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A man holds a banner as people gather at St. Nicholas Park to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves elsewhere in the United States, in New York City, (REUTERS)

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

AP | , Columbus, Ohio
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 06:48 AM IST
Nearly all states recognize Juneteenth in some fashion, at least on paper. But most have been slow to move beyond proclamations issued by governors or resolutions passed by lawmakers.
Countries in Latin America are facing their worst outbreak since March(AFP)
Countries in Latin America are facing their worst outbreak since March(AFP)

Global Covid-19 fatalities top 4 million

Agencies | , Washington/moscow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 06:43 AM IST
  • US, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico account for 50% of the total death toll
Police said Tricarico admitted to some of the shootings and declined to talk about others but denied firing at a woman or killing the man, whom police haven't identified.(Representative image)
Police said Tricarico admitted to some of the shootings and declined to talk about others but denied firing at a woman or killing the man, whom police haven't identified.(Representative image)

Arizona teenager accused of firing at people across Phoenix area

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 06:40 AM IST
Ashin Tricarico, 19, is accused of opening fire on vehicles and pedestrians from a white SUV on Thursday in at least eight separate shootings in three cities that stoked fear throughout the region.
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, June 18, 2021. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, June 18, 2021. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim Jong Un names new politburo members, reviews 'party discipline'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 06:33 AM IST
As the head of North Korea's central leadership organ, Kim Jong Un pointed out "serious problems" with the lifestyles of some of the members of the party leadership, KCNA reported. To this, the party members expressed "remorse for failing to live up to the expectations."
Branches rest along sand dunes as clouds pass overhead at sunset inside Death Valley National Park on June 17, 2021, in Inyo County, California. (AFP)
Branches rest along sand dunes as clouds pass overhead at sunset inside Death Valley National Park on June 17, 2021, in Inyo County, California. (AFP)

Extreme heatwave scorches US southwest amid drought, hits record temperatures

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 06:03 AM IST
The heat, which comes amid years of drought across the Southwest, has strained power grids in California and Texas and fueled the spread of wildfires. Around 50 million Americans are placed on alert for "excessive" temperatures, which could approach 50 degrees Celsius in some areas.
On average, 8,446 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 across the world every day in the past week.(REUTERS)
On average, 8,446 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 across the world every day in the past week.(REUTERS)

Number Theory: Global Covid-19 deaths soar past four million

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 04:36 AM IST
  • The top five countries by total number of deaths – the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico – together have been responsible for nearly 50% of all deaths in the world
President Joe Biden salutes as he exits Marine One as he arrives at Delaware Air National Guard Base, Friday, June 18, 2021, in New Castle, Del. (AP)
President Joe Biden salutes as he exits Marine One as he arrives at Delaware Air National Guard Base, Friday, June 18, 2021, in New Castle, Del. (AP)

300 million vaccine shots in 150 days: Biden's new milestone after taking office

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 02:13 AM IST
Biden credited scientists, companies, the American people and his whole-of-government effort on the milestone. The president noted that 65 per cent of adults have received at least one shot, setting the stage for most Americans to have a relatively normal summer as businesses reopen and employers hire.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018.(REUTERS)
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018.(REUTERS)

UN aid chief says tackle root causes of hunger and suffering

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 02:08 AM IST
Mark Lowcock, who steps down Friday after four years, said in an interview with The Associated Press that unfortunately the world has been dealing with symptoms, including people displaced by fighting and natural disasters or at risk of famine, which is now stalking Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and Yemen.
Wall Street and Broad Street signs in New York, US, on Monday, June 14, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Wall Street and Broad Street signs in New York, US, on Monday, June 14, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Wall Street sees turbulence as Fed shift causes rally in value stocks to wobble

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:37 AM IST
The Russell 1000 Value Stock Index is down 4% from its June peak, though still up 13.2% this year. Its growth counterpart is up 9.1% year-to-date.
President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House grounds, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House grounds, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP)

'Lower drug costs': Pfizer CEO asks Joe Biden to form coalition

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 01:17 AM IST
There’s a great opportunity for Biden to take the initiative to “reduce significantly the cost of medicines for the patients, which is the thing that is now problematic,” Bourla said in an interview Friday with David Westin on Bloomberg Television’s “Balance of Power” show.
Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia) servicemen wearing face masks walk along Red Square past an ambulance in central Moscow on June 18, 2021.(AFP)
Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia) servicemen wearing face masks walk along Red Square past an ambulance in central Moscow on June 18, 2021.(AFP)

