Afghan President says Kabul has no commitment to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners

Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar 1 (Sputnik/ANI): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that Kabul did not take the commitment to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners as a precondition for the intra-Afghan talks.On Saturday, the United States and the Taliban...

Man arrested in Kathmandu for hurling shoe at former Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar 1 (ANI): A man was arrested in Kathmandu for hurling a shoe at Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chairperson and country's former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal during the latter's address at an event in Kathmandu…

Nepal’s Prime Minister Oli to undergo second kidney transplant on March 4

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar 1 (ANI): Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will undergo a second kidney transplant at a state-run hospital in Kathmandu on March 4, his party's spokesperson informed on Sunday.Oli will be admitted to the Tribhuwan…

Turkey shoots down two Syrian jets in Idlib, pilots eject safely: Report

Hama [Syria], Mar 1 (Sputnik/ANI): Turkish armed forces shot down two Syrian planes in the northwestern Idlib province on Sunday, a state Syrian news agency said.The pilots used emergency parachutes to escape the aircraft and landed safely, Sana…

South Korea reports 586 new cases of COVID-19, tally tops 3700

Seoul [South Korea], Mar 1 (Xinhua/ANI): South Korea confirmed 586 more cases of the COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the total number of infections in the country to 3,736. The country also reported one more death from the virus…

Recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in China rises to 52.1%: Health official

Beijing [China], Mar 1 (Xinhua/ANI): The proportion of Chinese patients who recovered from the novel coronavirus and were discharged from hospitals continued to rise in the past week to reach 52.1 percent, a Chinese health official said on…

Muhyiddin Yassin sworn in as Malaysia’s new Prime Minister

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Mar 1 (Xinhua/ANI): Malaysia's former deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday took the oath of office as the country's eighth premier.Muhyiddin was appointed following the abrupt resignation of 94-year-old Mahathir Moh...

Sanctions don’t apply to emergencies, Iran to get all help to fight COVID-19: WHO D-G

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Mar 1 (Sputnik/ANI): World Health Organisation's (WHO) Director-General (D-G) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said that the sanctions against Iran do not apply to emergencies and that Tehran would get all help it needed to…

Indonesia temporarily closes embassy in Seoul as COVID-19 spreads

Jakarta [Indonesia], March 1 (VNA/ANI): The offices of the Indonesian Embassy and the Indonesian Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in South Korea's capital city of Seoul have been temporarily closed after a COVID-19 case was reported in a nearby…

Thailand records first coronavirus death

Hanoi [Vietnam], Mar 1 (VNA/ANI): Thailand has recorded its first coronavirus fatality, local health officials said on Sunday.The 35-year-old man was also suffering from dengue fever.So far, Thailand has reported 42 coronavirus infection cases.Accordin...

Australia records first coronavirus death

Canberra [Australia], Mar 1 (ANI): Health authorities on Sunday confirmed the first coronavirus related death in the country.A 78-year-old man from Perth, the capital of West Australia, lost his life at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the early…

Myanmar donates 200 tons of rice to China in fight against COVID-19

Yangon [Myanmar], Mar 1 (Xinhua/ANI): Myanmar on Sunday donated 200 tons of rice to China as humanitarian assistance in the battle to fight against the coronavirus epidemic.The donated rice was handed over to China's Ambassador to Myanmar Chen…

Kim warns of ‘serious consequences’ if coronavirus spreads to North Korea

Pyongyang [North Korea], Mar 1 (ANI): North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un has called for stronger efforts to guard against coronavirus, saying there will be "serious consequences" if the epidemic outbreak spreads to the country.North Korea has not...

South Korea reports 376 new coronavirus cases, total exceeds 3,500

Seoul [South Korea], Mar 1 (ANI): South Korea has reported 376 additional cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections here to 3,526.The country's COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 17, Yonhap news agency…

Pak-Afghan border at Chaman to be closed amid coronavirus scare

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar 1 (ANI): Amid coronavirus outbreak, Pakistan will close its border with Afghanistan at Chaman from March 2.In a letter addressed to the Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan (North) Quetta, Pakistan's Interior Ministry ...

