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The non-recognition of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine by the UK is a "discriminatory policy", India said on Tuesday, adding that if the issue is not resolved, it is "well within our rights to take reciprocal action". "The External Affairs Minister (S Jaishankar) has raised the issue strongly with the UK Foreign Secretary (Liz Truss)," said India's Foreign Secretary HV Shringla.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 04:07 pm on 21 Sep
J&J says its booster shot gives 94% protection against COVID-19
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced new data saying that a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine provided 94% protection against COVID-19 in the US if administered two months after the first dose. A booster shot delayed up to six months is more effective, as it leads to a 12-fold increase in antibodies, according to J&J's Phase 3 trials data.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:51 pm on 21 Sep
Amid a row over UK's rules mandating fully vaccinated Indians to undergo quarantine, Covishield maker SII's CEO Adar Poonawalla called for "harmonising vaccine certification" on priority. Poonawalla added that he was "shocked why countries are unable to come together on one regulatory quality standard for (COVID-19) vaccine trials and travel passports". India called UK's rules "discriminatory".
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:47 pm on 21 Sep
Speaking about PM Narendra Modi's first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden on September 24, Foreign Secretary HV Shringla said, "We would discuss the need to stem radicalisation, extremism, cross-border terrorism & dismantling of global terror networks." He stated that current regional security situation following developments in Afghanistan will also feature in the bilateral meeting.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 04:23 pm on 21 Sep
COVID-19 is now officially US' deadliest pandemic, surpassing the estimated US fatalities from the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Reported US deaths due to COVID-19 crossed 6,75,000, the estimated US fatalities from the 1918-19 flu. Deaths due to COVID-19 are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities per day in US, according to Johns Hopkins data.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:52 pm on 21 Sep
A new picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface was leaked just a day before the Monday election. The photo was posted on Twitter by advocacy group Canada Proud. Other photos of Trudeau wearing blackface at the same 2001 Arabian Nights-themed gala had surfaced in 2019. Trudeau had apologised after the pictures surfaced.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:30 pm on 21 Sep
Paris' iconic Arc de Triomphe wrapped in 25,000 sq m of shimmery fabric
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Paris' iconic Arc de Triomphe monument has been wrapped in a shimmery fabric as part of an art installation titled 'L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped'. The art installation was conceived by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, on Champs Elysees avenue. The monument is now covered in 25,000 square metres of recyclable polypropylene fabric, along with 3,000 metres of red rope.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:32 pm on 21 Sep
Taliban announces remaining Cabinet ministers; no woman included
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Taliban on Tuesday announced a list of deputy ministers and once again did not name any woman. The new leaders include Haji Nooruddin Azizi as acting minister of commerce, Haji Mohammad Bashir as deputy commerce minister and Haji Mohammad Azim Sultanzada as deputy minister of commerce, among others. Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund is leading the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 05:53 pm on 21 Sep
Amid tensions with China, US President Joe Biden told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that America isn't "seeking a new Cold War". "The US is ready to work with any nation that steps up and pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges," he added. The US will "oppose attempts by stronger countries" to dominate weaker ones, he further said.
short by Shailesh / 11:24 pm on 21 Sep
Taliban have demanded representation at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session this week, challenging the credentials of the pre-existing envoy. Taliban named Mohammad Suhail Shaheen as the new UN permanent representative. The currently accredited Afghan ambassador Ghulam Isaczai also sent a list of Afghanistan's delegation to the UN for the assembly's 76th annual session.
short by Apaar Sharma / 08:53 am on 22 Sep
A drone footage showed lava from Spanish Canary Islands' La Palma volcano seeps into a swimming pool and destroying several houses on its way to the coast. More than 100 houses have reportedly been destroyed. More than 5,500 people were evacuated after lava began to flow on Sunday from the volcano, which last saw a major eruption in 1971.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:10 pm on 21 Sep
Cashier shot dead after asking customer to wear mask in Germany
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
A 20-year-old cashier at a petrol station in Germany was shot dead by a customer after a dispute between them over the use of a mask. The cashier had urged the customer to wear a mask in compliance with COVID-19 measures. The suspect later gave himself up to the police, saying the measures were causing him stress, an official said.
short by Shailesh / 09:14 pm on 21 Sep
We're getting F in Ethics: UN chief on global vaccine inequality
short by Shailesh / on 22 Sep 2021,Wednesday
Speaking about global COVID-19 vaccine inequality, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said, "This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It's an obscenity. We passed the science test. But we're getting an F in Ethics." The majority of the wealthier world is immunised while more than 90% of Africa hasn't even received one dose, he added.
