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Pakistan will remain on the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) 'grey list' over terror financing and money laundering. Pakistan hasn't complied with six of the 27 points in FATF's action plan. "As all action plan deadlines have expired, the FATF strongly urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its full action plan by February 2021," the watchdog said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:55 pm on 23 Oct
Writer-editor Apurva Asrani has criticised US President Donald Trump for calling Indian air "filthy" during the presidential debate. "Seven months ago...he said on Indian soil, that 'India gives hope to humanity'. Today he dismisses India, by calling it 'filthy'," tweeted Apurva. "While it's a fact that India's air quality...is poor, it's...bigger fact that Trump is a liar," he added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:29 am on 24 Oct
Reacting to a scene in 'Borat 2' where he is shown with his hand down his pants, US President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani tweeted, "I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment." Giuliani was seen lying on a bed in front of the actress who pretended to be a journalist and played Borat's daughter's role.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:30 pm on 23 Oct
North Korea says yellow dust from China could spread COVID-19
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors, saying seasonal yellow dust blowing in from China might carry coronavirus with it. The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be nearly empty on Thursday following the warning. State-controlled Korean Central Television (KCTV) broadcast special weather segments on Wednesday, warning of an influx of the yellow dust.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:38 pm on 24 Oct
Ma Suu, a 36-year-old woman in Myanmar who had to close her salad stall during the lockdown said, "People are eating rats and snakes...Without an income, they need to eat like that to feed their children." Her husband, an out of work construction labourer, has resorted to hunting for food in the open drains by the slum where they live.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:19 pm on 23 Oct
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the world is now at a critical juncture in COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous track. "We urge leaders to take immediate action, to prevent further unnecessary deaths, essential health services from collapsing...As I said it in February and I'm repeating it today: This is not a drill," he added.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:00 am on 24 Oct
Astronaut votes from ISS, NASA shares pic of voting booth
short by Nandini Sinha / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote in the US Presidential election from the International Space Station (ISS). A photo shared by NASA Astronauts on Twitter showed Rubins in front of a handwritten sign that read "ISS voting booth". Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, had earlier said that "it's critical to participate in our democracy".
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:00 am on 24 Oct
Want to ensure India-China standoff doesn't escalate, says US
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Trump administration officials said the US is watching the India-China standoff in Ladakh closely and wants to ensure the situation doesn't escalate. The remarks come ahead of the third "2+2 dialogue" between India and the US, scheduled to begin in Delhi on Monday. The US also welcomed greater Indian participation in Southeast Asia including military presence in South China Sea.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 01:30 pm on 24 Oct
Monitoring Ladakh standoff, sharing info with India: US officials
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
The United States is monitoring the India-China standoff in Ladakh and sharing information with India, senior US government officials said on Saturday. Commenting on the Galwan Valley face-off, the officials added, "We as a government are covering the situation in the Himalayas closely and understandably. And we certainly want to ensure that the situation does not escalate."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:38 pm on 24 Oct
A US Marine alleged Australian special forces shot and killed a bound Afghan prisoner because there was not enough space on a helicopter. The helicopter crew chief said the Australian troops called up the American pilots in 2012 to collect them and about seven prisoners captured during an operation, but were told there was only room for only six people.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:35 pm on 23 Oct
Pakistani man born without arms masters playing snooker with chin
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
A 32-year-old Pakistani man, Muhammad Ikram, who was born without arms has mastered the game of snooker by playing with his chin. Pictures and videos of him playing snooker have recently gone viral. "I have met very good snooker players who tell me I am a real genius," Ikram said. He hopes to play at the international level one day.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 01:37 pm on 24 Oct
First-ever 'murder hornet' nest in US discovered by scientists
short by Daisy Mowke / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Scientists in Washington have discovered the first nest of 'murder hornets' in the US and plan to wipe it out on Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials said. Workers with the Agriculture Department spent weeks tracking Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings and spit venom. The nest is about a basketball's size and contains an estimated 100-200 hornets.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:30 am on 24 Oct
Israel, Sudan agree to normalise ties in US-brokered deal
short by Kiran Khatri / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalise relations in a US-brokered deal. The leaders agreed to begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture. As part of the deal, Trump removed Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Earlier, the UAE and Bahrain normalised ties with Israel.
