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The UAE has become the first Gulf Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in a "historic deal" brokered by US President Donald Trump. Under the deal, Israel will suspend its annexation of the occupied West Bank to focus on improving relations with the Arab and Muslim world, a joint statement by the US, UAE and Israel read.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:25 pm on 13 Aug
The World Health Organization has said that the COVID-19 vaccine approved by Russia this week is not among the nine that it considers in the advanced stages of testing. "We don't have sufficient information at this point to make a judgment on the Russian vaccine," Dr Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:56 am on 14 Aug
A 57-year-old Indian restaurant owner has been jailed for five months in Malaysia for violating a 14-day home quarantine order that led to dozens of others getting infected with COVID-19. Those infected included the man's family members, restaurant workers and customers. A total of 45 cases linked to the cluster have since been reported in at least three Malaysian states.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:32 pm on 13 Aug
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country has to be vigilant and decline any offer of foreign aid to battle flooding to keep coronavirus at bay. We need to "shut the border tighter and carry out strict anti-epidemic work", he added. North Korea also lifted lockdown in Kaesong after a suspected case of coronavirus there.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:38 pm on 14 Aug
People should not fear spread of COVID-19 in food, packaging: WHO
short by Anmol Sharma / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain. WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said China had tested hundreds of thousands of packages and "found very, very few, less than 10" proving positive for the virus.
short by Anmol Sharma / 02:13 pm on 14 Aug
India sends 58 MT of humanitarian aid to Lebanon on IAF aircraft
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Stating that India expresses solidarity with the people of Lebanon following the Beirut explosion, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said, "58 MT of emergency humanitarian aid, including crucial medical and food supplies, is on its way to Beirut in IAF C17 aircraft." The explosion in Beirut had left over 170 people dead and injured at least 6,000 others.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:10 pm on 14 Aug
Our friendship with India is based on 'bharosa, samman': Australia PM
short by Nandini Sinha / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Sending a special message to India on Friday on the eve of 74th Independence Day, Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote that the friendship between India and Australia was "founded on bharosa (trust) and samman (respect)". "It is a friendship with depth, and marked by democracy, defence cooperation, diaspora and Dosti (mateship)," Morrison further wrote.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:14 pm on 14 Aug
India announces $500mn for Maldives' biggest infrastructure project
short by Apaar Sharma / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
India will fund the largest civilian infrastructure project in Maldives through $400 million line of credit and $100 million grant, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announced on Thursday after a virtual meet with Maldives' Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. The 6.7-km Greater Male Connectivity Project will connect Male with three neighbouring islands Villingili, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi.
short by Apaar Sharma / 08:15 pm on 13 Aug
US Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has raised $48 million (over ₹359 crore) in the 48 hours since he named Indian-origin Kamala Harris as Democratic vice presidential nominee. Harris is the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party's presidential ticket. Her parents were immigrants, her mother from India and her father from Jamaica.
short by Ankush Verma / 01:11 pm on 14 Aug
6 small blasts preceded large Beirut explosion: Israeli seismologist
short by Nandini Sinha / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
The large Beirut explosion on August 4 was preceded by six small blasts spaced at 11-second intervals, the last of which was a combustion of fireworks that apparently set off a warehouse full of ammonium nitrate, an Israeli seismologist said. The first five blasts may have taken place underground and gone unheard by Beirut witnesses, Boaz Hayoun further told Reuters.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 14 Aug
A video of Indian-origin reporter SV Dáte asking US President Donald Trump "do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people" has gone viral. Trump didn't answer Dáte and moved on to another question. "I've tried to ask him before and he's cut me off. Maybe he didn't recognise me this time," Dáte said about Trump.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:54 pm on 14 Aug
A day after a peace deal was announced between Israel and UAE, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he agreed to delay annexation in occupied West Bank, but the plan remains "on the table". Israel and the UAE agreed on Thursday to normalise diplomatic ties in the deal brokered by the US. US President Donald Trump called it a "huge breakthrough".
