• UN chief says no action on UN Iran sanctions due to 'uncertainty'
    NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop
  • ByteDance gets Trump nod to avoid TikTok shutdown
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he supported a deal in principle that would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier order for China's ByteDance to divest the video app. ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it would block new downloads and updates to the app come Sunday. U.S. officials had exp
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 30.6mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, September 20 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 30.6 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 955,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 30,674,077 and the fatalities rose to 955,440, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases
  • Trump urges confirmation of new SC nominee 'without delay'
    Washington, September 20 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has urged Republicans to confirm "without delay" a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the iconic champion of women's rights who passed away due to panreatic cancer at the age of 87. "We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of US Supre
  • 20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala
    Islamabad, September 20 (IANS): Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has warned that as many as 20 million girls may never return to schools even after the global Covid-19 crisis is over, the media reported on Sunday. Speaking at a side event of the UN General Assembly on Friday, Malala acknowledged that Covid-19 had been "a striking setback to our collective goals", such as educating women, reports Dawn news. "On education alone, 20 mil
  • Britain, France, Germany say UN sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20
    UNITED NATIONS, September 19 (Reuters): Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed. In a letter to the 15-member body, seen by Reuters, the three European parties to the nuclear deal and long-time U.S. allies said any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions &quo
  • Explainer: US says UN sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?
    NEW YORK, September 19 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under
  • Explainer: When will COVID-19 vaccines be generally available in the US?
    Reuter U.S. President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week disagreed about when a COVID-19 vaccine would become widely available. Trump said on Friday that enough vaccine would be available for every American by April, while the CDC director said vaccines were likely to reach the general public around mid-2021, an assessment more in line with most experts. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A VACCINE TO BE GENERALLY AVAILABLE? General
  • If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain
    WASHINGTON, September 19 (Reuters): Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain building to maintenance and repair. Researchers on Friday said they conducted a statistical analysis on data from more than 60 sleep studies. They looked at sleep time, duration of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, brain size and body size, a
  • Polluted stretch of Manila Bay gets fake white sand makeover
    MANILA, September 19 (Reuters): Residents of the Philippines' capital on Saturday flocked to an artificial white sand beach that the government has transformed from a polluted stretch of shoreline to mark International Coastal Cleanup day. Despite opposition from environmental campaigners, President Rodrigo Duterte's government has filled a 500-meter stretch of coastline beside the U.S. embassy in Manila with sand made from tonnes of crushed dolomite boulders from centr
  • Biggest Thai protest in years targets government and monarchy
    BANGKOK, September 19  (Reuters): Around 20,000 people protested in Thailand's capital on Saturday against the government of former coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, with many demonstrators also calling for reforms to the monarchy. "Down with feudalism, long live the people," was one of the chants at the biggest demonstration in Bangkok since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. Protests have been building in the southeast Asian country since
  • Amid mourning for Ginsburg, fierce battle over US Supreme Court looms
    WASHINGTON, September 19 (Reuters):  A fierce political battle was shaping up on Saturday over the selection of a successor to trailblazing liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with top Democrats opposing any move by President Donald Trump to nominate her replacement before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Ginsburg, the senior liberal justice, died on Friday night at age 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. Her d
  • Justice Ginsburg: Trailblazing US Supreme Court Judge, champion of gender equality
    WASHINGTON, September 19 (Reuters): Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a heroine to the American left after overcoming entrenched sexism in the legal profession to ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she championed gender equality and other liberal causes during 27 years on the bench. Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer, was a fierce advocate for women's rights - winning major gender-discrimination cases before the Supreme Court - befo
  • Factbox: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Reuters  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who became a hero of the American left in her more than quarter-century on the nation's top court, died on Friday at age 87. Here are some facts about Ginsburg: * President Bill Clinton chose Ginsburg to be the second woman on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. After the retirement of conservative Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006, Ginsburg was the sole woman on the court before being joined by fellow liberal
  • US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87
    Washington, September 19 (IANS): US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an iconic champion of women's rights, has died of cancer at the age of 87, the court said. Ginsburg, the oldest justice and the second ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, where she served for 27 years, was a legal pioneer advocating gender equality, reports Xinhua news agency. She was appointed in 1993 by then President Bill Clinton and has over the years become the most senior member of the co
  • Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking
    MOSCOW, September 19 (Reuters): Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently. Navalny, the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill in Siberia last month and was airlifted to Berlin. Germany says laboratory tests in three countries have determined he was poisoned with
  • Pyongyang summit deal should be fulfilled: S.Korean Prez
    Seoul, September 19 (IANS): South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday that his Pyongyang summit accord with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should be implemented despite restraints at home and abroad, marking the second anniversary of its signing. In a message posted on Facebook, he stressed that Seoul's commitment to peace remains firm, while the agreement has not been fulfilled speedily due to "internal and external restraints", reports Yonhap News Agency.
  • 2 killed, 14 injured in NY shooting
    New York, September 19 (IANS): Two people were killed and 14 others wounded after a shooting at a party on Saturday in Rochester, New York, police said. A man and a woman between the ages of 18 and 22 died in the shooting, Xinhua news agency reported citing Interim Police Chief Mark Simmons as saying. The incident took place on the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, at a residence located near the Rochester Public Market. He added that the wounded have been taken to two differe
  • Trump expects Covid vaccine to be available for 'every American' by April
    Washington, September 19 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for "every American" by April 2021. The president told a White House news conference on Friday that the country will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, or "likely much more than that", Xinhua reported. "Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enou
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 30.3mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, September 19 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 30.3 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 950,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 30,395,579 and the fatalities rose to 950,344, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cas