Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the western outskirts of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib.(AFP)
Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the western outskirts of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib.(AFP)

Air strikes kill 19 Iran-backed fighters in Syria: Monitor

The early morning strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province, killing mostly foreign fighters, the Observatory said.
By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beirut
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:14 PM IST

Air strikes likely carried out by Israel killed at least 19 pro-Iran militia fighters in war-torn eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

The early morning strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province, killing mostly foreign fighters, the Observatory said.

Israel rarely acknowledges individual strikes but the Observatory has accused it of launching two other aerial attacks against pro-Iran forces in Syria since Saturday.

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Presidents and their families may accept gifts from US citizens as long as they don’t violate conflict-of-interest or bribery laws.(AFP)
Presidents and their families may accept gifts from US citizens as long as they don’t violate conflict-of-interest or bribery laws.(AFP)

Trump Discloses $40,000 in Gifts Received During Final Year

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:45 AM IST
Former US President Trump accepted more than $40,000 in gifts in his last year in office, including freebies from executives of the Boeing Co., Apple Inc. and Ford Motor Co.
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Biden on Wednesday signed 17 executive orders memorandums and proclamations including ending the Muslim travel ban.(AFP)
Biden on Wednesday signed 17 executive orders memorandums and proclamations including ending the Muslim travel ban.(AFP)

Biden signs order to end Trump's Muslim travel ban

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:35 AM IST
Implemented in 2017 during Trump's first week in office, the Muslim Ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
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President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington.(AP)
President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington.(AP)

Biden's first foreign leader call will be to Canadian PM Trudeau: White House

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:56 AM IST
The call will likely take place on Friday, informed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki while holding the Biden administration's first press briefing.
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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Photographer: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Photographer: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Where Biden stood, reminders of a failed insurrection

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:52 AM IST
Unlike Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration, which featured a speech that promised an end to decades of “American carnage," Joe Biden returned again and again to a theme of national unity.
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Vaccine is administered against the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease.(HT Photo)

LIVE: China records highest daily Covid-19 rise since March 2020

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China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The foreign ministry said that anti-China politicians in the US have "undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations".(REUTERS)
China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The foreign ministry said that anti-China politicians in the US have "undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations".(REUTERS)

China sanctions Pompeo, 28 other US lawmakers, for disrupting relations

ANI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:01 AM IST
The Ministry said that anti-China politicians in the US have "planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs.
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China denies human rights violations and says its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to counter a separatist and terrorist threat.(AFP File Photo )
China denies human rights violations and says its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to counter a separatist and terrorist threat.(AFP File Photo )

Explainer: What's next after US accused China of genocide

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:58 AM IST
China strongly defends its human rights record and policies in Xinjiang, saying its constitution and laws treat all citizens equally. It denies imposing coercive birth control measures or forced labor.
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Members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest. (AP File Photo )

Nepal to turn Everest trash into art to highlight mountain’s garbage blight

Reuters, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:52 AM IST
Used oxygen bottles, torn tents, ropes, broken ladders, cans and plastic wrappers discarded by climbers and trekkers litter the 8,848.86 metre (29,032 feet) tall peak and the surrounding areas.
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Chinese embassy in US(@ChineseEmbinUS/Twitter Photo)
Chinese embassy in US(@ChineseEmbinUS/Twitter Photo)

Twitter says locked account of China's US embassy for Xinjiang-related tweet

Reuters, Shanghai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:39 AM IST
'We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity," a Twitter spokesperson said.
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US President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)
US President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.(Bloomberg)

'Battle is perennial': 10 memorable quotes from Joe Biden's speech

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UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:51 AM IST
US President Joe Biden’s call for unity bears significance in the aftermath of Capitol riots as he took oath amid grave security concerns.
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Amanda Gorman delivers a poem after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)(AP)
Amanda Gorman delivers a poem after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)(AP)

Youngest Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew'

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UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 01:35 AM IST
"Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into and how we repair it," Gorman said, in a short poem that was greeted with a hail of critical acclaim on social media.
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Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California in 1964 to an Indian mother and an African-American father from Jamaica.(REUTERS)
Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California in 1964 to an Indian mother and an African-American father from Jamaica.(REUTERS)

Over 6 million followers and counting: A look at Kamala Harris’ Twitter handle

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Harris, 56, who is the 49th Vice President of the US is also the first African-American and Indian-origin woman to hold this position.
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20 in Washington. (AP)
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20 in Washington. (AP)

Biden assumes US presidency with a rousing call to unity

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:24 AM IST
Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice-President before Biden, marking a series of firsts that will secure her a unique place in American history as the first woman, African American and American of Indian, South Asian and Asian descent ever elected to the high office that will put her just a heartbeat away from the presidency.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP file photo)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP file photo)

Imran Khan says he is looking forward to work with Biden for 'promoting peace'

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:10 AM IST
Khan mentions regional peace as one of the areas Pakistan wants to work with the United States. In 2018, Donald Trump had stopped all financial and security aid to Pakistan
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US Vice President Kamala Harris (REUTERS)
US Vice President Kamala Harris (REUTERS)

'Ready to serve': Kamala Harris' first tweet as US Vice-President

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:32 PM IST
Harris made history by becoming the first woman, first African-American, and first Asian-American to become the Vice-President of the US after taking oath in a historical swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.
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