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South Asia

China’s military base in Djibouti. (Photo: AP)

Chinese acquiring land around military bases in Japan: Report

The investments and purchase plans were driven by Chinese-led foreign corporations and could pose a risk to Japan's safety

Earlier, WHO granted a similar approval to China's Sinopharm. (Photo: Representational/AP)

China authorises CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for children above 3 years

Sinovac has finished the Phrase I and II clinical research stage, involving several hundred volunteers in this age group

A year ago, in retaliation to the illegal custody and “barbaric treatment” then of two Indian High Commission staffers in Islamabad by Pakistani security agencies after being “abducted at gunpoint”, India had in June last year asked Pakistan to reduce its staff at its High Commission in New Delhi by half. —  Representational image/AP

India, Pak approve fresh visas for diplomatic missions of officials

In February this year, the two nuclear-armed neighbours agreed to a “strict observance” of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC)

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via AP)

Negative views of China rise sharply in advanced democracies: Survey

One of the most important factors with regard to China's reputation abroad has been the coronavirus

Asia

In this file photo taken on December 02, 2020 the Moderna logo is seen at the Moderna campus in Norwood, Massachusetts where the biotechnology company is mass producing its Covid-19 vaccine. (Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Pharma chief urges transparency in virus vaccine rollout

Takeda inked a deal with the Japanese government and US firm Moderna Therapeutics to import and distribute 50 million doses of its vaccine

Smoke rises from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. (AP/Wali Sabawoon)

Suicide bombers kill dozens of civilians, 10 U.S. troops at Kabul airport

There was no complete death toll of Afghan civilians but video images uploaded by Afghan journalists showed bodies of people killed

This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, shows long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

The allies say the drills are defensive in nature, but they have cancelled or downsized them in recent years to create space for diplomacy

China's Western Theatre Command oversees the Xinjiang and the Tibet Autonomous Regions, as well as the border with India, making it the largest geographical area under one command in the PLA. (Representational image: Bloomberg)

China appoints new army commander to head troops along Indian border

The tensions have eased to some extent with troops from both sides moving out from the Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and Gogra

Middle East

Taliban fighters gather along a street during a rally in Kabul. (Photo: AFP)

Al Qaeda praises Taliban's 'historic victory' in Afghanistan

Al Qaeda's leaders said it 'soothed' their hearts to hear verses from the Quran recited in the 'Presidential Palace' in Kabul

 People's uprising loyal to Ata Mohammad Noor, chief of Jamiat-e-Islami and a powerful northern warlord, stand guard at their office in Mazar-e-Sharif north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

India evacuates staff from Kandahar as Taliban captures new areas

A special aircraft of the Indian Air Force was sent on Saturday to bring back the Indian diplomats, officials and other staff members

 Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (AP)

Taliban sweep into Afghan capital after government collapses

Taliban official said the group would announce from the palace the restoration of the 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'

A student sits inside a classroom after private universities reopened in Kabul. (Photo: AFP)

Taliban allows women to study — but there's a condition to it

The classrooms will have no men and Islamic dress is compulsory

 Israeli protesters hold a poster of their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gagged by a surgical protection mask during an anti-government demonstration in front of Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on September 12, 2020, demanding his resignation over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. (AFP)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Lockdown is credited with having brought down what were much lower infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on Israel's economy

Africa

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe. (AP)

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Zimbabwe has been facing successive climate-induced droughts in recent years, leaving animals with less water and vegetation for food

 Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Saturday, March 27, 2021. Tugboats and a specialized suction dredger worked to dislodge a giant container ship that has been stuck sideways in Egypt's Suez Canal for the past three days, blocking a crucial waterway for global shipping. (AP)

2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it

The tugboats will nudge the 400-meter-long Ever Given as dredgers continue to vacuum up sand from underneath the vessel

Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Sunday, March 28, 2021. The massive Ever Given, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the canal. (AP/Mohamed Elshahed)

