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China has largely curbed the domestic spread of the virus, but is battling outbreaks this winter in its frigid north. The National Health Commission on Monday reported 145 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, including 11 in Hubei province. (REUTERS (Image for representation purpose))

China uses mass construction once again to control virus spread

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Satellite images from the European Space Agency show dramatic changes over 10 days in an area where there had been only flat land before construction started on January 13.
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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2020, file photo, supporters of Baloch political activist Karima Baloch hold here portrait during a demonstration to condemn her killing, in Karachi, Pakistan. Baloch, who died in exile in Canada last month, was brought home and laid to rest in her home village in the southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security, activists said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2020, file photo, supporters of Baloch political activist Karima Baloch hold here portrait during a demonstration to condemn her killing, in Karachi, Pakistan. Baloch, who died in exile in Canada last month, was brought home and laid to rest in her home village in the southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security, activists said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)(AP)

Pakistani dissident Karima Baloch buried amid high security, say activists

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Baloch's supporters claim that Pakistani troops had sealed off the village and prevented them from attending her burial.
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In central Moscow on Saturday, up to 40,000 people had gathered in one of the biggest unauthorised rallies for years, police were seen roughly detaining people, bundling them into nearby vans.(Reuters)
In central Moscow on Saturday, up to 40,000 people had gathered in one of the biggest unauthorised rallies for years, police were seen roughly detaining people, bundling them into nearby vans.(Reuters)

EU to debate sanctions after Russia arrests thousands in pro Navalny protests

Reuters, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:29 PM IST
The EU already has imposed sanctions on Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in response to Navalny's poisoning in August.
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Israel’s Supreme Court on December 15, 2020, rejected an appeal challenging the extradition of Malka Leifer.(File Photo / AP)
Israel’s Supreme Court on December 15, 2020, rejected an appeal challenging the extradition of Malka Leifer.(File Photo / AP)

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:09 PM IST
Malka Leifer, a former teacher accused of sexually abusing several former students at a Jewish school in Melbourne, had been fighting extradition since 2014.
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Since it emerged in late 2019, Covid-19 has killed more than 2.1 million people, with almost 99 million cases registered,(AP)
Since it emerged in late 2019, Covid-19 has killed more than 2.1 million people, with almost 99 million cases registered,(AP)

Borders tightened as coronavirus curfew fury spills over

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 11:14 AM IST
The United States was set to join France, Israel and Sweden in pulling up the drawbridge to certain arrivals.
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Biden has been widely expected to overturn the Trump policy in his early days in office.(Wikimedia Commons)
Biden has been widely expected to overturn the Trump policy in his early days in office.(Wikimedia Commons)

Biden to drop Trump's military transgender ban

AP, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:23 PM IST
President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office.
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Australia has set a target of 4 million vaccine doses by April.(AP)
Australia has set a target of 4 million vaccine doses by April.(AP)

Australia approves Pfizer Covid shot, warns of limited global AstraZeneca supply

Reuters, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:38 AM IST
Vaccination of priority groups with the Pfizer vaccine is expected to begin in late February at 80,000 doses per week.
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The 67-year-old president announced his diagnosis in a tweet late Sunday, saying his symptoms were mild and that he’s receiving treatment.(Reuters)
The 67-year-old president announced his diagnosis in a tweet late Sunday, saying his symptoms were mild and that he’s receiving treatment.(Reuters)

Mexico’s President, who downplayed virus, tests positive for Covid-19

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:32 AM IST
Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, has generally held a lax approach to the virus, refusing to impose mandatory lockdowns.
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A medical worker (R) inoculates a medical staff with a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Manipal Hospital, in New Delhi. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)
A medical worker (R) inoculates a medical staff with a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Manipal Hospital, in New Delhi. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)

Highlights: France reports 4,240 new Covid-19 infections, over 3,000 patients in

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:23 AM IST
The global caseload of Covid-19 has crossed 99 million, while more than 2.1 million people have succumbed to the disease, as per the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
A traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.(AP File Photo )
A traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.(AP File Photo )

