January 23, 2022 11:24 (IST)
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West Africa: Extreme poverty rises nearly 3 per cent due to COVID-19

New York: Extreme poverty in West Africa rose by nearly three per cent in 2020, another fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN-backed report launched on Thursday that looks at the socio-impact of the crisis has revealed.

UNRWA condemns demolition of Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

New York: The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, on Thursday urged Israeli to immediately halt all evictions and demolitions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, after an entire family was forced out of their long-term home the previous day. 

Ghana mining community explosion leaves 20 people dead

Accra/UNI/Xinhua: At least 20 people died and many others were injured in an explosion at a mining community of Ghana's Western Region.

Canada: Quebec’s anti-corruption squad probes large number of fake vaccine passports

Quebec/IBNS: Various fraudulent schemes to make and distribute fake vaccine passports in the province of Quebec are being investigated by the province's anti-corruption squad with a warning that people involved could face serious criminal charges.

Beijing fines 7-Eleven retail chain for marking Taiwan as independent nation on its website

Beijing: The local authorities in Beijing have fined retail chain 7-Eleven for recognizing Taiwan as an independent nation on its website.

Pakistan: Three killed, over 20 injured in Lahore's Anarkali Bazaar explosion

Lahore/IBNS: An explosion ripped through roadside stalls at a paan mandi situated in the Anarkali Bazaar area of Lahore in Pakistan on Thursday, leaving at least three people dead and several others wounded, according to local media reports.

General Assembly President urges solidarity, hope, laying out 2022 agenda

New York: Amid the resurgent COVID pandemic, the President of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, stressed the importance of solidarity and fostering hope, as he outlined his priorities for the remainder of the 76th session.

Palestine-Israel: UN envoy highlights urgent need for reform

New York: Urgent action is required to prevent further deterioration of the economic, security and political situation across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the UN’s Middle East envoy, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN chief lauds ‘demonstrable effort to make peace’ in Ethiopia

New York: The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa.

Unvaccinated Czech folk singer dies of COVID-19 after deliberately contracting virus

Prague/IBNS: A Czech folk singer, who was not vaccinated against COVID-19, has died after she deliberately contracted the virus to obtain a health pass that would have allowed her to visit the sauna and theatre, her family told media.

Canada welcomes over 200 Afghan refugees to Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver/IBNS: Sean Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Wednesday announced that over 200 Afghan refugees landed in Vancouver last night, marking the largest flight to date of Afghan nationals arriving in BC.

Canada's annual inflation rate rises to 4.8 pct in Dec, highest since 1991: says Statistics Canada

Ottawa/IBNS: The annual pace of inflation in Canada climbed to 4.8 per cent in December, the highest since 1991, says Statistics Canada.

Chinese president Xi Jinping defends 'common prosperity' crackdowns

Beijing: Chinese leader Xi Jinping recently made a defense of his "common prosperity" policy at the world stage.

Athletes warned against speaking out against China during Beijing Winter Olympics

Human rights group has warned that competitors at the Beijing Winter Olympics will face an “Orwellian surveillance state” in China and could put themselves in danger if they speak out in support of the Uyghur Muslims.

Jamaat-i-Islami vows 100 sit-ins across Pakistan against mini budget

Islamabad: The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Tuesday announced the launch of a country-wide protest movement to press the Pakistani government for taking back the mini-budget it recently bulldozed through the National Assembly.