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  • 30 injured in grenade attack on Pakistan rally

    06 août 2020

    At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India's revocation of Kashmir's semi-autonomy. The wounded were rushed to different hospitals, where one was in a critical...

  • Pompeo says UN Security Council to vote on extending Iran arms embargo

    06 août 2020

    The arms embargo on Iran is currently set to end on October 18 under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The United Nations Security Council will vote next week on a US bid to extend an international arms embargo on Iran, Secretary of State...

  • Fire kills eight coronavirus patients in Indian hospital

    06 août 2020

    A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in western India early Thursday, fire officials said. Firefighters and 15 fire engines contained the fire to the intensive care unit at Shrey Hospital and it was extinguished in half an hour, fire...

  • SpaceX completes test flight of Mars rocket prototype

    05 août 2020

    SpaceX on Tuesday successfully completed a flight of less than a minute of the largest prototype ever tested of the future rocket Starship, which the company hopes to use one day to colonize Mars. "Mars is looking real," SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted...

  • At least 70 dead and 2,500 wounded in two huge explosions that rocked Lebanese capital Beirut

    05 août 2020

    Over 50 people have been killed and around 2,500 wounded in two huge explosions that rocked Lebanese capital Beirut, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said. The blasts took place on Tuesday evening, shaking buildings all over the city while also causing severe...

  • Donald Trump gives TikTok 6 weeks to sell itself to US company

    04 août 2020

    US President Donald Trump said Monday that popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok would be "out of business" in the United States if it did not sell its US operations by mid-September, okaying Microsoft's talks with the company. "I set a date of around...

  • North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices: UN report

    04 août 2020

    North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme and several countries believe it has "probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles," according to a confidential UN report. The report...

  • There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19, WHO warns

    04 août 2020

    The World Health Organisation warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have...

  • Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned

    01 août 2020

    A federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Tsarnaev and his older brother set off a pair of...

  • Mexico's coronavirus death toll becomes third highest worldwide

    01 août 2020

    Mexico's confirmed coronavirus deaths rose to 46,688 on Friday, health ministry data showed, placing the country's death toll from the pandemic at third highest in the world, overtaking Britain, according to a Reuters tally. The health ministry registered...

  • Ronaldinho set to be released from house arrest in Paraguay: Report

    03 août 2020

    Brazil football legend Ronaldinho is reportedly set to be released from his house arrest in Paraguay's capital city of Asuncion in the fake passport row. The former Barcelona forward was arrested, along with his cavalry, in April for entering the country...

  • SpaceX capsule, NASA crew make first splashdown in 45 years

    03 août 2020

    Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by US astronauts...

  • Covid-19: WHO warns of drawn out coronavirus pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

    03 août 2020

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday (Aug 1) warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to "response fatigue", as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country...

  • Hong Kong leader to announce delay to Sep 6 election today

    31 juillet 2020

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is expected to announce later on Friday a postponement of the September 6 election for seats in the Chinese-ruled city's legislature, local Cable TV reported. Lam is expected to delay the poll for a year amid a spike in coronavirus...

  • Malaysian ex-PM Najib jailed for 12 years over 1MDB scandal

    29 juillet 2020

    A court sentenced former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve up to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of crimes involving the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund that brought down his government in a shocking election...

  • Congo-Brazzaville: Jean Marie Mokoko evacuated to Turkey hospital for treatment

    31 juillet 2020

    Jean Marie Michel Mokoko finally left Congo Brazzaville on Thursday to receive medical treatment in Turkey. Jean Marie Michel Mokoko was a military chief in Congo from 1987 to 1993 and unsuccessfully against Denis Sassou Nguesso in Congo presidential...

  • Moderna's coronavirus vaccine worked well in monkeys: study

    29 juillet 2020

    US biotech firm Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response and prevented the coronavirus from replicating in the noses and lungs of monkeys, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine said Tuesday. The fact that the vaccine prevented...

  • North Korea's Kim says there will be no more war thanks to nuclear weapons

    28 juillet 2020

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said there will be no more war as the country's nuclear weapons guarantee its safety and future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats, state media said on Tuesday. Kim made the remarks as he celebrated...

  • Suspected gas leak in northern Japan kills one, injures 17

    30 juillet 2020

    A sudden explosion from a suspected gas leak blew out walls and windows in part of a northern Japanese town on Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring 17 others. There was no sign of a fire and investigators at the suspect a gas leak may have...

  • US Mars Perseverance rover 'go for launch,' says NASA

    28 juillet 2020

    NASA on Monday gave its latest Mars rover Perseverance the all clear to launch later this week on a mission to seek out signs of ancient microbial life. "The launch readiness review is complete, and we are indeed go for launch," administrator Jim Bridenstine...

  • Nasa's Perseverance rover bound for Mars to seek ancient life

    31 juillet 2020

    Nasa's latest Mars rover Perseverance launched Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time. Previous trips to Mars have discovered...

  • Coronavirus: Congo Brazzaville hopes to reopen borders to foreigner in August

    25 juillet 2020

    Congo Brazzaville said friday it hoped to reopen its external borders to foreigners in august , as leaders look to loosen the economic stranglehold of virus lockdowns that are triggering a steep global downturn. Congo currently has 3,038 cases of coronavirus...

  • 2020's first hurricane roars ashore in coronavirus-hit Texas

    26 juillet 2020

    The first Atlantic hurricane of 2020 slammed into coronavirus-hit Texas on Saturday, bringing heavy rain, storm surges and potentially life-threatening flash flooding. The Category 1 storm was packing winds of around 145 kilometers per hour as it came...

  • Sudan finds bodies of 1990 coup plotters in mass grave

    24 juillet 2020

    The bodies of 28 Sudanese army officers involved in a failed coup against former president Omar Al Bashir in 1990 have been found in a mass grave, prosecutors said on Thursday. It is the second mass grave discovered since Bashir, who ruled the African...

  • 20 injured in bomb blast at open-air market in north west Pakistan

    24 juillet 2020

    A bomb went off at a busy open-air market in a tribal district in north-western Pakistan on Thursday, injuring at least 20 people. The bomb blast occurred in Turi Bazar in the city of Parachinar when explosives planted on a cart went off as people were...

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