12 killed, 138 injured in gas explosion in Central China
At least 12 people were killed and 138 were injured in a huge gas explosion in central China on Sunday, state media reported. A gas pipe exploded in the Zhangwan district of Shiyan city, in Hubei province at about 6:30 am local time.
Covid origin: WHO chief asks China to cooperate with probe
The World Health Organization chief Tedros Ghebreyesus has called on China to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 amid renewed call to further probe the virus. Tedros hopes there would be better cooperation and transparency when the next phase of the probe into the virus's origin is underway.
'Small' groups don't rule the world: China cautions G7
China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which sought a unified position to counter China. "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.
Pakistan puts travel ban on 26 countries including India
Pakistan has placed strict restrictions on travellers from 26 countries, including India, to contain the spread of Covid-19 cases in the country. This comes as Pakistan reported 1,194 new cases and 57 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
Rash of mass shootings stirs US fears heading into summer
In Austin, authorities said they arrested one of two male suspects and were searching for the other after a shooting early on Saturday on a crowded pedestrian-only street packed with bars and restaurants. Fourteen people were wounded, including two critically, in the gunfire, which the city's interim police chief said is believed to have started as a dispute between two parties.
Bangladesh educational institutions to remain shut till June 30
The country's Ministry of Education announced the decision on Saturday, saying that "all secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions, including Islamic schools, would remain closed till June 30", reports Xinhua news agency.
Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China
Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China's global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses.