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  • COVID-19 escalated into 'syndemic' for chronic disease patients, says study Oct 24, 2020 07:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 escalated into 'syndemic' for chronic disease patients, says study

    The researchers, including Shradha S Parsekar from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Karnataka, also found that COVID-19 disrupted essential public health services which people with NCDs rely on to manage their conditions.

  • Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business Oct 24, 2020 06:59 PM IST

    Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

    Trump pushed through the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax system since President Ronald Reagan. Trump, as he said he would, tilted the Supreme Court further to the right with confirmation of two conservative justices and likely a third, Amy Coney Barrett, in the coming days.

  • New virus rules in Madrid as Spain mulls national emergency Oct 24, 2020 05:41 PM IST

    New virus rules in Madrid as Spain mulls national emergency

    In practice, that would involve the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declaring a national state of emergency which would enable the regions to impose a curfew -- a measure increasingly applied across Europe.

  • Countries battle rising virus cases as WHO sees 'exponential' rise Oct 24, 2020 05:38 PM IST

    Countries battle rising virus cases as WHO sees 'exponential' rise

    The World Health Organization had earlier warned of an "exponential" rise in infections threatening health systems' ability to cope.

  • Travel-starved 'passengers' dine on parked Singapore Airlines jet Oct 24, 2020 05:29 PM IST

    Travel-starved 'passengers' dine on parked Singapore Airlines jet

  • Zimbabwe launches dollar-denominated stock exchange Oct 24, 2020 05:29 PM IST

    Zimbabwe launches dollar-denominated stock exchange

    Known as the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange, the new market is a subsidiary of the Harare-based Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and will start trading on Monday, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

  • Rishi Sunak 'barred for life' from UK pub Oct 24, 2020 05:21 PM IST

    Rishi Sunak 'barred for life' from UK pub

    The Mill pub and its connected Il Mulino restaurant at Stokesley in North Yorkshire, which falls within Sunak's constituency of Richmond (Yorks), took to social media soon after a vote in the House of Commons earlier this week on extending the government's temporary free meals for schoolchildren as part of a campaign led by England team footballer Marcus Rashford.

  • US Election 2020 | Paid time off, free fries: How corporate America is getting out the vote Oct 24, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    US Election 2020 | Paid time off, free fries: How corporate America is getting out the vote

    Corporate America is having a civic awakening, with thousands of companies encouraging voter participation by offering their workers paid time off, voter-education tools and interactive sessions on how elections work.

  • China says looking into unfair competition on e-commerce platforms Oct 24, 2020 02:23 PM IST

    China says looking into unfair competition on e-commerce platforms

    The operation will run until December and will also look into areas such as livestreaming, which has in the past two years become a popular sales channel in China, Xinhua said on Saturday, referring to a recently issued notice from the State Administration of Market Supervision and other departments.

  • Antibodies against coronavirus detectable up to seven months post COVID-19 onset, says study Oct 24, 2020 01:15 PM IST

    Antibodies against coronavirus detectable up to seven months post COVID-19 onset, says study

    According to the research, published in the European Journal of Immunology, the participants had antibodies with confirmed neutralisation activity for up to six months post infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  • Britain's Prince Charles wrote to support historic Australian PM sacking: Report Oct 24, 2020 01:05 PM IST

    Britain's Prince Charles wrote to support historic Australian PM sacking: Report

    The letter, published on Saturday by The Australian newspaper, is dated four months after Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia, John Kerr, took the unprecedented step to dismiss Whitlam without first warning the palace or the prime minister.

  • Europe, WHO sound alarm over resurgent virus crisis Oct 24, 2020 01:01 PM IST

    Europe, WHO sound alarm over resurgent virus crisis

    Even countries that avoided severe outbreaks during Europe's first wave of contagion in the spring have watched their case numbers surge, with Germany's death toll passing 10,000 on Saturday.

  • US Election 2020: Joe Biden promises free COVID-19 vaccine for everyone in US if elected as president Oct 24, 2020 12:29 PM IST

    US Election 2020: Joe Biden promises free COVID-19 vaccine for everyone in US if elected as president

    In a major policy speech on the coronavirus in his home state of Delaware, Biden on Friday flayed US President Donald Trump for his policies to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 220,000 people and has had a devastating impact on the country's economy.

