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The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.(AP)

Aukus: Which countries have nuclear-powered submarines?

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 03:18 PM IST
  • Under the new security pact, America and Britain will provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.
India’s external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, at a meeting with Chinese delegates in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the sidelines of SCO summit. Jaishankar and China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, met on Thursday. (PTI)
India’s external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, at a meeting with Chinese delegates in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the sidelines of SCO summit. Jaishankar and China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, met on Thursday. (PTI)

India, China should focus on ‘normalised management’ of border: Wang Yi at SCO

By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 03:05 PM IST
Let’s move away from “emergency responses”, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi tells India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
US secretary of state Antony Blinken. (File photo)
US secretary of state Antony Blinken. (File photo)

'Surprised’: Pakistan after Blinken says US 'reassessing ties with Islamabad'

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 01:28 PM IST
  • This comes after Blinken told the Congress that the US will be looking at ties with Pakistan in the coming weeks to formulate the role America wants Islamabad to play in the future of Afghanistan.
In this file photo, Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave during a departure ceremony before boarding the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft on a Long March-2F carrier rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in northwest China. The three astronauts have completed the country’s longest crewed mission and returned to Earth. (AFP)
In this file photo, Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave during a departure ceremony before boarding the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft on a Long March-2F carrier rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in northwest China. The three astronauts have completed the country’s longest crewed mission and returned to Earth. (AFP)

3 Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90 days in space

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 01:09 PM IST
The return capsule of the Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship, carrying Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The CN Tower stands at dusk above office buildings and condominiums in the downtown area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Liberal Party has asked one of its candidates from Toronto to halt campaigning over sexual assault allegation. (REUTERS)
The CN Tower stands at dusk above office buildings and condominiums in the downtown area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Liberal Party has asked one of its candidates from Toronto to halt campaigning over sexual assault allegation. (REUTERS)

Canada elections: Liberal Party candidate halts campaign over sexual assault allegation

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:51 PM IST
This is second such incident which may affect the prospects of Liberal Party led by incumbent PM Justin Trudeau. Earlier, after facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards staffers, Indo-Canadian MP Raj Saini too had decided to end his run for re-election from Kitchener Centre.
The Taliban formed the interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan last week. (AFP Photo)
The Taliban formed the interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan last week. (AFP Photo)

Pakistan bats for Taliban, says should be given time to run Afghanistan

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 11:54 AM IST
Pakistan wanted lasting peace in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Rashid said as he stressed the need for the provision of financial and human resources for governance in the country.
In this March 10, 2016 photo, President Barack Obama during his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Barack Obama endorsed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , calling him an effective leader in a rare endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president. (AP)
In this March 10, 2016 photo, President Barack Obama during his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Barack Obama endorsed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , calling him an effective leader in a rare endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president. (AP)

Canada elections: Barack Obama backs Justin Trudeau

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 10:59 AM IST
It will provide momentum to the campaign of the incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to return to power in Ottawa, though the likelihood is he will again command a minority government.
In this file photo taken on May 18, 2021, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a joint press conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris. (AFP)
In this file photo taken on May 18, 2021, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a joint press conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris. (AFP)

IMF head accused of swaying report in China's favour, risks undermined authority

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 08:51 AM IST
Georgieva on Thursday said that she “fundamentally” disagreed with the finding -- by an outside law firm engaged by the World Bank -- that she had applied pressure on the bank’s staff to boost China’s ranking in an economic report.
The image with Joe Biden dressed in Taliban garb and holding a rocket launcher is meant to blame the US president for the messy situation that has developed in Afghanistan following the exit of the United States and its allies from the war-torn land. (Photo via social media)
The image with Joe Biden dressed in Taliban garb and holding a rocket launcher is meant to blame the US president for the messy situation that has developed in Afghanistan following the exit of the United States and its allies from the war-torn land. (Photo via social media)

‘Making Taliban great again’: Biden portrayed as terrorist on US billboards

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:30 PM IST
The sheer tempo of the Taliban takeover surprised many in the international community, and the aftermath reflected widespread domestic and global ramifications regarding human rights and concerns regarding the proliferation of terrorism.
Covid-19: The study, called Com-COV3, will test different vaccine schedules in 12- to 16-year-olds, looking at the immune responses and milder side effects. (Representational Image / REUTERS)
Covid-19: The study, called Com-COV3, will test different vaccine schedules in 12- to 16-year-olds, looking at the immune responses and milder side effects. (Representational Image / REUTERS)

