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Pakistan PM Sharif snubs Imran on early polls demand

27 May 2022

Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Sharif snubs Imran on early polls demand

In a sharp response to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's demand for early polls in the country, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said the National Assembly would decide the date for the next general elections.

Geetanjali Shree becomes first Hindi novelist to win Booker Prize

27 May 2022

Books
Geetanjali Shree becomes first Hindi novelist to win Booker Prize

Indian novel Tomb of Sand, written by writer Geetanjali Shree and translated into English from Hindi by American Daisy Rockwell, became the first novel in any Indian language to receive the prestigious International Booker Prize.

Pakistan on toes as Imran Khan leads march to Islamabad
Pakistan on toes as Imran Khan leads march to Islamabad

Pakistan is in a state of upheaval after former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) called for a long march to demand fresh elections.

A look at deadliest school shootings; Texas leads the way

25 May 2022

Shooting Incident
A look at deadliest school shootings; Texas leads the way

An 18-year-old gunman massacred 21 people, including 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday.

North Korea test fires multiple missiles as Biden leaves Asia

25 May 2022

North Korea
North Korea test fires multiple missiles as Biden leaves Asia

North Korea fired three missiles, including one thought to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday, South Korea said.

US: 19 children among 21 killed in Texas school shooting

25 May 2022

Shooting Incident
US: 19 children among 21 killed in Texas school shooting

In one of the worst school shootings in America, an 18-year-old gunman killed 21 people, including 19 children at a school in Texas that had students in grades second-fourth.

'A partnership of trust': PM Modi on India-US relations

24 May 2022

Narendra Modi
'A partnership of trust': PM Modi on India-US relations

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday told PM Narendra Modi he was committed to making the Indo-American partnership "among the closest on Earth."

Quad emerged as 'force for good': PM Modi in Japan

24 May 2022

Narendra Modi
Quad emerged as 'force for good': PM Modi in Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the Quad, has emerged as a "force for good" and is helping Indo-Pacific become a "better region."

Made our democracy strong, resilient: PM Modi in Tokyo

23 May 2022

Japan
Made our democracy strong, resilient: PM Modi in Tokyo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had made Indian democracy robust and resilient in the past eight years.

China contemplating attack on Taiwan, leaked audio clip suggests

23 May 2022

China
China contemplating attack on Taiwan, leaked audio clip suggests

China may be planning an attack on Taiwan, an audio clip leaked by a human rights activist suggests so, as per an HT report.

PM Modi meets Japanese IT giant head, discusses investment opportunities

23 May 2022

Narendra Modi
PM Modi meets Japanese IT giant head, discusses investment opportunities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Japanese IT and electronics giant NEC Corporation's Chairman Nobuhiro Endo on Monday in Tokyo.

Pandemic created a billionaire every 30 hours: Oxfam at Davos

23 May 2022

World Economic Forum
Pandemic created a billionaire every 30 hours: Oxfam at Davos

According to Oxfam, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new billionaire every 30 hours while one million people are now at risk of falling into poverty amid soaring global inflation.

US will defend Taiwan from Chinese invasion: Joe Biden

23 May 2022

Joe Biden
US will defend Taiwan from Chinese invasion: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden on Monday said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan from China if the latter invaded the self-ruled island nation.

COVID-19 re-emergence: Saudi bans travel to India, 15 other countries

23 May 2022

Saudi Arabia
COVID-19 re-emergence: Saudi bans travel to India, 15 other countries

Saudi Arabia has barred its citizens from traveling to 16 countries, including India, following the re-emergence of COVID-19 cases.

PM Modi reaches Japan for Quad summit, bilateral meetings
PM Modi reaches Japan for Quad summit, bilateral meetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Monday to attend the Quad summit aimed at enhancing cooperation among member nations, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States and discussing developments in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

Afghan women TV hosts cover faces after Taliban's diktat

22 May 2022

Afghanistan
Afghan women TV hosts cover faces after Taliban's diktat

Female news anchors on Afghanistan's biggest TV channels went on air with their faces covered, a day after defying a Taliban directive to hide their presence on the broadcast.

Davos preps for World Economic Forum; Ukraine on agenda

22 May 2022

World Economic Forum
Davos preps for World Economic Forum; Ukraine on agenda

The stage is set for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

'Concerned' WHO expects more monkeypox cases globally
'Concerned' WHO expects more monkeypox cases globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday said 92 cases of monkeypox have been registered in 12 countries over the last 10 days, and cases may further increase in the coming days.

Pakistan commits to fighting terrorism, seeks 'balanced ties' with world

21 May 2022

Pakistan
Pakistan commits to fighting terrorism, seeks 'balanced ties' with world

Pakistan has pledged to eliminate the threat of terrorism and bring complete peace to the country, according to a recent statement released by its Foreign Office (FO).

Beijing: 13,000 COVID-19 negative people forced into quarantine

21 May 2022

Beijing
Beijing: 13,000 COVID-19 negative people forced into quarantine

To achieve the "zero-COVID-19" goal in China, over 13,000 Beijing residents who tested negative have been forced into quarantine.

