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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.

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump clip over Covid misinformation

The social media platforms said the statement by the US President made during the interview to Fox News violated their rules related to Covid-19 misinformation.

Kuwait approves Indian repatriation flights

Kuwait's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) agreed to the flights starting from August 10 until October 24, Gulf News quoted the Al Qabas newspaper as saying in the report.

Hiroshima marks 75th atomic bomb anniversary

Speaking at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said countries should put aside their differences and come together to overcome both man-made and natural challenges, reports The Japan Times newspaper.

Beirut blasts toll reaches 135, state of emergency declared

The new toll was confirmed on Wednesday by Health Ministry Hamad Hassan, Xinhua news agency reported.

Women rally against domestic violence in Turkey

In Istanbul on Wednesday, the demonstrators carrying the name tags of the women who were murdered by their male partners or relatives, denounced all kinds of violence against females, including sexual abuse, reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.7 million

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,727,530 and the fatalities rose to 706,041, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Sri Lanka goes to polls amid Covid pandemic

Voters have been asked to maintain social distancing and bring their own pens to the polls "with special booths set up for those who are quarantining " for a contest that will end months of constitutional limbo in Sri Lanka, said media reports.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.5 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,540,119 and the fatalities rose to 700,647, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Over 50 killed, 2,500 injured in Beirut blasts

The blasts took place on Tuesday evening (around 6.10 p.m. - local time), shaking buildings all over the city while also causing severe damages, Xinhua reported.

SpiceJet gets Heathrow slots, flights from September 1

In aviation parlance, a slot refers to the time period in which an aircraft is allowed to land or take-off from a particular airport.

IS suicide bomber involved in Afghan prison attack was a Kerala...

Official sources told IANS that the ISIS suicide bomber has been identified as Kallukettiya Purayil Ijas, a physician and resident of Kasargod in Kerala.

Women essential in fight against COVID-19 pandemic, says UN

UN Women and the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs on Monday launched a joint policy brief entitled "COVID-19 and Conflict: Advancing women's meaningful participation in ceasefires and peace processes," Xinhua news agency reported.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.1 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,193,291 and the fatalities rose to 691,642, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass 690,000

Total Covid-19 cases around the world rose to 18,109,901, according to the CSSE, with deaths reaching 690,055, Xinhua reported.

There might never be a ‘silver bullet’ for Covid-19, says WHO...

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that for now, stopping Covid-19 outbreaks come down to the basics of public health and disease control, including testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts, Xinhua reported.

Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies

He passed away in the early hours of Monday at the Owen Mor nursing home in Londonderry, reports the BBC.

Afghan government releases 317 Taliban prisoners, total reaches 4,917

"Release will continue until the total reaches 5,100," TOLO News quoted the Council as saying in a tweet on Sunday.

US presidential election on November 3 as planned, say WH officials

Speaking to CBS News on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the President was only raising concerns about mail-in ballots when he floated the idea of delaying election in a tweet last week.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 18 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,002,567 and the fatalities rose to 687,930, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle reopens

With COVID-19 lockdown rules in Scotland easing, the castle, perched on a rock high above the Scottish capital city, reopened on Saturday along with two other major historic sites, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle, reports Xinhua news agency.

Israel to resume international flights on August 16

As the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition has not increased sharply, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently approved the resumption of international flights, reports Xinhua news agency.

UAE announces operation of first Arab nuclear plant

The milestone achievement was announced through a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.7 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,791,377 and the fatalities rose to 683,988, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Indians in UAE can get passports renewed in 2 days

Also, the Indian Consulate in Dubai will accept passport applications from expats living across the UAE, irrespective of their place of residence or the emirate that issued their visas, he announced, Puri told Gulf News on Friday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.5 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,516,264 and the fatalities rose to 678,226, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

No COVID-19 case reported among Haj pilgrims so far, says Saudi...

Health Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Abdulaali told a press briefing on Friday that health services would continue all throughout the Haj rituals, reports Xinhua news agency.

Major Canadian airports begin mandatory temperature checks

The government said on Thursday that temperature screening stations have been set up at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ex-Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui passes away

Lee died on Thursday from septic shock and multiple organ failure in Taipei, after being in the hospital for nearly six months, the BBC reported.

Trump denies intention to delay November election

"Do I want to see a date change? No," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.2 million

As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 17,237,642, while the fatalities rose to 671,909, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Postpone Presidential polls till people can safely vote, says Trump

Trump, who will be seeking re-election against Democrat rival Joe Biden, alleged increased postal voting, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

Taliban to release all Afghan government prisoners by Eid

"The other side must also complete the process of releasing the pledged 5,000 detainees in accordance with the Doha Agreement, and the list, in order to facilitate the start of intra-Afghan talks after Eid," TOLO News quoted Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's Qatar office, as saying in a tweet on Wednesday.

UK extends COVID-19 isolation period to 10 days

The change comes as Ministers were trying to avoid a resurgence of the virus, reports the BBC.

Nepal opens Mount Everest after nearly 5 months

All spring season expeditions that usually last from March to May were suspended in the wake of the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.

