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'Democracy has prevailed,' Biden swears in as 46th US President

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20 Jan 2021

BBC apologizes for incomplete India map after complaint

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Tuesday apologized for any offense caused and rectified what it termed the mistaken use of an inaccurate graphical representation of the Indian map, which had the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir entirely missing.

20 Jan 2021

From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebrities join inaugural

Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will be like no other: pared-down, distanced, much of it virtual.

20 Jan 2021

In final hours of presidency, Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon

Giving a final gift to his aides, the outgoing United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned a number of his aides, including Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, and Elliott Broidy, one of his top fund-raisers.

20 Jan 2021

Before Trump's exit, daughter Tiffany gets engaged at White House

Tiffany Trump, the younger daughter of United States President Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that she got engaged to her boyfriend Michael Boulos.

20 Jan 2021

On night before inauguration, Biden grieves 400,000 coronavirus victims

After he arrived in the national capital Washington for his inauguration, United States President-elect Joe Biden led a moving tribute for over 400,000 Americans who succumbed to coronavirus.

20 Jan 2021

In farewell message, Trump remembers his accomplishments, doesn't mention Biden

On Tuesday, the White House released United States President Donald Trump's pre-recorded farewell message, wherein he wished the best to the next administration but fell short of mentioning his successor Joe Biden's name.

19 Jan 2021

Maldives to become first foreign country to receive Covishield doses

Maldives is set to become the first foreign country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from India. The Asian country will reportedly receive a consignment of Covishield doses on Wednesday.

19 Jan 2021

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the UN health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

19 Jan 2021

Thailand court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

A Thailand court on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant, identified by her first name Anchan, to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict lese majeste law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said.

19 Jan 2021

On Biden's Inauguration Day, Trump to hold farewell for himself

United States President Donald Trump is planning to hold an early morning sendoff ceremony for himself on Wednesday, the day President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office.

19 Jan 2021

WHO raises concerns about Mideast vaccine inequity

The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Israel, which has given shots to more than 20 percent of its population but the occupied territories, where Palestinians reside are yet to receive any.

18 Jan 2021

Russian influencer, who married stepson, gives birth to their daughter

A Russian influencer, who had stirred controversy online for marrying her stepson last year, has announced the birth of their first baby.

18 Jan 2021

Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes before Trump administration exits

Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements, anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now said, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week.

18 Jan 2021

Biden's inauguration: FBI to vet 25,000 National Guard troops

Ahead of United States President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, defense officials are worried about an insider attack from service members.

18 Jan 2021

China mine blast: 12 trapped workers out of 22 alive

Chinese state media reported that 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in a gold mine are alive, as hundreds of rescuers seek to bring them to safety.

18 Jan 2021

Russian Opposition leader detained after landing in Moscow

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

17 Jan 2021

Norway raises COVID-19 vaccine concerns for elderly after 29 deaths

Norway has expressed concern over the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech among older populations as 29 people died after receiving the shot.

16 Jan 2021

Biden announces plan to vaccinate 100 million Americans

US President-elect Joe Biden has announced an ambitious goal of inoculating 100 million Americans with COVID-19 vaccines in the first 100 days of his administration, noting that the vaccine roll-out in the country has been a "dismal failure."

16 Jan 2021

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia earthquake rescue

Damaged roads, bridges, power blackouts, and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered Indonesia's rescuers after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake left at least 42 dead and hundreds injured on Sulawesi island.

16 Jan 2021

At 18 million, India has largest diaspora in the world

The Indian diaspora, one of the most vibrant and dynamic, is the largest in the world, with 18 million people from the country living outside their homeland in 2020, the UN has said.

16 Jan 2021

COVID-19 'vaccinationalism' is self-defeating; will delay global recovery: UN Chief

As the world crossed a "heart-wrenching milestone" of two million deaths from COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented that the pandemic's deadly impact has worsened due to the absence of a global coordinated effort.

16 Jan 2021

Pence congratulates Harris, offers full cooperation in transition of power

Outgoing US Vice President Mike Pence called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her and offer his full cooperation in the transition of power, according to multiple media reports.

15 Jan 2021

India's new farm-laws potential 'step forward' for agricultural reforms: IMF

Backing the new farm laws introduced by the Indian Government, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that these laws have the potential to "represent a significant step forward" for agricultural reforms.

15 Jan 2021

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Earth's rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported on Thursday.

15 Jan 2021

UK bans travel from South America over Brazil variant fears

The United Kingdom is banning travel from entire South America and Portugal amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus in Brazil, authorities in London announced.

14 Jan 2021

World's oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia

Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave art - a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was painted at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.