US won’t relax travel restrictions as Donald Trump had planned

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:41 PM IST
The latest ban would prevent most non-US citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of the virus has been identified.
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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department work the scene Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 in Indianapolis where five people were shot to death early Sunday inside an Indianapolis home. (AP Photo )
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department work the scene Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 in Indianapolis where five people were shot to death early Sunday inside an Indianapolis home. (AP Photo )

5, including pregnant woman, fatally shot in Indianapolis

AP, Indianapolis
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:39 AM IST
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said police believe the deadly shootings were not random, but were a targeted attack carried out by an assailant or assailants.
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Sindh ranked first in the production of onion and tomatoes among all provinces of Pakistan.(Rahul Grover/HT File Photo )
Sindh ranked first in the production of onion and tomatoes among all provinces of Pakistan.(Rahul Grover/HT File Photo )

Farmers in Pakistan's Sindh protest against Imran Khan govt over tomato import

ANI, Hyderabad (sindh)
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:35 AM IST
Last week, the government of Sindh requested the Centre to ban import of tomato and encourage export of onion to facilitate local growers and farmers of Sindh in particular.
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Founder, chairman, CEO and president of Amazon Jeff Bezos(Reuters File Photo )
Founder, chairman, CEO and president of Amazon Jeff Bezos(Reuters File Photo )

Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening Covid-19 divide: Report

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:24 AM IST
Nations have a "shrinking window of opportunity" to build a fair, green recovery, according to "The Inequality Virus" report.
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A veteran lawmaker and former journalist Merav Michaeli.(Twitter.com/MeravMichaeli)
A veteran lawmaker and former journalist Merav Michaeli.(Twitter.com/MeravMichaeli)

Israel's struggling Labor party chooses new leader

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:14 AM IST
Michaeli, 54, faces a difficult task as she tries to revive the fortunes of the iconic party. Labor guided Israel to independence in 1948 and led the country for its first three decades.
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US President Joe Biden.(REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden to reinstate Covid-19 travel rules, add South Africa

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:09 AM IST
The decision to reverse the order is not surprising, but the addition of South Africa to the restricted travel list highlights the new administration's concern about mutations in the virus.
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The global number of coronavirus infections is on the verge of crossing the 100 million mark.(Reuters)
The global number of coronavirus infections is on the verge of crossing the 100 million mark.(Reuters)

Grim milestone: Covid-19 count set to touch 100 million

By HT Correspondent, London/paris
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:01 AM IST
On Sunday, the United States, the nation worst hit by the pandemic, saw its tally of Covid-19 cases cross 25 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country has already topped 417,000.
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Former US President Donald Trump.(Reuters/ File photo)
Former US President Donald Trump.(Reuters/ File photo)

Some saw Covid-19 as 'hoax', says Trump's virus adviser

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:01 AM IST
Defending her tenure, Dr. Deborah Birx said that she was at times censored by the Trump administration but denied ever withholding information.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan.(Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial)
Prime Minister Imran Khan.(Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial)

Pakistan in 'grave danger', govt likely to make 'huge blunder': Former President

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:58 AM IST
Former President Asif Zardari remarks come amid reports of rifts between the member parties of the PDM.
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“We expect the government of Pakistan and all our international partners to compel the Taliban to fulfil their commitments to reduce violence, to secure a nationwide ceasefire, and to sever ties with terrorist groups.” The Afghan foreign ministry said(AP file photo. Representative image)
“We expect the government of Pakistan and all our international partners to compel the Taliban to fulfil their commitments to reduce violence, to secure a nationwide ceasefire, and to sever ties with terrorist groups.” The Afghan foreign ministry said(AP file photo. Representative image)

Afghan govt to Pak: ask Taliban to reduce violence

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:57 AM IST
The Afghan foreign ministry called on Pakistan and other international partners to press the Taliban to end violence in response to comments by Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that the US should “not reverse things” in Afghanistan.
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Oxfam argued in its report that fairer economies are the key to a rapid economic recovery from Covid-19.(AFP)
Oxfam argued in its report that fairer economies are the key to a rapid economic recovery from Covid-19.(AFP)

