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China, Saudi seek to block anti-fossil fuel language in UN climate deal –sources

Published On: November 13, 2021 07:00 AM NPT By: Reuters

GLASGOW, Nov 12: China and Saudi Arabia are among a group of countries seeking to prevent the UN climate deal in Scotland from including language that opposes fossil fuel subsidies, according to two sources close to the negotiations.

COVID-19's epicentre again: Europe faces fresh reckoning

Published On: November 12, 2021 05:11 PM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON/MILAN, Nov 12: Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns in the run-up to Christmas and stirring debate over whether vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19.

Thick, toxic smog over Indian capital as temperatures, wind speed drop

Published On: November 12, 2021 02:46 PM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Nov 12: New Delhi's air quality plummeted again on Friday, and a thick haze of toxic smog hung over India's capital due to a drop in temperature and wind speed, and a spike in the burning of crop waste in surrounding farmlands.

U.S. journalist Fenster jailed for 11 years in Myanmar

Published On: November 12, 2021 12:15 PM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 12: A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday jailed American journalist Danny Fenster for 11 years, his lawyer and his employer said.

Biden, Xi to address Asia-Pacific leaders on trade, COVID recovery

Published On: November 12, 2021 07:48 AM NPT By: Reuters

WELLINGTON, Nov 12: U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to address leaders of the Pacific Rim late on Friday amid heightened regional trade and geopolitical tensions.

U.S. and China unveil emissions deal in bid to save UN climate talks

Published On: November 11, 2021 12:37 PM NPT By: Reuters

GLASGOW, Nov 11: The United States and China, the world's two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, unveiled a deal to ramp up cooperation tackling climate change, including by cutting methane emissions, phasing out coal consumption and protecting forests.

India could ship vaccines to COVAX in a few weeks, say sources

Published On: November 9, 2021 01:25 PM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Nov 9: India could resume deliveries of COVID-19 shots to global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX in a few weeks for the first time since April, two health industry sources said, ending a suspension of supplies that has hurt poor countries.

Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say

Published On: November 9, 2021 07:43 AM NPT By: Reuters

CHICAGO, Nov 9: Oral antiviral pills from Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE have been shown to significantly blunt the worst outcomes of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors warn vaccine hesitant people not to confuse the benefit of the treatments with prevention afforded by vaccines.

Global COVID-19 cases near 250 million as Delta surge eases

Published On: November 8, 2021 08:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 8: Worldwide cases due to COVID-19 were approaching 250 million on Sunday as the surge from the Delta variant eases and more normal trade and tourism resume, although some countries in eastern Europe are experiencing record outbreaks.

Focus turns to climate finance after flurry of COP26 pledges

Published On: November 8, 2021 07:38 AM NPT By: Reuters

GLASGOW, Nov 8: Governments will push for agreement on Monday on how to help vulnerable countries deal with global warming and compensate them for damage already done, a test of whether developing and rich nations can end a standoff over cash for climate change.

Actor Dwayne Johnson says no to real guns on set after Baldwin tragedy

Published On: November 7, 2021 02:38 PM NPT By: Reuters

Hollywood actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said he would not use real guns again in his movies after his friend and fellow actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico last month.

Mona Lisa copy to go under the hammer in Paris auction

Published On: November 7, 2021 02:36 PM NPT By: Reuters

A faithful copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa dating from more than 400 years ago will go under the hammer at a Paris auction on Tuesday, months after another reproduction of one of the world's most recognizable portraits sold for a record price.

'A self-portrait in songs': Paul McCartney looks back on his lyrics

Published On: November 7, 2021 02:33 PM NPT By: Reuters

From looking for inspiration on the bus to finding titles in dreams, Paul McCartney looks back on his life in a new book recounting how he wrote some of the world's most famous songs.

Indian hospital fire kills 10, injures seven

Published On: November 7, 2021 10:38 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Nov 7: Fire swept through the intensive care unit (ICU) of a government hospital in India's western city of Ahmednagar on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and injuring several, a health official said.

Rallies in Sydney, Melbourne protest against Australia's climate policy

Published On: November 7, 2021 07:56 AM NPT By: Reuters

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE, Nov 7: More than 1,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in Australia's biggest cities of Sydney and Melbourne to protest against the government's climate policies and the strategies it offered at a U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

G20 offers little new on climate, leaving uphill task for COP26

Published On: November 1, 2021 07:57 AM NPT By: Reuters

ROME, Nov 1: Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies agreed on a final statement on Sunday that urged "meaningful and effective" action to limit global warming, but angering climate activists by offering few concrete commitments.

Taliban says failure to recognise their government could have global effects

Published On: October 31, 2021 10:53 AM NPT By: Reuters

KABUL, Oct 31: The Taliban called on the United States and other countries on Saturday to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world.

Afghan Taliban appoint new envoy to run embassy in neighbouring Pakistan

Published On: October 30, 2021 09:38 AM NPT By: Reuters

PESHAWAR/KABUL, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The Taliban government has sent an envoy to run the Afghan embassy in the Pakistani capital, senior Taliban sources said, as the new administration starts to take over Afghanistan's network of foreign delegations.

Facebook changes name to Meta as it refocuses on virtual reality

Published On: October 29, 2021 08:59 AM NPT By: Reuters

Oct 29: Facebook Inc (FB.O) is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the "metaverse," a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet.

New York exhibition celebrates David Bowie's 75th birth anniversary

Published On: October 28, 2021 06:34 PM NPT By: Reuters

A pop-up shop-cum-exhibition in New York is celebrating David Bowie on his upcoming 75th birth anniversary.