US diplomat flags concerns about China's military presence during Cambodia visit

Phnom Penh [Cambodia], June 2 (ANI): A US senior diplomat has flagged Washington's "serious concerns" about China's "military presence" at a naval base undergoing Beijing-backed expansion on Cambodia's coast and sought clarification on the demolition of US-funded buildings in the area.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 16:36 IST

G7 leaders intend to back Japan's Tokyo Olympics efforts

Tokyo [Japan], June 2 (ANI/Sputnik): The Group of Seven (G7), consisting of the world's leading economies, is expected to pledge support to Japan's efforts in organizing and carrying out upcoming summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo following the G7 summit next week, Kyodo reported on Wednesday citing sources familiar with the matter.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 16:14 IST

2 killed, 10 wounded in car bomb blast in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Jalalabad [Afghanistan], June 2 (ANI/Xinhua): Two Afghan civilians were killed and 10 others including one security personnel were wounded in a car bomb blast targeting a military convoy in Jalalabad city, capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, a local government spokesman confirmed.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 15:19 IST

Not trying Imran Khan for treason in 2014 parliament attack case was a 'mistake', says opposition leader

Lahore [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal has said that not trying Prime Minister Imran Khan for treason was a mistake, in connection with an attack on the Pakistani parliament almost seven years ago.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 15:08 IST

Russia's single-dose Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Mauritius

Moscow [Russia], June 2 (ANI): The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on Wednesday announced the approval of the Russian single-dose Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine by the Mauritius Health Ministry.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 15:00 IST

Must find ways to ensure affordable access to key drugs amid COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi [India], June 2 (ANI): As Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan completed his tenure as the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, he said that there is no scope for industries to stick to intellectual property rights (IPR) of COVID-19 vaccines and that organizations must find ways to ensure affordable access to key drugs.

Updated: Jun 03, 2021 07:56 IST

Imran Khan-govt will economically burden Pakistan's low-income class: Bilawal

Lahore [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan intends to push the country's burden on to its low-income class group in the upcoming 2021 budget.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 14:22 IST

6 wounded in car bomb blast in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Jalalabad [Afghanistan], June 2 (ANI/Xinhua): At least six people were wounded in a car bomb blast targeting a security forces' convoy in Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar Wednesday, a local official confirmed.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 14:22 IST

Killing of Hindu trader in Pakistan's Wadh sparks protests

Khuzdar [Balochistan], June 2 (ANI): Pakistan's traders have staged a demonstration against the killing of a Hindu trader, leading to a traffic jam between Khuzdar and Karachi for several hours.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 14:10 IST

Imran Khan should be ashamed of telling lies about freedom of press in Pak, says Bilawal Bhutto

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): After an attack on Pakistani journalist Asad Ali Toor, opposition leader and chairman of National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should be ashamed while telling lies to the entire world that media was completely free in the country.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 13:56 IST

Pakistani citizens stranded in Turkey due to COVID-19 restrictions

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): Several Pakistani citizens were stranded at the Istanbul airport in Turkey following COVID-19 restrictions in place since yesterday.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 13:41 IST

After ECOWAS, African Union suspends Mali's membership following military coup

Addis Ababa [Ethiopia], June 2 (ANI): Following in the footsteps of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) suspended the membership of Mali on Tuesday following a military coup and the detention of the country's interim prime minister and president.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 13:39 IST

Report claims Mehul Choksi's brother paid Dominican opposition leader to spread abduction narrative, Linton denies

Roseau [Dominica], June 2 (ANI): Indian-born fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi's brother, who is also a bank defaulter, has allegedly promised election funding Dominica's Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton in exchange for pushing Mehul's abduction theory, Associates Times reported citing sources.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 12:46 IST

Proposal for regulatory authority opposed by media bodies in Pakistan

Karachi [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): Pakistan's media organisations representing journalists, broadcasters, editors and news directors have rejected the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) ordinance, describing it as an 'unconstitutional and draconian law'.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 12:35 IST

Shops sealed for violating COVID-19 SOPs in Pakistan's Karachi

Karachi [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): The Karachi administration sealed over a dozen shops on Tuesday night for not following COVID-19 SOPs.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 12:27 IST

Pakistan worried about security vacuum in Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 2 (ANI): With another round of intra-Afghan talks is scheduled to begin in next couple of days, Pakistan does not seem hopeful of a breakthrough, reinforcing its worry about a security vacuum in Afghanistan after pullout by United States, local media reported.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 12:24 IST

1 killed, 16 injured as tornado, hail hit Northeast China

Harbin [China], May 26 (ANI/Xinhua): One person was killed and 16 others were injured as tornado and hail lashed northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday, local authorities said Wednesday.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 12:08 IST

Singapore labour shortage deepens amid entry ban on India, S Asian countries

Singapore, June 2 (ANI): After Singapore banned arrivals from India and other South Asian countries due to fears of an explosive Covid-19 outbreak, the country is now facing an increasing coronavirus-induced labour shortage - spraining its economic model.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 11:55 IST

Dying gamer's video exposes flaws in Thailand's Covid-19 fight; kin files suit against PM

Bangkok [Thailand], June 2 (ANI): After a popular video gamer died of Covid-19 in Thailand, his brother has filed a 4.53 million baht (USD 186,000) lawsuit against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and others for failing to respond quickly to his sibling's pleas for testing and hospitalisation, which allegedly led to his death.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 11:41 IST

US condemns 'devastating' humanitarian toll of Houthi Marib offensive in Yemen

Washington [US], June 2 (ANI): The US special envoy to Yemen has expressed Washington's concern over the "devastating humanitarian consequences" of the Houthi militia's offensive in Marib.

Updated: Jun 02, 2021 11:24 IST