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Lavinia "Lavi" Mounga holds her son Raymond Mounga at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.(AP)

Mom who gave birth on flight didn't know she was pregnant

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 03:29 PM IST
  • The baby boy, Raymond Mounga, arrived early at just 29 weeks while mom was traveling to Hawaii for vacation with her family
The suspension follows Australia’s decision last month, citing “national interest,” to cancel two deals signed by the state of Victoria with China’s multibillion-dollar “Belt and Road” construction initiative. Beijing warned then it might respond.(AFP)
The suspension follows Australia’s decision last month, citing “national interest,” to cancel two deals signed by the state of Victoria with China’s multibillion-dollar “Belt and Road” construction initiative. Beijing warned then it might respond.(AFP)

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia, relations plunge to new lows

AP | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 03:28 PM IST
  • Relations have plunged to a multi-decade low since Beijing blocked imports of Australian coal, wheat and other goods over the past year. But it has failed to force Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government to offer concessions.
US President Joe Biden (REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden (REUTERS)

Joe Biden ready to push case for $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in Louisiana

AP | | Posted by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 03:24 PM IST
US President Joe Biden will deliver his speech on Thursday in the city of Lake Charles in front of a 70-year-old bridge that is 20 years past its designed lifespan.
Police officer inspects a car at a checkpoint on the first day of a national travel ban as Indonesia halts sea, land, air, and rail travel.(Reuters)
Police officer inspects a car at a checkpoint on the first day of a national travel ban as Indonesia halts sea, land, air, and rail travel.(Reuters)

Indonesia begins its Eid al-Fitr travel ban as some try to skirt rules

Reuters | , Jakarta
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 03:02 PM IST
Police officers were deployed across the capital city of Jakarta on Thursday to check documents and prevent travellers without special permission from leaving the city.
Restrictions have been placed on movement between islands.(HT_PRINT)
Restrictions have been placed on movement between islands.(HT_PRINT)

Maldives imposes night curfew after steep jump in Covid-19 infections

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:50 PM IST
Australian cricketers and staff involved in the Indian Premier League are headed to the Maldives after the tournament's abrupt suspension over the coronavirus crisis in India.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shake hands before the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shake hands before the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in this file photo. (REUTERS)

China dismisses New Zealand parliament's concerns regarding Uyghur mistreatment

AFP | , Wellington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:43 PM IST
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's ruling Labour Party insisted any reference to genocide was scrubbed out of the motion, which was submitted by a minor opposition party, but the move failed to appease China's embassy in Wellington.
A general view shows the buildings of the US Embassy in Beijing, China,.(Reuters)
A general view shows the buildings of the US Embassy in Beijing, China,.(Reuters)

'Are you like this dog?': US embassy social media post on student visa backfires

Reuters | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:37 PM IST
On the Twitter-like Weibo service on Wednesday, the visa section of the US embassy in China asked students what they were waiting for after the Biden administration eased restrictions.
A deserted road in Pakistan's capital Islamabad
A deserted road in Pakistan's capital Islamabad

Provinces in Pakistan announce complete Covid-19 lockdown during Eid: Report

PTI | | Posted by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:31 PM IST
A media report said on Thursday that the administrations in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have announced to enforce a complete lockdown in their respective regions from May 8 to 15 to contain Covid-19 spread.
In identical tweets, Bill and Melinda Gates said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years.(Reuters)
In identical tweets, Bill and Melinda Gates said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years.(Reuters)

Melinda Gates gets billions in shares from Cascade, Bill Gates's biggest asset

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Cascade shifted about $1.8 billion of shares in Canadian National Railway Co. and AutoNation Inc. this week to Melinda Gates, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (REUTERS / File Photo)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (REUTERS / File Photo)

