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Top US health expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said the Delta variant of COVID-19, first detected in India, is the greatest threat to the US' effort to eradicate the disease in its borders. Stating that vaccines authorised in the US are effective against the Delta variant, Fauci added, "We have the tools, so let's use them and crush the outbreak."
short by Ankush Verma / 09:43 am on 23 Jun
Commenting on Delta variant of COVID-19, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, Mike Ryan said, "Delta variant is faster, it's fitter, it'll pick off the more vulnerable more efficiently than previous variants." It'll eventually find "those vulnerable individuals who'll become severely ill, have to be hospitalised, and potentially die." Delta variant was first detected in India.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:09 pm on 23 Jun
A report in The New York Times said Chinese vaccines "may not be very effective" at preventing the spread of coronavirus, particularly new variants. It added the Seychelles, Chile, Bahrain and Mongolia, which are mostly using Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech's vaccines and whose 50-68% of the populations are fully vaccinated, were among top 10 countries with worst outbreaks last week.
short by Apaar Sharma / 03:25 pm on 23 Jun
Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the US under a contract approved by State Department, The New York Times reported. Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in Saudi's consulate in Istanbul.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:43 pm on 23 Jun
A project to preserve endangered Tasmanian devils has led to complete elimination of penguins on an Australian island, a conservation group said. A small number of Tasmanian devils were shipped to Maria Island in 2012. While the Tasmanian devils have recovered since, a population of little penguins that numbered 3,000 breeding pairs has disappeared from the island.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:31 am on 23 Jun
A female TikTok star has been jailed for 10 years in Egypt on human trafficking charges. Haneen Hossam, 20, posted a video in which she asked for clemency, saying she had never harmed anyone. The verdict came five months after another court overturned a prison sentence that Hossam was given for "violating family values" with videos she posted on TikTok.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:46 am on 23 Jun
Blast near 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's house in Pak; 2 dead, 16 injured
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
At least two persons were killed and 16 more injured in an explosion near Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed's house in Pakistan's Lahore, media reported citing police officials. Saeed is currently in jail after he was convicted last year over his involvement in terror financing. Police said the incident appeared to be a "bomb blast".
short by Arshiya Chopra / 03:03 pm on 23 Jun
Tokyo restaurants' shares jump on birth of twin pandas in nearby zoo
short by Kiran Khatri / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Shares of two restaurants in Japan's Tokyo soared on Wednesday after the nearby Ueno Zoo said its giant panda Shin Shin gave birth to two cubs. Chinese restaurant Totenko's stock jumped as much as 10%, while another restaurant saw its shares jump 7.4%. Both stocks surged earlier this month when the zoo announced that Shin Shin may be pregnant.
short by Kiran Khatri / 10:38 am on 23 Jun
Over 150 US hospital staff fired or quit for refusing vaccinations
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Over 150 employees at US' Houston Methodist hospital were fired or resigned on Tuesday after they refused to get COVID-19 vaccination, a hospital spokesperson said. The hospital had asked its staff to receive the vaccine by June 7 or face two-week suspension. Earlier this month, a judge had dismissed a lawsuit against the hospital by employees opposing the vaccine mandate.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:54 pm on 23 Jun
US likely to miss July 4 goal of one COVID shot for 70% adults: WH
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
US will likely miss President Joe Biden's goal to deliver at least one COVID-19 vaccine to 70% of adults by July 4, White House said. US will reach 70% vaccination goal for Americans aged 27 and older by July 4 but could take "few extra weeks" for all adults to get vaccinated, White House COVID-19 senior adviser Jeffrey Zients said.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 10:00 am on 23 Jun
Sputnik V can protect from all COVID-19 variants: Russian scientist
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Alexander Gintsburg, the scientist who heads Russia's Gamaleya Institute that developed the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, has claimed that the vaccine can protect against all variants of the virus. He said, "Antibodies developed after vaccination with [SputnikV] protect from all variants of [COVID-19] known today, starting from the UK variant to the so-called Delta variant, first detected in India."
short by Dharini Mudgal / 03:56 pm on 23 Jun
Tokyo Olympics organisers ban selling, drinking alcohol at venues
short by Subhasish Dutta / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
The Tokyo Olympics organisers decided to ban selling and drinking alcohol at Olympic venues. Tokyo Olympics President Seiko Hashimoto said that the decision was taken following experts' advice. Hashimoto also defended the organisers' decision to allow spectators into Olympic venues saying, "There is evidence that there have been no clusters at other events and tournaments."
