Very idea of using disease as weapon is viewed with repugnance: UN chief

United Nations: The very idea of “using a disease as a weapon” is viewed with repugnance but the international community must remain vigilant as scientific advances are reducing technical barriers that…

US coronavirus toll at new records

Washington: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States, already the world’s highest, reached a new record on Saturday, a count by Johns Hopkins University showed. Over the past…

North Korea fires missiles into sea, criticized by South

Seoul: North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea said, calling it “very inappropriate” at a time when the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic.…

Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

Bogota: A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said…

British PM Johnson speaks to Trump after coronavirus diagnosis

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to US President Donald Trump over the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic soon after he took to social media to announce that he…

British PM Johnson speaks to Trump after coronavirus diagnosis

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to US President Donald Trump over the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic soon after he took to social media to announce that he…

Iran coronavirus death toll tops 2,500: ministry

Tehran: Iran announced Saturday that 139 more people had died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 2,517 in one of the world’s worst-affected countries. Health ministry spokesman…

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Johannesburg: Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone…

China sends medical assistance to Pakistan to combat coronavirus outbreak

Islamabad: A special plane from China carrying a team of eight medical experts and relief assistance landed here on Saturday to help Pakistan to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus,…

Italy says virus response fateful for EU

Rome; Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Saturday that the European Union could lose its purpose if it fails to come up with a strong response to the coronavirus threat. Conte…

Sit back, behave, wash hands and be proud of US: Trump advises kids

Washington: For millions of American kids staying indoors with their parents due to coronavirus shutdown in the US, President Donald Trump has a word of advice: sit back, behave, wash your…

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin: With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence. From Berlin to Paris, Madrid,…

As rich nations battle COVID-19, anxiety grows for low-income states

Paris: As Europe and the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria…

Pope prays for ‘fragile’ humanity needing help in pandemic

Vatican City: Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead…

Xi tells Trump China and US must ‘unite to fight virus’

Beijing: China and the United States should “unite to fight” the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the globe, said President Xi Jinping in a call with his US counterpart on…

Russia to close restaurants, cafes from Saturday

Moscow: The Russian government has ordered all cafes and restaurants to close for a week from Saturday to stem the spread of the coronavirus infection. Russian regions are to “halt the…

Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from Nepal

Kathmandu: A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this…

China reports one local coronavirus case after three days; imported cases near 600

Beijing: China has reported one domestically transmitted coronavirus case after three days and 54 new imported infections on Thursday, prompting Beijing to temporarily cancel visas for foreigners and restrict flights to…

Trump coronavirus briefings become mini election rallies

Washington: Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to suspend reelection rallies, President Donald Trump has converted daily White House briefings on the crisis into mini campaign speeches, dominating the airwaves while his…

‘Existing potential treatment approaches for COVID-19 summarised’

Beijing: Researchers have reviewed the existing potential treatment approaches against the novel coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that drugs directly targeting the virus are likely to be most effective. According…