Japan's suicide rate spikes due to COVID pandemic

Tokyo [Japan], August 18 (ANI): A new study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in over 8,000 excess suicide deaths in Japan between March 2020 and June 2022, news agency Kyodo reported on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 06:19 IST

Pakistan descending into banana republic, says Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): Pakistan is "descending into a banana republic", said former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday amid the controversy surrounding the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill, which the PTI chief claims is a conspiracy to target him and his party.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 05:29 IST

At least 20 dead, 40 injured in mosque explosion in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): An explosion at a mosque in the north of the Afghan capital of Kabul killed 20 people and injured 40 more, media reports said.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 05:18 IST

WHO says Monkeypox vaccines efficacy below 100 per cent

Geneva [Switzerland], August 18 (ANI): Vaccines against monkeypox are not 100 per cent effective and that is why, people must reduce their own risks of infection, WHO technical lead Rosamund Lewis said on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 04:45 IST

NATO Secretary General says situation in Afghanistan tragedy for alliance

Moscow [Russia], August 18 (ANI/Sputnik): The situation in Afghanistan a year after the Taliban came to power became a tragedy not only for the Afghan people but also for all NATO countries which tried to create a stable and democratic country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 04:45 IST

US mulls steps to counter Chinese activity around Taiwan

Washington [US], August 18 (ANI): Amid the heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the United States is planning to take steps in the coming weeks and months to counter China's military and economic activity around Taiwan.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 04:01 IST

China uses psychiatric hospitals to punish activists: Report

Beijing [China], August 18 (ANI): Chinese police and government agents send petitioners and activists to psychiatric wards for medically-unnecessary compulsory treatment, where some languish for years, according to a report by Safeguard Defenders.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 04:01 IST

Liz Truss continues to race ahead of Rishi Sunak in UK PM bid

London [UK], August 18 (ANI): UK Foreign secretary Liz Truss has consolidated her lead over former chancellor Rishi Sunak in the race to become the British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, according to a new survey of Tory voters.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 02:50 IST

UK, Pakistan, ink deal on repatriation of criminals, immigration offenders

London [UK], August 18 (ANI): The United Kingdom and Pakistan on Wednesday signed an agreement that would enable London to repatriate Pakistani criminals, failed asylum seekers and immigration offenders.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 02:35 IST

Netaji Bose exhibition unveiled in Munich as part of Amrit Mahotsav celebrations

Munich [Germany], August 18 (ANI): An exhibition on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was unveiled at the Chancery in Munich on Wednesday as part of a special week of Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, coinciding with Independence Day 2022.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 01:32 IST

India, Russia NSAs discuss security cooperation in Moscow

Moscow [Russia], August 18 (ANI): National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow on Wednesday and held discussions on a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 01:02 IST

Blast hits Kabul mosque

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 18 (ANI): A blast hit a mosque in the Afghan city of Kabul on Wednesday, Taliban officials said.

Updated: Aug 18, 2022 00:00 IST

Israel, Turkey to restore full diplomatic ties

Jerusalem [Israel], August 17 (ANI):Israel and Turkey announced the resumption of full diplomatic ties on Wednesday, after several years of strained relations between the nations.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 23:13 IST

Over 35,000 cases of monkeypox detected globally: WHO

Geneva [Switzerland], August 17 (ANI): More than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 92 countries and territories, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 22:45 IST

China seems graveyard for foreign envoys as 13 ambassadors died since 2000: Report

Beijing [China], August 17 (ANI): Amid several controversies, including stealing unclassified technologies from the US, burdening poor and vulnerable countries with loans as well as human rights violations, China is now battling with the latest accusation of being a graveyard for foreign envoys.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 22:42 IST

MEA Secretary East, Undersecretary co-chaired 13th India-Philippines Foreign Office Consultation in Manila

Manila [Philippines], August 17 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (East) Saurabh Kumar and Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro co-chaired 13th India-Philippines Foreign Office Consultation in Manila on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 22:15 IST

India-Thailand jointly inaugurate Indian Embassy Residence Complex in Bangkok

Bangkok [Thailand], August 17 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar inaugurated the Indian Embassy Residence Complex in Bangkok along with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 22:05 IST

South Korea will be good partner in India's journey towards a developed economy, says envoy

New Delhi [India], August 17 (ANI): South Korea's envoy Chang Jae-bok has hoped that Seoul will be a good partner in India's journey to becoming a developed country and in the growth of its economy.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 22:04 IST

Centre undertakes Project Cheetah to re-establish endangered species in its historical range in India

New Delhi [India], August 17 (ANI): Under the ambitious project of the Indian government - Project Cheetah - the reintroduction of wild species particularly cheetah is being undertaken as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines, said an official statement on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 21:58 IST

Jaishankar meets Thailand PM, conveys greetings of PM Modi

Bangkok [Thailand], August 17 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday called on Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and conveyed personal greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Updated: Aug 17, 2022 20:38 IST