short by Subhasish Dutta / 02:55 pm on 23 Jun
US takes down Iran-linked news websites, alleges disinformation
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
The US authorities have taken down dozens of Iranian news websites accusing them of spreading disinformation. "US seized 33 websites used by...Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and three websites operated by Kataib Hezbollah (KH), in violation of US sanctions," the Department of Justice said. However, several of the sites were back online within hours with new domain addresses.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 10:56 am on 23 Jun
Lawyer Kiran Ahuja becomes first Indian-American to head US OPM
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday cast her tie-breaking vote to confirm Indian-American Kiran Ahuja as the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Harris announced to cast her vote in favour of Ahuja after Senate was deadlocked at 50-50 votes. Ahuja is the first Indian-American to lead the federal agency that manages over two million civil servants.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:15 pm on 23 Jun
Iran, world powers making progress in nuclear talks: Germany
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Iran and world powers have been making progress in talks to revive their 2015 nuclear accord, but "there are still some nuts to crack". He added that a deal was possible even under Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi. Maas made these comments while addressing a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 05:15 pm on 23 Jun
Moscow will work with US against hackers: Russian security chief
short by Subhasish Dutta / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov said that Moscow will work together with the United States to locate cyber criminals. According to the RIA news agency, Bortnikov stated that the security agency would follow agreements reached during the recent summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden. Both leaders met in Geneva on June 16.
short by Subhasish Dutta / 03:27 pm on 23 Jun
Morgan Stanley to block unvaccinated employees from New York offices
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Morgan Stanley's staff and clients will not be allowed to enter the bank's New York offices if they are not fully vaccinated, reports said. "Starting July 12, all employees, contingent workforce, clients and visitors will be required to attest to being fully vaccinated to access Morgan Stanley buildings in New York City and Westchester," as per an internal memo.
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / 09:48 am on 23 Jun
Iran foils sabotage attempt on its atomic energy building: Report
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Iranian state media has said that a sabotage attempt against a building of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was foiled, adding that it caused no "loss of life or property damage". The incident reportedly occurred in the county of Karaj on Wednesday morning. "Investigations are ongoing to identify the perpetrators and determine the facts surrounding the incident," said Nournews.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 04:54 pm on 23 Jun
Afghanistan accuses Taliban of worst violence in two decades
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar has accused the Taliban of carrying out its worst violence in the past two decades amid the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country. Atmar urged the international community to establish a "mechanism" to ensure that the Taliban honours the February 2020 agreement with US to reduce violence and enter peace negotiations.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:14 pm on 23 Jun
HK pro-democracy newspaper to shut after arrests & asset freeze
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Hong Kong's pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily has announced its closure, adding that its final edition would be published "no later than Saturday". Its publisher, Next Digital, said the decision was taken "due to the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong". Recently, police froze Apple Daily's assets and arrested staff members over a suspected breach of the new national security law.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 05:14 pm on 23 Jun
US opens $500 mn fund for kin of Boeing 737 MAX victims: Report
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
A $500 million US fund to compensate relatives of 346 people killed in two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes has opened, Reuters reported. Boeing in January agreed to pay $500 million to compensate the heirs, relatives and beneficiaries of the passengers who died on Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in 2018 and 2019.
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / 10:08 am on 23 Jun
EU chief vows action, says 'shame' on Hungary for new LGBT law
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday vowed to take any action necessary to thwart a new LGBT law in Hungary. Leyen said, "This Hungarian bill is a shame. [It] clearly discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation." The Hungarian Parliament passed the bill that bans the "display and promotion of homosexuality" among under-18s last week.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 05:18 pm on 23 Jun
Canadian lawmakers pass bill criminalising LGBT conversion therapy
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday passed a bill that will criminalise LGBT conversion therapy. The House passed the bill with 263 votes in favour and 63 votes against it. "Conversion therapy has no place in Canada," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted after the vote. "We will always stand up for LGBTQ2 Canadians and their rights," Trudeau added.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 11:48 am on 23 Jun
Ex-US teacher jailed for 100 yrs for sexually assaulting students
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
A former elementary school teacher in the US has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for sexually assaulting two students. Earlier, Thomas Richard Strong was found guilty of four counts of rape and one count of sexual contact with a child under 16 years of age. An investigation was launched into the 72-year-old in May 2019.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:31 pm on 23 Jun
Extremists used COVID-19 to spread violent ideologies: Europol
short by Subhasish Dutta / on 23 Jun 2021,Wednesday
European Union's law enforcement agency Europol said that the extremists used the COVID-19 pandemic to spread violent ideologies. The Europol report added that Islamist extremists remained the main threat for European countries in 2020. Data from six EU countries revealed that there were 57 successful, failed or foiled incidents classified as terrorist attacks last year.
short by Subhasish Dutta / 04:59 pm on 23 Jun
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