European Union 'ready to discuss' Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 02:22 PM IST
The head of the EU executive said the bloc's vaccination effort was accelerating, with 30 Europeans inoculated per second, while exporting more than 200 million vaccine doses to the rest of the world.
A newly created Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, composed of CEOs of top 40 companies, announced an effort to provide massive immediate assistance to India including shipping 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators.(Reuters)
A newly created Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, composed of CEOs of top 40 companies, announced an effort to provide massive immediate assistance to India including shipping 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators.(Reuters)

If India is in dire straits, then world is in dire straits, says USIBC president

PTI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 11:39 AM IST
Responding to a question, Renjen said he is very impressed with the assistance the Biden administration has provided to India.
People walk along Nanjing pedestrian road, a main shopping area, during the Labour Day holidays in Shanghai, China on May 5, 2021. (REUTERS)
People walk along Nanjing pedestrian road, a main shopping area, during the Labour Day holidays in Shanghai, China on May 5, 2021. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: China detects 18 cases of double mutant variant from India

By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:05 AM IST
China’s CDC Weekly has reported that recently three Chinese nationals tested positive after they returned to the southwest city of Chongqing after returning from India via Kathmandu
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of Covid-19 vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 4. (Reuters)
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of Covid-19 vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 4. (Reuters)

US backs India, South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver plan

By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:42 AM IST
The decision reversed former President Donald Trump’s opposition to the proposal in its entirety, was welcomed as “monumental” by WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and was a called a “bold decision” by Doctors Without Borders
Most debris burns up in the earth's atmosphere before having the chance to crash into its surface but at times, pieces of a large object may hit the earth.(NASA)
Most debris burns up in the earth's atmosphere before having the chance to crash into its surface but at times, pieces of a large object may hit the earth.(NASA)

'Out of control' Chinese rocket debris to crash into earth this weekend

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:12 AM IST
According to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, the Chinese Long March 5B rocket is expected to enter earth's atmosphere around May 8.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. (Tyrone Siu / REUTERS)

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed over 'unlawful' Tiananmen Square vigil

PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:03 AM IST
The Hong Kong administration banned the vigil this time around, citing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, a first since 1990, but the district court heard that some 20,000 participants, including Joshua Wong, had still gathered on June 4, according to the South China Morning Post.
Homeless men eat a meal given to them by the project Covid Sem Fome (Covid Without Hunger) at the internationally renowned tourist attraction of the Lapa Arches, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 05, 2021. (AFP)
Homeless men eat a meal given to them by the project Covid Sem Fome (Covid Without Hunger) at the internationally renowned tourist attraction of the Lapa Arches, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 05, 2021. (AFP)

UN says 155 million people faced acute hunger in 2020, may be worse this year

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 08:16 AM IST
The UN report, which focuses on 55 countries that account for 97% of humanitarian aid, said the magnitude and severity of food crises last year worsened because of protracted conflicts, the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, and weather extremes that exacerbated “pre-existing fragilities.”
In this photo screengrab made from SpaceX's live webcast shows the Starship SN15 taking off in Texas on May 5, 2021.(AFP)
In this photo screengrab made from SpaceX's live webcast shows the Starship SN15 taking off in Texas on May 5, 2021.(AFP)

SpaceX nails the landing in fifth test of its Starship rocket

Bloomberg | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 06:10 AM IST
The landing of the Starship rocket was marred only by a small fire at the bottom of the vehicle that was extinguished after a few minutes.
Gunmen took 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and previously released 10 of them.(AFP)
Gunmen took 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and previously released 10 of them.(AFP)

Weak and tattered, 29 students freed in Nigeria's Kaduna

Reuters | , Kaduna
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:57 AM IST
President Muhammadu Buhari released a statement that welcomed the release of 27 students. His office did not respond to questions regarding the discrepancy in the number.
Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms "a total disgrace" and said the companies would "pay a political price."(AFP)
Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms "a total disgrace" and said the companies would "pay a political price."(AFP)

Facebook has 6 months to determine if Donald Trump returns

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:50 AM IST
The much-awaited board verdict has been watched for signals on how the world's largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of controversy for online platforms.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed US' decision to support to waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines.(Reuters)
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed US' decision to support to waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines.(Reuters)

