Pankaj Advani opens up about winning the World Billiards and Snooker Championships back-to-back in 2017

The first season of The Finish Line will consist of eight parts wherein a sporting legend will be invited to recreate a defining moment in Indian sports in each of the episodes. The eight legends who have been confirmed are Abhinav Bindra, Viswanathan Anand, Dinesh Karthik, Pankaj Advani, Smriti Mandhana, Leander Paes, Parul Parmar and […]

Maria Kolesnikova: Germany and UK call for release of snatched Belarus opposition figure

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Lukashenko’s main rival who left the country under pressure from the authorities and was granted refuge in EU member Lithuania, said in a statement: “The more they try to scare us, the more people will take to the streets.”

Russia Denies Role in U.S. Protests, Says They Are Result of Policies Toward Race Relations

But Anatoly Antonov, Moscow’s envoy to Washington, told the Rossiya-1 channel Wednesday that Washington officials were attempting to find a Russian link to mass protests and demonstrations that have rocked major U.S. cities for more than a week in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minnesota police last Monday.

China has spent 2020 losing friends. But Brussels can’t afford to make an enemy of world’s next hyperpower

Concern over China’s behavior and how reliable a partner it can be for Europe is not only felt at a Brussels level. “2020 has definitely led to member states finding China more disagreeable,” said a European diplomat who has worked on China relations in the past year. Our view is that China is less interested […]

Palestinians Regroup, Tell Arab World Not to Deal with Israel Before Peace

While non-Arab regional powers Iran and Turkey have joined Palestinian leadership in expressing sharp criticism toward the move, the 22-member Arab League—with Syria’s suspension—chose not to endorse the Palestinian complaint. The development, reviled in Ramallah, was met with cheers in the White House, where a pre-election effort to make good on Middle East peace promises […]

Putin critical of Russia’s soccer team ahead of World Cup

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of this summer’s European Championship without winning a game. Despite all this, the team has been set a target of reaching the semifinals in 2018.

The world’s largest digital camera could unlock mysteries of the universe

The focal plane took six months to assemble. Each grid of nine sensors is called a scientific raft, and 25 rafts had to be fitted into their spots along the grid. The sensors can easily crack if they come in contact with each other, and they only have a tiny gap between rafts — less […]

Sweden Finds Thousands of False Positive Results From Chinese-Made Coronavirus Test Kits

According to Reuters, two of BGI Genomics subsidiaries were recently placed on a U.S. economic blacklist by the U.S. Commerce Department. They were accused of human rights violations regarding China’s treatment of Uighurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hails ‘Sacred Combat Mission,’ Gets Warm Words from World Leaders

The latest blow to North Korea comes amid a series of setbacks to Kim Jong Un’s five-year plan determined at the last national Korean Workers’ Party congress in 2016. Failure to reach a peace deal with the United States has left international sanctions against North Korea intact and the novel coronavirus pandemic has shocked the […]

World’s wildlife populations have fallen by an average of 68% in four decades, World Wildlife Fund says

“This report reminds us that we destroy the planet at our peril — because it is our home. As humanity’s footprint expands into once-wild places, we’re devastating species populations. But we’re also exacerbating climate change and increasing the risk of zoonotic diseases like Covid-19,” WWF-US President and CEO Carter Roberts said in a statement.