short by Kiran Khatri / 11:04 pm on 23 Oct
France will have to live with COVID-19 until next summer: Macron
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer. He added that his government has no plans to reduce curfews imposed to contain the spread of the virus but may extend it in the future. France on Friday reported 42,032 new COVID-19 cases, crossing the 1 million cumulative tally.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 10:46 am on 24 Oct
US reports its biggest rise in daily COVID-19 cases at 84,218
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
The US has recorded its biggest one-day rise in coronavirus cases as 84,218 people tested positive on Friday, according to a Reuters tally. The US is the worst coronavirus-hit country with over 84 lakh COVID-19 cases. Over the past week, the US has reported an average of 60,000 new cases per day, the highest seven-day average since early August.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 01:04 pm on 24 Oct
Free COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans if elected: Biden
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he would mandate COVID-19 vaccines to be free for all Americans if he's elected. Biden added that he would "immediately" put in place a national strategy to get "ahead of the virus". He further said that US President Donald Trump still doesn't have a plan to tackle COVID-19 and has "quit on America".
short by Athira Sasidharan / 10:57 am on 24 Oct
White House denies researcher hacked Trump's Twitter account
short by Hiral Goyal / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
The White House has denied Dutch cybersecurity researcher Victor Gevers' claims that he logged into Donald Trump's Twitter account by guessing his password, Forbes reported. A Twitter spokesperson also told Forbes that there is no evidence to support Gevers' claims and that the platform "proactively implemented account security measures for high-profile Twitter accounts".
short by Hiral Goyal / 08:11 pm on 23 Oct
Novel flash flood warning system for 5 South Asian countries launched
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
A first-of-its-kind system for South Asian countries that will provide flash flood alerts 6-24 hours in advance was launched at IMD in Delhi on Friday. The system will enable India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan issue impact-based forecasting of floods which are very sudden and of short duration at watershed and city level, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:42 pm on 23 Oct
Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif charged with fresh graft case
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
Pakistan's anti-corruption body has approved a new graft case against former PM Nawaz Sharif. According to the National Accountability Bureau, the fresh case pertains to 'illegally' purchasing 73 high-security vehicles for the security of foreign dignitaries. Pakistan on Thursday had asked the UK for the third time to deport Nawaz Sharif to serve his prison term in the country.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 06:37 pm on 23 Oct
No justification for Uighur concentration camps in China: US
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Talking about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims, the US Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger said there's no justification for the country maintaining "concentration camps". According to the UN, over 1 million Muslims have been detained in Xinjiang. Last week, US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien had said that China was perpetrating "something close to" a genocide.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:41 pm on 24 Oct
It's Trump recovery vs Biden depression: US Prez on elections
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Addressing a rally in Florida, US President Donald Trump said the November 3 election for Americans is a choice between "Trump super recovery and a Biden depression". He added that the choice is between optimism, patriotic vision for American success and Biden's 'dark, dismal, gloomy' vision. Trump also alleged that Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are radical left.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 11:36 am on 24 Oct
Turkey tested Russian S-400s despite US' objection: Prez Erdogan
short by Kiran Khatri / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defence systems that it bought from Russia. "The US' stance absolutely does not concern us," Erdogan said. Turkey will continue testing military equipment, including many bought from the US, he added. The US had threatened sanctions, saying that Turkey's S-400 deal with Russia compromised NATO defences.
short by Kiran Khatri / 09:57 pm on 23 Oct
Personally allowed Navalny to get treatment in Germany: Putin
short by Kiran Khatri / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he personally told prosecutors to allow opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who fell ill on August 20, to be flown to Germany. If Russian authorities wanted to poison Navalny, "they wouldn't send him to be treated in Germany", Putin added. A lab in Germany had said that Navalny was poisoned using Novichok nerve agent.
short by Kiran Khatri / 06:02 pm on 23 Oct
2 onboard killed after US Navy training plane crashes in Alabama
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 24 Oct 2020,Saturday
Two crew members of Navy T-6B Texan II aircraft were killed after the plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Alabama, the US Navy said. A home and several cars caught fire after the plane crashed but no casualties or injuries were reported on the ground, officials said. The US Department of Defense and the Navy will investigate the crash.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 09:09 am on 24 Oct
Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza after Palestinian rocket fire
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 23 Oct 2020,Friday
The Israeli army has said that it has launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after two Palestinian militants fired two rockets on Thursday. The Israeli military added that they struck a weapons manufacturing site and "underground infrastructure" belonging to the Islamic militant group Hamas. There were no reports of casualties or major damage from either side.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 05:13 pm on 23 Oct
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