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From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s truck art

From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s truck art

REUTERS 2021-01-02 15:30:30

Pakistan’s famous truck art will move from its highways to the skies, as a flying academy is painting a two-seater Cessna aircraft with the colourful technique. With elaborate and flamboyant mo...

Vietnam reports first case of new coronavirus variant

Vietnam reports first case of new coronavirus variant

Reuters 2021-01-02 15:20:04

Vietnam has detected its first imported case of the new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly around Britain, the health ministry said on Saturday. The variant was detected in a 44-year-old w...

Covid-19 vaccine to be free across India, says Indian health minister

Covid-19 vaccine to be free across India, says Indian health minister

-- 2021-01-02 15:19:29

Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines would be free of cost across the country. "Not just in Delhi, it (vaccine) will be free across the country," Vardhan...

Iran plans to enrich uranium up to 20pc at Fordow site, IAEA conveyed

Iran plans to enrich uranium up to 20pc at Fordow site, IAEA conveyed

-- 2021-01-02 10:58:30

Iran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20 per cent purity, a level it achieved before its 2015 accord, at its Fordow site buried inside a mountain, the a...

Australia's national anthem wording changed to accommodate Indigenous history

Australia's national anthem wording changed to accommodate Indigenous history

-- 2021-01-02 10:46:43

Australia amended its national anthem to remove reference to the country being “young and free” amid calls to recognise that its Indigenous people are the oldest continued civilisation in...

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

-- 2021-01-01 20:54:09

Pakistan and India on Friday conducted the annual practice of exchanging the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral arrangement that prohibits them from attacking each other's atomic fa...

Iran vows 'resistance' a year after Soleimani killing

Iran vows 'resistance' a year after Soleimani killing

-- 2021-01-01 20:27:22

The US killing of top general Qassem Soleimani will not deter Iranian resistance, a senior commander said on Friday as tensions mounted in the build-up to the first anniversary of the drone strike. T...

India approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

India approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

-- 2021-01-01 19:11:22

India's drug regulator on Friday approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. The approval paves the...

Arakan Army releases three ruling party politicians of Myanmar

Arakan Army releases three ruling party politicians of Myanmar

-- 2021-01-01 19:03:28

Insurgents from western Myanmar on Friday released three ruling party politicians who had been kidnapped from conflict-torn Rakhine state, a spokesman for the insurgent group said, calling it a goodwi...

Australia changes National Anthem wording to reflect Indigenous history

Australia changes National Anthem wording to reflect Indigenous history

Reuters 2021-01-01 18:42:11

Australia amended its national anthem to remove reference to the country being "young and free" amid calls to recognise that its Indigenous people are the oldest continued civilisation in the world....

AstraZeneca vaccine set to become first one approved in India

AstraZeneca vaccine set to become first one approved in India

-- 2021-01-01 16:39:39

India's drug regulator is set to approve on Friday a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. The decisio...

Global Covid-19 cases exceed 83 million

Global Covid-19 cases exceed 83 million

-- 2021-01-01 12:59:53

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) infections spreading fast, its global caseload hit 83.3 million on Friday, according to data released by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The data showed the total ca...

Pakistan to buy 1.2m Covid vaccine doses from China's Sinopharm

Pakistan to buy 1.2m Covid vaccine doses from China's Sinopharm

-- 2020-12-31 14:31:29

Pakistan will purchase 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from China’s Sinopharm, a minister said on Thursday, the first official confirmation of a vaccine purchase by the South Asian country as...

Global coronavirus cases exceed 82 million

Global coronavirus cases exceed 82 million

-- 2020-12-31 11:53:35

The global Covid-19 caseload crossed 82 million on Thursday amid reports of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant affecting a number of countries. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU)...

China approves Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine for general use

China approves Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine for general use

-- 2020-12-31 11:10:35

China approved its first Covid-19 vaccine for general public use on Thursday, a shot developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, as it braces for greater transmission ris...