Delta drives Moscow surge; Kremlin blames vaccine hesitancy, nihilism

Reuters | , Moscow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:20 PM IST
According to the latest data, 89.3% of Muscovites (recently) diagnosed with Covid-19 have the mutated, so-called Delta or Indian variant, according to the local reports.
The flag of Palestine flutters on a rooftop across from the newly-built Israeli settler outpost in the village of Beita.(AFP)
The flag of Palestine flutters on a rooftop across from the newly-built Israeli settler outpost in the village of Beita.(AFP)

Palestinians call off 1 million dose vaccine exchange with Israel

AP | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:15 PM IST
The Palestinians said the doses, which Israel began shipping to the occupied West Bank, are too close to expiring and do not meet their standards. In announcing the agreement, Israel had said the vaccines “will expire soon” without specifying the date.
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters)
A health worker shows a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters)

AstraZeneca, EU bitter battle over vaccine supply ends, victory declared

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:00 PM IST
The European Union fell short of its court demands to receive millions more doses of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine after a Brussels court ruled in a dispute over supply shortfalls.
A healthcare places a band-aid on a patient after administering a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. (Bloomberg)
A healthcare places a band-aid on a patient after administering a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. (Bloomberg)

California launches digital Covid-19 vaccine pass. Here's how it works

Reuters | , Oakland
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:53 PM IST
California opened up from Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday, with masks, social distancing and capacity limits no longer required at most venues for those who are vaccinated. But businesses are largely operating on the honor system and not "carding" people.
Artists Dantrel Boone, Samson Adenugna, Joshua Bennett, and principal artist Reginald C. Adams pose in front of their "Absolute Equality" mural in Galveston, Texas, on June 16, 2021. - The mural is to be dedicated on June 19, now the Juneteenth National Independence Day national holiday, to celebrate the day in Galveston in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans learned that they were free.(AFP)
Artists Dantrel Boone, Samson Adenugna, Joshua Bennett, and principal artist Reginald C. Adams pose in front of their "Absolute Equality" mural in Galveston, Texas, on June 16, 2021. - The mural is to be dedicated on June 19, now the Juneteenth National Independence Day national holiday, to celebrate the day in Galveston in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans learned that they were free.(AFP)

Juneteenth holiday gets cheer from Black Americans, say more work ahead

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 08:35 PM IST
Juneteenth is the 12th federal holiday, including Inauguration Day once every four years. It's also the first federal holiday since the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was added in 1983.
A medic wearing special suit to protect against coronavirus treats a patient with coronavirus in Moscow, Russia.(AP)
A medic wearing special suit to protect against coronavirus treats a patient with coronavirus in Moscow, Russia.(AP)

Covid-19: Kremlin blames vaccine hesitancy as Delta variant drives Moscow surge

Reuters | , Moscow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 08:12 PM IST
As of June 2, the most recent tally available, only 18 million Russians had received at least one dose of vaccine: at one-eighth of the population, that is far less than in most Western countries.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he chats with teachers in the Arts and Design area during a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Britain June 18, 2021. (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he chats with teachers in the Arts and Design area during a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Britain June 18, 2021. (Reuters)

UK PM Johnson faces embarrassing defeat as party loses out at election

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 08:03 PM IST
Since a divisive referendum in 2016, Brexit has helped reshape Britain's political landscape, with people switching party loyalties in a way not seen for generations.
Pedestrians, some wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, walk past shops on Oxford Street in central London.(AFP)
Pedestrians, some wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, walk past shops on Oxford Street in central London.(AFP)

Delta Covid variant becoming globally dominant, says WHO official

Reuters | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 10:59 PM IST
  • As per experts, delta variant also known as B.1.617.2 strain, has 50 per cent higher transmissibility than the Alpha variant.
The lion was sent to the Colombo zoo from the Seoul city zoo in South Korea in 2013.(File photo)
The lion was sent to the Colombo zoo from the Seoul city zoo in South Korea in 2013.(File photo)