  • Asia becomes second region to exceed 10 million coronavirus cases Oct 24, 2020 11:36 AM IST

    Asia becomes second region to exceed 10 million coronavirus cases

    Behind only Latin America, Asia accounts for about one-fourth of the global caseload of 42.1 million of the virus. With over 163,000 deaths, the region accounts for some 14% of the global COVID-19 toll.

  • US Election 2020: Indian-Americans say Joe Biden, Kamala Harris have best understanding of community; describe Donald Trump as 'foe' Oct 24, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    US Election 2020: Indian-Americans say Joe Biden, Kamala Harris have best understanding of community; describe Donald Trump as 'foe'

    With less than a fortnight to go for the November 3 presidential election, Indian-Americans on Friday asserted that Biden, first as a US Senator and thereafter as the vice president, has a strong track record of helping the community.

  • Ant IPO pricing was determined on Friday, says Alibaba founder Jack Ma Oct 24, 2020 10:23 AM IST

    Ant IPO pricing was determined on Friday, says Alibaba founder Jack Ma

    It is the first time pricing of the initial public offering, which sources have said could be a world record $35 billion, has been determined outside New York, he told the Bund Summit in the eastern financial hub of Shanghai.

  • North Korea says China dust could spread COVID-19, warns people to stay inside Oct 24, 2020 10:14 AM IST

    North Korea says China dust could spread COVID-19, warns people to stay inside

    "As the new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with the yellow dust and take thorough measures has become more critical," North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Thursday.

  • 'CIA'-like street food vendors first on scene to feed Thai protesters Oct 24, 2020 09:49 AM IST

    'CIA'-like street food vendors first on scene to feed Thai protesters

    Protest groups in Thailand have begun keeping the venues for their demonstrations demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha secret until the last minute, in a bid to outsmart authorities.

  • France becomes 7th country with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases Oct 24, 2020 09:29 AM IST

    France becomes 7th country with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases

    Over the past 24 hours, France registered a record 42,032 new cases, taking the total to 1,041,075, government data showed.

  • Sudan becomes third Arab state to set aside hostilities with Israel this year Oct 24, 2020 09:29 AM IST

    Sudan becomes third Arab state to set aside hostilities with Israel this year

    U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior U.S. officials said.

  • AstraZeneca says its Oxford vaccine deal allows it to add up to 20% of manufacturing costs Oct 24, 2020 09:29 AM IST

    AstraZeneca says its Oxford vaccine deal allows it to add up to 20% of manufacturing costs

    "In addition to the manufacturing costs, the company is incurring costs in excess of $1 billion globally that include clinical development, regulatory, distribution, pharmacovigilance and other expenses", an AstraZeneca spokesman said in a statement.

  • Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify post-election: US Senate panel Oct 24, 2020 08:57 AM IST

    Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify post-election: US Senate panel

    The executives will testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias, the committee said. The companies have come under heavy criticism from conservatives over their decision to flag two New York Post stories as spreading disinformation.

  • AstraZeneca resumes US COVID-19 vaccine trial and next week J&J prepares to do same Oct 24, 2020 08:50 AM IST

    AstraZeneca resumes US COVID-19 vaccine trial and next week J&J prepares to do same

    The news signaled progress against the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 41 million globally, including 8 million Americans and comes 10 days before a U.S. presidential election that may hinge on plans to fight the pandemic.

  • US may file antitrust charges against Facebook as soon as November: Report Oct 24, 2020 08:50 AM IST

    US may file antitrust charges against Facebook as soon as November: Report

    The Federal Trade Commission met privately on Thursday to discuss a probe while state attorneys general under the leadership of New York's Letitia James have been scrutinizing the company for potential threats to competition, the newspaper reported.

  • Total US COVID-19 deaths could hit 500,000 by February, say researchers Oct 24, 2020 08:50 AM IST

    Total US COVID-19 deaths could hit 500,000 by February, say researchers

    The latest estimate by the widely cited University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reflects fears that cold winter weather will drive Americans indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread.

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