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Trump says I want to see first woman President but not...

He made the remarks while speaking to supporters at an airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Friday as he began his campaign trail a day after officially accepting his renomination for the November 3 election at the Republican National Convention.

Canada extends ban on international travel until September 30

"Our government is extending the existing restrictions on international travel to Canada by one month -- until September 30, 2020 -- to limit the introduction and spread of Covid-19 in our communities," Xinhua news agency quoted Public Safety Minister Bill Blair as saying in a tweet on Friday.

Thousands protest in Washington against police brutality, racism

A series of speakers addressed the protesters on Friday from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, marking the 57th anniversary of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech in the 1963 March on Washington, reports Xinhua news agency.

Peru extends emergency for 90 days

"As of July of this year, an increase in Covid-19 cases has been observed in several regions, as well as in Metropolitan Lima and Callao, where the situation persists," Xinhua news agency quoted a government decree as saying on Friday.

No remote learning for at least 463 million children, says Unicef

"For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to Covid-19, there was no such a thing as remote learning," Xinhua news agency quoted Henrietta Fore, Unicef executive director, as saying in the report issued on Thursday.

Japan PM Abe to step down due to health issues

According to a report in NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, Abe, 65, is scheduled to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. to provide further details of his decision.

Trump accepts Republican Party’s renomination as President

His acceptance on Thursday night came during a speech from the White House South Lawn on the last day of the ongoing Republican National Convention (RNC), reports Xinhua news agency.

Christchurch mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

The verdict, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand, came after three days of the final hearing of the case at the High Court in Christchurch, reports Xinhua news agency.

122 people killed in Afghan flash floods

In a statement, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs said the floods were reported in the provinces since Tuesday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

Germany extends Covid-19 travel warning for over 160 countries

The travel warning, which also applies to the UK, will remain in effect until September 14, Xinhua news agency quoted the government as saying on Wednesday.

Pence accepts Republican VP renomination with nationalist speech

Pence, who will be ranged against Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, painted her and party's presidential candidate Joe Biden with the brush of radicalism in his acceptance speech on Wednesday night from the historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

US imposes visa ban on Chinese people responsible for occupation of...

In a statement issued by the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that from August 26 it has begun "imposing visa restrictions on People's Republic of China (PRC) individuals responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC's use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources".

Floods displace nearly 8,800 people in Uganda

Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister of Uganda, told Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday that the rising water levels in Albert and Kyoga lakes have displaced 8,780 people and destroyed property in the districts of Amolatar, Buliisa and Nakasongola.

Syrian president orders formation of new government

According to a presidential decree, Assad ordered Hussein Arnous, prime minister of the previous government, to form a new government, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

Global Covid-19 cases top 23.8 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,820,104 and the fatalities rose to 818,137, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Melania urges Americans to ‘take chance on Donald again’

"He's not a traditional politician. It is something I have always admired," Melania said, seeking to frame Trump as the insurgent once again, that heady template which catapulted Trump to power in 2016.

Hamas imposes lockdown after 4 new Covid-19 cases in Gaza

"The four cases comprise three males and one female," Salama Marouf from the Hamas-run information office told reporters on Monday, adding the infected persons are from the same family in the al-Mughazi refugee camp.

Guterres calls for sustainable recovery of tourism

"It is imperative that we rebuild the tourism sector. But it must be in a way that is safe, equitable and climate friendly," said Guterres in a video message for the launch of his policy brief on tourism and Covid-19.

TikTok files lawsuit against Trump administration’s executive order

In the 39-page indictment, US President Donald Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and US Department of Commerce were listed as defendants, Xinhua news agency reported.

On opening night of RNC, Nikki Haley urges Americans to re-elect...

Haley's prime time speech on Monday night comes a week after California Senator Kamala Harris made history becoming the first Black and Indian-American woman to be chosen for a major party's presidential ticket.

Twitter slaps public interest notice on Trump tweet

In the tweet, Trump claimed mail drop boxes are a "voter security disaster" and also said they are "not Covid sanitised".

Bali postpones plan to welcome international visitors in September

The postponement was announced by Bali Governor Wayan Koster, reports Xinhua news agency.

Police shoots black man in US state

Police were answering a call about a domestic incident when the shooting took place in the city of Kenosha on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Long-time Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway steps down

"This is completely my choice and my voice," Xinhua news agency quoted Conway as saying in her announcement on Sunday.

Abe returns to hospital a week after 7-hour ‘health checkup’

According to government sources, Abe has returned to the Keio University Hospital to receive the results of the medical checks conducted during the check-up on August 17, reports Xinhua news agency.

Protests in Israel over alleged gangrape of teen by 30 men

Protesters gathered in several cities after media reports described how men in their 20s queued outside a hotel bedroom where the minor was, awaiting their turn to take advantage of her intoxicated state, the Daily Mail said in a report Friday.

