U.S. Supreme Court extends pandemic-related restrictions
The court closed its building in March due to the pandemic. In-person oral arguments in March and April were canceled and the court instead heard 10 cases by teleconference in May without any major technological hitches.
Japan's Suga formally voted in as PM, readies 'continuity cabinet'
Suga won 314 votes out of 462 cast by parliament’s lower house members. The chamber takes precedence in electing a premier over the upper house, which was also expected to pick Suga because of a ruling bloc majority.
China coronavirus vaccine may be ready for public in November
China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials.
China will release five Indian nationals detained at border: Global Times
Bilateral relations between the two countries have been unusually tense since a clash at a disputed border area in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers, with an unknown number of Chinese casualties.
China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border
The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, came after a clash in the border area in the western Himalayas earlier this week.
AstraZeneca puts leading COVID-19 vaccine trial on hold over safety concern
The study is testing a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and University of Oxford researchers at various sites, including the United Kingdom, where the illness was reported.
India, China accuse each other of firing in the air on tense border
Military commanders and diplomats have held several rounds of talks since July to reduce tension, but have made little progress to thin out forces in the arid high-altitude that both nations claim and consider as vital to their security.
India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst hit by Covid-19
With a daily record 90,802 cases on Monday, India also has the fastest-growing case load.
Indian and Chinese defense ministers set for meeting in Moscow over border row
Military commanders and diplomats have been holding talks to end the standoff on the Line of Actual Control, or the de facto border, but there has been little progress.
India bans 118 mobile apps including Tencent's PUBG
Facebook to block news on Australian sites after new law, riling lawmakers
Facebook’s plan to block the sharing of news on Australian user accounts, rather than pay royalties, puts the firm broadly in step with Google on the matter and pushes the prospect of an agreement with the government further out of reach.
India's recovery to take time after economy shrinks 24% in June quarter
Gross domestic product shrank by a record 23.9% in April-June from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, against a Reuters poll forecast for an 18.3% contraction.
British police have found a body in search for missing diplomat Richard Morris: BBC
Police had been searching for Morris, a former UK ambassador to Nepal, who was last seen running in Alton, Hampshire on May 6.
Pranab Mukherjee, India's former president who never became PM
Valued for his ability to build consensus by exerting his charm to bring together disparate groups, Mukherjee never won the top job, despite decades of loyalty to the Congress party.
Scientists see downsides to top Covid-19 vaccines from Russia, China
Vaccines are seen as essential to ending the pandemic that has claimed over 845,000 lives worldwide. Gamaleya has said its two-virus approach will address Ad5 immunity issues.
Prominent Indian lawyer found guilty of contempt, fined one rupee
The case sparked a debate around free speech and the judiciary’s openness to criticism, with thousands of lawyers backing senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan and arguing that the court was being too harsh.
Qatar raises minimum wage, lifts curbs on changing jobs
The United Nation's labour agency hailed the changes, which it said were significant and gave workers more freedom and protection, and employers more choice.
'Black Panther' film star Chadwick Boseman dead at 43, after cancer battle
Boseman originated the Black Panther film role two years earlier in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” and reprised the part twice more in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”
Japanese PM Abe resigns over worsening health
The resignation will trigger a leadership race in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the winner must be formally elected in parliament.
Japan PM Abe set to resign over worsening health: Source
Abe has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years and two recent hospital visits within a week fanned questions on whether he could stay in the job until the end of his term as ruling party leader, and hence, premier, in September 2021.