Volunteers develop Facial Paralysis after COVID-19 Vaccine

According to reports, a massive concern regarding health safety has risen after the people in the United Kingdom starting vaccinating against the coronavirus pandemic. According to the US Food and Drug Administration regulators, four volunteers who’ve been given the shots during the trial stage have developed Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s palsy or Facial Paralysis is a medical condition that causes half of the face to droop.

People lash out at Johnson over India-Pakistan gaffe

According to the report of Baaghi TV, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was strongly criticised from UK MPs after he termed ongoing protests by Indian farmers as a matter between India and Pakistan. During Parliament session on Wednesday, Johnson confused two separate issues when he reiterated the UK government’s stance that any dispute between India and Pakistan was for the two countries to settle bilaterally.

Jim Ratcliffe: Pro-Brexit British Tycoon Expanding Motor Business

London, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): Chemicals tycoon Jim Ratcliffe, who has bought Daimler's Smart car factory in northeast France, is a reclusive British billionaire with high-profile ventures in sports and auto manufacturing. The owner of a 60-percent stake in petrochemicals firm Ineos is bidding to enter the automotive sector with a new 4x4 model called the Ineos Grenadier, billed as a successor to the Land Rover Defender.

Muddled Open for Wall Street as Covid Vaccine Nears

New York, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): US stocks lost steam in early trading Wednesday ahead of the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines and as Congress and the White House continue negotiating over new aid package. About 50 minutes after the open, the broad-based S&P 500 was flat at 3,702.37, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index was down 0.3 percent at 12,552.63.

Canada’s Central Bank Holds Key Lending Rate at 0.25 Percent

Ottawa, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): The Bank of Canada on Wednesday held its key lending rate at 0.25 percent, saying world economies were sharply rebounding from a record plunge, but warned that a second wave could set back recoveries. The central bank said the rollout of vaccines -- the first doses were given in Britain Tuesday -- "is providing reassurance the pandemic will end and more normal activities will resume."

Kremlin Sounds Alarm Over ‘Doomsday Plane’ Robbery

Moscow, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): The Kremlin on Wednesday sounded the alarm over the theft of sensitive equipment from a secretive "doomsday plane" designed for the country's top command in event of a nuclear attack. The interior ministry said police in the southern city of Taganrog had been alerted that 1 million rubles ($13,600) worth of equipment was stolen from an Ilyushin Il-80 plane at an airfield.

UN Appeals for Calm in DR Congo after Parliament Bust-Up

Kinshasa, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): The United Nations on Wednesday hit out at violence that erupted in DR Congo's parliament, pitting backers of President Felix Tshisekedi against supporters of his predecessor Joseph Kabila. Police were sent in to end the clashes on Tuesday, sparked by a months-long tussle over power-sharing. The UN's representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Leila Zerrougui, said

Far-Right Attack Suspect Denies Holocaust in German Court

Magdeburg, Germany, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): A man accused of killing two people in an anti-Semitic attack in Germany last year was cut off during final testimony at his trial on Wednesday after he denied the Holocaust. Stephan Balliet, 28, is accused of trying to storm a synagogue filled with worshippers in Halle on October 9, 2019 during Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

UK to Drop Retaliatory EU Tariffs on US Goods

London, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): Britain said Wednesday it will drop EU tariffs on US goods adopted as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing, just as London hopes to secure a post-Brexit trade agreement with Washington. President Donald Trump last year imposed 25 percent tariffs on wine, cheese, olives and other European delicacies in a battle over subsidies to planemaker Airbus.

Dozens of Countries Back World Press Freedom Call

The Hague, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): Ministers from more than 50 countries will sign a declaration calling for the protection of journalists at a UN conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday, the Dutch foreign minster said. The World Press Freedom Conference in The Hague, which is being held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, will discuss how to tackle violence against media workers more effectively.

Ethiopian PM Makes First Foreign Trip Since Start of Conflict

Nairobi, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed began his first official trip since launching military operations against leaders of the dissident Tigray region. As skirmishes continued in the north and aid agencies decried lack of humanitarian access, Abiy travelled south to the border town of Moyale and with his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, presided over the inauguration of a new border post.

Coronavirus Lays Bare Divisions in Society: UN Rights Chief

Geneva, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): The UN human rights chief warned Wednesday that the coronavirus crisis had laid bare serious weaknesses and divisions within societies, including a destructive failure to respect basic rights. "Covid-19 has zeroed in on the fissures and fragilities in our societies, exposing all our failures to invest in building fair and equitable societies," Michelle Bachelet said.

Indian troops martyr three kashmiri youth in Pulwama

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today. The youth were killed during a cordon and search operation in Tiken area of the district. One person was also injured due to the firing of the troops during the CASO. The operation continued till last reports came in.

2 Security Forces Killed & 3 Wounded in Taliban Attack in Ghazni

At least two security force members were killed and three others were wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Andar district of Ghazni, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday. “At the start, a Taliban suicide bomber drove toward the base but was destroyed before reaching its target,” the statement said.

