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New Delhi lockdown stretched until May 24

New Delhi lockdown stretched until May 24

May 16, 2021, 6:42 pm

NEW DELHI – The ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in India's New Delhi has been extended by a week until May 24, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday. Kejriwal told the media that Covid-19 cases are showing a downward trend in Delhi and people were recovering from the infection. "We don't want the… Read More

More than 677K Covid-19 cases detected worldwide over 24 hours

More than 677K Covid-19 cases detected worldwide over 24 hours

May 16, 2021, 5:27 pm

GENEVA – The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection worldwide has surpassed 161.51 million, increasing by more than 677,000 over the past 24 hours. According to the data of the World Health Organization (WHO) published on Saturday, the number of fatalities has increased by… Read More

18 US states, some businesses ending Covid-19 mask mandates

18 US states, some businesses ending Covid-19 mask mandates

May 16, 2021, 3:11 pm

WASHINGTON – Eighteen states in the United States and some major-label businesses have announced plans as of Saturday to drop public mask mandates either immediately or in the weeks to come, but other states such as California, New York, and New Jersey are moving forward with caution. Many… Read More

Over 1.4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered across world

Over 1.4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered across world

May 16, 2021, 3:07 pm

ANKARA – More than 1.4 billion coronavirus vaccine shots have so far been given worldwide, figures by the Our World in Data showed on Saturday. China is the most vaccinated country with 366.91 million jabs, according to the website data. It is followed by the US with more than 268.4 million… Read More

More than 1.4B coronavirus jabs administered worldwide

More than 1.4B coronavirus jabs administered worldwide

May 15, 2021, 2:52 pm

ANKARA - More than 1.4 billion coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine jabs have been administered worldwide, according to the Our World in Data website. China is the most vaccinated country with 366.91 million jabs, said the site, followed by the US with more than 266.5 million. India has… Read More

China's probe lands on Mars

China's probe lands on Mars

May 15, 2021, 1:57 pm

BEIJING – The lander carrying China's first Mars rover has successfully touched down on the red planet early Saturday morning Beijing Time. It is the first time China has landed a probe on a planet other than Earth. Tianwen-1, consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was launched from… Read More

About 10K Palestinians forced out of strife-torn Gaza

About 10K Palestinians forced out of strife-torn Gaza

May 15, 2021, 1:47 pm

ANKARA – The United Nations (UN) on Friday estimated that about 10,000 Palestinians have had to leave their homes in Gaza "due to the ongoing hostilities" amid an Israeli offensive. "They are sheltering in schools, mosques, and other places during a global Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019)… Read More

2nd year of pandemic may be deadlier: WHO

2nd year of pandemic may be deadlier: WHO

May 15, 2021, 1:40 pm

GENEVA – The second year of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus infection may result in a higher death toll than the first one, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a briefing in Geneva on Friday. "Covid-19 has already cost more than 3.3… Read More

Overall Covid-19 cases worldwide drop 20%, but not in Asia

Overall Covid-19 cases worldwide drop 20%, but not in Asia

May 15, 2021, 1:34 pm

MOSCOW – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection worldwide has increased over the past seven days by 5.1 million, according to TASS’ calculations, but it is almost 20 percent less than the week before when the world registered a record high number of infections since the… Read More

India's Covid-19 tally surpasses 24M with 343,144 new cases

India's Covid-19 tally surpasses 24M with 343,144 new cases

May 14, 2021, 4:50 pm

NEW DELHI – India's Covid-19 tally crossed 24 million, reaching 24,046,809, on Friday with 343,144 new cases registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. The death toll increased to 262,317 with 4,000 more deaths since Thursday morning. There are still 3,704,893 active cases in the… Read More

Italy fines Google 102-M euros for abusing dominant position

Italy fines Google 102-M euros for abusing dominant position

May 14, 2021, 2:41 pm

ROME - Italy's Competition Authority (AGCM) has fined Google about 102 million euros (123 million US dollars) for abusing its dominant position in the Italian market, the authority said in a statement on Thursday. The watchdog said Google violated the Treaty on the Functioning of the European… Read More

UN chief calls for immediate halt to hostilities in Israel, Gaza

UN chief calls for immediate halt to hostilities in Israel, Gaza

May 14, 2021, 11:04 am

WASHINGTON – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for an immediate halt to hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians. “Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel,” Guterres said on… Read More

US says UN Security Council to meet Sunday on Gaza, Israel

US says UN Security Council to meet Sunday on Gaza, Israel

May 14, 2021, 10:46 am

WASHINGTON – The UN Security Council will meet this weekend to discuss the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the US announced Thursday. In announcing the Sunday meeting, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US's UN envoy, said the Biden administration "will continue to actively engage in diplomacy… Read More

WHO’s Ghebreyesus gets vaccinated

WHO’s Ghebreyesus gets vaccinated

May 13, 2021, 7:26 pm

GENEVA – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, he announced on Twitter, urging everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19, if there is a vaccine available in the country. "Today it was my turn to get vaccinated… Read More

Biden signs US cybersecurity decree

Biden signs US cybersecurity decree

May 13, 2021, 5:12 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity and protecting federal government networks from cyberattacks, according to a statement from the press service of the National Security Council at the White House. "Today, President Biden signed an… Read More

Israeli attack in Gaza death toll now at 67

Israeli attack in Gaza death toll now at 67

May 13, 2021, 2:34 pm

GAZA CITY, Palestine – The death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza climbed to 67 Thursday, including 17 children and six women, with 388 injured. According to a statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, two Palestinians were killed in Israel's recent attacks on the region, including a… Read More

UN chief urges de-escalation in Jerusalem, Gaza Strip

UN chief urges de-escalation in Jerusalem, Gaza Strip

May 13, 2021, 2:06 pm

MOSCOW – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced support on Wednesday to de-escalate tensions in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. He spoke at a news conference in Moscow following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and said it is necessary to seek a reduction of violence to… Read More

New social network app ASKfm gathers 348M users

New social network app ASKfm gathers 348M users

May 12, 2021, 3:06 pm

MOSCOW, Russia – ASKfm, an 11-year old global multi-million social network that has gathered a global audience of 348 million who exchange 600 million questions and answers each month, recently launched Anonymous Chats, a new feature requested by 70% of its audience. “In a couple of years from… Read More

UN against any actions impeding journalists’ work

UN against any actions impeding journalists’ work

May 11, 2021, 7:32 pm

NEW YORK – The United Nations (UN) is against any action that impedes journalists from doing their work, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday after four Anadolu Agency reporters were injured while covering the violence in occupied East Jerusalem. "We stand against… Read More

Greek PM calls for vaccine patent waiver to help nations in need

Greek PM calls for vaccine patent waiver to help nations in need

May 11, 2021, 1:52 pm

ATHENS – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called for waiving intellectual property rights protected by patents for Covid-19 vaccines in order to speed up production to assist countries in need. "The health crisis has highlighted more than anything the need for joint action to… Read More