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Humans Possess Genetic Blueprints to Produce Venom, Study Suggestsc

Humans Possess Genetic Blueprints to  Produce Venom, Study Suggestsc

March 31,2021

A new study has found that salivary glands in mammals and venom glands in snakes and spiders share similar, ancient hardware, indicating that humans could at one point have ...

EU commissioner visits refugee facilities on Greek islands

EU commissioner visits refugee facilities on  Greek islands

March 30,2021

ATHENS- The European Union’s home affairs commissioner is visiting asylum-seeker facilities on the eastern Greek islands of Samos and Lesbos amid continuing accusations ...

AP Exclusive: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID

AP Exclusive: WHO report says animals likely source of COVID

March 30,2021

BEIJING- A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that ...

Thousands flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

Thousands flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

March 30,2021

MAE SAKOEP- A series of airstrikes by Myanmar’s military along the country’s border raised concerns Monday that more villagers might flee to neighboring Thailand in large numbers ...

Ship ‘partially refloated,’ but still stuck in Suez Canal

Ship ‘partially refloated,’ but still stuck in Suez Canal

March 30,2021

SUEZ- Engineers on Monday “partially refloated” the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, authorities said, without ...

Indonesia President Condemns Church AttackAs “Terrorism”

Indonesia President Condemns Church AttackAs “Terrorism”

March 29,2021

JAKARTA- Indonesian president Joko Widodo strongly condemned a suspected suicide bomb attack outside a church that wounded 14 people in the city of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi ...

Troops Fire at Funeral as Myanmar Mourns Bloodiest Day Since Coup

Troops Fire at Funeral as Myanmar Mourns Bloodiest Day Since Coup

March 29,2021

Myanmar security forces opened fire on Sunday, witnesses said, at people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests ....

Tugs, Dredgers Continuing Efforts to Free Ship Stranded in Suez Canal: Authority

Tugs, Dredgers Continuing Efforts to  Free Ship Stranded in Suez Canal: Authority

March 29,2021

CAIRO- The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Sunday that tugging and dredging operations to free a grounded container ship blocking the waterway would continue around the clock ...

Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train

Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train

March 29,2021

BAZAR- Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train in eastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police and a local journalist said ...

Iran, China Sign 25-Year Cooperation Agreement

Iran, China Sign 25-Year Cooperation Agreement

March 28,2021

DUBAI- The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers on Saturday signed a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two allies in a ceremony carried live on state television. ...

‘Gangster-Like Logic’: North Korea Rejects Biden’s Missile Launch Criticism, Points to Washington’s Own Saber-Rattling

‘Gangster-Like Logic’: North Korea  Rejects Biden’s Missile Launch Criticism, Points to Washington’s Own Saber-Rattling

March 28,2021

Responding to American criticism of its recent missile launch, North Korea has accused Washington of denying its right to self-defense, even as the US holds war games at the country’s doorstep ...

‘Shots Fired’ at US Mission in Myanmar, Embassy Says Amid Clashes between Police and Anti-Coup Protesters

‘Shots Fired’ at US Mission in Myanmar,  Embassy Says Amid Clashes between Police and Anti-Coup Protesters

March 28,2021

Shots were fired at the American Center Yangon in Myanmar on Saturday, the US Embassy confirmed. Washington imposed sanctions on Burmese officials after the military ...

Many Dead in Fire at COVID Hospital in India’s Mumbai

Many Dead in Fire at COVID Hospital in India’s Mumbai

March 27,2021

A fire has killed at least 10 people in a shopping mall that housed a private hospital treating coronavirus patients in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, officials said...

Final Israeli Election Results Confirm Deadlock

Final Israeli Election Results  Confirm Deadlock

March 27,2021

Final election results have shown Israel in a political deadlock once again, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents falling short of a governing majority....

Yemen’s Houthis Warn of Stronger Attacks after Drone Strikes on Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Houthis Warn of Stronger Attacks after Drone Strikes on Saudi Arabia

March 27,2021

DUBAI- Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said on Friday they had attacked Saudi energy and military sites with 18 armed drones, and the kingdom’s energy ministry reported ...

Two Trains Collide in Egypt, at Least 50 Injured – Ministry

Two Trains Collide in Egypt, at Least  50 Injured – Ministry

March 27,2021

CAIRO- At least 50 people were injured when two trains collided north of the Egyptian city of Sohag on Friday ...

No clear winner in Israeli election, but Netanyahu could have edge: TV exit polls

No clear winner in Israeli election, but Netanyahu could have edge: TV exit polls

March 25,2021

JERUSALEM- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure a solid parliamentary majority in Israel’s election on Tuesday but a potential deal with a rival rightist could ...

Asia Stocks Follow Wall Street Down on Renewed Virus Worries

Asia Stocks Follow Wall Street  Down on Renewed Virus Worries

March 25,2021

BEIJING- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday after European governments extended anti-coronavirus lockdowns, clouding the outlook for economic recovery...

