UN urges Gulf states to step up to avert Yemen famine

UN aid chief says Yemen on a ‘knife-edge’ of famine, amid smaller aid contributions from Gulf countries. In 2020 the UN only received just more than half the $3.4bn it needed. UN aid chief Mark Lowcock has urged Gulf states to step up next Monday when the world body seeks to avert a large-scale “man-made” […]

The Taliban once again forced the United States to show flexibility

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed after weeks of delays in the Qatari capital, Doha, escalating violence and a change in US diplomatic leadership following the start of the Biden administration. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted Monday night that they would resume talks, which were the result of an agreement […]

Covid-19 Live News: 3 Great Plains States Recover After Staggering Spikes

Here’s what you need to know: A drive-through coronavirus testing site in Bozeman, Mont., in December.Credit…Janie Osborne for The New York Times Not three months ago, the coronavirus had so ravaged South Dakota that its packed hospitals were flying patients to other states for treatment. An analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University had […]

Short of Vaccine, States Find Hidden Stashes in Their Own Backyards

President Biden is pressing for speedier inoculations as well — a case he is expected to make on Friday, when he travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to visit the manufacturing plant of Pfizer, one of the two manufacturers of federally authorized vaccine. Federal officials estimate that as many as six million vaccine doses are still being […]

Boeing backs Trump plane emission rule seen by US states as weak

In lawsuit against US environment agency, 12 states said the rule lags ‘existing technology by more than 10 years’. United States plane maker Boeing Co has backed fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft – the first of their kind – finalised by the Trump administration in its waning days that a dozen states have challenged […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Vaccine Supplies Falling Short as States Expand Access

Here’s what you need to know: A vaccination center at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Thursday.Credit…Steven Senne/Associated Press Racing to ramp up Covid-19 vaccinations, states have opened mass inoculation sites and expanded eligibility. But a big problem remains: The supply isn’t increasing fast enough. The United States, facing a growing threat from more contagious […]

Biden extends Syrians’ protected status in the United States

Despite a tough stance on migration Donald Trump had twice extended protections for Syrians due to the ongoing conflict. The administration of President Joe Biden on Friday extended deportation relief for several thousand Syrian immigrants living in the United States, an early move that aligns with his broader pro-immigrant platform. Acting Department of Homeland Security […]

South Africa variant of virus detected in the United States

Health officials in the US state of South Carolina announced on Thursday that the new South Africa variant of the coronavirus has been detected in two people in the United States. These are the first known cases of the more infectious South Africa variant in the US. Officials said there was no known travel history […]

India to give homegrown vaccine in seven more states this week

NEW DELHI: India said it will administer homegrown coronavirus vaccine COVAXIN in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million health care workers across the country.The government this month gave emergency-use approval to the vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech International Ltd. and state-run Indian Council of Medical Research, and another licensed […]

Joe Biden sworn in as president of the United States

BREAKING Biden takes over from Donald Trump at a moment of deep division in the country, which is reeling from COVID-19. Joe Biden has been sworn in as president of the United States, entering the White House at a time of deep division in the country. Raising his right hand and placing his left on […]

Iran welcomes Qatar’s call to resume diplomacy with Gulf states

Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasises the need for collaboration for a ‘strong region free from hegemony’. Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Qatar’s call on Gulf states to engage in a dialogue with the Islamic Republic and to broker negotiations. “As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to […]

US states brace for potential violence before Biden inauguration

State officials across the United States are preparing for potentially violent demonstrations in support of President Donald Trump in the days leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Several states, including California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida, had activated their National Guard forces to bolster security as of Saturday. Authorities in […]

More states are detecting the highly contagious virus variant.

The list of states to identify the dangerous new coronavirus variant is growing. Texas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania confirmed their first cases on Thursday, joining California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and New York. Florida has at least 22 confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has reported at least 26. Experts have […]

Georgia’s Warnock to make history as state’s first Black senator

The deep-voiced Baptist pastor who now holds the pulpit where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr preached made history in his uphill battle to unseat a sitting Republican to become the first Black US Senator from Georgia. The son of a sharecropper, Reverend Raphael Warnock, who never held public office before, defeated Kelly […]

Georgia runoffs throw spotlight on state’s economic recovery

The future of Georgia’s and the United States’ economic recovery could hang in the balance of Tuesday’s runoff elections, which will determine whether Republicans or Democrats will control the US Senate. As Republicans and Democrats battle over who will run Georgia’s economy the best, the state itself is an example of how government intervention in […]

In a Breakthrough, Gulf States Agree to Ease Relations With Qatar

Representatives of several Gulf states signed an agreement on Tuesday to ease Qatar’s isolation from its Arab neighbors, which have blockaded the country since 2017, a major step toward ending a rift that has left it excluded for years. The agreement, signed at a regional summit meeting in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, by representatives from […]

Gulf states sign ‘solidarity and stability’ deal at GCC summit

BREAKING The leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running GCC crisis. Gulf leaders have signed a ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement to end their three-year diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia, Saudi crown prince said. The leaders are meeting in Saudi […]

Israel says Pakistan not among states it may have ties with

Israeli minister says more countries lined up to normalise relations with Israel but ruled out Pakistan being one of them. Pakistan is not among the Muslim countries Israel is aiming to normalise relations with, an Israeli cabinet minister said. In recent months, the Trump administration has brokered rapprochements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, […]

US must consult Gulf states on reviving Iran nuclear deal: Riyadh

The Gulf states must be consulted before the United States revives a nuclear agreement with Iran, says Saudi Arabia, warning that this would be the only path towards a sustainable agreement. President-elect Joe Biden has signalled a willingness to return the US to a landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran if Iran showed compliance with […]