Myanmar junta attacks again as spokesman defends crackdown

Yangon: Security forces in Myanmar cracked down heavily again on anti-coup protesters even as the military downplayed reports of state violence. Reports on online news outlets and social media on Friday…

Arizona wildfire destroys 12 homes; 200 people evacuated

Dudleyville (US): A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes,…

US warns of consequences to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine

Washington: The Biden administration is carrying a review of its policies against Russia over its escalating aggression in eastern Ukraine and there will be “consequences”, some seen and some unseen, to…

Pentagon defends US Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India’s EEZ without permission

Washington: The Pentagon has defended its Navy asserting its navigational rights within India’s exclusive economic zone without taking New Delhi’s permission, calling the move “consistent with international law”. In an unusual…

Police: Texas infant fatally shot by 3-year-old brother

Houston: Police believe an infant was fatally shot Friday by his 3-year-old brother after the older boy got a hold of a gun inside a Houston apartment. The infant was shot…

Reigning Mrs World, friend arrested for fracas at Mrs Sri Lanka event

COLOMBO: The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, and one of her associates were arrested on Thursday for allegedly causing damage to property and wounding a contestant at a beauty contest…

UK cases drop 60% due to vaccines, lockdown

LONDON: Britain’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic…

Trials for Astrazeneca’s UK vaccine on kids halted amidst reports linking it to blood clots

NEW DELHI: The UK has put on hold the trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on children in the UK. The country`s medicines regulator probes a possible link of the…

Biden confident that higher corporate tax will not drive companies out of US

Washington: US President Joe Biden has exuded confidence that his proposal to hike the corporate tax is unlikely to drive companies out of the country. Biden made the comments on Monday…

China cautions Japan ahead of US-Japan summit

Beijing: China’s foreign minister has cautioned Japan against teaming up with the US to counter China, ahead of a US-Japan summit next week. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese…

China holds aircraft carrier drills in waters near Taiwan

Beijing: China is holding naval drills involving an aircraft carrier battlegroup near Taiwan it said were aimed at safeguarding Chinese sovereignty, an apparent allusion to Beijing’s claim to the self-governed island.…

North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

Seoul: North Korea said it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic. A website run by the North’s sports ministry said the decision was made during…

New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

Wellington: New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19. The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations comes as a relief to…

Nepal to administer Chinese vaccines to citizens from April 7

Kathmandu: Nepal will start its second phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive from April 7 using a China-donated vaccine to fight against the deadly infection, according to the health ministry. The…

Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

Manila: The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and…

Lanka inoculates Chinese expats with Sinopharm vaccine

Colombo: Sri Lankan health authorities on Monday began inoculating thousands of Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka using the Sinopharm vaccine donated by China. Sri Lanka received the donation of 600,000 doses…

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority says shipping backlog cleared

  CAIRO: Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said Saturday that a shipping traffic jam caused by a giant container vessel getting stuck on the crucial waterway for almost a week has…

Bangladesh to impose 1-week lockdown to tackle COVID-19 surge

NEW DELHI: The Bangladesh government has decided to enforce a one-week lockdown from April 5 to control the new Covid-19 wave in the country, a Minister announced here on Saturday.…

China’s liquor company starts beer production in Balochistan; to cater to Chinese workers in Pak

Islamabad: A Chinese liquor company that was granted a license in 2018 for making beer has formally started production at its plant in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, the first such alcohol…

Jaishankar calls on Tajikistan Speaker; discusses parliamentary support for Indo-Tajik cooperation

Dushanbe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met Tajikistan Speaker Zokirzoda Mahmadtohir Zoir and appreciated the strong parliamentary support for Indo-Tajik cooperation. Jaishankar, who is in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, attended…