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16 killed as plane carrying parachutists crashes in Russia

10 Oct 2021

16 killed as plane carrying parachutists crashes in Russia

A plane carrying parachutists crashed in the Tatarstan region of Russia on Sunday.

ISIS-K claims killing 300 Shia worshippers in Afghan mosque attack

09 Oct 2021

ISIS-K claims killing 300 Shia worshippers in Afghan mosque attack

The Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing inside a crowded mosque in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

Philippines' Ressa, Russia's Muratov; journalists win Nobel Peace Prize

08 Oct 2021

Philippines' Ressa, Russia's Muratov; journalists win Nobel Peace Prize

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression."

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Literature Prize

07 Oct 2021

Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah wins 2021 Nobel Literature Prize

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature went to Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah for his "uncompromising and compassionate" works depicting the impact of colonialism, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.

Benjamin List, David MacMillan win 2021 Nobel Chemistry Prize

06 Oct 2021

Benjamin List, David MacMillan win 2021 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Benjamin List and David WC MacMillan have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the "development of asymmetric organocatalysis."

Russia: Hundreds of dead ravens fall from sky; experts baffled

05 Oct 2021

Russia: Hundreds of dead ravens fall from sky; experts baffled

Hundreds of dead ravens have been seen falling from the sky in apocalyptic scenes in the Ust-Tarka village of Novosibirsk Oblast in Russia.

China: PCR test purchases increased before COVID-19 was first confirmed

05 Oct 2021

China: PCR test purchases increased before COVID-19 was first confirmed

A cyber security firm suggested that authorities in China alerted global agencies about COVID-19 much later than the emergence of the disease.

Hasselmann, Manabe, Parisi win Nobel Physics Prize for climate discoveries

05 Oct 2021

Hasselmann, Manabe, Parisi win Nobel Physics Prize for climate discoveries

Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, and Giorgio Parisi won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems."

Taliban says graduates of 2000-2020 useless; prefers religious studies

05 Oct 2021

Taliban says graduates of 2000-2020 useless; prefers religious studies

The Taliban on Monday said that its Afghanistan government would not recognize those who have graduated high school between 2000-2020, local reports said.

David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian jointly awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine

04 Oct 2021

David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian jointly awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian jointly won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.

Pandora Papers: Hidden riches of Sachin Tendulkar, Ambani, others exposed

04 Oct 2021

Pandora Papers: Hidden riches of Sachin Tendulkar, Ambani, others exposed

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Reliance ADAG chief Anil Ambani, Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar Shaw are among over 300 Indians who have hidden their wealth in offshore accounts, the Pandora Papers leak has found.

Here are some key drugs being tested for COVID-19 treatment

02 Oct 2021

Here are some key drugs being tested for COVID-19 treatment

Several antiviral drugs are being developed and tested for COVID-19 treatment as scientists around the world race to find new methods to fight the pandemic and ease the burden on hospitals.

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 50 lakh amid Delta variant surge

02 Oct 2021

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 50 lakh amid Delta variant surge

Deaths linked to the coronavirus disease around the world have surpassed 50 lakh, according to a tally by Reuters, as the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to claim lives.

Taliban asks India to resume international flights to Afghanistan

29 Sep 2021

Taliban asks India to resume international flights to Afghanistan

The Taliban has reportedly written to India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), seeking the resumption of commercial flights between India and Afghanistan.

Air pollution linked to six million preterm births globally: Study

29 Sep 2021

Air pollution linked to six million preterm births globally: Study

Air pollution likely contributed to nearly six million premature births and almost three million underweight babies around the world in 2019, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Ex-diplomat Fumio Kishida is Japan's new Prime Minister

29 Sep 2021

Ex-diplomat Fumio Kishida is Japan's new Prime Minister

Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida won the governing party leadership election on Wednesday and is set to become the next prime minister, facing the imminent task of addressing a pandemic-hit economy and ensuring a strong alliance with Washington to counter growing regional security risks.

Pfizer is testing new anti-COVID-19 pill. How does it work?

29 Sep 2021

Pfizer is testing new anti-COVID-19 pill. How does it work?

Biopharmaceutical company Pfizer on Monday said that it has started middle-to-late stage clinical trial of an anti-COVID-19 pill to tackle the disease.

Ecuador: Gang riot at prison leaves 24 dead, 48 injured

29 Sep 2021

Ecuador: Gang riot at prison leaves 24 dead, 48 injured

A riot in a penitentiary in the coastal city of Guayaquil killed 24 inmates and injured 48 more on Tuesday, Ecuadorian officials said.

Pakistan court sentences woman to death for committing blasphemy

28 Sep 2021

Pakistan court sentences woman to death for committing blasphemy

A Pakistan court has sentenced to death a woman school principal for committing blasphemy.

Pakistan home to 12 foreign terrorist organizations: CRS report

28 Sep 2021

Pakistan home to 12 foreign terrorist organizations: CRS report

Pakistan is home to at least 12 groups designated as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO), including five of them being India-centric like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) and Jaish-e-Mohammed, according to a Congressional report on terrorism.

