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We're not going to control the pandemic: White House Chief of Staff
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
During an interview with CNN, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, "We're not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines." Following Meadows' remarks, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that US President Donald Trump's administration has given up on its basic duty to protect the American people.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:10 pm on 26 Oct
Oxford vaccine prompts immune response among young, old: AstraZeneca
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces a similar immune response in both older and younger adults, drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Monday. It added that the adverse responses were lower among the elderly. "The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of our vaccine AZD1222,” an AstraZeneca spokesperson said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:35 pm on 26 Oct
Pictures have gone viral showing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump posing with two kids dressed as them at the White House annual Halloween party. "The hair was pretty spot on," a social media user reacted to the kid dressed as Trump. The US President and First Lady skipped passing out candy this year amid COVID-19.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:09 pm on 26 Oct
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said, "The task of initiating the Kargil war, which witnessed the deaths of our brave soldiers, and disgraced Pakistan in front of the world, was not done by Pakistan Army, but by a few generals." "Nothing could be achieved from it (Kargil war). Our soldiers did not even have weapons," he added.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:50 am on 26 Oct
First-ever 'murder hornet' nest in US vacuumed out of tree
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has been sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose. Also known as 'murder hornets', the insects have a powerful sting and can spit venom. Agricultural department said it spent weeks searching for and trapping the hornets, which attack honeybee hives and could pose a threat to humans.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:18 am on 26 Oct
An artist named Hayat Nazer has used broken glass and rubble from Beirut explosion to make 'The lady of the world' statue. The sculpture features a damaged clock stuck at 6:08, the moment of the explosion. Nazer, who joined efforts to clean the debris after the explosion, said, "The explosion broke my heart. I was just devastated. I was traumatised."
short by Ankush Verma / 04:59 pm on 26 Oct
The 101st Avenue in New York City's Richmond Hill area has been co-named Punjab Avenue in honour of Punjabi community. The motion for the renaming was moved by NYC Council member Adrienne Adams in view of the community's strong presence there. Speaking at the inauguration, Adams said, "It's important that we continue to celebrate the multicultural mosaic of our city!"
short by Shailesh / 07:02 pm on 26 Oct
News TV reporter Diego Demarco from Argentina was robbed of his phone on live television, a video of which is being widely shared on social media. The journalist was about to start reporting when a man grabbed his phone and ran off, following which Demarco also ran after him. Later, passersby, including children, also ran behind the man.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:00 am on 26 Oct
Why are Middle East countries calling for a boycott of French products?
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Middle East countries are boycotting French goods after French President Emmanuel Macron said, "Islam is a religion that's in crisis all over the world", and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting Prophet Muhammad. Macron's comments came after the beheading of a teacher for showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad during a class. Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad are forbidden in Islam.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:45 pm on 26 Oct
A man visited a supermarket in Wales in just underpants and a mask to protest against the government's ban on the sale of non-essential items like clothes and books to curb COVID-19 spread. He and his wife visited the store and his wife told the staff, "Clothes are non-essentials". They left after making the staff say that clothes are essential.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:42 pm on 26 Oct
The UK Royals posted a job advertisement for the post of Housekeeping Assistant (Level-2 Apprenticeship) at Windsor Castle, offering £19,140.09 (₹18.5 lakh) as starting salary. "You'll join our team of Housekeeping professionals; learning on-the-job while you work alongside them to upkeep, clean and care for interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best," the posting stated.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 05:01 pm on 26 Oct
A member of radical feminist group Femen staged a naked protest outside the Polish embassy in Ukraine on Monday against a near-total ban on abortion in Poland. She wrote, "My body is my choice" on her body and also held coat hangers in her mouth, a protest symbol representing illegal abortions. Later, several activists gathered near the embassy.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 08:17 pm on 26 Oct
Brad Pitt praises Joe Biden, calls him 'President For All Americans'
short by Kriti Sharma / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt extended his support to Democratic nominee Joe Biden for the 2020 US Presidential Election and called him "President for all Americans" in Biden's latest campaign ad. Pitt said Americans are seeking a leader who "understands their hopes, their dreams...[and] works just as hard for the people who voted for him as those who didn't".
short by Kriti Sharma / 03:34 pm on 26 Oct
COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age: UN chief
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, "The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age." He added that travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed worldwide have resulted in the "loss of 500 million jobs so far". Guterres has opened an online session of World Health Summit, demanding developed nations support health systems in countries that are short of resources.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 11:13 am on 26 Oct
Kashgar city in China's Xinjiang region has launched mass COVID-19 testing for its 47 lakh residents after a 17-year-old tested positive for coronavirus. Around 137 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases have been detected in the city, all of them linked to a garment factory where the teenager's parents work. Nearly 30 lakh residents have been tested so far, officials said.
short by Shailesh / 06:03 pm on 26 Oct
India sends 270 MT of food aid to 4 African countries
short by Shailesh / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
India has sent 270 metric tonnes of food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea to "alleviate the suffering of the people" affected by natural calamities and the pandemic. The aid, comprising 155 metric tonnes of wheat flour, 65 metric tonnes of rice and 50 metric tonnes of sugar, is being transported by INS Airavat, an MEA statement said.
short by Shailesh / 11:31 pm on 26 Oct
France urged Middle Eastern countries to stop retail companies from boycotting French products. This comes after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the publication of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad. "These calls for boycott are baseless and should stop immediately, as well as all attacks against our country, which are being pushed by a radical minority," French Foreign Ministry said.
short by Shailesh / 03:54 pm on 26 Oct
UK special forces stormed a Greek-operated oil tanker in the English Channel after seven stowaways, who boarded the ship in Nigeria, turned hostile. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace authorised the armed forces to board the tanker "to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking", a statement said. No crew members were injured, the tanker's operator said.
short by Shailesh / 08:13 pm on 26 Oct
Chinese leaders meet to formulate next five-year plan
short by Shailesh / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
China's Communist Party (CPC) on Monday began a four-day annual conclave of its top leaders to discuss the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) and a longer-term strategy named as "Vision 2035". Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding the post of CPC General Secretary, delivered a work report on Politburo's behalf at the start of the meeting.
short by Shailesh / 10:40 pm on 26 Oct
China to impose sanctions on US arms suppliers to Taiwan
short by Shailesh / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
China will impose sanctions on US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said. Sanctions will be imposed on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon to "safeguard China's national interests", he added. Earlier, the US announced that it had approved the potential sale of three weapons systems worth over $1.8 billion to Taiwan.
short by Shailesh / 03:00 pm on 26 Oct
Pakistani PM Imran Khan on Sunday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam" by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad. "Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims," Khan said. Macron defended the publication of cartoons while paying tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded for showing the caricatures in a class.
short by Shailesh / 11:28 pm on 25 Oct
Airstrikes carried out by Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday after a rebel camp was targeted, a report by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Over 90 others were left injured, it added. Notably, it's the first major offensive carried out by Russia against the rebels since March, when a ceasefire deal with Turkey was reached.
short by Shailesh / 11:20 pm on 26 Oct
Thousands of people across Chile took to the streets to celebrate after a majority of the voters endorsed a plan to rewrite the country's constitution, drafted under Chile's dictatorship four decades ago, in a referendum. "This referendum is not the end, it is the start of a road we must walk towards a new constitution," Chile's President Sebastian Pinera said.
short by Shailesh / 10:15 pm on 26 Oct
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a US-brokered ceasefire that came into effect on Monday amid the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the two countries, the ceasefire agreement was violated within the first two hours of its implementation. This was the third ceasefire agreement between the two countries in just over two weeks.
short by Shailesh / 04:48 pm on 26 Oct
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