Russia, Ukraine agree to meet for talks in Belarus

Kyiv/Moscow: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agree to hold talks at Ukraine’s border with Belarus. Russia’s attack on Ukraine entered Day 5 on Monday. The talks are expected to begin shortly. Zelenskyy’s nod came after a conversation with Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus has been supporting Russia in the...

US, Canada, EU announce economic sanctions against Russia, ‘independent’ states

Warn of more sanctions against Russia in coming days if it continues its action against Ukraine Ottawa: The tension between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate with each passing day. While the former may have denied plans to invade Ukraine, its lawmakers on Tuesday authorised President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside the country,...

Taliban announces general amnesty for all govt officials, urges them to return to work

At a time when thousands of Afghans want to escape from Afghanistan in a bid to escape from the Taliban rule, the terror group on Tuesday declared a general amnesty for all government officials. It has asked them to return to work after taking control of the country as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the...
8 EU countries approve Covishield a day after after India’s warning

8 EU countries approve Covishield a day after after India’s warning

New Delhi: In a relief to those wanting to travel to Europe, eight countries of the European Union have given approval to Covishield, the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII). These are Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain. The move comes a day after India warned of reciprocal action...

Amid rising Delta cases, Merkel pushes for ban on travellers from UK to EU

German Chancellor Merkel wants UK to be designated as ‘country of concern’; it has been witnessing in rise of Covid-19 cases with the highly transmissible Delta variant Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushing for a ban on travellers from the United Kingdom to countries of the European Union irrespective of their vaccination status....

EU nations to resume rollout of AstraZeneca jab after regulator says its “safe”

Several members of the European Union (EU) who had stopped the rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jab earlier this week over safety concerns have said that they will resume the rollout. The EU members include Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Portugal. The development comes after the EU regulator, European Medicines...

EU nations halt use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jab over safety concern

Even as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union’s (EU) vaccine regulator insisted that the COVID-19 jab developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is safe to use, several EU countries have halted its rollout over fears of blood clots. Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and Latvia have halted the rollout of...

EU-UK strike crucial post-Brexit trade deal

The UK and the European Union (EU) have finally struck a post-Brexit trade deal after months of negotiations. The crucial development comes as the transition period for a post-Brexit trade deal coming to an end on December 31. A deal between the two parties for the past few weeks seemed elusive as negotiators from both...

Need action-oriented agenda to expand India-EU ties: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pitched for bringing out an “action-oriented” agenda to further expand ties between India and the 27-nation European Union within a stipulated time frame. In his inaugural remarks at the 15th EU-India summit, the prime minister said he was committed to enhance ties with the grouping, noting that a long-term...