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The free flight test of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) occurred last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, said in a statement.(via REUTERS)

US successfully flight tests Raytheon hypersonic weapon

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 09:26 AM IST
Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured here in this file photo released by state media KCNS. North Korea is one of the nations which reported ‘zero’ Covid-19 cases in the nearly two years since the pandemic began. But experts have expressed their concerns regarding these claims. (File Photo )
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured here in this file photo released by state media KCNS. North Korea is one of the nations which reported ‘zero’ Covid-19 cases in the nearly two years since the pandemic began. But experts have expressed their concerns regarding these claims. (File Photo )

These countries reported ‘zero’ Covid-19 cases. How true are their claims?

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2021 09:46 AM IST
North Korea told the World Health Organisation in June that it tested more than 30,000 people for Covid-19 till that month but found not a single case of the virus. The isolated and secretive state has banned tourists and severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade to stop the virus.
The brutal killing of the child is the latest incident of the Taliban's crackdown on Afghans. (Reuters File Photo)
The brutal killing of the child is the latest incident of the Taliban's crackdown on Afghans. (Reuters File Photo)

Taliban kill child after father suspected of being resistance force member

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 07:53 AM IST
The Taliban have been re-imposing repressive laws based on their version of Islamic Sharia law they enforced during their last regime from 1996 to 2001.
Local governments are ordering the power cuts as they try to avoid missing targets for reducing energy and emissions intensity, while some are facing an actual lack of electricity.(AP)
Local governments are ordering the power cuts as they try to avoid missing targets for reducing energy and emissions intensity, while some are facing an actual lack of electricity.(AP)

China’s electricity crunch is latest supply chain threat to world

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 06:12 AM IST
  • With the power crisis moving from the factory floor to people’s homes, electricity utility State Grid Corporation of China said Monday it will try its best to avoid power cuts to meet basic residential demand.
North Korea mainly uses the term "hostile policy” to refer to US-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills.
North Korea mainly uses the term "hostile policy” to refer to US-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills.

North Korea demands Biden admin to end military exercise with South Korea

AP | , Seoul
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 06:01 AM IST
  • North Korean Ambassador Kim Song’s comments on the last day of the UN General Assembly came shortly after South Korea’s military said the North fired an unidentified projectile into its eastern waters.
World Rabies Day was observed for the first time on September 28, 2007.
World Rabies Day was observed for the first time on September 28, 2007.

World Rabies Day 2021: Know its history, significance and theme

Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 05:36 AM IST
  • World Rabies Day 2021: This day is also observed globally to mark the death anniversary of French biologist, microbiologist and chemist, Louis Pasteur, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
R Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.(AP)
R Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.(AP)

R Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 05:10 AM IST
Jurors in Brooklyn federal court deliberated for a little more than a day before voting to convict the 54-year-old Kelly on all nine counts he faced, after a 5-1/2 week trial.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un(KCNA/AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un(KCNA/AP)

Have 'right' to test weapons: North Korea to UN

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 04:18 AM IST
  • "We are just building up our national defense in order to defend ourselves and reliably safeguard the security and peace of the country," Kim Song said in New York.
US President Joe Biden holds up his sleeve to receive his coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccination in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House.(REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden holds up his sleeve to receive his coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccination in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden gets Covid-19 booster shot after authorisation

AP |
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2021 03:13 AM IST
  • Biden, 78, got his first shot on Dec. 21 and his second dose three weeks later, on Jan. 11, along with his wife, Jill Biden.
A customer uses a fuel pump at BP Plc petrol station near Guildford, UK.(Bloomberg)
A customer uses a fuel pump at BP Plc petrol station near Guildford, UK.(Bloomberg)

UK puts army on standby as fuel pumps run dry

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 03:06 AM IST
  • Desperate motorists queued up at fuel pumps across Britain, draining tanks, fraying tempers and prompting calls for the government to use emergency powers to give priority access to healthcare and other essential workers.
Pfizer plans to enroll 2,660 people in the late-stage study.
Pfizer plans to enroll 2,660 people in the late-stage study.

Pfizer begins testing of Covid pill as preventive medicine to ward off virus

AP | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 12:04 AM IST
  • Pfizer said that it will study the pill it is developing in combination with a low dose of the HIV drug ritonavir in people who are at least 18 years old and live in the same household with someone who is infected.
US President Joe Biden stops to speak to members of the media. (PTI)
US President Joe Biden stops to speak to members of the media. (PTI)

2nd round of strategic talks between US-Russia to be held this week

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 11:11 PM IST
  • The department said the Biden administration’s second-ranking diplomat would lead the US delegation to the talks with Russia in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.
HT This Day
HT This Day

HT This Day: Sept 28, 1975 — Hussein, Arafat sign peace agreement

PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 11:00 PM IST
The heads of State met for 90 minutes and then resumed after a 15-minute break.
Qatar Airways announced on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that it suffered a more than  billion loss in revenues over the last year, as lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus pandemic slashed demand for air travel.(AP)
Qatar Airways announced on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that it suffered a more than billion loss in revenues over the last year, as lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus pandemic slashed demand for air travel.(AP)

Qatar Airways says it lost .1 billion due to Covid-19

AFP | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 10:30 PM IST
  • Without the cost of grounding its Airbus A380 and A330 aircraft, Qatar Airways reported an underlying operating loss for the year of 8.3 million compared with 0 million the previous year.
Israel's prime minister Naftali Bennett addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 27, 2021, at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)
Israel's prime minister Naftali Bennett addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 27, 2021, at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)

