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India starts free COVID vaccination for all above 18 but glitches remain

dpa New Delhi Several Indian states opened mass vaccination sites on Monday at school grounds, auditoriums and other facilities, as the government’s free Covid-19 inoculation drive expanded to anyone over the age of 18. India ..

Yoga a ‘source of inner strength’ during pandemic: Modi

dpa New Delhi Yoga has become a source of strength for people amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday during a virtual address on the occasion of International Yoga Day. “When Covid emerged, no ..

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily facing closure after arrest of executives

dpa Hong Kong Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily says it is facing the real prospect of having to shut down after its assets were frozen following the arrest of five of its executives on suspicion of violating national ..

dpa Manila Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday backtracked on scrapping the mandatory use of face shields outdoors, amid concern over the spread of more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Hours after ..

dpa Tehran Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has declined any meeting with US President Joe Biden so long as US sanctions remain in place, and also spoke out against a full renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that prompted ..

dpa Tel Aviv Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is to become the first to visit the United Arab Emirates, with a trip planned for next week. The head of the Yesh Atid party is to travel to the Gulf state for a two-day visit next ..

dpa Taipei Taiwan’s government on Monday condemned Hong Kong for imposing strict visa rules on Taiwanese officials, a move it says will worsen diplomatic relations. The criticism came a day after the withdrawal of seven of the ..

dpa Istanbul Judges at Turkey’s Constitutional Court unanimously accepted on Monday a case regarding the possible ban of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), state news agency Anadolu reported. ..

dpa Seoul The United States on Monday reiterated its readiness to hold talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme without laying down any preconditions. “We continue to hope that [North Korea] will respond positively to our outreach ..

dpa Yerevan International observers said the snap parliamentary elections held at the weekend in the South Caucasus republic of Armenia were in accordance with democratic standards. The election campaign that delivered a win on ..

dpa Berlin A new Berlin museum looking at the fate of Germans expelled from non-German territory after World War II closes “a gap” in the way Germans deal with history, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at its opening on Monday. ..

dpa Cairo A princess reportedly held against her will by her father, the ruler of Dubai, for more than three years reportedly showed up in Spain on vacation, leading to new speculation about her fate. The photo, posted late on Sunday on ..

Washington: A factsheet released by the White House says that due to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 strategy, “the virus is in retreat.” 300 million shots have been administered in 150 days; Covid-19 cases and deaths have decreased ..

dpa Luxembourg EU foreign ministers have resolved to impose their toughest punitive measures yet on Belarus, a package of economic sanctions targeting sectors that benefit the government of President Alexander Lukashenko. The ..

London: More than 1 million Covid-19 vaccine jabs were booked in just two days after the British National Health Service (NHS) opened its vaccination programme to all remaining adults in England. A total of 1,008,472 appointments ..