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Modi-Harris meet focuses on bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific

Modi-Harris meet focuses on bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific

US Vice President Kamala Harris met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region at a time when the US is trying to solidify its pivot toward Asia and strengthen ties with allies to take on China’s growing influence in the region.

Tunisia’s Speaker urges ‘peaceful struggle’

Tunisia’s Speaker urges ‘peaceful struggle’

The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament Rached Ghannouchi called yesterday for “peaceful struggle” against a return to “absolute one-man rule”, a day after President Kais Saied took steps towards rule by decree.

US says window open for Iran nuclear talks, but not forever

US says window open for Iran nuclear talks, but not forever

The window is still open to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but won’t be forever, a senior US official said yesterday, saying Iran has yet to name a negotiator, set a date for talks or say whether it would resume where they left off in June.

Art Basel fair breathes life back into market

Art Basel fair breathes life back into market

Art Basel, the world’s top contemporary art fair, has returned to the Swiss city after a year’s gap due to coronavirus (Covid-19) curbs, drawing hordes of wealthy buyers and breathing life into a market devastated by the pandemic.

US envoy resigns over deportations

US envoy resigns over deportations

The US special envoy to Haiti has resigned in protest in a letter that blasted the Biden administration for deporting hundreds of migrants back to the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation from a camp on the US-Mexican border in recent days.

EU to impose universal phone charger, in blow to Apple

EU to impose universal phone charger, in blow to Apple

The European Union announced on Thursday that it will impose a universal charger for smartphones, setting up a clash with Apple and its widely used iPhone.

UNHCR blasts UK's planned immigration law

UNHCR blasts UK's planned immigration law

Britain's proposed law to implement what it calls the biggest overhaul of asylum rules in decades "undermines established international refugee protection rules", the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday.

Philippine president chides interference in ‘drug war’

Philippine president chides interference in ‘drug war’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that anyone found to have “acted beyond bounds” in his campaign against illegal drugs would be held accountable under national laws, while appearing to reject an International Criminal Court probe.

Melbourne police arrest 200 at protests over lockdown

Melbourne police arrest 200 at protests over lockdown

Police in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne arrested more than 200 people after projectiles thrown by protesters injured two officers yesterday, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against Covid-19 curbs.

US lifting import ban on British lamb, says Johnson

US lifting import ban on British lamb, says Johnson

The US will start to allow imports of UK lamb for the first time in decades, Boris Johnson said, as he used his trip to Washington to talk up what he termed “solid incremental steps” in mutual trade, in the absence of a formal bilateral deal.

Rhino horns burnt in India anti-poaching drive

Rhino horns burnt in India anti-poaching drive

Nearly 2,500 rare rhino horns were destroyed yesterday in the first ceremony of its kind in northeastern India as part of an anti-poaching drive to mark World Rhino Day.

India ‘to offer children above 12 years Covid shots from Oct’

India ‘to offer children above 12 years Covid shots from Oct’

All Indian children aged 12 or older will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations from next month, when drug maker Cadila Healthcare launches its ZyCoV-D product, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter disclosed.

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