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South Asia

Sri Lankans protesting against the economic crisis lie on the road outside Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence demanding the government step-down in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, May 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Lankan Parliament crucial session after Oppn moves no-trust motion against Govt, Prez

Sri Lankan government announced the appointment of a Cabinet sub-committee to look into the proposal for a new Constitution

Ranil Wickremesinghe  (Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Sri Lanka president set to name new Prime Minister

Respected five-time former premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was the frontrunner to head a 'unity government' with cross-party support

 Former Nepal Prime Minister and Chairman of opposition party CPN-UML, KP Sharma Oli. (AP)

Oli vows to 'take back' Indian territories if he returns to power

'We have published a new map incorporating Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura ... but we need to take those land back,' Oli said

Khan held consultations with key members of his Cabinet on Friday and decided that Pakistan could not go ahead with any trade with India under the current circumstances. (AP file photo)

No trade with India under current circumstances: Pak PM Khan

India has said that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility, and violence

Gulzar Ahmed. (Twitter)

Imran Khan nominates former chief justice Gulzar Ahmed as caretaker PM

Under Article 224-A(1) of the constitution of Pakistan, a caretaker government is set up to organize elections in the country

Asia

Health workers process COVID-19 PCR tests at an outdoor testing site aside the Long Island Sound in Stamford, Connecticut. (Photo: AFP)

Omicron likely to be dominant strain globally in 2022: Singapore experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the world to pull together to end the COVID-19 pandemic next year

This photo taken on December 25, 2021 shows residents undergoing a nucleic acid test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Xi'an in China's northern Shaanxi province. (AFP)

China expands lockdowns as COVID cases climb

China has followed a 'zero-Covid' strategy of tight border restrictions, lengthy quarantines and targeted lockdowns

Many women already wear the burqa in rural areas. (Representational Image/ AP)

Wear all-covering burqa, Taliban tells Afghan women

Women have also been ordered to visit parks in the capital on separate days from men

A delivery man wearing personal protective equipment prepares to deliver food bought online for residents who were restricted due to a recent Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Ningbo in China's eastern Zhejiang province on April 2, 2022. (AFP)

COVID-19 cases rise in Shanghai with millions under lockdown

While small by the standards of some countries, the daily case numbers are some of the largest since the virus was first detected in Wuhan

Middle East

In this file photo taken on August 12, 2021, Head of the Taliban delegation Abdul Salam Hanafi (R), accompanied by Taliban officials (2R to L) Muttaqi, Shahabuddin Delawar and Abdul Latif Mansour, walks down a hotel lobby during the talks in Doha. (KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

Taliban urges US to release frozen funds in Doha talks

It was the second round of talks between the two sides in Qatar since the US ended its 20-year occupation of Afghanistan

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the possibility of a complete economic collapse in Afghanistan was 'serious'. (Representational image: ANI)

Taliban welcomes US measure to allow humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

Afghanistan is in complete turmoil and is in a state of chaos after the takeover of the Taliban and is in dire need of humanitarian aid

 The spokesperson emphasised the fact that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had kept flying in and out of Kabul under "difficult circumstances" when others had ceased their operations. (AP Image)

Pakistan opens air route to Afghanistan for commercial cargo

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan International Airlines said that it had immediately suspended its operation in Kabul citing 'security reasons'

Administrative Office of the President, Taliban social media account, Sir Simon Gass, the British Prime Minister's high representative for Afghan transition, right, meets with Deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP)

Taliban leaders meet with UK, Iran delegations amid economic woes

The meeting marked Britain’s first diplomatic visit to the country since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan following the U.S. exit

Mohammad Hassan Akhund (Twitter)

Taliban PM calls for Muslim nations to recognise Afghan government

No country has yet recognised the Taliban government, with Western nations watching to see how the Taliban will rule this time around

Africa

 In Tswane, the municipality that includes the capital Pretoria, 52 children under the age of 2 diagnosed with the coronavirus have been admitted and one has died. (Bloomberg Image)

