Seoul Mayor reported missing, search operation underway

Seoul [South Korea], July 9 (ANI): The mayor of South Korean capital Seoul has been reported missing and search operation is underway, police said on Friday.According to RT.com, Mayor Park Won-sun's daughter reported the city officials on Thursday…

India-EU 15th summit to be held via video conference on July 15

Brussels [Belgium], July 09 (ANI): India and the European Union will hold the 15th summit via video conference on July 15 during which various regional and global issues are likely to be discussed.The EU will be represented by…

India-EU 15th summit to be held via video conference on July 15

Brussels [Belgium], July 09 (ANI): India and the European Union will hold the 15th summit via video conference on July 15 during which various regional and global issues are likely to be discussed.The EU will be represented by…

China is ‘greatest long-term threat’ to America’s information, economic security: FBI

Washington DC [USA], July 9 (ANI): In a bid to secure its position as the next global superpower after the United States, China has been usurping America with a government-directed "campaign of theft and malign influence", and it…

Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong, extends visas for city’s residents

Canberra [Australia], July 9 (ANI): Australia on Thursday suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offered a path to citizenship for those Hong Kongers who wish to leave the city, CNN reported.Speaking at a press briefing in…

After India, Australia to ban TikTok over fears of data security threat

Sydney [Australia], July 9 (ANI): Following India and the US, several Australian legislators are proposing to ban TikTok as they too fear the app was being used by the Chinese government to collect users' data, reported the South…

Spike in coronavirus cases sparks fear of job loss in US aviation sector

Washington [US], July 9 (ANI): With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the US, people are on the verge of losing their jobs and hence, their health insurance, The Washington Post reported.On Wednesday, the United Airlines announced…

Pakistan seeks re-election in UNHRC

Pakistan, July 9 (ANI): Pakistan has confirmed its bid to seek another term in the United Nations Human Rights Council. According to Radio Pakistan, the Pakistani Mission to the UN said the country will contest one of the…

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in US, airlines book flights to full capacity: Senator

Washington [US], July 9 (ANI): As per the latest update by the Johns Hopkins University, a total of 3,055,004 people in the US have tested positive for coronavirus and 132,309 deaths have been reported so far. However, several…

Failure to hold ISI terror complicity to account has damaged Pak’s reputation: Report

Washington D.C. [USA], July 9 (ANI): Decades of failure by Pakistan to hold its spy wing -- the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- terror complicity to account have soiled Pakistan's reputation, undermined its security and left the country teetering...

Trump criticised for his moves to pull US out of WHO

Washington [USA], July 9 (ANI): President Donald Trump's decision to formally withdraw from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and to cut the US' funding to the body, was heavily criticised by US lawmakers. Congressman Ami Bera said that…

Uyghur rights group urges UN to immediately strip China of its participatory status at UNHRC

Washington D.C. [USA], July 9 (ANI): A Uyghur rights group has urged the United Nations to immediately strip Beijing of its participatory status at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and act swiftly to address the annihilation and…

American varsities sue Trump administration over visa row for foreign students

Washington D.C. [USA], July 9 (ANI): The University of California (UC) on Wednesday (local time) announced new plans to file suit against the federal government for violating the rights of the varsity as well as its students following…

Introspect why you’re universally acknowledged as ‘international epicentre of terrorism’: India slams Pak at UN

New York [USA], July 9 (ANI): India, has once again, called on the international community to take verifiable actions against terror outfits operating in Pakistan and urged its neighbour to introspect about why it is universally acknowledged as…

Blocking construction of Hindu temple in Islamabad signifies Pak’s troubled relationship with minorities

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 9 (ANI): A Hindu temple planned for Islamabad, the city's first, was supposed to be a symbol of tolerance for Pakistan. But violence and controversy have turned it into an emblem of the country's troubled…

Diplomatic crisis deepens as African workers upset over exploitation by Chinese mining firms

Harare [Zimbabwe], July 9 (ANI): China is supposedly stomping new grounds in Africa, particularly, with significant interests in the mining industry. But the anger over the treatment of African workers in Chinese mining companies has triggered a burgeo...

2020 Indiaspora Business Leaders List recognises 50 executives of Indian heritage leading global corporations

Washington DC [USA], July 9 (ANI): Indiaspora, a nonprofit organisation of global Indian diaspora leaders from various backgrounds and professions, released on Wednesday their inaugural list honouring executives of the Indian diaspora who are leading t...

