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RSF Press Freedom Report: 'Times Tough For Journalists'; China, Belarus, Myanmar 'Worst Culprits'

Dec 16, 2021 Deutsche Welle

RSF (Reporters Without Borders) in its annual press freedom report has sounded the alarm, stating China, Belarus and Myanmar are among the 'worst culprits' when it comes to jailing journalists in 2021.

Myanmar: Public's Cries For Gas Sanctions Grows Thunderous To Stop Military Funding

Dec 16, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Myanmar: The United Nations' top expert on human rights in the country said millions of people across the country are imposing personal sanctions by withholding taxes, refusing to pay power bills and boycotting products linked to the military.


US: Joe Biden Nominates Ambassadors; Caroline Kennedy For Japan, Michelle Kwan For Belize

US President Joe Biden has nominated Caroline Kennedy, who is the daughter of former President John F.Kennedy ambassador for Japan, while Michelle Kwan-renowned Olympic figure skater has been nominated as ambassador for Caribbean country, Belize.

Covid-19: 'It’s a terrible tragedy' US Surpasses 8,00,000 Deaths, Highest Toll Globally

Dec 15, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Covid-19: The United States has the highest reported death toll of any country in the world. The US accounts for approximately 4% of the world’s population but about 15% of the 5.3 million known deaths from the Covid-19, since the outbreak began in China two years ago.


Covid-19 In US: California Exempts San Francisco From Indoor Mask Rule

Covid-19 in US: The authorities have said that in San Francisco they will continue to allow fully vaccinated people to remove their masks in gyms and workplaces while its overall masking mandate remains in effect.

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14 December, 2021

US Criticizes China's 'Aggressive Actions' In Indo-Pacific Region

Deutsche Welle

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken began a one-week regional tour, telling students in Jakarta the US would 'defend the rules-based order' and that Indo-Pacific countries should be able to 'choose their own path'.


14 December, 2021

US Air Force Discharges 27 For Refusal To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

Associated Press (AP)

US Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots.


14 December, 2021

US To Expand Its Military, Economic Relationships In Asia: Antony Blinken

Associated Press (AP)

US will forge alliances with its partners in Asia to push back China's increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


13 December, 2021

Vatican Official Apologizes For Taking Down LGBTQ Resource

Associated Press (AP)

A leading Catholic LGBTQ advocacy group is praising a Vatican official for apologizing for the pain caused when he yanked a reference to the group on the Vatican website.


13 December, 2021

China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin To Hold Virtual Summit

Associated Press (AP)

China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold a virtual summit on Wednesday over Ukraine this week. US President Joe Biden has already warned Russia against its attempts to invade Ukraine.


07 December, 2021

EU Drug Regulator Backs Covid-19 Vaccine Mixture

Associated Press (AP)

EU (European Union) drug regulator said in a statement that using different types of vaccines together, known as heterologous vaccination, can provide protection against Covid-19.


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07 December, 2021

US's Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin To Discuss Growing Tensions In Ukraine Today

Deutsche Welle

Ukraine: Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed along its border. President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden will address the growing tensions — and other issues — in a video call Tuesday.


04 December, 2021

Russia Plans To Launch Offensive In Ukraine Finds US Intelligence

Associated Press (AP)

Russia US intelligence officials have seen an uptick in former's propaganda efforts through the use of proxies and media outlets to denigrate Ukraine and NATO ahead of a potential invasion.


02 December, 2021

Kashmir: India Hits Out At UN Human Rights Body Over ‘Baseless’ Report

Seema Guha

The Union Ministry of External Affairs in its reaction to the report on Kashmir said it ‘… betrays a complete lack of understanding on the part of the OHCHR of the security challenges faced by India from cross-border terrorism’.


25 November, 2021

San Francisco Shooting: Man Killed By Police Was Ex-Afghan Interpreter

Associated Press (AP)

Ajmal Amani, 41, was shot Friday morning in the narrow corridor of the building on South of Market after threatening several people with a large kitchen knife.


25 November, 2021

Iran Nuclear Talks Fail To Reach Agreement, Says IAEA Chief

Deutsche Welle

The latest round of talks over international monitoring of Iran's nuclear program did not lead to any breakthroughs, said the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog.


21 November, 2021

US' Antony Blinken Takes Aim At Russia, China At End Of West Africa Trip

Deutsche Welle

While touring West Africa, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized the Russian mercenary group Wagner for its role in Mali and took a shot at China's investment conditions.


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20 November, 2021

US Regulators Approve Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters For All Adults

Deutsche Welle

Amid a new wave of infections, US health regulators have approved access to booster shots for all adults using either BioNTech-Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.


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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