Former U.S. vice president and current presidential contender Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump who has been trailing Democratic rival Biden in the polls ahead of the November elections, had promised to bring all troops home and end America’s “endless wars.” When asked if he agreed with the president’s

10 September 2020

India added a record high of 90,632 new Coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours on Sunday, taking the total cases to 4,113,811. The country is inching closer to becoming the second worst-affected COVID-19 nation in the world and may likely overtake Brazil by Monday which currently has 4,113,811 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. There are currently 862,320 active cases in

6 September 2020

The southeaster Iranian port of Chabahar has experienced 28% growth in foreign trade and transit trade, said the Director-General of Ports and Maritime Organization of Sistan-Baluchestan Behrouz Aqaei. Aqaei said by end of August, the consignment to Afghanistan which has transited through the port accounted for 23% of the total traffic. India donated wheat and sugar to Afghanistan and the ships dock at Shahid Beheshti

6 September 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until mid-2021 due to the importance of clinical and human testing results and safety checks. Margaret Harris, spokesperson for the WHO said none of the Coronavirus candidate vaccines in advanced clinical trials so far demonstrated a “clear signal” of efficacy at the level required by the WHO. “It is unlikely that we will

5 September 2020

Turkey denied airspace to a German military plane which was flying to Armenia to pick up soldiers for training ahead of their NATO deployment in Afghanistan in July. The Armenian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that 120 of their peacekeepers were due to be transported to Germany for further training before they would join under German command as part of the NATO Resolute Support

3 September 2020

India recorded 78,761 new Coronavirus cases on Sunday which was the highest reported single-day increase by any nation since the pandemic started. With the country trying to revive its economy by easing the lockdown measures, India’s COVID-19 cases continue to grow at a record pace. This pushed the nationwide tally to 3,542,733 confirmed cases, with 765,302 active. The Health Ministry said that the country has recorded

30 August 2020

The UN Security Council rejected a U.S. proposal to indefinitely extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran which is set to expire in October 2020. "The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defence of international peace and security is inexcusable," said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as the council voted to allow the 13-year embargo to expire. The Security Council "rejected

15 August 2020

A powerful blast in the port of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has left at least 78 people dead and wounded some 4,000 on Tuesday evening. The explosion’s shockwaves were felt across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the capital with smashed masonry, shattered windows and seismic waves shaking the ground. Authorities surmised that the blast took place near a warehouse

5 August 2020

Iran's Chabahar Port has remained active during the COVID-19 pandemic and sent its first shipment of seafood products to Thailand. Director General of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization, Behrouz Aghaei said reefers carrying Iran’s aquatic products had left from the southeastern port of Chabahar. “The shipment will be sent to India’s Mundra Port and then transhipped to Thailand’s Bangkok,” Aghaei said, adding, “Normal

3 August 2020

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global Coronavirus pandemic is a disaster whose effects will last far into the future. “The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come," Tedros said during an Emergency Committee on COVID-19 meet. With nearly 18 million cases worldwide, and still increasing, COVID-19 is not slowing

2 August 2020