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Taliban militants begin offensive on Afghan capital Kabul

Taliban fighters have been advancing on Kabul from all sides, the Interior Ministry said. The capital, which is the only major urban area still under the control of the government of President Ashraf Ghani, has been fully encircled by the militants in recent days. Several unnamed Afghan officials have confirmed …

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‘And so it begins’: Mixed reaction as vaccine passport plans ‘set to begin with England Euro 2020 games at Wembley this weekend’

At least 22,500 football fans are hoping to attend England’s group stage matches this month against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, with those allowed in filling up to 25 percent of the national stadium capacity. Supporters attending the Three Lions’ initial matches and potential knockout fixtures in the postponed competition must show on a National …

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World’s 1st ORAL Covid-19 vaccine could soon begin human trials

The trailblazing drug, called Oravax, is being developed by Israeli-American Oramed Pharmaceuticals and India-based Premas Biotech. The two companies have teamed up to create Oravax Medical Inc., which hopes to combine Oramed’s oral delivery technology with Premas’ vaccine expertise to create a new method of inoculation against Covid-19.  A pilot …

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India & China begin to pull troops back from contested Himalayan lake, India’s defense minister confirms

Speaking before the country’s parliament on Thursday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed the breakthrough reached with Beijing on the months-long standoff at the disputed border, officially known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The disengagement agreement was first announced by Beijing on Wednesday, with the country’s military saying that …

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‘Let the Hunger Games begin’? Biden’s inauguration draws dystopian fiction comparisons as new president calls for ‘unity’

While pop star Lady Gaga helped to kick off Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday afternoon with a performance of the national anthem, observers appeared more enthralled with her oversized broach. Netizens immediately likened the pin to the iconic ‘Mockingjay’ of Hunger Games fame – the symbol of the film’s fictitious rebellion …

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