Friday, February 26, 2021


Oxford University Covid-19 lab suffers cyberattack

LONDON: Oxford University has confirmed that one of its laboratories involved in Covid-19 research suffered cyberattack after an investigation by Forbes suggested that hackers were showing off access to a number of systems.

'Khashoggi assassins used jets linked to Saudi Crown Prince'

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia over the phone hours ahead of a new report was set to be made public in the sensational killing of acclaimed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

US condemns LoC infiltration, expects Pak's 'constructive role'

NEW YORK: The US condemns terrorists infiltrating the Line of Control (LoC) and expects Pakistan to play a "constructive role" in Kashmir, according to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

Russia foils 72 terror crimes in 2020: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that law enforcement forces have prevented 72 terrorist crimes in the country in 2020, up from 57 a year earlier.

Lanka, Pak agree to strengthen cooperation in various areas

COLOMBO: Pakistan and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen cooperation in several areas including agriculture.The agreement came as visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met here with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for bilateral ties, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Senate committees postpone votes on Indian-American cabinet nominee

NEW YORK: Two Senate committees unexpectedly postponed on Wednesday preliminary votes on confirming Neera Tanden, the embattled Indian-American nominee for a cabinet position, as the powerful director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Senate committees postpone votes on Indian-American cabinet nominee

NEW YORK: Two Senate committees unexpectedly postponed on Wednesday preliminary votes on confirming Neera Tanden, the embattled Indian-American nominee for a cabinet position, as the powerful director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Biden to sign executive order to bolster critical US supply chains

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order to bolster supply chains in four key areas including semiconductor chips, pharmaceuticals, rare earth minerals and large-capacity batteries, the media reported.

Taliban urges members to avoid harbouring foreign nationals

KABUL: Taliban has asked its members to avoid harbouring foreign nationals and not allow them to join their ranks amid doubt over the group's commitment to cut their ties with the Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Russian' hackers targeted NASA as part of SolarWinds attack

WASHINGTON: In a wide-spread cyber-attack on US federal agencies and enterprises, hackers also broke into the networks of NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), The Washington Post has reported, saying the Biden administration is reportedly preparing sanctions against Russia as the cybercriminals are "likely Russian in origin".

Australia expresses concern over attack-class submarine programme

CANBERRA: Australia's Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has expressed her "frustration" with the French company chosen to build the nation's new fleet of submarines.

Prince Philip has infection, will stay in hospital

LONDON: The Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for an infection and is not expected to leave hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has said.

World risks new pandemics, warns UN Environment Assembly

 NAIROBI: Ministers of environment and other leaders from more than 150 nations concluded a two-day online meeting of the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) in which the Assembly warned that the world risks new pandemics "if we don't change how we safeguard nature".

Biden appoints Kiran Ahuja to top personnel management job

NEW YORK: US President Joe Biden has appointed Kiran Ahuja, a civil rights lawyer and an advocate for Asians, to head the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Tiger Woods in 'serious' condition after California car crash

NEW YORK: Golf legend Tiger Woods suffered multiple leg injuries in a car crash on Tuesday and is in a "serious" condition undergoing surgery at a Los Angeles hospital, according to information from Woods' manager and local law enforcement officials.

Nepal reports 110 new Covid-19 cases, tally hits 273,666

KATHMANDU: Nepal on Tuesday reported 110 new cases of coronavirus infection from across the country. With this, the nationwide infection count has advanced to 273,666.

9 foreigners detained in relation to alleged assault in S Korea

HWASEONG: The Gyeonggi Nambu Police Agency in South Korea arrested nine foreign nationals in a recent assault case that sparked public outrage after video of the attack went viral on social media, officials said Tuesday.

WFP could cease operations in North Korea

SEOUL: The World Food Programme (WFP) could suspend its operations in North Korea this year as restrictions on imports remain in place due the coronavirus pandemic, a report on its website showed on Tuesday.

NASA releases audio from Mars, video of Perseverance landing

WASHINGTON: NASA has released a new video from its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on February 18.

Netflix's new feature automatically downloads content based on users like

SAN FRANCISCO: Video-streaming platform Netflix has launched a new feature that aims to bring more offline content to users who opt-in automatic downloads.