14 Jan 2021

WHO team reaches China to investigate coronavirus origins

A team of ten scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) landed in Wuhan on Thursday to understand how coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, triggering a pandemic that has killed nearly two million globally and battered economies.

14 Jan 2021

Trump's Twitter ban right but sets dangerous precedent: Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, the boss of the micro-blogging website Twitter, has defended his company's decision to block the outgoing United States President Donald Trump from its platform but said that this ban sets a "dangerous precedent."

14 Jan 2021

Trump becomes first president in US to be impeached twice

Donald Trump has become the first United States President to be impeached twice, this time for "incitement of insurrection" at Capitol last week.

13 Jan 2021

US House convenes to impeach President Trump for second time

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on legislation to impeach outgoing President Donald Trump in connection with the violence at the US Capitol by his supporters last week that left five dead.

13 Jan 2021

Lisa Montgomery: US executes first female inmate in seven decades

Early on Wednesday, the United States performed the first execution of a woman in nearly seven decades, as Lisa Montgomery was administered a lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is the eleventh person to die after President Donald Trump restarted federal executions post a hiatus of 17 long years.

13 Jan 2021

Indonesia starts COVID-19 vaccination drive with President Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday received the first shot of a China-made COVID-19 vaccine after Indonesia approved it for emergency use and began efforts to vaccinate millions of citizens.

13 Jan 2021

Traveling to US? Be ready with COVID-19 negative report

Anyone flying to the United States will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials have announced.

13 Jan 2021

US House set to vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday

The US House of Representatives is all set to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

13 Jan 2021

Traffic jams will return after the pandemic, study says

As the coronavirus pandemic forced many of us to stay home and initiated work-from-home routines across the globe, traffic congestion fell significantly last year.

13 Jan 2021

FBI opens 160+ investigation cases against Capitol Hill rioters

The FBI has opened more than 160 investigation cases against the January 6 Capitol Hill rioters, officials in Washington said.

12 Jan 2021

WHO experts probing coronavirus origins to visit Wuhan: China

The experts from World Health Organization will visit Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in late-2019, at the start of their investigation into the origins of the pandemic, China said on Tuesday.

12 Jan 2021

FBI warns of armed protests at state Capitols, Washington DC

The FBI has warned that it has received intelligence that "armed protests" are being planned at all 50 US state Capitols and in Washington DC in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

12 Jan 2021

Antonio Guterres to seek second term as UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he will be seeking a second term as chief of the world organization.

12 Jan 2021

Facebook to remove content containing 'stop the steal' phrase

Facebook has announced that it would remove all the content from its platform containing the phrase "stop the steal," which is being used by outgoing US President Donald Trump's supporters to allege election fraud.

12 Jan 2021

US: In a first, gorillas test positive for coronavirus

Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first known apes in the United States and possibly the world to be infected with it.

12 Jan 2021

WHO: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization's chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries have started rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year.

11 Jan 2021

The Line: Saudi Arabia unveils city with no roads, cars

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has unveiled plans for a future city 'The Line,' which is part of the $500 billion project called "Neom."

11 Jan 2021

Women can read at Mass, but can't be priests: Pope

Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass while reaffirming they cannot be priests.

11 Jan 2021

Indonesia green-lights emergency use of Chinese vaccine

Indonesia's Food and Drug Authority on Monday green-lighted emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine, called CoronaVac, produced by China-based Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Vaccination of high-risk groups is expected to start later this week.

11 Jan 2021

WHO team probing coronavirus origins to visit on Thursday: China

A team of experts from the World Health Organization are due to reach China on January 14 to probe the origins of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, officials said on Monday.

11 Jan 2021

Indonesia intensifies search for crashed Sriwijaya Air's black boxes

The search for the black boxes of a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet intensified on Monday to boost the investigation into what caused the plane carrying 62 people to nosedive at high velocity into the Java Sea.

11 Jan 2021

Pelosi says House will impeach Trump, builds pressure on Pence

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives are pressurizing Vice President Mike Pence to remove outgoing President Donald Trump from the Oval Office. If he doesn't, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, the House will move to impeach Trump, his second impeachment during the term.

10 Jan 2021

Massive blackout in Pakistan; major cities plunge into darkness

Pakistan witnessed a massive power blackout early on Sunday due to a problem in one section of the grid, officials said.

09 Jan 2021

Indonesia: Passenger plane with over 50 onboard missing after take-off

A Sriwijaya Air passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has lost contact with the Indonesian aviation authorities shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Saturday.