Ever Given starts to move in Suez Canal: maritime traffic tracking sites

Each day of the blockade could be costing global trade some $6-10 billion, according to a study published Friday by German insurer Allianz

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, and syringes, with a flag of the European Union, on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

Poorer and developing nations face vaccine wait as West locks down supply

Based on advance purchase agreements signed with Pfizer, it is calculated that 1.1 billion doses had been snapped up by wealthy nations

Europe

The annual Pride March parade in Paris on June 26, 2021. (AFP)

France to legalise IVF for lesbians after two-year debate

Under current French law, only heterosexual couples have the right to access medically assisted procreation methods such as IVF

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is already approved for use in adults and adolescents aged 16 years and above. (Photo: AP/File)

UK approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID shot for 12-15 year-olds

Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today announced this decision

 A general view of Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP)

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first in the world

Britain’s vaccine committee will decide which priority groups will get the jab first

Africa has reported many new outbreaks of the variant as Tunisia, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi are among the 11 countries targeted by Delta. (Representational image: PTI)

COVID-19 Delta variant detected in 96 countries, says WHO

Hospitalization rate for patients infected with the Delta variant was 85 per cent higher than for those infected with the Alpha variant

France also shortened the time frame for when a person is considered fully vaccinated after the second dose, to one week instead of two. (ANI Photo)

France allows visitors with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine

Several other EU countries already accept the Indian version, which is notably used in the U.K. and around Africa

Americas

General view of the field during a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on September 11, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: AFP)

Newly released FBI memo hints at Saudi involvment with 9/11 hijackers

The memo from April 4, 2016, showed links between Omar Bayoumi and two of the Al-Qaeda operatives

US President Joe Biden pauses as he delivers remarks on the terror attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport, and the US service members and Afghan victims killed and wounded, in White House, Washington, DC on August 26, 2021.

Biden warns Kabul bombers 'we will hunt you down'

He reaffirmed the August 31 deadline for all US troops to leave Afghanistan and said the US forces would fly out as many people as possible

We have the tools, so let's use them and crush the outbreak, Fauci said. (AP)

Delta COVID-19 variant greatest threat to U.S. pandemic response: Fauci

Fauci said that the vaccines authorized in the United States, including the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, are effective against the new variant

A child runs through a fountain at a splash park trying to beat the heat in Calgary, Alberta, on June 30, 2021.  (AP)

Hundreds in Canada, US believed dead in heat wave despite efforts to help

Weather experts say the number of heat waves are only likely to rise in the Pacific Northwest, a region normally known for cool weather

Oceania

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation page on Facebook is displayed without posts in Sydney, Thursday, February 18, 2021. Facebook is vowing to restrict news sharing as Australian lawmakers consider forcing digital giants into payment agreements. (AP /Rick Rycroft)

Australia slams 'heavy-handed' Facebook news blackout

Minister Paul Fletcher had also raised concerns that blocking news media on the popular platform could boost the spread of misinformation

 New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her lunch during an event in Welcome Bay near Tauranga, New Zealand. (AP)

New Zealand to lift virus curbs in most of country on September 21

New Zealand on Monday reported one new case of coronavirus in the community, taking the total number of cases to 1,447 and 24 deaths

Although whales are sometimes seen off the Northern Territory coast, it is believed to be the first time one has been spotted in the tropical rivers of the huge world heritage-listed nature reserve. (AFP)

Humpback whales stray up tropical Aussie river

Park authorities have set up a partial exclusion zone to protect unwitting boaters and whales, which can grow up to 16 metres long

 Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra on November 19, 2020. (AFP)

Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people in Afghanistan: military report

Australia launched the inquiry in 2016, amid reports from whistle-blowers and in the local media of the alleged killing of unarmed civilians

 New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moves a motion in the Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, to declare a climate emergency, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Joining more than 30 other countries around the world, New Zealand took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. (AP)

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral government by 2025

New Zealand joins 32 other countries including Japan, Canada, France and Britain that have declared a climate emergency