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  • Saudi Arabia announces haj health measures

    Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the 2020 haj season, banning gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, the state news agency said on Monday. Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of

  • India 3rd worst coronavirus-hit country

    India on Sunday became the third-worst virus-hit country in the number of coronavirus cases after the US and Brazil. India recorded 24,248 cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 697,413, according to the Health Ministry. The death toll clim

  • Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

    Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iran

  • Global e-waste surges 21% in 5 years: UN report

    The world produced a record 53.6 million tons of electronic waste in 2019, the weight of 350 big cruise ships, a UN report said on Thursday. The report said the e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug – surged 21% over the past five year

  • Iran issues arrest warrant for US president

    Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. The

  • Saudi Arabia to restrict domestic haj pilgrims amid coronavirus fears

    Saudi Arabia is to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the haj to around 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times. Haj Minister Mohammed Benten told a n

  • 119 more deaths in Iran due to coronavirus

    Iran confirmed on Monday 119 new deaths from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,742. A further 2,573 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 207,525, Health Ministry spokes

  • Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia

    Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse to shadow the Earth in years on Sunday. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon - passing be

  • EU hopes to provide COVID-19 vaccines in a year

    The EU plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to its member states within 12-18 months, according to its new strategy announced on Wednesday.   The European Commission will sign agreements with vaccine producers on behalf of EU member states to help th

  • China to reimpose lockdown 11 neighborhoods

    China has locked down 11 residential communities in Beijing following a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country's capital, state-run media reports said on Monday. Authorities already closed the Xinfadi market, a wholesale market on th

  • Anger in the US over the shooting of another black man

    As nationwide protests slowed in the death of George Floyd, anger again erupted Saturday in the US over the fatal shooting of another black man. An Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, 27, at a Wendy's fast food restaurant drive-t

  • Lebanon protesters clash with security in the second night of unrest

    Lebanese protesters set fire to roadways and clashed with security forces in the second night of unrest on Friday, according to witnesses and Lebanese media. Protests erupted on Thursday in several Lebanese cities after a crash in the pound currency

  • Iran's death toll from coronavirus exceeds 8,500

    Iran on Wednesday confirmed 81 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 8,506. A further 2,011 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 177,938, Health Ministry

  • Global coronavirus cases exceed 7 million

    The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 7 million early Monday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The university's data showed that the global tally of fatalities had reached 402,730

  • Coronavirus death toll exceeded 400,000 globally

    The number of global novel coronavirus cases surpassed 6.91 million, while the death toll topped 400,000 mark on Sunday, according to a running tally by the US-based Johns Hopkins University. The data showed that the worldwide number of recoveries e

  • Turkish Airlines resume its flights to 16 European cities

    Turkish Airlines announced the resumption of its flights to 16 European cities, in addition to the resumption of domestic flights to 14 airports within the country. Turkish Airlines today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in a statement announced resumption i

  • Saudi Arabia reopens mosques

    Saudi Arabia’s mosques opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday for the first time in more than two months as the kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, eased restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus. “It is great to feel the mercy of God and on

  • US: Protests over Floyd ‘s death

    Demonstrators gathered Friday across the US for a fourth straight day to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was killed as he was pinned down by a white Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer. Since Monday when Geroge Floyd died while Derek

  • 3 killed in a fire in Russia

    A fire in a hospital in Russia's Tatarstan region claimed the lives of three people, the country's Emergency Ministry said on Saturday. The fire broke out on Friday night in a block for patients with blood vessel diseases, the ministry said in a sta

  • Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5M

    The global tally of coronavirus infections surpassed 5 million Thursday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The university's data showed worldwide deaths reached 328,172 while the number of people who recovered stands

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