'Monumental in fight against Covid': WHO on US support for vaccine patent waiver

ANI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Geneva
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:44 AM IST
Commending the US for this historic decision for vaccine equity, prioritising the well-being of people everywhere, WHO's Ghebreyesus said: "Now let's all move together swiftly, in solidarity, building on the ingenuity and commitment of scientists who produced life-saving Covid vaccines."
White House spokesperson said the social media should stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation and misinformation, especially related to Covid-19.(Reuters)
White House spokesperson said the social media should stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation and misinformation, especially related to Covid-19.(Reuters)

Social media platforms should not amplify 'untrustworthy' content: White House

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:37 AM IST
"The president's view is that the major platforms have a responsibility related to the health and safety of all Americans to stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation and misinformation, especially related to Covid-19...," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
US President Joe Biden. (File photo)
US President Joe Biden. (File photo)

US backs Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver plan proposed by India, South Africa

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:30 AM IST
United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government's position, amid World Trade Organization talks about a possible temporary waiver of its protections that would allow more manufacturers to produce the life-saving vaccines.
US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced its support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines. Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced its support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines. Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

US announces support for Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 01:35 AM IST
  • Joe Biden had been under intense pressure from world leaders to agree to waive protections for vaccine manufacturers in order to ramp up production and get the jabs out to more countries as rich nations have swept up the majority of the doses.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared to backtrack from the move, saying it was highly unlikely violators would be jailed.. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo/File Photo (REUTERS)
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared to backtrack from the move, saying it was highly unlikely violators would be jailed.. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo/File Photo (REUTERS)

Stranded Australian man in India challenges country’s travel ban

Agencies | , Bengaluru/geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 12:40 AM IST
  • The lawyers of Gary Newman, who is stranded in Bengaluru, have argued in a court in Sydney that the ban was “unconstitutional”.
Under the new agreement, Indian nationals who are undocumented, in distress abroad or are not being given nationality or residence permits have to be taken back. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Under the new agreement, Indian nationals who are undocumented, in distress abroad or are not being given nationality or residence permits have to be taken back. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)

India-UK mobility agreement addresses issue of illegal migrants

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 11:25 PM IST
The MMP will facilitate legal movement of students and professionals and enhance bilateral cooperation to combat illegal migration. It also created a new scheme whereby up to 3,000 young Indian professionals can avail employment opportunities in the UK every year for a period of two years.
A view of the A-68a iceberg in Antarctica. (REUTERS)
A view of the A-68a iceberg in Antarctica. (REUTERS)

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C may 'halve' rising sea levels

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 11:06 PM IST
  • An international team of more than 50 climate scientists combined hundreds of melt simulations of the Antarctica and Greenland ice sheets, which contain enough frozen water to raise the world's seas some 65 metres (213 feet).
European Union flags fly outside the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.
European Union flags fly outside the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.

Britain grants full diplomatic status to EU ambassador to London

Reuters | | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:58 PM IST
Britain initially refused to grant the same diplomatic status and privileges to EU Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida as it gives to envoys of other countries, on the basis that the EU is not a nation state.
Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli(AP/ File photo)
Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli(AP/ File photo)

Nepal's Oli govt loses majority support after Maoist party withdraws support

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:50 PM IST
The party submitted a letter to this effect to the Parliament Secretariat, informing about its decision to withdraw support to the government, according to a senior leader of the party, Ganesh Shah.
A beneficiary gets inoculated with a dose of vaccine against Covid-19 at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
A beneficiary gets inoculated with a dose of vaccine against Covid-19 at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)

Canada sending Covid-19 relief supplies to India

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:50 PM IST
A Canadian Armed Forces aircraft will depart on Wednesday carrying critical medication and ventilators to help support India’s battle against the ongoing Covid-19 crisis
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