International Updates

Ebrahim Raisi Wins Iran Prez Polls By Landslide
Ebrahim Raisi Wins Iran Prez Polls By Landslide

Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said 28.6 million Iranians participated in Friday's election, and with around 90 per cent of the votes counted, Raisi garnered over 17.8 million votes.

IMF Proposes Setting Up Of An Int'l Carbon Price Floor

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has proposed to set up an international carbon price floor to help limit global warming and achieve the transition toward low carbon growth over this decade.

Israel Gaza Conflict
Israeli Warplanes Strike Hamas Military Posts In Gaza

Israeli warplanes struck military posts of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources said.

Kids Vaccine
Denmark To Start Vaccinating 12 To 15-Year-Olds Against Covid-19

Children in Denmark between the ages of 12 and 15 will soon be offered the opportunity to be voluntarily vaccinated against Covid-19, "possibly" from this September, Soren Brostrom, director general of the Danish Health Authority, said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Japan To Begin Issuing 'Vaccine Passports' In July
Japan To Begin Issuing 'Vaccine Passports' In July

The Japanese government wants its citizens carrying the documents verifying their vaccination status to be exempted or only have to undergo a shortened quarantine period when they travel.

Arizona wildfire
Arizona Wildfire Scorches 148,299 Acres Of Land

The wildfire, dubbed Telegraph Fire, started on June 10 in Pinal County and located less than 1 mile from the 250-person community, Top-of-the-World, reports Xinhua news agency.

Israel Attack
Israel Strikes In Gaza After Arson Attacks

Israel has launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory.

78 Taliban Militants Killed In Afghanistan In 24 Hrs
Afghan Forces Retake 2 Districts Amid Intense Fighting, Over 50 Militants Killed

Khan Abad district in Kunduz was retaken on Monday, while Chah Ab district in Takhar was seized last week.

Former Govt Mishandled Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pak FM Qureshi 
Former Govt Mishandled Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pak FM Qureshi 

Qureshi said that the incumbent Imran Khan government was implementing the recommendations of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), adding that India wanted to delay the matter and drag Pakistan back to The Hague-based court.

Modi wishes new Israeli PM Bennett
PM Modi Wishes New Israeli PM Bennett, Looks To Deepen Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, saying he looks forward to meeting him and deepening the strategic partnership between the two counties.

Pari Moni
Bangladeshi Actress Alleges Rape, Murder Attempt By Businessman, Seeks Justice From PM In FB Post

Prominent Bangladeshi film actress Shamsunnahar Smriti, popularly known as Pori Moni, has sought justice from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a Facebook post alleging that a businessman attempted to rape and murder her at a club here.

G7 Summit
G7 Pledges 870 Million Vaccine Doses, Half To Be Delivered By 2021-End

Leaders of G7 countries have agreed in an agreement at their summit to share at least 870 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly, at least half of which are to be delivered by the end of 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.

Isreal's New PM Naftali Bennett & Benjamin Netanyahu
Naftali Bennett Sworn In As Israel's New PM, Ends Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 Yr Rule

Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, was sworn in as new Israeli prime minister on Sunday night, sending Benjamin Netanyahu to the opposition after a record 12-year rule.

G-7 Summit: Leaders Agree On Vaccines, China And Taxing Corporations
G-7 Summit: Leaders Agree On COVID Vaccines, China And Taxing Corporations

Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders' summit in southwest England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the fantastic degree of harmony among the reenergised group, which met in person for the first time in two years.

China Gas Explosion
12 killed, Over 100 Injured In Gas Explosion In China

At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after a gas explosion tore through a residential community in central China on Sunday, official media reported.

Italy Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine For Under-60s

Italy suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 years old, health officials announced at a weekly press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic.

G7 Summit: Boris Johnson Pledges To Donate 100 Mn COVID Vaccine Doses
G7 Summit: Boris Johnson Pledges To Donate 100 Mn COVID Vaccine Doses

World leaders are expected to announce they will provide at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world through dose sharing and financing and set out a plan to expand vaccine manufacturing in order to achieve that goal.

Highly Contagious COVID-19 Variants Detected In Sri Lanka
Highly Contagious COVID-19 Variants Detected In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is presently in the mid of a third wave of the pandemic since the first local patient with COVID infection was detected in March last year.

G7 Leaders' Summit To Begin With Focus On Covid, Climate Change

The much-anticipated G7 Leaders' Summit, which will mark the first in-person meeting of the member heads of state since the Covid-19 outbreak last year, is set to begin on Friday with the main focus on the pandemic and climate change.

WHO Says 47 African Countries Could Miss Vax Target

Nine out of ten African countries could miss the target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their population against Covid-19 by September, dimming hopes of containing the pandemic in the continent, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.

Rohingya Refugees Moved To Camp In Indonesia
Rohingya Refugees Moved To Camp In Indonesia

The 81 Rohingya refugees left Bangladesh on February 11 in a group of 90. Within a week, their boat suffered technical malfunction following which they were rescued by the Indian coast guards.

Dominica Declares Mehul Choksi As 'Prohibited Immigrant'

An order issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs on May 25 said, "in accordance to section 5(1)(f) of the Immigration and Passport Act Chapter 18:01 of the 2017 Revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, you, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, are hereby declared a prohibited immigrant."

Boris Johnson, Joe Biden To Hold First In-Person Meeting
Boris Johnson, Joe Biden To Hold First In-Person Meeting

The leaders are expected to agree to a new Atlantic Charter , modelled on the historic joint statement made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1941 setting out their goals for the post-war world, Downing Street said.

Global Covid-19 Update
Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 174.3 Million, Deaths Over 3.75 Million

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 174,311,218 and 3,754,914, respectively.

UNSC Backs Antonio Guterres, Ensuring Second Term As Secy General
UNSC Backs Antonio Guterres, Ensuring Second Term As Secy General

After a meeting with Guterres last month, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted that New Delhi "values" his leadership and would back his re-election.