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Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus

AFP Ramallah The Palestinian prime minister called on Israel Monday to close all West Bank crossings, saying a lack of Palestinian control over the access points was responsible for surging coronavirus cases. The call from prime ..

‘Does not matter’ who wins next US elections: Iran foreign minister

DPA Rome Iran does not have a favourite candidate in the upcoming US presidential elections, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday. “For Iran it does not matter who is sitting in the White House, for Iran the ..

Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights

AFP Nairobi Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a “phased reopening” of the country, with the resumption of international flights from August 1 as well as the lifting of internal travel restrictions. The move comes ..

AFP Baghdad A rocket landed near Baghdad airport overnight but did not explode, an Iraqi security source said, after two other rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations at the weekend. However, the ..

Tehran Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day. The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of ..

DPA Riyadh Muslim pilgrims at this year’s Hajj must wear face masks at all times, authorities said, while workers will ensure no overcrowding or gatherings take place during the pilgrimage that in normal times brings together more ..

A shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Kabul on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending crowds into the streets of the Afghan capital. There were no immediate reports of any casualties after the quake shook Kabul at 8:36 ..

Accra Ghana’s main presidential challenger John Mahama on Monday named Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for December’s election, the first time a major party has chosen a female vice-presidential candidate. ..

DPA Tel Aviv Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country was much better able to act against enemies “near and far” thanks to the successful launch of a new spy satellite. Against the backdrop of mysterious ..

AFP New Delhi India’s densely populated cities ordered new restrictions as the confirmed number of coronavirus cases neared 700,000, passing Russia with the third-highest number of infections. More than 697,400 cases have now ..

AFP Manila Critics of a new anti-terrorism law in the Philippines called on the country’s highest court Monday to suspend the legislation, arguing it threatens human rights and freedom of speech. The law approved by President ..

DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the number (of ..

DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta Adhikari, a ..

Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were programmed to form ..

AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the ..

DPA Hong Kong Three high-profile Hong Kong activists faced court proceedings on Monday for charges filed against them last year after thousands of protesters stormed a police headquarters building. Pro-democracy activist Agnes ..

DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers announced ..

DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue evacuation ..

Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao ..