Explained: China-Nepal’s ambitious Trans-Himalayan network

China has said it will finance a feasibility study of a China-Nepal cross-border railway link and send experts to Nepal to conduct surveys t...
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After two years’ wait, Mumbai Marathon to be held on January 15, 2023

After a hiatus of two years, the 18th edition of the Tata Mumbai Marathon will be held on January 15 next year. The Mumbai marathon is a World Athletics elite-level road race. Race promoters Procam International on Wednesday announced that the registration for the physical and virtual races will commence on Thursday. The physical races of the...

New ‘Langya’ virus affects 35 people in two China provinces

At least 35 people have been affected by a new type of virus, called Henipavirus that has swept through the Shandong and Henan provinces of China. Also known as Langya henipavirus or LayV, the virus is suspected of being derived from animals and was found in the throat swab samples of patients with fever in eastern China, PTI quoted state-run Gl...

Taiwan says China’s ‘war games’ sign of imminent invasion; stages militar...

Taiwan’s military on Tuesday (August 9) started a live-fire artillery drill simulating a defence of the island against attack, in an apparent retaliation to what Taiwan’s Foreign Minister called a Chinese attempt to prepare for the invasion of Taiwan. The drills come days after the Chinese People’s Republic Army (PLA) ramped up military exercise...

Donald Trump says FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate; broke open his safe

Former US President Donald Trump on Monday (August 8) said the FBI was conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and their agents had broken open his safe, asserting that such an assault would only take place in "broken, third-world" countries. In a lengthy statement, the 45th US President said, "These are dark times for our nation...

Sri Lanka cracks down on activists; opposition wants ‘witch-hunt’ to stop...

Among those arrested so far is a person who stole an iron from the President’s House and another charged with taking home a beer mug as a souvenir; the crackdown is happening under a state of Emergency imposed by Ranil Wickremesinghe last month

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1 dead, 17 missing, 121 hurt in fire at Cuban oil facility

A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled in the Cuban city of Matanzas where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said an unidentified body had been found. Firefighters and other specialists were on Saturday (August 6) still trying to quell the...

Indiana becomes first US state to approve abortion ban post-Roe

Indiana on Friday became the first state in the United States to approve abortion restrictions since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, as the Republican Governor quickly signed a near-total ban on the procedure shortly after lawmakers approved it. The ban, which takes effect September 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions would be...

US condemns China’s military drills around Taiwan

The United States has condemned China's "provocative" military drills around Taiwan and described it as an "irresponsible" action that is at odds with the longstanding goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region. The Chinese military on Thursday (August 4) launched a four-day war game and held "precision mi...

Indian-American Ashish Bajaj pleads guilty to scamming elderly citizens

According to court documents, from April 2020 to August 2021, Bajaj and his conspirators preyed on elderly victims across the US by impersonating as fraud prevention specialists from various banks, online retailers, and online payment companies

South Korea joins moon rush, launches its first lunar orbiter

South Korea joined the stampede to the moon with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX on Thursday is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December. If successful, it will join spacecraft from the US and India already operating around the moon, and a...

Sikh turbans confiscated at Mexico border; US authorities to investigate

US authorities have said they are investigating claims that turbans of Sikh asylum seekers including those from India, were confiscated along the Mexican border near Yuma, Arizona, according to reports. At least 50 Sikh men’s turbans were taken away by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and never returned or replaced, reports said. Al...

Jaishankar, Blinken discuss Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, Sri Lanka at ASEAN conclave

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday (August 4) held talks on pressing global challenges, amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taipei. In his opening remarks at the meeting that took place on the margins of an ASEAN con...

UK: Liz Truss widens her lead over Rishi Sunak

A new survey of members of the governing Conservative Party shows Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is firmly ahead of rival Rishi Sunak in the race to replace Boris Johnson as the British Prime Minister. The survey of Tory members who will be electing a new leader to take charge at 10 Downing Street from September 5 released on Wednesday night by the...

Pelosi visit prompts Chinese military drills around Taiwan

China says military exercises by its navy, air force and other departments are underway in six zones surrounding Taiwan. The drills were prompted by a visit to the island by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi this week and are intended to advertise China’s threat to attack the self-governing island republic in response to mo...

Won’t back down, says Pelosi as she wraps up Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after a visit that heightened tensions with China, saying Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in her delegation showed they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. Pelosi, the first US speaker to visit the island in more than 25 years, courted Beijing’s wrath with the...

China bans import of Taiwanese food products; Pelosi stands firm

Furious over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taipei, the first by a top American official in 25 years, China on Wednesday (August 3) announced punitive measures on outfits seeking "Taiwan independence", banned imports of some Taiwanese food products and suspended the export of natural sand. The Taiwan Affairs Office of the ...

Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit: China summons US envoy, warns of action

China has summoned the American envoy in Beijing to lodge a stern protest over Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's high-profile visit to Taipei, warning that Washington will "pay a price" for its "mistakes" and asked it to stop using the Taiwan issue to contain China in any form. Bristling with anger over Pelosi's visit to ...

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan, defying Beijing

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday (August 2), becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China, which quickly announced that it would conduct military maneuvers in retaliation for her presence. Pelosi arrived aboard a US Air Force passenger jet and was greete...

Explained: Why Pelosi went to Taiwan, and why that makes China furious

US President Joe Biden has sought to calm China's complaint, insisting theres no change in America's longstanding "one-China policy" which recognises Beijing but allows informal relations and defence ties with Taipei

Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan; China plans targeted military operations to counter tri...

Pelosi landed in Taipei Tuesday night, according to the television footage shown by US networks. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

Rishi Sunak catching up fast in poll contest against rival Liz Truss: Survey

Former UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak is closing the gap to catch up with rival and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in the race to 10 Downing Street, with only five points separating the two in the latest poll of the Conservative Party members on Tuesday (August 2). The data tables for a survey of 807 Conservative members, conducted by the Italian publi...

US speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan today; China issues warning

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan on Tuesday (August 2) with full protection from the US military in face of threats from China that it "will not sit idle." According to reports by Taiwanese media, Pelosi will be the highest-ranking elected US official visiting Taiwan in more than 25 years. Pelosi's visit Pelosi who now has f...

Al-Zawahiri killed in US drone strike; 10 things about al-Qaida leader

A US drone strike in Afghanistan this weekend killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over as al-Qaida leader after Osama bin Laden's death in a US raid.

Kuwait announces new govt headed by Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Sabah

Kuwait on Monday announced the formation of a new government to defuse a protracted political feud blocking economic reforms in the oil-rich state. Kuwait’s newly appointed prime minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Sabah will lead the 12-member Cabinet until the dissolution of parliament ahead of early elections, the country’s state-run news agency, ...

S Korea debates military service duration for K-pop stars; BTS band’s fate hang...

K-pop boy band BTS might still be able to perform overseas while serving in the military, South Korea's defence minister said on Monday, as the country debates shortening mandatory military service for K-pop stars to three weeks from about two years. The issue is in spotlight as the oldest member of band, Jin, is turning 30 next year. Under a 20...
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