European Union clears Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for first inoculations

Amsterdam: The European Union geared up to start mass vaccinations against COVID-19 just after Christmas after the shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech cleared regulatory hurdles on Monday (December 21). European Union countries including Germany, France, Austria and Italy have said they plan to start vaccinations from Dec. 27 as Europe tries … Read more

US President Donald Trump presents Legion of Merit to PM Narendra Modi for elevating Indo-US ties

Washington: US President Donald Trump has presented the prestigious Legion of Merit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating strategic partnership of the two countries and emergence of India as a global power. India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, accepted the award on behalf of the prime minister from the US … Read more

US President Donald Trump presents Legion of Merit to PM Narendra Modi

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday (December 21) presented the prestigious Legion of Merit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating strategic partnership of the two countries and emergence of India as a global power. India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, accepted the award on behalf of the prime minister … Read more

US FDA panel authorizes Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

WASHINGTON: Moderna has become the second company to get emergency use authorisation for its anti-coronavirus vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a week after the one developed by Pfizer received a similar approval. According to an official statement, the FDA has determined that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has met the statutory criteria … Read more

Cyberattack on US Govt agencies still underway: FBI, Intelligence Agencies

Washington: The cyberattack on the US government agencies is still a developing situation, a joint statement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said. “Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have … Read more

Donald Trump says he is hopeful of continuing as US President

Washington: Days before the official certification of the November 3 US presidential elections in favour of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, President Donald Trump claimed that he would continue to hold the position as he has won the elections. Trump has been making unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud and electoral malpractice in the presidential … Read more

US tightens visa restrictions for Chinese Communist Party members

Washington: The US on Friday imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials and individuals engaged in overseas influence operations, the latest punitive measures against China by the outgoing Trump administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restrictions would apply to Chinese Communist Party officials or any individual taking part in propaganda or influence campaigns linked to … Read more

California firefighters battle to tame wildfire

Los Angeles: Firefighters battled to tame a wildfire on hillsides southeast of Los Angeles late on Thursday (December 3), some 24 hours after it broke out in a wooded canyon, apparently triggered by a faulty domestic generator. The fire, which forced the evacuation of some 25,000 people, was 10% contained but still burning across 6,400 acres. … Read more

United States announces 5 million reward on 26/11 mastermind

Washington: Twelve years after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the United States has announced a reward of up to USD 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba member Sajid Mir for his “role” in the attacks in Mumbai in 2008. According to an official statement issued by the US Rewards for Justice … Read more

Joe Biden: China will have to play by rules; US will rejoin WHO

Washington, Nov 20 US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules and announced that his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation.Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted to punish China over the way … Read more