British PM Boris Johnson, girlfriend Carrie Symonds engaged, expecting baby this summer

London [UK], Mar 1 (ANI): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, are expecting a child this summer, a spokeswoman for the couple announced on Saturday.Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 31, -- the first unwed couple…

35 more coronavirus deaths reported in China

Beijing [China], Mar 01 (Sputnik/ANI): As many as thirty-five people have died from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in mainland China in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's death toll up to 2,870, the country's National Health…

Joe Biden projected to win South Carolina Democratic primary

South Carolina [US], Mar 01 (ANI): Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to win the South Carolina Democratic primary, CNN projected on Saturday.Polls just closed in South Carolina, the last primary before Super Tuesday.Around half of South…

Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds engaged, expecting baby

London [UK], Mar 01 (ANI): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds announced their engagement and said they are expecting a baby.No further information is being provided by the Prime Minister's office at this stage,…

Over 6,000 coronavirus cases registered outside China, says WHO

Geneva, [Switzerland], Mar 1 (Sputnik/ANI): Over 1,300 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed outside China in the past 24 hours taking the number of those infected with the virus outside the Asian nation to 6009, announced the World…

Over 6,000 coronavirus cases registered outside China, says WHO

Geneva, [Switzerland], Mar 1 (Sputnik/ANI): Over 1,300 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed outside China in the past 24 hours taking the number of those infected with the virus outside the Asian nation to 6009, announced the World…

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Nepal suspends Visit Nepal Year 2020 promotional campaign in foreign countries

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar 01 (ANI): Nepal has temporarily suspended all the promotional activities related to 'Visit Nepal Year 2020' in foreign countries in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattar...

US announces additional travel restrictions affecting Iran, Italy, South Korea to contain coronavirus

Washington [US], Mar 01 (ANI): The United States on Saturday announced additional travel restrictions affecting Iran, Italy, and South Korea in order to contain coronavirus outbreak.Vice President Mike Pence, during a press conference with President Do...

South Korean envoy visits Golden Temple

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Mar 01 (ANI): South Korean Ambassador Shin Bongkil visited the Golden Temple here on Saturday. The envoy was honoured with a 'siropa' (saffron scarf) and was presented a portrait of the Golden Temple.Also known as…

50-yr-old woman died of coronavirus in US, confirms Trump

Washington (United States), Mar 01 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed the first death from coronavirus in the United States, saying a woman, who has other medical issues besides the virus, passed away overnight in Washington.Trump…

Will meet Taliban leaders in ‘not-too-distant future’: Trump

Washington [US], Mar 01 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he will meet Taliban leaders in the 'not-too-distant future'.The announcement comes hours after the US and Taliban signed a pact regarding the withdrawal of American…

Cargo vessel sinks off Japan’s coast, 13 missing

Aomori [Japan], Mar 01 (Sputnik/ANI): A cargo vessel Guoxing-1 sank on Saturday off the coast of Japan's Aomori prefecture after a collision with a fishing vessel, media reported.The incident took place at around 10:20 p.m. local time (13:20…

May never be excited about a crowd again after going to India, says Trump

South Carolina [US], Mar 1 (ANI): Addressing a rally in South Carolina, US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him a 'great guy' who is loved by his countrymen.Terming his recent visit to…

US reports first death from coronavirus

Washington [US], Mar 1 (ANI): The United States on Saturday reported the first death from coronavirus, local media reported citing the Health Department. The health authority said in a press release that more cases of the infection were…

With 2 new cases number of coronavirus patients in Pakistan reaches 4

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 29 (ANI): Two new cases of Coronavirus were confirmed in Pakistan on Saturday taking the total number of persons infected with the deadly virus to 4 in the country. Coronavirus has claimed more than 2500…

Malaysia’s King appoints Muhyiddin Yassin country’s new Prime Minister

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb 29 (Xinhua/ANI): Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has agreed to the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the country's new Prime Minister, the National Palace said on Saturday.In ...

PM Modi likely to visit Bangladesh in March

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Bangladesh from March 16 to 18 where he will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, according to local media reports.Dhaka Tribune, citing multiple…

India’s most important characteristic is its plurality, says MJ Akbar at meeting held in Geneva on CAA

Geneva [Switzerland], Feb 29 (ANI): India's most important characteristic is its plurality and the Constitution gives equal rights to everyone irrespective of its religion, Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha MJ Akbar said on Saturday at a special…

We will calibrate pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan with Taliban’s actions, says Pompeo

Doha [Qatar], Feb 29 (ANI): The United States will calibrate the pace of its withdrawal from Afghanistan with the actions of the Taliban, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Saturday as Washington signed the peace deal…

Announcement of joint declaration will open way for lasting peace in Afghanistan, says President Ashraf Ghani

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb 29 (ANI): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said that the announcement of the joint declaration between the US and Afghanistan will open the way for lasting peace in the country.The Afghanistan President, according to Tolonews...