US launches operation to counter surge in violence in Kansas city

Washington D.C. [US], July 9 (Sputnik/ANI): US Attorney General William Barr is launching an operation to counter a surge of violence in the state of Missouri's Kansas City where homicides are up by 40 per cent, the Justice…

No restrictions on Indian passport renewal applications in Abu Dhabi from July 15

Abu Dhabi [UAE], July 09 (ANI): The Indian Embassy here on Wednesday said it has decided to remove all restrictions on passport renewal applications to be submitted at BLS International Centres with effect from July 15.The embassy said…

UK records 126 new COVID-19 deaths, toll rises to 44,517

London [UK], July 9 (Sputnik/ANI): The death toll from the coronavirus in the United Kingdom has risen by 126 over the past 24 hours, down from 155 the day before, to 44,517, the UK Health Ministry said on…

Have taken up matter with concerned officials: Indian Embassy on US authorities announcing modifications for student visas

Washington D.C. [US], July 9 (ANI): Indian Embassy here on Wednesday (local time) said it has taken up matter of US immigration authorities announcing modifications to requirements for student visas in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic with…

Beijing fears its own people’s free thinking more than any foreign foe, says Pompeo

Washington D.C. [US], July 9 (ANI): US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday (local time) came down heavily on Chinese Communist Party and called for releasing Xu Zhangrun who was detained by Chinese authorities for publishing articles…

Chinese took incredibly aggressive action, Indians have done their best to respond: Pompeo on India-China border tension

Washington D.C. [US], July 9 (ANI): US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (local time), while referring to India-China border tensions, hit out at Chinese saying they took "incredibly aggressive action".Pompeo said that he has spoken to…

‘World must not allow China to instigate territorial disputes’: Pompeo

Washington [US], July 09 (ANI): The Chinese Communist Party has an "enormous credibility problem", US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Wednesday said that the world should not allow Beijing to instigate territorial disputes. Pompeo made these remar...

‘Will soon be recovered to continue working for India-Brazil friendship’: Bolsonaro replies to PM Modi

Brasilia [Brazil], July 8 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a speedy recovery from coronavirus infection, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said he will soon be fully recovered to continue working on strengthening the frie...

JKNIA to hold protests outside Pakistan consulate in Bradford against amendments in PoK’s interim Constitution

Bradford [UK], July 08 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir National Independence Alliance (JKNIA) said it will organise a demonstration outside the Pakistan consulate in Bradford on Thursday to oppose the proposed amendments in the Interim Constitution of Pakista...

Kazakhstan has resources to win against coronavirus pandemic

Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan], July 8 (ANI): Kazakhstan has the required medical and economic resources to win against the spread of the virus and return to normalcy.The country has reported a recent spike in the number of reported cases in…

Harvard, MIT file lawsuit to block Trump administration from stripping students visas

Washington [US], July 08 (ANI): Harvard and MIT have filed a lawsuit on Wednesday that seeks to prevent the Trump administration from implementing a rule that will strip foreign students of visas if their universities move exclusively to…

‘He was coerced’, says India after Pakistan claims Kulbushan Jadhav refused to file review petition

New Delhi [India], July 8 (ANI): After Pakistan claimed on Wednesday that Kulbushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer being held in Pakistan, has refused to initiate review petition, the Ministry of External Affairs called it a "continuation…

India funded admin and academic block of Shree Mahadev Masta Chaturdev Campus inaugurated in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 08 (ANI): The administrative and academic block of Shree Mahadev Masta Chaurdev Campus constructed with the assistance of India was inaugurated in Nepal's Mugu district on Monday, according to the Indian embassy.The block was bu...

WHO team to visit Beijing to trace origin of COVID-19: China

Beijing [China], July 8 (ANI): China said on Wednesday that a team of World Health Organisation (WHO) will visit the country to trace the origin of COVID-19. The disease, which originated in Wuhan city of China, has killed…

PM Oli-led govt rendered state system dysfunctional: Analyst

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 08 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led government has rendered the state system dysfunctional, largely derailed democracy and sent the 'republican' constitution into a coma, says an analyst.In an opinion piece in The K...

President accepts credentials from envoys from New Zealand, UK, Uzbekistan via video conference

New Delhi [India], July 8 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday accepted credentials from Heads of Mission from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan through video conference.This was the second time that the credentials' presentation ...

