China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang human rights event, warns of more confrontation

This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China’s western Xinjiang region. Greg Baker | AFP | Getty Images China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United … Read more

Fears of exploitation grow for children stranded in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict

Hundreds of children separated from their parents are at risk of abuse, exploitation and child labour after fleeing conflict in Ethiopia‘s northern Tigray region, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Nearly 5,000 children have lost contact with their parents or been orphaned since fighting erupted in November, with many living in informal camps where they have … Read more

Gaza rockets follow Jerusalem clashes in second night of violence

Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip early Saturday after repeated salvos of rocket fire into Israel followed a second night of clashes between Palestinians and police in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Thirty-six rockets were launched, the Israeli army said, the most in a single night this year, after Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas voiced support for the … Read more

Biden officials place hope in Taliban’s desire for legitimacy and money

President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan has drawn sharp criticism that it could allow a takeover by the Taliban, with brutal consequences, particularly for the rights of women and girls. In response, top Biden administration officials have offered a case for why the outcome may not be so dire: The Taliban, … Read more

How the tiny kingdom of Bhutan out-vaccinated most of the world

The Lunana area of Bhutan is remote even by the standards of an isolated Himalayan kingdom: It covers an area about twice the size of New York City, borders far western China, includes glacial lakes and some of the world’s highest peaks, and is inaccessible by car. Still, most people living there have already received … Read more

Covid infection rate is approaching the highest level so far, WHO chief warns

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The head of the World … Read more

Non-communicable diseases top cause of death in India; AI, Big Data can help in prevention: Apollo Hospitals – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The contribution of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as the top causes of death in India has risen to a staggering 64.9 per cent as compared to communicable diseases, maternal and other causes that dropped to 25 per cent, Apollo Hospitals Group said on Wednesday. The healthcare major also unveiled a report on the ‘Health … Read more

Mozambique army says ‘significant’ number of militants killed in Palma battle

Mozambique’s military has said a “significant” number of militants were killed in fighting for the northern town and gas hub of Palma, seized by Islamic State-linked jihadists last month. Palma was taken in a coordinated attack on March 24, in a major escalation of an insurgency that has been raging in Cabo Delgado province for … Read more

Prominent socio-religious organisations of Bangladesh seeks UN intervention in Xinjiang

The United Nations (UN) has been urged by prominent socio-religious organisations of Bangladesh to play a stronger role in stopping the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. This was suggested at a press conference at the Chattogram Press Club on Friday. Alem Muktijoddha Projanma Sangsad organized the press meet where a … Read more

Travel and tourism set to witness a paradigm shift amid the Covid scare. Will India fare well?

With a Covid-19 resurgence in many parts of the country and the world, international travel is still very subdued. But the ongoing global vaccination drive should speed up the return to travel. If all things go well on the vaccination front, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) panel of experts foresee a rebound in … Read more