short by Shailesh / 08:32 am on 22 Sep
Chinese city orders spas, cinemas to shut after COVID-19 case
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
China's Harbin city has ordered spas and cinemas to shut to prevent COVID-19 spread in poorly ventilated spaces, state media reported. The temporary shutdowns were part of a range of restrictions imposed on the city after one case of community transmission. The Harbin government has suspended religious activities in the city and ordered tourist attractions to operate at half capacity.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:30 pm on 21 Sep
Australian PM Scott Morrison on Tuesday said that he will not hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly amid tensions after Australia cancelled a contract to buy submarines from France. "I'm sure that opportunity will come in time," he added. Australia had cancelled the contract in favour of one with the US.
short by Shailesh / 04:17 pm on 21 Sep
Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Around 190 Europe-bound migrants were rescued off Libya's coast by two rescue vessels, charities operating them said on Monday. Over 24,000 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya by the Libyan coast guard so far this year, according to a UN agency. Over 1,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the first half of 2021, the agency's figures showed.
short by Shailesh / 06:16 pm on 21 Sep
Lebanese Parliament approves new govt amid economic crisis
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
The new Lebanese government led by Najib Mikati won a vote of confidence on Monday from the Parliament amid an economic crisis. PM Mikati aims to initiate reforms needed to seek foreign financial aid. Amid power shortages, Mikati said, "From the heart of the suffering of Beirut...our cabinet was born to light a candle in this hopeless darkness."
short by Shailesh / 05:51 pm on 21 Sep
Philippines welcomes US-Australia nuclear submarine deal
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
The Philippines has welcomed Australia's deal with the US and the UK to build nuclear submarines for the Australian military, according to Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. "The enhancement...should restore and keep the balance rather than destabilise it," Locsin said. The stand differs from the one taken by Malaysia and Indonesia, which sounded the alarm about the pact.
short by Shailesh / 07:41 pm on 21 Sep
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele on Monday changed his Twitter bio to read "the coolest dictator in the world", apparently in response to last week's protest against him by thousands of people. It was the first mass protest against Bukele. The President had dismissed the protest by saying protesters "took to the streets to fight a dictatorship that doesn't exist".
short by Shailesh / 08:30 pm on 21 Sep
No al-Qaeda, ISIS militants present in Afghanistan: Taliban
short by Shailesh / on 22 Sep 2021,Wednesday
There is no evidence of al-Qaeda or Islamic State (ISIS) militants being present in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday. There would be no attacks on third countries from Afghanistan from militant movements, he added. Notably, Mujahid's statement comes a day after ISIS said that it was responsible for a series of bombings in Jalalabad city.
short by Shailesh / 08:16 am on 22 Sep
UK charges 3rd Russian for 2018 novichok attack on double agent
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
The UK has charged a third Russian in absentia over the novichok nerve attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in 2018. There's enough evidence to charge Sergey Fedotov with conspiracy and attempted murder, possessing and using a chemical weapon, police said. All three suspects belonged to a Russian military intelligence team, police added.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 05:22 pm on 21 Sep
For 1st time in 20 yrs, US isn't at war: Prez Biden to UNGA
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
In his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said, "I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the US not at war. We've turned the page." Biden further said that the US is "opening a new era of relentless diplomacy" following the end of the war in Afghanistan.
short by Shailesh / 10:25 pm on 21 Sep
France-Aus submarine dispute a wake up call for EU: German Min
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Germany's European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said France-Australia submarine dispute was a "wake up call" for the European Union. "We cannot exclusively rely on others but must cooperate, and we've to overcome our differences [within EU] and speak with one voice," Roth added. Last week, Australia had scrapped $40 billion submarine deal with France in favour of a US deal.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 05:31 pm on 21 Sep
Russia responsible for killing ex-spy Litvinenko: European court
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-Russian spy, in 2006, European Court of Human Rights ruled. The ex-Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent died after he was poisoned with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope, in London. A UK public inquiry conducted in 2016 had concluded that killing was "probably approved" by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 03:58 pm on 21 Sep
US to return 3500-yr-old 'Gilgamesh Dream Tablet' to Iraq
short by Shailesh / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
The US will return a 3500-year-old tablet showing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh to Iraq on Thursday. The handover ceremony will take place at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The 'Gilgamesh Dream Tablet' is believed to have been looted from a museum in Iraq in 1991 and "fraudulently" entered the US in 2007, according to UNESCO.
short by Shailesh / 11:05 pm on 21 Sep
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