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China suggests BRICS initiate expansion process

Beijing: China is proposing to initiate the BRICS expansion process in a strive to demonstrate the grouping's openness and make it more influential on the world stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday. "The Chinese side proposes to...

US senate passes $40 bn Ukraine aid bill

Washington: The US Senate on Thursday passed a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill, sending the legislation to the White House to be signed by President Joe Biden. Senate lawmakers passed the majority threshold with the margin at 74-11 as voting...

Russia launches Soyuz-2.1 rocket

Moscow: The Russian Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1 a carrier rocket with a military satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the Russian Defence Ministry said. "On Thursday, a combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces successfully launched...

WHO validates 3rd Chinese Covid vaccine for emergency use

Geneva:  The World Health Organization (WHO) validated on Thursday the CONVIDECIA Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese developer CanSino Biologics for emergency use, making it the third Chinese vaccine after Sinopharm and Sinopec having been certified by WHO Emergency Use...

Finnish, Swedish leaders arrived at White House

Washington: The leaders of Sweden and Finland have arrived at the White House to discuss their countries' NATO membership bids with US President Joe Biden. The two nations submitted their NATO membership applications to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday. Whether...

Covid: N Korea records over 1.9 mn high fever cases, 63 deaths since April

Pyongyang: North Korea has recorded over 262,000 high fever cases and one death in a day, with a total of 1.9 million infected people registered since late April, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday, amid...

Indonesia to lift palm oil export ban starting May 23

Jakarta: Indonesia will lift an export ban on crude palm oil, cooking oil, refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm oil, and RBD palm olein starting May 23, as the country has brought domestic cooking oil prices and supply under...

One killed in Ukrainian strikes on Russia’s Kursk region

Moscow: The governor of Russia's Kursk Region, Roman Starovoit, said at least one man was killed in Ukrainian strikes on the village of Tyotkino. "Another enemy attack on Tyotkino, which took place at dawn, unfortunately ended in tragedy. At the...

Japan to provide Ukraine with additional $300 million loan

Tokyo: Japan will provide Ukraine with an additional $300 million loan for humanitarian purposes, Japanese media reported on Thursday. According to the NHK broadcaster, next week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will inform about this decision US President Joe Biden....

Situation in Ukraine showed Turkey, US need to cooperate more closely

Ankara: The situation in Ukraine has shown that Turkey and the United States need closer cooperation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. The situation "once again showed us that as allies and friends, Turkey and the United States need closer...

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