• 5 dead of suspected gas leak in Italian nursing home
    Milan, January 16 (AP): Five elderly residents of a nursing home near Rome have died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning and another five residents and two workers have been hospitalised in serious condition, Italian media reported Saturday. Firefighters confirmed the deadly incident in the town of Lanuvio, with the hypothesis of a gas leak. A worker in the home found the residents and workers unconscious early Saturday, the news agency ANSA reported. All residents and empl
  • Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution
    Terre Haute (US), January 16 (AP): The Trump administration has carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted in the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996, was the third to receive a lethal injection this week at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. President Donald Trump's
  • Criminal charges for lawmakers who helped Capitol riot: Pelosi
    Washington, January 16 (IANS): Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has suggested that any lawmaker found to have assisted in the January 6 storming of the Capitol in Washington D.C. should face criminal charges. "We must trust each other, respect the people who sent us here. We must also have the truth, and that will be looked into," The Hill news website quoted Pelosi as saying to reporters on Friday in the Capitol. "If, in fact, it is found
  • WHO hopes Covid vaccination 'underway in every country in next 100 days'
    Geneva, January 16 (IANS): World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged fairness to the access of COovid-19 vaccines, saying he wants to "see vaccination underway in every country in the next 100 days". Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Friday, Tedros stressed that efforts should be made to ensure that middle and low-income countries are equally protected, reports Xinhua news agency. High-income countries are
  • Biden appoints Sameera Fazili to National Economic Council
    New York, January 16 (IANS): Sameera Fazili, who traces her family's roots to Kashmir, is among the latest wave of Indian American nominees to be named to US president Joe Biden's A-team. Fazili has been appointed as Deputy Director, National Economic Council. Days before the new administration takes over, Fazili's profile made it to the landing page of the White House Senior Staff on the Biden transition website. She joins more than a dozen Indian Americans nominated or
  • Global Covid-19 caseload tops 93.7 mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, January 16 (IANS): The overall global coronavirus caseload has topped 93.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 93,787,372 and 2,006,987, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of ca
  • Guterres urges greater solidarity as global Covid deaths reach 2mn
    United Nations, January 16 (IANS): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged "far greater solidarity" as the number of global coronavirus deaths has surpassed the 2 million mark. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the he Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 93,787,372 and 2,006,987, respectively. "In the memory of those two million souls, the w
  • World's oceans continue to warm, despite reduced carbon emissions
    Beijing, January 16 (IANS): Despite reductions in global carbon emissions due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the world's oceans in 2020 were the warmest in recorded history, according to a new study. Published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences earlier this week, the study was conducted by 20 scientists from 13 institutes in China, the US and Italy, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Compared with 2019, the upper 2,000 metres of the Earth's oceans have absor
  • Child labour decreased by 38% in last decade: ILO
    Geneva, January 16 (IANS): The International Labour Organization (ILO), a Geneva-based UN agency, announced that child labour has decreased by 38 per cent in the last decade but warned that the raging Covid-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation with 152 million children still affected. In a statement issued on Friday, the ILO said that the Covid-19 crisis has brought additional poverty to these already vulnerable populations and may reverse years of progress in the fig
  • Norway probes 23 elderly patients' death after Pfizer vaccination
    London, January 16 (IANS): After the news broke that 23 elderly patients died in Norway following their immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine against Covid-19, the country has launched a detailed investigation into the reported fatalities that has shocked the world. Doctors in Norway have been asked to conduct more thorough evaluations of very frail elderly patients in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, following the reported deaths, the prestigious British Me
  • China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist
    Taipei (Taiwan), January 15 (AP): A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his law license on Friday amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, had his license revoked by the Sichuan Provincial Justice Department in a formal notice given Friday. Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August were sentenced by
  • Another recession looms for UK economy as lockdowns bite
    London, January 15 (AP): The British economy looks set to fall back into recession after official figures on Friday showed that it shrank by 2.6% month-on-month in November, when much of the country was in a second coronavirus lockdown. The Office for National Statistics said that as a result of the fall, the economy is 8.5% smaller than its pre-pandemic peak. When the pandemic struck last spring, the economy contracted by up to a fifth over the first half of the year, before a summ
  • More than 100 individuals arrested for Capitol Hill riots, says FBI
    Washington, January 15 (PTI): US security agencies have arrested more than 100 individuals for their criminal activities in last week's siege of the Capitol and are monitoring an extensive amount of concerning online chatter ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, FBI Director Christopher Wray said. The violence on January 6 by outgoing President Donald Trump's supporters temporarily halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulte
  • 35 killed in massive Indonesia earthquake
    Jakarta, January 15 (IANS): At least 35 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, the National Disaster Management Agency said. "Nine people died in Majene district, and 26 others in Mamuju district, bringing the total death toll to 35," said the West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Management Agency's head Darno Majid. In addition, 637 people were injured and around 15,000 others were displaced at 10 e
  • Pakistan International Airlines plane seized in Malaysia
    Islamabad, January 15 (IANS): Malaysian authorities on Friday seized a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane at the Kuala Lumpur Airport over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, a media report said. The PIA plane was seized on the orders of a local Malaysian court, the Geo News report said citing sources as saying. PIA had leased two aircraft, including the seized Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese company in 2015. The plane was seized after passengers had already boarded
  • Man asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol
    Washington, January 15 (IANS): A man who had his face painted blue and red and donned a fur hat with horns while storming the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. on January 6, has asked outgoing President Donald Trump to pardon him. Images of Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as "QAnon Shaman", went viral on the internet as the violent riots took place which were staged by supporters of Trump following a speech he made earlier that day outside the Capitol calling for &
  • Biden unveiling USD1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy
    Wilmington, January 15 (AP): President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a USD1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up the vaccine roll-out and providing financial help to individuals, states and local governments and businesses struggling with the prolonged economic fallout. Called the "American Rescue Plan," the legislative proposal would meet Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, whil
  • US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China
    Hong Kong, January 15 (AP): The US government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China's third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trumps last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac). US investors will have to divest
  • North Korea holds huge military parade as Kim vows nuclear might
    Seoul, January 15 (AP): North Korea rolled out developmental ballistic missiles designed to be launched from submarines and other military hardware in a parade that punctuated leader Kim Jong Un's defiant calls to expand his nuclear weapons programme. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday night's parade celebrating a major ruling party meeting where Kim vowed maximum efforts to bolster his nuclear and missile program that threatens Asian rivals and the American
  • US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation
    United Nations, January 15 (AP): The UN chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen's Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation but the Trump administration in its final days stood by its action. The US deputy ambassador, Richard Mills, told the Security Council the U.S. has listened to warnings of the terrorist designation's humanitarian impact and will t