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Omicron: EU Leaders To Deliberate On New Covid-19 Variant Spread, Infection Spike

Dec 16, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Omicron: With the festive season looming, the bloc's leaders want to avoid a confusing mixture of rules and to ensure all 27 member states are on the same page and that Covid-19 certificates continue to guarantee unrestricted travel.

Omicron Variant: South Africa Develops Indigenous Covid-19 Vaccine

Dec 16, 2021 Deutsche Welle

South Africa is grappling with the fourth wave of the Covid-19 driven by the Omicron variant. The country is pushing for more vaccinations — and for its own mRNA vaccine. The European Union, the World Health Organization and several countries are funding the project.

Ukraine: EU Hopes To Avoid Russia's Invasion With Sanctions Threat, Dialogue

Ukraine: The Russian military's buildup near the country's border is taking centre stage at the summit of the EU's 27 leaders, with a plea from Ukraine's president to start imposing more sanctions before any possible incursion.

Omicron Covid-19 Variant Expected To Be Dominant By Mid January: EU Official

Dec 15, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Omicron Covid-19 Variant European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the bloc is well prepared to fight the variant with 66.6% of the European population now fully vaccinated against the virus.

Peng Shuai: European Union Wants 'Verifiable Proof' Chinese Tennis Player Is Safe

Peng Shuai, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out of public view after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault.

28 November, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Variant: South Africans Fear More Than Renewed Restrictions

Deutsche Welle

Omicron Covid-19 variant: about which the entire is worried, was first detected in South Africa. Many countries have imposed travel bans. In South Africa itself, people fear the restrictions more than the virus.

26 November, 2021

New Covid-19 Variant: WHO Hosts Special Meeting

Associated Press (AP)

The WHO's technical advisory group held a virtual meet to discuss the so-called B.1.1.529 variant of Covid-19, that has made stock markets to swoon and led the European Union to cancel flights to southern Africa.

26 November, 2021

New Covid-19 Variant: EU Nations Asked To Stop Air Travel From Southern Africa

Deutsche Welle

The European Union wants its member states to halt air travel with South Africa and several surrounding countries over the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.

23 November, 2021

Afghan Referee Sees No Fair Play In European Union Border Policies

Associated Press (AP)

Upon leaving Afghanistan four years ago, Ibrahim Rasool first went to Iran, then to Turkey and Greece. He came to Bosnia two months ago through Albania and Montenegro after staying in Greece for more than three years.

04 November, 2021

Talks On Iran Nuclear Deal To Resume On November 29: European Union

Associated Press (AP)

European nations had tried to bring the United States back into the nuclear accord, but their efforts to resume formal talks on the 2015 JCPOA deal were in vain because of both the countries' governments.

28 October, 2021

Facebook Under Fire — Will Lawmakers Now Get Tough On Big Tech?

Deutsche Welle

The revelations by whistleblower Frances Haugen have put the US tech giant under renewed scrutiny. Stricter rules are overdue, the EU’s digital policy chief told DW.


17 October, 2021

Merkel Meets Erdogan During Farewell Stop In Istanbul

Deutsche Welle

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes to continue working well with the new German government during Chancellor Angela Merkel's farewell visit to the country.

01 October, 2021

Australia-EU Trade Talks Delayed Amid Submarine Row

Associated Press (AP)

The EU launched negotiations for a trade agreement with Australia in 2018. The 12th round of talks was scheduled to take place later this month via videoconference..

17 September, 2021

Stab In The Back: French Foreign Minister Lashes Out At Biden Over Exclusivity In New Strategic Alliance

Associated Press (AP)

The Strategic Indo-Pacific Alliance that USA is forming with Australia and Britain to counter China seems unsettling to the European Union, especially to France. They feel excluded.

15 September, 2021

Leader Says Poland Wants To Be In EU, But Remain Sovereign

Associated Press (AP)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is the head of the governing conservative Law and Justice party, made his comments in an interview with state news agency PAP that was published Wednesday.

15 September, 2021

Africa To Receive 200 Million More COVID Vaccine Doses From EU By Middle Of 2022

Associated Press (AP)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the new donation to be fully delivered by the middle of next year comes on top of 250 million already pledged and underscores the EU resolve to boost the challenge low-income nations are facing.

04 September, 2021

Spain Modifies Travel Entry Rules For US Tourists, Seeks Vaccination Proof

Associated Press (AP)

The European Council's decision earlier this week to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessential travel also came amid unanswered calls from European officials for 'reciprocity' in travel rules.


30 August, 2021

Qatar Emerges As Key Player In Afghanistan After US Pullout

Associated Press (AP)

Now the tiny Gulf Arab state is being asked to help shape what is next for Afghanistan because of its ties with both Washington and the Taliban, who are in charge in Kabul.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

Jan 15, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Super Immunity, Natural Vaccines, Covid Gods: A Desi Guide To Denying The Pandemic

Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz