KYIV, Feb 26: Russian forces launched coordinated missile and artillery attacks on Ukrainian cities on Saturday including the capital, Kyiv, where gunfire erupted near government buildings in the city centre, military officials and a Reuters witness said.

NEW DELHI, Feb 19: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 42,723,558 on Wednesday with 30,615 new cases registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

LONDON, Feb 11: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday confirmed that a further 350 British troops have landed in Poland as tensions around Ukraine continue to escalate.

MOGADISHU, Feb 8: An estimated 4.3 million people have been affected by the severe drought which is ravaging several parts of Somalia, up from 3.2 million a month ago, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Monday.

NEW DELHI, Feb 8: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 42,339,611 on Tuesday with 67,597 new cases registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

WASHINGTON, Feb 5: The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus disease surpassed 9,00,000, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

NEW DELHI, Feb 5: India on Saturday recorded 1,27,952 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 4,20,80,664, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country also reported 1,059 new deaths in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of deaths to 5,01,114 due to coronavirus.

NEW DELHI, Feb 2: India on Wednesday reported 1,61,386 new COVID-19 cases and 1,733 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country's overall COVID-19 cases tally has reached 4,16,30885, while the death toll has mounted to 4,97,975.

NEW DELHI, Jan 29: India has reported 2,35,532 new COVID-19 cases and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday. As per government data, there was a decline in the daily positivity rate to 13.39 percent from 15.88 percent on Friday.

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19. " I have tested COVID-19 positive and urge all those who have come in recent contact to take suitable precautions," Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: India reported 2,51,209 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry reported on Friday. With this, the daily positivity rate in the country dropped to 15.88 percent.

NEW DELHI, Jan 25: India on Tuesday reported 2,55,874 new COVID cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 50,190 less than yesterday, taking the daily positivity rate down to 15.52 percent, according the Union Health Ministry.

NEW DELHI, Jan 24: India on Monday reported a decline in the daily COVID-19 infections as the country logged 3,06,064 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of over 20 percent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

KABUL, Jan 24: At least 42 people have been killed and 76 wounded following heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, local media reported on Monday. The State Ministry in Disaster Management affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said heavy snowfall in 15 provinces of Afghanistan killed 42 people while 76 were injured in the time span, Khaama Press reported.

NEW DELHI, Jan 23: India reported 3,33,533 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the active caseload to 21,87,205, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

NEW DELHI Jan 22: India on Saturday reported a dip in daily COVID-19 infections as the country logged 3,37,704 fresh cases in the last 24 hours with a daily positivity rate of 17.22 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

ISLAMABAD, Jan 22: Pakistan added 6,540 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Saturday. Following the new infections, the overall cases in Pakistan have reached 1,360,019, said the NCOC.W

JAKARTA, Jan 22: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's North Sulawesi province on Saturday, with no preliminary report on damage or casualty, the weather agency and two officials said. The tremor did not potentially trigger giant waves of tsunami, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said.

SYDNEY, Jan 18: Australia recorded its highest ever number of COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, as the outbreak continued to push up the hospitalization rates to record levels. A total of 74 COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the country's three worst-hit states, including 36 from New South Wales (NSW), a record high number the state has recorded in a single day.

ALMATY, Jan 17: At least 225 people, including security personnel, have been killed during violent protests and violence in Kazakhstan recently, according to Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday.

NEW DELHI, Jan 17: India reported 2,58,089 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country moved up to 3,73,80,253 including 16,56,341 active cases.

BEIJING, Jan 11: A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people.

NEW DELHI, Jan 9: Over 400 Indian parliament staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, local media reports said Sunday. According to officials, the employees were subjected to random testing from Tuesday to Saturday, and most of the infected cases were found to be asymptomatic, reports said.

PARIS, Jan 5: France reported on Tuesday 271,686 new cases of COVID-19 detected in the last 24 hours, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. According to data released by the French Public Health Agency, a total of 20,186 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized and 3,665 of them are in intensive care.

CANBERRA, Jan 3: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ruled out the government funding free rapid coronavirus tests. Morrison said on Monday that the federal government cannot afford to continue spending on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at the same rate it did in 2020 and 2021.

WASHINGTON, Jan 2: Air travel continued to be severely disrupted in the United States on Saturday, with bad weather in parts of the country adding to the impact of a massive spike in Covid-19 infections fuelled by the Omicron variant.

NEW DELHI, Dec 25: India has logged 7,189 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday. The tally of cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in the country has risen to 415. As per the Health Ministry, the country's active caseload stands at 77,032, presently the lowest in 579 days.

BEIJING, Dec 25: China Saturday reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in four months as officials rushed to contain outbreaks in several regions, including Xi'an city where millions are still under lockdown.

LONDON, Dec 24: Britain reported another day of record COVID-19 cases on Friday, with new estimates showing swathes of London's population are carrying the virus, underlining the relentless advance of the Omicron variant.

NEW DELHI, Dec 22: India reported 6,317 fresh COVID-19 cases and 318 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. The country's active caseload currently stands at 78,190, the lowest in 575 days.

GENEVA, Dec 21: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday called on the world to pull together to end the COVID-19 pandemic within the next year.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20: Heavy rain in Malaysia has displaced over 35,000 people in seven states plus the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as of 11:00 p.m. local time Sunday, according to data from the Malaysian social welfare department.

WILMINGTON, Dec 20: The COVID-19 omicron variant is “just raging around the world,” the White House’s top medical adviser said Sunday as President Joe Biden prepares to issue “a stark warning of what the winter will look like” for unvaccinated Americans.

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THIMPHU, Dec 17: Bhutan on Friday conferred its highest civilian award, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Overjoyed to hear His Majesty pronounce Your Excellency Modiji's Narendra Modi name for the highest civilian decoration, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo," Prime Minister's Office (PMO) of Bhutan said in a Facebook post.

NEW DELHI, Dec 15:  India has logged 6,984 new COVID-19 cases and 247 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday. Out of new cases, Kerala reported 3,377 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, along with 28 COVID-related deaths.

SYDNEY, Dec 15: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was tested for COVID-19 late Tuesday after being deemed a casual contact. The testing followed his attendance at a school graduation ceremony in Sydney last Friday. A COVID-19 case was later found to be among the 1,000-person event.

WASHINGTON, Dec 7: The United States on Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics citing human rights abuses, in a move that will not stop US athletes from competing.

LONDON, Dec 6: A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 246, British health authorities confirmed Sunday. This compares with a total of 160 on Saturday, an increase of more than 50 percent, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

YANGON, Dec 6: Myanmar's junta jailed ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday for four years for incitement against the military and breaching Covid rules, a government spokesman told AFP, the first of a series of possible sentences that could see the Nobel laureate imprisoned for decades.

NEW DELHI, Dec 6: India's tally of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 rose from five on Sunday morning to 21 in the evening. During the day, nine cases of Omicron variant were reported from Jaipur, the capital city of the western state of Rajasthan, and seven from the southwestern state of Maharashtra.

JAKARTA, Dec 5: At least 13 people died and 98 others were injured after Mount Semeru in Indonesia's East Java erupted, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday.

NEW DELHI, Dec 5: India recorded a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 deaths during the past day, as 2,796 more people died, showed the federal health ministry's official figures released on Sunday.

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LONDON, Dec 5: Britain registered 42,848 new COVID-19 infections bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 10,421,104, according to official figures released Saturday. The country also reported a further 127 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 145,551, with 7,373 COVID-19 patients still in hospital.

COLOMBO, Dec 4: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Friday said the country had detected its first patient infected with the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,615,757 on Friday as 9,216 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country.

TOKYO, Nov 30: Japan has confirmed its first case of Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Kyodo News reported citing a government source. A man in his 30s was found to be infected with the heavily mutated strain after arriving from Namibia at Narita airport near Tokyo on Sunday, according to the source.

LONDON, Nov 28:  The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread.

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LONDON, Nov 24: Britain registered 42,484 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 9,932,408, according to official figures released Tuesday.

India reported 9,283 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. With this, the active caseload of the infection stands at 1,11,481, which is the lowest in 537 days.