Covid-19 condemns billions to poverty for a decade: Report

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:54 AM IST
In a report entitled "The inequality virus", the group warned that the pandemic is the first time since records began that inequality is rising in virtually every country at the same time.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo(REUTERS)

We can't wait: Joe Biden pushes US Congress for $1.9 trillion in Covid-19 relief

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:52 AM IST
While Congress has already authorized $4 trillion to respond, the White House says an additional $1.9 trillion is needed to cover the costs of responding to the virus.
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Police officers disperse demonstrators during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 24, 2021. (Reuters Photo )
Police officers disperse demonstrators during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 24, 2021. (Reuters Photo )

Dutch police detain 240 nationwide as anti-lockdown protests turn violent

Reuters, Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:43 AM IST
Police used water cannon, dogs and mounted officers to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, witnesses said.
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US President Joe Biden departs Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the first Sunday as the US President in Washington. (Reuters Photo )
US President Joe Biden departs Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the first Sunday as the US President in Washington. (Reuters Photo )

Joe Biden speaks with Emmanuel Macron, seeks to cement US-France ties

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Biden and Macron also agreed to work together on shared foreign policy priorities, including China, the Middle East, Russia, and the Africa's Sahel region, the White House said.
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Other Republicans argued that the Senate has no authority to put a private citizen -- as Trump now is -- on trial.(AFP)
Other Republicans argued that the Senate has no authority to put a private citizen -- as Trump now is -- on trial.(AFP)

Republicans signal deep resistance to Donald Trump Senate trial

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:44 AM IST
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected on Monday to send senators a single article of impeachment passed in the House of Representatives that blames Trump for inciting the chaotic Capitol invasion of January 6, which left five people dead.
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Police uses a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 24, 2021. (REUTERS)
Police uses a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

AP, The Hague, Netherlands
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:18 AM IST
Police in the capital of Amsterdam also used a water cannon to disperse an outlawed anti-lockdown demonstration on a major square ringed by museums. Video showed police spraying people grouped against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum.
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a join news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias,and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides after a meeting between the foreign Ministers of Greece , Israel and Cyprus in Athens. Ashkenazi says on Wednesday, Dec. 30, he is leaving the Blue and White party and taking a “break” from politics, marking the further disintegration of the centrist party that came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three hard-fought elections. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Israel's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks during a join news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias,and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides after a meeting between the foreign Ministers of Greece , Israel and Cyprus in Athens. Ashkenazi says on Wednesday, Dec. 30, he is leaving the Blue and White party and taking a “break” from politics, marking the further disintegration of the centrist party that came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three hard-fought elections. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)(AP)

Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

AP, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:46 AM IST
The foreign ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as the head of mission.
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President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, left, depart after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Jan 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, left, depart after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Jan 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP)

Joe Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as Vice Prez

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:23 AM IST
Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House.
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Fauci also told CBS' “Face the Nation” that he supports a national commission to understand some of the problems in coordinating a COVID-19 response on the state and local level because states shouldn't just be told, “You're on your own.”(Reuters)
Fauci also told CBS' “Face the Nation” that he supports a national commission to understand some of the problems in coordinating a COVID-19 response on the state and local level because states shouldn't just be told, “You're on your own.”(Reuters)

Fauci says coronavirus vaccine goal would cover 67 million Americans

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:05 AM IST
The government's top infectious diseases expert, said the president's goal refers to 100 million shots, not people. Current vaccines require two shots.
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Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)
Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)

UK vaccination drive expands as Covid-19 toll nears 100,000

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that three-quarters of the U.K.’s over-80s have received a vaccine shot. He said three-quarters of nursing home residents have also had their first jab.
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On the ninth day of the country's vaccination programme, 31,466 healthcare workers were inoculated till 7.30pm.
On the ninth day of the country's vaccination programme, 31,466 healthcare workers were inoculated till 7.30pm.

Covid vaccine tracker: How many are inoculated in India and the world

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:25 PM IST
India has immunised over 16 lakh people since the nationwide vaccination drive began on January 16.
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