US bans TikTok and WeChat to safeguard national security

The United States on Friday issued orders to ban popular Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat from Sunday to safeguard national security, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The move comes weeks after India banned them. Continue Reading

Covid-19 vaccine worked well in monkeys

United States-based biotech firm Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response and prevented the coronavirus from replicating in the noses and lungs of monkeys, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine said. Continue Reading

US ‘closely monitoring’ India-China situation

The United States has said it is closely monitoring the situation following a fierce clash between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully. Continue Reading

Editorial: Coronavirus threat

On the impact of Coronavirus on the economy, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought to allay any fears saying there is no need to immediately press the panic button, but things could get challenging if the issues prolong for another two or three weeks, citing feedback from the pharmaceutical and electronic industries, which depend heavily on imports of raw material from China. Continue Reading

Syria strike: Turkey-Russia tensions soar after attack

The leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in an air strike in Syria, as Ankara ramped up pressure on Europe by threatening to flood in migrants.

The United States and United Nations urged an end to the Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebel holdouts, but Turkey appeared intent on easing tensions with Moscow by pinning the blame Continue Reading

Trump’s trip demonstrates value US places on ties with India: Pompeo

President Donald Trump’s just-concluded India trip demonstrated the value the United States placed on its ties with New Delhi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.Trump’s “first official trip to India this week demonstrates the value the US places on the US-India partnership”, Pompeo said in a tweet on Thursday. Continue Reading

Coronavirus becoming global epidemic?

The deadly Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and abroad as the death toll due to it in this Far East country rose to 41 with 1,287 confirmed cases, China’s National Health Commission announced today. Continue Reading

Texas gun laws saved lives in church attack: Trump

US President Donald Trump on Monday said gun laws in the state of Texas saved lives when a church security officer shot dead a gunman who killed two during a service Continue Reading

Russia, China vetoes to block United Nations decree

Russia and China used their vetoes to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended for a year cross-border humanitarian aid to four million Syrians.

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International Criminal Court to probe war crimes in Palestine

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said she wanted to open a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, sparking a furious reaction from Israel and condemnation from the United States. Continue Reading