China warns US of retaliation for closing Houston consulate

China on Wednesday said the US has forcefully closed its consulate in Houston..China warns US Washington’s move has been strongly condemned by China and it has threatened of retaliation.China warns US The Chinese foreign ministry said the US authorities .granted a three-day deadline to close the mission in the Texas city. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson...

India has done the most COVID-19 tests after US: White House

After the US, which has carried out a record 42 million COVID-19 tests, India has done the second largest number of 12 million coronavirus tests, the White House has said. More than 3.5 million people have tested positive for coronavirus and 138,000 died in the US. Globally, more than 13.6 million have tested positive and...

Interim flights to France, US to begin from July onwards

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said international flights may resume under bilateral air bubbles with other countries subject to certain conditions. He said this was because many countries including India were continuing with restrictions on entry of foreign nationals. He said bilateral air bubbles was the answer to the current situation. “We...

Key final testing of first COVID-19 vaccine to begin in US, “good news” say experts

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the US revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday, as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious disease expert, told a news...

In a first, US President Donald Trump dons the mask in public

After making fun of those who wear masks and clearly stating that he would not wear one, US President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time on Saturday. Trump wore a dark mask featuring the presidential seal as he visited the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet wounded...

US bans Pakistan International Airlines flights over pilot concerns

The US Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications. Pakistan last month grounded almost a third of its pilots after discovering they may have falsified their qualifications. The...

Indians have done their best to counter China’s aggression: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Indians have done their best to respond to China’s “incredibly aggressive actions”, asserting that Beijing has a pattern of “instigating” territorial disputes and the world should not allow this bullying to take place. “I have spoken with Foreign (External Affairs) Minister (S)...

Harvard, MIT sues Trump administration for new immigration rule for foreign students

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have sued the Department of Homeland Security and the federal immigration agency over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two preeminent educational institutions filed a...

Zoom clarifies it’s a US-based company amid anti-China sentiments in India

Video-conferencing platform Zoom has reiterated that it is a US-based company with offices in China, after facing heat from some sections in the country as the anti-China sentiment is on the rise. Zoom, in a statement by a senior executive of Indian-origin on Tuesday, also said the company has plans of ‘significant investments’ in India...

US’ Mike Pompeo says country looking at banning Chinese apps, including TikTok

certainly looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. Pompeo’s remarks also come amid rising tension between the US and China. The former has accused the latter...

US sends two navy aircraft carrier groups into South China Sea

As India-China face-off continues along the Ladakh region, the US has sent two navy aircraft carrier groups into the South China Sea. This is the first time that the US has done it since 2014 and comes amid China conducting exercises in the disputed region. International media quoted the US Navy as saying that the...

Global COVID-19 case count crosses 11 million-mark, death toll rises to 5.24 lakh

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 11 million mark, while the deaths have soared to more than 524,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,047,217, while the fatalities rose to 524,614, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed...