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South Asia

China’s military base in Djibouti. (Photo: AP)

Chinese acquiring land around military bases in Japan: Report

The investments and purchase plans were driven by Chinese-led foreign corporations and could pose a risk to Japan's safety

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via AP)

Negative views of China rise sharply in advanced democracies: Survey

One of the most important factors with regard to China's reputation abroad has been the coronavirus

 The Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday said that travellers from India will not be allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka. (AFP)

Sri Lanka bans travellers from India with immediate effect

Several countries like UK, UAE, Australia and Singapore have already banned travellers from India as well as other South Asian countries

 A child wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks as masked people browsing their smartphones near Forbidden City in Beijing. (AP)

China reports surge in symptomless COVID-19 infections

A total of 20 new confirmed and 161 new asymptomatic cases were reported in the mainland on October 25

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China declines to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden

China has not yet come out with an official reaction to Biden and Kamala Harris' victory

Asia

People queue to undergo nucleic acid testing for the coronavirus in the city of Ruili which borders Myanmar, in China's southwestern Yunnan province on July 5, 2021. (STR / AFP) / China OUT

China tightens security on Myanmar border over virus fears

On Wednesday, 57 new cases were reported, the highest daily tally since late January, including 15 in the city of Ruili, next to Myanmar

China's military budget -- the second largest in the world after the US, though still less than a third of Washington's -- is set to increase by 6.8 percent in 2021, the finance ministry announced in March. (Representational image: AFP)

Beijing accuses NATO of exaggerating 'China threat theory'

Military tensions have increased over the past year between China and rival powers including the United States and India

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers his opening remarks at the Lanting Forum on bringing China-U.S. relations back to the right track, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing on Monday, February 22, 2021. (AP /Andy Wong)

China urges US to lift trade restrictions, stop interference

China faces more opposition than ever in Washington due to its trade record, territorial disputes with neighbours

China's first official COVID-19 case was in December 2019 and was linked to Wuhan's Huanan seafood market. (Representational image: AFP)

First COVID-19 case could have hit China in October 2019: Study

The most likely date for the virus's emergence was November 17, 2019, and it had probably already spread globally by January 2020

Middle East

The golden visa will also be granted to holders of specialised degrees in artificial intelligence, big data, or epidemiology and virology in addition to the UAE high school top graduates along with their families, the Gulf News reported.

UAE grants 10-year golden residency visa to more professionals

The decision aims to attract and retain experts and talented professionals from various fields and scientific disciplines, the report said

 US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. - The US will cut its troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in January, the lowest level in nearly two decades of war, as outgoing President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to end conflicts abroad, the Pentagon announced on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

US announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq

The House Armed Services Committee has announced a hearing on Afghanistan on November 20

 Emirates planes are parked at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

Emirates to fly from India again as Dubai lifts ban over virus

Dubai said that only passengers from India 'who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine' would be allowed to travel to the emirate

 The new guidelines state that only those pilgrims who have been duly inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to visit the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (The Prophet's Mosque) and Masjid al-Haram (The Great Mosque), said the Kingdom's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. (Representational Image/AP)

Saudi Arabia issues new COVID-19 guidelines for Umrah pilgrims

From the 1st of Ramadan, only those who have received coronavirus vaccines will be allowed to enter the holy mosques

 People's uprising loyal to Ata Mohammad Noor, chief of Jamiat-e-Islami and a powerful northern warlord, stand guard at their office in Mazar-e-Sharif north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

India evacuates staff from Kandahar as Taliban captures new areas

A special aircraft of the Indian Air Force was sent on Saturday to bring back the Indian diplomats, officials and other staff members

Africa

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe. (AP)

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Zimbabwe has been facing successive climate-induced droughts in recent years, leaving animals with less water and vegetation for food

 Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Saturday, March 27, 2021. Tugboats and a specialized suction dredger worked to dislodge a giant container ship that has been stuck sideways in Egypt's Suez Canal for the past three days, blocking a crucial waterway for global shipping. (AP)

2 tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it

The tugboats will nudge the 400-meter-long Ever Given as dredgers continue to vacuum up sand from underneath the vessel

Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Sunday, March 28, 2021. The massive Ever Given, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the canal. (AP/Mohamed Elshahed)

Ever Given starts to move in Suez Canal: maritime traffic tracking sites

Each day of the blockade could be costing global trade some $6-10 billion, according to a study published Friday by German insurer Allianz

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, and syringes, with a flag of the European Union, on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

Poorer and developing nations face vaccine wait as West locks down supply

Based on advance purchase agreements signed with Pfizer, it is calculated that 1.1 billion doses had been snapped up by wealthy nations

Europe

 Climate and environmental activist Greta Thunberg. (AFP)

After Rihanna, Greta Thunberg extends support to farmers' protest

Thunberg tweeted soon after singer Rihanna shared a news article highlighting the Centre's crackdown on the farmers

A file picture of the police personnels from Moscow (Image Source: AP)

Moscow police clash with Navalny supporters as tens of thousands rally

Washington and Brussels condemned the arrests and other tactics used against demonstrators

 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

People sunbathe around the fountains in trafalgar Square in central London on September 18, 2020, as the fine weather in the south of England continues. (AFP)

From Denmark to Greece, European cities announce tighter COVID-19 restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was inevitable that the country would see a second wave of the coronavirus

 Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (AP)

West trying to engage India in 'anti-China games': Russia

Observers point out that the remarks highlight Russia’s unease with India’s growing proximity and strong strategic ties with the US

Americas

The H-1B visa allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

US allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

Such petitions must be re-submitted before October 1, 2021

Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said. (Photo:AP)

It’s a new day in America

Biden to end country cap on H1B visas with his first orders

A firefighter sprays water while trying to stop the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, from spreading to neighboring homes in Doyle, Calif., Saturday, July 10, 2021. Pushed by heavy winds amid a heat wave, the fire came out of the hills and destroyed multiple residences in central Doyle. (AP Photo)

California and other parts of the West broil and burn

Late Saturday, flames jumped U.S. 395, which was closed near the small town of Doyle in California’s Lassen County

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, January. 7, 2021. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

House will move to impeach Trump if he doesn't resign 'immediately', says Pelosi

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the impeachment proceedings should begin immediately

Oceania

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation page on Facebook is displayed without posts in Sydney, Thursday, February 18, 2021. Facebook is vowing to restrict news sharing as Australian lawmakers consider forcing digital giants into payment agreements. (AP /Rick Rycroft)

Australia slams 'heavy-handed' Facebook news blackout

Minister Paul Fletcher had also raised concerns that blocking news media on the popular platform could boost the spread of misinformation

This file photo taken on October 23, 2019 shows a giant digital sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. - Facebook said on February 23, 2021 it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages "in the coming days", after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law fiercely opposed by the tech giant. (Josh Edelson / AFP)

Facebook to restore Australia news pages as deal reached on media law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had angrily accused Facebook of making a decision to 'unfriend' Australia

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 person out exercising in Melbourne amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)

Australia reports no COVID-19 deaths for third day, hotspot faces longer lockdown

Neighbouring New Zealand reported four new cases on Saturday, all returned travelers in quarantine

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to media in Wellington, New Zealand on February 15, 2021. (AP/Nick Perry)

New Zealand ends snap virus lockdown in largest city

New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, with just 26 deaths in a population of five million