short by Ankush Verma / 02:18 pm on 14 Aug
Hong Kong markets will 'go to hell' under Chinese rule: Trump
short by Nandini Sinha / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
US President Donald Trump said in an interview on Thursday that Hong Kong markets will "go to hell" under the Chinese rule which was tightened after the introduction of the new national security law. "Hong Kong can never succeed having China as opposed to the thousands of geniuses that ran it, having China run it," Trump added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:15 pm on 13 Aug
US President Donald Trump said that he has heard rumours that Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris "doesn't qualify" to serve as US Vice President. Trump referred to a law professor who questioned Harris's eligibility under the US Constitution because both her parents are immigrants. As per the US Constitution, an American leader must be a natural-born citizen, which makes Harris eligible.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:23 pm on 14 Aug
A cartoon in The Australian newspaper has been accused of racism for portraying Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris as "little brown girl". It depicted presidential candidate Joe Biden saying Harris would help "heal a nation divided by racism" while he went "for a lie-down". Defending the cartoon, the newspaper's editor-in-chief said the words 'Little brown girls' were used by Biden.
short by Nandini Sinha / 05:45 pm on 14 Aug
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the world needs to spend at least $100 billion on new tools, especially vaccines, to fight the coronavirus pandemic. "The first and most immediate need is $31.3 billion for the ACT [Access to COVID-19 Tools] Accelerator," he added. Over 750,000 people have died due to COVID-19 globally, according to Johns Hopkins University.
short by Kiran Khatri / 11:20 pm on 13 Aug
The US government announced it dismantled digital campaigns by al-Qaeda and two other terrorist groups that used social media campaigns globally to obtain cryptocurrency. The US seized millions of dollars and over 300 cryptocurrency accounts used by the groups. "These actions represent...government's largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context," the US justice department said.
short by Aishwarya / 11:05 pm on 13 Aug
TikTok US staff plan to sue Trump administration over app ban
short by Aishwarya / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
TikTok's US staff are planning to sue President Donald Trump's administration over his order to ban the app. Mike Godwin, the lawyer representing the employees, said the staff recognise that their jobs and their payment are in danger. TikTok is reportedly working on its own lawsuit that is expected to allege that the order is unconstitutional.
short by Aishwarya / 06:43 pm on 14 Aug
YouTube to remove videos promoting interference with US elections
short by Aishwarya / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
YouTube announced that it'll remove videos that encourage others to interfere with the election process in the US. Videos that tell viewers to create long voting lines to make it harder for others to vote will be removed. It will also remove videos containing hacked information about a political candidate shared with the intent to interfere in an election.
short by Aishwarya / 11:16 pm on 13 Aug
Several US companies, including Apple, Ford and Disney expressed their concerns over the effects of the executive order on WeChat, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a call with the White House, over a dozen firms specified the consequences the ban could have on their own businesses. Other companies that participated in the discussion include Goldman Sachs, Intel and MetLife.
short by Aishwarya / 09:06 pm on 13 Aug
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner confirms he met rapper Kanye West
short by Kiran Khatri / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has confirmed that he recently met with rapper Kanye West, who is seeking to get his name on ballots for the US presidential election. "We had a general discussion, more about policy," Kushner said. On Tuesday, West had posted a tweet saying they discussed a book on empowering Black Americans.
short by Kiran Khatri / 05:49 pm on 14 Aug
France has increased its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean region by deploying two Rafale fighter jets and a naval frigate 'Lafayette' amid a standoff between Greece and Turkey. Greece had claimed that Turkey had violated international laws after it launched oil and gas exploration work in the area. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Turkey to stop its "unilateral" prospecting.
short by Kiran Khatri / 03:43 pm on 14 Aug
Lebanese Parliament grants military power in Beirut after blast
short by Shailesh / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Lebanon Parliament on Thursday approved a state of emergency in the capital Beirut after last week's blast, granting the military power to declare curfews, prevent public gatherings and censor media. The military can also refer civilians to military tribunals for alleged security breaches. Lebanon's entire government resigned following the blast that killed over 170 people.
short by Shailesh / 10:13 pm on 13 Aug
Iran briefly seizes Liberian oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz: US
short by Shailesh / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
The Iranian Navy boarded and held a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, MT Wila, for some five hours near the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, a US military official said. The US military's Central Command said that a helicopter and two ships belonging to the Iranian Navy took part in the seizure. The command also released a black-and-white video of the incident.
short by Shailesh / 09:25 pm on 13 Aug
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