US urges India to avoid buying Russian military equipment

NEW DELHI: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S400 air defence system at a meeting with his Indian counterpart, reiterating that US allies should steer clear of Russian equipment to avoid sanctions. “We certainly urge

US joined by Russia, China, Pakistan call for Afghan ceasefire

MOSCOW: The United States was joined by Russia, China and Pakistan in calling on Afghanistan’s warring sides to reach an immediate ceasefire, at talks that showed Washington’s determination to win backing from regional powers for its plans. Just six weeks

Putin is a ‘killer’, will pay the price for election meddling: Biden

WASHINGTON: Russia called its US ambassador back to Moscow for consultations after President Joe Biden described Vladimir Putin as a “killer” who would “pay a price” for election meddling, prompting the first major diplomatic crisis for the American president. In

US intelligence report says Russia, Iran meddled in 2020 elections

WASHINGTON: Russia and Iran targeted election infrastructure during the 2020 US vote but did not compromise any of the results, the departments of Homeland Security and Justice said. “Broad Russian and Iranian campaigns targeting multiple critical infrastructure sectors did compromise

Russia to block Twitter in one month unless it deletes banned content

MOSCOW: Russia will block Twitter in one month unless the social media giant complies with a demand to remove banned content, Russian news agencies cited a senior regulatory official as saying. Moscow said last week it had slowed down the

Russia, China to collaborate on joint lunar space station

MOSCOW: Russia and China have agreed to build a lunar space station, as Moscow seeks to modernise its extraterrestrial might and catch up with the United States in the space race. Russia, which sent the first man into space during

Djokovic dominates Medvedev to win ninth Australian Open

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic demolished Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open title and extend his record-breaking reign at Melbourne Park on Sunday. Djokovic overpowered the fourth seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Rod

US extends New START nuclear treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s administration extended the New START nuclear treaty with Russia by five years, saying it hoped to prevent an arms race despite rising tensions with Moscow, including over its imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. One

Russian court jails Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

MOSCOW: A Russian court jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday in a ruling the opposition politician blamed on President Vladimir Putin’s personal hatred and fear of him. The Moscow court handed Navalny a three-and-a-half-year sentence, but his lawyer said

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19

MOSCOW: Scientists have approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine saying it was almost 92% effective in fighting COVID-19, according to peer-reviewed late-stage trial of an advanced study published in The Lancet international medical journal. Experts said the Phase III trial results

Russia may ban Facebook, Twitter, YouTube over ‘censoring content’

YEKATERINBURG: Russia is planning to block giant online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. First reported by Financial Express, the Russian Parliament has drafted legislation against the US tech giants. Accordingly, the regulators will block Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube if they

Majority of Pakistanis prefer China’s COVID-19 vaccine over others: Survey

A recently conducted survey has stated that Pakistanis would prefer a China-made coronavirus vaccine over the United States, Russia, and others.  Conducted by the Institute for Public Opinion Research (IPOR), the survey found the majority of the respondents preferring a

US imposes sanctions on Turkey over Russian arms purchase

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s military procurement agency after the NATO ally defiantly bought Russia’s S-400 air defense system. “Today’s action sends a clear signal that the United States will fully implement (US law) and will

Russia launches campaign to vaccinate troops against COVID-19

MOSCOW: Russia has launched a campaign to vaccinate its troops against the coronavirus, a global pandemic. Russian media was quoted saying that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had announced that about half a million troops would be vaccinated against coronavirus on

Pakistan, Russia revise North-South gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia have signed a revised deal for laying the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline formerly known as the North-South Gas Pipeline. The two sides on Wednesday agreed to rename the North-South Gas Pipeline as the Pakistan Stream Gas

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia sign deal to end Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

YEREVAN/BAKU: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia said they have signed a deal with to end the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region after more than a month of bloodshed. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan first announced the signing on social media

Russian troops arrive in Pakistan for joint military exercise

RAWALPINDI: A contingent of Russian Special Forces has arrived in Pakistan for a two-week joint military exercise codenamed ‘Bruzhba 5’. “Russian Federation Special Forces’ contingent arrived in Pakistan for two weeks long joint exercise Druzhba 5. The exercise is aimed

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

MIAMI (AFP): An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and

22 dead in Ukraine military plane crash

KYIV: At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others were seriously injured when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country. Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the death toll,

Twitter to label more state-affiliated accounts worldwide

OSLO: Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said the social media platform plans to expand its labeling of state-affiliated accounts worldwide. During the virtual Oslo Freedom Forum, hosted by New York-based nonprofit the Human Rights Foundation, he defended its policy of

Qureshi invites Russian Foreign Minister to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Moscow. The two sides discussed matters of mutual interest, including the COVID-19 situation, prospects of

Russia claims developing first coronavirus vaccine

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country has developed the first vaccine fighting against the coronavirus. “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered,” the President said. “One of my

US offers $10 million reward to prevent election interference

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election. The reward marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election

US, Russia to hold talks on arms control, space security

WASHINGTON: The United States will hold talks with Russia next week in Vienna on nuclear arms control and space security, US State Department said. A US delegation of staff members from the departments of State, Defence, Energy, and the National

Russia rejects US accusations over firing space weapon

MOSCOW: Russia has dismissed accusations from the United States and Britain that it had tested an anti-satellite weapon in space. The United States Space Command on Thursday accused Russia of test-firing an anti-satellite weapon in space and warned against “real,

Russia approves new antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 patients

MOSCOW: Russia has approved a new antiviral drug named ‘Coronavir’ to treat COVID-19 patients. As Russia’s tally of infections has reached 700,000, a clinical trial involving mild or medium-level cases had shown the drug to be highly effective in inhibiting replication

India crosses Russia in number of coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI: India has crossed Russia by becoming the third-highest country with the number of coronavirus cases around the world. India has overtaken Russia to become the third-hardest-hit country in the world after the number of coronavirus cases climbed to

Putin to remain Russian President till 2036

MOSCOW: Russians voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run again for president twice and stay in power until 2036. Official results showed that Putin who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime

Qureshi discusses bilateral relations with Russian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday had a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and agreed to enhance bilateral relations and close cooperation in the regional context. Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that Pakistan considers Russia an

Twitter removes China, Russia, Turkey-linked accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has removed tens of thousands of state-linked accounts used by China, Russia and Turkey to push their own propaganda, sow misinformation or attack critics. The biggest network uncovered was linked to China, the US social media giant