7.9crore COVID-19 vaccine doses supplied to Indo-Pacific nations: Quad
The Quad has delivered nearly 7.9 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in the Indo-Pacific, according to a joint statement from the grouping. The Quad countries, India, the US, Australia and Japan, have pledged to donate over 120 crore vaccine doses globally. Coronavirus has infected more than 23 crore people globally, according to Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker.
US removes nearly 15,000 migrants from camp on border with Mexico
Nearly 15,000 migrants, most of them Haitians, have been removed from a makeshift camp in Texas’ Del Rio near the border with Mexico. The US had started flying the Haitian migrants back to Haiti in response to the situation. Around 2,000 migrants have been expelled on 17 flights since Sunday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.
Car bomb blast kills 8 near Presidential Palace in Somalia
At least eight people were killed in a suicide car bomb blast at a checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the police said. An advisor of women and human rights affairs in PM Mohamed Hussein Roble’s office was killed in the attack, a government spokesperson said. Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ready for talks if South Korea shows mutual respect: North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong on Saturday said that North Korea is willing to discuss an inter-Korean summit with South Korea if Seoul shows an attitude of “fairness and mutual respect”. She criticised South Korea for describing North Korea’s recent weapons tests as provocations when Seoul is trying to expand its own military capabilities.
International recognition of Taliban not on the table: Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said while speaking on the sidelines of UN General Assembly that the question of international recognition of Taliban is currently “not on the table”. Earlier, Taliban nominated Mohammad Suhail Shaheen as the new UN envoy. The currently accredited Afghan UN envoy Ghulam Isaczai has also sent a list of Afghanistan’s delegation to UN.