Day: January 11, 2020

China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak

China on Saturday said a 61-year-old man had become the first person to die from a respiratory illness believed caused by a new virus from the same family as SARS, which claimed hundreds of lives more than a decade ago. Forty-one people with pneumonia-like symptoms have so far […]

Qaboos, the sultan who shielded Oman from region’s turmoil

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos, who died on Friday aged 79, transformed the former Arabian Peninsula backwater into a modern state and sought-after mediator while shielding the sultanate from a region in turmoil. The intensely private sultan — the longest-reigning ruler in the modern Arab world — left no apparent […]

Magnitude 5.9 shock rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) southeast […]

Merkel, Putin discuss Middle East flashpoints at Kremlin meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to focus on flashpoints in the Middle East. Merkel and Putin shook hands at the start of the meeting which the German leader said would cover topics including turmoil in Libya […]

Ukraine demands punishment for Iran plane downing

Ukraine on Saturday demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the downing of a Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims while praising Tehran for cooperating with an “objective” investigation. Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelensky was due to discuss the incident with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani at 5:00 pm […]

Oman’s new ruler backs policy that made kingdom vital mediator

Oman’s new royal ruler pledged Saturday to follow the non-interference policy that made the kingdom a vital regional mediator under his late cousin Sultan Qaboos who reigned for half a century. Haitham bin Tariq, the culture minister, was sworn in shortly after modern Oman’s founding father was laid […]

Taiwan’s Tsai wins landslide in stinging result for China

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide election victory on Saturday as voters delivered a stunning rebuke of Beijing’s campaign to isolate the self-ruled island and handed its first female leader a second term. Tsai, 63, was greeted by thousands of jubilant flag-waving supporters outside her party headquarters, […]

Ukraine demands punishment for Iran plane downing

Kiev, Jan 11: Ukraine on Saturday demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the downing of a Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims while praising Tehran for cooperating with the “objective” investigation. Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelensky was due to discuss the incident with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani at […]

JNU admin says doing security audit of hostels

New Delhi, Jan 11: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has undertaken a security audit of the hostels to check stay of outsiders and unauthorised students there, following the January 5 violence on the campus, the JNU administration said on Saturday. In a letter sent to hostel wardens, Umesh Kadam, dean […]

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