Sri Lanka seeks India's help after lion tests Covid-19 positive

PTI | , Colombo
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:32 PM IST
The head of the National Zoological Gardens here said that they are in touch with India's Central Zoo Authority to treat an 11-year-old lion named 'Thor' who has tested positive.
Firefighters said the shark was apparently heading for the fishing line Thursday off Santa Rosa Beach, and possibly mistook the man for bait.(AP file photo)
Firefighters said the shark was apparently heading for the fishing line Thursday off Santa Rosa Beach, and possibly mistook the man for bait.(AP file photo)

Shark bites Florida man swimming near fishing line

AP | , Santa Rose Beach
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:26 PM IST
The South Walton Fire District said in a news release posted on Facebook that the man had visible wounds to the upper body and chest area and was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.(REUTERS)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.(REUTERS)

Antonio Guterres re-elected as UN Secretary General for second term

AP |
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:27 PM IST
  • Ambassadors in the assembly chamber burst into applause as Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced Guterres’ re-election by acclamation.
Chinese astronauts salute after successfully entering the Tianhe space station module on Thursday. (AP)
Chinese astronauts salute after successfully entering the Tianhe space station module on Thursday. (AP)

Over 100 varieties of food available to 3 Chinese astronauts

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 04:56 PM IST
With a diameter of 4.2m, Tianhe is more spacious than a train or subway carriage, providing astronauts with six zones for work, sleep, sanitation, dining, healthcare and exercise
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Israel to give Palestinians 1 million Covid vaccine doses in exchange deal

Reuters | , Tel Aviv
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 03:29 PM IST
Israel, which led the world with its swift vaccine roll-out, had faced criticism for not doing more to ensure Palestinian access to doses. Around 55% of eligible Israelis are fully vaccinated.
Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law (C) is escorted by police to a waiting vehicle from the offices of the local Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AFP)
Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law (C) is escorted by police to a waiting vehicle from the offices of the local Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong on June 17, 2021. (AFP)

Two Hong Kong newspaper executives charged under security law, say police

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Apple Daily said the two charged executives were chief editor Ryan Law and CEO Cheung Kim-hung. Some 500 officers descended on the paper's newsroom on Thursday, bundling computers and notepads into evidence bags.
After initially prioritizing the elderly and people at greater risk, Germany opened up immunization to all adults as well as children as young as 12 earlier this month.(AFP)
After initially prioritizing the elderly and people at greater risk, Germany opened up immunization to all adults as well as children as young as 12 earlier this month.(AFP)

Covid-19: Half of Germany's population vaccinated with first dose

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 02:08 PM IST
As of Friday, 50.1% of German residents have had at least one dose and 29.6% are fully immunized against Covid-19, Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a press briefing in Berlin.
A patient receives a Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
A patient receives a Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)

Canada: mRNA Covid-19 vaccines preferred choice for both jabs

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 02:25 PM IST
The immunisation committee said that doses can be mixed, with those receiving AZ as the first dose now being given an mRNA vaccine as the second dose, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
A Canadian Army LAV infantry fighting vehicle and Spanish Army Leopard 2 tanks take part in NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group military exercise Crystal Arrow 2021 in Adazi, Latvia. (REUTERS)
A Canadian Army LAV infantry fighting vehicle and Spanish Army Leopard 2 tanks take part in NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group military exercise Crystal Arrow 2021 in Adazi, Latvia. (REUTERS)

Canada’s House of Commons censures defence minister

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 01:36 PM IST
It’s related to the ongoing controversy over an institutional crisis in the armed forces precipitated by a series of sexual misconduct scandals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's approval rating as of June 15, stood at 66%, the website showed.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's approval rating as of June 15, stood at 66%, the website showed.(PTI)

PM Modi has higher approval rating than other world leaders. How do others fare?

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 12:14 PM IST
Morning Consult, a data intelligence company, tracked the approval rating of 13 leaders from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States based on online interviews from people in these countries.
Biden also gifted Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison, the national mammal of the US, made by Steuben Glass of New York.(File Photo)
Biden also gifted Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison, the national mammal of the US, made by Steuben Glass of New York.(File Photo)

Biden gifts Putin pair of iconic American-made 'Top Gun' aviators

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:31 AM IST
Biden gave the aviator sunglasses to Putin during their summit in Geneva earlier this week.
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