Eritrean Troops Killed more than 100 Civilians in Tigray: Rights Group

Eritrean Troops Killed more than 100 Civilians in Tigray: Rights Group

March 25,2021

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says Eritrean soldiers killed more than 100 civilians in a November massacre in war-torn Tigray that may amount to crimes against humanity. ...

U.S. Urges Turkey not to Keep Russian S-400 Air Defense System: State Dept

U.S. Urges Turkey not to Keep Russian S-400 Air Defense  System: State Dept

March 25,2021

WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday, urged Ankara not to retain Russia’s S-400 missile ...

White House: North Korea Conducted Short-Range Missile Test

White House: North Korea  Conducted Short-Range Missile Test

March 25,2021

WASHINGTON- North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint ...

Israel Votes: Netanyahu’s Fate Hangs on Tuesday’s Elections

Israel Votes:  Netanyahu’s Fate Hangs  on Tuesday’s Elections

March 24,2021

JERUSALEM- Israelis began voting on Tuesday in the country’s fourth parliamentary election in two years — a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Oil Falls More than 3% as European Coronavirus Curbs Point to Demand Hit

Oil Falls More than 3% as European Coronavirus Curbs Point to Demand Hit

March 24,2021

LONDON- Oil prices fell more than 3% on Tuesday, hit by concerns that new pandemic curbs and slow vaccine rollouts in Europe will hold back a recovery in demand, while a stronger ...

Ten Killed in Mass Shooting at Colorado Grocery Store, Injured Suspect in Custody

Ten Killed in Mass Shooting at Colorado Grocery Store, Injured Suspect in Custody

March 24,2021

BOULDER- A man seen bloodied and limping as he was led away by police in handcuffs has been arrested on suspicion of killing 10 people, including a police officer, at a Colorado grocery...

Germany Extends Virus Lockdown Till Mid-April as Cases Rise

Germany Extends Virus Lockdown  Till Mid-April as Cases Rise

March 24,2021

BERLIN- Germany has extended its lockdown measures by another month and imposed several new restrictions, including largely shutting down public life over Easter, in an effort ...

Australian east coast rain to ease but flooding continues

Australian east coast  rain to ease but  flooding continues

March 24,2021

SYDNEY- Heavy rainfall was forecast to ease across Australia’s east coast but floodwaters will linger for days across New South Wales state where 15,000 people were nervously ...

Russia, under Fresh U.S. Sanctions Threat, Says Ready to Issue Eurobond Soon

Russia, under Fresh U.S. Sanctions Threat, Says  Ready to Issue Eurobond Soon

March 23,2021

MOSCOW- Russia stands ready to tap the Eurobond market any moment, and it expects foreigners’ share among holders of its OFZ treasury bonds to stabilise in 2021 despite the threat ...

World’s 1st ORAL Covid-19 Vaccine Could Soon Begin Human Trials

World’s 1st ORAL Covid-19 Vaccine Could Soon Begin Human Trials

March 23,2021

A coronavirus vaccine that can be swallowed like a pill and administered at home could begin clinical trials in the near future after its developers reported promising preliminary ...

Israel Seizes Palestinian Foreign Minister’s Travel Permit after Visit to International Criminal Court over War Crimes Probe

Israel Seizes Palestinian Foreign  Minister’s Travel Permit after Visit  to International Criminal Court over  War Crimes Probe

March 23,2021

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, who was returning to the West Bank from a meeting at the International Criminal Court (ICC), was held up at a border crossing and got his VIP travel permit ...

Over 200 alleged Muslim Brothers charged or wanted in Tajikistan

Over 200 alleged Muslim Brothers charged or wanted  in Tajikistan

March 15,2021

Tajikistan has placed 72 alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood (banned in the Russian Federation and Tajikistan) on international wanted lists. The announcement was made ...

Saudi Arabia’s Announces Changes to Kafala System

Saudi Arabia’s Announces Changes  to Kafala System

March 15,2021

Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are now able to switch jobs without their employers’ permission after the long-awaited labour reforms in the Gulf region’s most populous country ...

Five Killed in Myanmar Protests, Civilian Leader Says People Should Defend Themselves

Five Killed in Myanmar Protests, Civilian  Leader Says  People Should Defend Themselves

March 15,2021

Myanmar security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in the commercial capital Yangon on Sunday, and at least three people were killed, witnesses and domestic media said...

Biden Boosts US Vaccine Stockpile as World Waits

Biden Boosts US Vaccine Stockpile as World Waits

March 14,2021

WASHINGTON- President Joe Biden has directed his administration to order another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, growing a likely U.S. surplus of doses ...

UN Urges Somalia to Organize Elections Without Delay

UN Urges Somalia to Organize  Elections Without Delay

March 14,2021

UNITED NATIONS- The U.N. Security Council urged Somalia’s government on Friday to organize elections “without delay” in a resolution that stressed the pressing threat ...

Kuwait’s #Metoo Moment: Women Denounce Harassment, Violence

Kuwait’s #Metoo Moment: Women Denounce Harassment, Violence

March 14,2021

DUBAI- Abrar Zenkawi was cruising toward the beach in Kuwait City when she saw a man waving and smiling in her rearview mirror.
Elsewhere, this may have been a benign highway ...