Candles lit at White House to honour 5L Covid deaths in US

WASHINGTON: Candles were lit at the White House South Portico on the day which the number of Americans who died from Covid-19 broke the staggering record of 500,000.

Imran Khan leaves for maiden Sri Lanka visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left for a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.

US oil, gas exports to India to continue: Price

NEW YORK: Despite President Joe Biden's opposition to fossil fuels, the US will continue to supply petroleum products to India while supporting sustainable energy development, according to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

20 lawmakers skip meeting called by Imran Khan in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: 20 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including two former ministers who were recently expelled from the cabinet, missed the meeting called by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

US reaffirms willingness to engage Iran over nuclear issue

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State has reaffirmed the willingness to engage with Tehran over the nuclear issue, downplaying new threats by the Iranian leadership to boost uranium enrichment.

Payback time as 50-50 Senate puts Neera Tanden nomination in jeopardy

NEW YORK: The White House is scrambling to find Republicans who can put Neera Tanden, the Indian American nominee for White House Office of Management and Budget, over the finishing line, as opposition to her candidacy intensifies on both sides of the aisle in a 50-50 Senate.

Dubai boy who made Modis portrait receives letter of praise from PM

DUBAI:A Dubai-based 14-year-old boy from Kerala who had made a six-layered stencil portrait of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a gift to him on the occasion of the country's Republic Day, has received a letter of appreciation from the latter who told him that the sketch reflects his love and affection for the nation.

Entire California school board resigns as video call goes viral

SAN FRANCISCO: All members of a northern California school board resigned after they were caught badmouthing parents in a video call that became viral.

Japan instructs domestic carriers to ground Boeing 777s

TOKYO: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has ordered domestic carriers to halt flights of Boeing 777s after an incident involving the aircraft sparked concern, local media reported Monday.

Not all Covid patients have enough antibodies: Musk-led study

SAN FRANBCISCO:Billionaire Elon Musk has become a co-author of a study on Covid-19 where he joined researchers to track coronavirus infection in 4,000 SpaceX workers who came forward as volunteers. The findings suggest that only a certain threshold of antibodies may provide people lasting protection against the virus.

Philippines approves emergency use of Sinovac's Covid vaccine

MANILA: The Philippines has officially approved the emergency use of China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, the country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday.

S.Korea's FM seeks submission of extra budget bill by next week

SEOUL: South Korea's Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki on Monday instructed its officials to thoroughly prepare to submit an extra budget proposal next week in a bid to buttress smaller merchants hit hard by the pandemic.

Myanmar military regime backed by China, cracks down on protesters

New Delhi/Naypyitaw: Myanmar's military regime, which recently overthrew the democratically elected government in a coup, has intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country.

ABC News shoots to top spot on App Store charts following FB's ban

SYDNEY: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's ABC News app shot to the top of Apple's App Store charts in Australia over the course of the last few days, just after Facebook banned Australian news sources on its platform.

52 short-finned pilot whales found dead on Indonesian beach

JAKARTA: At least 52 among dozens of short-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in Indonesia's East Java province died on Friday morning, local media reported.

Biden's Indian-American cabinet nominee runs into Senate opposition

NEW YORK: President Joe Biden's Indian-American nominee for a cabinet post is at risk of not getting the Senate's approval after a Democratic Senator announced he would not vote for her.

NASA rover sends 1st colour images of Mars, a selfie too

WASHINGTON: NASAs Perseverance rover has sent some stunning photos of the Red Planet, including a high-resolution colour selfie taken during its landing.

Indian children expose themselves on video chat site Omegle

LONDON: Omegle, a live video chat website, has found itself in a massive controversy after a BBC investigation found that children are exposing themselves to strangers on the platform where videos of child pornography are frequently being shared.

America is back, Biden tells Europe

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has said the US is returning to the transatlantic partnership and will address global challenges like climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

US return to 2015 Paris Agreement becomes official

NEW DELHI: The US return to the 2015 Paris Agreement became official on Friday, paving the way for climate actions through its domestic and international policies while creating millions of "green" jobs.