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New security law ‘will not change Hong Kong’s capitalist system’

In an exclusive interview Chinese Ambassador to the State of Qatar Zhou Jian tells Ashraf Siddiqui China’s reasons to extend the term of Hong Kong’s Sixth Legislative Council. Doha, Qatar August 18, 2020 Could you explain why China’s National Peoples Congress decided to extend the term of Hong Kong’s Sixth Legislative Council?This decision follows the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s report sent to the central … Continue reading New security law ‘will not change Hong Kong’s capitalist system’

British retail brand plans hub in Oman

By Conrad PrabhuMuscat, July 25, 2020In a major boost for Oman’s aspirations to position itself as an international logistics hub, the world-renowned UK based multi-brand, multi-channel retailer Sainsbury’s is preparing to establish a new operations hub at Suhar on the Sultanate’s Sea of Oman coastThe announcement was made by Sohar Port and Freezone, the country’s principal integrated commercial gateway, industrial port and free zone development.“We … Continue reading British retail brand plans hub in Oman

Oman’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 355

Oman ObserverMuscat, July 25, 2020The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Health Thursday said six people died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll in Oman to 355.The ministry announced 1,099 new cases of Covid-19 in the Sultanate, including 979 Omanis and 120 residents, which brought the total number of positive cases to 72,646.According to the ministry spokesperson, medical authority tested … Continue reading Oman’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 355

Scientists discover Vikings suffered smallpox 14 centuries ago

London, July 23, 2020Experts say smallpox virus has tormented humans for at least 1,400 years. Scientists posit their claims of discovering extinct strains of smallpox from studies of teeth of Viking skeletons.Smallpox caused by one of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor prevailed worldwide for many centuries till human perseverance eradicated it in the 20th century.The last naturally occurring case was diagnosed in … Continue reading Scientists discover Vikings suffered smallpox 14 centuries ago

Satellite images backed report says Chinese troops ‘regularly crossed into Indian territory’

Surat, June 18, 2020By Sudeep SonawaneChina’s Peoples’ Liberation Army troopers regularly crossed into Indian territory while patrolling routes on the border, a research analysis says.Author of the study, published by Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Nathan Ruser backs this claim with many satellite images taken on June 16 and earlier.The Australian independent think tank’s report gives clarity on the real situation in the conflict areas. … Continue reading Satellite images backed report says Chinese troops ‘regularly crossed into Indian territory’

US National Institutes of Health wing focuses on antibody tests to crack Covid-19

Rockville Pike, MarylandJune 18, 2020The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, will draw from its diverse participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19.All of Us will achieve this through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s impacts and collection of electronic health record information.All of Us shall give data access to approved researchers. The … Continue reading US National Institutes of Health wing focuses on antibody tests to crack Covid-19

US Air Force boosts infrared threat cover with $151m Northrop deal

Rolling Meadows, IllinoisNorthrop Grumman Press NoteThe US Air Force has raised its infrared threat protection of aircraft with a new deal. The $151.3 million deal with Northrop Grumman Corporation will supply Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems to the US Air Force.The deal is part of an existing indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract.LAIRCM defends domestic and international aircrews. It detects, tracks and jams incoming … Continue reading US Air Force boosts infrared threat cover with $151m Northrop deal

Can India afford to embarrass Trump with Chinese troops inside Ladakh?

By Sudeep SonawaneSurat, May 29, 2020 Can India afford to embarrass, if not snub, US President Donald Trump?Upsetting an important ally while simultaneously dealing with China’s incursion into Ladakh, and border issues with Nepal over Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, is a millstone India does not need around its neck.The Ministry of External Affairs seemingly did this on Thursday, according to a Press Trust of India (PTI) … Continue reading Can India afford to embarrass Trump with Chinese troops inside Ladakh?

Talks in June give hope for US-Iraq ties

Top officials from the United States and Iraq meet mid June for strategic talks. Photo: Leon McCarron. The US-Iraq talks next month may be the last opportunity to save the dysfunctional partnership between Washington and Baghdad. John Hannah | Senior CounsellorMaseh Zarif | FDD ActionMay 12, 2020The United States and Iraq next month engage in a ‘strategic dialogue’ that will discuss their bilateral relationship including … Continue reading Talks in June give hope for US-Iraq ties