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 23 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,130,345 and the fatalities rose to 803,397, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Gandhi’s glasses sold for $340k at UK auction

Earlier this month, the staff at the East Bristol Auctions, the largest auction house in South West England, found the glasses in its letterbox inside a plain envelope.

UN welcomes agreement on Libya ceasefire, polls

In a statement on Friday, the UN Secretary General to Libya Stephanie Williams hailed the points of agreement in the declarations issued by Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and Speaker of the eastern-based House of Representatives (Parliament) Aguila Saleh, Xinhua news agency reported.

Greece slams Turkey’s decision to convert another museum into mosque

In a statement on Friday, the Greek Foreign Ministry said that after converting the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque and despite international criticism, Turkey is now brutally insulting "the character of another Unesco cultural heritage monument within the Turkish territory", reports Xinhua news agency.

Nepal to resume international flights from September 1

Nepal had suspended international flights on March 22 in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ex-Trump adviser charged with fraud over Mexico wall funds

On Thursday, Bannon and three others, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea, were indicted for their roles in connection with the online crowdfunding campaign known as "We Build the Wall", which raised more than $25 million, according to a statement from the US Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York.

Biden accepts Democratic Party’s presidential nomination

His acceptance speech came on the last day of the four-day Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, which also marked 33 years since he made his first bid for the White House, reports ABC News.

Kamala Harris makes history, invokes mother’s memories

"Oh how I wish she was here tonight, but I know she's looking down on me tonight", Harris said of her mother, accepting the Democratic Party's vice presidential nomination on Wednesday night at the party's ongoing national convention at the Chase Centre in Wisconsin.

Biden officially gets Democratic Party’s nomination to take on Trump

With 76 days left as of Tuesday for the November 3 election, the party has officially anointed Biden to battle Trump with Kamala Harris at his side setting the stage for the final showdown and ending his roller-coaster ride to the nomination with wildly fluctuating support in the primaries that at one stage almost wrote him off.

Detained Malian President Keita announces resignation

"I have decided to quit my functions, all my functions from this moment ... I declare the dissolution of the National Assembly and the government," Keita said in a brief declaration broadcast by national television ORTM on Tuesday.

COO Sandberg says Facebook will junk Trump posts for violations

Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, Sandberg said: "When the president violates our hate speech standards or gives false information about voter suppression or coronavirus, it comes down".

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 22 million

The global case count on Wednesday reached 22,046,135, with a total of 778,557 deaths worldwide, the CSSE data showed, Xinhua reported.

US: Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris picks Indian-American as Press Secretary

Singh, 32, previously worked as spokesperson of two Democratic presidential candidates -- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, the American Bazaar reported on Monday.

14 rockets hit Kabul on I-Day, 10 hurt

"At 9.36 a.m. 14 rounds of rockets were fired from two sedans from Police District 8 and Police District 17 into the city centre. Most of the rockets hit residential houses, injuring 10 people," Xinhua news agency quoted Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian as saying in a tweet.

China builds toilet on Xinjiang mosque site, orders forcible abortion of...

As per the reports of Radio Free Asia (RFA), a public toilet has been erected on the site of the demolished Tokul mosque in Suntagh village of Atush city and hospitals have been "forced to abort and kill babies born in excess of family planning limits or who were in utero less than three years after the mother's previous birth", in what is called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Democrats launch historic convention with call to save nation

The four-day convention, which will make history by nominating Kamala Harris as the first Indian-American nominee for Vice President, began on Monday with electronics replacing the electricity of tens of thousands of delegates and party supporters who would have attended in person but for the coronavirus pandemic.

Global COVID-19 cases top 21.8 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 21,814,597 and the fatalities rose to 772,782, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Trump signals banning other Chinese firms like Alibaba

When asked at a news conference if he was considering putting a ban on other China-based companies, the President said that his administration was indeed looking at "other things".

China grants first patent to indigenously developed Covid vaccine

According to a Global Times report, the vaccine is a recombinant adenovirus vaccine named Ad5-nCoV co-developed by CanSino with a team led by Chinese military infectious disease expert Chen Wei.

No country has right to speak on behalf of Palestinians, says...

During a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Abbas on Sunday warned that if any other Arab country takes a similar step, Palestine will take the same position that they have taken towards the UAE, reports Xinhua news agency.

Protesters in Bangkok repeat calls for constitution amendment

The protesters, led by the so-called Free People movement in alliance with the so-called Free Youth movement, peacefully gathered on Sunday at Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue under police watch, reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases top 21.5 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 21,598,893 and the fatalities rose to 773,934, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

NZ delays general elections due to pandemic

"The Electoral Commission, via the Ministry of Justice, has advised me that a safe and accessible election is achievable on this date," Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying to the media here.

Beijing wholesale market reopens as Covid-19 outbreak ends

More than 1,000 trucks are expected to deliver some 13,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to the 112-hectare market on Saturday, helping recover about 60 per cent of its normal transaction volumes, reports Xinhua news agency.

