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Britain classifies new form of Omicron as "variant under investigation" access_time2022-01-22

UK, Jan 22: A new form of Omicron named BA.2 has been designated a "variant under investigation," with 426 cases of the Omicron variant sub-lineage confirmed in the United Kingdom (UK), the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Friday. "...

India adds 3,33,533 new cases, 525 deaths in last 24 hours; daily positivity rate at 17.78% access_time2022-01-23

JAN 23: India registered 3,33,533 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than the previous day, showed the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday morning. The death toll spiked to 4,89,409 with 525 new fatalities. The daily ac...

Russia-Ukraine tensions: UK warns of plot to install pro-Moscow ally access_time2022-01-23

JAN 23: The Foreign Office took the unusual step of naming former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev as a potential Kremlin candidate. Russia has moved 100,000 troops near to its border with Ukraine but denies it is planning an invasion. UK ministers ha...

Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir stable after latest hospital admission access_time2022-01-23

JAN 23: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is in a stable condition after being admitted to a specialist heart hospital for the third time in just weeks, his daughter said Saturday. The 96-year-old has been receiving treatment at the N...

Five things to know about Italy's presidential vote access_time2022-01-21

Italy's parliament starts voting Monday for a new president -- a process that could take several days and, with Prime Minister Mario Draghi tipped for the job, risks destabilising the government. - Secret ballots - The president is elected fo...

Disaster for Russia if it invades Ukraine, warns Biden access_time2022-01-21

JAN 21: US President Joe Biden recently said that Russia will be held accountable if it invades Ukraine amid rising tensions between the two countries. "Russia will be held accountable if it invades Ukraine. It is going to be a disaster fo...

At least two dead, 22 injured by bomb in Pakistan's Lahore: officials access_time2022-01-21

LAHORE, Pakistan, Jan 21: At least two people were killed and 22 wounded on Thursday by a bomb blast in a busy shopping district of the Pakistani megacity of Lahore, police and officials said. "Initial investigations show that it was a time-con...

India reports over 2.8 lakh new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate at 15.13 percent access_time2022-01-20

JAN 20: India reported 2,82,970 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a daily positivity rate of 15.13 percent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  The fresh infections are 2,369 more than Tuesday. On Tuesday, I...

UK supplied Ukraine thousands of light anti-tank missiles amid tensions with Russia access_time2022-01-20

Jan 20: The British government has said that it supplied Ukraine with several thousands of light anti-tank missiles amid tensions with Russia, reported Sputnik. James Heappey, UK Minister for Armed Forces, said that London supplied several thousands...

India's COVID-19 tally rises to 37,901,241 access_time2022-01-19

NEW DELHI, Jan. 19: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 37,901,241 on Wednesday, including 282,970 new confirmed cases registered during the past 24 hours across the South Asian country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data. This is t...

EU parliament elects youngest ever president access_time2022-01-19

JAN 19: Ms. Metsola, 43, has a record of being anti-abortion but has billed herself as pro-LGBT rights. The Maltese national takes over the role of David Sassoli, 65, who died last week after a serious illness. She is one of three women in the to...

Russia's Sputnik V effectiveness against Omicron 75 percent: Vaccine developer access_time2022-01-19

Moscow [Russia], January 19: The effectiveness of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine against the Omicron coronavirus variant is 75 percent, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of Russia's Gamaleya Research Center, said on Tuesday. "In the population,...

Russia-Ukraine crisis: UK sending weapons to defend Ukraine, says defence secretary access_time2022-01-18

JAN 18: Ben Wallace told MPs a small team of British troops would also be sent to Ukraine to provide training. He said there was "legitimate and real cause for concern" the Russian troops could be used for an invasion. Russia denies any...

India reports 238,018 new COVID-19 cases access_time2022-01-18

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 37,618,271 on Tuesday, as 238,018 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data. This is the sixth consecutive day w...

At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake, says official access_time2022-01-18

QALA-E-NAW, Jan 18: At least 12 people were killed and many others injured after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Afghanistan's western province of Badghis on Monday, a local official said. "The worst-hit areas were Badruk, Darband-e-Safed an...

China's birth rate at record low in 2021: official access_time2022-01-17

China's birth rate plummeted to a record low last year, official data showed Monday, as analysts warn that faster-than-expected ageing could deepen economic growth concerns. Beijing has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis as it face...

U.S. sees highest rate of children COVID-19 hospitalizations access_time2022-01-17

WASHINGTON DC: U.S. pediatric hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The country is averaging 893 new ...

Wealth of world's 10 richest men doubled in pandemic access_time2022-01-17

JAN 16: Lower incomes for the world's poorest contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day, its report claims. But the world's 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes since March 2020, Oxfam said. Oxfam typic...

Japan's weather agency warns of tsunami following volcanic eruption in Tonga access_time2022-01-16

TOKYO: The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Saturday midnight issued a tsunami warning following an earlier volcanic eruption in Tonga. The weather agency warned of the tsunami on the country's Pacific coast and urged residents to evacuate f...

Delhi's air quality remains in 'very poor' category with AQI at 301 access_time2022-01-16

NEW DELHI: The air quality in Delhi remained in the 'very poor' category for the third consecutive day with the city recording an overall air quality index (AQI) of 301, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAF...