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US-Taliban agreement to be signed on Feb 29

Washington, Feb. 22 (IANS): The US and Taliban are expected to sign an agreement on February 29, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in a statement. “In recent weeks, in consultation with the Government of National Unity, US negotiators ...

22 Feb 2020

Iran votes in general election marred by disqualifications

Tehran, Feb. 21 (PTI/AFP): Iran went to the polls on Friday for a general election that conservatives are expected to dominate amid voter apathy after an economic slump, multiple crises and the disqualification of thousands of candidates. The 11th pa...

21 Feb 2020

One more Wuhan doctor dies from coronavirus

Wuhan, Feb. 21 (IANS/PTI): Peng Yinhua, a doctor from a Wuhan hospital that receives patients infected with the deadly coronavirus, has died from the virus, authorities said on Friday. Peng, 29, a respiratory acute care medical professional, became i...

21 Feb 2020

Merkel slams ‘poison’ of racism after nine killed in Germany shootings

Hanau (Germany), Feb. 20 (PTI/AFP): Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the “poison” of racism Thursday after a shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the German city of Hanau. The suspect...

20 Feb 2020

Coronavirus toll in China rises to 2,118

Beijing, Feb. 20 (IANS): The overall death toll in China due to the deadly coronavirus has increased to 2,118, with a total of 74,576 confirmed cases, health authorities said on Thursday. The National Health Commission said that it had received repor...

20 Feb 2020

Pompeo meets Saudi king in talks focused on Iranian threats

Riyadh, Feb. 20 (PTI/AP): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday in a visit focused primarily on discussing shared security concerns about regional rival Iran. Ahead of his arrival in the capital Riyad...

20 Feb 2020

Xi calls for greater protection of medical staff as coronavirus death toll crosses 2,000

Beijing, Feb. 19 (PTI): Chinese President Xi Jinping called for greater protection of medical workers fighting the coronavirus after causalities among them showed an upward trend as the death toll from the epidemic crossed the 2,000-mark on Wednesday...

19 Feb 2020

Muted reaction to Afghan poll result despite warlord’s rallying cry

Kabul, Feb. 19 (PTI/AFP): Afghanistan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum, a powerful warlord who has long held undue sway over the country’s politics, called on his supporters on Wednesday to take to the streets to protest against the re-electi...

19 Feb 2020

Death toll in coronavirus in China climbs to over 1860

Beijing, Feb. 18 (PTI): The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic climbed to 1,868 on Tuesday as 98 more people died while the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 72,436, officials said. Of the new deaths, 93 were reported from Hub...

18 Feb 2020

Guterres closely following talks between US, Taliban — UN spokesman

United Nations, Feb. 18 (PTI): UN chief Antonio Guterres has been closely following talks between the US and the Taliban about a “significant reduction” of violence in Afghanistan aimed at opening the way for intra-Afghan peace negotiatio...

18 Feb 2020

Pakistan no longer a ‘safe haven’ for terror groups, says Imran Khan

Islamabad, Feb. 17 (PTI): There are no “safe havens” for terror groups in Pakistan “right now”, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday while admitting publicly that it was possibly not the case under previous regimes. Addres...

17 Feb 2020

COVID-19: WHO experts join inspections in China as death toll climbs to 1,770

Beijing, Feb. 17 (PTI): Top WHO experts, including from the US, have joined the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China that has claimed 1,770 lives, as Beijing stepped up its efforts by deploying 30,000 more medical staff in the wors...

17 Feb 2020

8 killed, 23 injured in suicide bombing in Pakistan’s Balochistan

Karachi, Feb. 17 (PTI): A powerful suspected suicide bombing at a religious rally in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province killed at least eight persons, including policemen, and injured 23 others on Monday, according to media reports. The bo...

17 Feb 2020

Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Beijing, Feb. 16 (PTI/AP): A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of th...

16 Feb 2020

Kim Jong Un in first appearance in weeks as coronavirus rages next door

Seoul, Feb. 16 (PTI/AFP): North Korea’s Kim Jong Un marked the birth anniversary of the country’s former leader Sunday, in his first reported public appearance in over three weeks as a deadly coronavirus rages in neighbouring China. Kim &...

16 Feb 2020

WHO experts set to join battle against coronavirus in China as death toll crosses 1500

Beijing/Wuhan, Feb. 15 (PTI): Top WHO experts are set to arrive in Beijing this weekend to assist China to contain the coronavirus outbreak as the death toll climbed to 1,523 in China and France reported the first fatality outside Asia, fuelling conc...

15 Feb 2020

COVID-19: Virus infects more than 1,700 health workers in China, 6 die

Beijing, Feb 14 (PTI/AP): More than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been infected by the new COVID-19 virus that has killed nearly 1,400 people and spread to other parts of Asia and as far as the US and Europe, a senior Chinese official announced ...

14 Feb 2020

Top North Korean official killed for leaving coronavirus quarantine

London, Feb. 14 (IANS): A North Korean official was shot dead for going to a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine for coronavirus, it was reported. The UK newspaper, Metro said in a report on Thursday that the trade official was arreste...

14 Feb 2020

Erdogan raises Kashmir in Pak Parliament, says issue close to both countries

Islamabad, Feb. 14 (PTI): Notwithstanding India’s objection, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday once again raked up the Kashmir issue, vowing that Ankara will support Pakistan’s stand as it is a matter of concern to both the...

14 Feb 2020

Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak is new British finance minister

London, Feb 13 (PTI):  In a massive elevation, Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak was appointed the UK’s new finance minister on Thursday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an extensive Cabinet reshuffle amid reports of serious differences w...

13 Feb 2020

Japan cruise ship virus cases jump to 218 as elderly offered escape

Yokohama (Japan), Feb. 13 (PTI/AFP): Japan said Thursday it would allow some elderly passengers off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging, as the number of new coronavirus cases on the vessel jumped to 218. Thousands of pas...

13 Feb 2020

Ahead of Trump’s India visit, US senators raise human rights, religious freedom issues

Washington, Feb. 13 (PTI): Ahead of President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India, four influential US senators, who described themselves as “longtime friends of India”, have sought an assessment of the human rights situation in Ka...

13 Feb 2020

Trump easily wins New Hampshire GOP primary

Manchester, Feb. 12 (PTI/AP): President Donald Trump has easily won New Hampshire’s Republican primary against minimal opposition. Trump was declared the winner as polls in the state closed Tuesday night. Four years ago, the state offered Trump...

12 Feb 2020

Pak court sentences Hafiz Saeed to 11 years for terror financing cases

Lahore, Feb. 12 (PTI): An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday sentenced Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to 11 years in jail in terror financing cases. A court official confirmed to PTI that Hafiz Saeed was...

12 Feb 2020

Calls for freedom of speech rise in China as coronavirus death toll soars

Beijing/Wuhan, Feb. 12 (PTI): The coronavirus outbreak in China has led to rare open calls for freedom of speech in the Communist nation amid growing public discontent over the handling of the epidemic, as the death toll continued to climb which prom...

12 Feb 2020