Sinopharm says its vaccine has 79pc protection rate against Covid-19

Sinopharm says its vaccine has 79pc protection rate against Covid-19

-- 2020-12-30 17:54:53

A vaccine developed by a unit of China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is 79.34 per cent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 and the company has filed an application for regulatory approval in C...

Singapore begins COVID-19 vaccinations

Singapore begins COVID-19 vaccinations

Reuters 2020-12-30 15:56:59

Singapore began vaccinating healthcare workers with Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, kicking off one of Asia’s first inoculation programmes against a pandemic that has kill...

India extends UK flight ban by a week

India extends UK flight ban by a week

-- 2020-12-30 14:10:01

India on Wednesday decided to extend the ban on flights to and from Britain by a week beyond December 31, in the wake of 20 cases of new mutated coronavirus strain being detected in the country over t...

Chinese tourists scale back domestic travel plans

Chinese tourists scale back domestic travel plans

-- 2020-12-30 12:27:14

Chinese tourists, millions of whom have shunned overseas travel this year because of the global pandemic, are further narrowing the scope of their journeys, visiting nearby cities and avoiding trips o...

Drainage works unearth Roman baths in heart of Jordan's capital

Drainage works unearth Roman baths in heart of Jordan's capital

Reuters 2020-12-29 21:49:28

The discovery of the ruins of old Roman baths during the construction of a major drainage system in the heart of Jordan's capital has posed a dilemma: how to preserve the country's ancient past while...

Iran begins first human trial of locally made virus vaccine

Iran begins first human trial of locally made virus vaccine

AP 2020-12-29 20:53:20

The first study of the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine in Iran began Tuesday, state TV reported, with dozens due to receive the domestically developed shot even as details about its...

India may extend ban on flights from the UK

India may extend ban on flights from the UK

-- 2020-12-29 17:28:53

India's Civil Aviation Minister on Tuesday said the country was likely to extend a ban on flights from Britain that it has imposed in a bid to contain a new strain of the coronavirus, reports Reuters....

Global Covid-19 cases cross 81 million

Global Covid-19 cases cross 81 million

-- 2020-12-29 14:08:24

More than 81 million people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus (Covid-19) in one year, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The caseload reached 81,260,603 wit...

India reports six cases of new Covid variant

India reports six cases of new Covid variant

-- 2020-12-29 12:01:49

India has found six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks infected with a more infectious strain of the coronavirus that has prompted a wave of panic and border closures around the world....

Thailand imposes entertainment curbs in Bangkok

Thailand imposes entertainment curbs in Bangkok

REUTERS 2020-12-29 12:01:28

Thailand announced its first coronavirus death in nearly two months and tightened restrictions on entertainment businesses in its capital on Monday, in a bid to contain an outbreak that has reached mo...

India's Punjab state warns farm protesters against telecom mast attacks

India's Punjab state warns farm protesters against telecom mast attacks

-- 2020-12-29 10:33:14

India’s major grain-growing state of Punjab on Monday asked police to crack down on farmers and sympathisers vandalising telecommunication masts as they intensify their weeks-long protests again...

Women's rights activist gets jail sentence in Saudi Arabia

Women's rights activist gets jail sentence in Saudi Arabia

-- 2020-12-28 19:10:37

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced a prominent women’s rights activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, to five years and eight months in prison in a trial that has drawn international condemnation and as R...

India’s Serum Institute expects approval for vaccine in a few days

India’s Serum Institute expects approval for vaccine in a few days

-- 2020-12-28 18:21:02

The Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, said on Monday it expected the British and Indian governments to approve shots for emergency use within...

Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in attack in Balochistan

Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in attack in Balochistan

Reuters 2020-12-28 15:46:14

Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed late on Saturday in an attack in the southwestern province of Balochistan, the military said on Sunday. Security sources told Reuters the attack occurred in the d...

Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid coronavirus variant fears

Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid coronavirus variant fears

-- 2020-12-28 15:36:58

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry on Monday extended a ban on entry to the kingdom by air, land and sea for another week amid concerns over a fast-spreading variant of the new coronavirus, the state ne...