Afghanistan: 5 soldiers, 4 civilians killed in Helmand bomb attack

Kabul [Afghanistan], October 01 (ANI/Sputnik): Five Afghan soldiers and four civilians were killed in a car bomb attack in the southern province of Helmand, the provincial governor's spokesman said on Thursday."Five soldiers were killed and three other...

Canada extends coronavirus travel ban until October 31

Ottawa [Canada], October 1 (ANI/Sputnik): Canada is extending the travel ban for foreigners until October 31 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a statement."We are extending the existing restrictions on non...

China approves arrest of 12 detained Hong Kongers

Beijing [China], October 1 (ANI): Chinese authorities have formally approved the arrest of 12 Hong Kong activists who were detained last month when they were trying to flee china fo Taiwan. The 12 people were captured at sea…

Pakistan: Hindu teenage girl commits suicide after ‘blackmail’ by rapists

Sindh [Pakistan], October 01 (ANI): A 17-year old Hindu girl, who was allegedly raped a year earlier, committed suicide in Pakistan's Tharparkar district after she was reportedly blackmailed by the accused who raped her and are out on…

Ahead of crucial EU summit, Merkel criticises China over Hong Kong, other ‘dreadful’ rights issues

Berlin [Germany], October 1 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised China over recent developments in Hong Kong and other "dreadful and often horrible" human rights issues.Merkel made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing the Bundesta...

Argentina confirms new 14,392 COVID-19 cases, caseload crosses 7.5 lakh

Buenos Aires [Argentina], October 1 (ANI/Sputnik): Argentina has confirmed 14,392 new cases of the coronavirus across the country within the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, with the total number…

6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near Tonga in Pacific Ocean

Nuku'alofa [Tonga], October 1 (ANI/Sputnik): A 6.4 magnitude earthquake was registered on Thursday near the coast of the Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.According to the USGS, the tremor was recorded…

Biodiversity is life insurance for humans: French President Emmanuel Macron

New York [US], October 1 (ANI/Xinhua): French President Emmanuel Macron was philosophical on Wednesday in his appeal for global efforts to reverse biodiversity loss, saying it is the life insurance of humans.The "protection of nature" raises the fundam...

US passes Bill requiring firms to disclose connection with forced labour in China’s Xinjiang

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI): Lawmakers from the Lower House of the United States Congress have passed legislation that would require US-listed companies to disclose if their supply chains are connected to forced labour in China's Xinjiang…

Trump directs administration to probe US reliance on foreign states for critical minerals

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI/Sputnik): US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order declaring a national emergency to deal with the United States' reliance on foreign countries for critical materials important to the US military and…

FAA chief pilots test flight of Boeing 737 Max, says still have work to do

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI): US federal aviation agency chief Stephen Dickson on Wednesday conducted a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX, saying that progress has been made to fix the problems with the aircraft."We still…

India has culture of living in harmony with nature: Prakash Javadekar at UN

New York/New Delhi [US/India], October 1 (ANI): Since time immemorial, India has a culture of not just conserving and protecting nature, but living in harmony with it, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on…

US must commit to bipartisan policy against Chinese Communist Party: Report

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI): The United States government and Congress must commit to a bipartisan long-term policy to combat the Communist Party of China which has taken "advantage" of US, the Republican House China Task Force…

Pakistan HC slams Nawaz Sharif for failing to appear before court

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 1 (ANI): A court here has slammed former Prime Minister and Pakistani Muslim League (N) supremo Nawaz Sharif over his failure to appear before the court after permission was granted to fly abroad to get…

China is global hotspot for goods made by forced, child labour: Report

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI): China is the leading global hotspot for the goods' manufacturing by forced labour and abusive child labour, the US Department of Labor said in a report on Wednesday."Today's list illustrates China's disturbing…

US issues fresh sanctions against Syria

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI/Xinhua): The United States on Wednesday announced over a dozen sanctions against Syrian individuals and entities to further pressure the Syrian government.The sanctions designated the head of the Syrian General Intell...

