North Korea fires short-range missile to sea in latest test

Published On: September 28, 2021 09:35 AM NPT By: Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept 28: North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea early Tuesday, its neighboring countries said, in the latest weapon tests by North Korea that has raised questions about the sincerity of its recent offer for talks with South Korea.

No one from Afghanistan will address world leaders at U.N.

Published On: September 28, 2021 07:13 AM NPT By: Reuters

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28: No representative from Afghanistan will address the annual high-level U.N. General Assembly in New York after the ambassador for the government ousted by the Taliban - who was due to speak on Monday - withdrew his name.

LONDON, Sept 27: The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years.

Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

Published On: September 26, 2021 12:29 PM NPT By: Associated Press

KABUL, Sept 26: The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line movement’s return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers

Published On: September 26, 2021 07:25 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Sept 26: Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans’ protection against the virus.

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Published On: September 25, 2021 08:58 AM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Sept 25: Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed on Friday to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23: Faced with what they see as an existential threat, leaders from low-lying and island nations implored rich countries at the United Nations General Assembly this week to act more forcefully against a warming planet.

Biden doubles US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

Published On: September 23, 2021 10:44 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Sept 23: President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22: Leaders from developing nations warned the U.N. General Assembly this week that COVID-19 vaccine hoarding by wealthy countries left the door open for the emergence of new coronavirus variants even as infections already increase in many places.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22: The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.