Japan to closely monitor China’s increased defense spending

Tokyo [Japan], March 7 (ANI): Japanese defense officials on Sunday said that they intend to closely monitor how China will increase its defense spending this year, reported NHK World.As per this year's draft budget at the annual session…

Biden announces distribution of USD 1,400 COVID-19 relief payments to begin this month

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Saturday (local time) announced that the USD 1,400 coronavirus stimulus cheques will be distributed from March onwards. This is the first round of stimulus checks that will be…

2 Pak Navy men killed in vehicle attack in Gwadar

Quetta [Pakistan], March 7 (ANI): Two Pakistan Navy men were killed and another was injured in an attack on their vehicle in the Ganz area in the coastal district of Gwadar on Saturday, reported Dawn.One sailor of Pakistan…

Nepal’s PM to receive COVID-19 vaccine today

Kathmandu [Nepal], March 7 (ANI): Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 on Sunday in order to begin the second phase of the inoculation drive in the Himalayan Nation.According to…

US Defence Secy Austin likely to visit India later this month

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin likely to visit India later this month, according to sources.His visit would be the first in-person visit by any member of President Joe Biden's administration to…

UAE cancels permits for Ramadan tents amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ajman [UAE], March 7 (ANI): Ajman authorities on Saturday cancelled all permits for Ramadan tents in the UAE this year as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19, reported Khaleej Times.The announcement comes three days after Dubai…

5.8-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Jakarta [Indonesia], March 7 (ANI/Xinhua): An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku on Sunday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.The quake jolted at 02:22 a.m. Jakarta time (0122 GMT) with the epicenter…

FDA warns against one-dose regimen for coronavirus vaccines

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI/Sputnik): Scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are strongly against administering only single doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as their efficacy has only been proven if people get two…

Trump promises to campaign against Republican Murkowski in Alaska

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): US former President Donald Trump on Saturday (local time) has announced his plans to campaign against his fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski in Alaska next year when she will be up for re-election.Seen as…

Myanmar security forces use stun grenades, arrest people at night

Naypyitaw [Myanmar], March 7 (ANI): Launching a fresh crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Myanmar security forces arrested several people on Saturday night, opened fire and used stun grenades in Yangon."Security forces arresting people at night in m...

Costa Rica marks one year after first confirmed from Covid-19 case

San Jose [Costa Rica], March 7 (ANI/Xinhua): Costa Rica on Saturday marked one year since the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) was discovered in the country.Since then, the country has registered 206,640 cases and…

Protesters burn masks to protest against COVID-19 safety guidelines outside Idaho state Capitol in US

Boise (Idaho) [US], March 7 (ANI): Hundreds of people gathered outside the Idaho state Capitol building in Boise on Saturday (local time) to burn masks as a mark of protest against the Covid-19 safety guidelines issued by the…

On Day 2 of his Iraq visit, Pope Francis denounces extremism as ‘betrayal of religion’

Baghdad [Iraq], March 7 (ANI): Pope Francis, who is on a four-day historic trip to Iraq, on Saturday (local time) denounced extremism in the name of religion as "betrayals of religion" and called for friendship and cooperation between…

Protesters in Barcelona throw stones at Law Enforcement

Barcelona [Spain], March 7 (ANI/Sputnik): People protesting over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel in Barcelona threw stones at police on Saturday, Mossos d'Esquadra, the police force of Catalonia, said."7:34 pm [18:34 GMT on Saturday] In Barcelon...

Former PM Gilani calls for MQM leaders’ support in Senate chairman poll

Islamabad [Pakistan], March 7 (ANI): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders to call for their support in the upcoming Senate chairman election.According to a report by...

