Death toll in China’s coronavirus epidemic jumps to over 1,500

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Beijing : The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 1,523 with 143 new fatalities reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province while the confirmed cases jumped to over 66,000, health officials said on Saturday. The country’s Health Commission said it received reports of 2,641 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection […]

Donald Trump, PM Modi to outline ambitious vision for next chapter of Indo-US ties : Alice Wells

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Washington : When President Donald Trump travels to India to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two leaders will outline an ambitious vision for the next chapter of the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world, a top American diplomat has said. “We are approaching an important inflection point in the US-India relationship,” […]

Request banks with folded hands, take your money : Vijay Mallya

Friday, February 14th, 2020

London : Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya once again asked the Indian banks to take back 100 per cent of the principal amount owed to them at the end of his three-day British High Court appeal on Thursday against an extradition order to India. The 64-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, wanted in India on charges of […]

UK government starts setting up ‘internet watchdog’, to fine social media giants

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

London : The British government said Wednesday, February 12 that it planned to allow its broadcast regulator to police the internet and issue “substantial fines” to social media giants that fail to remove harmful content. Media minister Nicky Morgan told parliament she was “minded to appoint” the Office of Communications (Ofcom) in charge of online […]

Ireland’s left-wing nationalist Sinn Fein party surges in historic but inconclusive election

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Dublin : Ireland’s left-wing nationalist Sinn Fein party shattered the country’s center-right status quo in the weekend’s general election with its strongest-ever performance, throwing Irish politics into uncertainty. First-preference vote counts showed Sinn Fein ahead of the two mainstream parties that have dominated Irish politics for nearly a century, as young voters embraced the long-marginalized […]

Vanessa Bryant announces ‘celebration of life’ for Kobe and Gianna

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Los Angeles : Vanessa Bryant announced plans for a public celebration of life for her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna in a touching Instagram post. “#2, #24 #20 years as a Laker,” the bereaved wife and mother wrote in the post, confirming that a memorial service would be held at Staples Center arena […]

Yemen al-Qaeda leader al-Rimi killed in US operation, says Donald Trump

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Washington : President Donald Trump said on Thursday that US forces have killed Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in an operation inside Yemen. Al-Rimi claimed responsibility for last year’s deadly shooting at US Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three US sailors. The […]

US announces launch of International Religious Freedom Alliance

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Washington : The United States on Wednesday, February 5 announced the launch of a 27-nation International Religious Freedom Alliance, which will try to adopt a collective approach in protecting and preserving religious freedom across the world. It is an Alliance of “like-minded partners who treasure, and fight for, international religious freedom for every human being”, […]

Pelosi rips up Donald Trump’s speech after he appears to snub her handshake offer

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Washington : The State of the Union address featured an epic ceremonial clash on Tuesday night. President Donald Trump appeared to ignore House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s outstretched hand at the top of his annual address. At the end of the speech, Pelosi tore up her copy of his prepared remarks. It was unclear whether Trump […]

Citing ballot tampering, Malawi court voids Presidential Election

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Malawi : Malawi’s Constitutional Court on Monday annulled the May 2019 presidential election that declared Peter Mutharika a winner and ordered a rerun, after opposition parties cited evidence of widespread irregularities. Mr. Mutharika, Malawi’s president since 2014, won the election with a reported 38.57 percent share of the vote. Opposition party leader Lazarus Chakwera received […]