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  • Trials of 2nd Russian virus vaccine 'going well'

    Trials for a possible second Russian coronavirus vaccine are going well, state officials said on Tuesday. Volunteers inoculated with the EpiVacCorona vaccine developed by the Vector State Research Center feel good, the Russian Federal Service for Hu

  • UAE launches start-up operations at first nuclear power plant

    The United Arab Emirates has begun start-up operations in the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Saturday. The Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, a major oil producer, is bein

  • Coronavirus cases surpassed 17 million globally

    Global coronavirus cases exceeded 17 million cases on Thursday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths from the virus has reached 667,084, with recoveries topping 9.95 million. The US remains the wor

  • Turkey issued a new social media law

    Turkey adopted a new social media law on Wednesday that critics say will create a “chilling effect” on dissenting voices who have resorted to Twitter and other online platforms as the government tightened its grip on mainstream media. The law was ba

  • China takes control of US consulate

    Chinese authorities on Monday took control of the US consulate in its southwestern Chengdu city, official media said. According to Global Times, the Chinese authorities entered the consulate early in the morning. The move came after the Chinese con

  • More fatalities in Kuwait, UAE due to Coronavirus

    Health authorities in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday. In a statement, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said four people had died from COVID-19, bringing the nationwide d

  • COVID-19 recoveries pass 9M mark globally

    Over 9 million people have recovered from the novel coronavirus worldwide, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. Data showed a total of 9,043,203 patients won their battle against COVID-19, the disease caused

  • 138 health workers died due to coronavirus in Iran

    A total of 138 health workers have died due to the coronavirus in Iran since the first case was detected in February, according to the ISNA news agency. Some 60% of the health workers who lost their lives were doctors, while 21% were nurses, ISNA qu

  • Rains damaged a 200-year-old mosque in India

    The central dome of a 200-year-old mosque in the Indian capital New Delhi has come crashing down due to the heavy monsoon rains in the city. The red sandstone Mubarak Begum mosque, built by a courtesan in 1823, is among some of the iconic heritage s

  • Three Turkish soldiers killed

    Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in the Shamdenli district of Gulmerg province due to an explosive device. According to news reports, an explosive device has exploded in Shamdenli district of Gulmerg province, near the Aslan Dag dam, killed t

  • Jordan to reopen airport for commercial flights

    Jordan said on Thursday it will partially resume commercial flights from August to a limited number of European and Asian countries on an internationally approved safe list. Government spokesman Amjad Adailah told state-owned Al Mamlaka TV that regu

  • Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia a mosque on Friday with the first Muslim prayers to begin in two weeks, after a top court ruled the ancient building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was

  • Coronavirus cases reached 12 million worldwide

    Global coronavirus cases surpassed 12 million on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths from the virus has reached 548,822, with recoveries topping 6.5 million. The virus has spread to 188 countries and regions since

  • US formally starts withdrawal from WHO

    The White House has formally notified the United Nations that it is pulling the United States out of the World Health Organization, despite the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the country. President Donald Trump froze U.S. funding for the WHO in

  • 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

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