Zurich police fire tear gas on demonstrators at feminist rally

Zurich [Switzerland], March 7 (ANI): Police in Switzerland's Zurich on Saturday (local time) fired tear gas on participants of a feminist rally held on the eve of International Women's Day, and arrested two demonstrators.According to a report by…

Biden celebrates Senate passage of ‘desperately needed’ Covid-19 rescue plan

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Saturday (local time) hailed the passage of a USD 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan and said "it was so desperately needed, urgently needed".Speaking at a press conference after…

Bid for Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet reach USD 2.5 million

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): Bids for Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's first post on the microblogging site has reached USD 2.5 million.Dorsey had listed his first-ever tweet on the website 'Valuables by cent' which is poised to sell…

1 person killed, over 18 injured in Afghanistan blast

Kabul [Afghanistan], March 7 (ANI): One person was killed and over 18 were injured in an explosion in Afghanistan's Kunar province on Saturday evening.Citing sources, TOLO News reported that the incident took place at a restaurant in Asadabad,…

Imran Khan asks Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to carry on duties as FM despite defeat in Senate vote

Islamabad [Pakistan], March 7 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday has asked Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to carry on his duties as Finance Minister despite his defeat to Opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani for the Islamabad general…

French Interior Chief dispatches 200 police to unrest-hit Lyon

Lyon [France], March 7 (ANI/Sputnik): French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Saturday said he deployed a 200-strong police unit to the trouble-rocked city of Lyon in central-eastern France to ensure that order is maintained in the area."Faced with...

Quad members plan to hold first summit this month

Tokyo [Japan], March 7 (ANI): The leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) countries -- Japan, United States, Australia and India -- plan to hold a teleconference as early as mid-March, Kyodo News reported citing sources as saying…

US Senate passes President Joe Biden’s ‘America Rescue Plan’

Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): The US Senate on Saturday (local time) passed the USD 1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan after a 12-hour struggle to get Senator Joe Manchin's support in President Joe Biden'sAmerica Rescue Plan'.The vote was…

Nepal to administer second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from April 20

Kathmandu [Nepal], March 7 (ANI): Nepal will administer the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from April 20 to April 28 to those who have received the first shot of the vaccine from January 27 and February 12."The…

Japan reports first anaphylactic reaction from coronavirus vaccine

Tokyo [Japan], March 7 (ANI): The first case of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, from a coronavirus vaccination has been reported in Japan, reported Japan Times citing the health ministry as saying.According to the ministry, a medical worker…

Nigerian President gets vaccinated against COVID-19

Abuja [Nigeria], March 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received their first COVID-19 vaccine jabs on Saturday."Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vac...

20 killed in car bomb blast in Somali capital

Mogadishu [Somalia], March 6 (ANI): At least 20 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a car bomb blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday night (local time), CNN reported citing police.A car packed with…

Qatar reports 460 new COVID-19 cases, 166,475 in total

Doha [Qatar], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): The Qatari Health Ministry on Saturday announced 460 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 166,475, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.Meanwhile, 293 mor...

Pak blasphemy law does not protect Hindus: Report

Islamabad [Pakistan], March 6 (ANI): The way Pakistani member of the National Assembly Aamir Liaquat Husain used the image of Hindu deity to mock Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Sharif recently shows that the country's blasph...

White House says closely following Microsoft email breach by Chinese hackers

Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): The US government said it is closely following the breach of a Microsoft email application reportedly carried out by Chinese hackers, calling it an "active threat" with a "large number" of victims. "This…

White House says closely following Microsoft email breach by Chinese hackers

Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): The US government said it is closely following the breach of a Microsoft email application reportedly carried out by Chinese hackers, calling it an "active threat" with a "large number" of victims. "This…

Taliban kill 7 Afghan soldiers in northern Balkh

Balkh [Afghanistan], March 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Taliban terrorists attacked an Afghan army checkpoint in the northern Balkh province on Friday night and killed seven soldiers, the TOLOnews reported on Saturday.The clash in Balkh's Chimtal district also inj...

Iraq reports 4,068 new COVID-19 cases, 723,189 in total

Baghdad [Iraq], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Saturday 4,068 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 723,189.It also reported in a statement 11 new deaths, raising the death toll from the…

Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China concerned over Taiwanese pineapple ban by Beijing

Taipei (Taiwan), March 6 [ANI]: Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), an international, cross-party alliance of parliamentarians, has expressed concerns over the Taiwanese pineapples' ban by Beijing and said Taipei is coming under increasing pr...

