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South Asia

Japan's Princess Mako bows before leaving her home at Akasaka Estate in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP)

Japan's Princess Mako marries college sweetheart, loses royal status

Mako and fiance Kei Komuro, both 30, announced their engagement four years ago

Picture of the last soldier of the US Army leaving Afghanistan. (Photo: Twitter/@18airbornecorps)

Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war

Air Force transport planes carried a remaining contingent of troops from Kabul airport late Monday

Pakistan military said in a statement that the incident had occurred on October 16. (Representational Image)

Pakistan Navy claims it 'blocked' Indian submarine entering waters

The Pakistan Army also released a short footage of the purported incident to the media

Khan held consultations with key members of his Cabinet on Friday and decided that Pakistan could not go ahead with any trade with India under the current circumstances. (AP file photo)

No trade with India under current circumstances: Pak PM Khan

India has said that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility, and violence

 This video frame grab taken from footage recorded in mid-June 2020 and released by China Central Television (CCTV) on January 20, 2021 shows Chinese (foreground) and Indian soldiers (R, background) during an incident where troops from both countries clashed in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, in the Karakoram Mountains in the Himalayas. (Photo by - / CCTV / AFP)

China shares dramatic video of mountain clash with Indian Army

Footage appeared to show Indian troops wading through a river towards Chinese soldiers in the barren and ice-covered Karakoram Mountains

Asia

The 24-year-old posted a few pictures of the ceremony along with her husband Asser Malik and family members. (Photo: Twitter/@Malala)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala marries senior officer of Pakistan Cricket Board

Yousafzai gained international recognition for her activism against the Taliban's efforts to stop girls from attending school in Pakistan

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (ANI file photo)

Former Afghan President Ghani listed among 'most corrupt' people of 2021

OCCRP said Ghani deserved an award because he 'deserted his people leaving them to misery and death'

Medical workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a temporary screening clinic for coronavirus in Seoul. (Photo: AP)

South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track COVID-19 cases

The nationally funded project in Bucheon is due to become operational in January, a city official told Reuters

Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Lumajang district, East Java province, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

Ash from Semeru travelled up to four kilometres away after the Saturday eruption, Indonesia's geological agency reported

Middle East

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. (AP)

Pakistan to allow India to send wheat to Afghan through its territory: Imran Khan

Currently, Pakistan only allows Afghanistan to export goods to India but doesn't allow any other two-way trade through the border crossing

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the interim Taliban government. (Representational Photo: ANI)

Taliban expand interim cabinet, 27 new members named

In September, the Taliban announced a new list of 17 more ministers in the caretaker Afghanistan Cabinet

Women wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus, play with a dog in the medieval core in central Nicosia, Cyprus. (Photo: PTI)

New coronavirus variant 'Deltacron' emerges in Cyprus

In total, 10 of the mutations from Omicron were found in the 25 samples taken in Cyprus

 The spokesperson emphasised the fact that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had kept flying in and out of Kabul under "difficult circumstances" when others had ceased their operations. (AP Image)

Pakistan opens air route to Afghanistan for commercial cargo

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan International Airlines said that it had immediately suspended its operation in Kabul citing 'security reasons'

 Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi (AP)

Iraqi prime minister survives assassination bid with drones

The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept parliamentary election results

Africa

The outspoken Tutu was considered the nation's conscience by both Black and white, an enduring testament to his faith and spirit of reconciliation in a divided nation. (File Photo: Reuters)

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Tutu dies aged 90

In his final years, he regretted that his dream of a 'Rainbow Nation' had yet to come true

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets to condemn a takeover by military officials in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday Oct. 25, 2021. (AP/Ashraf Idris)

Sudanese take to the streets as international community condemns coup

On Monday soldiers detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, ministers in his government and civilian members of the ruling council

 In Tswane, the municipality that includes the capital Pretoria, 52 children under the age of 2 diagnosed with the coronavirus have been admitted and one has died. (Bloomberg Image)

Toddlers make up 10% of hospital cases in Omicron epicenter in S.Africa

More kids are being admitted than during the early stages of the country entering the current fourth wave of infections

Air China flight crew members in hazmat suits walk through the arrivals area at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

'It was scary': How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

The samples, tested in the Lancet laboratory, all bore a large number of mutations, especially on the spike protein

Europe

The French national flag flying at the entrance of the Élysée Palace in Paris in January this year. (AFP Photo)

Two shades of blue: Emmanuel Macron makes subtle change in French flag

President Emmanuel Macron ordered a change to the colour of the French flag to find echoes of heroism in France's past

COVID-19 vaccines eventually could be an annual shot for most people, Bourla said. (Representational image: AFP)

Pfizer CEO says Omicron-targeted vaccine to be ready by March

Bourla said Pfizer could be ready to file for U.S. regulatory approval for a redesigned vaccine and launch it as soon as March

They were citing for their fight for freedom of expression. (Photo: Twitter/@NobelPrize)

Journalists from Philippines, Russia given Nobel Peace Prize

The winners were announced Friday by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Syringes and vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen on a work surface during a drive through clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. (Photo: AP)

UK researchers developing new COVID-19 vaccines

The research project will boost the UK's and the world's ability to rapidly develop new vaccines

 A general view of Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP)

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first in the world

Britain’s vaccine committee will decide which priority groups will get the jab first

Americas

Volunteers hand out boxes of Covid-19 antigen Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), in north east London on January 3, 2022. (Tolga Akmen / AFP)

Omicron cases are hitting highs, but new data puts end in sight

A combination of widespread immunity and numerous mutations have resulted in a virus that causes far less severe disease

The drug, molnupiravir, could provide a much-needed weapon against the virus. (Photo: AP)

FDA panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

The group's recommendation came after hours of debate about the drug's modest benefits and potential safety issues

A doctor loads a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

US urges COVID boosters starting at age 12 to fight Omicron

Studies show a booster dose at least temporarily revs up antibodies to levels that offer the best chance at avoiding symptomatic infection

 A sign for a vaccine site stands in Staten Island on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

All adults should get COVID-19 booster shots, says U.S. CDC

The agency is taking a more cautious stance as Omicron's emergence further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters

Oceania

People, some wearing masks, walk along a path in Wellington, New Zealand Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.  (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand has biggest COVID-19 case day in over a year

The government put the nation into a strict lockdown last week as it tries to stamp out the outbreak, which has grown to 277 infections

While arrivals from India had triggered the risk assessment, Prime Minister Ardern said the Government would be looking at risks posed by other COVID-19 hotspot countries. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand temporarily suspends entry of travellers from India amid COVID-19 surge

The travel restriction comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases in managed isolation on Thursday, of which 17 came from India

A vial of Covishield, an Indian made vaccine for COVID-19, lies at a vaccination center set up at a government run school in Bengaluru. (Photo: AP/File)

Covishield approved by Australia for international arrivals

The recognition of the vaccines will remove a significant barrier for international students seeking to study in Australia

Australia India Community Charitable Trust chair Vasan Srinivasan said that it saddens him that someone tried to vandalise the statue within 24 hours of its unveiling. (Photo| Twitter)

Newly unveiled life-sized statue of Mahatma Gandhi vandalised in Australia

The statue was gifted by the Indian government. The incident triggered shock and disappointment among the Indian-Australian community

The Novavax vaccine will be available to unvaccinated Australians aged 18 years and older but will not be used as a booster. (AFP)

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

Australia ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million