I have more Indians than Kamala Harris, claims Trump

He made the remarks on Friday while addressing the New York City law enforcement union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), that has endorsed the President in the race for the White House.

Mexico, US extend partial border closure until September 21

In the announcement on Friday, the Ministry said that Mexico proposed the extension of the partial closure of the border for another month after reviewing the development of the pandemic in both countries, reports Xinhua news agency.

Isolated by allies, US suffers UNSC defeat on Iran arms ban

The setback came on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump announced a diplomatic triumph in the Middle East: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) setting up diplomatic relations with Israel in return for its freezing expansion in the West Bank.

New Zealand extends Covid-19 restrictions for 12 days

Addressing the media here, Ardern said the decision to extend the restrictions was "in keeping with our cautionary approach and New Zealand's philosophy of going hard and going early", the BBC reported.

37 missing in Nepal landslide

More than 30 houses were also buried in the landslide that occurred at Lidi in Jugal Rural Municipality-2, reports The Himalayan Times.

Afghan government begins release of remaining Taliban prisoners

The prisoners were released on Thursday from Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, TOLO News quoted the Council as saying.

UK adds 4 more countries to quarantine list

According to Schapps, the measure, which also applies to the Principality of Monaco and Turks and Caicos islands, will come into force from Saturday onwards, reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases top 20.7 million

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 20,764,220 and the fatalities rose to 752,893, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

FB, Google ramp up efforts to curb interference in US polls

The social network giant that earlier faced flak for failing to keep foreign players with malicious intentions away from its platform during the 2016 US presidential election said that a new "Voting Information Center" will be available on Facebook and Instagram.

Sri Lanka’s new Cabinet sworn in

The ministers took oath in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a grand ceremony held in the central hills of Kandy, Xinhua news agency reported.

In breakthrough for Indian Americans, Biden picks Harris as vice president...

"I have the great honour to announce that I've picked @KamalaHarris - a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants - as my running mate," Biden tweeted Tuesday afternoon, ending weeks of speculation.

Russia registers Covid vax, Putin’s daughter in test group

According to a report in the Tass news agency, Putin said that the vaccine was registered on Tuesday morning.

G7 summit will likely take place after election, says Trump

Addressing reporters at the White House on Monday, the President said that the White House had invited "a number of people" and that some have already accepted his invitation, reports Politico news.

Israel closes Gaza crossing

"The Kerem Shalom Crossing will be closed, with the exception of the entry of essential humanitarian equipment and fuel," Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said in a statement.

Ex-Sri Lankan PM decides to step down as UNP party leader

His announcement on Monday came almost a week after the August 5 parliamentary elections, where the UNP, one of Sri Lanka's oldest political parties, did not manage to win any seat.

Nepal extends suspension of domestic, international flights

Monday's decision came amid a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases in the Himalayan nation since the nearly four-month long lockdown was lifted on July 22, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump abruptly pulled from briefing after shooting outside WH

"There was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying on Monday after he returned to the White House briefing room minutes later.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 20 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 20,011,186 and the fatalities rose to 734,664, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Lufthansa to reinstate inbound passenger flights to India

The airline on Monday announced that effective immediately, Indian citizens are eligible to travel on Lufthansa flights to India from the US, Canada, and other countries.

Sri Lanka re-opens schools

Schools re-opened for all grades under strict health guidelines which included students wearing face masks and maintaining hand hygiene at regular intervals, reports Xinhua news agency.

Death toll from Beirut explosions reach 200

Abboud added that dozens were still missing, many of them foreign workers, while the injuries spiked to more than 7,000, reports the BBC.

Trump denies reports about adding his face to Mount Rushmore

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Trump called the reports "fake news," though he added that it "sounds like a good idea to me", The Hill news website reported.

Israel resumes outdoor concerts, shows

After a meeting held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as finance, health and culture ministers with performers and producers' representatives, it was agreed on Sunday that shows and concerts would be allowed under restrictions, reports Xinhua news agency.

COVID-19 pandemic will continue for 6 more months in Iran, says...

As of Monday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran stood at 326,712, with 18,427 deaths.

Global COVID-19 cases top 19.7 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,778,566 and the fatalities rose to 729,692, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new PM

Rajapaksa took oath during a grand ceremony at Kelaniya Temple, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo in the presence of the diplomatic community and legislators from the ruling and opposition parties, Xinhua news agency reported.

ASEAN can overcome COVID-19 pandemic, says Duterte

"We are confident that the ASEAN way of partnership and mutual aid will help us overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and move forward with our community-building endeavours," Duterte said in a brief statement on the bloc's 53rd founding anniversary.

Global COVID-19 cases top 19.2 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,295,350 and the fatalities rose to 719,805, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Trump signs order to block transactions with TikTok parent company

Signed on Thursday night, the executive order stated that "the spread in the US of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy", reports The Hill news website.

Global COVID-19 cases cross 19 million mark

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,007,938 and the fatalities rose to 713,406, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.