Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Whatsapp logo in this picture illustration. ? Reuters/Files OAKLAND: New Jersey tech entrepreneur Arun Bantval is US presidential candidate Joe Biden?s top fake-news watchdog on messaging service WhatsApp about the Democrat and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris.

United States President Donald Trump (Left) and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. ? AFP/Files WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump's approval ratings have gone up to 48% as the November 15 presidential election nears, according to the Rasmussen Reports' survey. Trump is neck-and-neck with his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, as the latter's approval stands at 47%, the survey said.

Municipal workers are pictured in empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba, inside Makkah's Grand Mosque. ? AFP/File MAKKAH: Foreign pilgrims will now be able to visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, as the kingdom further lifts travel restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to Saudi Gazette, pilgrims aged between 18 and 50 will be allowed to enter the kingdom from abroad to perform Umrah, effective from November 1 (Rabi ul Awwal 15).

India?s economy is passing through a historic low since its independence more than 70 years ago and the country stands isolated in the region, writes an Indian journalist for In his opinion piece, Sanjay Kumar states how India projects a pale shadow of its former self due to its dwindling economy and poor decisions in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkey President Erdogan speaks animatedly at an event. Photo: AFP Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his people to boycott French products in response to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron's anti-Islam policies. "I call on my people here. Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don?t buy them," he said during a televised speech in Ankara on Monday.

WASHINGTON:  Armenia and Azerbaijan have again agreed to respect a ?humanitarian ceasefire? in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict effective Monday, the US State Department announced, after previous attempts to stem the bloodshed in the disputed region failed. World leaders have been scrambling for weeks to broker a truce, with Russian President Vladimir Putin estimating that close to 5,000 people have been killed so far in weeks of fighting over the mountainous province.

FLORIDA: A man reportedly purchased a luxury Mercedes car and a pickup truck from the coronavirus relief fund in Florida, the United States.    According to the details, Keith William Nicoletta, 48, applied for a Payroll Protection Program loan, falsely claiming that he had a scrap metal business with 69 employees and a monthly payroll of more than $760,000.

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Monday for Turks to boycott French goods and urged European Union leaders to halt French leader Emmanuel Macron’s “anti-Islam” agenda. For a third day running Erdogan said that the French president needed a mental health check, repeating a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara over the weekend, as he appealed to Turks to shun French products.

A group of stowaways detained in a special forces raid on an oil tanker off the coast of southern England were arrested on suspicion of attempted hijacking, police said Monday. ?The seven men have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force,? Hampshire Police said in a statement.

LONDON: PTI and PML-N workers confronted each other outside Hasan Nawaz Sharif?s office on Sunday after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Quetta via video. Around 20 workers of PTI assembled outside Copthorne House from where Nawaz Sharif made his speech to the rally.