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline's potential COVID-19 vaccine triggered strong immune responses in all adults in preliminary trials, boosting optimism the shot may join the fight against COVID-19 this year.
17 May 2021Israel
Calls mount for Gaza-Israel cease-fire, greater US efforts
UN Security Council diplomats and Muslim foreign ministers convened emergency meetings on Sunday to demand a stop to civilian bloodshed as Israeli warplanes carried out the deadliest attacks in nearly a week of Hamas rocket barrages and Israeli airstrikes.
15 May 2021World Health Organization
Can't rule out COVID-19 lab-origin theory, rigorous investigation needed: Scientists
The COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc, disrupting lives across the world since it broke out a year-and-a-half ago. Still, the origin of the novel coronavirus causing the deadly disease remains unclear.
15 May 2021India
India's COVID-19 situation is hugely concerning, says WHO chief
India's coronavirus situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to report a massive number of cases and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
14 May 2021Japan
Japan to expand virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Japan is set to further expand a coronavirus state of emergency, currently in Tokyo and five other prefectures, to nine areas as the government is determined to hold the Olympics in just over two months.
14 May 2021India
Australia resumes repatriation flights from India for stranded citizens
The repatriation flights facilitated by the Australian government for its stranded citizens in India resumed from Friday, according to Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
14 May 2021Pfizer
Americans can finally ditch the mask, says CDC
In the biggest indication that the United States is fast returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks.
13 May 2021Ohio
Ohio giving $1 million to 5 vaccinated residents in lottery
Even as poorer countries are struggling with shortages of coronavirus vaccines, the United States is facing a starkly different problem.
12 May 2021Japan
Japan: Spike in deaths at home amid fourth COVID-19 wave
The fourth COVID-19 wave is wreaking havoc in Japan where people are dying of the disease at home as highly infectious variants fuel surge in cases.
12 May 2021Kerala
Israel: Kerala woman killed in Palestinian rocket strike on Ashkelon
A woman hailing from Kerala and working in Israel, who was identified as Soumya Santhosh, has been killed in a rocket attack allegedly launched by Palestinian militant organization Hamas.
11 May 2021Pfizer
AstraZeneca vaccine's single dose reduces death risk by 80%: Data
A single dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine results in an 80% less risk of death from the viral infection, Public Health England (PHE), the executive agency of the UK department of health, said on Monday, citing data from the vaccine's rollout.
11 May 2021Russia News
School shooting in Russia leaves at least 9 dead
At least nine people, most of them students, were killed in a school shooting in central Russia on Tuesday, the local news media reported.