US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuclear talks

The United States and its closest partners are stepping up pressure on Iran to return to stalled nuclear negotiations, warning that it will face greater international isolation, new economic penalties and possibly military action if it forges ahead with its atomic programme. In a series of high-level diplomatic…

US will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travelers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places. The CDC said last week that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by U.S. regulators or the World…

‘I heard sound of firing’: Shock at attack on mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

Sardar Mohammad Zaidi, imam of the Fatima mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar, had almost reached the end of Friday prayers when gunfire and explosions signalled the start of the second attack on a Shi’ite mosque in a week. The mosque, also known as the Imam Bargah mosque, is the largest of around 40 Shi’ite…

North Korean Captain America? Soldier in blue generates buzz on social media

A North Korean soldier clad in a super-tight blue outfit in a state media photo has generated a buzz on social media, with some calling him “a superhero,” “a captain DPRK,” or “a rocket man.” He was among nearly 30 soldiers who posed for a photo with leader Kim Jong Un during an exhibition of weapons…

Russia says talks with US fail to make headway on embassies dispute

Russia and the United States failed to make any major progress on Tuesday in resolving a row over the size and functioning of their embassies and there is a risk that relations could worsen further, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. With ties already at post-Cold War lows, the two countries are in…

As e-scooters and e-bikes proliferate in New York, safety challenges grow

The coronavirus pandemic has upended many of the familiar routines that make up everyday urban life, bringing tectonic shifts in office culture, classroom learning and online shopping. Now it is transforming the way people move around the nation’s largest city. A boom in electric-powered mobile devices is bringing…

‘India controls world cricket’: Imran Khan after New Zealand, England pull out of Pakistan tour

Expressing disappointment over New Zealand and England’s decision to pull out of their respective tours of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said money has become a big player now, and that “India being the richest board, controls world cricket.” In an interview with Middle East Eye, Khan…

Missing apostrophe in Facebook post lands man in defamation court

A missing apostrophe in a Facebook post could cost a real estate agent in Australia tens of thousands of dollars after a court ruled a defamation case against him could proceed. In the post last year, Anthony Zadravic, the agent, appears to accuse Stuart Gan, his former employer at a real estate agency, of not paying…

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighbouring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country’s national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also showed the bloc of Iraq’s populist Shiite cleric Muqtada…

Report concludes UK waited too long for virus lockdown

The British government waited too long to impose a lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, missing a chance to contain the disease and leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths, a parliamentary report concluded Tuesday. The deadly delay resulted from ministers’ failure to question the recommendations…