Dominica withdraws illegal entry case against fugitive Mehul Choksi

21 May 2022

Mehul Choksi
Dominica withdraws illegal entry case against fugitive Mehul Choksi

In a relief to fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, Dominican authorities withdrew the proceedings over his "illegal entry" into the island nation, officials said on Saturday.

SpaceX paid $250,000 to settle sexual harassment case against Musk?

20 May 2022

Elon Musk
SpaceX paid $250,000 to settle sexual harassment case against Musk?

SpaceX allegedly paid $250,000 to an air hostess who accused the company's founder-CEO Elon Musk of sexually harassing her on a flight in 2016, Business Insider reported.

India defends wheat export ban at UN with COVID-19 barbs

19 May 2022

United Nations (UN)
India defends wheat export ban at UN with COVID-19 barbs

India on Wednesday defended its wheat export ban decision before the United Nations, claiming the move will actually aid poor and needy countries in crisis situations.

Monkeypox spreads tentacles: US, Canada, Spain, and Portugal confirm cases

19 May 2022

Europe
Monkeypox spreads tentacles: US, Canada, Spain, and Portugal confirm cases

After the UK confirmed a rare monkeypox infection earlier this month, more cases have been detected in the US, Canada, Spain, and Portugal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin undergoes new surgery

18 May 2022

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin undergoes new surgery

Days after former British spy Christopher Steele claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "seriously ill," Express reported that he recently underwent a surgery to remove fluid from his abdomen.

Was the March crash of China jet deliberate? Details here

18 May 2022

China
Was the March crash of China jet deliberate? Details here

Was the March crash of a China Eastern Airlines plane that killed 123 passengers and nine crew members deliberate?

Process Green Cards within 6 months: US presidential panel

17 May 2022

Green Card
Process Green Cards within 6 months: US presidential panel

In what could bring cheer to thousands of Indian-Americans, a US presidential advisory commission has unanimously recommended the Joe Biden Administration process all Green Cards or permanent residency applications within six months.

Lanka to sell national airline, print salary money amid crisis

17 May 2022

Sri Lanka
Lanka to sell national airline, print salary money amid crisis

In a televised speech on Monday, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced plans to privatize its national carrier SriLankan Airlines.

Coup to overthrow Putin underway: Ukraine amid 'ill health' reports

16 May 2022

Vladimir Putin
Coup to overthrow Putin underway: Ukraine amid 'ill health' reports

A top Ukrainian defense official has stated that a coup to depose Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently underway and cannot be stopped.

In surprise move, Chinese media defends India's wheat export ban

16 May 2022

G7 Summit
In surprise move, Chinese media defends India's wheat export ban

After the Group of Seven (G7) nations criticized India's decision to ban wheat exports, China—in a surprise move—came to India's defense.

First lunar eclipse of 2022 with Super Blood Moon sighting

16 May 2022

Lunar Eclipse
First lunar eclipse of 2022 with Super Blood Moon sighting

On the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, a part of the world witnessed the first total lunar eclipse of the year.

Nepal: PM Modi arrives in Lumbini on Buddha Purnima

16 May 2022

Narendra Modi
Nepal: PM Modi arrives in Lumbini on Buddha Purnima

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the sacred Maya Devi Temple in Nepal's Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Monday.

Xi Jinping rumored to be suffering from brain aneurysm: Report

16 May 2022

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping rumored to be suffering from brain aneurysm: Report

Chinese President Xi Jinping is rumored to be suffering from a brain aneurysm and had to be hospitalized last year.

Putin 'seriously ill,' claims ex-spy; oligarch says it's blood cancer

16 May 2022

Vladimir Putin
Putin 'seriously ill,' claims ex-spy; oligarch says it's blood cancer

Russian President Vladimir Putin is "seriously ill," claimed former British spy Christopher Steele, adding his illness is an "element" of everything that is happening in Ukraine.

New York: 10 killed in 'racially-motivated' shooting, suspect arrested

15 May 2022

New York City
New York: 10 killed in 'racially-motivated' shooting, suspect arrested

A heavily-armed 18-year-old white man shot 10 people dead and injured three others, most of them Black, at a Buffalo grocery store in New York on Saturday, as per US authorities.

North Korea: 8,20,620 fresh COVID-19 cases in just 3 days

15 May 2022

North Korea
North Korea: 8,20,620 fresh COVID-19 cases in just 3 days

Just days after North Korea reported its first COVID-19 case, an explosion in the number of infections rocked the country on Sunday.

Ukraine: India to reopen embassy in Kyiv from May 17

14 May 2022

Russia-Ukraine crisis
Ukraine: India to reopen embassy in Kyiv from May 17

India has announced that its consulate in Ukraine will reopen on Tuesday in the country's capital of Kyiv, the Ministry of External Affairs stated.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away at 73

13 May 2022

United Arab Emirates
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away at 73

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died aged 73 on Friday, reported Emirati state news agency WAM.

Finland announces support for NATO membership; Russia warns of consequences

13 May 2022

Finland
Finland announces support for NATO membership; Russia warns of consequences

Leaders of Finland on Thursday supported the move to apply for joining the United States-led military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Who is Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new PM amid crisis?

13 May 2022

Sri Lanka
Who is Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new PM amid crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP), was sworn in as the country's 26th prime minister on Thursday, succeeding Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned on Monday amid protests over the island nation's current economic crisis.

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