Covid-19: As UK prepares to vaccinate kids, a study looks into mixed dosage

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:58 AM IST
While children in the UK will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, officials have said that advice about second doses will be given at a later date. 
Abortion rights demonstrators march outside of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Chevy Chase, Md.(AP)
Abortion rights demonstrators march outside of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Chevy Chase, Md.(AP)

Texas judge quashes US govt bid for earlier hearing on Abortion law

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:40 AM IST
The law, which took effect Sept. 1, bans most abortions in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape or incest.
Georgieva on September 16, 2021, disputed an independent investigation which found that in her previous job at the World Bank, she pressed staff to alter a report to avoid angering China. The World Bank announced Thursday that it was immediately discontinuing its Doing Business report after the investigation found irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 editions.(AFP)
Georgieva on September 16, 2021, disputed an independent investigation which found that in her previous job at the World Bank, she pressed staff to alter a report to avoid angering China. The World Bank announced Thursday that it was immediately discontinuing its Doing Business report after the investigation found irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 editions.(AFP)

IMF chief Georgieva says did not alter World Bank report to appease China

AFP |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:51 AM IST
  • Georgieva, a Bulgarian national who took the helm of the IMF in October 2019, rejected its conclusions regarding her role.
US authorities have launched a massive search for Petito, 22, who mysteriously vanished during a road trip with Laundrie, 23, now declared a "person of interest" in a case gripping the nation. (AFP)
US authorities have launched a massive search for Petito, 22, who mysteriously vanished during a road trip with Laundrie, 23, now declared a "person of interest" in a case gripping the nation. (AFP)

Gabby Petito's disappearance grips US; search intensifies

AP |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:06 AM IST
  • The video released by the Moab Police Department shows that an officer pulled over the van on Aug. 12 after it was seen speeding and hit a curb near the entrance to Arches National Park.
Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte(REUTERS)
Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte(REUTERS)

Dutch PM Rutte to invite UK to join EU defence deal: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:25 AM IST
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said there is a need to work with the UK. 
Taro Kono, Japan's vaccination programme chief and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker, attends a news conference as he announces his candidacy for the party's presidential election in Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS)
Taro Kono, Japan's vaccination programme chief and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker, attends a news conference as he announces his candidacy for the party's presidential election in Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS)

Taro Kono seen as top contender as Japan PM race set to begin

Reuters | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:20 AM IST
The leadership race for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took an unexpected turn two weeks ago when Suga said he would step down, setting off a heated fight.
Reports said the rocket might have hit the Chamtalah electric substation. (Photo of Kabul)(AFP)
Reports said the rocket might have hit the Chamtalah electric substation. (Photo of Kabul)(AFP)

Several rockets fell in Kabul, might have hit power plant: Reports

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Reports said the incident took place near a power plant in Khair Khana which is a residential suburb in the northwest of Kabul.
As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan once again after 20 years, experts believe that Afghan women are most likely to face an uncertain future under the terrorist group regime.(AFP)
As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan once again after 20 years, experts believe that Afghan women are most likely to face an uncertain future under the terrorist group regime.(AFP)

Taliban ban female employees from entering ministry of women

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:14 PM IST
"Four women were not allowed to enter the building", Sputnik quoted the employee as saying.
Obama tweeted Thursday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as an effective leader who has strong democratic values.(Reuters file photo)
Obama tweeted Thursday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as an effective leader who has strong democratic values.(Reuters file photo)

'Effective leader': Barack Obama endorses Justin Trudeau in Canadian polls

AP | , Toronto
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:00 PM IST
It is the second time Obama has done it. Obama also urged Canadians to re-elect the Liberal leader in Canada’s last election in 2019. 
In August 2020, World Bank paused the publication of Doing Business reports following a number of irregularities.(File Photo)
In August 2020, World Bank paused the publication of Doing Business reports following a number of irregularities.(File Photo)

World Bank to discontinue ‘Doing Business’ reports after irregularities found

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 09:06 PM IST
  • The irregularities in Doing Business reports had affected four countries: China; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; and Azerbaijan.
Ahmad Massoud has reportedly roped in a lobbyist in the US to lobby for the Northern Resistance Front. (REUTERS)
Ahmad Massoud has reportedly roped in a lobbyist in the US to lobby for the Northern Resistance Front. (REUTERS)