WHO confirms “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission of COVID-19

Geneva [Switzerland], July 8 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that there is an "emerging evidence" of airborne transmission of the coronavirus, CNN reported.The confirmation came after the publication of a letter on Monday signe...

Pakistan records 2980 new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 (ANI): Pakistan has recorded as many as 2980 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 237,489 while the testing for the lethal virus has been reduced for the…

Double relative program led to government-sponsored mass rape: Campaign for Uyghurs

Washington [US], July 8 (ANI): Amid reports of China violating the basic human rights of Uyghur Muslims, Campaign for Uyghurs have released a 'Genocide in East Turkistan' revealing the crimes being committed upon the ethnic community."The Chinese gover...

UK envoy to India Philip Barton presents his credentials to President Kovind

New Delhi [India], July 08 (ANI): The new UK High Commissioner, Philip Barton, on Wednesday presented his credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind in a virtual ceremony.Philip said that it is the greatest "honour and privilege" to represent…

Hong Kong Journalists’ Association unveils ‘Freedom in Danger’ report, get slammed for inciting sedition

Hong Kong, July 8 (ANI): Shortly after Hong Kong Journalists' Association (HKJA) unveiled its annual press freedom report titled 'Freedom in Danger', the organisation has been slammed for supporting "violence, terrorist attacks and inciting sedition", ...

Russia’s coronavirus count crosses 7 lakh mark

Moscow [Russia], July 08 (Sputnik/ANI): Russia has recorded 6,562 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, with the total reaching 7,00,792, the response center said Wednesday."In the last 24 hours, 6,562 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 84 regions, including…

Russia’s coronavirus count crosses 7 lakh mark

Moscow [Russia], July 08 (Sputnik/ANI): Russia has recorded 6,562 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, with the total reaching 7,00,792, the response center said Wednesday."In the last 24 hours, 6,562 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 84 regions, including…

China imposes visa restrictions on US personnel ‘with egregious behaviour’ on Tibet

Beijing [China], July 8 (ANI): China has imposed visa restrictions on US personnel "with egregious behavior on Tibet," CGTN reported.This comes in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement of visa restrictions on some Chinese officia...

Defence Ministers of Australia, Japan, US hold virtual meeting over Indo-Pacific region

Washington DC [US], July 8 (ANI): Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Japanese Minister of Defense KONO Taro, and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper convened a virtual trilateral defence ministerial meeting on Tuesday (local time) to re-aff...

Pak claims Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file review petition, wants to follow up on mercy plea

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 (ANI): Pakistan has claimed that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file a review petition and wants to go ahead with his pending mercy plea."He (Kulbhushan Jadhav) preferred to follow up on his…

China opens new agency in Hong Kong to monitor implementation of national security law

Hong Kong, July 8 (Sputnik/ANI): The Chinese authorities on Wednesday officially opened the new agency in Hong Kong that will be engaged in monitoring the implementation of the newly enacted law on national security in the special administrative…

After Hong Kong, now China provokes Vietnam

Washington D.C. [USA], July 8 (ANI): A Chinese Coast Guard ship has once again shown up at Vanguard Bank in the South China Sea, a known flashpoint between Vietnam and China, as per data cited by vessel-tracking software.The…

Pak minister says Sindh govt report on Uzair Baloch ‘different from original’

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 (ANI): A day after the Sindh government, in a special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, termed Lyari-based gangster Uzair Baloch an Iranian spy, the country's Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi...

Shakil-ur-Rahman case highlights Pak’s attempt to throttle media freedom

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 (ANI): Pakistan has been known to strangle press freedom by imposing censorship or arresting journalists for some bizarre reasons. The owner-editor of Jang, nation's most powerful media conglomerate, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman's ...

UK says China ‘can’t be trusted’ over its treatment of Hong Kong

London [UK], July 8 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has questioned whether China can be trusted to live up to international obligations after its move to introduce a new security law for Hong Kong, which London says…

Nepal Communist Party’s Standing Committee meeting adjourned till July 10

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 8 (ANI): The Standing Committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to reach a consensus on the party's fate has been adjourned till 11 am (local time) on July 10, said Surya Thapa, press…

Uzair Baloch was an ‘Iranian spy’, says Sindh govt report

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 8 (ANI): Uzair Jan Baloch, the alleged Lyari-based gangster, passed on secret information regarding Pakistan Army installations to the Iranian intelligence, and was behind a large number of targetted killings as well as polit...