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Police clash with violent protesters in Beirut, 728 injured

BEIRUT: Police have rained tear gas and rubber bullets on thousands of Lebanese demonstrators who blame the government for a massive explosion that killed more than 150 people and devastated much of the capital. According to the Lebanese Red Cross,

Coronavirus death toll hits 729,586 worldwide

WASHINGTON: The global pandemic coronavirus has killed over 729,586 people worldwide and affected more than 19,804,408 people. The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 19,804,408 and the pandemic has so far claimed 729,586 lives. According

At least 17 members of Afghan grand assembly test positive for coronavirus

KABUL (REUTERS): At least 17 participants of a major Afghan grand assembly have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials informed today (Saturday). The development came a day after the gathering began to decide the fate of Taliban prisoners, a

China slam US for imposing sanctions on Hong Kong leaders

HONG KONG: China has slammed the United States for imposing sanctions in response to Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong as relations deteriorate between the world’s two biggest economies. The United States sanctioned a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials

India coronavirus cases double to two million in three weeks

MUMBAI: India’s official coronavirus case tally hit two million, doubling in three weeks as the pandemic sweeps into smaller cities and rural areas. A record daily jump of more than 60,000 fresh infections was recorded, according to health ministry data.

Worldwide death toll from COVID-19 passes 724,000

WASHINGTON: The number of people infected with the coronavirus worldwide has risen to more than 19.5 million. The global epidemic coronavirus has caused 724,107 deaths in the world and affected 19,546,748 people while 12,547,754 patients have been cured. The number

Lebanese president rejects global probe into Beirut port blasts

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s president has rejected any international probe into the catastrophic Beirut port blast, saying a missile or negligence could have been responsible. The political class has come under fire once again the explosion which killed at least 154 people

Air India Express jet with 191 passengers skids off runway, 20 dead

NEW DELHI: At least 20 people dead, and several others injured when an Air India passenger plane crashed in the southern city of Calicut on Friday. According to the civil aviation ministry of India, the Air India Express plane from

China sentences another Canadian to death on drugs charges

BEIJING: China has sentenced a fourth Canadian to death on drugs charges today (Friday) in less than two years, as tensions soar between the two countries. The development came a day after a court in the provincial capital Guangzhou handed

Afghan council to decide release of 400 Taliban prisoners

KABUL: Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders in Kabul on Friday to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners should be released. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in this regard urged attendees to free the detainees, promising

US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook steps down

WASHINGTON: United States special representative to Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will take an additional role, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Hook’s departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to

Global coronavirus cases surpasses 19 million

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 19,259,391 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 717,687 lives. The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the United States has risen to 5,032,179

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa brothers secure landslide election win

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa brothers have secured a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections, giving them sweeping powers to change the constitution. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats and has the support of at

Global coronavirus cases set to surpass 19 million

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 18,975,254 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 711,220 lives. According to the latest data, 12,163,754 patients have recovered from the pandemic so far. The United

Biden to accept presidential nomination remotely

MILWAUKEE: Former United States Vice President Joe Biden will not travel to Wisconsin to accept the Democratic presidential nomination during the party’s national convention this month over coronavirus concerns. Democrats planned to hold a multiday convention but the event from

US offers $10 million reward to prevent election interference

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a $10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election. The reward marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

TOKYO: Japan marked 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims. Survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended this year’s main

OIC calls probe into extrajudicial killings in IOK

JEDDAH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Human Rights Commission has strongly supported the United Nations’ (UN) experts’ call for urgent action to remedy the alarming human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). In a series of tweets today, the

Police nab 19 for waving Taliban flag in Tehran

TEHRAN: Iranian police claimed to have apprehended 19 people after the flag of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement was waved at a gathering in a Tehran park. While talking to media Tehran’s police chief Hossein Rahimi said the incident occurred at Mellat

China condemns Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

BEIJING: China has condemned Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and urged India to implement the UN Security Council resolutions in order to settle the Kashmir issue. During a regular briefing in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Wang Wenbin reacting

Death toll from Beirut blasts climbs to at least 100

BEIRUT: Lebanese rescue workers dug through the mangled wreckage of buildings looking for survivors after a massive warehouse explosion sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 100 people and injuring nearly 4,000. Officials said the toll was

US troops in Afghanistan will soon be reduced to 4,000: Trump

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has said the US military presence in Afghanistan will be reduced from 4,000 to 5,000 by November this year. Donald Trump’s remarks came as the Afghan Taliban said that its chief peace negotiator in

Modi lays foundation for flashpoint Hindu temple in Ayodhya

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a contested Hindu temple in the city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago sparking

Worldwide coronavirus death toll rises to over 704,600

WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus infection cases across the world has surged to 18,716,057 and the pandemic has so far claimed over 704,632 lives. The number of people infected with a coronavirus in the United States has risen to 4,918,420

India persisting with repression of Kashmiri Muslims: HRW

NEW YORK: The Human Rights Watch has said Indian authorities continue to impose harsh and discriminatory restrictions on Muslim-majority areas in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, one year after the revocation of its constitutional status on August 5, 2019. The New

UN experts slam India over role in IoK

GENEVA: United Nation experts have urged the global community for immediate action in Indian occupied Kashmir as the region marks a year on Wednesday since it was removed of its autonomy in 2019. “Urgent action is needed,” the 18 special

Death toll in Beirut port blasts reaches 78, over 4000 injured

BEIRUT: Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000. The blast at port warehouses storing highly explosive material was the most

At least 30 killed, several injured in Lebanon’s Beirut explosions

BEIRUT: Two huge explosions near the center of Beirut killed at least 30 people and sending shockwaves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. As per details, Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, many bloodied, after the massive

Hurricane Isaias lashes US east coast with fierce winds, heavy rain

COLOMBIA: Hurricane Isaias slammed into North Carolina bringing life-threatening storm surges as the entire US eastern coast braced for flash floods and destructive winds. The area sustained winds of 85 miles per hour as the Category 1 hurricane made landfall

Global coronavirus cases rise above 18.4 million

WASHINGTON: The global epidemic of coronavirus has caused 697,188 deaths in the world and affected 1,84,43,484 people while 1,16,72,917 patients have been cured. The number of people infected with coronavirus in the United States has risen to 4,862,174 and the

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