At least 55 killed in eastern Congo massacres: United Nations

Beni: At least 55 people were killed overnight in two attacks on villages in eastern Congo, the United Nations said on Monday, in potentially the worst night of violence the area has seen in at least four years. The army and a local civil rights group blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed […]

‘One-in-a-hundred-years’ downpours, floods hit New Zealand’s South Island after persistent heavy rainfall

Wellington: Downpours and floods that forecasters said could be “one-in-a-hundred-year” continued to hit New Zealand`s South Island on Monday (May 31) after a whole day and night`s persistent and heavy rain that started on Sunday. The heavy rain caused severe floods, evacuations of more than 240 homes, power cuts and rising rivers. Several bridges were […]

Korean Air gets 5-star Airline rating for COVID-19 safety

Seoul: Korean Air announced on May 27 that it has been selected as a 5-star airline by Skytrax, receiving the highest level of safety rating related to the prevention of COVID-19. Skytrax is an airline rating and consulting agency based in London, UK. Since last year, this institution has evaluated the safety level of COVID-19 […]

North Korea condemns US termination of South Korean missile range guidelines, calls it hostile act

Seoul: The US` termination of a guideline that limits the range of South Korean missiles to 800 kilometers (450 miles) demonstrates Washington`s hostile policy towards Pyongyang and aims at triggering an arms race on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea`s international affairs critic, Kim Myong Chol was quoted as saying by the state media. Last week, […]

COVID-19 cluster swells to 51 in Australia’s Victoria, officials suspect outbreak to get worse

Sydney: Australia`s second most populous state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country`s latest coronavirus hotspot, reported 11 new cases of community transmission on Monday (May 31), taking the current cluster to 51. Victoria went into a strict seven-day lockdown on Friday (May 28) after new COVID-19 infections in the state capital Melbourne ended its […]

Sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in China’s Guangzhou city causes cancellation of more than 500 flights

Shanghai: China on Monday (May 31) reported a sudden surge in COVID-19 infections in the country`s south, with 18 new local cases on May 30 in the city of Guangzhou, causing a flurry of flight cancellation. Of the 27 new coronavirus cases reported by the national health authority in its daily updates, only 7 infections […]

COVID-19: South Africa intensifies restrictions, expert says measures ‘inadequate’ to stop third wave

Johannesburg: South Africa on Sunday (May 30) announced that it would strengthen the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions up a level to curb the exponential growth in the deadly viral infection, but a leading expert said the action is not enough to stop the third wave of the pandemic from hitting the country. The total coronavirus cases […]

World Tobacco Day: WHO honours Dr Harsh Vardhan for his efforts in tobacco control

Geneva: World Health Organisation (WHO) has awarded Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan with `WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award` for his accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Every year, WHO recognises individuals or organisations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form […]

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounces Naftali Bennett’s statements of coalition, calls it ‘deception of the century’

Jerusalem: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the Yamina party leader after the latter announced that he has been working toward a coalition agreement with opposition leaders to form the new government. A former ally of Netanyahu on Sunday (May 30) announced that he is joining the new government with opponent leaders, taking a […]

Sri Lanka furious over China for selling COVID-19 vaccine at higher prices

Colombo: Disclosure of procurement price of China`s Sinopharm vaccine in Sri Lanka has sparked a row after reports emerged that Colombo had to shell out a higher per-dose price than its fellow South Asian country Bangladesh. According to the Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka is paying USD 15 per dose for the Sinopharm vaccine, which is […]

China lifts cap on births per family, announces families can have three children

BEIJING: China said on Monday (May 31, 2021) that married couples may have up to three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world`s most populous country. Beijing scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child […]