Scientist honour teen climate activist Greta Thunberg by naming a new snail species after her

Scientists have discovered a new species of land snail, and have named it Craspedotropis gretathunbergae in honour of the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change. According to the study, published in the Biodiversity Data Journal, the newly discovered species belongs to the so-called caenogastropods — a group of […]

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US preparing to sign deal with Taliban on Feb 29, says Mike Pompeo

The United States is preparing to sign a deal with the Taliban on February 29, building on an agreement on reducing violence across Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. “Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward,” he said in a statement released after […]

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UK’s Prince Harry and Meghan to stop using ‘royal’ brand

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer use the “Sussex Royal” label when they begin their new life outside the royal inner circle in the spring, their spokeswoman said Friday. The couple will formally step down as senior royals from March 31 and will no longer carry out duties on behalf of Queen […]

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Russia trying to get Trump elected again: US intel warns lawmakers

US intelligence officials told lawmakers in a confidential briefing last week that Russia is meddling in the 2020 poll campaign to ensure the re-election of President Donald Trump, viewing his administration as favourable to Kremlin’s interests, according to media reports. Though no specifics were reported, The New York Times, which broke the news, said Moscow […]

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Man-made ‘humanitarian nightmare’ in Syria must end: UN chief

The “man-made humanitarian nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib province must end now, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday, but did not offer any specific plan for curbing the bloodshed in the final rebel holdout. Russian air strikes in the northwestern province are bolstering a Syrian government offensive that has forced nearly one million civilians to flee […]

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US, India at odds over trade as Trump heads for meeting with PM Modi: Officials

Trump administration officials on Friday acknowledged that U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India next week will not result in even a limited trade deal, saying they still have major concerns over India’s trade barriers. Hopes that the world’s two largest democracies could negotiate a “confidence building” deal in time for Trump’s arrival Monday on […]

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China’s coronavirus vaccine to be ready for trials by April, says minister

The earliest vaccine for the coronavius that has killed more than 2,000 in China alone will be submitted for clinical trials around late April, China’s Vice Science and Technology Minister Xu Nanping said on Friday. Xu made the remarks during a press briefing. Zhou Qi, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, also told […]

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Iran votes in parliament elections that favour conservatives

Iranians were voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran’s leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, raised the possibility of lower than usual turnout. Iran’s leadership […]

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Coronavirus reaches Chinese jails, sparks new fears of cluster cases

The novel coronavirus outbreak has reached Chinese prisons triggering fresh concerns of similar closed-area cluster cases breaking out in the other crowded prisons in China including in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). According to information made available by the government, nearly 450 prisoners and policemen have been infected in Chinese prisons including in the […]

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