‘Crossed all red lines’: Bennett vows not to allow Iran acquire a nuclear weapon

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 10:23 PM IST
In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett said Iran sought to dominate the Middle East under a "nuclear umbrella" and urged a more concerted international effort to halt Iran's nuclear activities.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that time has come to end the practice of dog meat consumption. (Lee Jin-man/Pool via Reuters)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that time has come to end the practice of dog meat consumption. (Lee Jin-man/Pool via Reuters)

South Korea President Moon Jae-in considers ban on dog meat consumption

Bloomberg | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 09:26 PM IST
  • The public has turned away from dog meat, with consumption dropping sharply over the past several years. Meanwhile, there has been a surge in dog and cat ownership, especially among younger Koreans who welcome the animals into their homes and see them as family members.
French President Emmanuel Macron salutes jury members of the Bocuse d'Or gastronomy contest during a food trade fair.(AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron salutes jury members of the Bocuse d'Or gastronomy contest during a food trade fair.(AFP)

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair. Watch

AP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 09:24 PM IST
  • In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he was greeting the public in a small town in southeastern France. He then denounced “violence” and “stupidity.”
Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.(AP)
Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.(AP)

US President Biden to get Covid-19 vaccine booster shot: White House

AFP |
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 09:46 PM IST
The 78-year-old leader will "receive a Covid-19 booster shot in line with" US government health authorities' guidelines, the White House said.
Ghulam Isaczai, the UN ambassador representing the ousted Afghan government, was due to speak on the final day of the General Assembly session.(Reuters)
Ghulam Isaczai, the UN ambassador representing the ousted Afghan government, was due to speak on the final day of the General Assembly session.(Reuters)

Taliban, ex-Afghan govt envoy dispute over UN speech ends. Here's what happened

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 08:27 PM IST
  • Taliban's foreign minister had nominated Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Islamist group, to address the UN General Assembly session.
Adam Mosseri said that more and more younger children are having access to phones and are downloading apps that are not meant for children under 13.(Reuters)
Adam Mosseri said that more and more younger children are having access to phones and are downloading apps that are not meant for children under 13.(Reuters)

‘Instagram Kids’: Facebook pauses project after criticism

Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 08:29 PM IST
“While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this project,” Facebook’s head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri said.
Germany’s Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner. (ANI)
Germany’s Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner. (ANI)

India increasingly important for Germany due to Indo-Pacific role, says envoy

UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2021 09:10 PM IST
Lindner said all German political parties have largely similar security, global strategic and environmental interests in which the “importance of India is obvious”.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma in September 26, 2021. (AFP)
The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma in September 26, 2021. (AFP)

La Palma volcano spews lava again after brief pause

Reuters | | Posted by Shubhangi Gupta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 07:41 PM IST
  • Authorities locked down the coastal areas of San Borondon, Marina Alta and Baja and La Condesa where the superheated lava flow is expected to hit the Atlantic Ocean, likely triggering clouds of toxic gas and explosions.
Pumps across British cities were either closed or had signs saying fuel was unavailable on Monday, In picture - A petrol station in Bracknell, England.(AP)
Pumps across British cities were either closed or had signs saying fuel was unavailable on Monday, In picture - A petrol station in Bracknell, England.(AP)

Pumps run dry at British gas stations due to shortage of truckers 

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 06:47 PM IST
A dire post-Brexit shortage of lorry drivers revealed as the Covid-19 pandemic eases has sown chaos through British supply chains in everything from food to fuel, raising the spectre of disruptions and price rises in the run up to Christmas.
The Taliban formed the interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan earlier this month.(AFP Photo)
The Taliban formed the interim government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan earlier this month.(AFP Photo)

ICC prosecutor seeks approval to resume war crimes probe in Afghanistan

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 04:55 PM IST
  • The prosecutor said the investigation will focus on crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban and the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State (ISIS-K).
Ashraf Ghani fled to the UAE after the Taliban laid siege on Kabul last month.(AP)
Ashraf Ghani fled to the UAE after the Taliban laid siege on Kabul last month.(AP)

Ghani says Facebook page hacked after post calls for Taliban recognition

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 04:05 PM IST
  • The former Afghan president, who fled Kabul on August 15, wrote on Twitter that his official Facebook page has been hacked since yesterday.
The blast was claimed by the banned Baloch Liberation Army.
The blast was claimed by the banned Baloch Liberation Army.

Jinnah's statue destroyed in blast in Pakistan's Balochistan

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 02:54 PM IST
  • Jinnah’s statue, which was erected earlier this year, was reportedly blown up by an explosive device place beneath it.
Hua didn’t elaborate on what Xi specifically did, but said diplomats followed through to see that Meng received consular help(Reuters)
Hua didn’t elaborate on what Xi specifically did, but said diplomats followed through to see that Meng received consular help(Reuters)

Huawei case: Xi personally gave order, ensured safe return of Meng, says China

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 02:42 PM IST
President Xi Jinping handed down orders for handling the case of Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou, China said, as Beijing seeks to cast her release as a diplomatic win over the US.
Nasa's Landsat-9 ready will be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Monday.(Facebook/NASA's Launch Services Program)
Nasa's Landsat-9 ready will be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Monday.(Facebook/NASA's Launch Services Program)

Nasa's Landsat-9 to launch today with CUTE, CuPID missions | 10 points

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 01:55 PM IST
Nasa said that the Landsat 9 satellite will continue the Landsat program’s critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life.
Due to Germany's complicated electoral system, a full breakdown of the result by seats in parliament was still pending.(Bloomberg)
Due to Germany's complicated electoral system, a full breakdown of the result by seats in parliament was still pending.(Bloomberg)

Social Democrats narrowly beat Angela Merkel's bloc in German vote

PTI | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2021 10:43 AM IST
Despite getting its worst-ever result in a federal contest, the Union bloc said it too would reach out to smaller parties to discuss forming a government, while Merkel stays on in a caretaker role until a successor is sworn in.
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