Brexit trade talks: both EU and UK dig in heels

BRUSSELS: With both sides digging in their heels as another Brexit deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from one another in talks on a basic trade deal…

Trump, White House dismiss data predicting surge in coronavirus deaths in US

WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump and the White House on Tuesday rejected a report suggesting the daily US death toll due to the coronavirus could reach 3,000 in June. The US…

Virus to delay regional elections in Indonesia

JAKARTA: The coronavirus outbreak has forced Indonesia to delay its simultaneous regional elections slated for Sept. 23 that would reach more than 100 million voters. President Joko Widodo has signed…

Trump admin ignored concern over hydroxychloroquine import from in India, Pak: Fired US scientist

WASHINGTON: A fired American scientist has alleged that the Trump administration ignored the concern of doctors in the US over the importation of hydroxychloroquine from “uninspected factories” in India and Pakistan…

Judge restores New York Democratic presidential primary

NEW YORK: The New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional and deprive withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang of proper…

China reports two new coronavirus cases, 20 asymptomatic infections

BEIJING: China has reported two confirmed coronavirus cases and 20 new asymptomatic infections, including three imported ones, taking their total number to over 960, health authorities said on Wednesday. The National…

Senate to vet new intelligence chief amid shakeup, pandemic

WASHINTON: A Senate panel is considering Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe’s nomination for director of national intelligence, holding the in-person hearing amid President Donald Trump’s shakeup of the intelligence community and under…

China reports 16 new coronavirus cases, total tally reaches 82,881

BEIJING: China has reported 16 new coronavirus cases, including 15 asymptomatic ones, taking the total number of infections in the country to 82,881, health officials said on Tuesday. The National…

Trump nominates Indian-American Manisha Singh as OECD envoy

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has nominated senior Indian-American diplomat Manisha Singh as his envoy to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Currently Assistant Secretary of State for Economic…

Trump: vaccine will be available by year’s end

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says he believes a vaccine for COVID-19 will be available by the end of the year. Trump also says the U.S. government is putting its full power…

Pak’s number of coronavirus cases surges past 20,000

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s tally of the coronavirus cases crossed the 20,000-mark on Monday after 1,083 new infections were diagnosed, the health ministry said. In the last 24 hours, 1,083 new cases were…

COVID-19: Schools in Vietnam reopen

HANOI(VIETNAM): Students across Vietnam started returning to classrooms on Monday after being closed for three months to curb the spread of COVID-19. “I am so excited to go back to school,…

Singapore confirms 573 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 573 new COVID-19 cases, mostly migrant workers, on Monday, taking the country’s total count to 18,778, as the government extended for another week the strict restrictions imposed to…

DHS report: China hid virus’ severity to hoard supplies

WASHINGTON: US officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak and how contagious the disease is to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence…

Sidelined by pandemic, Trump campaign turns to digital shows

WASHINGTON: The streaming video began and, within minutes, the president’s eldest son was musing that Osama bin Laden had endorsed Joe Biden. Subtle, it was not. Welcome to the Trump campaign,…

Nepal President summons budget session for Friday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday summoned the budget session of Parliament for Friday, raising hopes that the coronavirus lockdown may be eased soon. As per the constitutional provision,…

China reports 14 new coronavirus cases, toll reaches 82,877

BEIJING: China has reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, including 12 asymptomatic ones, taking the number infections in the country to 82,877 while over 4,630 people have succumbed to the deadly virus,…

Israeli court hears petition challenging Netanyahu’s government

JERUSALEM: In a rare move, the Israeli High Court on Sunday began hearing petitions against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forming a government while facing criminal indictments in a session being broadcast…

South Korea: Kim did not have surgery amid lingering rumours

SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues…

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to clear May Day protest

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police used pepper spray Friday night to disperse more than 100 protesters singing and chanting pro-democracy slogans in a shopping mall. The demonstrators sang the protest anthem…