COVID-19 infections spread through gorillas at Atlanta zoo

Published On: September 12, 2021 07:15 AM NPT By: Associated Press

ATLANTA, Sept 12: Atlanta’s zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity.

US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end

Published On: September 11, 2021 10:09 AM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, Sept 11:  Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy.

Sept 10: Kabul on Thursday saw the departure of its first international commercial flight since last month's chaotic Western airlift, but hopes for a return to order were offset by U.N. reports of rising restrictions on women and a looming humanitarian disaster.

KABUL, Sept 9: Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said.

Preliminary meeting held to address ex-Gurkhas’ demands

Published On: September 9, 2021 11:49 AM NPT By: Republica

LONDON, Sept 9: A preliminary meeting was held on Wednesday on the initiative of the British government in an effort to address the demands of ex-Gurkhas, including equal pension and pay.

WASHINGTON, Sept 8: Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's first female ambassador to the United States who left her post in July, is clearly horrified by the Taliban takeover of her country. But she is not surprised.

Beyond Delta, scientists are watching new coronavirus variants

Published On: September 9, 2021 08:12 AM NPT By: Reuters

CHICAGO, Sept 9: The continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spawned a Greek alphabet of variants - a naming system used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to track concerning new mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some have equipped the virus with better ways of infecting humans or evading vaccine protection.

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

Published On: September 8, 2021 11:33 AM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, Sept 8: Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is about to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills at least 40 -official

Published On: September 8, 2021 10:43 AM NPT By: Reuters

JAKARTA, Sept 8: A fire tore through an overcrowded block in a jail in Indonesia's Banten province in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens, a government spokeswoman and media reports said.

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan - WHO

Published On: September 7, 2021 07:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, Sept 6: Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new Taliban government, a World Health Organization official said on Monday.