10 mn French have received Covid booster shots: Minister
Putin, Biden to hold online meeting on Tuesday
  • Putin, Biden to hold online meeting on Tuesday(06:00)

    Moscow, Dec 5 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US President Joe Biden will have a videoconference on Tuesday, RIA Novosti news agency has reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Chile reports first case of Omicron variant
  • Chile reports first case of Omicron variant(05:56)

    Santiago, Dec 5 (IANS) Chile has reported its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus after confirming that the case was discovered in a person entering the country from Ghana on November 25.

Zambia confirms presence of Omicron Covid-19 variant
Sri Lankan killed by mob in Sialkot had 'apologised for misunderstanding'
Saudi Arabia, France agree to strengthen cooperation
  • Saudi Arabia, France agree to strengthen cooperation(02:06)

    Riyadh, Dec 5 (IANS) Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on Saturday met with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in Jeddah, where they agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Turkey confirms 20,374 daily Covid-19 cases
UK records another 42,848 coronavirus cases
  • UK records another 42,848 coronavirus cases(00:52)

    London, Dec 5 (IANS) The UK registered 42,848 new Covid-19 infections bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,421,104, according to official figures released Saturday.

Afghans overtake Syrians to become biggest asylum seekers in EU
  • Afghans overtake Syrians to become biggest asylum seekers in EU(21:20)

    New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Afghans lodged more than 17,000 asylum applications in the EU in September, up from 10,000 in August and nearly twice as many as Syrians. This made Afghanistan by far the main country of origin, which Syria had been for seven years until July, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said.

Taliban torture Afghan man to death for critical Facebook post
Afghans packed in pick-up trucks take dangerous journey to flee Taliban's repression
Lesson from Barbados - China's biggest target is Commonwealth
Over 200 Chinese companies may be kicked off US exchanges
  • Over 200 Chinese companies may be kicked off US exchanges(17:45)

    New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) If the US loses Chinese companies, Wall Street will gradually alienate itself from the world's most prosperous market and the US will no longer be the true global financial centre, Chinese state media claimed.

S Korea reports suspected cases of highly pathogenic bird flu at egg farm
Displacements in northern Ethiopia up relief needs: UN
  • Displacements in northern Ethiopia up relief needs: UN(17:30)

    United Nations, Dec 4 (IANS) The conflict in northern Ethiopia is increasing relief needs as it drives more people from their homes, causing a loss of livelihoods and access to markets, food and essential services, UN Humanitarians said.

UN extends mandate for international forces fighting piracy off coast of Somalia
People with disabilities among hardest hit by pandemic: UN chief
Armed attacks forced over 11,500 Nigerians to flee to Niger in Nov: UNHCR
Nepal unveils plan to regulate Internet of Things, machine to machine communication
Blast rocks Kabul, no casualties reported
  • Blast rocks Kabul, no casualties reported(16:20)

    Kabul, Dec 4 (IANS) A bomb blast rocked Police District 4 of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday with no casualties confirmed, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti said.

Wary of community spread of Omicron, US urges more vaccinations
  • Wary of community spread of Omicron, US urges more vaccinations(15:52)

    New York, Dec 4 (IANS) With cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant reported in several states from New York to Hawaii, US health officials have said that community spread is inevitable, and more vaccinations will play a pivotal role in keeping the virus at bay.

US state Louisiana reports its 1st possible Omicron case
Parents of US teen shooter charged with involuntary manslaughter
  • Parents of US teen shooter charged with involuntary manslaughter(15:44)

    Chicago, Dec 4 (IANS) Parents of the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four students and injuring seven at Oxford High School in the US state of Michigan have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each, the prosecutor of Oakland County said at a press conference on Friday.

Mexican govt accepts temporary restart of 'Stay in Mexico' scheme
Zimbabwe to start administering booster doses as Omicron variant surfaces