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Lashkar Gah

28 Sep 2021

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Lashkar Gah

The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah or Islamic law.

COVID-19 caused biggest decrease in life expectancy since WWII: Study

27 Sep 2021

COVID-19 caused biggest decrease in life expectancy since WWII: Study

The COVID-19 pandemic led to biggest decrease in life expectancy since World War II, and wiped out years of progress on mortality, according to a study published by the University of Oxford.

'When India reforms, world transforms,' PM Modi says at UNGA

25 Sep 2021

'When India reforms, world transforms,' PM Modi says at UNGA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.

Will Taliban speak at UNGA? Here's what the UN says

25 Sep 2021

Will Taliban speak at UNGA? Here's what the UN says

The Taliban, which now rules Afghanistan, is unlikely to participate in the ongoing session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, reports said.

Vaccine diplomacy, Indo-Pacific security: Key takeaways from the Quad meeting

25 Sep 2021

Vaccine diplomacy, Indo-Pacific security: Key takeaways from the Quad meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the first in-person meeting of Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) leaders in Washington on Friday, hosted by United States President Joe Biden.

Quad leaders denounce use of 'terrorist proxies' in South Asia

25 Sep 2021

Quad leaders denounce use of 'terrorist proxies' in South Asia

Leaders of the Quad countries, the US, India, Australia, and Japan, have denounced the use of "terrorist proxies" in South Asia, in a veiled reference to Pakistan, as they emphasized the importance of denying any support to terrorist groups which could be used to launch or plan terror attacks, including cross-border attacks.

Strict punishments by amputation, execution to return: Taliban official

24 Sep 2021

Strict punishments by amputation, execution to return: Taliban official

The Taliban is looking to bring back executions and amputations as forms of punishment in Afghanistan, one of the group's founders said in a recent interview.

Biden-Modi meeting: Pakistan, Taliban likely to dominate talks

24 Sep 2021

Biden-Modi meeting: Pakistan, Taliban likely to dominate talks

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United States President Joe Biden will hold their bilateral meeting on Friday, reports stated that Pakistan and its influence over the Taliban are likely to be key topics to be discussed.

Early humans were walking across North America 23,000 years ago

24 Sep 2021

Early humans were walking across North America 23,000 years ago

Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.

Harris brings up Pakistan's role in terrorism during Modi meet

24 Sep 2021

Harris brings up Pakistan's role in terrorism during Modi meet

United States Vice President Kamala Harris, in her first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raised the issue of Pakistan's role in terrorism, sending out a positive message for India.

AUKUS deal: India, Japan to not be included, US clarifies

23 Sep 2021

AUKUS deal: India, Japan to not be included, US clarifies

The United States has ruled out the possibility of adding India or Japan to the new trilateral security alliance between the US, the United Kingdom, and Australia, known as AUKUS.

Delta becomes globally dominant COVID-19 variant, out-competing other strains: WHO

23 Sep 2021

Delta becomes globally dominant COVID-19 variant, out-competing other strains: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is now the globally dominant strain.

Attackers strike Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan, five killed

22 Sep 2021

Attackers strike Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan, five killed

Attackers struck Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, witnesses said, killing at least two fighters and three civilians in the latest violence since the group's takeover of the country in mid-August.

Severe COVID-19 can cause delirium in patients, study finds

22 Sep 2021

Severe COVID-19 can cause delirium in patients, study finds

Severe coronavirus disease can lead to delirium in patients, a study conducted in the United States found.

COVID-19 vaccines: Sri Lanka seeks $100 million assistance from IMF

22 Sep 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: Sri Lanka seeks $100 million assistance from IMF

Sri Lanka has decided to ask for a $100 million loan from IMF to procure 14 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and finance other vaccination program-related costs, it was announced on Wednesday.

UK recognizes Covishield, but Indians still need to quarantine

22 Sep 2021

UK recognizes Covishield, but Indians still need to quarantine

The United Kingdom on Wednesday revised its travel advisory, listing Covishield as an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Taliban requests to address UN; names Suhail Shaheen as envoy

22 Sep 2021

Taliban requests to address UN; names Suhail Shaheen as envoy

The Taliban has reportedly sent a request letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, asking to address world leaders at the ongoing UN General Assembly.

WHO lauds India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports

22 Sep 2021

WHO lauds India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has hailed India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports as an important development in support of the goal to reach 40% vaccination in all countries by end of the year.

SAARC meet called off as Pakistan wanted Taliban participation

22 Sep 2021

SAARC meet called off as Pakistan wanted Taliban participation

A meeting of Foreign Ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries has been canceled, reports said.

No women included in Taliban's new list of Cabinet members

21 Sep 2021

No women included in Taliban's new list of Cabinet members

The Taliban on Tuesday announced another list of new names for the remaining Cabinet positions in its new government. However, no women made it to the list once again.