Iran nuclear talks break, Europe, US dismayed by Iranian stance

Indirect US-Iranian talks on saving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal broke off until next week as European officials voiced dismay on Friday at sweeping demands by Iran’s new, hardline government. The seventh round of talks in Vienna is the first with delegates sent by Iran’s anti-Western President Ebrahim Raisi on how…

India’s 1 Billion Vaccines Milestone Hides A Worrying Disparity

India will soon have administered one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, but the milestone masks a yawning gap between the number of people who have been fully inoculated and those that have had just one shot. While it is likely to hit the billion-doses mark this week, the country has only given two shots to 20 per cent…

Boris Johnson Government Under Spotlight As Covid Cases Rise Again In UK

London:  Britain has repeatedly trumpeted its mass vaccination programme against Covid-19, hailing its early approval of jabs as a key part of the long struggle to return to normal life. But infection rates remain stubbornly high, contrasting sharply with its European neighbours and prompting fresh questions of…

World news: 5 overnight developments from around the globe

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping US missionaries in Haiti A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a US based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped. The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the…

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…