09 Jan 2021

China ready to receive WHO experts to probe COVID-19 origin

China is ready to receive a World Health Organization expert team to probe the COVID-19 origin, a senior Chinese official informed the media but gave no specific timeline for the visit.

09 Jan 2021

White House warns of possible fast-spreading 'USA strain' of coronavirus

The White House Coronavirus Task Force has warned of the possibility of a new, more transmissible mutated variant of COVID-19 evolved in the United States.

09 Jan 2021

Beijing on alert after COVID-19 spike in neighboring Hebei province

Beijing has gone on an alert mode following a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in the neighboring Hebei province even as China has administered nine million coronavirus vaccines so far in a stepped-up nationwide drive to contain the virus.

09 Jan 2021

WHO: Rich nations, vaccine makers should stop bilateral deals

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, appealed on Friday to makers of COVID-19 vaccines and the wealthier countries buying them to stop making bilateral deals, saying they are hurting a UN-backed effort to widen access to the jabs.

09 Jan 2021

Democrats want to impeach Trump, again, but Biden is non-committal

Following the shameful violence at the United States Capitol, Democrats have been laying the groundwork to impeach outgoing President Donald Trump, again, but his successor Joe Biden refused to endorse the idea.

09 Jan 2021

Twitter bans President Donald Trump's account permanently, he cries conspiracy

Twitter, the micro-blogging platform that Donald Trump used religiously, has suspended his account permanently, two days after the outgoing United States President was barred from posting anything for a brief time in the wake of Capitol violence.

08 Jan 2021

Iran's top leader bans coronavirus vaccines from US, Britain

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday banned the country from importing American Pfizer-BioNTech and Britain's AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, a reflection of mistrust toward the West.

08 Jan 2021

Meet the Indian-American man who waved tricolor at US Capitol

Wednesday's attack on the United States Capitol drew global attention, as thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the building, accusing the Democrats of stealing the election.

08 Jan 2021

Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against coronavirus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

08 Jan 2021

India to chair UNSC's crucial Taliban and Libya Sanctions Committees

India will chair the crucial Taliban and Libya Sanctions Committees and the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council during its tenure as non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation UN body.

08 Jan 2021

Capitol Hill violence result of Trump's 'contempt for democracy': Biden

Describing the attack on Capitol Hill by US President Donald Trump's supporters as one of the darkest days in US history, President-elect Joe Biden said the violence was the result of the President's "contempt for democracy."

08 Jan 2021

Boeing will pay $2.5 billion as settlement charge

Boeing has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation. It admitted that its employees misled regulators about the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service.

08 Jan 2021

US to modify H-1B visa selection process

The United States on Thursday announced that it will modify the selection process for H-1B visas, giving priority to salary and skills instead of the lottery procedures.

08 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: United States records deadliest day as nearly 4,000 die

The United States witnessed its worst day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as almost 4,000 died in the 24-hour period ending at 8:30 pm (local time).

08 Jan 2021

Day after Capitol violence, Trump concedes, talks of 'healing,' 'reconciliation'

After peddling misinformation since November, claiming that Democrats stole the election, and approaching courts, United States President Donald Trump came the closest to conceding on Thursday (local time), a day after the violence at Capitol shamed his country and shocked the globe.

07 Jan 2021

Capitol chaos: Resignations hit White House, Melania Trump's aide quits

As the violence in the United States Capitol on Wednesday went on to become one of the defining moments of the tumultuous tenure of outgoing President Donald Trump, the White House was jolted by a spate of resignations, including that of the chief of staff of First Lady Melania Trump.

07 Jan 2021

Assange loses bid for bail as he awaits extradition appeal

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost his bid to be released from prison in London on bail as a UK judge ruled that it was only fair to first allow the US authorities to appeal against an order blocking his extradition on espionage charges.

07 Jan 2021

Indian-American becomes US Army's first Chief Information Officer

Indian-American Dr. Raj Iyer has taken over as the first Chief Information Officer of the US Army after the Pentagon created the position in July 2020.

07 Jan 2021

US Congress certifies Biden's win, Trump promises 'orderly transition'

Hours after a mob attacked the United States Capitol, the Congress certified the win of President-elect Joe Biden early Thursday morning (local time) paving the path for the Democrat's inauguration on January 20.

07 Jan 2021

Indonesia's Merapi volcano spews hot clouds, 500 evacuated

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds on Thursday morning as over 500 residents were evacuated from its fertile slopes.

07 Jan 2021

Beautiful sight: China's internet is enjoying US Capitol mayhem

Internet users in China erupted in laughter and sarcasm while reacting to Wednesday's riots at the United States Capitol, giving another proof of the deep discord between the two powerful nations.


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