Toddlers make up 10% of hospital cases in Omicron epicenter in S.Africa

More kids are being admitted than during the early stages of the country entering the current fourth wave of infections

Air China flight crew members in hazmat suits walk through the arrivals area at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

'It was scary': How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

The samples, tested in the Lancet laboratory, all bore a large number of mutations, especially on the spike protein

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2021 an elerly patient receives the 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

WHO to meet on Friday to assess new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa

The latest variant is the most heavily mutated version discovered so far

 New cases in that week of the current wave, driven by the omicron variant, were about 20,000 a day, compared with 4,400 in the same week of the third wave. (Bloomberg Image)

South Africa hospitalization rate falls 91% in Omicron wave

Only 1.7% of identified Covid-19 infections in the second week of the fourth wave of infections were admitted to the hospital

Europe

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a close view of Chernobyl nuclear facilities, Ukraine, during the Russian invasion. (Photo: AP)

Power restored to Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, seized by Russian forces: Kyiv

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 killed hundreds and spread a radioactive cloud west across Europe

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, early Saturday, March 18, 2022. (AP)

It is time for meaningful security talks with Moscow, says Ukraine's Zelenskiy

Zelenskiy said Russian forces were deliberately blocking the supply of humanitarian supplies to cities under attack

A woman is taken to an ambulance after being injured in a Russian bombardment in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Missiles cause multiple explosions in western Ukrainian city Lviv

Lviv and the rest of western Ukraine have been less affected by the fighting than other parts of the country

People walk past the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre in Mariupol, Ukraine, following a March 16, 2022, bombing of the theater, which was used as a shelter, in an area now controlled by Russian forces on Monday, April 4. (AP/Alexei Alexandrov, File)

Russian strikes try to disrupt delivery of Western weapons

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused Russia of resorting to the missile terrorism tactics in order to spread fear across Ukraine

A neighbor stands amid the destruction caused by a bomb in Satoya neighborhood in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Ukraine rejects Russian demand for surrender in Mariupol

Earlier attempts to evacuate civilian residents from Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities have failed or only partly succeeded

Americas

The summit of both leaders will be held only if Moscow does not invade Ukraine. (File photo/Getty Images)

Joe Biden agrees to meet Putin, on a condition, as Ukraine tensions soar

Both leaders have said yes in principle to the summit, proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. (Susan Walsh| AP)

Top US scientist Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

Early indications suggest Omicron may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (Bloomberg)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's son Zain passes away at 26

Nadella asked executives to hold the family in their thoughts and prayers while giving them space to grieve privately

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during the fourth U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at the State Department, in Washington, DC. (PTI Photo)

U.S. monitoring rise in human rights abuses in India: Antony Blinken

Ministers Rajnath Singh and Jaishankar, who spoke after Blinken at the briefing, did not comment on the human rights issue

Oceania

 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (AP)

New Zealand PM Ardern extends lockdown in Auckland to Sept 21

New Zealand imposed a national lockdown on August 17 when the first case of Delta variant was found in the community

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walks to the COVID-19 update press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.  (Mark Mitchell Pool photo via AP)

New Zealand extends Delta outbreak lockdown

PM Jacinda Ardern said the initial three-day lockdown, which would have expired overnight Friday, would be extended by another four days

A health worker administers vaccinations at a mobile clinic Oct. 7, 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Sylvie Whinray/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand Covid cases hit record despite vaccination push

Health authorities announced 94 new virus cases, exceeding the previous daily record of 89 set in April last year during the first wave

  Priyanca Radhakrishnan (L) with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. (Facebook)

Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister

Radhakrishnan, who is from the 2017 intake of new MPs, is a minister outside of the Cabinet

A man has a swab taken at a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney, on Dec. 21, 2021.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Australia’s most populous state reports first omicron death

The fatal case was identified as a man in his 80s who was infected at an aged care facility in western Sydney