Biden says US may extend deadline for evacuation from Afghanistan

Washington: The United States is considering extending the deadline beyond the scheduled date of August 31 to complete evacuation exercises. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, US President Joe Biden said that he hoped they would not have to extend the deadline but there were discussions to do so. Biden has been facing severe criticism on...

IMF suspends Afghanistan’s access to its resources

Washington: In wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the International Monetary Fund has suspended the country’s access to the IMF resources. This move comes amid lack of clarity over the country’s government. “There is currently a lack of clarity within the international community regarding recognition of a government in Afghanistan, as a consequence...

US to block Taliban’s access to government funds

After the withdrawal of the US forces, the Taliban has taken over control of Afghanistan resulting in concerns that the huge government funds are likely to make their way to the terror organisation. Now, media reports are doing the rounds that the US government is taking steps to keep the Taliban away from cash. The...

Amid backlash, Biden defends decision to withdraw from Afghanistan

Washington DC: US President Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, days after severe criticism over the move that led to the Taliban’s rapid advance and victory. Biden broke his silence on Monday in a public address on the issue. He said he stood “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw the US...

Taliban takes over Kandahar, Herat; embassies start removing staff out of Afghanistan

Kabul: Two major cities of Afghanistan, Kandahar and Herat, fell to Taliban insurgence on Thursday, adding to the pressure on the already distressed government. With Taliban claiming victory over the two cities, embassies have started removing their staff from the embattled country. Kandahar and Herat the second and third largest cities of Afghanistan. Within a...

Taliban strikes again: Rockets hit Kandahar airport in Afghanistan, damage runway

Afghanistan security forces eliminate 254 terrorists in 13 regions: Reports   Kandahar: The clash between security forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan continues. On Saturday night, at least three rockets hit the airport in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, of which two hit the runway, damaging it. Meanwhile, reports stated that the Afghan security forces carried...
US sprinter Richardson tests positive for cannabis, out of Olympics race

US sprinter Richardson tests positive for cannabis, out of Olympics race

Her sample at the US trials last month tested positive for the banned substance Kingston: US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson had raised several hopes when she secured a place for herself in the Tokyo Olympics after winning the women’s 100 m finals in the Olympic trials. However, her dream run was cut short after she tested...

Unprecedented heat wave: US, Canada continue to reel under extreme temperatures

Vancouver: Western Canada and north-west US continue to reel under the effect of a record-breaking heat wave. The high temperatures have left several dead, even as the authorities brace for a longer period of higher temperature. The threat of wildfires, too, looms over the area. The worst of the heat wave was over on Wednesday....

Top US institute says Covaxin effective against Delta variant

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has said that Bharat’s Biotech’s vaccine against COVID-19 ‘Covaxin’ effectively neutralizes the Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus. The NIH statement is based on two studies. It said the results of two studies of blood serum from people who had received Covaxin suggests that the vaccine generates antibodies...

At US Spelling Bee, 9 of 11 finalists are Indian-American kids

The final round will be held on July 8 Washington: They have got their spellings right! In yet another show of excellence, nine Indian-American children have made it to the finals of the prestigious US Spelling Bee contest this year. What makes this even more commendable is the fact that there are 11 finalists in...

India pips US in COVID-19 vaccination—Here are the details

With India fast-tracking its immunization drive against COVID-19, it has now pipped the US in terms of the total number of doses administered so far. The development comes even though the US started its vaccination drive ahead of India. As per the latest data, India has so far administered 32.36 core doses against 32.33 crore...

Covaxin’s US approval gets delayed as FDA seeks more data

In a major blow to Bharat Biotech that manufactures the COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the vaccine maker’s US partner, Ocugen, to go for the lengthier biologics license application (BLA) route and submit additional data. The development has put an end to the company’s hope of getting an...