Analysis: US, China positions ossify at entrenched Tianjin talks

WASHINGTON: With no indication of a U.S.-China leaders' summit in the works, nor any outcomes announced from high-level diplomatic talks on Monday,...

UK expands Covid-19 testing to ease shortage of key workers

LONDON: Britain's government expanded a programme of daily Covid-19 tests on Monday to reduce a wave of staff absence created by a...

South, North Korea restore hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

SEOUL: South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, with renewed efforts by...

Antibodies from Sinovac’s Covid-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps: study

Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine decline below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most...

What makes Delta variant the most formidable version of coronavirus yet?

The Delta variant is the fastest, fittest and most formidable version of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, and it is upending assumptions...

Pandemic leaves Indians mired in massive medical debts

NEW DELHI: As coronavirus cases ravaged India this spring, Anil Sharma visited his 24-year-old son Saurav at a private hospital in northwest...

Extreme weather renews focus on climate change as scientists update forecasts

DUBAI: As scientists gather online to finalize a long-awaited update on global climate research, recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight...

China blames US for ‘stalemate’ in ties as talks begin

BEIJING: China blamed the United States on Monday for a "stalemate" in two-way ties, accusing it of creating an "imaginary enemy", and...

Tunisian democracy in crisis after president ousts government

TUNIS: Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze...

Thousands of Afghan families flee fighting in former Taliban bastion of Kandahar

More than 22,000 Afghan families have fled from their homes to escape fighting in the former Taliban bastion of Kandahar, officials said...

Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach dozens of submerged homes as the...

Israeli airlines start direct flights to Morocco after improved ties

JERUSALEM: Two Israeli carriers on Sunday launched nonstop commercial flights to Marrakesh from Tel Aviv following the upgrading of diplomatic relations last...

Afghan forces capture four Taliban fighters for Eid rocket attack

Afghan forces have captured four Taliban fighters including a militant commander for carrying out this week's rocket attack targeting the presidential palace in Kabul...

Iraq does not need US troops to fight ISIS: prime minister

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the so-called Islamic State group, but a...

First task for Afghanistan troops is to slow Taliban’s momentum: Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday that the Afghanistan security forces' first job was to make sure they could...