India to build 100-bedded hospital, 22,000-seater stadium in Maldives

Male [Maldives], October 1 (ANI): India will build a 100-bedded cancer hospital 22,000-seater cricket stadium in Hulhumale here, under the USD 800 million Line of Credit (LoC) that was extended to the country last year, according to the…

Trump’s conduct at debate was ‘national embarrassment’: Biden

Washington DC [US], October 1 (ANI/Sputnik): Democratic nominee Joe Biden said US President Donald Trump was a national embarrassment during the first presidential debate and the moderators should do more to prevent such interruptions in the future. Th...

Pompeo warns Italy PM of risks involved in doing business with China

Rome [Italy], September 30 (ANI): US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Wednesday warned Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte the risks associated with doing business with China.During talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome, Pompeo...

Pakistan a death trap for journalists, human rights defenders,minorities: India at UNHRC

Geneva [Switzerland], September 30 (ANI): Slamming the "fabricated words" presented by Pakistan, India on Wednesday at the United Nations Human Rights Council highlighted that incessant efforts on its part to malign India in all international forums is...

415 Pakistani nationals stranded in India due to COVID restrictions return via Attari Wagah border

Attari (Punjab) [India], September 30 (ANI): A group of 415 Pakistani nationals who were stranded in India due to COVID-19 restrictions returned to Pakistan through Attari Wagah border on Wednesday.Speaking to ANI, one of the Pakistani nationals Suresh...

Actual COVID-19 death toll certainly higher than 1 million: WHO

Geneva [Switzerland], September 30 (ANI): Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that the actual number of deaths due to COVID-19 is "certainly higher" than 1 million.Speaking at a high-level UN...

Pyongyang has an effective war deterrent and will now focus on economy, North Korean envoy tells UNGA

New York [US], September 30 (ANI): North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song on Tuesday said that Pyongyang has a "reliable and effective war deterrent for self-defence" and will now focus on developing its sanctions-hit economy.In…

Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Czech Republic declares state of emergency from October 5

Prague [Czech Republic], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): The Czech government decided to declare a 30-day state of emergency across the country starting from October 5 due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Roman Prymula said on…

Taliban aware of possible new obstacles during intra-Afghan peace talks: Spokesman

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem Wardak told reporters on Wednesday that the intra-Afghan peace talks, which were launched in Doha earlier this month, were not an easy process and required patience and d...

India, Australia discuss cooperation in energy sector

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting with Australian High Commissioner Barry O'Farrell on Wednesday and discussed about Australian companies actively partnering ...

Indian Embassy in Madagascar to become solar-powered on October 2

Antananarivo [Madagascar], September 30 (ANI): On the occasion of the grand finale of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar is going to be the first Indian Embassy to switch to…

Iraqi Foreign Minister urges US to review decision on Embassy closure in Baghdad

Baghdad [Iraq], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein called on the United States on Wednesday to revise its recent decision to shut down the country's embassy in the capital of Baghdad over constant missile attacks.Earlier in...

New Singapore High Commissioner meets Muraleedharan to discuss strengthening ties

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): The new Singapore High Commissioner to India Simon Wong called on Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss strengthening of the strategic relationship between…

India, Denmark agree to finalise bilateral broad-based trade, investment agreement

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Denmark counterpart Mette Frederiksen agreed to work towards an early conclusion of the bilateral broad-based trade and investment agreement.In the first virtual summit on Sept...

India, China agree to hold 7th round of Senior Commanders’ meeting at an early date: MEA

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): India and China on Wednesday conducted a meeting wherein they agreed that the next (7th) round of the meeting of Senior Commanders should be held at an early date.The Indian delegation was…

22000 migrant workers cross Nepalgunj border to India in last 4 weeks: Nepal police

Nepalgunj [Nepal], September 30 (ANI): Around 22,000 Nepali migrant workers have left for India via Nepalgunj border point in the last four weeks, as the neighbouring country eases the COVID-19-induced lockdown in phases, say police.Bishnu Giri, Statio...

Islamic State expanding its presence in South Asia under Pakistan’s patronage, say experts

Geneva [Switzerland], September 30 (ANI): After the fall of the caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is fast spreading its network in South Asia, the region which already has a large number of terrorist and extremist…

India, Finland explore opportunities to collaborate in emerging technologies in efficient energy production

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan and Finland Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde on Wednesday held a meeting to explore opportunities to collaborate in emerging technologies in c...