Massoud has a lobbyist in US; Taliban are also looking for one: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 08:18 PM IST
Ahmad Massoud has entered into an agreement with Robert Stryk who will lobby for the Northern Resistance Front in the US, an NYT report said. 
Kabul: Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.(AP)
Kabul: Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.(AP)

UN official meets Afghan minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, discusses humanitarian aid

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:46 PM IST
Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists is founder of the Haqqani network, which was designated as a terror group by the United States in 2012. Sirajuddin carries a bounty of USD 5 million on his head.
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility on Monday. Australia decided to invest in US nuclear-powered submarines and dump its contract with France to build diesel-electric submarines because of a changed strategic environment, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. (AP)
The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility on Monday. Australia decided to invest in US nuclear-powered submarines and dump its contract with France to build diesel-electric submarines because of a changed strategic environment, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. (AP)

AUKUS: China lashes out at US-UK-Australia security alignment

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 06:40 PM IST
Under the partnership, announced by US President Joe Biden, British PM Boris Johnson and Australian PM Scott, the US, and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to build nuclear-powered submarines.
Taliban fighters pose for a picture in front of a bakery at a market area in Khenj district, Panjshir Province.(AFP)
Taliban fighters pose for a picture in front of a bakery at a market area in Khenj district, Panjshir Province.(AFP)

'Why do we risk...': Pakistan wants countries to recognise Taliban

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 04:02 PM IST
  • Pakistan’s national security adviser Moeed Yusuf said that the current approach would push the war-torn country towards an economic slump.
The latest video released by the Taliban shows Mullah Baradar reading out a statement quashing rumours of his death, illness, internal feud in the Cabinet.
The latest video released by the Taliban shows Mullah Baradar reading out a statement quashing rumours of his death, illness, internal feud in the Cabinet.

Where is Taliban's Mullah Baradar? What this interview clarifies

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 03:41 PM IST
There is no internal conflict among the members of the interim Cabinet of Afghanistan, Mullah Baradar can be seen reading out from a statement in the latest video released by the Taliban.
Children play at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo)
Children play at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

UN official raises concern over children's security in Afghanistan

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 03:19 PM IST
"Afghanistan continues to be one of the most dangerous places for a child to live and grow. I am appalled by the continuing and rising high levels of violence endured by children in Afghanistan, including those caught up in combat," the International Forum For Rights And Security (IFFRAS) said in its report.
University students queueing to receive the China National Biotec Group Covid-19 vaccine at a university in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. China has fully vaccinated over 1 billion people - 70% of its 1.4 billion population - a health official said on Thursday. (AFP)
University students queueing to receive the China National Biotec Group Covid-19 vaccine at a university in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. China has fully vaccinated over 1 billion people - 70% of its 1.4 billion population - a health official said on Thursday. (AFP)

China fully vaccinates more than 1 billion people

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 02:56 PM IST
China’s vaccination drive - the largest in the world - began last year when the government allowed emergency inoculation of frontline workers.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (File Photo / REUTERS)
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (File Photo / REUTERS)

France feels ‘betrayed’ after Australia turns to US for nuclear-powered subs

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 01:58 PM IST
US President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of Australia and Britain announced Wednesday a new defence pact that would see Canberra get a nuclear-powered submarine fleet, a privilege reserved for few American allies.
China is poised to report its first population decline in five decades following a once-in-a-decade census. (File Photo / REUTERS)
China is poised to report its first population decline in five decades following a once-in-a-decade census. (File Photo / REUTERS)

As China's population declines, county hands out cash to couples to have babies

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 01:37 PM IST
Families with three children in Linze county in Gansu province will be able to receive 5,000 yuan (7) in a lump sum payment when the third child is born, as well as 10,000 yuan a year before the kid reaches three years old, the local government said in a WeChat post this week.
File image of security forces loyal to Yemen's Huthi rebels. (AFP)
File image of security forces loyal to Yemen's Huthi rebels. (AFP)

At least 50 rebels and pro-government troops killed in clashes in central Yemen

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 01:05 PM IST
The Iran-backed rebels have made advances in Al-Bayda province in recent weeks as they also fight for control of the strategic city of Marib in the north.
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