US to withdraw all forces ‘within 14 months’: US-Afghan declaration

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb 29 (ANI): The United States will withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan within 14 months, as per a joint agreement between the Afghan government and Washington.The plan is "subject to the Taliban's fulfillment of its…

BJP government, like me, believes in positive conservatism, says former Maldives president Nasheed

Kevadia (Gujarat) [India], Feb 29 (ANI): Speaker of Maldives Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in India believes in "positive conservatism" like him. Speaking at the India I...

Train station in Paris evacuated due to fire in neighbourhood

Paris [France], Feb 29 (Xinhua/ANI): Gare de Lyon, one of the railway stations in central Paris, was evacuated due to a massive fire in the neighbourhood on Friday, Paris Police prefecture announced."Avoid the area and allow the emergency…

Working to facilitate our people’s return from Iran, says Indian ambassador amid coronavirus scare

Tehran [Iran], Feb 29 (ANI): Amid increasing number of coronavirus cases in Iran, India's Ambassador to the country, Gaddam Dharmendra, on Saturday said that the authorities are working to facilitate the return of those Indians who wish to…

Coronavirus: El Salvador bans entry of citizens from Iran

San Salvador [El Salvador], Feb 29 (ANI): In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the authorities of El Salvador have imposed a ban on the entry of citizens from Iran. President Nayib Bukele, in a tweet, said:…

Court exempts Nawaz Sharif from personal appearance in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 29 (ANI): An accountability court has again granted an exemption to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from personal appearance in the court on medical grounds in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. Advocate Amjad Pervez,…

US postpones ASEAN summit amid coronavirus outbreak

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 29 (ANI): Amid growing alarm over the coronavirus, the United States on Friday (local time) postponed a special summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders. "As the international community works tog...

43rd UNHRC session: ‘Pakistani Army Epicenter of International Terrorism’ poster displayed at Broken Chair in Geneva

Geneva [Switzerland], Feb 29 (ANI): A banner with the slogan - 'Pakistani Army Epicenter of International Terrorism' - has been put up at the iconic Broken Chair during the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.…

Pakistan lifts ban, after 4 years on all construction in Gwadar

Balochistan [Pakistan], Feb 29 (ANI): The Pakistan government has lifted its ban on any kind of construction and development activities in Gwadar with immediate effect.The ban, which was imposed during the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ...

US reports first ‘isolated’ coronavirus case

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 29 (ANI): Health officials here on Friday (local time) confirmed that a resident of Oregon has tested positive for coronavirus with no known history of travel to countries severely affected by the outbreak and…

Sindhi leader Saleem Sanai meets MQM founder Altaf Hussain in London

London [UK], Feb 29 (ANI): Sindhi nationalist exiled leader and organiser of International Friends of Sindh, Mir Saleem Sanai met founder and leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain here on Friday.During the meeting, which continued for…

Coronavirus: Death toll in China mounts to 2,835

Beijing [China], Feb 29 (ANI): The death toll from coronavirus in China has mounted to 2,835, officials said on Saturday. The number of confirmed cases has increased to 79,251, Sputnik quoted state health committee as saying. "The state…

Coronavirus confirmed cases rise to 2,931 in S. Korea

Seoul [South Korea], Feb 29 (ANI): At least 594 new cases of coronavirus has been registered in South Korea, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 2,931, the South Korean Health Ministry's Centers for…

Melania Trump thanks President Kovind, PM Modi for warm welcome during India visit

Washington [US], Feb 29 (ANI): The United States First Lady Melania Trump thanked President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the warm welcome accorded to her and US President Donald Trump during their first official…

US-Taliban set to sign peace deal in Qatar, Indian envoy likely to participate

New Delhi [India], Feb 29 (ANI): Envoys of around 30 countries including India are expected to participate in the signing of the much-anticipated peace deal between the United States and the Taliban in Doha on Saturday, sources told…