Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 20, 2021.(REUTERS)

British PM Johnson says he's looking forward to working with Biden

Johnson said that he looks forward to strengthening the partnership between the two countries and working on their shared priorities like tackling climate action and Transatlantic security.
Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:31 PM IST

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he looked forward to working with Joe Biden on their "shared priorities", just hours before Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States.

"As I said when I spoke with him on his election as President, I look forward to working with him, and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic and strengthening our Transatlantic security," Johnson said in parliament.

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Limited numbers of pilgrims, moving several feet apart, circle the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2020.(AP File Photo)
Limited numbers of pilgrims, moving several feet apart, circle the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2020.(AP File Photo)

Saudi Arabia makes vaccination must and other criteria for Haj 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Announcing the schedule to this year's pilgrimage, the Haj Committee of India said that it will take place under special circumstances with special norms, rules and regulations, eligibility, criteria and age restrictions.
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North Korea, which has yet to report any confirmed Covid-19 cases despite sharing a border with China, has imposed border closings.(Reuters file photo)
North Korea, which has yet to report any confirmed Covid-19 cases despite sharing a border with China, has imposed border closings.(Reuters file photo)

North Korea measures to stem Covid-19 worsen abuses, hunger, says UN expert

Reuters, Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:56 PM IST
Humanitarian operations have nearly ground to a halt and only three international aid workers remain in North Korea while relief goods have been stuck at the Chinese border for months.
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India’s Supreme Court in January ruled that indefinite internet shutdowns in Kashmir were illegal following a legal challenge from civil society groups.(Getty Images)
India’s Supreme Court in January ruled that indefinite internet shutdowns in Kashmir were illegal following a legal challenge from civil society groups.(Getty Images)

India led the world in internet shutdowns in 2020: Report

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:53 PM IST
At least 155 internet shutdowns in 2020 disrupted access for people in 29 countries, including 28 full internet blackouts, the report said.
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South Africa's Deputy President David Mabuza gestures during a visit to Biovac, a Covid-19 vaccine storage facility, in Midrand, South Africa.(AFP)
South Africa's Deputy President David Mabuza gestures during a visit to Biovac, a Covid-19 vaccine storage facility, in Midrand, South Africa.(AFP)

Coronavirus variant found in South Africa paves way for better vaccines

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:26 PM IST
The variant, identified in South Africa late last year, has taken over as the dominant strain in the nation of 60 million people and has spread to 48 other countries.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that the ban on non-essential international travel to and from England will stay until at least May 17.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that the ban on non-essential international travel to and from England will stay until at least May 17.(Reuters)

UK says needs to work with international partners on travel restart

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:26 PM IST
Asked about when exactly travel will be allowed, Courts said: "There won't be any travel before May 17th, and we will look as soon as we can after that, but it really isn't something I can give more detail on."
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A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a senior citizen at Government Polyclinic in Gurugram.(PTI)
A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a senior citizen at Government Polyclinic in Gurugram.(PTI)

Interim UK study finds one dose of Covid-19 shots reduces hospitalisation

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:12 PM IST
The results add to other early findings from studies of vaccine roll-outs in Israel, Scotland and England, which have also pointed to high effectiveness from the first doses.
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Actor Robert Downey Jr. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates bet on electric motor startup

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:10 PM IST
A California-based startup said it has raised $80 million from investors including a fund led by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr.
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This image from video provided by Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows Dr. Anthony Fauci holding his personal 3D model of the Covid-19 virus. (AP Photo )
This image from video provided by Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows Dr. Anthony Fauci holding his personal 3D model of the Covid-19 virus. (AP Photo )

Anthony Fauci presents his personal 3D model of Covid-19 virus to Smithsonian

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:31 PM IST
Fauci showed off his new medal in a video call Tuesday night, calling it “an extraordinary and humbling” honor.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state wide mask mandate.(AP Photo)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state wide mask mandate.(AP Photo)

Mask mandate implementation was patchy in Texas, now locals concerned

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:30 PM IST
The enforcement of the mask mandate was patchy, and some sheriffs refused to police the restrictions at all.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (File Photo/Reuters)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (File Photo/Reuters)

London mayor Sadiq Khan tightens emission rules, buses stare at heavy fines

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:28 PM IST
With the tightening of the city-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) rules, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and coaches that fail to meet emissions standards will be hit with a daily charge of up to 300 pounds.
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A poster of Pope Francis is seen ahead of his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad.(REUTERS)
A poster of Pope Francis is seen ahead of his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis says he must go to Iraq because people cannot be let down

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Pope Francis, who is due to start the risky trip in Baghdad on Friday, asked for prayers so that the visit "can take place in the best possible way."
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Elephants, if blocked by farms like KiliAvo's or others, would seek alternative routes: "This would ... result in massive human-wildlife conflicts." REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya(REUTERS)
Elephants, if blocked by farms like KiliAvo's or others, would seek alternative routes: "This would ... result in massive human-wildlife conflicts." REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya(REUTERS)

Avocados threaten to usher in 'massive human-wildlife conflicts' in Kenya

Reuters, Kimana
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:05 PM IST
  • free movement of some 2,000 Amboseli elephants, along with two dozen other wildlife species plus cows owned by local Maasai people, may be under threat - from avocados.
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The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) said in a report that one out of six correspondents reported being forced to live and work in China on a series of short visas of between one and three months.(AFP)
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) said in a report that one out of six correspondents reported being forced to live and work in China on a series of short visas of between one and three months.(AFP)

China using Covid-19 pandemic to increase restrictions for foreign journalists

ANI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:59 PM IST
The pandemic allowed China an opportunity to create more restrictions for foreign press in the name of public health.
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File photo of SpaceX founder Elon Musk.(Mint)
File photo of SpaceX founder Elon Musk.(Mint)

Elon Musk plans to create new city named Starbase at SpaceX's Texas launch site

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:55 PM IST
Some people in Texas say the move is part of Musk's plan to change the name of Boca Chica, the area near the Mexican border where SpaceX’s new Starship prototypes dominate the seaside skyline.
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Indian federal officials have denied that any cyberattack has occurred, but say malware was found.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Indian federal officials have denied that any cyberattack has occurred, but say malware was found.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chinese hackers still actively targeting Indian port in shadow war, says US firm

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:54 PM IST
The intrusions into India’s critical infrastructure have been occurring since at least the middle of last year, according to Recorded Future, a privately held cybersecurity firm.
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