Masks will be mandatory on US House floor, says Pelosi

"Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the hall of the House except that members may remove their masks temporarily when recognized," The Hill news website quoted Pelosi as saying on Wednesday from the House floor.

Global COVID-19 cases near 17 million

As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 16,957,763, while the fatalities rose to 665,486, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Italy extends coronavirus state of emergency to October 15

The current state of emergency is set to expire on Friday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 16.6 million

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,667,130, while the fatalities rose to 659,045, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Covid-19 not necessarily changing with seasons, says WHO expert

"People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and... this one is behaving differently," said Dr Margaret Harris, a WHO communications officer, at a virtual briefing in Geneva, Xinhua reported.

ITER reactor, a promise of peace, moment in history, says Macron

"There are moments when the nations of the world choose to overcome their differences to meet a particular moment in history. The decision to launch ITER, in the mid-2000s, was one of these moments," he said in a virtual address to mark the start-of-assembly ceremony.

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Addressing the media here, Ardern said those principals are "basic freedom of association and the right to take a political view", reports The New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Turkey to resume flights to four countries from August 1

Karaismailoglu said in a written statement on Monday that the four countries are India, Russia, Kuwait and South Africa.

UK reports first animal COVID-19 case

The infection, detected in a pet cat, was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on July 22, reports Xinhua news agency.

Facebook takes EU to court over data privacy concerns

Facebook said that accepting the EU demand for internal documents that include 2,500 specific key phrases means "handing over unrelated but highly-sensitive data," reports the BBC.

Notre Dame withdraws from hosting US presidential debate

The CPD on Monday said instead the debate, scheduled on September 29, 2020, will be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic at the Health Education Campus in Cleveland, Ohio, Xinhua reported.

Global COVID-19 cases top 16.4 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,407,310, while the fatalities rose to 652,459, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

HK bans dining at restaurants, public gatherings limited to 2

If confirmed, Monday would mark the sixth straight day Hong Kong has logged more than 100 new infections, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper.

US closes its Consulate in China’s Chengdu

A US State Department statement said that the Consulate suspended operations at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 16.1million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,199,796, while the fatalities rose to 647,910, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Global COVID-19 cases near 16 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 15,984,384, while the fatalities rose to 643,384, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Bolosonaro tests negative for COVID-19

The coronavirus-sceptic President made the announcement on Saturday via social media, where he posted a photo in which he is seen having breakfast at the Alvorada Palace, the presidential residence in Brasilia reports Xinhua news agency.

Saudi announces arrival of domestic pilgrims for Haj

According to the Haj and Umrah Ministry, the pilgrims arrived on Saturday from Medina, Riyadh, Abha, Tabuk and Jazan with tight health procedures, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Indian-American techie held for $5.5 million fraud in Covid relief fund

Mohan was arrested and charged by the US Attorney's Office in the Fed PPP scam on Thursday.

WHO reports record daily spike in COVID-19 cases

It said there were 284,196 new infections in 24 hours on Friday, while the number of deaths increased by 9,753, which was the largest single-day increase since April 30, the BBC reported.

France to test travellers from 16 high-risk countries

The French government has planned "to reinforce sanitary security on borders" due to the high risk of the virus' resurgence, Xinhua news agency quoted Castex as saying on Friday while visiting the Charles-de-Gaulle airport here.

Global COVID-19 cases top 15.6 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 15,668,380, while the fatalities rose to 638,243, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia opens for Friday prayers

"Muslims are excited, everyone wants to be at the opening," the BBC quoted Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya as saying in a televised address on Thursday.

Trump cancels Republican convention events in Florida

Addressing reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump said: "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville component of the Republican convention.

Green card wait time for Indians can go to 450 years...

EB2 green cards - the permanent immigration visa leading to citizenship - are for those with advanced degrees and EB3 for skilled and professional workers.

China orders closure of US Consulate in Chengdu

In a statement, the Ministry also made specific requirements on the ceasing of all operations and events by the Consulate General, Xinhua news agency reported.

US COVID-19 cases top four million as Trump pushes to reopen...

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus cases in the country reached 4,034,831, and the national death toll rose to 144,242, both tallies account for the highest in the world, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Iraq resumes international flights

"Airports of Baghdad, Basra and Najaf have witnessed an active movement of citizens travelling abroad," said an ICAA statement on Thursday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 15.4 million

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 15,439,456, while the fatalities rose to 631,926, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Rome could face 2nd lockdown after COVID-19 cases spike

Authorities in the Lazio warned on Wednesday that restrictions to curb the spread of the virus may be reintroduced if cases continued to increase in the region, reports the Metro newspaper.

Biden calls Trump ‘first racist elected President’

Biden made the remark while addressing a virtual town hall on Wednesday in response to racist remarks that Trump has made to characterize the coronavirus pandemic like "China virus", "Kung flu" and the "Wuhan virus", reports Politico news.

US House votes to repeal Trump administration’s travel bans

The National origin-based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act was passed with a 233-183 vote, largely along party lines, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.