Paris explosion caused by operational Rafale jet, not bomb

Paris [France], September 30 (ANI): The powerful explosion that occured in Paris on Wednesday was caused by a fighter jet crossing the sound barrier, Sputnik reported.Informing about the source of the explosion, the prefecture said in a tweet,…

India, Netherlands sign SoI to support decarbonisation

New Delhi [India], September 30 (ANI): NITI Aayog and Embassy of the Netherlands, New Delhi, have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) on September 28 to support the decarbonisation and energy transition agenda for accommodating cleaner and more…

Powerful explosion heard in Paris, source unclear

Paris [France], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): A powerful explosion was heard in the French capital of Paris on Wednesday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.According to media reports, the blast was heard all over the city.The source of the explosion remai...

Pak PM tasks authorities to ensure Nawaz Sharif’s deportation from UK at earliest: Report

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 30 (ANI): Pakistan has fast-tracked the process to bring back Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif from London, where he had been staying since November 2019 on medical grounds.Prime Minister Imran Khan o...

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Momen ‘expressed satisfaction’ over JCC meeting with Jaishankar

Dhaka [Bangladesh], September 30 (ANI): Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the recent meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), according to Indian High Commission here.Outgoing In...

US: One killed, another injured in shooting at Florida Amazon facility

Florida [US], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): One person was killed and another was wounded as a result of a shooting at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Florida's Jacksonville city, the Florida Times-Union newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the local...

Kuwait Crown Prince sworn-in before Parliament as new Emir

Kuwait City [Kuwait], September 30 (ANI): Kuwait's Crown Prince Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday took the constitutional oath before the country's unicameral parliament as the new ruler of the Persian Gulf monarchy, the State-run TV report...

Pompeo to Travel to Japan, S. Korea, Mongolia From October 4-8 – State Department

Washington [US], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia from October 4-8, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a press release."Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo ...

Families of 12 detained Hong Kongers demand lawyer access outside Beijing’s liaison office

Hong Kong, September 30 (ANI): Families of 12 Hong Kongers detained in mainland China rallied at Beijing's top office in the city on Wednesday, reiterating their demand that lawyers they hired should be granted access to their loved…

UKPNP to organize webinar on Pak’s arbitrary plan to annexe Gilgit-Balitistan tomorrow

Zurich [Switzerland], September 30 (ANI): Activists Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Muzaffar Shah and Misfar Hassan are among the speakers that are scheduled to address the virtual conference on Pakistan's arbitrary plan to annexe Pakistan-occupied Gilgit...

2,300 Armenian soldiers killed, wounded in clashes, claims Azerbaijani defence ministry

Baku [Azerbaijan], September 30 (ANI): Over 2,300 Armenian servicemen were killed and wounded in the continuing clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani defence ministry claimed on Wednesday."From September 27 and up to this morning, around 2,300 enemy...

Russia registers 8,481 new COVID-19 cases, caseload crosses 11.7 lakh

Moscow [Russia], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia has registered 8,481 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,176,286, the coronavirus response center said on Wednesday."In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed...

Iraqi PM confirms US may close embassy if shelling continues

Baghdad [Iraq], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi officially announced the intention of a number of countries, primarily the United States, to close their embassies in Baghdad in case shelling of diplomatic missions co...

Iraqi PM confirms US may close embassy if shelling continues

Baghdad [Iraq], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi officially announced the intention of a number of countries, primarily the United States, to close their embassies in Baghdad in case shelling of diplomatic missions co...

US Presidential debate: Biden calls Trump ‘Putin’s puppy’

Washington [US], September 30. (ANI) Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized US President Donald Trump for failing to confront Russia over several issues including Moscow offering the Taliban bounties to kill US troops and terme...

Over 10 people detained at protest rally in northwestern Minsk

Minsk [Belarus], September 30 (ANI/Sputnik): More than 10 people were detained on Tuesday for participating in an unauthorized protest in the northwest of Belarusian capital Minsk, spokeswoman for the Minsk main police department Natalya Ganusevich tol...