Bangladesh records 540 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

Dhaka [Bangladesh], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): Bangladesh reported 540 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 549,724 and the death toll at 8,451, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.The official data…

Bangladesh records 540 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

Dhaka [Bangladesh], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): Bangladesh reported 540 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 549,724 and the death toll at 8,451, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.The official data…

COVID-19 cases rise to 142,023 in Myanmar

Yangon [Myanmar], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of COVID-19 infections has risen to 142,023 in Myanmar on Saturday, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.The country reported six new cases and no more death in…

COVID-19 cases rise to 142,023 in Myanmar

Yangon [Myanmar], March 6 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of COVID-19 infections has risen to 142,023 in Myanmar on Saturday, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.The country reported six new cases and no more death in…

Fire breaks out at Nepal’s city of Dhangadhi, no casualties reported

Dhangadhi [Nepal], March 6 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a furniture shop near Nepal's city of Dhangadhi depot of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Saturday (local time).According to District Police Office, Kailali, a fire broke out…

Trust vote won by Pak PM Imran Khan has ‘no worth’: Maryam Nawaz

Sindh [Pakistan], March 6 (ANI): Pakistan opposition leader Maryam Nawaz said the trust vote secured by Prime Minister Imran Khan in National Assembly has "no worth" as he had forced lawmakers on gunpoint to vote for him. Speaking…

Pak opposition rejects confidence votes’ result, alleges lawmakers were forced to vote for Imran Khan

Sindh [Pakistan], March 6 (ANI): Pakistan Opposition on Saturday rejected the confidence vote cast in favour of country's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a National Assembly (NA) session, alleging that lawmakers were "forcefully" made to vote in favou...

Rajasthan Governor meets Denmark envoy in Jaipur

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday met Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur and presented him a portrait of the Preamble of the Constitution of India.In a…

Rajasthan Governor meets Denmark envoy in Jaipur

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday met Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur and presented him a portrait of the Preamble of the Constitution of India.In a…

Rajasthan Governor meets Denmark envoy in Jaipur

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday met Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur and presented him a portrait of the Preamble of the Constitution of India.In a…

5 killed, 5 injured in Balochistan’s blast

Balochistan [Pakistan], March 6 (ANI): Five people were killed and five other suffered injuries in a blast near Sibi town of Balochistan, Dawn reported on Saturday citing official sources. The blast occurred on Friday evening in The Tandori…

China slams EU for remarks on Hong Kong electoral reforms

Brussels [Belgium], March 6 (ANI): In a development reflecting growing tensions between China and the European Union, Beijing has slammed the 27-country bloc for its comments on the controversial Hong Kong electoral reforms. The EU has warned Beijing…

China slams EU for remarks on Hong Kong electoral reforms

Brussels [Belgium], March 6 (ANI): In a development reflecting growing tensions between China and the European Union, Beijing has slammed the 27-country bloc for its comments on the controversial Hong Kong electoral reforms. The EU has warned Beijing…

China slams EU for remarks on Hong Kong electoral reforms

Brussels [Belgium], March 6 (ANI): In a development reflecting growing tensions between China and the European Union, Beijing has slammed the 27-country bloc for its comments on the controversial Hong Kong electoral reforms. The EU has warned Beijing…

Massive fire breaks out in Afghanistan’s Farah customs office

Farah [Afghanistan], March 6 (ANI): A massive fire broke out at a fuel reservoir in the customs office of Afghanistan's Farah province on Saturday morning, TOLO News reported citing officials.According to the provincial governor Taj Mohammad Safi, four...

Massive fire breaks out in Afghanistan’s Farah customs office

Farah [Afghanistan], March 6 (ANI): A massive fire broke out at a fuel reservoir in the customs office of Afghanistan's Farah province on Saturday morning, TOLO News reported citing officials.According to the provincial governor Taj Mohammad Safi, four...