UK further eases Covid-19 restrictions
  • UK further eases Covid-19 restrictions(16:00)

    London, May 17 (IANS) People in England, Scotland and Wales can now sit indoors in pubs and restaurants and can hug each other again, in the biggest single lifting of coronavirus restrictions since the start of the UK's successful vaccination campaign.

Colombian protest leaders present demands to govt
S'pore, HK again postpone travel bubble launch
  • S'pore, HK again postpone travel bubble launch(15:24)

    Singapore, May 17 (IANS) Singapore and Hong Kong are for the second time postponing the start of their quarantine-free travel bubble, the Transport Ministry here said on Monday, citing "the evolving Covid-19 situation" in the city-state.

Aid ship rescues over 300 people in Mediterranean
  • Aid ship rescues over 300 people in Mediterranean(14:56)

    Rome, May 17 (IANS) The aid ship Sea-Eye 4 has rescued about 330 migrants attempting to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in the past few days, the private vessel's German operator announced on Monday.

Taiwan bars entry to non-nationals after Covid spike
  • Taiwan bars entry to non-nationals after Covid spike(14:50)

    Taipei, May 17 (IANS) Taiwan is banning the entry of non-nationals without a resident permit and the transit of international airport passengers, after reporting a new daily record of 333 locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Monday.

Turkey eases strict lockdown
  • Turkey eases strict lockdown(14:38)

    Ankara, May 17 (IANS) Turkey emerged from its strictest nationwide shutdown on Monday aimed at containing the coronavirus, but weeknight and weekend curfews will remain in place.

3,150 rockets fired from Gaza: Israel Army
  • 3,150 rockets fired from Gaza: Israel Army(14:24)

    Tel Aviv, May 17 (IANS) A week after the shelling began, Palestinian militants have fired some 3,150 rockets from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, the Israeli Army said on Monday.

NZ 'travel bubble' expands to include Cook Islands
Czech Prez accuses Russia of 'stupidity' over 'unfriendly' label
Pandemic has increased violence against LGBTI people: EU
  • Pandemic has increased violence against LGBTI people: EU(13:54)

    Brussels, May 17 (IANS) The European Union's (EU) foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has highlighted the worsening situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

UNSC urges cessation of Israel-Palestine violence
  • UNSC urges cessation of Israel-Palestine violence(13:06)

    United Nations, May 17 (IANS) As tensions between Israeli troops and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip were continuing unabated, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for an immediate end to the bloodshed.

Aus PM to visit NZ for annual meeting
  • Aus PM to visit NZ for annual meeting(12:48)

    Wellington, May 17 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders' Meeting on May 30-31, it was announced here on Monday.

Aus state lifts temporary Covid measures
  • Aus state lifts temporary Covid measures(12:40)

    Sydney, May 17 (IANS) The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) announced on Monday that the temporary Covid-safe measures in place for the Greater Sydney area have been lifted, despite the missing link between previous local cases.

Mindat falls to Myanmar Army, Resistance withdraws
'Oxygen for India' marathon fundraiser to collect $2mn launched in Canada
  • 'Oxygen for India' marathon fundraiser to collect $2mn launched in Canada(12:06)

    Toronto, May 17 (IANS) The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), along with 80-odd community bodies, launched its 'Oxygen for India marathon fundraiser to collect $2 million to send oxygen equipment to India, even as Ontario announced to send 2,000 more ventilators to the Covid-battered country.

Thailand reports record daily Covid cases due to jail clusters
Vaccine mandates to be set locally: US CDC chief
  • Vaccine mandates to be set locally: US CDC chief(11:48)

    Washington, May 17 (IANS) Rochelle Walensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that mandates in the country for people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 have been left to individual companies and institutions.

Saudi Arabia to lift travel ban from Monday
  • Saudi Arabia to lift travel ban from Monday(11:36)

    Riyadh, May 17 (IANS) Saudi Arabia will lift the travel ban which was imposed last year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic from Monday, with authorities saying that they were ready to operate international flights at full capacity.

Presidential campaigns start in Syria
  • Presidential campaigns start in Syria(11:22)

    Damascus, May 17 (IANS) Syrian presidential campaigns have officially started as posters of President Bashar al-Assad and the two other candidates filled the squares and streets in the capital Damascus.

B'desh extends lockdown to May 23
  • B'desh extends lockdown to May 23(11:18)

    Dhaka, May 17 (IANS) Bangladesh has again extended the ongoing lockdown to May 23 in light of the current Covid-19 situation in the country and neighbouring India, which is battling a devastating second wave of the pandemic.

Jordan working on releasing 2 nationals arrested in Israel
Rouhani urges boosting pvt sector to attract foreign capital
Azerbaijan begins military exercise amid Armenia border tension
Barcelona's Picasso Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of painter's donation
'Indian Covid variant can spread like wildfire among unvaccinated people'