India: 8 dead, 20 missing as heavy rains lash Kerala

Eight people have died and 20 have been reported missing as heavy rains continued to lash Kerala on Sunday. According to the Times of India, three more bodies were recovered from Koottickal in the Kottayam district on Sunday. State ministers K Rajan, Roshy Augustine and VN Vasavan took part in a review meeting to assess … Read more

“No Hope…”: Afghan Girls Want To Return To School Amid Taliban Rule

While boys over age 13 returned to school, girl pupils are barred from attending. (Representational) Kabul: Afghan teenager Amena saw dozens of classmates killed when her girls’ school was targeted by an ISIS bomb attack in May, but she was determined to continue her education. Now, like most secondary school girls in the country, she … Read more

Covid-19: Saudi Arabia to allow vaccinated fans to attend full-capacity sports events

Saudi Arabia’s sports fans will be allowed to attend full-capacity events at all stadiums and other sports facilities starting on Sunday, the country’s ministry of sports announced in a statement on Saturday. Stadiums and other sports facilities will limit entry to fans who have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the kingdom, … Read more

Australia’s Melbourne set to end world’s longest lockdowns

The Australian city of Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week. Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, announced the easing of curbs on Sunday. The move comes with officials projecting … Read more

17 US Missionaries, Family Members Kidnapped In Haiti: Report

They were abducted from a bus headed to the airport to drop off some members of the group Port-au-Prince: As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were kidnapped on Saturday by gang members in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, the New York Times reported, citing security officials there. The kidnapping happened … Read more

China Tested New Space Capability With Hypersonic Missile: Report

China space mission: China launched a nuclear-capable missile in August. Beijing: China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. The report, citing multiple sources familiar with the test, said Beijing in August launched a nuclear-capable missile that circled the Earth at low orbit before descending toward … Read more

Countries in Asia are placing orders for a new drug to treat coronavirus. Poorer nations could miss out again

Experts say while the pill looks promising, they worry some people will use it as an alternative to vaccines, which still offer the best protection. And they caution that Asia’s race to stock up on the pill could see a repeat of the vaccine grab last year, when wealthier countries were accused of hoarding doses … Read more

Russia: Eighteen people die after drinking alcohol containing methanol

Eighteen people have died from alcohol poisoning in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. Between 7 and 14 October, the victims were sold alcohol containing methanol, which is poisonous and usually used for industrial purposes. Russia’s Investigative Committee said two people have been arrested in connection with the deaths. The country’s TASS news agency cited Valery … Read more