New York: The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a “COVID ceasefire” for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers. more
US govt 'deeply disappointed' with China over COVID-19 investigation

Washington: The US government has slammed China for rejecting a fresh World Health Organisation (WHO) probe into the origins of COVID-19.

Pacific region: Japan offers to give COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan-friendly nations

Tokyo: The Japan government has offered to give COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan-friendly islands in the Pacific, a move that can leave China irked.

North Korea: Kim Jong-un fires top officials over Covid prevention lapses

Seoul: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has fired several senior officials over failure to enforce the country's stringent Covid-19 prevention measures, which he said would have grav ...

UN chief urges European Parliament to support COVID vaccines for all

New York: The European Union (EU) must use its leverage to ensure people everywhere have access to COVID-19 vaccines, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.

US locks down Kabul embassy amid Covid surge

Kabul: Amid a rising Covid-19 surge in Afghanistan, especially in capital Kabul, the US embassy has ordered a near-complete lockdown. At least one embassy staffer succumbed to the Covid-1 ...

British Parliament approves extending COVID-19 restrictions until July 19

London/Sputnik: The House of Commons of the UK Parliament approved on Wednesday the government's proposal to postpone the deadline for lifting quarantine restrictions in England until ...

WHO's first study on origin of COVID-19 virus was highly deficient: Blinken

Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the World Health Organization's first study on the coronavirus pandemic's origins "highly deficient", a statement ...

G7 Summit: Leaders call for new study into origins of Covid, express concern on China

World leaders, who are attending the Group of Seven summit, on Sunday issued a call for new study into the origins of Covid-19 which will also cover China, media reports said.

Continuing Venezuela exodus and COVID-19 highlights need for global solidarity for most vulnerable

New York: Vulnerable Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 health and socio-economic crisis, urgently need greater support from the internat ...