Pak-China Joint Air Exercise ‘Shaheen-IX’ Starts At Operational Air Base

09 December, 2020: Pak-China Joint Air Exercise “Shaheen-IX” has started at an Operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force today. The contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), comprising combat Pilots, Air Defence Controllers and technical ground crew is participating in the exercise.  

Pakistan Rejects US Designation on Religious Freedom

Pakistan rejects the U.S. State Department’s arbitrary and selective assessment under a U.S. domestic legislation on religious freedom. The designation of Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” is completely against the realities on the ground and raises serious doubts about the credibility of the exercise. Such subjective designations do not contribute towards promoting the cause of religious freedom worldwide.

All Possible Measures Being Taken to Eliminate Illegal Immigration: Ejaz Shah

9th December 2020, Islamabad: Interior Minister Brig (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah met with the Ambassador of Greece H.E. Mr. Andreas Papastavrou at the Ministry of Interior. The two discussed bilateral ties, economic situation and impact of pandemic on the global level. Pakistan and Greece share good relations on government level, said the Ambassador. Many Pakistanis live in Greece which plays an important role in strengthening ties.

JPMorgan Chase Urges Biden Team to Enact More Stimulus

New York, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): JPMorgan Chase is urging the incoming Biden administration to support additional aid to people left jobless by the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to address income inequality, a banking source said Monday. In a list of recommendations to the President-elect's team, the giant US bank said the coronavirus pandemic was "straining... families' economic mobility and restricting the US economy,".

Denmark Announces Shutdown Measures for Half of Country

Copenhagen, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): Denmark will close middle and high schools, bars, cafes and restaurants in 38 municipalities this week in new shutdown measures set to affect almost half of the country's population, the government said Monday. The spread of the infection "is too high and the situation is too worrying. As a result, we have to adopt measures to control the infection and the epidemic,"

Joe Biden unveils his health team, Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy named Surgeon General

US President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his health team on Monday, naming Xavier Becerra as Secretary Health and Human Services, and Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General. Dr Anthony Fauci has been named Chief Medical Adviser to the President on COVID-19. Dr Rochelle Walensky was named Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith as COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair.

India COVID19 Vaccine Producers Apply for Approval

Mumbai, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): Two Indian pharmaceutical firms, including the world's biggest manufacturer of vaccines, on Monday sought fast-track approval for coronavirus shots in the world's second most populous nation. The country of 1.3 billion is the world's second-worst hit by the pandemic after the United States, and has already recorded nearly 9.7 million infections and more than 140,000 deaths.

Nobel Laureates Receive Prizes at Home Amid Pandemic

Stockholm, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): Adjusting to a world where travel is hampered by the pandemic, this year's Nobel laureates will receive their prizes at home this week following the cancellation of the traditional Stockholm and Oslo ceremonies. The awards in the six categories were announced in nearly typical fashion in October, albeit with fewer reporters in physical attendance.

Tunisian Charged over Fatal French Church stabbings: Prosecutors

Paris, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): The chief suspect in the fatal stabbings of three people in a church in the French city of Nice was charged Monday with their murder, anti-terrorism prosecutors said. Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian national, was shot and seriously injured by police inside the basilica after the October 29 attack. He was charged after his condition in hospital improved, allowing police to question him.

Pakistan Welcomes Reported Progress in Efforts for Resolution of Rift in Gulf Region

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Spokesperson's Office) No. 552/2020 Press release Pakistan welcomes reported progress in efforts for resolution of the rift in the Gulf region Pakistan welcomes the reported progress towards resolution of the rift in the Gulf region. We particularly appreciate Kuwait's sincere efforts for helping to bridge differences and promoting reconciliation among the countries in the dispute.

Aeroflot plane evacuated at JFK Airport after a bomb threat

An Aeroflot Boeing 777 was searched upon arrival at JFK International Airport yesterday following a bomb threat, according to Port Authority Police Department. The Aeroflot flight # SU102 coming from Moscow, Russia, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER reg. VQ-BIL was evacuated following a bomb threat. Authorities said the threat was received from an incoming flight from Moscow, which landed at about 3:49 p.m. (EST) with approximately 250 passengers.

Ikea Scraps Famed Catalogue After 70 Years

Stockholm, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Monday it would stop printing its famed annual catalogue, ending a seven-decade tradition as customers moved to digital alternatives. The catalogues offered a snapshot on contemporary living that made them intensely popular, with circulation reaching a peak in 2016, when 200 million copies in 32 different languages were distributed worldwide.

US President terms COVID-19 as “China” virus once again?

According to Baaghi TV, the Corona virus, which spread from China, has wreaked havoc around the world Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for US President Donald Trump, tested positive for Corona virus. President Trump wrote on the social networking site Twitter that Rudy Giuliani’s China virus test has come positive. He is the greatest mayor in the history of New York.

Muslim men arrested in India under Love-Jihad Law

New Delhi, 7th December: Police in Northern India arrest men under new Love-Jihad Law. Baaghi TV: According to reports, police said on Monday they arrested 10 men in northern India for allegedly compelling women to change religion after marriage, using a new anti-conversion law called the “Love-Jihad” law. Last month, Uttar Pradesh became the first province to pass a law against forged or fraudulent religious conversions.